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Last week John Tholstrup, husband of Margaret who used to crew for Ken Thatcher in his Firefly, died suddenly and unexpectedly.  He has not been to the Club in recent times but may be known to Members of long standing.  Further information will be posted when it becomes available.

I also have to report that Eddy Simmonds collapsed whilst visiting the Club during the Laser Barometer meeting.  Ros Warwick-Haller gave assistance immediately, using the Club’s defibrillator which is kept just inside the main entrance.  An Ambulance was summoned which arrived very quickly (about 6 minutes) followed a little later by another Paramedic.  Eddy is currently in Kingston Hospital undergoing tests and is reported to be.


Last Week  28th September to 4th October

On Saturday, the scheduled N18 Inland Championships incorporating the postponed Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor competitions were postponed on the basis of a forecast of very gusty winds.  In the event there was also torrential rain in the afternoon.  However, seven doughty Juniors sailed on under the enthusiastic tutelage of Griff Tanner.  Although very wet, it is understood that they were still smiling at the end of the session.  As a reward they were supplied with cakes for tea by Suzy Balmbro and I should like to thank Griff and his team of Matt P-J, Matt Kearney, Chris Wade and Lynn for braving the elements.

On Sunday, the Laser Open Meeting for the Barometer Trophy went ahead as planned with 16 of the 18 entrants, two from Lensbury SC, starting.  Their first race was held in very light and fickle winds which strengthened for the second race whilst still being variable in direction.  The wind strengthened further for the third race, after lunch, and for good measure the heavens opened for a short time.  Eight of the entrants completed the three races and the Trophy was won by Matt P-J, for the third year running, with Matt Jones, a visitor from Lensbury, second and Matty Key third.  It was really encouraging to see three of our Junior sailors taking part in an Open event as, in addition to Matty Key, Mattie Valentine and Henry Medcalf also completed the full three race programme.  This bodes well for the future.  A News article by Tim Medcalf will be available on the website soon.

I should like to thank Tim Medcalf as OOD, assisted by Anne Bayne in the Box, with thanks also to Clive Mence and Stephen Lucas for running the Patrol Boat.  Thank you also to the Warwick-Haller team, Sally, Adrian and Ros, who came in early to make the delicious sandwiches for lunch and to Josephine and David who ran Phil’s Bar.

Future events

Sunday 10th October our Winter Series starts and it will then run until the end of March, with breaks on:

24th October, for the Trafalgar Trophy Pursuit Race and

7th November when the Trowlock Trophy Pursuit Race will be held.

There are a number of canoe and rowing events which will affect our racing on some Sundays which we must take note of.

Patrol Boat Training

Simon Thompson will be running the first Patrol Boat training session on Saturday 30 October and this course is already full.  However, there is the intention to run more courses and information on these will be disseminated via Tammy Matters and the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated Duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their Duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened.  If a Member knows they cannot perform an allocated Duty it is their responsibility to request and establish a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a Duty.


The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed need to be identified, using indelible marker, to allow us to keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We have passed the date by which we asked you to identify your Boards.  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board, please make contact with Leah via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  We will remove and store any unmarked Boards and release them on identification.  Brian Harper-Lewis has put a marker pen in a pot to the left of the rafter Paddleboard storage for you to mark your Boards.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.

It has been noted that some Paddleboarders are leaving the Boatshed door open whilst they are out on the water.  Please do not do this.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Boat Park Furniture

Most boat owners prop their boats ‘bow up’ to promote drainage off their covers.  The props used vary from wooden trestles to old tyres.  There has been a recent case where a Member had a constructed prop removed from under the bow of his boat but he found it propping up another boat.  It is suggested that boat owners identify props with their name and boat number and it is requested that boat owners do not remove props from other people’s boats to prop up their own.

Boat Park Clutter Reduction

The Club has separated those trailers which have been matched with owners, but there are still several unidentified ones – Members MUST identify and mark up their trailers – otherwise they will be removed and either sold or scrapped!!!   There are also some unoccupied launching trolleys which may meet the same fate.  Target date for completion of this is the end of October.


Information on the following topics has been placed on the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences.

Advice on Casual Sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Chris Pollard