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Eddy Simmonds, who collapsed whilst visiting the Club, remains in Kingston Hospital undergoing further tests. He is keen to get home and may be released this week. We wish him well and are keeping in touch with Marie about his progress.
Last Week 12th to 19th October
On Saturday, after the Canoes had finished their race, the Juniors sailed in very light winds, under the guidance of Griff Tanner and his group of helpers. This was the last Junior Sailing session this year and it finished with an end-of-term gathering. I should like to thank Griff and all his team of assistants through the year for giving their time for this important aspect of the Club’s activities. Also thank you to all the parents and supporters who provided tea with cakes. See News for a report by Griff.
On Sunday, the fleets raced in light winds which improved towards the middle of the racing period but then died again towards the end. Six Lasers started and the race was won by Ros Warwick-Haller, with Henry Medcalf second and Chris Taggart third. Three N18s raced and Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, won with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.
Ten Merlins set off just as the N18s came through the start line, which was unfortunate and not helpful to either fleet. However, no disasters ensued and Richard Harris, crewed by Emma Macdonald, came first with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.
I should like to thank Mike Adams as OOD, assisted by Jennifer in the Box, with thanks also to Rob Hatley and Hugh McLaughlin for running the Patrol Boat. Thank you also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.
The Topper Open Meeting is to be held this coming Saturday, 23rd October. There are 10 entries from Tamesis Club Juniors and there is a waiting list in the event of any Toppers coming free. I wish our Junior Sailors who have entered good luck and I hope they enjoy themselves and have a good experience of racing at an Open Meeting.
Junior Sailing on Saturday afternoons will resume in the Spring.
24th October. The Trafalgar Trophy Pursuit Race. Start times are published in Events in the information at the bottom of Tammy Matters.
7th November. The Trowlock Trophy Pursuit Race will be held.
Saturday 30th October. The postponed N18 Inland Championships, combined with the Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor Trophies, will take place. Patrol Boat training will also be conducted as scheduled.
Sunday 31st October. Our Winter Series continues and will run until the end of March.
There are a number of canoe and rowing events which will affect our racing on certain Sundays, of which we must take note.
Catering and Bar
Every endeavour has been made this year, by a small and very willing team of volunteers made up of Club Members and paid staff, to meet the many catering requirements. However, the quality of our catering and whether we should be providing any has been questioned. We will, therefore, not be providing further weekend catering whilst the way forward is being determined. Phil’s Bar will, however, continue to be manned each Sunday.
Nicky Johnson has been filling the role of Rear Commodore House for eighteen months beyond the normal tenure as nobody has stepped forward to take the office but now feels it is time to step down. We would like a Member to come forward and take up the mantle of Rear Commodore House or possibly for a group to share the role. Anyone who feels they might consider this office and would like more information should contact me.
Until such time that the role is taken on, where there is an Open Meeting or equivalent please contact Nicky to discuss requirements and she will be very happy to help. There are also two Club suppers/talks organised for 28th October 21 and 13th January 22 for which catering is already arranged and there is a plan to have a Christmas drinks party, details of which will be promulgated later.
Patrol Boat Training
Simon Thompson will be running the first Patrol Boat training session on Saturday, 30th October and this course is already full. There will be a second course, also full, on 13th November and there is the intention to run more courses and, again, information on these will be disseminated via 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. If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past. 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 had 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 while 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 Club activity.
The enclosure of the Gents undercroft is complete and the interior fitting out will be done soon.
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. 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. The target date for completion of this is 31st October – less than two weeks away.
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.