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Last Week,  26th October to 1st November

Thursday  28th October.  There was a well-attended Club Supper at which 27 Members and guests, enjoyed a Chicken in Red Wine Casserole and a Crumble served by Nicky Johnson and Sally and Adrian Warwick-Haller while David and Yann ran Phil’s Bar.  Supper was followed by a very informative and entertaining talk by Mark Laity, based around his book about 150 years of sailing on the Thames.  It was most illuminating in respect of the influence that river sailing has had on both the design of boats and the formation of the sailing organisations.

Saturday 30th October we held the postponed N18 Inland Championships Open Meeting for the Eighteen Cup and the Madison Cup, combined with the Club races for the Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor Trophies.  The forecast foul weather had passed by about 11:15 leaving a fluctuating, in both strength and direction, southwesterlyish wind which led to good racing conditions, apart from the big wind shadow created by the school.  Thank you to Jim Green and Martin Thomas for being Race Officers and Caroline Stillwell for producing immaculate race sheets.  Also thank you to George and Matthew Barber for running the Patrol Boat all day and thanks also to Nicky Johnson who provided sandwiches for lunch, cake for tea and ran Phil’s Bar.  See the Report by Carolyne Vines in News.

While all of this was going on, Simon Thompson ran a comprehensive Patrol Boat course during which he provided lunchtime entertainment by capsizing a Laser 2k several times for practice.

Sunday 31st October. The weather forecast indicated that there would be little chance of racing even though an agreement had been forged with the Outrigger Canoes to allow us across their Half River Closure.  At 10:00 it looked as though the forecasters were right, with driving rain and monster gusts.  We almost abandoned at that point but the arrival of intrepid sailors and a distinct improvement in the weather allowed a combined Merlin and Laser start.  Two of the Lasers had exciting starts but the race was completed and the Canoes were happy with the way we avoided them.  Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, brought their Merlin home first with Matty Valentine being first of the Lasers, followed closely by Alexey Anatskiy and not so closely by Nev Upton and Peter Impey.  Well done to all for braving the elements, which actually calmed down considerably during the race.  I should like to thank Joe Woods as OOD, assisted by Ken Duffell in the Box, with thanks also to Mark Gardner for running the Patrol Boat.  See the Report by Carolyne in News.

This was the day the RNLI Christmas stand was at the Club and despite the weather there was a good turn-out by Club Members in support of them.  The hoped-for appearance by the Teddington Lifeboat, unsurprisingly, did not materialise.  There was a Fish Pie lunch from Nicky Johnson which was well received and thank you also to David and Yann who, again, ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week

Saturday 6th November. There is a River Closure for the Kingston Small Boats Head and our Car Park and frontage are being managed by Walbrook to accommodate visiting Rowing Clubs’ equipment and to enable them to boat.  Although our boatshed will be accessible, casual sailing will not be possible as our section of the Reach is part of the Closure.  There will be a similar Closure on Saturday 20th November.

Sunday 7th November. The Trowlock Trophy Pursuit Race will be held.  This is a similar event to the Trafalgar Trophy and the start times for the various Classes are shown on the website.  There is a £5 Entry fee for adults or £2.50 for under 18s, payable by card on the day.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

Saturday 20th November. There is a River Closure for the Teddington Head and our Car Park and frontage are being managed by Walbrook to accommodate visiting Rowing Clubs’ equipment and to enable them to boat.  Although our boatshed will be accessible, casual sailing will not be possible as our section of the Reach is part of the Closure.

Patrol Boat Training

Simon Thompson will be running the second Patrol Boat training session on Saturday, 13th November and there is the intention to run more courses.  Information on the final Patrol Boat training session on 27th November will be disseminated via the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group.  At the moment, one place is taken, three remain, but this may change rapidly.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.


It has been noted that some Paddleboarders are leaving the Boatshed door open and leaving the lights on 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.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it is rotted and has been damaged.

The boatshed lighting is being reviewed and will be upgraded in the near future.

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.  There are still some which are not identified.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday morning of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn  will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378


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