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Membership Survey,  We are finally ready to send out the Club survey which was promised earlier this year. Many thanks for your patience on this matter.

The link to the survey will be sent to members via email and WhatsApp later this week, with reminders sent via the WhatsApp groups. You will have around 2 weeks to complete the survey, with the last day being Sunday 28th November.

Although the survey is long, none of the questions are mandatory so you can just complete the questions you wish to answer. Given this, the survey should take between 2 minutes and 30 minutes to complete.

As an incentive for everyone, there are two £50 voucher prizes, one for the best survey response, e.g. has best idea, most thoughtful answers etc. and the other will be drawn from a hat. However, the main incentive to fill in the survey is, of course, to help us all make the best of the Club and to develop it for the benefit of all members, visitors, and users alike. Any and all responses to the survey will be welcome and most helpful.

Once the survey closes the results will be reviewed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will then present the findings back, mos probably in a weekday club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Again, many thanks for your patience and please look out for the survey email later this week.

Last Week,  26th October to 1st November

Saturday 6th November. Tim Medcalf, with Matty Key as crew, took Seveneye (3520) to Chichester and raced against several of the top helms in the Merlin Silver Tiller races.  He took first place in the Bronze fleet after a fairly wild day out. See his full report in News.

Sunday 7th November. The weather forecast for the Trowlock Trophy pursuit handicap race indicated that there was likely to be heavy gusting winds and so it proved.  The three N18s which had rigged, intending to compete, thought better of it and did not regret their decision.  There was a good turn-out with 17 boats starting, battling the conditions.  There were visiting Enterprises and Lasers from Queen Mary, Lensbury and Minima – the Enterprises proved too difficult to catch although Joe Mclaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, did their best with some spectacular spinnaker runs.  See the Report by Tim Medcalf, with a lot of excellent pictures from Carolyne Vines and Jonathan Key, in News.

My thanks to Simon Thompson as OOD assisted by Mal Warner in the Box and to Johannes Wagner assisted by Beatrice Russ who had a busy day in the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson who ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week

Sunday 14th November. Winter Series 4.

Next Week

Saturday 20th November. There is another River Closure for the Teddington Head and our Car Park and frontage are, again, 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.

Sunday 28th November. There is another River Closure for the Canoe Club’s 10 @ 10 race.  I am currently finding out how much this will delay our race starts and will let you know in next week’s Tammy Matters.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

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 on the 27th November course is taken and three remain open.

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 upgraded and PIR switches installed to reduce the incidence of lights being left on inadvertently.

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 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