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Membership Survey,

Kaan sent out the link to the survey to Members via email and WhatsApp groups just after 10:50 on Friday 12th November. You have just less than 2 weeks to complete the survey, with the closing time being mid-day on Sunday 28th November.

Although the survey is long, none of the questions are mandatory and you can just answer those you wish to. The survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete.

Remember, there are two £50 voucher prizes, one for the best survey response, i.e. with the best ideas and most thoughtful answers etc. and the other prize will be drawn from a hat.

Please complete the survey as fully as you can, as the information gained from it could significantly influence what we, as a Club, concentrate our attention on in the future.

Once the survey has closed the results will be reviewed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will then present the findings to Club Members, most 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).

Last Week,  9th to 15th November

Sunday 14th November. The Remembrance Day racing took place in a light North-North-Easterly breeze.  The N18 start was delayed to allow a 2 minute silence to be observed at 11:00.  Nine Lasers raced with Stewart Colley coming first, pursued by Henry Medcalf, second, and Matty Valentine third.  It is good to see the young ones making their mark.  Two N18s started but Mal Warner had to retire as his crew, Beatrice Russ, became unwell, leaving Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, to finish as winners.  Seven Merlins started and Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, won relatively narrowly from Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, with Andrew Harris, crewed by Chris Martin, third.  See the report and pictures from Carolyne Vines and Chris Wade, in News.

My thanks to Carolyne Vines as OOD assisted by Henry Defries in the Box and to Florian Krueger assisted by Jennifer Falconer-Hall for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to David, Yann and Jack who ran Phil’s Bar.

This 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.

Next Week

Sunday 28th November. There is another River Closure for the Canoe Club’s 10 @ 10 race.  This Closure is effective up to 11:30 and it is hoped that all canoes will have finished by then.  Our race programme will be notified on the WhatsApp Groups nearer the day.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

Patrol Boat Training

I am very grateful to Simon Thompson who has been running Patrol Boat driving and crewing courses which have been very much appreciated.  This has provided the Club with an enhanced group of those capable of supporting our racing programme.  He will be running the final Patrol Boat training session of this current series on 27th November and, at the moment, three places on this course remain available.

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 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 boatshed lighting has been upgraded and PIR switches installed to reduce the incidence of lights being left on inadvertently.  The result of this is that the new LED lights all come on when you walk into the Boatshed (it’s much brighter than before) and will go out automatically some time after the last person leaves.

The enclosure of the Gents undercroft is complete and the interior fitting out is due to be started this week.

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

The gales 10 days ago have caused damage to the roof of the Starters Box above the Clubhouse roof.  This will be repaired urgently.

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 or be repurposed.  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