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Eddy Simmonds

Eddy Simmonds funeral will be at 1:15 pm on Wednesday 8th December at Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead KT22 0AG.  You are warmly invited to join the family at the service and also at Tamesis afterwards.  If you are planning to go to the Crematorium, they have asked that everyone wears a mask.

If you wish to make a donation in Eddy’s memory, please send to Kingston Hospital Charity:


A fuller Obituary will be posted on the Club website.

Membership Survey.

The survey has now closed and 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,  23rd to 29th November

Sunday 28th November. There was a river closure to accommodate a Royal Canoe Club event which was scheduled to be finished by 11:30.  In the event, from the communication established with their Race Officer, their finishing their race by 11:10 allowed our boats to launch in good time for an 11:30 Merlin start followed by the Laser start 5 minutes later.

There was a good Northerly wind with some gusts which gave challenging conditions from time to time.  Seven Merlins started and the race developed in a remarkably similar way to last week’s with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, winning, having steadily increased his lead over Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, with Matt P-J, crewed by Leela Siebert-Patel, third.  Nine Lasers raced with Jon Redding coming first, despite capsizing in front of the box and being temporarily passed by Kaan, who finished second with Tim Medcalf third.

See the report by Tim Medcalf and pictures by Jonathan Key, in News.

My thanks to Joe McLaughlin as OOD assisted by Richard Mason in the Box and to Geoff Malseed and Holly Rosevear for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week

On Sunday 5th December, at 9:30 am, there will be Santa SUP, a Paddleboard event run by Leah, our Paddleboard Captain.  A festive social paddle for all members & non-members alike. Details to follow but expect mince pies.  Christmas outfits or accessories onboard and a nice gentle group paddle trip from the Club. Dig out some tinsel, dust off the SUPs & put it in your diaries.

Also on Sunday 5th December, Alaphia will be cooking a mildly spiced Christmas chicken curry with coconut and coriander, served with a spinach and red lentil dhal, tamarind spiced aubergine, cauliflower, sweet potato and basmati rice.  This will be served with a cucumber and mint raita, mango chutney and poppadoms, followed by vanilla ice cream and a homemade chocolate sauce.  £12.50 pp.

Next Week

On Sunday 12th December there will be a festive glass of fizz and nibbles at lunchtime.  This will be preceded by the traditional Christmas Pudding races.  All Club Members are welcome to participate in what is to be our alternative to the Christmas Lunch for this year.  See the poster on the website which details the conditions.

As it is essential that we have a measure of how many people wish to come, booking must be done by clicking on the Eventbrite booking link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/212741404267 .  We also need to ask people to pay at the bar before the event and, whilst doing so, to advise how many children under 16 will accompany them.  There will be a visit for the children from Santa!! This means it is essential that we know how many children there will be!  We need to ask people to book by midnight on 4th December so that you can pay on Sunday 5th December.  Sadly there will be no Christmas Carol singing because of Covid.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

Sunday Lunches. – 5th & 19th December 2021

We are trialling another new caterer and have arranged for these two Sunday lunches.

Vegetarian option can be available on request.

Booking will be essential by email to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

All feedback would be very gratefully received.

Officer of the Day and Race Management Training – Saturday 11th December

Jim Green and David Baker will be running another morning training course for those who would like to learn how to open up the Club for the arrival of Members and to prepare for and manage the racing programme for the day.  Having more people confident to take on Race Management eases the burden on those already competent and enables them to miss fewer races.  I encourage any member, sailing or non-sailing, to do this course as the outcome is of great assistance to the Club.  To get further details and apply to do the course contact Jim Green at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

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.

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.


If anyone would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp group who hasn’t done so already here is the link:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/EVUYTsqSkGe0ioAyvgtXXF

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you would like some paddling companions. It is always safest to paddle with someone else, particularly in winter, and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  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 decoration and fitting-out is under way.  The intention is that we will install more racking for paddleboards in it and for the canoes which are currently in the main Boatshed.  It will also serve as a winter store for the Optimists.

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

Charles has made good the roof of the Starters Box above the Clubhouse roof.

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