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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.

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

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.  There are still places available on this course and for further details and to apply to do the course contact Jim Green at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

I encourage any Member, sailing or non-sailing, to do this course as the outcome is of great assistance to the Club.  Having more people confident to take on Race Management eases the burden on those already trained and enables them to miss fewer races.

Sunday 12th December

Following the recent announcements regarding the Omicron variant, we have reluctantly decided to reduce the scale of the festivities which we had planned for 12th December.  Even with all the windows open there would be a large number of people in close proximity and we feel this is unwise.  Beside which, it would be difficult to wear masks and maintain distance and somehow manage to eat and drink as well!!

However, as a measure of compensation, the Commodore is inviting everyone at the Club on Sunday 12th to enjoy a glass of Prosecco or, if they prefer, a drink from the bar after the racing and while the Christmas puddings are awarded.

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,  30th November to 6th December

Sunday 5th December  Leah, our Paddleboard Captain, led the inaugural Santa SUP, for Paddleboard Members.  A small but hardy group, with Christmas outfits and accessories, had a festive social paddle, down to the weir and back, despite the chilly, gusty wind from the North.  They were observed eating cake and mince pies afterwards.

For the second week running there was a good Northerly wind with some challenging gusts.   Five Lasers took on the elements and, following a good deal of place swopping, the race was won by Kaan, with Jim Hamilton second and John Edmondson third.  Having found one of Genevieve’s original sails, Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, was able to take two reefs out of his mainsail and was the only N18 to brave the conditions.  Eight Merlins started and, as the race developed, Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, won, having overhauled Richard Harris, crewed by Chris Martin, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, third.

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

My thanks to Chris Balmbro as OOD assisted by Tim Ginn in the Box and to Tim Medcalf and Flora Laidlow for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Josefine, Yann and Jack who ran Phil’s Bar.

Following the racing a Club lunch, produced by Alaphia, of spiced Christmas chicken curry with coconut and coriander, with a host of additions, followed by vanilla ice cream and a homemade chocolate sauce, was served.  The lunch was enjoyed by 35 Members who gave good feedback.

This Week

On Wednesday 8th December, Eddy Simmonds funeral will take place at 1:15 pm 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.

On Sunday 12th December The traditional Christmas Pudding races will take place.  Details of the revised Christmas Celebration afterwards are above.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

Sunday Lunch 19th December 2021

Alaphia will be cooking for us again.  The menu (veggie option available) will be published later but booking by email to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com will be essential to enable us to gauge numbers ………. Alaphia is not able to cook for us for a few weeks after that so the next opportunity will probably be in the second half of January – so don’t miss the 19th.

Again, all feedback will be very gratefully received.

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.


If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp group, 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 fancy some paddling companions. It is always safest to paddle with someone else 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 and the interior decoration of the Gents undercroft is complete and fitting-out is under way.  The intention is that we will install, in it, more racking for paddleboards 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.

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