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Last Week, 7th to 13th December
Eddy Simmonds funeral took place on Wednesday 8th December and was well attended. There was a reception afterwards at Tamesis. If you wish to make a donation in Eddy’s memory, please send to Kingston Hospital Charity: https://www.khc.org.uk/support-us/donate/
An Obituary is posted on the Club website.
Saturday 11th December – Officer of the Day and Race Management Training
Jim Green and David Baker held another Officer of the Day and Race Management training course. 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
Christmas Pudding Races were in full swing in our part of the Reach as Wallbrook Rowing Club was having its Christmas Pudding races at the same time as ours. With negotiations during the preceding week we were both able to enjoy our sports without significantly interfering with each other. With a fretful South-westerly wind, OOD Jon Redding set 28 laps of a short but devious double dogleg course (shortened for all Classes). Nine Lasers started and their race was won by Brendan Hills with Ros Warwick-Haller second and Alexey Anatsky third. Stewart Colley decided to retire after trying to reposition the Club Mark with his main sheet. The N18 of Henry Defries, crewed by Alistair Banks, cruised the course in solitary splendour, the Commodore having had to eschew racing.
The Merlins, having complained that the course was too short, were granted an extended upstream mark. Eleven boats entered (such was the enthusiasm for Christmas Puddings) and the wind strengthened a little. The race was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, who overhauled Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.
My thanks to Jon Redding as OOD assisted by Caroline Stillwell in the Box and to David Jones and Toby Powell-Blyth for manning the Patrol Boat. Thanks also to Chloe and Megan who ran Phil’s Bar.
Following the recent announcements regarding the Omicron variant, we reluctantly decided to reduce the scale of the festivities which we had planned for 12th December. However, as a measure of compensation, the Commodore invited everyone at the Club to enjoy a glass of Prosecco or a drink from the bar after the racing and while the Christmas puddings were awarded. My thanks to Nicky Johnson who organised the mince pies and other nibbles, and the working party on Thursday who decorated the Clubhouse.
See the report by Tim Medcalf with pictures by Jonathan Key and Chris Wade, in News.
On Wednesday 15th December, Wednesday Working Party Lunch.
Sunday – 19th December 2021
Our Winter Series will continue using the established Covid start sequence. Sadly current conditions mean that this pattern will have to be continued until further notice.
Lunch Alaphia will be cooking for us again. Her menu on 5th December was much appreciated.
The menu is Classic Boeuf Bourguignon served with root vegetables and Christmas trimmings – pigs in blankets, stuffing, chestnuts, Brussels sprouts, followed by Classic French Apple Tart served with Cornish clotted cream. All for £12pp
Please book with Nicky at – Nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com – essential in order to gauge numbers. Alaphia is not able to cook for us again until end January so do not miss out and book up quickly.
Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.
Many thanks to Jonathan Key for doing a great job producing, at very short notice, the first Tamesis calendar, which is on sale in the bar at £12. There is a different picture for each month, showing Club racing, and a great picture on the front cover of Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts on a spinnaker plane, coming upriver. There are a few copies left and if you would like to reserve one, please email Carolyne Vines on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).
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.
Tim Medcalf is working on a programme of Sailing Training to be run at the Club next year. He is going to generate a calendar of training courses which will be run by Tom Bull, the Instructor who ran the Summer Camps this year. This calendar should be available in the near future.
The enclosure and the interior decoration of the Gents undercroft is complete and fitting-out will begin when the floorspace has been cleared. The intention is that we will install 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.