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Happy Christmas to all Members of Tamesis Club

I hope that, despite the currently escalating threat of the Covid pandemic, you are all able to celebrate with your families and/or friends this Christmas.

Last Week,  14th to 20th December

On Wednesday 15th December, the Wednesday Working Party Lunch at the Adelaide was enjoyed by all who attended.

Sunday 19th December

The day dawned foggy and windless which was not a good omen for the last race of the calendar year.  However, a relatively short straight up and down course was laid in hope and by the time that the nine Lasers were ready (or in Stewart’s case, nearly so) to start, there was a gentle but relatively steady north-easterly which allowed them to make reasonable progress.  Their race was won by Jon Redding with Alistair Banks a close second and Henry Medcalf third.  The N18s of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, started, alarmingly, in opposite directions but quickly adopted the same course.  After a close race, Henry crossed the finish line a little ahead.  By the time the Merlins started, the wind had strengthened slightly but was still a bit fitful.  Ten boats entered and, following plenty of place swapping throughout the fleet, the race was won by Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, who overhauled Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, with Andy Harris, crewed by Tom, third.

My thanks to David P-J as OOD assisted by Fleur Moree in the Box and to Alison Cooper for manning the Patrol Boat with me.  Thanks also to Josefine and Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

Following the recent announcements regarding the Omicron variant, all those who had booked for Alaphia’s second Sunday Lunch were asked to do Lateral Flow Tests and eat with the windows open.  The menu of 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 went down well.  My thanks to Nicky Johnson for organising it.

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

This Week

Sunday  26th December 2021

There will be no formal racing on Boxing Day and the Club will not be open.  Those who wish to have a casual sail may, of course, do so.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will resume on 2nd January and run until the end of March provided no Government pronouncements forbid it.

Club Calendar

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 cvines6285@aol.com.

Membership Survey

The survey has now closed and the results are being analysed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will 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 would like some paddling companions.  In winter, particularly, it is always safest to paddle with someone else 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 will be posting a programme of Sailing Training at the Club next year.  The calendar of training courses which will be run by Tom Bull, the Instructor who ran the Summer Camps this year, has been formalised and Members can contact Tim on 07768 018972 if they would like to know more.  Further details to will be published on the website in the New Year.


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 has rotted and 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


The Noticeboard will be updated when the outcome of government reaction to the increasing infection rates becomes clear.  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