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Last Week,  11th to 17th January

The third races of the year were run in a relatively light westerly wind with, mercifully not too much stream.  As usual the biggest challenge of the race was rounding the Canbury Mark and at one time there were about ten half stalled boats all trying to round it at the same time.  Seven Lasers competed with Henry Medcalf pulling out a substantial lead from the start and winning by a fair margin from Brendan Hills, who had worked his way up through the rest of the fleet to take second, with Matt Valentine, third.  The N18s were joined by four Enterprises this week, one a visitor from Lensbury, another from Minima and Charles Fox visiting from the N18 fleet as well as Peter Bide who is organising the Enterprises.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, won the N18 race with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, second.  The Enterprise race was won by Ed Mayley, crewed by James Budden, from Minima, with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second, and Chris Rowsell, crewed by Alistair Stewart, third.  Thirteen boats contested the Merlin race, which was the third of the Traveller sub-series in which a visiting boat was again entered.  Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, won, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and Stuart Jenkins, crewed by Nicola Scaddan, from Hampton, third.

My thanks to Mike Adams as OOD, assisted by Jennifer in the Box, who had to cope with an unreliable hooter system.  Also thanks to Martin Thomas and Chris Wade for manning the Patrol Boat and to Chloe and Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

Alaphia, again, came and provided an excellent lunch of Moroccan Couscous Royal which was enjoyed by 20 people.

This Week

Our Winter Series, with the embedded Merlin Traveller and Guest Enterprise limited Series, will continue until the end of March.  It is to be hoped that we will continue to be able to provide some degree of hospitality.

This coming Sunday, Alaphia will be making homemade soups – one veggie and one other – with crusty rolls, soda bread and 3 cheeses – price to be published later on WhatsApp.  It is also hoped that she will be able to provide more full Sunday lunches during the year and this will be confirmed by announcements on the Club and Sailing WhatsApp groups or in Tammy Matters.

Future Events   Depending on Covid conditions there are several events scheduled.

A Club Supper and Talk is planned to take place on Thursday 3rd March.  This will be kept under review depending on the progress of the pandemic.

First Aid Course on 6th February, contact Mal Warner for details.

Vice Commodore’s Dinner is provisionally scheduled to be on 12th February but may be deferred to later in the year.

AGM on 27th February. 

This year we have a number of Offices for which we have no nominations.  Currently the existing management structure is under review and the scope of various offices may be altered.

Membership Survey

The results of the survey are being analysed and 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, please ask Leah via the ‘Contact Us’  link on the website.

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 Club’s 2022 RYA training and children’s camps calendar appear under the new ‘RYA Training’ tab on the front page of the website.  As well as the dates, you will find a short explanation of the courses, how they will be run, and the costs.  New in 2022 are a children’s camp in April, five summer children’s camps and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Tim Medcalf on 07768 018972.


The Tamesis Noticeboard is now being used to show information on the following topics .

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Advice on Casual Sailing and Paddleboarding, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences, Pilates and Works.

Chris Pollard