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Last Week, 18th to 24th January
Sunday’s races were contested in a desperately light south-westerly wind with, again, mercifully not too much stream. The haul to the Canbury Mark, capriciously set as a starboard rounding, was heavy going. Four Lasers competed with Henry Medcalf winning, having overtaken Stewart Colley, who was second with Chris Taggart, third. The N18s were joined by five Enterprises this week. Following a navigational error by both N18s at the first Mark, Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, won the N18 race with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, second. The Enterprise race was won by Ed Mayley, crewed by James Budden, with Robin Broomfield, crewed by Paul Broomfield, second, both from Minima, and Peter Bide, single handed, third. Nine boats contested the Merlin race, which was the fourth of the Traveller sub-series in which a visiting boat was again entered. Richard Harris, crewed by Chris Martin, won, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and Stuart Jenkins, crewed by Nicola Scaddan, from Hampton, third. There was a case of enthusiastic roll-tacking resulting in a Helm losing their footing.
My thanks to Kaan Yargici as OOD, assisted by Ros Warwick-Haller in the Box, who, again, had to cope with an unreliable hooter system. Also thanks to John and Zoe Adams for manning the Patrol Boat and to Chloe who ran Phil’s Bar.
Thanks also to Alaphia who provided a lunch of soups with soda bread and three cheeses.
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 providing a full lunch, the menu and price to be published later during the week on WhatsApp. It is hoped that she will be able to continue 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 is likely be deferred to later in the year.
AGM on 27th February.
This year we have nominations for most of the Offices which are becoming vacant. The existing management structure will be reviewed, following the results of the Membership Survey which are still being analysed, and the scope of various Offices may be adjusted.
The meeting is to be in the Clubhouse as usual but a Zoom link is to be arranged for those who cannot or would rather not attend in person.
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.