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Increasing the fleet of Club boats

Over the weekend the Club has purchased a second-hand Wayfarer to bolster our training and social sailing fleet.  It was surveyed by Alan Green, who lives close to where it was, and he considered it to be in reasonably good condition for its age with only a few minor defects.  It is broadly similar to ‘Midnight’ but is equipped with gear for an asymmetric spinnaker.  Its current sails are well used and will almost certainly be replaced soon.  It will be brought to the Club towards the end of this week.

Last Week,  1st to 7th February

Sunday’s races were contested in a lively northerly with some big embedded gusts, in contrast to the light winds of the previous two weeks.  This, unsurprisingly, resulted in some interesting moments.  Only two Lasers competed this week with Jim Hamilton winning from Matt Valentine, both having had to recover from capsizes.  There were five Enterprises racing this week, one of which retired following a capsize and one after suffering a forestay failure.  Their race was won by Ed Mayley, crewed by James B, with Robin Broomfield, crewed by Paul Broomfield, second, and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third – all from Minima.  The N18s did not feature this week.  Nine boats enterd the Merlin race, the sixth of the Traveller sub-series, two retiring early.  Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, won, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, third.  See the Report by Tim Medcalf in News below.  Tim also launched a competition for a caption for the picture of Charlie and Alexey at a moment of high drama.  There were lots of entries for that.

My thanks to Graham King as OOD, assisted by Tim Ginn in the Box, the hooter system having been sorted.  Also thanks to Ken Thatcher and Ellen Schwartz for manning the Patrol Boat and to David and Yaan who ran Phil’s Bar.

Thanks again to Alaphia who, this week, provided a lunch of Fish Gratin followed by Sticky Toffee Pudding, which was enjoyed by more than 30 Members.  A vegetarian option was also available.

If things were a little wild at Tamesis, our Treasurer, Tom Low, was racing his Merlin in the Tiger Trophy at Rutland Water on Saturday and I quote in part:- ‘despite having me on the transom and Ed standing behind the hoop, we still managed to nose dive on the run.  Then the rudder came off and we couldn’t get it back on again,’  and there is much more.  Tom has written up his full saga which appears in News – sadly no pictures.

This Week

Our Winter Series, with the embedded Merlin Traveller and Guest Enterprise limited Series, will continue until the end of March.

This coming Sunday, Alaphia will be providing a full lunch, the menu and price to be published later during the week on WhatsApp.

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.

The 2021 Prizegiving will be on Sunday 20th February, to take place after sailing and lunch that day.  The format will be somewhat different from the traditional dinner and details will be given in the near future.

The Vice Commodore’s Dinner is currently planned to take place on Saturday 2nd April.

AGM on 27th February

This year we have nominations for most, although not all, of the Offices which will become vacant.  The existing management structure may 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.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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 as a Club activity.


The Club’s 2022 RYA training and children’s camps calendar appears under the new ‘RYA Training’ tab on the front page of the website.  As well as their 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.

The RYA adult training courses and children’s holiday camps are already booking up with a number of dates now full.  If you are interested, details are available here: https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ and Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have, his number is 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