Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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Donald Forbes

We have become aware that Donald Forbes, a recent stalwart of the Laser fleet, has been taken into hospital with an infection contracted following a routine operation.  We wish him well and hope that he makes a speedy and full recovery.

Increasing the fleet of Club boats

The new to the Club Wayfarer has arrived and thank you to Tim who towed it from Chichester.  It is broadly similar to ‘Midnight’ but is equipped with gear for an asymmetric spinnaker. It will be fettled, new training sails will be acquired and it will be brought into use as soon as possible.

Last Week,  8th to 14th February

This Sunday’s races were contested in a very lively Southerly wind with big embedded gusts.  The conditions were extremely challenging and, of the seven Lasers who started, six capsized on the run from the first windward mark.  Only Stewart stayed upright but he made up for that later in the race.  There were five Enterprises entered this week but only one ventured to the Start line.  Ed Mayley, crewed by James Budden, from Minima, capsized before reaching the first mark but bailed out and completed the course to win.  The N18s, wisely, did not put in an appearance.  Six Merlins entered the seventh of the Traveller sub-series, which was a race of changing fortunes.  Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, had a serious rigging failure as the result of an exceptional gust, and had to retire whilst leading.  Later Matt P-J, crewed by Lyra Wade, capsized whilst leading but recovered to finish third.  It was Ken Duffell. crewed by Joe Woods, who won with Rob Hatley, crewed by Lucy, second.  See the full Report by Tim Medcalf in News below.

My thanks to Henry Defries who stepped in as OOD, assisted by Alistair Banks in the Box.  Also thanks to Paul and Sarah Jamieson and David Baker and Jim Green for manning the much needed Patrol Boats and to David and Chloe who ran Phil’s Bar.

Thanks again to Alaphia who, this week, provided a lunch of a duo of pastas with accompaniments followed by Tiramisu, which was enjoyed by more than 20 Members.  A vegetarian option was also available.

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.  It is intended to serve non-sailers from about 12:30 in order that sailers can get their lunches more quickly to allow us to start the prizegiving as early as possible.

The 2021 Prizegiving will be this coming Sunday, 20th February, and will take place after sailing and lunch that day.  The format will be somewhat different from the traditional dinner, with a compressed Prizegiving sequence.

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 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