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Mayhem by Eunice

On Friday the much advertised storm Eunice did not disappoint.  A gust of 75 knots was recorded at Queen Mary Sailing Club and it can’t have been much less at Tamesis.  Our Boat Park is open to Westerlys, which Eunice was, and, as a result, a number of boats were disturbed, some parking themselves at alarming angles and others finishing up in the river.  It was heartening to see the large and rapid turn-out of Members to form a boat rescue party on both Friday, despite the dreadful conditions, and on Saturday to complete the task.  It highlighted the sort of Club we have and I thank all those involved and I am sorry that the strictures of isolation prevented me from joining the band.  A report by Peter Johnson is in News below.

The lesson which comes out of this is that, when high winds are forecast, owners of boats stored in the open in the Dinghy Park should have in place the means to tie their boats down to ground anchors.  These are not guaranteed to secure your boat but they give them a much better chance.

Last Week,  15th to 21st February

This Sunday’s races were contested in a westerly wind with big embedded gusts.  The Enterprise and N18 fleets had both decided that the forecast conditions were too severe and did not feature.  Four Lasers started and despite multiple capsizes, all finished with Matt P-J winning, new Member Kai Wohlfarht coming second and John Edmondson third.  Five Merlins entered the eighth of the Traveller sub-series and the race was hard fought.  It was Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, who won, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, a close second and Charlie Morgan, crewed by Tim Ginn, third.  See the full Report by Tim Medcalf in News below.

My thanks to Peter Mason as OOD, assisted by Richard Mason in the Box.  Also thanks to Chris Balmbro and Barney Smith for manning the Patrol Boat, to David and Yaan who ran Phil’s Bar and to Chloe who helped Alaphia in the Kitchen.

Thanks again to Alaphia who, this week, provided a lunch, for 34, of chicken curry and a red lentil Dahl, both with accompaniments, followed by meringues with raspberries and cream, before the Prizegiving.

The 2021 Prizegiving took place after sailing and lunch and was hosted by the Vice Commodore and the Rear Commodore Sailing – the Commodore being isolating.  The format was somewhat different from the traditional dinner, with a compressed Prizegiving sequence, partly a consequence of our having lost most of the last Winter Series to Covid and to stream conditions.

This Week

Our Winter Series, with the embedded Merlin Traveller and Guest Enterprise limited Series, will continue until the end of March.  The Enterprise fleet has also decided to continue sailing with us until near the end of March

This coming Sunday, 27th February, Alaphia will again be providing lunch, before the AGM, and the provisional menu is Beef Stew and Mash, followed by Crumble – final details will be posted on WhatsApp during the week.

The Dinghy Show is on this Saturday (10am to 6pm) and Sunday (10am to 5pm) at Farnborough (Hants).  For information, Brian Corking, who won the Club’s Virtual Regatta America’s Cup series last year, has been competing in the RYA’s 2022 Winter Club eSailing Championship.  You will be able to see how Brian got on when the event is screened at the Dinghy Show at 5pm on 26th February.

AGM on 27th February – this coming Sunday – starting at 2pm

This year we have nominations for most, although not all, of the Offices which will become vacant.

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.

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 and is dependant on the progress of the pandemic.

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

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 booking up fairly quickly 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.

With the lifting of restrictions the Noticeboard and Red Banner have been updated.

Chris Pollard