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Proposed Race Schedule trialled on 13th March.

Our first Sunday trial of the proposed new Race Schedule appeared to go according to plan and was reasonably well received.  There has already been some feedback on the trial race pattern and anyone wishing to give an opinion on it should contact the Rear Commodore Sailing, Marcus Chavasse.  The trial schedule is available in the Red Banner for those who wish to remind themselves.

Last Week,  8th to 14th March

This Sunday’s races were contested in a strongish and gusty supposedly southerly wind which had a tendency to veer to westerly without much notice.  This was the first day of racing trialling the proposed new starting sequence which is intended to give us additional racing by running two Series races in the morning.  There was a reasonable turn-out for the early (10:30+) races and OOD Andrew Harris set a course upstream towards Kingston Bridge.  In the new schedule we have reverted to our pre-pandemic start sequence with Merlins starting first, followed by Lasers and then the N18s et al, third, at 5 minute intervals.

Five Merlins started their first race which was won by Charlie Morgan, crewed by Tim Ginn, with Matt P-J, crewed by Lyra Wade, second and Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie third.  Seven Lasers started their first race which was won by Matty Key, with Jim Hamilton, second and John Edmondson third.

There were ten entries for the second Merlin race which was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Chris Martin, with Stewart Jenkins, crewed by Nicola Scaddan, second and Charlie Morgan, crewed by Tim Ginn, third.  Six Lasers started the second race which was won, again, by Matty Key, with Chris Taggart second, and Jim Hamilton, third.  The lone Enterprise of Ed Mayley, crewed by James Budden, sailed the course with panache, as we have come to expect.

My thanks to Andrew Harris as OOD, assisted by Nim in the Box, who did a sterling job of trialling the new Start Sequences.  Also thanks to Marcus Chavasse, Oursal Sayer, Jonathan Key, Tom Harris and Chris Wade for manning the Patrol Boats.  My thanks also go to Josefine, Chloe, David, Yann and Jack who ran Phil’s Bar and prepared the sandwiches.  There was some consternation caused by a shortage of beer as a result of a very successful party on Saturday evening.

This Week

Our Winter Series, with the embedded Merlin Traveller and Guest Enterprise limited Series, will continue until the end of March but, with the introduction of the new race schedule, it is the second (White) race which will count for the Traveller Series.  The Enterprise fleet has decided to continue sailing with us until near the end of March.

Next Sunday, 20th March.  We will be serving a hot meal this week – details will be broadcast by WhatsApp later in the week.  Please email Carolyne Vines on cvines6285@aol.com to allow us to gauge numbers.

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

A Club Supper and Talk is now planned to take place on Thursday, 24th March.

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.


Leah Fraser, our Paddleboarding Captain, led a Paddle for Peace, in support of Ukraine, on Saturday, 12th March.  This was well supported and raised a good sum.  See the News article by Leah.

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.

Chris Pollard