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Trial of Proposed Race Schedule.

Our third and final Sunday trial of the proposed new Race Schedule went well.  There has already been feedback on the trial race pattern and anyone else wishing to give an opinion on it should contact the Rear Commodore Sailing, Marcus Chavasse.  This week’s racing having been the last before our Summer Series starts, all feedback received before 6pm on Tuesday will be considered at the Sailing Committee which will meet this week and a decision taken as to whether this will become our normal race schedule for the future.

The printed version of the Tamesis Sailing Programme for the coming year is now available in the Clubhouse.  Copies are in a cardboard box on the round table next to the veranda door.  Please will Members collect their copy as we are not intending to post them out unless specifically requested.

There is also a printable version which can be accessed from the website and which is at the end of the Tammy Matters text.  Just scroll down to ‘Coming Events’, you will see a heading ‘FULL SAILING PROGRAMME’ immediately under that.  Click on that and the Programme will appear, with all the events from 4th April 2022 to the end of March 2023.

Last Week,  22nd to 28th March

The Thursday Supper and Talk was reasonably well attended although about half of those present were associated with the River Thames Boat Project, which was the subject of the talk.  Kate Dodds introduced Jon Chapman (a Trustee and Educational Volunteer) who gave a clear presentation of the educational objectives of the Project and described the typical clientele and activities which they would participate in.  Following Jon, Chris Deavin, the Chair of Trustees, gave a view of the future aspirations of the Project.  Alaphia provided an excellent Chicken Curry followed by a Pear Belle Hélène which was enjoyed by all.  See the report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This Sunday’s races were contested in a promising north-easterly wind with little stream.  This was the last week of racing trialling the proposed new start sequence.

OOD Marcus Chavasse set a dogleg course (O) for the early (Blue) series races but set a longer  course (K) for the Geoff Cooper Trophy race for the Merlins.  The Lasers and N18s raced on the original course for their White series races.  Several boats misjudged the downstream starts and there were individual recalls in three of the races.

Five Merlins started their first race which was won by Matt P-J, crewed by Lyra Wade, with Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Joe Woods, crewed by Ken Duffell, third.  Four Lasers started their first race which was won by Matty Key, with Jim Hamilton second and Mattie Valentine third.  Three N18s started the N18/Handicap race.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, was first on the water with Alistair Banks, crewed by Caroline Stilwell, second but Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ, did not finish.

Eleven Merlins entered the Geoff Cooper Trophy race for which a longer course was set.  It was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, with Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, a tight third, just ahead of David Baker, crewed by Peter Johnson.  Three Lasers started the second race which was won by Mattie Valentine, with Alexey Anatskiy second and Jim Hamilton, third.  The N18 race was won, on the water in a very tight finish, by Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Alistair Banks, crewed by Caroline Stilwell, a close second and Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ, third.

My thanks to Marcus Chavasse as OOD, assisted by Nicky Chavasse and Humphrey Dorrell in the Box.  Thank you also to Martin Thomas and Brian Harper-Lewis for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who cooked salmon fillets with seasonal vegetables followed by treacle pudding and custard and who was assisted by Chloe and Sophie.  Thanks also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.  Next week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

This Week –   The Vice Commodore’s Dinner,      Saturday, 2nd April.

The Vice Commodore’s Dinner is the event at which the most notable calamitous episodes during the year are recounted and at which the Uffa Spoon is awarded to that deemed the most worthy by the current holder and, therefore, a subjective appraisal.  It is generally regarded as one of the social highlights of the year.  All are welcome – see the poster and description of the event under the ‘Coming Events’ heading on the website.  The menu is – Smoked salmon with blinis, pickled cucumber & crème fraiche to start with a main course of Roast duck leg, sweet potato mash, buttered Savoy cabbage & orange sauce and a dessert of Mousse au chocolat.  Please sign up in the Clubhouse or email Nicky Johnson at nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com to book.

Unfortunately, Covid is currently rife and several Members are currently infected and isolating.  To reduce the likelihood of further spread, please will everyone planning to come to the Vice Commodore’s Dinner do lateral flow tests on both Friday and Saturday and inform Nicky Johnson ( nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com ) if they find they have to isolate.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

The following has been extracted and partly paraphrased from an e-mail trail of the RYA West Thames group.

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

Notwithstanding this, the extension of the ferry service to FFC alone, will most likely cause the closure of the rowing and sailing clubs in Putney Reach and the consequences would be devastating for all rowing Clubs on the river – events such as the Head of The River Race this weekend just gone, (4,000 participants), the Boat Race, etc. will be no more. The reasons for this are very clear when you look at the graphic overlays of how the UBER boats would navigate the waters to FFC – please see attached presentation that we made to a number of local Clubs last week at a Joint Meeting we held with Fleur at RSC last Thursday. (* image not attached)

At the Meeting there was unanimous support from all present that we have to stop this pier and we have now stepped up our campaign ahead of the Boat Race this weekend, with the full backing of British Rowing and Thames Regional Rowing Council. We have set up a petition with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) that will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  We have a press campaign in place, banners and fliers being displayed at the Boat Race, and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

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