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Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters


New Race Schedule

Following the three-week trial, the new Race Start schedule has been adopted for our Summer Series.  The early (10:30+, Blue) group of starts will constitute a new Series of Trophy Races and the later (11:30+, White) group of starts will be for the traditional Summer or Winter Series.  The full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Tamesis Club printed Programme 2022/23

A reminder that 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,  29th March to 5th April

On Saturday afternoon, the Lasers had an informal session when Matt P-J was on hand to provide tips to all-comers on how to improve their Laser sailing technique.  See the report by Jim Hamilton, the recently elected Captain of the Laser fleet, in News.

The Vice Commodore’s Dinner, which constituted the first traditionally held formal Club function since the first lockdown, though a little smaller in numbers than usual, went with a swing.  An excellent dinner of Duck Breast with trimmings followed by a Chocolate Mousse was provided by Alaphia and was enjoyed by all.  The Vice Commodore introduced the proceedings and the Uffa Spoon was awarded to the Commodore.  See the report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This Sunday’s races were contested in a better than forecast north-north-easterly wind which occasionally backed to north-westerly.  OOD John Adams set a straight up-and-down course (K) for all races.

Seven Merlins started their first (Blue) race which was won by Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, with Matt P-J, crewed by Lyra Wade, second and Rob Hatley, crewed by Lucy Hatley, third.  Seven Lasers started their first race which was won by Marcus Chavasse, with Henry Medcalf second and Mattie Valentine third.  Three N18s started the N18/Handicap race.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, was first with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second and Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, third.

Seven Merlins entered the second (White) race which was won by Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, with Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Matt P-J, crewed by Lyra Wade, third.  Seven Lasers started the second race which was won by Marcus Chavasse, with Chris Taggart second and Henry Medcalf, third.  The N18 race was won by Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.

My thanks to John Adams as OOD, assisted by Zoe Adams in the Box.  Thank you also to Ian Ramage and Stephen Lucas for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who cooked roast chicken with couscous and a vegetable salad followed by raspberry jelly with raspberries and cream and who was assisted by Chloe and Lara.  Thanks also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.  This week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

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 recent Head of The River Race  (4,000 participants) and 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 stepped up our campaignduring 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.


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 first weekend training session was run this last weekend and during this week a Junior Training camp will be run.

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 running this week, five Children’s Camps in the summer 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