Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the norm and 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 by the end of Phil’s Bar 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 there was an informally arranged social sailing session at about 4pm, instigated by Humphrey Dorrell using the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group.  I would like to encourage these sessions, particularly when the weather is kind.

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 an improving but slightly variable southerlyish wind.  OOD Brendan Hills set a straight up-and-down course (L) for all races, although he laid (as it transpired, unused) dogleg Marks in case the wind veered.

Six Merlins started their first (Blue) race which was won by Tim Medcalf, crewed by Jennifer Falconer-Hall, with Rob Hatley, crewed by Lucy Hatley, second and Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie, third.  Four Lasers started their first race which was won by Marcus Chavasse, with Matt Valentine second and Jim Hamilton third.  Three N18s started the N18/Handicap race.  Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, was first with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Adrian Warwick-Haller, third.

Eight Merlins entered the second (White) race which was won by David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, with Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie, second and Ken Duffell, crewed by Joe Woods, third.  Five Lasers started the second race which was won by Marcus Chavasse, with Matt Valentine second and Stewart Colley, third.  The N18 race was won by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, was first with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Adrian Warwick-Haller, third.

My thanks to Brendan Hills as OOD, assisted by Robert Blakebrough in the Box.  Thank you also to Ron Williamson and Jonathan Key for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who cooked Spaghetti and Meatballs with Mozzarella, Parmesan and Sauteed courgettes followed by French Apple Tart and cream and who was assisted by Alice and Sophie.  Thanks also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.  This coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

Next weekend – Easter Sunday

There is the Easter Egg Handicap Pursuit Race, for which Class start times are advertised in the Clubhouse and on the website – click on Easter Egg Handicap in ‘Coming Events’ below Latest News on the website Home page.


A second adult RYA Level 1 training session was run this last weekend, following the Junior Sailing Camp attended by 10 keen youngsters, that was run during the week.  The training has been delivered by Tom Bull, the Club’s Chief Instructor, assisted by Matty Key who has achieved Dinghy Instructor standard, with Tim Medcalf acting as Assistant Instructor for the camp.

Congratulations are due to Matty for gaining his Dinghy Instructor qualification and I would encourage any of our up-and-coming young sailors to consider undertaking the Dinghy Instructor course.  Tim and Tom are currently looking for youngsters who would like to become Assistant Instructors, the ideal first step on the road to becoming a Dinghy Instructor, and anyone who is interested should contact Tim in the first instance on 07768 018972.

The weeklong Junior Sailing Camp was a great success, despite their having been exposed to the full range of Tamesis Club weather conditions!  We have received some very positive feedback from parents of the participants.  Click on the website’s RYA Training tab to read comments.

This tab will also give to you access to the training calendar.  As well as their dates, you will find a short explanation of the courses and camps, how they are run, and the costs.  We are organising five weeklong junior camps in the summer and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.

To reassure our racers, the trainees are able to stay well clear of our racing area whilst completing a full programme!

All Training Courses and 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 will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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.


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 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