Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters


New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the one to be used 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.  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 it.  Click on that and the Programme will appear, with all the events from 4th April 2022 to the end of March 2023.

Last Week,  12th to 18th April

On Easter Sunday there was the now traditional Easter Egg Handicap Pursuit Race, held in good weather.  The race was won by Andy Harris, crewed by Tom Harris, with Marcus Chavasse second and Tom McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, third.  See the full report by Jonathan Key in News.

My thanks to Rob Hatley as OOD, assisted by James Berry in the Box.  Thank you also to Geoff Malseed and Chris Wade for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who cooked Lamb Shanks and provided a Peach Melba and who was assisted by Chloe and Lara.  Thanks also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.  As usual, this coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

Next weekend – 23rd/24th April

On Saturday Griff Tanner will be running the first of this year’s Junior Sailing afternoons starting at 2:30pm.  Social sailing from the time when the junior sailors finish is encouraged.

On Sunday there is the Firefly Open Meeting which incorporates the Elizabeth Cup and the Firefly Junior Cup.  Bacon butties will be available for competitors before racing, also a hot lunch will be available.


A third adult RYA Level 1 training session was run this last weekend with a maximum capacity attendance of six adults enjoying the sunshine and all gaining their certificates.  Congratulations to them all.

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.  Anyone who is interested should contact Tim on 07768 018972.

The RYA Training tab https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ will give you access to the training calendar.  In addition to the dates of the courses and camps, you will find a short explanation of how they are run and the costs.  We are organising five week-long junior camps in the summer and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  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

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.

A petition has been set up 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.  There is a press campaign in place 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