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Last Week,  19th to 25th April

On Saturday the Junior sailing session, run by Matt P-J, Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts, with assistance from other parents, saw ten boats out in robust conditions and all the juniors apparently enjoying being back for their weekly sailing slot.

As there was to be no Series racing this weekend, as the Firefly Open meeting was taking place at Tamesis, an expedition of Merlins to Thames SC on Saturday and to Minima on Sunday was mounted. A brief synopsis of the up-river activity by Andy Harris follows below and his full report is in News.

Saturday 23rd April, Thames SC Merlin Open Meeting, River Series and Vintage event took place.  Andy Harris and Matty Key in Crescendo, towed up-river by Tamesis III driven by Jonathan Key, very windy, one capsize and two firsts win the event.

Sunday 24th April, Minima YC Merlin Open Meeting, River Series and Vintage event, Andy and Matty were joined by Joe and Sean, Peter Impey and Vanessa (his sister), Charlie Morgan and Tim Ginn, towed up-river by Tim Medcalf.  Not as windy as Saturday but a good breeze.  The event was won by Rob Cage of TSC with two firsts, Andy and Matty came second with two 2nd place finishes, Joe and Sean 4th overall.   Peter and Charlie finished in the pack.   All four boats were picked up by Jonathan Key and towed back to Tamesis line-astern.   A great weekend of sailing and a big thanks to the host Clubs and to everyone who contributed to help make the logistics work.

At Tamesis on Sunday there was the Firefly Open Meeting which was excellently organised by Matt Dalton, our Firefly Class Captain, and well appreciated by all the contestants.  This event normally incorporates the Elizabeth Cup and the Firefly Junior Cup.  However, the conditions were considered too blustery for the junior helms and the Junior Cup was not contested this year.  The senior helms, however, competed vigorously for the Elizabeth Cup getting used to the shifty wind and the presence of a rowing trial being conducted from the RCC pier.  The day was won by Stuart Hudson from Royal Lymington, crewed by daughter Lizzie, who won all three races, with Alex Davey, crewed by Stella, from Royal Harwich, second and Mark Tait, crewed by Beatrice, from Dell Quay, third.  See the full report by Matt Dalton in News.

My thanks to David Baker as OOD, assisted by Jim Green in the Box and to Peter Bide and Sue Harris for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who, in addition to providing Bacon Butties to start the day, cooked Bangers and Mash for lunch which was greatly appreciated by the contestants and spectators.  She was assisted by Chloe and Alice, who ran Phil’s Bar as well.

This weekend – 30th April to 2nd May

On Saturday, Junior Sailing will be starting at 2:30pm.  Social sailing from the time when the junior sailors finish is encouraged.

Summer Series 3 Blue and White races will be run on Sunday.  As usual, this coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

On Monday (Bank Holiday) the Minima May Merrie long distance race is open to all.

Coming up

Thursday 5th May sees the start of our Thursday evening racing with the first of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series so 5 needed to qualify.

The Prizegiving for the Winter Series is scheduled to take place after lunch on Sunday 15th May.

The Merlin Open Meeting is on the weekend of 21st/22nd May.

We are planning to have a Summer Party on Saturday 25th June.  More details of this will be promulgated nearer the time – this is an Alert.


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 one-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.

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.

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) which 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