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Last Week,  26th April to 2nd May

On Saturday the Junior sailing session, run by Griff Tanner, Matt P-J, Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts, with assistance from other parents, saw a lot of boats out again, despite the very light wind.   The Juniors were enjoying the Toppers, Lasers and L2K whilst Griff gave on-the-water experience in the Wayfarer.

The Sunday Blue and White races were held in a fitful wind with considerable shifts in direction resulting in frequent bunching at the Lensbury and Canbury Marks.

Four Merlins entered the Blue race which was won by Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, with an unusual dead-heat for second between Joe Woods, crewed by Ken Duffel, and Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie, with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Veronique Medcalf, third.  Eight Merlins entered the White race and this was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma Mcdonald, with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, third.

Three Lasers entered the Blue race which was won by Matty Key with Matt Valentine second and Alexey Anatskiy third.  The White race had four entrants and was won by Matt Valentine, with Peter Johnson second and Ros Warwick-Haller, third.

Three N18s entered both the Blue and White races and both were won on the water 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 Rupert Fletcher as OOD, assisted by Eva Heap in the Box and to Jim Hamilton and Barbara Adams for manning the Patrol Boat.  See the report and pictures by Jonathan Key in News.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who cooked a roast chicken lunch with a raspberry sherry trifle to follow, which was greatly appreciated by 34 diners.  Also my thanks to David and Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

On Monday, Carolyne Vines towed Peter Impey’s Merlin up to Minima to compete in their May Merrie race.  Conditions were not lively and the race was over a shortened course.  See the report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This week – 3rd to 8th May

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.  A supper will be served after the racing.

On Saturday, Junior Sailing will be starting at 2:30 pm.  Social sailing from the time when the junior sailors finish is encouraged.  There is a Dragon Boat regatta taking place along the length of Trowlock Island but, following discussions with the Dragon Boat organiser, the two activities will be able to take place at the same time.

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.

Coming up

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.

The date for Jack’s Trip, the Tamesis offshore event of the year, is 28th May and those who would like to participate should contact Simon Thompson at st599@zepler.net.

On Sunday 5th June we will be running the Centenary Cup Pursuit Handicap race.  This is the date of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there are plans to have some form of event at the Club.

Save The Date.      Saturday 25th June – Tamesis Summer Party
Time to celebrate.  The House Committee is planning the Party and looking forward to seeing lots of Members and their friends enjoying a fun evening.  Watch this space for more information but put the date into your diaries!  Everyone welcome!

Anyone who would like to help would be welcomed with open arms – get in touch with Nicky Johnson.


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 Medcalf 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 .

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