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Last Week,  3rd to 9th May

On Thursday we held the first of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  A good entry of eleven boats started in a light north-easterly wind on a beautiful evening.  Regrettably, as so often happens, the wind began to die as 8 pm approached and the race was a Merlin benefit, being won by Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie.  This was followed by a supper at the Club.  See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News, together with the results.

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, in a brisk northerly wind.  There were seven Toppers, three Lasers and two L2Ks engaged in a race.

There was also a Dragon Boat regatta taking place along the length of Trowlock Island which, as a result of discussions, was able to be held unhindered at the same time.

At the same time, Tom Bull and Matty Key were running an RYA Level 2 Training Course, which continued on the Sunday.  All the Trainees were successful in gaining their Certificates – well done to the Training Team.  It is worth relating that, up to the present time, Tim has received over 100 applications for places on Training Courses this year.  See the Training report by Tim in News.

Also occurring on Saturday was the Ranelagh Downriver Race in which Peter Impey and Tim Medcalf competed.  Tim Medcalf has given a very full report of this event in News.

The Sunday Blue and White races were held in a mainly brisk, but fitful wind, as last week, with considerable shifts in direction requiring studious wind chasing on most parts of the course.  OOD Mike Adams set a dogleg course based on the forecast easterly winds (which were in evidence when he set the course) but rearranged the dogleg for the White races to take account of the changed dominant wind direction.

Three Merlins entered the Blue race which was won by Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Bethan, second and Joe Woods, crewed by Ken Duffel, third.  Eight Merlins entered the White race and this was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma Mcdonald, with Andy Harris, crewed by Tom Harris, second and Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, third.

Five Lasers entered the Blue race which was won by Chris Taggart with Henry Medcalf second and Mattie Valentine third.  The White race had six entrants and was won by Jon Redding, with Henry Medcalf second and Chris Taggart, third.

Three N18s entered both the Blue race which was won on the water by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second and Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  Henry did not enter the White race which, again, was won on the water by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second.

My thanks to Mike Adams as OOD, assisted by Jennifer Adams in the Box and to Clive Mence and Adrian Warwick Haller for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who cooked marinaded pork chops with vegetables with a  rhubarb crumble and custard to follow.  My thanks also go to David who ran Phil’s Bar and to Alice and Florin who helped in the Bar and Kitchen.

This week – 10th to 16th May

Thursday 12th May sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the second 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.

This week there is a Skiff Club open event which will affect our racing.  For the Summer Series 3, only the White races will be run this Sunday and the initiation of the Start Sequence will be delayed as little as possible but by no more than 15 minutes.  Detailed briefing on the day.

As usual, this coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

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

Coming up

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 – please get in touch with Nicky Johnson.


The RYA Training tab on the website 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.

There are a few places available on RYA Level 1 and Level 2 courses and on the Childrens’ Camps starting on 22nd and 29th August.

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 .


As Thursday night sailing has restarted we would like to welcome any paddlers to use this time for sunset SUP-ing.  One of our newest Members tested the waters last Thursday evening, followed by dinner at the Club, which is available to all with prior booking, and they thoroughly recommended the experience. The waterways tend to be much quieter on midweek evenings and it’s a lovely time to get out for a paddle.  However, please remember to keep well clear of the racing.

Upcoming SUP lessons running at the Club include SUP Yoga May 14th & 28th,  Beginners Paddleboarding May 14th, and Intermediate Paddleboard Coaching May 28th. Book on the website https://www.goodlifepaddle.com/book-online or if you are interested in more information drop Leah an email on goodlifepaddle@gmail.com

Note: when booking online all Tamesis Members can use the code ‘TAMMY’ for a £5 discount on any session.

The new storage in the Undercroft is complete and ready to receive boards. If you pay for board storage and your board is not yet in a storage slot please do help yourself to one of the new ones. The key is on the same set as the Boatshed key. All boards need to be labelled with their owners name.

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.

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.


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


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