Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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Last Week,  10th to 16th May

On Thursday we held the second of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  Eleven boats (again) started in a light westerly wind and on-the-water the race was won by Matt P-J, crewed by Chris Martin, with Andy Harris, crewed by Nim Harris, second and Charlie Morgan, crewed by Alexey Anatskiy, third.  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, with assistance from Ken Duffell and Charlie Morgan, saw many boats out again, in a gentle westerly wind.  There were seven Toppers, five Lasers and an L2K engaged in a race.  At the end of the session Griff conducted capsize practice in the large slip with an enthusiastic and noisy group of juniors.

Over the weekend, Matt P-J, crewed by Kaan Yargici and Peter Impey, pitted themselves against some serious opposition at Blackwater in their N18 Optimus Prime (421) and had a great time.  See the full report by Matt in News.

On Sunday this week there was a Skiff Club open event which caused the cancellation of the Blue races and affected the start time of the Summer Series 3 White races, the Start Sequence for which was delayed by 20 minutes.  The races were held in a fitful wind, which started as easterly but finished up as a mainly southerly wind.  OOD Tim Medcalf set a dogleg course based on the forecast easterly winds.

Nine 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.

Six Lasers entered the White race which was won by Ros Warwick-Haller, with Alexey Anatskiy, second and John Edmondson, third.  Two boats failed to notice the dogleg on one round!

Four N18s entered the White race which was won on the water by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.

Peter Bide single handed the lone Enterprise round the course.

My thanks to Tim Medcalf as OOD, assisted by Jennifer Falconer Hall in the Box and to Neville Upton and Sophie Harrison for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who cooked a Chinese Sweet and Sour main followed by Sorbet with Lychees to follow.  My thanks also go to David, Sophie and Lara who assisted in the kitchen and ran Phil’s Bar.

The Prizegiving for the Winter Series took place after lunch, followed by a Sailing Committee Meeting.  See the reports by Jonathan Key, on the Racing and Prizegiving, in News.

This Week – 17th to 23rd May

Thursday 19th May sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the third of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series so 5 needed to qualify.  A Fish and Chip supper will be served after the racing.

This Saturday there will be no Junior or Social Sailing as the Merlin Open Meeting is taking place over the whole weekend of 21st/22nd May.  This also means that there will be no Blue or White Series racing on Sunday.

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.

On Sunday 12th June the Royal Canoe Club is holding its annual Marathon race.  We are discussing arrangements with them this week and will report next week on how this and another canoe event scheduled for the 19th June will affect our racing.

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 re-started 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  and Intermediate Paddleboard Coaching on 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