Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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Last Week,  17th to 23rd May

On Thursday we held the third of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  Fourteen boats started in a light westerly wind and on-the-water the race was won by Andy Harris, crewed by Nim Harris, with Matt P-J, crewed by Alastair Banks, second and Tom Low, crewed by Ed Low, third.  The handicapping, however, will change some of that.  My thanks to Graham King as OOD, assisted by Ian Ramage in the Box, and to Paul and Sara Jamieson for manning the Patrol Boat.  This was followed by a supper at the Club.  See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News, together with the results.

This weekend saw the Merlin Open Meeting which was excellently organised by Peter Impey our Merlin Class Captain.

On Saturday the competition was restricted to Vintage and Classic Merlins and there were ten entries for the Porteous Cup and for the Southcott Cup, both of which were won by Rob Cage, crewed by Hatty Cage.   Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, was second and Ollie Houseman, crewed by Harriet Sandall, third in the Porteous Cup and, for the Southcott Cup, Ollie Houseman, crewed by Harriet Sandall, was second with Chris Martin, crewed by Ian Pratt, third.  There was a lunchtime Barbeque which was met with universal approval.

On Sunday the competition was for the Sondown Cup, which this year was a silver Tiller event, and the Elizabeth Bowl for the first vintage boat.  Both competitions and Silver Tiller Bronze Fleet mugs were won by Richard Harris, crewed by Sara Warren, with, for the Sondown Cup, Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second, Ollie Houseman, crewed by Harriet Sandall, third and Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, fourth.  Tom  and Ed Low were awarded Silver Tiller Silver Fleet mugs.

My thanks to Peter Fryer as OOD, assisted by Pauline Fryer in the Box on both days and to Alexey Anatskiy and Brian Corking for manning the Patrol Boat on Saturday and to Chris Taggart, Chris Wade and Robert Blakebrough for manning the Patrol Boat on Sunday.  Also my thanks to the RYA’s Chris Simon who patrolled relentlessly to ensure compliance with the Racing Rules which, he was pleased to report, were satisfactorily observed.

See the full report by Peter Impey on the weekend’s racing in News.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who provided a lunch of Chilli with rice and trimmings and to David, Florin and Lara who assisted in the kitchen and ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week – 24th to 30th May

Thursday 26th May sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the fourth of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series with 5 being needed to qualify.  A supper will be served after the racing.

Jack’s Trip, the Tamesis offshore event of the year, organised by Simon Thompson and based around activities in the Solent.

Social Saturday

This Saturday Junior and Social Sailing will resume following last week’s break for the Merlin Open.  Now that the weather is expected to be a little warmer, we encourage Members to come down to the Club on Saturday afternoons for a social sail, to paddleboard or just to enjoy the riverfront.  Social Saturdays will run during the summer months, depending on demand.  The Social Sailing sessions will get going once the Juniors have come off the water at around 4.00pm or earlier if there is no Junior Sailing.  We plan to arrange for volunteers to open the Bar on most Saturdays – so you may choose simply to come down for a drink and a chat.  The activities on the water will not be formally supervised so please consider carefully before going on the water and read the Social Sailing Risk Statement on the Sailing Notices page on the Club website.

The Blue and White Series racing will resume on Sunday.

Looking Forward

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.  Many of the visiting Canoeists will be unloading and launching their craft from Tamesis.  However, they will not be parking vehicles at the Club.  Their races will be taking place during the morning and should be finished by about 1:30.  We will be running both Blue and White Series races in the afternoon.  The exact timing will be dependent on the Canoes finish time but it is expected that the Blue start sequence will be started at 2:25 pm.

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, send 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 owner’s 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