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Tamesis Summer Party.     Saturday 25th June

It has been some time since we have been able to have any major social function, at the Club and it is now Time to Celebrate.  The House Committee is planning the Summer Party and we are looking forward to seeing a lot of Members (and bring your friends too) enjoying a lively evening.  We have a live band booked and there will be dancing.  Watch this space for more information but put the date into your diaries!  Everyone welcome!

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

Last Week – 24th to 30th May

On Thursday we held the fourth of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  Seven boats started in a light and variable westerly wind and on-the-water the race was won by Matt P-J, crewed by Alastair Banks, with John Adams, crewed by Ros Warwick-Haller, second and Chris Taggart, third.  The handicapping, however, may change some of that.  My thanks to Andy Harris as OOD, assisted by Sally Warwick in the Box, and to Ken Thatcher and Garrie Mallen 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.

On Saturday the Junior Sailing session was run by Griff Tanner and Matt P-J, with additional assistance from others.  There was a reasonable northerly wind and six Toppers and a Laser were out and getting useful tips from Griff.  Following the Junior session, Chris Taggart and Alden Horwitz went out for a social sail in an L2K and a Merlin respectively.

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

On Sunday, a gusty northerly wind promised good racing.  Three Merlins entered the Blue race which was won by Tim Medcalf, crewed by Jennifer Falconer-Hall, with Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Joe Woods, crewed by Ken Duffel, third.  Seven Merlins entered the White race and this was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Jason Stokes, with Andy Harris, crewed by Tom Harris, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.

Four Lasers entered the Blue race which was won by Mattie Valentine, with Chris Taggart second and Brendon Hills third.  The White race also had four entrants and was won by Mattie Valentine, with Alden Horwitz second and Chris Taggart third.

No N18s entered this week.

See the Report by Carolyne Vines in News.

My thanks to Charles Fox as OOD, assisted by Alexey Anatskiy in the Box and to Kaan Yargici, Ron Williamson and Alastair Banks for manning the Patrol Boats.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who provided a lunch of roast cod and bacon with new potatoes, asparagus and salsa verde, followed by strawberries and cream, and to Florin and Lara who ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week – 31st May to 6th June

Thursday 2nd June sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the fifth 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.

This Saturday, Junior Sailing will take place as usual under the watchful eye of Griff’s team and Social Sailing will occur after the Juniors come off the water at around 4.00pm.  Last week there were two boats out but we would like to see more.  If you would like to go out but would like to be sure of the company of other boats, I would suggest putting out a note on the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group to ask if anyone else is considering it.  If you are not on the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group and would like to join, please ask to join using the ‘Contact us’ link on the website.

Centenary Cup and Jubilee Celebration – Sunday 5th June

This Sunday, 5th June, there will be no Blue or White Series races as we will be running the Centenary Cup Pursuit Handicap race.  Here is the link to the start times for the various classes https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/event/centenary-cup-handicap-pursuit-race/.

This is also the date of our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and, after a buffet style lunch followed by a cakes and pastries, it may be appropriate to mark the occasion with a sail-by with boats dressed overall, or decorated in some way if there is suitable wind and weather, though the forecast is not promising.

Social Saturday

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.  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.

Looking Forward

On Saturday 11th June the Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor trophies will be competed for by the N18s.

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 7 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.


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 Start 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 is a lovely time to get out for a paddle.  However, please remember to keep well clear of the racing.

Upcoming SUP lessons will be running at the Club including SUP Yoga and Intermediate Paddleboard Coaching. 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.

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