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Very Sad News

I am very sorry to have to report that Henry Defries died on Saturday evening 4th June, after a very short illness.  Henry had been racing two weeks before and this comes as a great shock.  We extend our sympathy and support to Jenny and will give further information as it becomes known.  Please read Carolyne Vines’ more detailed notice in News.

Last Week – 31st May to 6th June

On Thursday, the first day of the Platinum Jubilee, we held the fifth of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  Seven boats started in a light and variable, essentially non-directional, wind and on-the-water the race was won by Andrew Harris, crewed by Nim Harris, with Alastair Banks, second and Chris Pollard, crewed by Caroline Stillwell, third.  The handicapping, however, changed all that.  My thanks to Garrie Mallen as OOD, assisted by Tim Ginn in the Box, and to Ken Duffell and Joe Woods 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 Friday, we had been invited to join a flotilla of Trowlock Island boats in a convoy to Hampton Court and Back.  We dressed Tamesis lll in bunting and Union Flags and ran the course near the front of the fleet.

On Saturday, the Junior Sailing had a great session run by Griff Tanner – 2 lasers and 3 toppers coping well with some testing gusts.  Homemade cake was consumed afterwards.  The Bar was open and a few members and some of the trainees enjoyed a drink even though the conditions were not ideal for any social sailing

On Sunday, a ghosting northerly wind promised frustrating racing for the Centenary Cup Pursuit Handicap race.  Two Merlins, an Albacore, an N18 and five Lasers entered, some decorated to mark the Jubilee celebrations.  The race was won by Andy Harris, crewed by Tom Harris, although Tom was seen driving at one point, with Marcus Chavasse, second and Mattie Valentine, third.  Mattie was also the winner of the Junior Trophy and Josie Tanner, crewed by father Griff, was second Junior and won the Ladies prize.  It is great to see them competing and we hope to see more Juniors entering the Kempton Nut Pursuit later in the month.    See the Report by Carolyne Vines in News.

My thanks to Richard Harris as OOD, assisted by Emma McDonald in the Box and to Ian Ramage and James Berry for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who provided a splendid buffet style lunch followed by cakes and pastries, served beautifully by Florin and Lara who also ran Phil’s Bar.

Nicky Chavasse was on hand selling Club merchandise on Sunday.  We have quite a few items of stock remaining and there are other items available to order.

This Week – 7th to 13th June

Thursday, 9th June, sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the sixth 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.

On Saturday, 11th June, the Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor Trophies will be contested by the N18s.

On this Saturday, Junior Sailing will take to the water slightly later than usual due to the N18s racing. We will meet at 2.30, as normal, and we will go over some shore-based activities prior to launching once the N18s are finished.

Social Sailing can take place after the Juniors come off the water.  If you would like to go out but would prefer to be sure of the company of other boats, I 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.

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 – allowing you to 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.

Sunday 12th June. Racing in the afternoon

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, although they will be bringing their craft into the Club in the morning they will not be parking vehicles at the Club and will not, therefore, be occupying it when Members come at midday to prepare for racing.  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 anticipated that the Blue start sequence will be started at 2:25.  For full information see https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/2022/06/06/notice-to-competitors-blue-series-and-white-series-start-times-amended-for-12th-june/

Looking Forward

Thursday evening Saga Trophy races will continue to the end of June.  Thursday evening races in July and August will be for the G.W.Smith Trophy.  Summer Series Blue and White races will continue on Sundays until the end of September except on those Sundays when there is a Special Meeting.

The Tamesis Summer Party will be held on Saturday 25th June, starting at 7:30pm.  There will be a Live Band and a Buffet supper and, we hope, decent weather.  Let Nicky Johnson know that you are planning to come so that we can know how many to cater for.

On Sunday 26th June we are holding the Cutty Sark Bolt Handicap Pursuit Race and, for the Juniors, the Kempton Nut Handicap Pursuit.


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 almost full of boards. If you pay for Board storage and your Board is not yet in a storage slot, we are considering how we might increase our capacity for storing Boards. The key to the undercroft is on the same set as the Boatshed key but we are planning to change to a combination type door lock. 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.

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