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Last Week – 5th to 11th July

This last week has been characterised by a steadily increasing temperature, a relative stillness of the air at racing times, a mass migration of Club Members to Salcombe and the Junior Regatta.  See the  full report on Club Members activities at Salcombe, by John Adams, in News.

On Thursday we held the first of this year’s G.W.Smith Trophy races.  There was an entry of six boats, a Merlin, four Lasers and an N18.  The wind was very gentle to start with but, looking at the race sheet, it appears to have died rather suddenly at about five past eight.  Ken Duffell, crewed by Matty Valentine, was first over the line with Henry Medcalf fairly close behind in second place and Stewart Colley a distant third.

My thanks to Peter Impey as OOD, assisted by Alison Cooper in the Box, and to Brian Corking and Holly Rosevear for manning the Patrol Boat.  There was a supper of jacket potatoes with salads, beans and tuna followed by fresh strawberries and ice cream served after the race.  My thanks to Josephine. David, Charlotte and Alice.

See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News, together with the results.

On Saturday the Junior Regatta was held in balmy conditions and a great deal of fun and some competitive racing took place.  It was a tremendous family day and the on-the-water activities were followed by prizes for all and a mammoth barbeque produced by Tim Medcalf with assistance from Nancy Roberts.  It was estimated that about 45 children and adults enjoyed the fare. A good time was had by all and many thanks are also owed to Griff Tanner, assisted by Matt P-J, who organised the whole thing.

On Sunday, the Summer Series 10 races were run.  Four Merlins entered their Blue race which was won by Peter Mason, crewed by Veronique Medcalf, with Chris Balmbro, crewed by William Balmbro, second and Ken Duffel, crewed by Matty Valentine, third.  Seven Merlins entered the White race which was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, with Andrew Harris, crewed by Tom Harris, second and Peter Mason, crewed by Veronique Medcalf third.

Four Lasers contested the Blue race which was won by Henry Medcalf, with Brendan Hills second and Ellen Swartz third.  The White race was contested by five Lasers and this was also won by Henry Medcalf, with Jason Stokes second and Brendan Hills third.

Two N18s and one Enterprise entered both the Blue and White races.  On the water, Alastair Banks, crewed by Chris Cambell, finished ahead of Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, followed by Peter Bide, crewed by Charlie Harvey, in an Enterprise.

See the Report by Carolyne Vines in News.

My thanks to Jim Green as OOD, assisted by Carolyne Vines in the Box and to Johannes Wagner and Byron Hoo who manned the Patrol Boat.

My thanks to Alaphia who cooked us a choice of Chicken Curry with coconut and coriander or aubergine and sweet potato with multiple trimmings followed by watermelon for dessert.  Thanks also to Josefine, David, Charlotte and Alice .

See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This Week – 12th to 18th July

Thursday, 7th July, sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the second of the G.W.Smith Trophy races.  This year there are 8 races in the Series with 5 being needed to qualify.  A supper will be served after the racing.

This Saturday we are holding our last Junior Sailing before the summer break.  It will be run at the normal Junior session time.  Junior sailing is planned to resume in September, after the summer holiday season.

This weekend Thames Sailing Club, in Kingston, is holding its Summer Regatta and has invited anyone who would like to sail in it to enter using their on-line form.  Racing will take place in the morning and afternoon on Saturday and Sunday and there will be a Party on Saturday evening.

At Tamesis the Sunday Blue and White Series races will be held as normal.

Social Saturday

Now that the weather is expected to be warmer, we encourage Members to come down to the Club on Saturday afternoons for a social sail, to paddleboard or just to enjoy the river-front.  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. 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 in the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group and would like to join, please ask to join using the ‘Contact us’ link on the website.  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

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 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.  Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The RYA Level 1 and Level 2 Courses are now fully booked and there are only six spaces left on the Childrens’ Camps – one on the week beginning 15th August and five on the week beginning 29th August.

We have undergone an RYA inspection of our training set-up and although there are some issues which have to be addressed, our training regime is basically sound.


Don’t forget that each week, on a Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon, there are social paddles.  Just post a message on the SUP WhatsApp group if you would like to participate.

It is strongly recommended that all SUPers join the WhatsApp Group so that they will learn of any changes or information about events or group Paddles.  To join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp Group, please ask Leah via the ‘Contact Us’ link on the website.

The storage in the Undercroft has a new combination type door lock so SUPers no longer need to use the key but should pull the door shut whilst out on the water.  If you do not know the combination already, anyone with boards stored in the Undercroft, should drop Leah a text or email at goodlifepaddle@gmail.com for the code to the lock.

Those who store their Paddleboards in the Boatshed, 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.

All the SUP storage slots in both the Boatshed and the Undercroft have been numbered and Boards need to be labelled.  Please ensure all Paddleboards in storage have your name on them.  There are blank tags and marker pens in the Boatshed if you would rather not write directly on your Board.  After 10th July, unnamed Boards will be removed from the racks and stored for reclaim.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga as Club activities.  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 e-mail on goodlifepaddle@gmail.com.

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

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 .

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