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Club Security

I went to the Club on Monday evening, to check that the Marquee had not blown away, and was disturbed to find that the Men’s Changing Room was, again, wide open.  I also found that a card with the code for the Undercroft lock was on the ground by the Undercroft door – not great security for the Boards stored therein.

It is good that Members, particularly Paddleboarders, use the Club whenever they can but we do need to keep the premises secure.  If you suspect that you may be the only Member(s) left at the Club, please make sure that all buildings are locked up.  There have been thefts from Trowlock Island in the very recent past so there are active thieves in the area.

Paddleboard Racking and Identification

All the SUP storage slots in both the Boatshed and the Undercroft have been numbered.  Once you have established your Board in a rack slot, please continue to keep it in that slot.  Boards need to be labelled.  Please ensure that yours has your name on it in a place which is easily visible when the Board is racked.  Despite this being requested before, there are many Boards which have no readily visible identification of ownership.  From this week, unnamed Boards may be removed from the racks and stored for reclaim when they will be identified.  Please save yourself the irritation of finding your Board gone when you want it by complying with this request.

Last Week – 19th to 25th July

On Thursday we held the third of this year’s G.W.Smith Trophy races.  There was an entry of seven boats, two Merlins, four Lasers and one N18.  The wind was a gentle East-southeasterly.  Ken Duffell, crewed by Matty Valentine, led throughout the race and was first over the line with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, in second place and Henry Medcalf third.

My thanks to Jim Green as OOD, assisted by Alastair Banks in the Box, and to Humphrey Dorrell and Ian Wyatt for manning the Patrol Boat.  My thanks to Chloe, Josephine and Alice who provided a supper of quiche with salads followed by Eton Mess after the race and looked after the Bar.

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

On Sunday, the Summer Series 12 races were run in a brisk and gusty southeasterly breeze.  Only one Merlin entered the Blue race which was Tim Barr, crewed by Kevin.  Six Merlins entered the White race which, after a neck and neck race, culminating in a short burst of match racing, was won by Andy Harris, crewed by Sarah Warren, with Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, second and David Baker, crewed by Barbara Adams, third.

Three Lasers contested the Blue race which was won by Marcus Chavasse with Mattie Valentine second and Alexey Anatskiy third.  The White race was contested by five Lasers and this was won by Jason Stokes, with Jon Redding second and Marcus Chavasse third.

A single Solo, sailed by Joe McLaughlin, entered (and won) the Blue race.

See the Report by Carolyne Vines in News.

My thanks to Caroline Stilwell who assisted me in the Box.  A special thank you to Peter Bide and Chris Campbell who gave up sailing to man the Patrol Boat in the absence of the rostered crew and to Ken Duffell and Ron Williamson who manned a second boat to cover the lengthened course in challenging conditions.

Thanks also to Alaphia who cooked a lunch of roast cod, Italian pasta salad with a basil and Parmesan dressing, with an option of grilled chicken for those who didn’t want fish and mozzarella for vegetarians. Dessert was Zabaglione served with raspberries and savoiardi biscuits. Many thanks to Alaphia, Chloe and Charlotte, our newest catering assistant, in the kitchen and Josie and David in the Bar.

See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This Week – 26th July to 2nd August

Thursday, 28th July, sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the fourth 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.

The Sunday Blue and White Series 13 races will be held as normal.

Our Week-long Junior Summer Camps are about to start.

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  read the Social Sailing Risk Statement on the Sailing Notices page on the Club website and consider carefully before going on the water.

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.


On the RYA Training tab on the website https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/  you will find a short explanation of the Courses and Camps, of how they are run and the costs.  Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.


If you use the Changing Rooms please ensure that they are shut if you think you may be the last person on site.

Do not forget that each week, on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons, 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 to alert them to any changes or information about events or group Paddles.  To join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp Group, please ask Leah via  goodlifepaddle@gmail.com.

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 send Leah a text or email to 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.

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 to 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