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Last Week  14th to 20th September

On Saturday, the Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket Open had an entry of 12, including 2 visitors from Hampton SC and 1 from Thames SC.  The weather was benign with a reasonably consistent southerly breeze.  There were four races with three to count and the racing was tight.  Three of the four trophies were won by Richard Harris, crewed by Sara Warren, beating John and Livvy Bell from Hampton SC by a single point with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.  The fourth race, for the Southcott Cup, was won by Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key.  See the report by Tim Medcalf in News.

I would like to thank Peter Fryer OOD, ably assisted by Pauline in the Box, with thanks also to Kaan Yargici, Steve Katz and Phillipe Pierrot for running the patrol boats.  Additionally thanks to Chris Simon of the RYA who gave his time to act as on-the-water umpire.

In the lunchtime break from sailing there was a barbeque which was generally agreed to have been outstanding.  My thanks to Nancy, Bethan & Florence Roberts with Beth, Huw & Max McLaughlin. (+ Hugh Snr. McLaughlin on burger flipping duty) who produced the BBQ, with cakes supplied by Sue Harris, Jane McLaughlin, Beth & Nancy and thanks also to Megan who ran Phil’s Bar.

On Sunday the forecast was for very light winds and, accordingly, there was a relatively light entry.  Four Lasers raced and only two Merlins.

The N18s had the long-distance race for the Claude Russell Cup.  Four boats entered and Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, established an early lead which they were able to maintain throughout the race.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, took second place with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.  As this race finished (and the Merlins were still racing) the heavens opened and by the time the boats were packed away everyone was soaked to the skin.

I would like to thank John Adams as OOD, assisted by Zoe in the box, with thanks also to Stewart Colley and Jonathan Key for running the Patrol Boat.

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September – A Raters weekend.

This coming weekend the A Raters arrive for their annual Regatta at Tamesis.  It’s always exciting to witness these magnificent craft and this year we have an opportunity, on Saturday afternoon, to offer, on a first come first served basis, ‘Rides on a Rater’ for our Junior sailors at about 3 pm.  Those interested should contact Tim Medcalf on  07768 018972 or at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk.  Places are limited and there will be a charge of £5 which will go to a Charity of the Rater’s choice.

On Sunday the Rater’s Regatta continues and we will interleave the last of our Summer Series Races with their races.

Anyone who is able to help with either Sunday lunchtime catering or Phil’s Bar, please contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com as soon as possible.

We continue our period of considerable sailing activity at the Club with the following events which are in the Events Calendar on the Tamesis website.

2nd October – N18 Inland Championships incorporating the postponed Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor competitions.

3rd October – Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open Meeting.

On Sunday 10th October our Winter Series starts and it will then run to the end of March, with a break on November 7th when the Trowlock Trophy Pursuit race will be held.

Training

We are looking into the possibility of offering Patrol Boat training in the near future to increase our pool of potential Patrol Boat drivers.  More information on this at a later date.

Catering

We are continuing to determine whether we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated Duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their Duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened.  If a Member knows they cannot perform an allocated duty it is their responsibility to request and establish a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a Duty.

Paddleboarding

The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed need to be identified, using indelible marker, to allow us to keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We have passed the date by which we asked you to identify your Boards.  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board, please make contact with Leah via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  We will remove and store any unmarked Boards and release them on identification.  Brian Harper-Lewis has put a marker pen in a pot to the left of the rafter Paddleboard storage for you to mark your Boards.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.

It has been noted that some paddleboarders are leaving the Boatshed door open whilst they are out on the water.  Please do not do this.  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 from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Noticeboard

Information on the following topics has been placed on the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences.

Advice on Casual Sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River Conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap or River Thames Conditions.  Links for both these sites are available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

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Last Week  7th to 13th September

The Saturday Junior Sailors had a really good afternoon under the tutelage of Griff Tanner.  17 sailors took advantage of the excellent weather: the three Lasers competed against each other and all had a good time.  We also had some new members join in who came away with smiles on their faces and happy parents who had had the opportunity to relax and socialise by the river.

Following the sailing there was a noisy game of many-a-side table football, possibly fuelled by the delicious cakes and orange squash!  Many thanks to Griff for taking on this important activity for the Club.

There will be no Junior sailing next week as the Merlin Open meeting takes place on Saturday.

On Sunday the Annual Regatta took place in near windless conditions which taxed even the most seasoned of Tamesis sailors.  Despite this, the regatta was a great success.  OOD Matt P-J set a short and simple course appropriate for the conditions and the full racing programme was achieved.  Vice Commodore Peter Johnson won the Laser class, Charles Fox, crewed by Roy Williamson, won the N18 class and Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, won the Merlin Rocket class.  We welcomed three boats from Minima YC who won the handicap prizes.  See the full report by Tim Medcalf in News.

An innovation at this year’s Regatta was a race for Paddleboards (SUPs).  This reflected the growing strength of the SUP membership. The race was outstanding with 18 entrants, all of whom had a great time and created a real buzz.  Kaan Yargici, piloted by Oscar, was the outright winner but lots of prizes were awarded.  See the full report by Tim Medcalf in News

I would like to thank Matt P-J as OOD and Garrie Mallen for helping in the box, also thanks to Geoff Malseed and Charles Tugendhat for running the patrol boats.  Thank you also to Leah Fraser, SUP Class Captain, for helping to stage the SUP race, and to Nicky Johnson and David Wagner for running the bar.

Saturday 18th September – Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket Open.

There is a large field of entries for this event and although the race management is fully covered there is a shortage of people to help run the bar and barbeque, both of which are integral to the success of the day.  If anyone is able to help with either of these please contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com as soon as possible.

We continue our period of considerable sailing activity at the Club with the following events which are in the Events Calendar on the Tamesis website.

Sunday 19th September – Claude Russell Cup for N18s in parallel with Summer Points Series for Lasers and Merlins.

25th and 26th September – A Raters weekend at Tamesis Club in parallel with Summer Points Series racing on Sunday 26th September.

2nd October – N18 Inland Championships.

3rd October – Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open Meeting.

Training

We are looking into the possibility of offering Patrol Boat training in the near future to increase our pool of potential Patrol Boat drivers.  More information on this at a later date.

Catering

We are continuing to determine whether we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated Duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their Duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any Duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a Duty.

Paddleboarding

The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed need to be identified using indelible marker to allow us to keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We have passed the date at which we asked you to identify your Boards.  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board, please make contact with Leah via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  We will remove and store any unmarked Boards and release them on identification.  Brian Harper-Lewis has put a marker pen in a pot to the left of the rafter Paddleboard storage for you to mark your Boards.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Noticeboard

Information on the following topics has been moved to the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River Conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap or River Thames Conditions.  Links for both these sites are available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

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Last Week  31st August to 6 September

On Friday the Club hosted a large gathering following a most moving Memorial Service for Martin Adams.  The weather was glorious which allowed full use to be made of the Club’s open spaces.  Excellent catering was provided by Delightful Dining and Josefine, Dylan and David looked after Phil’s Bar.

September saw the resumption of Saturday Junior Sailing under the tutelage of Griff Tanner.  The enthusiasm for this session borders on overwhelming with more than twenty keen participants.  Many thanks to Griff for taking on this important activity for the Club.

With the Firefly Open Meeting precluding normal Sunday racing, a considerable contingent, 3 Merlins and 4 Lasers, went up-river to compete in the Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta, which took place over Saturday and Sunday.  Our sailors acquitted themselves well with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, winning the Merlin class with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Ed, second.  Chris Taggart won the Laser class from Stewart Colley, on countback, and Ed Medcalf, crewed by Tim, won the novice class from Henry Medcalf.  Minima were excellent hosts and all those who participated enjoyed the weekend despite there being only light winds.  See Tim Medcalf’s full report on the Minima Regatta in News.

The Firefly Open Meeting on Sunday sadly attracted only one visiting crew, who borrowed Sue Harris’s boat for the occasion.  There was a light south-easterly breeze when OOD Charles Fox set a dogleg course.  However, by the time racing began the wind had gone to north easterly resulting in an unusual running start for the three entrants.  The wind continued to fluctuate between these two directions throughout the day and, although the fleet was very small, the racing was very tight in all three races.  The trophy was ultimately won by the visitors, Oliver and Chris Perkins from Papercourt SC, with Griff Tanner, crewed by Matt Dalton, second and Johannes Wagner, crewed by Luzius, third.  The contest for the Firefly Junior Trophy was even more closely fought with Luzius Wagner just beating Josie Tanner to the line, both juniors being crewed by their fathers.  See the report on the Junior cup by Matt Dalton in News.

My thanks to Charles Fox, assisted by Robert Blakebrough, for running the races and to Rupert Fletcher and Sophie Harrison for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Josephine and David who provided bacon rolls, sandwiches and cake for lunch and ran Phil’s Bar.

Looking Forward

The Saturday Junior Sailing session is active again and I am grateful to Griff Tanner for taking on the running of this popular activity.

Sunday 12th September – Tamesis Club Autumn Regatta.

This coming Sunday is the Autumn Regatta.  There is a poster for it on the website and the 2021 NOR Tamesis Club Autumn Regatta is available as a download.  With the introduction of a SUP fleet into the Club. the race programme has been expanded to include an inaugural SUP race.

If you would like to take part in the SUP race, please arrive before noon in time to inflate your board and register (registration will need to be accompanied by a £2.50 entry fee, payable by card on the day).  SUP Class Captain Leah Fraser will offer a skills workshop free of charge on the lawn from about 12.15.  The race itself will start at about 12.30 and last in the region of 30-40 minutes, starting and finishing in front of the Club.  Racers must wear a buoyancy aid and use a leash during the race.  A number of prizes will be awarded, including for Juniors, so do come down and have a go.

Following our Regatta we will continue the period of considerable sailing activity at the Club with the following events which are in the Events Calendar on the Tamesis website.

Saturday18th September – Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket Open.

Sunday 19th September – Claude Russell Cup for N18s in parallel with Summer Points Series for Lasers and Merlins.

25th and 26th September – A Raters weekend at Tamesis Club in parallel with Summer Points Series racing on Sunday 26th September.

2nd October – N18 Inland Championships.

3rd October – Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open Meeting.

Training

We are looking into the possibility of offering Patrol Boat training in the near future to increase our pool of potential Patrol Boat drivers.  More information on this at a later date.

Catering

We are continuing to determine whether we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated Duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their Duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any Duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a Duty.

Paddleboarding

The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed need to be identified using indelible marker to allow us to keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We have passed the date at which we asked you to identify your Boards.  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board, please make contact with Leah via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  We will remove and store any unmarked Boards and release them on identification.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.  Brian Harper-Lewis has put a marker pen in a pot to the left of the rafter Paddleboard storage for you to mark your Boards.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Noticeboard

Information on the following topics has been moved to the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River Conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap or River Thames Conditions.  Links for both these sites are available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

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Last Week  24th to 30th August

This week saw the last of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from  Ben Ramage, Iwan Drewett and Caitlin.  The participants had been fortunate with the weather and all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.  These Camps have been a great showcase for the Club and all credit to Tim who not only came up with the detailed concept but also has managed them for the three years that they have been running – and running very well.  Credit also to Tom Bull who has been Chief Instructor on this year’s Camps and has clearly inspired the children with the assistance of Ben, Iwan, Matty, Alden and Caitlin – an enthusiastic team.  Very well done.

The final race of the G.W. Smith Trophy, held on Thursday, attracted a fleet of 16 boats, 7 Merlins, 7 Lasers, a Laser 2k with training sails and a Firefly.  The intended start time had been 7pm to allow for the shortening daylight hours.  However, the enthusiasm of the fleet to get going resulted in two General Recalls and, as a consequence, the actual start time was only a minute earlier than the normal 7:15 start.  A good race in a light North-north-easterly wind was won on the water by Andy Harris, crewed by Tom, with Charlie Morgan, crewed by Humphrey Dorrell, second and Matt P-J in third place.  See the comprehensive report on the race and the Series by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Carolyne Vines, assisted by Henry Defries, for running the race and to Robert Blakebrough and Chris Taggart for manning the Patrol Boat.  Anne Bayne and Sue Harris cooked a lovely roast chicken dinner followed by meringue and fresh fruit with cream.  They were assisted by David  and Megan who also ran Phil’s Bar.

Sunday was initially completely windless and OOD, Brendan Hills, decided to delay the Laser start until 10:45, by which time a fitful North-westerly wind had arrived.  Four Lasers competed and Stewart Colley was the convincing winner from Henry Medcalf in second and Jim Hamilton, third.  Three N18s started, with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning comfortably from Chris Pollard crewed by Alistair Banks, with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.  Seven Merlins raced with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, winning from David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, who took second place, with Ken Duffell, crewed by Mattie Valentine, in third.

My thanks to Brendan Hills, assisted by Ros Warwick-Haller, for running the races and to Mark Gardener and Jennifer Falconer Hall for manning the Patrol Boat.  Sally & Adrian Warwick-Haller made tasty fresh sandwiches and there was a choice of cake to have afterwards.  Megan and David switched between the kitchen and Phil’s bar, which was run by Josefine.  Joanna Stewart, who is a new member of Tamesis, came in for training in the bar and we shall look forward to seeing her again soon.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated Duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their Duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The Saturday Junior Sailing session is planned to re-start in September and I am grateful to Griff Tanner for taking on the running of this popular activity.

There will be a hiatus in the Summer Points Series this Sunday (5th September) as Tamesis is hosting the Firefly Open meeting.

We are entering a period of considerable sailing activity at the Club and the following events are in the Calendar.

Sunday 5th September – Firefly Open (no Club racing).

Weekend of 4th and 5th September – Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta.

Sunday 12th September – Tamesis Club Autumn Regatta.

Saturday18th September – Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket Open.

Sunday 19th September – Claude Russell Cup for N18s in parallel with Summer Points Series for Lasers and Merlins.

25th and 26th September – A Raters weekend at Tamesis Club in parallel with Summer Points Series racing on Sunday 26 September.

2nd October – N18 Inland Championships.

3rd October – Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open Meeting.

Training

We are looking into the possibility of offering Patrol Boat training in the near future to increase our pool of potential Patrol Boat drivers.  More information on this at a later date.

Catering

We are continuing to determine whether we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.

Paddleboarding

The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed need to be identified with indelible marker to allow us to keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We have passed the date at which we asked you to identify your boards  and if you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board, please make contact with Leah via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  We will remove and store any unmarked Boards and release them on identification.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.  Brian Harper-Lewis has put a marker pen in a pot to the left of the rafter Paddleboard storage for you to mark your Boards.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Noticeboard

Information on the following topics has been moved to the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River Conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap or River Thames Conditions.  Links for both these sites are available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

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Last Week  17th to 23rd August

This week saw the fourth of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from  Ben Ramage, Matty Key and Caitlin.  Last week the participants enjoyed really good weather and all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.  Congratulations to Matty Key who passed his Assistant Instructors qualification on this course and is now working towards becoming a Dinghy Instructor.

The eighth race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a light South-westerly wind.  3 Merlins, 6 Lasers, 3 N18s and a Topper competed.  Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines in N18 Zephyr overtook both Matt P-J and Charlie Morgan, crewed by Matty Key by the last lap to take the win on the water with Charlie and Matty 2nd and Matt P-J not far behind in 3rd ahead of the other two N18s.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Rob Hatley, assisted by Ian Ramage, for running the race and to Simon Thompson and Ellen Schwartz for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson, who presented another of Anita’s suppers which was well received.  She was assisted by Josephine, David and Dylan, who served the supper and ran Phil’s Bar.

Sunday was initially overcast but became much sunnier with a briskish (with obligatory lulls) North-westerly wind.  Five Lasers competed and Mattie Valentine was the runaway winner from Chris Taggart in second and Roz Warwick-Haller, third.  Two N18s started, with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning comfortably from Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ, who developed rigging issues.  Nine Merlins raced with Richard Harris, crewed by Maddie, winning convincingly from Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Max, who took second place from Peter and Richard Mason by a margin of 2 seconds.

My thanks to Charlie Morgan, assisted by Humphrey Dorrell, for running the races and to Neville Upton and Toby Powell-Blyth for manning the Patrol Boat. Thank you also to Josefine, David and Alden who provided delicious sandwiches and combined this with running Phil’s Bar.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The last  of the G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will be on Thursday evening with a 7:00 pm start.

The Saturday Junior Sailing session is planned to re-start in September and I am grateful to Griff Tanner for taking on the running of this popular activity.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (29thAugust), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore.  It has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Member wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

We are about to enter a period of considerable activity on the water and the following events are in the Calendar.

5th September – Firefly Open (no club racing)

4th and 5th September – Minima Yacht Club Annual Regatta

12th September – Tamesis Club Autumn Regatta

18th September – Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket Open

25th and 26th September – A Raters weekend at Tamesis Club (normal club racing on 26 September)

2nd October – N18 Inlands

3rd October – Tamesis Club Laser Barometer Open

Training

We are looking into the possibility of offering Patrol Boat training in the near future to increase our pool of potential Patrol Boat drivers.  More information on this at a later date.

This week we had an inspection by the RYA. which was successfully passed.

Catering

We are continuing to determine whether we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.

Paddleboarding

The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed need to be identified with indelible marker to allow us to keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We have passed the date at which we asked you to identify your boards  and if you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board, please make contact with Leah via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  After this week we will remove and store any unmarked Boards and release them on identification.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.  Brian is planning to leave a marker pen handy for you to mark your boards.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including Canoes and Paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

I should also remind you that our Dinghies need to be licensed too.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Noticeboard

Information on the following subjects has been moved to the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities.  Car Parking.  Club Boats.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

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Sad news this week of the death of Martin Adams, a long-time stalwart of the Tamesis Club Offshore Fleet.  He died peacefully at home on Saturday 14th August after a brave, uncomplaining, fight, having been diagnosed with a brain tumour last Autumn.  The Club extends its sympathy and support to Barbara, their three daughters Charlie, Nicki and Cassie and six granddaughters.

Martin met Barbara at Arun YC where he was a Past Commodore and they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary last summer.  He was an accomplished offshore sailor and owned Murena ll, a 30ft Jeanneau, for many years.  A keen supporter of the Tammy Offshore Group, he has been a holder of both the Jack’s Trip and Seacock Trophies.  He had also skippered a chartered yacht in the Greek and Croatian Islands with a small group of Tammy sailors for a week each year for 9 recent summers.

As well as sailing Martin was a keen tennis player and this year was awarded the Lawn Tennis Association life-time achievement award for his role in establishing the Ham and Petersham Tennis Club.  He will be greatly missed at Tamesis.

Last Week  10th to 16th August

This week saw the third of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from  Iwan Drewett, Ben Ramage and Matty Key.  Last week the participants enjoyed really good weather and all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.

The seventh race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in an inconsistent South-westerly wind.  4 Merlins, 10 Lasers, 3 N18s, a Topper and a Laser 2k competed.  Two Merlins and an N18 battled for line honours with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Veronique, winning from Chris Balmbro, crewed by William, with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, a close third.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

The race was slightly marred by a collision between Chris Balmbro and Henry Defries which ocurred as a result of their having to take avoiding action to not run down a sculler who had inadvertently rowed into the gap between the Club mark and the bank as they were about to round the mark.  We are talking to the rower’s Club and hope we can promote a better understanding of our racing with them.

My thanks to David Baker,  assisted by Jim Green, for running the race and to Barney Smith and Clive Mence for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson, who produced a much-appreciated supper and was assisted by Chloe and Josephine, for serving the suppers and running Phil’s Bar.

Sunday was initially overcast with a hint of drizzle but improved to be sunny with a nominally south westerly breeze.  OOD Kaan Yargici set a single dogleg course which proved reasonably challenging when the wind direction shifted.  Six Lasers entered with Alistair Banks winning from Matty Key, with Stewart Colley third.  Three N18s raced, Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning from Charles Fox, crewed by Ron Williamson with Chris Pollard, crewed by Tim Ginn, third.  Seven Merlins raced with Richard Harris, crewed by Maddy, being the winners from Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.

My thanks to Kaan and Nicky Johnson for running the races and to Paul and Sara Jamieson for manning the Patrol Boat. Thank you also to Josefine, Chloe and David who provided the lunches and combined this with running Phil’s Bar.

 

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through August.  For at least the last race in August there will be a 7:00 pm start.  Information of when this occurs will be notified nearer the time on the Sailing WhatsApp Group.

The Saturday Junior Sailing session is taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions planned to re-start in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (22nd August), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore.  It has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Member wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

Training

We are looking into the possibility of offering Patrol Boat training in the near future to increase our pool of potential Patrol Boat drivers.  More information on this at a later date.

This week we are having an inspection by the RYA.

Catering

We are continuing to determine whether we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.

Bar Prices

We have not increased our Bar prices for some time but it has now become necessary as cost-of-living rises have caught up with us.  The increases will come into effect on Thursday evening and the revised tariff will be posted in Phil’s Bar.

Paddleboarding

The Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed should be identified with indelible marker so that we can keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We ask that Boards are identified before Wednesday, (18th August).  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board before then please make contact with Leah via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  After that date we will secure any unmarked Board and release it on identification.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.

Leah Fraser will be running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including Canoes and Paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

I should also remind you that our Dinghies need to be licensed too.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Noticeboard

Information on the following subjects has been moved to the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities.  Car Parking.  Club Boats

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

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Last Week  3rd to 9th August

This week saw the second of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from  Iwan Drewett, Alden Horwitz and Matty Key.  Again, they were not blessed with the kindest of weather but they all seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely.

The sixth race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday and saw fewer entrants than usual, possibly due to the inclement weather forecast, with 4 Merlins, 6 Lasers and 2 N18s competing.  Three Merlins battled for line honours with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Jennifer Falconer-Hall, winning convincingly followed by Charlie Morgan, crewed by David Baker, second and John Adams, crewed by Sophie Harrison, a close third.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Graham King, assisted by Matt Dalton, for running the race and to Peter Impey and Griff Tanner for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Andrew and Alden Horwitz, assisted by Chloe, for cooking and serving the suppers and to Peter and Nicky Johnson for running Phil’s Bar.

Sunday was forecast as miserably wet and very gusty.  In the event it was not so bad with some rain affecting the Lasers and N18s and the wind being more subdued than forecast but still coming from all directions.  Five Lasers entered with Marcus Chavasse winning from Kaan Yargici and with Jim Hamilton third.  Two N18s raced, Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning from Charles Fox, crewed by Ron Williamson.  Six Merlins raced with David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, being the runaway winners from Charlie Morgan, crewed by Tim Ginn, second and Ken Duffell, crewed by Joe Woods, third.

My thanks to John and Jean Meredith for running the races and to Paul Jamieson and David Allen for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Anita, who provided lunches for 15 people which were served by Nicky Johnson and Megan and to Josephine who ran Phil’s Bar.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System and you will get an e-mail reminder about a week before your allocated Duty.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through August.  For races later in August there will be a 7:00 pm start.  Information of when this occurs will be published nearer the time.

The Saturday Junior Sailing session is taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions planned to re-start in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (15th August), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore, and it has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Member wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

Training

We are looking into the possibility of offering Patrol Boat training in the near future to increase our pool of potential patrol boat drivers.  More information on this at a later date.

Catering

We are continuing to establish if we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.  Anita will be producing further meals in the near future.

Paddleboarding

The number of Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed has ballooned and it is important that owners identify their Boards with indelible marker so that we can keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We ask that Boards are identified before Wednesday, 18th August.  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board before then please make contact via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  After that date we will secure any unmarked Board and release it on identification.  The charges for Paddleboard Membership and Board storage have been finalised and will be published in the Membership area on the website.

Leah Fraser will be running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including Canoes and Paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Noticeboard

Information on the following subjects has been moved to the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities.  Car Parking.  Club Boats

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Important items in this issue

Please take particular note of the items under Catering and Paddleboarding

Lifting of Covid related restrictions

We are adopting a step-by-step approach to returning the Club to operating in the manner we would like it to, opening up as quickly as is considered prudent.  The initial steps are laid out in the Red Banner and Noticeboard on the website.  We have placed notices in the Clubhouse to assist you to remember how to use Phil’s Bar and to order food when it is available.  The Barbeque will be operating as frequently as possible and the presence of the Marquee means it will not be limited by rain.

Last Week  27th July to 3rd August

This week saw the first of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from Ben Ramage, Iwan Drewett, Alden Horwitz and Caitlin.  They were not blessed with the kindest of weather but the participants seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely despite this.  As a result of the violent gusts on Thursday, the Marquee suffered a minor tear but this was not worsened by Friday’s winds.

The fifth race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a gusty South-westerly wind.  This Series continues to have a good turn-out with a field of 21 entrants which included 9 Lasers, 9 Merlins and 3 N18s.  Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, were first on the water, followed by Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Holly Rosevear and John Adams, crewed by Sophie Harrison.  However, Matt P-J in his Laser was ominously close on the water – we will see what the handicapping reveals.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Jim Green, assisted by Eva Heap, for running the race and to Ian Ramage and Chris Wade for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson and Sara Jamieson for serving up the suppers, produced by Anita, and Debra Horwitz, assisted by Alden, for running Phil’s Bar.

On Sunday, OOD Howard Thatcher postponed the start of the Laser race due to a complete absence of wind and the Lasers were started with the N18s to maintain the start sequence from that point.  Three Lasers entered with Chris Taggard winning from Ellen Schwartz and with Matt Valentine third.  Three N18s raced, Charles Fox, crewed by Ron Williamson, winning with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, second and Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  Ten Merlins raced with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Flora Laidlow, winning from Peter Mason, crewed by Nick James, second and Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Max, third.

My thanks to Howard Thatcher, assisted by Tim Ginn, stepping in to run the races and to Brian Corking for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Team Horwitz for providing barbeque lunches from the Marquee with Chloe running Phil’s Bar.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through August.  For races later in August there will be a 7:00 pm start.  Information of when this occurs will be published nearer the time.

The Saturday Junior Sailing session will be taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions planned to re-start in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (8th August), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore, and it has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Member wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

Catering

We have arranged with Anita, a potential caterer, to see if we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.  She will, again, be producing a minimum of 15 meals, at £10 per head, on Sunday (8th August).  It will not be possible to increase the order, so it is essential that you book a meal in advance, preferably by Thursday, with Nicky Johnson at nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

For Sunday the proposed lunchtime menu is Spinach, Cheese and Ham Quiche, Leek and Bacon Quiche, Quinoa Salad, Camargue Rice Salad, Potato Salad and Leaf Salad

I encourage you to sign up for these meals if you like the sound of them.

Paddleboarding

The number of Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed has ballooned and it is important that owners identify their boards with indelible marker so that we can keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We ask that Boards are identified before Wednesday, 18th August.  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board before then please make contact via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  After that date we will secure any unmarked Board and release it on identification.  The charge and charging regime for storage has been finalised by Management Committee Meeting on 2nd August and will be publicised next week’s Tammy Matters.

Leah Fraser will be running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including Canoes and Paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities (fuller details on the Noticboard)

Checking into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft is no longer mandatory but is encouraged.

The Changing Rooms are now open but Members are asked to allow social distancing to Members who request it.  There is sanitising spray available which should be used to clean down the benches.

Phil’s Bar has been re-opened but there must be no more buyers at the Bar than there are servers behind it.  For the immediate future there will be a limited number of marked positions in the Clubhouse for Members waiting to go to the Bar – additional customers must wait on the Veranda.

With the lifting of Covid related restrictions, we are looking to move, in a measured way, towards what used to be normality.  A full description of how we plan to operate is available on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner and will be updated as conditions change.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours, please get one from the stock held at Phil’s Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not have their own boat, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club Boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our Boats to let us know if one has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell a Club Officer of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a Boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the Boat and the problem.  Also, please pack Boats away properly when you have finished using them.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Notices

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at

https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at

River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

Scroll to the end of this e-mail to see the News articles

 

Important items in this issue

Please take particular note of the items under Catering and Paddleboarding

Lifting of Covid related restrictions

We are adopting a step-by-step approach to returning the Club to operating in the manner we would like it to, opening up as quickly as is considered prudent.  The initial steps are laid out in the Red Banner and Noticeboard on the website.  We have placed notices in the Clubhouse to assist you to remember how to use Phil’s Bar and to order food when it is available.

Last Week  20th to 26th July

The fourth race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a light southerly breeze.  The field of 18 entrants included 9 Lasers, 5 Merlins, 2 N18s, a Firefly and a Training-rigged Laser 2k. – Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, were first on the water.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to David P-J and Fleur Moree for running the race and to Steve Lucas for accompanying me manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Alden  leading Team Horwitz, for providing an excellent supper and Chloe for running Phil’s Bar for the first time since the first lockdown.

On Saturday a party was gathered to erect the marquee which will be used for the five Summer Camps arranged by Tim Medcalf.  My thanks to all of the team who gave of their time to do this very cheerfully, despite the impending rain which, fortunately, did not start until we had finished.

Sunday saw the Summer Series Class races, in a good northerly wind.   Six Lasers entered with Stewart Colley winning from Brendan Hills and with John Edmondson third.  Two N18s raced, Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning on the water from Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough.  Eight Merlins raced with Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, winning from Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.

My thanks to John Adams for running the race and to Peter Fryer and Jim Hamilton for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Team Warwick-Haller for providing lunches with Chloe running Phil’s Bar.  After racing, Ros Warwick-Haller ran a sale of Club Clothing for Zoe Adams, who could not be there.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through July and August.

The Saturday Junior Sailing session will be taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions planned to re-start in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (1st August), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore, and it has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Member wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

On Monday 26th July the first of our five Summer Camps started.

Catering

We have arranged with a potential caterer to see if we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.  She will, for this trial period, be producing a minimum of 15 meals, at £10 per head, on both this coming Thursday (29th July) and on Sunday week (8th August).  It is possible that the order on each day may be increased if there is a good response to this.  It is essential that you book a meal for Thursday in advance , preferably by this Tuesday evening, with Nicky Johnson at nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

The principal menu for this Thursday will be Greek Lamb Pilaf with Orzo, followed by Summer Berry Crumble with cream.  There will be a vegetarian alternative by arrangement through Nicky.

For Sunday week the proposed lunchtime menu is Spinach, Cheese and Ham Quiche, Leek and Bacon Quiche, Quinoa Salad, Camargue Rice Salad, Potato Salad and Leaf Salad

I encourage you to sign up for these meals if you like the sound of them.

Paddleboarding

The number of Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed has ballooned and it is important that owners identify their boards with indelible marker so that we can keep track of who is storing a Board.  We ask that Boards are identified during the next three weeks (i.e. before Wednesday, 18th August).  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board before then please make contact via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  After that date we will secure any unmarked board and release it on identification.  The charge and charging regime for storage has not yet been finalised but will be determined in the next Management Committee Meeting on 2nd August.

Leah Fraser has expressed an interest in running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club.  She has been invited to run some trial sessions and we are currently determining the exact terms and conditions for her to run this enterprise.  We are hopeful that this can be arranged in the very near future.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including Canoes and Paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Checking into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft is no longer mandatory but is encouraged.

The Changing Rooms are now open but Members are asked to allow social distancing to Members who request it.  There is sanitising spray available which should be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

Phil’s Bar will be re-opened but there must be no more buyers at the Bar than there are servers behind it.  For the immediate future there will be a limited number of marked positions in the Clubhouse for Members waiting to go to the Bar – additional customers must wait on the Veranda.

With the lifting of Covid related restrictions, we are looking to move, in a measured way, towards what was normality.  A full description of how we plan to operate is available on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner and will be updated as conditions change.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours, please get one from the stock held at Phil’s Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not have their own boat, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club Boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell a Club Officer of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Notices

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at

https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at

River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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 Lifting of Covid related restrictions

As there is a considerable proportion of our Membership who are inclined to the view that, with the currently rising infection rates and the appearance of new strains of the virus, lifting all the restrictions completely and immediately is unwise.  We are, therefore, going to adopt a step-by-step approach to returning the Club to operating in the manner we would like it to, but opening up as quickly as is considered prudent.  The initial steps are laid out in appropriate places in this edition of Tammy Matters and will be on the Red Banner and Noticeboard in due time.  I ask for your co-operation in this as we do not want to see the Club as an infection hub if we can help it.

Last Week  13th to 19th July

The third race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a decent breeze which held to the end of the race.  The field of 24 entrants included 11 Lasers, 7 Merlins, 3 N18s, an Albacore and 2 Training-rigged Laser 2ks. – what will the handicapping reveal?  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Rupert Fletcher and Toby Powell-Blyth for running the race and to David Jones and Brian Harper-Lewis for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nim Harris and Helen for providing a most popular Curry supper and Josephine and Megan for running the Veranda Bar.

The Junior Sailing session on Saturday, the last before the summer break, was followed by the Junior Barbecue run by Nim and Andy Harris.  There was a bumper attendance and the party went on until after 9pm.  Clearly a much appreciated success.

Sunday saw the Summer Series Class races, in the faintest wind which came from a variety of directions – none of them predictable.   Five Lasers entered with Chris Taggart winning from Brendan Hills with Ros Warwick-Haller third.  Three N18s raced, Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, just winning on the water from Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  Nine Merlins raced with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, winning from Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Tim Medcalf, crewed by Ed, third.

My thanks to Chris Balmbro and Sue Harris for running the race and to John Edmondson and James Berry for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to David and Alden for providing lunches with Nim and Helen running the Veranda Bar.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System.  You are reminded that it is most important for Members who are allocated duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their duty.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for the absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through July and August.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will be taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions re-starting in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (25th July), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore, and it has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Members wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

On Monday 26th July the first of our five Summer Camps starts.  As a precursor to this, we will be erecting a marquee on the lawn for the use of the children attending the Camp.

Changes to Rules for Sailing as a result of the lifting of restrictions

Following the lifting of Covid restrictions, Masthead Buoyancy will no longer be required and the wearing of Personal Buoyancy will be optional during the Summer season.  If you are sailing when Patrol Boat cover is not available, Masthead and Personal Buoyancy is strongly recommended.

Sale of Club Clothing

We are holding a stock of Club Clothing which Zoe Adams, who currently manages this, is going to offer at Sale prices on Sunday 25th July.  Details of the available items and prices will be advertised on the Tamesis Club WhatsApp and can be bought by Card.

Catering

Nicky Johnson has been arranging for volunteers to provide as much catering as is possible and if anyone who has not been approached would be able to assist, please get in touch with Nicky.  In the immediate future, food will continue to be served in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda doors for those wishing to eat outside or will be brought to your table if you are seated in the Clubhouse.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the food and possibly to order in advance of events.

Paddleboarding

Leah Fraser has expressed an interest in running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club.  She has been invited to run some trial sessions and we are currently determining the terms and conditions for her to run this enterprise.  We are hopeful that this can be resolved in the very near future.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Checking into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft is no longer mandated but is encouraged.

The Changing Rooms are now open but Members are asked to allow social distancing to Members who request it.  There is sanitising spray available which should be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

Following the lifting of Covid related restrictions we will be bringing the Clubhouse back into operation in a measured way.  We plan to adopt a cautious and incremental approach to lifting the restrictions as there are many Members who are uncomfortable with the concept of abandoning all caution, all at once.

Initially we will be adopting a policy of keeping the Clubhouse well ventilated.

Phil’s Bar will be reopened but there should be no more buyers at the Bar than there are servers behind it.  For the immediate future there will be a limited number of marked positions in the Clubhouse, for Members waiting to go to the Bar – additional prospective customers must wait on the Veranda.

With the lifting of Covid related restrictions, we are looking to move, in a measured way, towards what was normality.  A full description of how we plan to operate is available on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner and will be updated as conditions change.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is busy again, the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours,  please get one from the stock held at Phil’s Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not yet have their own boat, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell a Club Officer of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for more volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running Phil’s Bar and with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club, would like to help with this, please contact a Member of the Management Committee.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at

https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at

River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore