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Last Week,  18th to 24th January

Sunday’s races were contested in a desperately light south-westerly wind with, again, mercifully not too much stream.  The haul to the Canbury Mark, capriciously set as a starboard rounding, was heavy going.  Four Lasers competed with Henry Medcalf winning, having overtaken Stewart Colley, who was second with Chris Taggart, third.  The N18s were joined by five Enterprises this week.  Following a navigational error by both N18s at the first Mark, Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, won the N18 race with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, second.  The Enterprise race was won by Ed Mayley, crewed by James Budden, with Robin Broomfield, crewed by Paul Broomfield, second, both from Minima, and Peter Bide, single handed, third.  Nine boats contested the Merlin race, which was the fourth of the Traveller sub-series in which a visiting boat was again entered.  Richard Harris, crewed by Chris Martin, won, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and Stuart Jenkins, crewed by Nicola Scaddan, from Hampton, third.  There was a case of enthusiastic roll-tacking resulting in a Helm losing their footing.

My thanks to Kaan Yargici as OOD, assisted by Ros Warwick-Haller in the Box, who, again, had to cope with an unreliable hooter system.  Also thanks to John and Zoe Adams for manning the Patrol Boat and to Chloe who ran Phil’s Bar.

Thanks also to Alaphia who provided a lunch of soups with soda bread and three cheeses.

This Week

Our Winter Series, with the embedded Merlin Traveller and Guest Enterprise limited Series, will continue until the end of March.  It is to be hoped that we will continue to be able to provide some degree of hospitality.

This coming Sunday, Alaphia will be providing a full lunch, the menu and price to be published later during the week on WhatsApp.  It is hoped that she will be able to continue to provide more full Sunday lunches during the year and this will be confirmed by announcements on the Club and Sailing WhatsApp groups or in Tammy Matters.

Future Events  Depending on Covid conditions there are several events scheduled.

A Club Supper and Talk is planned to take place on Thursday 3rd March.  This will be kept under review depending on the progress of the pandemic.

First Aid Course on 6th February, contact Mal Warner for details.

Vice Commodore’s Dinner is provisionally scheduled to be on 12th February but is likely be deferred to later in the year.

AGM on 27th February. 

This year we have nominations for most of the Offices which are becoming vacant.  The existing management structure will be reviewed, following the results of the Membership Survey which are still being analysed, and the scope of various Offices may be adjusted.

The meeting is to be in the Clubhouse as usual but a Zoom link is to be arranged for those who cannot or would rather not attend in person.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey are being analysed and we will present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp Group, please ask Leah via the ‘Contact Us’  link on the website.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Training

The Club’s 2022 RYA training and children’s camps calendar appear under the new ‘RYA Training’ tab on the front page of the website.  As well as the dates, you will find a short explanation of the courses, how they will be run, and the costs.  New in 2022 are a children’s camp in April, five summer children’s camps and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Tim Medcalf on 07768 018972.

Noticeboard

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

Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Last Week,  11th to 17th January

The third races of the year were run in a relatively light westerly wind with, mercifully not too much stream.  As usual the biggest challenge of the race was rounding the Canbury Mark and at one time there were about ten half stalled boats all trying to round it at the same time.  Seven Lasers competed with Henry Medcalf pulling out a substantial lead from the start and winning by a fair margin from Brendan Hills, who had worked his way up through the rest of the fleet to take second, with Matt Valentine, third.  The N18s were joined by four Enterprises this week, one a visitor from Lensbury, another from Minima and Charles Fox visiting from the N18 fleet as well as Peter Bide who is organising the Enterprises.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, won the N18 race with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, second.  The Enterprise race was won by Ed Mayley, crewed by James Budden, from Minima, with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second, and Chris Rowsell, crewed by Alistair Stewart, third.  Thirteen boats contested the Merlin race, which was the third of the Traveller sub-series in which a visiting boat was again entered.  Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, won, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and Stuart Jenkins, crewed by Nicola Scaddan, from Hampton, third.

My thanks to Mike Adams as OOD, assisted by Jennifer in the Box, who had to cope with an unreliable hooter system.  Also thanks to Martin Thomas and Chris Wade for manning the Patrol Boat and to Chloe and Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

Alaphia, again, came and provided an excellent lunch of Moroccan Couscous Royal which was enjoyed by 20 people.

This Week

Our Winter Series, with the embedded Merlin Traveller and Guest Enterprise limited Series, will continue until the end of March.  It is to be hoped that we will continue to be able to provide some degree of hospitality.

This coming Sunday, Alaphia will be making homemade soups – one veggie and one other – with crusty rolls, soda bread and 3 cheeses – price to be published later on WhatsApp.  It is also hoped that she will be able to provide more full Sunday lunches during the year and this will be confirmed by announcements on the Club and Sailing WhatsApp groups or in Tammy Matters.

Future Events   Depending on Covid conditions there are several events scheduled.

A Club Supper and Talk is planned to take place on Thursday 3rd March.  This will be kept under review depending on the progress of the pandemic.

First Aid Course on 6th February, contact Mal Warner for details.

Vice Commodore’s Dinner is provisionally scheduled to be on 12th February but may be deferred to later in the year.

AGM on 27th February. 

This year we have a number of Offices for which we have no nominations.  Currently the existing management structure is under review and the scope of various offices may be altered.

Membership Survey

The results of the survey are being analysed and we will present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp Group, please ask Leah via the ‘Contact Us’  link on the website.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Training

The Club’s 2022 RYA training and children’s camps calendar appear under the new ‘RYA Training’ tab on the front page of the website.  As well as the dates, you will find a short explanation of the courses, how they will be run, and the costs.  New in 2022 are a children’s camp in April, five summer children’s camps and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Tim Medcalf on 07768 018972.

Noticeboard

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

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

This Monday evening the website suffered from the failure of an uninterruptable power supply (so much for the description) in the  network which has meant that the website disappeared temporarily and the publication of Tammy Matters has been delayed.

Last Week,  4th to 10th January

The second races of the new calendar year were run on a beautiful, if a little chilly, morning.  There was a noticeable stream and a gentle south-westerly wind and the upstream mark of the relatively short dogleg course was challengingly set at the point of maximum stream and most fickle wind.  Seven Lasers competed with Henry Medcalf winning narrowly from Chris Taggart, second, with Peter Johnson, third.  The N18s were joined by two Enterprises, one a visitor from Lensbury.  The N18 of Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, thought they had been finished whilst well ahead of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, and by heading to the shore, handed the win to Henry.  The two Enterprises had a close tussle with Chris Rowsell, crewed by Matt Jones, beating Peter Bide, crewed by Alistair Stewart, by 12 seconds.  Eleven boats contested the Merlin race, which was the second of the Traveller sub-series in which Stuart Jenkins, crewed by Nicola Scaddan, from Hampton were again entered.  This week it was Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, who romped away to a convincing victory, with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, a clear second and Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, third.

My thanks to Charles Fox as OOD assisted by Robert Blakebrough in the Box and to Matt P-J and John Edmondson for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Chloe and Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week

Our Winter Series, with the embedded Merlin Traveller and Guest Enterprise limited Series, will continue on 16th January and is due to be run until the end of March.  It is to be hoped that we will be able to provide some degree of hospitality.  Nicky Johnson is hopeful that Alaphia will be able to provide lunches next Sunday and this will be confirmed by announcements on the Club and Sailing WhatsApp groups.

Club Calendar  has sold out.

Future Events   Depending on Covid conditions there are several events scheduled.

The Club Supper and Talk on 15th January has been postponed but that for 3rd March is currently still planned to take place.

First Aid Course on 6th February, contact Mal Warner for details.

Vice Commodore’s Dinner on 12th February.

AGM on 27th February.

Membership Survey

The results of the survey are still being analysed and we will present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp Group, please ask Leah via the ‘Contact Us’  link on the website.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Training

The Club’s 2022 RYA training and children’s camps calendar appear under the new ‘RYA Training’ tab on the front page of the website.  As well as the dates, you will find a short explanation of the courses, how they will be run, and the costs.  New in 2022 are a children’s camp in April, five summer children’s camps and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Tim Medcalf on 07768 018972.

Noticeboard

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

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Happy New Year to all Members of Tamesis Club

Having survived both Christmas and the New Year, still without serious restrictions, let us hope we can continue to use the Club amenities, even if in a somewhat limited way, in compliance with current Government advice.

Last Week,  28th December to 3rd January

The first races of the new calendar year were run under grey skies with a swirling, blustery south-westerly wind, over a relatively short dogleg course.  Three Lasers competed with Matty Valentine winning fairly convincingly from Chris Taggart, second, closely followed by Jim Hamilton.  The N18s were represented by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, trying out a new(ish) main, who toured the course in solitary state.  The Merlin race was the first of the Traveller sub-series in which we welcomed Stuart Jenkins, crewed by Nicola Scadden, from Hampton.  Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, found the conditions much to their liking and romped away to a convincing victory, with Richard Harris, crewed by Maddy, second and Charlie Morgan, crewed by Alexey Anatsky, third.

My thanks to David Baker as OOD assisted by Jim Green in the Box and to Joe and Hugh McLaughlin for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Josefine who ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week

Our Winter Series will continue on 9th January and run until the end of March provided no Government pronouncements prevent it.  It is to be hoped that we will continue to provide some degree of hospitality.  Any late announcements will be made on the Club and Sailing WhatsApp groups.

Club Calendar  has sold out.

Future Events   Depending on Covid conditions there are several events scheduled.

Club Suppers and Talks on 15th January and 3rd March.

First Aid Course on 6th February, contact Mal Warner for details.

Vice Commodore’s Dinner on 12th February.

AGM on 27th February.

Membership Survey

The survey has now closed and the results are being analysed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp Group, please ask Leah via the ‘Contact Us’  link on the website.

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you would like some paddling companions.  In winter, particularly, it is always safest to paddle with someone else and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Training

The Club’s 2022 RYA training and children’s camps calendar appear under the new ‘RYA Training’ tab on the front page of the website.  As well as the dates, you will find a short explanation of the courses, how they will be run, and the costs.  New in 2022 are a children’s camp in April, five summer children’s camps, and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Tim Medcalf on 07768 018972.

Works

Charles has been addressing a number of deficiencies on the Clubhouse roof.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it has rotted and been damaged.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378

Noticeboard

The Noticeboard will be updated when the outcome of Government reaction to the increasing infection rates becomes clear.  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.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Happy New Year to all Members of Tamesis Club

Having survived Christmas without draconian restrictions, lets hope we can celebrate New Year well but prudently.

Last Week,  21st to 27th December

To those who were free of Covid, I hope you were able to celebrate Christmas as you wished.  To those who had unfortunately had fallen foul of the Covid and were having to isolate, I hope you were able to celebrate in some way.

Sunday 26th December

Boxing day dawned windless and drizzly.  There was no formal racing organised and I have had no reports of any casual sailing taking place.

This Week

Future Events

Our Winter Series will resume on 2nd January and run until the end of March provided no Government pronouncements forbid it.  It is to be hoped that we will still be allowed to provide some degree of hospitality.  Any late announcement s will be made on the Club and Sailing WhatsApp groups.

Club Calendar

There are still copies left and if you would like to reserve one, please email Carolyne Vines on cvines6285@aol.com.

Membership Survey

The survey has now closed and the results are being analysed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp group, here is the link:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/EVUYTsqSkGe0ioAyvgtXXF

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you would like some paddling companions.  In winter, particularly, it is always safest to paddle with someone else and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Training

Tim Medcalf will be posting a programme of Sailing Training at the Club next year.  The calendar of training courses which will be run by Tom Bull, the Instructor who ran the Summer Camps this year, has been formalised and Members can contact Tim on 07768 018972 if they would like to know more.  Further details to will be published on the website in the New Year.

Works

The enclosure and the interior decoration of the Gents undercroft is complete and fitting-out will begin when the floorspace has been cleared.  The intention is that we will install more racking for paddleboards and for the canoes which are currently in the main Boatshed.  It will also serve as a winter store for the Optimists.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it has rotted and been damaged.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378

Noticeboard

The Noticeboard will be updated when the outcome of government reaction to the increasing infection rates becomes clear.  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.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Happy Christmas to all Members of Tamesis Club

I hope that, despite the currently escalating threat of the Covid pandemic, you are all able to celebrate with your families and/or friends this Christmas.

Last Week,  14th to 20th December

On Wednesday 15th December, the Wednesday Working Party Lunch at the Adelaide was enjoyed by all who attended.

Sunday 19th December

The day dawned foggy and windless which was not a good omen for the last race of the calendar year.  However, a relatively short straight up and down course was laid in hope and by the time that the nine Lasers were ready (or in Stewart’s case, nearly so) to start, there was a gentle but relatively steady north-easterly which allowed them to make reasonable progress.  Their race was won by Jon Redding with Alistair Banks a close second and Henry Medcalf third.  The N18s of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, started, alarmingly, in opposite directions but quickly adopted the same course.  After a close race, Henry crossed the finish line a little ahead.  By the time the Merlins started, the wind had strengthened slightly but was still a bit fitful.  Ten boats entered and, following plenty of place swapping throughout the fleet, the race was won by Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, who overhauled Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, with Andy Harris, crewed by Tom, third.

My thanks to David P-J as OOD assisted by Fleur Moree in the Box and to Alison Cooper for manning the Patrol Boat with me.  Thanks also to Josefine and Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

Following the recent announcements regarding the Omicron variant, all those who had booked for Alaphia’s second Sunday Lunch were asked to do Lateral Flow Tests and eat with the windows open.  The menu of Classic Boeuf Bourguignon served with root vegetables and Christmas trimmings – pigs in blankets, stuffing, chestnuts, Brussels sprouts, followed by Classic French Apple Tart served with Cornish clotted cream went down well.  My thanks to Nicky Johnson for organising it.

See the report by Tim Medcalf with pictures by Jonathan Key, in News.

This Week

Sunday  26th December 2021

There will be no formal racing on Boxing Day and the Club will not be open.  Those who wish to have a casual sail may, of course, do so.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will resume on 2nd January and run until the end of March provided no Government pronouncements forbid it.

Club Calendar

Many thanks to Jonathan Key for doing a great job producing, at very short notice, the first Tamesis calendar, which is on sale in the bar at £12. There is a different picture for each month, showing Club racing, and a great picture on the front cover of Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts on a spinnaker plane, coming upriver. There are a few copies left and if you would like to reserve one, please email Carolyne Vines on cvines6285@aol.com.

Membership Survey

The survey has now closed and the results are being analysed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp group, here is the link:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/EVUYTsqSkGe0ioAyvgtXXF

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you would like some paddling companions.  In winter, particularly, it is always safest to paddle with someone else and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Training

Tim Medcalf will be posting a programme of Sailing Training at the Club next year.  The calendar of training courses which will be run by Tom Bull, the Instructor who ran the Summer Camps this year, has been formalised and Members can contact Tim on 07768 018972 if they would like to know more.  Further details to will be published on the website in the New Year.

Works

The enclosure and the interior decoration of the Gents undercroft is complete and fitting-out will begin when the floorspace has been cleared.  The intention is that we will install more racking for paddleboards and for the canoes which are currently in the main Boatshed.  It will also serve as a winter store for the Optimists.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it has rotted and been damaged.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378

Noticeboard

The Noticeboard will be updated when the outcome of government reaction to the increasing infection rates becomes clear.  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.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

 

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Last Week,  7th to 13th December

Eddy Simmonds funeral took place on Wednesday 8th December and was well attended.  There was a reception afterwards at Tamesis.  If you wish to make a donation in Eddy’s memory, please send to Kingston Hospital Charity:  https://www.khc.org.uk/support-us/donate/

An Obituary is posted on the Club website.

Saturday 11th December – Officer of the Day and Race Management Training

Jim Green and David Baker held another Officer of the Day and Race Management training course.  I encourage any Member, sailing or non-sailing, to do this course as the outcome is of great assistance to the Club.  Having more people confident to take on Race Management eases the burden on those already trained and enables them to miss fewer races.

Sunday 12th December

Christmas Pudding Races were in full swing in our part of the Reach as Wallbrook Rowing Club was having its Christmas Pudding races at the same time as ours.  With negotiations during the preceding week we were both able to enjoy our sports without significantly interfering with each other.  With a fretful South-westerly wind, OOD Jon Redding set 28 laps of a short but devious double dogleg course (shortened for all Classes).  Nine Lasers started and their race was won by Brendan Hills with Ros Warwick-Haller second and Alexey Anatsky third.  Stewart Colley decided to retire after trying to reposition the Club Mark with his main sheet.  The N18 of Henry Defries, crewed by Alistair Banks, cruised the course in solitary splendour, the Commodore having had to eschew racing.

The Merlins, having complained that the course was too short, were granted an extended upstream mark.  Eleven boats entered (such was the enthusiasm for Christmas Puddings) and the wind strengthened a little.  The race was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, who overhauled Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.

My thanks to Jon Redding as OOD assisted by Caroline Stillwell in the Box and to David Jones and Toby Powell-Blyth for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Chloe and  Megan who ran Phil’s Bar.

Following the recent announcements regarding the Omicron variant, we reluctantly decided to reduce the scale of the festivities which we had planned for 12th December.  However, as a measure of compensation, the Commodore invited everyone at the Club to enjoy a glass of Prosecco or a drink from the bar after the racing and while the Christmas puddings were awarded.  My thanks to Nicky Johnson who organised the mince pies and other nibbles, and the working party on Thursday who decorated the Clubhouse.

See the report by Tim Medcalf with pictures by Jonathan Key and Chris Wade, in News.

This Week

On Wednesday 15th December, Wednesday Working Party Lunch.

Sunday  19th December 2021

Our Winter Series will continue using the established Covid start sequence.  Sadly current conditions mean that this pattern will have to be continued until further notice.

Lunch  Alaphia will be cooking for us again.  Her menu on 5th December was much appreciated.

The menu is Classic Boeuf Bourguignon served with root vegetables and Christmas trimmings – pigs in blankets, stuffing, chestnuts, Brussels sprouts, followed by Classic French Apple Tart served with Cornish clotted cream.  All for £12pp

Please book with Nicky at – Nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com – essential in order to gauge numbers.  Alaphia is not able to cook for us again until end January so do not miss out and book up quickly.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

Club Calendar

Many thanks to Jonathan Key for doing a great job producing, at very short notice, the first Tamesis calendar, which is on sale in the bar at £12. There is a different picture for each month, showing Club racing, and a great picture on the front cover of Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts on a  spinnaker plane, coming upriver. There are a few copies left and if you would like to reserve one, please email Carolyne Vines on cvines6285@aol.com.

Membership Survey

The survey has now closed and the results will be reviewed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will then present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp group, here is the link:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/EVUYTsqSkGe0ioAyvgtXXF

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you fancy some paddling companions. It is always safest to paddle with someone else in winter and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Training

Tim Medcalf is working on a programme of Sailing Training to be run at the Club next year.  He is going to generate a calendar of training courses which will be run by Tom Bull, the Instructor who ran the Summer Camps this year.  This calendar should be available in the near future.

Works

The enclosure and the interior decoration of the Gents undercroft is complete and fitting-out will begin when the floorspace has been cleared.  The intention is that we will install more racking for paddleboards and for the canoes which are currently in the main Boatshed.  It will also serve as a winter store for the Optimists.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it is rotted and has been damaged.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378

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.

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

 

Eddy Simmonds

Eddy Simmonds funeral will be at 1:15 pm on Wednesday 8th December at Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead KT22 0AG.  You are warmly invited to join the family at the service and also at Tamesis afterwards.  If you are planning to go to the Crematorium, they have asked that everyone wears a mask.

If you wish to make a donation in Eddy’s memory, please send to Kingston Hospital Charity:

https://www.khc.org.uk/support-us/donate/

A fuller Obituary will be posted on the Club website.

Saturday 11th December – Officer of the Day and Race Management Training

Jim Green and David Baker will be running another morning training course for those who would like to learn how to open up the Club for the arrival of Members and to prepare for and manage the racing programme for the day.  There are still places available on this course and for further details and to apply to do the course contact Jim Green at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

I encourage any Member, sailing or non-sailing, to do this course as the outcome is of great assistance to the Club.  Having more people confident to take on Race Management eases the burden on those already trained and enables them to miss fewer races.

Sunday 12th December

Following the recent announcements regarding the Omicron variant, we have reluctantly decided to reduce the scale of the festivities which we had planned for 12th December.  Even with all the windows open there would be a large number of people in close proximity and we feel this is unwise.  Beside which, it would be difficult to wear masks and maintain distance and somehow manage to eat and drink as well!!

However, as a measure of compensation, the Commodore is inviting everyone at the Club on Sunday 12th to enjoy a glass of Prosecco or, if they prefer, a drink from the bar after the racing and while the Christmas puddings are awarded.

Membership Survey

The survey has now closed and the results will be reviewed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will then present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Last Week,  30th November to 6th December

Sunday 5th December  Leah, our Paddleboard Captain, led the inaugural Santa SUP, for Paddleboard Members.  A small but hardy group, with Christmas outfits and accessories, had a festive social paddle, down to the weir and back, despite the chilly, gusty wind from the North.  They were observed eating cake and mince pies afterwards.

For the second week running there was a good Northerly wind with some challenging gusts.   Five Lasers took on the elements and, following a good deal of place swopping, the race was won by Kaan, with Jim Hamilton second and John Edmondson third.  Having found one of Genevieve’s original sails, Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, was able to take two reefs out of his mainsail and was the only N18 to brave the conditions.  Eight Merlins started and, as the race developed, Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, won, having overhauled Richard Harris, crewed by Chris Martin, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, third.

See the report by Tim Medcalf and pictures by Jonathan Key, in News.

My thanks to Chris Balmbro as OOD assisted by Tim Ginn in the Box and to Tim Medcalf and Flora Laidlow for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Josefine, Yann and Jack who ran Phil’s Bar.

Following the racing a Club lunch, produced by Alaphia, of spiced Christmas chicken curry with coconut and coriander, with a host of additions, followed by vanilla ice cream and a homemade chocolate sauce, was served.  The lunch was enjoyed by 35 Members who gave good feedback.

This Week

On Wednesday 8th December, Eddy Simmonds funeral will take place at 1:15 pm at Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead KT22 0AG.  You are warmly invited to join the family at the service and also at Tamesis afterwards.

On Sunday 12th December The traditional Christmas Pudding races will take place.  Details of the revised Christmas Celebration afterwards are above.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

Sunday Lunch 19th December 2021

Alaphia will be cooking for us again.  The menu (veggie option available) will be published later but booking by email to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com will be essential to enable us to gauge numbers ………. Alaphia is not able to cook for us for a few weeks after that so the next opportunity will probably be in the second half of January – so don’t miss the 19th.

Again, all feedback will be very gratefully received.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp group, here is the link:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/EVUYTsqSkGe0ioAyvgtXXF

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you fancy some paddling companions. It is always safest to paddle with someone else in winter and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Works

The enclosure and the interior decoration of the Gents undercroft is complete and fitting-out is under way.  The intention is that we will install, in it, more racking for paddleboards and for the canoes which are currently in the main Boatshed.  It will also serve as a winter store for the Optimists.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it is rotted and has been damaged.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378

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.

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

 

Eddy Simmonds

Eddy Simmonds funeral will be at 1:15 pm on Wednesday 8th December at Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead KT22 0AG.  You are warmly invited to join the family at the service and also at Tamesis afterwards.  If you are planning to go to the Crematorium, they have asked that everyone wears a mask.

If you wish to make a donation in Eddy’s memory, please send to Kingston Hospital Charity:

https://www.khc.org.uk/support-us/donate/

A fuller Obituary will be posted on the Club website.

Membership Survey.

The survey has now closed and the results will be reviewed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will then present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Last Week,  23rd to 29th November

Sunday 28th November. There was a river closure to accommodate a Royal Canoe Club event which was scheduled to be finished by 11:30.  In the event, from the communication established with their Race Officer, their finishing their race by 11:10 allowed our boats to launch in good time for an 11:30 Merlin start followed by the Laser start 5 minutes later.

There was a good Northerly wind with some gusts which gave challenging conditions from time to time.  Seven Merlins started and the race developed in a remarkably similar way to last week’s with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, winning, having steadily increased his lead over Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, with Matt P-J, crewed by Leela Siebert-Patel, third.  Nine Lasers raced with Jon Redding coming first, despite capsizing in front of the box and being temporarily passed by Kaan, who finished second with Tim Medcalf third.

See the report by Tim Medcalf and pictures by Jonathan Key, in News.

My thanks to Joe McLaughlin as OOD assisted by Richard Mason in the Box and to Geoff Malseed and Holly Rosevear for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week

On Sunday 5th December, at 9:30 am, there will be Santa SUP, a Paddleboard event run by Leah, our Paddleboard Captain.  A festive social paddle for all members & non-members alike. Details to follow but expect mince pies.  Christmas outfits or accessories onboard and a nice gentle group paddle trip from the Club. Dig out some tinsel, dust off the SUPs & put it in your diaries.

Also on Sunday 5th December, Alaphia will be cooking a mildly spiced Christmas chicken curry with coconut and coriander, served with a spinach and red lentil dhal, tamarind spiced aubergine, cauliflower, sweet potato and basmati rice.  This will be served with a cucumber and mint raita, mango chutney and poppadoms, followed by vanilla ice cream and a homemade chocolate sauce.  £12.50 pp.

Next Week

On Sunday 12th December there will be a festive glass of fizz and nibbles at lunchtime.  This will be preceded by the traditional Christmas Pudding races.  All Club Members are welcome to participate in what is to be our alternative to the Christmas Lunch for this year.  See the poster on the website which details the conditions.

As it is essential that we have a measure of how many people wish to come, booking must be done by clicking on the Eventbrite booking link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/212741404267 .  We also need to ask people to pay at the bar before the event and, whilst doing so, to advise how many children under 16 will accompany them.  There will be a visit for the children from Santa!! This means it is essential that we know how many children there will be!  We need to ask people to book by midnight on 4th December so that you can pay on Sunday 5th December.  Sadly there will be no Christmas Carol singing because of Covid.

Future Events

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

Sunday Lunches. – 5th & 19th December 2021

We are trialling another new caterer and have arranged for these two Sunday lunches.

Vegetarian option can be available on request.

Booking will be essential by email to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

All feedback would be very gratefully received.

Officer of the Day and Race Management Training – Saturday 11th December

Jim Green and David Baker will be running another morning training course for those who would like to learn how to open up the Club for the arrival of Members and to prepare for and manage the racing programme for the day.  Having more people confident to take on Race Management eases the burden on those already competent and enables them to miss fewer races.  I encourage any member, sailing or non-sailing, to do this course as the outcome is of great assistance to the Club.  To get further details and apply to do the course contact Jim Green at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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.

Patrol Boat Training

I am very grateful to Simon Thompson who has been running Patrol Boat driving and crewing courses which have been very much appreciated.  This has provided the Club with an enhanced group of those capable of supporting our racing programme.

Paddleboarding

If anyone would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp group who hasn’t done so already here is the link:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/EVUYTsqSkGe0ioAyvgtXXF

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you would like some paddling companions. It is always safest to paddle with someone else, particularly in winter, and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Works

The enclosure of the Gents undercroft is complete and the interior decoration and fitting-out is under way.  The intention is that we will install more racking for paddleboards in it and for the canoes which are currently in the main Boatshed.  It will also serve as a winter store for the Optimists.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it is rotted and has been damaged.

Charles has made good the roof of the Starters Box above the Clubhouse roof.

Boat Park Clutter Reduction

The Club has separated those trailers which have been matched with owners.  There are still several unidentified ones.  Members MUST identify and mark up their trailers – otherwise they will be removed and either sold or scrapped.  There are also some unoccupied launching trolleys which may meet the same fate or be repurposed.  There are still some which are not identified.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378

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.

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

 

Eddie Simmonds

I am very sad to have to report that Eddie Simmonds, who collapsed while visiting the Club on Sunday 3rd October, died peacefully on Monday 15th November.  He had been undergoing tests in Kingston Hospital over the intervening weeks.  Eddy was a long-time member and remained a regular at the Club after retiring from the National 18 Class.  His funeral will be at 1:15 pm on Wednesday 8th December at Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead KT22 0AG.  You are warmly invited to join the family at the service and also at Tamesis afterwards.

If you wish to make a donation in Eddy’s memory, please send to Kingston Hospital Charity:

https://www.khc.org.uk/support-us/donate/

A fuller Obituary will be posted on the Club website.

Membership Survey,  a reminder!

Kaan sent out the link to the survey to Members via email and WhatsApp groups just after 10:50 on Friday 12th November. You have until mid-day on Sunday 28th November to complete it.  If you wish to say what you would like from the Club, this is your opportunity.

Remember, there are two £50 voucher prizes, one for the best survey response, i.e. with the best ideas and most thoughtful answers, etc. and the other prize will be drawn from a hat.

Please complete the survey as fully as you can, as the information gained from it could significantly influence what we, as a Club, concentrate our attention on in the future.

Once the survey has closed, the results will be reviewed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will then present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Last Week,  16th to 22nd November

Saturday 20th November. Tim Medcalf took his son Henry and a Laser to Broadwater SC’s 2021 Laser Super Cup.  In a fleet of 18 which considers itself pretty hot, he came seventh.  The conditions were light and twitchy which probably meant that some of his Tamesis experience was useful!  He was also given the ‘Rising Star’ trophy and an open invitation was extended to other Tamesis Laser sailors who might like to come and race at BSC next year.  It’s good to see Tamesis Junior Sailors being exposed to racing elsewhere.  Many thanks to Stewart Colley for the loan of his Laser combi trailer which made the trip there and back so much easier.

Sunday 21st November. The day came with a gusty and swirling wind.  Seven Lasers raced with Jon Redding coming first, Tim Medcalf second and Brendan Hills third.  Two N18s started and Henry Defries, crewed by Ron Wilkinson, came first with Charles Fox second.  Five Merlins started and Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, won having steadily increased his lead over Richard Harris, crewed by Chris Martin, with Matt P-J, crewed by Leela, third.  See the report by Tim Medcalf and pictures by Jonathan Key, in News.

My thanks to Peter Mason as OOD assisted by Richard Mason in the Box and to Alexey Anatskiy and James Berry for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to David and Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

This Week

Sunday 28th November. There is another River Closure for the Canoe Club’s 10 @ 10 race.  This Closure is effective up to 11:30 and it is hoped that all canoes will have finished by then.  Our race programme will be notified on the WhatsApp Groups nearer the day.

Next Week

Our Winter Series will continue until the end of March.

Future Events

On Sunday 5th December at 9:30 am, there will be Santa Sup, a Paddleboard event run by Leah, our Paddleboard Captain.  A festive social paddle for all members & non-members alike. Details to follow but expect mince pies.  Christmas outfits or accessories onboard and a nice gentle group paddle trip from the Club. Dig out some tinsel, dust off the sups & put it in your diaries.

On Sunday 12th December there will be a festive glass of fizz and nibbles at lunchtime.  This will be preceded by the traditional Christmas Pudding races.  All Club Members are welcome to participate in what is to be our alternative to the Christmas Lunch for this year.  See the poster on the website which details the conditions.

As it is essential that we have a measure of how many people wish to come, booking must be done by clicking on the Eventbrite booking link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/212741404267 .  We also need to ask people to pay at the bar before the event and, whilst doing so, to advise how many children under 16 will accompany them.  There will be a visit for the children from Santa!! Which means it is essential that we know how many children there will be!  We need to ask people to book by midnight on 4th December so that you can pay on Sunday 5th December.  Sadly there will be no Christmas Carol singing because of Covid.

Sunday Lunches. – 5th & 19th December 2021

We are trialling another new caterer and have arranged for these two Sunday lunches .

On Sunday 5th December, Alaphia will be cooking a mildly spiced Christmas chicken curry with coconut and coriander, served with a spinach and red lentil dhal, tamarind spiced aubergine, cauliflower and sweet potato, basmati rice.  This will be served with a cucumber and mint raita, mango chutney and poppadoms, followed by vanilla ice cream and a homemade chocolate sauce.  £12.50 pp.

Vegetarian option can be available on request.

Booking will be essential by email to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

All feedback would be very gratefully received.

Patrol Boat Training

I am very grateful to Simon Thompson who has been running Patrol Boat driving and crewing courses which have been very much appreciated.  This has provided the Club with an enhanced group of those capable of supporting our racing programme.  He will be running the final Patrol Boat training session of this current series on 27th November and, at the moment, some places on this course remain available.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

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.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  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

If anyone would like to join the Tamesis Sup WhatsApp group who hasn’t done so already here is the link to do so:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/EVUYTsqSkGe0ioAyvgtXXF

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a Sup trip from the Club if you fancy some paddling companions. It is always safest to paddle with someone else in winter and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

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

Works

The boatshed lighting has been upgraded and PIR switches installed to reduce the incidence of lights being left on inadvertently.  The result of this is that the new LED lights all come on when you walk into the Boatshed (it’s much brighter than before) and will go out automatically some time after the last person leaves.

The enclosure of the Gents undercroft is complete and the interior fitting-out is due to be started this week.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it is rotted and has been damaged.

The roof of the Starters Box above the Clubhouse roof is being repaired.

Boat Park Clutter Reduction

The Club has separated those trailers which have been matched with owners.  There are still several unidentified ones.  Members MUST identify and mark up their trailers – otherwise they will be removed and either sold or scrapped.  There are also some unoccupied launching trolleys which may meet the same fate or be repurposed.  There are still some which are not identified.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378

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.

Chris Pollard

Commodore