Tamesis Club

John Dunkley

It is with great sadness that I have to report that John Dunkley, long time member of Tamesis and stalwart of our Laser fleet, died on the evening of 9th May in Kingston Hospital, having had a fall earlier in the day.

John has been an important member of the Club for a long time and it was he who, on his own initiative, pioneered the Club website, learning how to create it from basics.  He, as the true journalist he was, got news stories onto the site in the shortest time, ensuring it was as up-to-date as possible.  Without John’s work, the website would not have evolved as quickly as it has to the state it is today.

John began his sailing career at Tamesis in a Firefly, bought a Fireball when that fleet was started, moved into a Merlin when the Fireballs were discontinued then finally became a long time Laser sailor and, until recently, could be expected to be out in his red boat ‘Old Flame’ as often as possible.  He was also, until recently, the Class Captain of the Offshore Group, organising Jack’s Trip and participating in his Yellow Hustler 25.5, Marigold.

The funeral will be on Wednesday 29th May, at 12.45pm at Mortlake Crematorium and afterwards at Tamesis.

 

Tammy Matters

Cadets  – Saturday 4 May

The Tamesis junior sailors started their season on Saturday afternoon 4th May.  There was a challenging amount of wind but the eleven youngsters, under the watchful eye of Griff, seemed undaunted and a great time seemed to be being had by all.

Throughout the year up to October, with a summer break, Andy Harris and other volunteers will be providing informal coaching and the opportunity to practice racing drills such as starts, mark rounding etc.  There is a usually a tea afterwards and inevitably some jumping in the river!

 

Minima YC May Merrie. Tim and Ed Medcalf won the May Merrie, finishing almost 15 minutes ahead of the next boat and winning on handicap.  See the fuller report on the website.

 

Trial of RS Quest dinghy.  We have borrowed an RS Quest from the Sea Cadets, just upriver, to see whether or not this might be a good training boat.  We have it on loan for two weeks and it should be sailing at Push the Boat Out this Saturday and Eric has already made some use of it.  It currently has a fault with the centre-board which we hope to rectify to give it a more realistic trial.

 

Thursday evening Sailing and Supper.  Saga Trophy Race 2 (of 9) main fleet start 7.15, N18s at 7.17.  After sailing there is a Beef Stew supper available – please book supper either in the Clubhouse or with Nicky by e-mail to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com .

 

Push the Boat Out.  –  This coming Saturday, 11th May

We would really like a great turnout from Club members for this.  It’s our major open day when we hope to attract new members by giving them a view of what the Club can offer.  Any help you can give, if only for a relatively short time will go towards putting the Club in a good light with our visitors.  There is lots to do before 12 noon when we will be open for visitors.  Volunteers are asked to come from 10am. There will be a briefing at 1130.

We could also use more help with the BBQ.  Please let Nicky Johnson know if you are able to.

We would again like to put out a call for members to make some cakes for the day.  Again, let Nicky know if you can do some baking.

Carolyne Vines is co-ordinating the event.  This has always been a great day in the past.  Let’s do it again. Any volunteers please email Carolyne on cvines6285@aol.com.

 

Sunday Racing  The 10.30 Handicap Series and Summer Series 5 Class Racing are as normal.

 

Further Forward.

Jack’s Trip and Offshore Group Dinner

Saturday, 25th May 2019 in the Solent and at The Lightship @ Haslar Marina

We would like to advertise and gauge membership’s interest for Jack’s Trip (traditional one day Offshore Group Rally in the Solent) followed by a three course set Offshore Group Dinner at The Lightship @ Trinitiy’s at Haslar Marina in Gosport.

Could interested members please indicate to Daniel Gerber (daniel@thegerbers.ch) by 11th May 2019 the following:

1) whether they plan to participate in the Offshore Group Rally during the day on Saturday, 25th May with their own boat (or charter a boat) and if they have any space available for members interested in crewing

2) whether they would be interested / available to crew on a boat

3) whether they plan to participate in the Offshore Group Dinner in the evening of the 25th May at The Lightship @ Trinity’s at Haslar Marina in Gosport

 

A programme will be communicated in due time depending on interest and feedback of members.

 

Even Further Forward.

Rude Mechanicals at Tamesis – 7th June

The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company are coming again to Tamesis on Friday 7 June to perform their play ‘Ikarus Inc’.  Details at  https://www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk/

 

SUMMER PARTY – Saturday 22nd June –  Urgent Notice

You may not have noticed yet that in our Programme we have the Summer Party scheduled on 22nd June.  The band is already booked and we are currently doing costings to work out viability and minimum numbers we would need.  We are still trying to put together a committee to arrange all the details and are looking for volunteers to help with this.

The party is open to family and friends – they do not have to be Club members.  However, we need to get a good idea of how many would like to come to the party, as soon as possible, to ensure its viability.  Please let us know what style of party you would like by email to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or leave a message in the Rear Commodore’s pigeonhole.  If we have to cancel the band we need to do so very soon so please let us know now.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

 

Tammy Matters

Firefly Weekend 27/28th April.  Sadly the Firefly Junior Racing on Saturday had to be cancelled due to a forecast of high winds.  In the event the wind was even more boisterous than the forecast to the extent that no racing was possible.

Fortunately the wind abated overnight and the Elizabeth Cup races were run as planned with a good North Westerly breeze.  It was pleasing to see four Tamesis entries out of the total of seven.  See the full report with the results is available on the website.

Officer of the Day Training. Jim Green and David Baker ran the second of their OOD/Box training courses for six members. This course has proved useful to the participants and it is proposed that further courses will be run.  If you would like to enrol in one, watch out for further information.

 

This week:

Saga Trophy.  Thursday evening handicap racing starts this week, on 2nd May.  Normally about 5 races are needed to qualify for this Trophy which is open to all classes.  See the article on the website.

As usual the starting sequence begins at 19.10, with the main fleet start at 19.15 and the N18 start at 19.17.  Supper will be available for participants and spectators at about 20.45 (or so) – book in the Clubhouse or by e-mail to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com .

The 10.30 Handicap and Summer Series Class Racing are as normal on Sunday.

Cadets start – Saturday 4 May

The Tamesis junior sailors will be able to start Cadet sailing on Saturday afternoon 4th May.  This is a great fun way for our younger members to have some time on the water and make friends.  Andy Harris and other volunteers will be providing informal coaching and the opportunity to practice racing drills such as starts, mark rounding etc.  There is a usually a tea afterwards and inevitably some jumping in the river!

 

Next week:

Minima YC May Merrie.  On Monday 6th May, Minima YC will be running their annual May Merrie.  This is a unique opportunity to participate in a long distance race up the river and back.  Please see the Minima YC website for more details.’

 

Further Forward.

 

Push the Boat Out.  –  Saturday 11th May

This is our major open day when we hope to attract new members by giving them a view of what the Club can offer.  To help with this we are looking for two, maybe three, to help with the BBQ.  Please let Nicky Johnson know if you can help.

We would also like to put out a call for members to make some cakes for the day.  Again, let Nicky know if you can do some baking.

Carolyne Vines is also looking for general helpers.  We have leaflets for distribution to friends and neighbourhoods which are down at the club. We are already leafletting the local roads round the club but it would be good to get leaflets further afield. We will also be contacting local schools. This has always been a great day in the past.  Let’s make it another great day this year. Any volunteers please email Carolyne on cvines6285@aol.com

Jack’s Trip and Offshore Group Dinner

Saturday, 25th May 2019 in the Solent and at The Lightship @ Haslar Marina

We would like to advertise and gauge membership’s interest for Jack’s Trip (traditional one day Offshore Group Rally in the Solent) followed by a three course set Offshore Group Dinner at The Lightship @ Trinitiy’s at Haslar Marina in Gosport.

Could interested members please indicate to Daniel Gerber (daniel@thegerbers.ch) by 11th May 2019 the following:

1) whether they plan to participate in the Offshore Group Rally during the day on Saturday, 25th May with their own boat (or charter a boat) and if they have any space available for members interested in crewing

2) whether they would be interested / available to crew on a boat

3) whether they plan to participate in the Offshore Group Dinner in the evening of the 25th May at The Lightship @ Trinity’s at Haslar Marina in Gosport

A programme will be communicated in due time depending on interest and feedback of members.

 

Even Further Forward.

Rude Mechanicals at Tamesis – 7th June

The Rude Mechanicals Theatre Company are coming again to Tamesis on Friday 7 June to perform their play ‘Ikarus Inc’.  Details at  https://www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk/

 

SUMMER PARTY – Saturday 22nd June –  Urgent Notice

You may not have noticed yet that in our Programme we have the Summer Party scheduled on 22nd June.  The band is already booked and we are currently doing costings to work out viability and minimum numbers we would need.  We are still trying to put together a committee to arrange all the details and are looking for volunteers to help with this.

The party is open to family and friends – they do not have to be Club members.  However, we need to get a good idea of how many would like to come to the party, as soon as possible, to ensure its viability.  Please let us know what style of party you would like by email to nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or leave a message in the Rear Commodore’s pigeonhole.  If we have to cancel the band we need to do so very soon so please let us know now.

 

Summer Holiday Sailing Camp. This is planned for the week starting 29 July. Details were in last week’s Tammy Matters.  If you are interested in enrolling your children on this camp, please can you contact Tim Medcalf on 07768 018972 or e-mail timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk.  The deadline to sign-up and pay is 6 May.

 

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Easter Egg Challenge In the rare beautiful weather (for a holiday weekend) 15 boats contested this event and were rewarded with chocolates.  A full report by Tim Medcalf is on the website.

Looking Forward:

Firefly Weekend 27/28th April.  Next Saturday there is the Firefly Junior Cup for young helms who are starting racing.  The first race will start at 2 pm.

On Sunday we will be holding the Firefly Open meeting for the Elizabeth Cup and we are hoping for some Tamesis entries.  This event starts at 10.30 am.

For further information on these events and how to borrow a Firefly if you would like to compete, see the fuller article by Matt Dalton on the website.

As a consequence of this Open Meeting there will be no Club Summer Series racing next weekend.

Officer of the Day Training. On Saturday 27th, before the Firefly Junior event, Jim Green and David Baker will run the second of their OOD/Box training courses for six members. EMail: jimgreenhcr@gmail.com to book your place – if there are any left.

Further Forward.

Saga Trophy.  Thursday evening sailing starts on 2nd May.  Normally about 5 races needed to qualify for this Trophy which is open to all classes, even those which are less numerous.

Push the Boat Out. This annual open day will be held on Saturday 11th May.  More about this later but it is our showcase event for the general public.  We need volunteers to help organise the allocation of visitors to boats and to generally help run the event.

Early Notice.  ‘Summer holiday sailing camp’

As some of you will be aware, Tamesis Club has been planning a summer holiday camp.  We now have arrangements in place and the activity will happen in the week starting 29 July.  The emphasis will be on encouraging and enabling youngsters to have fun on the water.  Unlike many alternatives, our intention is that this will be a ‘drop off’ style activity providing a full day of childcare.  We will be operating within RYA guidelines and the days will be hosted by an RYA Coach Assessor who has a lot of experience of running this type of event.  In addition to fun-filled days, we are also able to offer something unique which is the opportunity to spend the Thursday night sleeping on the Thames River Boat Project’s Thames Venturer – this will be a great experience.  There are 12 places available for the week for children aged 8 to 15 and we will firm up arrangements if all places are booked and paid for by 6 May.  If you would like to receive a full information pack and make a booking, please contact Tim Medcalf on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk or 07768 018972′

Stray Boat.   If the person who owns the Optimist ‘Bob’ could contact Peter Johnson or Garrie Mallen it would be appreciated.

 

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Summer Series 2.  A combination of a good but gusty breeze and sunshine gave some good racing.  Again there was a reasonable turnout of Merlins, fewer Lasers and three 18s accompanied by the RS400.

Peter Simpson’s Funeral.  Peter’s funeral on Tuesday 9th April was well attended and there were reminiscences of his times at Tamesis by David Baker and Jim Green and of his time with the Kempton Great Engines by a member of that group.  Afterwards his family hosted refreshments at Tamesis.

The Topper Open.  A good entry of 15 Boats, sadly none from Tamesis, contested the Murray Vines Cup in variable winds during a chilly but brightening day.  See the fuller report by Carolyne and pictures by Andy Harris on the website.

Laser Quiz. This was well attended, with six good sized teams competing.  The question setting and organisation of the evening resulted in a most enjoyable event, enhanced by a good dinner.  See the fuller report by Carolyne on the website.

Looking Forward:

Easter Sunday, 21st April.  Next Sunday we hold the Easter Egg Challenge which will be a Pursuit race with the first start at 11.00 am.  See the post by Tim Medcalf and view the various class start times on the website

Looking Further Forward:

Firefly Weekend 27/28th April.  On Saturday there is the Firefly Junior Cup for young helms who are starting racing.  This event starts at 2 pm.

On Sunday we will be holding the Elizabeth Cup Firefly Open meeting and are hoping for some Tamesis entries.  This event starts at 10.30 am.

For further information on these event and how to borrow a Firefly if you would like to compete, see the fuller article by Matt Dalton on the website.

As a consequence of this Open Meeting there will be no 10.30 Handicap race nor Club Summer Series racing on 28th April.

Officer of the Day Training. On Saturday 27th, Jim Green and David Baker will run the second of their OOD/Box training courses for six members. EMail: jimgreenhcr@gmail.com to book your place, there are three left at the time of publication.

Even Further Forward.

Push the Boat Out.  This annual open day will be held on Saturday 11th May.  More about this later but it is our showcase event for the general public.

Sailing Instructions.  These are being updated and will be available in the Clubhouse and in Smithy on-line on the website.

 Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Summer Series 1.  A chilly day with light winds. Plenty of Merlins entered though there were fewer Lasers and 18s.  This was the first Sunday for Topper racing as part of the main series, there were two entries, and it is hoped that this series will grow and attract new young sailors into racing.

Racing Rules of Sailing.  A Presentation on some of the more pressing aspects of the Racing Rules of Sailing was given by Chris Simon of the RYA.  This was well attended by a good cross-section of the Club’s membership, including a number of our new and young members. See the fuller report by Tim Medcalf on the website.

Thursday Club Supper and Talk. This was the last of this season and featured a well attended talk on the history and work of the River Thames Boat Project.  It was amazing to find out how large a boat could be purchased for £1, 30 years ago. See the fuller report by Carolyne on the website.

Officer of the Day Training. On Saturday, Jim Green and David Baker ran the first of their OOD/Box training courses for six members. This was aimed at familiarising potential OODs and Box members with the duties and tasks involved.   Of particular importance, since the Thames Boat Project occupied the Sailing Secretary’s office, is where items which used to be stored there have been relocated.  This is all in the OOD Brief which is sent to OODs by Dutyman – please take note of it when you are reminded of your duty.

The next course will be on the morning of Saturday 27th April – EMail: jimgreenhcr@gmail.com to book your place.

Peter Simpson’s Funeral.  Peter’s funeral will take place at Mortlake Crematorium on Tuesday 9th April at 2.40 pm, followed by refreshments at Tamesis.

This coming Saturday 13th April.  Two events of note:

The Topper Open.  Tamesis is again hosting a round of the South East area series of Topper meetings and it would be good if we have some Tamesis entries.

Laser Quiz.  A final call for people to enter for this Great annual event.  Teams of 8 or so are ideal but if you’re a bit over or under that will be alright. Email: nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com to book

Looking Further Forward:

Easter Sunday, 21st April.  The Easter Egg Challenge will be a Pursuit race with the first start at 11.00am.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Sunday’s racing was conducted in a blustery wind, mainly from an easterly direction, which resulted in some exciting racing.  In addition to the normal Class races, there was the National 18 Spring Challenge which brought out 8 boats, four of the new Ultras and the unique Woodstock, visiting from afar. See the full report on the website.

This last Saturday was the Merlin Party, splendidly arranged by Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts, which was well attended. Also reported fully on the website.

In 10 day’s time, on Saturday 13th April, there is another of the Club’s great annual events – The Laser Quiz and supper.  Everyone is welcome, not just Laser sailors, and it’s always mind expanding and great fun to boot.   The cost of the quiz and supper is £15pp, so gather your teams together and sign up either in the Clubhouse or email nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

This coming Thursday,  4th April, sees our last Club Supper and Talk of the season.  This month the Thames River Boat Project Team, now established in the Club Office, will tell us about what it does, its history and the future plans of this 30 year-old charity. Sign up in the Clubhouse, or email nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.  There will be a two course supper as usual at £10pp and don’t forget to make sure any dietary requirements are advised.

Sunday 7 April sees the start of the Summer racing series and a couple of great events aimed at encouraging Cadets, novices or other first time racers to have a go.

The club will be running a weekly Topper race which will start at 11.10.  The Club Toppers not required for training will be available to borrow, so arrive about 45 minutes before the start so you can rig, register and get on the water in plenty of time.  If you fancy a warm-up then join the handicap race which start at 10.30.  Please contact Tim Medcalf on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to take part or have any questions.

Also next Sunday, at 14.00, after lunch, we will be hosting a presentation in the clubhouse by the RYA’s Chris Simon on the basics of the sailing rules of the road and also the ones that most commonly apply in a race situation.  The presentation will be aimed at novice racers but may also be useful for more experienced sailors who want to refresh their knowledge.  Chris’s presentation will be very interactive with plenty of opportunities for questions.

Looking further, to Saturday 13th April, we are hosting the Topper Open at Tamesis.   We are hoping that as many as possible of our own Topper sailors are able to participate.

The OOD/Box training course running on Saturday 6 April is now fully booked but there will be another OOD/Box training course on Saturday 27 April from 10 to 12.  If you’d like to attend please EMail jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

This year’s programme has been produced and the personal copy for each regular attender at the Club has been placed in your pigeon hole at the Club for collection.

As promised, we can announce that Peter Simpson’s funeral will be at Mortlake Crematorium on Tuesday 9th April at 2.40 pm, followed by refreshments at Tamesis. All members would be most welcome. If possible, to help with catering arrangements, please could you email jenniferm.adams@btopenworld.com if you plan to attend.

Tammy Matters

It is with great sorrow that I have to report that Peter Simpson died in Kingston Hospital on Saturday after a short illness.  Peter was a very long-time member of the Club and a dedicated Merlin sailor and ex-Commodore.  Details of his funeral arrangements will be circulated as soon as they are known.  A full obituary follows.

To more cheerful matters, this Sunday’s sailing took place in more clement weather than the previous two Sundays and a good turnout for both the Handicap race and the Class races enjoyed sunshine and a reasonable breeze.

Coming up this Saturday is the Merlin Party which is definitely not restricted to Merlin sailors and there is still time to sign up for this event if you have not done so already.  See the poster on the Tamesis website.

Next Sunday is the National 18 Spring Challenge and we are hoping to see several of the new 18s competing.

It will also be Mothering Sunday and there will be a Roast Chicken Lunch with roast potatoes and veg. plus a pudding available.  It isn’t necessary to book but, if you wish to, let Nicky Johnson know you intend to have the roast lunch to give us an idea of likely numbers.

Looking further into the future, Thursday 4th April sees our last Club Supper and Talk of the season.  This month the Boat Project Team, now established in the Club Office, will tell us about what it does, its history and the future plans of this 30 year-old charity. Sign up in the Clubhouse, or email nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.  There will be a two course supper as usual at £10pp and don’t forget to make sure any dietary requirements are advised.

We will be putting on our Push the Boat Out open day on Saturday 11th May.  Please put this in your diaries, and bring down any family or friends you may think would like to have a go at sailing.  Volunteers for the day please email Carolyne on cvines6285@aol.com

Early notice of the Tamesis Summer Party on Saturday 22nd June.  Roy Doughty’s old band is booked, plans are advancing.   We want to set up a ’Summer Party Committee’ to do the organising and We Need You to join us if you are able to help – no experience necessary, just a willingness to get involved.  Please let Nicky Johnson know on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or 07798810762.  We are really keen to get as many people as possible involved so please make the effort.

Finally, our cleaner (Tina) will not be able to clean our Clubhouse during April and May.  Unfortunately our two reserve cleaners are also unable to help.  Does anyone know of someone who might be able to assist us?  The Club is usually cleaned on a Thursday morning,  2–3 hours, but I’m sure we could work out alternative timings if necessary.  Please let Nicky Johnson know if you have any suggestions.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Dear all

Another stormy weekend, but the racers had a great time.  See the pictures and the report below.  Eric Finlayson and his team succeeded in starting the sailing instruction, despite the weather. Report and pictures below.

A message from Commodore Chris, who will be doing Tammy Matters, but not this week:

It has been noticed that, when the Cheverton workboat (Tamesis III) has been secured after racing is finished,  crews have used a variety of lengths of the locked security chain.  As this chain is fixed at the shore end, the free end link of the chain must be attached to the boat with the padlock, to leave the maximum allowance for variations in river level.  This will result in some of the chain being in the river but that is alright.

The printed programme is now available.  Your copy is waiting for you in your pigeonhole on the downstream wall of the clubhouse if you haven’t already collected it.

We have a very busy schedule in the coming weeks – see below

Coming up on Saturday 6th April, David Baker and Jim Green will be running an Officer of the Day (OOD) training course between 10am and noon.  This is aimed at familiarising OODs, particularly newer ones, where everything is and what to do. Please email Jim Green on jimgreenhcr@gmail.com to book a place.

Don’t forget to sign up for the following events – sign up sheets available in the club house. Details on the event pages below

Saturday 30th – Merlin Pub Night

Thursday 4th April – Club Supper and Talk.  The talk is by the River Thames Boat Project –

Saturday 13th April – Grand Laser Quiz Night

See you soon

Carolyne

Vice Commodore

Undercover Storage Applications 2014 needed by 14th September!

SnowStorageThose members who wish to store their boats under cover, for the twelve months from October 1st 2014 MUST complete an application form by 14 September.

Send a downloaded form to Chris Pollard by email or complete a paper form and put it the box below the noticeboard.

This applies to all boats except National 18s and covers applications for the Chicken and Turkey runs, under the Changing rooms spaces. Those wishing to winter sail from the Boatshed should speak to Chris Pollard.

Poster for Undercover Storage

Tamesis Undercover Policy 2014

Undercover Storage Application

Hon. Harbourmasters Chris Pollard, Peter Johnson
August 2014