Tamesis Club

Sunday Thrills and Some Spills

Lasers planing upstream. Photo Ian Ramage

 

Andy and Matty in the lead. Photo Ian Ramage

 

View upstream. Photo: Ian Ramage

It didn’t look like there was going to be much wind early on Sunday.  The Kingston Royal Canoe Club held their marathon before we took to the water at 1130.  By that time the North Easterly  was strong enough to push us easily upstream against the current.  The sun was out which warmed a bit, and we had a glorious sail.

OOD Jon Redding sent us above Stevens Ait to a mark about halfway to Kingston Railway bridge.  There was some spectacular planing, with most merlins carrying their spinnaker.  The Lasers and lone 18′ National weren’t hanging around either.

Andrew Harris crewed by Mattie Key forged an impressive lead in the Merlins, and Matt Peregrine Jones had a very respectable lead in the Lasers.

Thanks to Jon, Valerie Hamill, Ian Ramage and Robert Blakebrough  for organising the racing and to Jo and team for keeping us fed and watered.

Photos: Ian Ramage

Sunday 17th November – to race or not to race

We woke up on Sunday morning to glorious sunshine and … NO WIND together with a strong current.  We waited, and someone even rigged their boat, but to no avail.  There was a bit of wind at about midday, but that was it.  Better luck next week.

Thanks to David Baker, Jim Green, Daniel Gerber and Jim Hamilton for trying to run a race, and Jo and team for the enormous pile of sandwiches together with serving us the drinks at the bar.

Tammy Matters

Dear all

Commodore Chris has just returned from holiday, and will take over next week.

Racing on Sunday was cancelled due to the strong stream and non existent wind.  It did come up for about five minutes around midday, but gave up very quickly. See the photo in news.

Saturday 23rd November – Annual Dinner and Prize Giving.  Still time to sign up for this event with a gourmet meal and lots of non competitive awards.  Please email Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

Great menu from outside chef as follows

Starter:

H.Formans Smoked Salmon, London Sourdough, Celeriac and Lemon Remoulade, Land Cress” 

Main Course:

“Corn Fed Chicken supreme, Chanterelle and Madeira veloute, Kale, Sautéed potato, Mustard Frills, Chive Oil” 

Dessert:

“Honey Poached Figs, Whipped Ricotta, Organic Granola, Blackberry Syrup

There will be a vegetarian option – which MUST be requested in writing please to avoid disappointment

‘Childrens’ menu for under 18 will be

Lasagne followed by ice creams/sauces – again very important we have numbers for this – £10 per head.

Thursday 5th December – club supper and talk – details to follow

Sunday 15th December – Christmas Pudding races and Christmas Lunch.  Sign up sheet will be available from Sunday 24th.  Make sure you get your name down to avoid disappointment.

See you soon

Carolyne Vines

Vice Commodore

 

A quick postscript on returning.

Thank you Carolyne for holding the fort whilst I was away.

To add to what Carolyne has said – I encourage you to sign up for the Prize Giving dinner which is a major occasion in the Club Calendar. Hope to see you there.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

 

Tammy Trains

Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, the combination of strong stream with a North Easterly wind promised to be ideal for the Seamanship Skills course where many of the skills relate more to sea sailing than river sailing.
In particular we hoped to do exercises like anchoring or picking up a mooring with wind with or against tide and lee shore beach landings.
Sadly on the day the current increased and the wind dropped badly.
We did manage to do some “rudderless” sailing at the cost of continually drifting down towards the weir  plus even more towing and being towed practise.
In addition we managed to complete a  Level 1 course, continue Assistant Instructor training and even do a bit on the in-house Safety Boat training.
Business as usual next Sunday?
Eric Finlayson

Racing Sunday 10.11.19

photo Jonathan Key

 

photo Jonathan Key

 

photo Jonathan Key

 

photo Jonathan Key

 

 

photo Jonathan Key

It was a huge relief that the weather changed overnight from the downpours on Saturday to a crisp autumn day on Sunday with wall to wall sunshine, and a light easterly.  The current had built up due to the rainfall in the last week, and the combination of light wind and stronger stream made life very interesting for the competitors.

Thanks to Jonathan Key for the lovely pics.

Tammy Matters

Dear all

Commodore Chris is still away, so I am filling in again this week.

I would like to welcome any new subscribers to Tammy Matters.

Back to normal racing this week.  A relief to have wall to wall sunshine after the horrible weather the day before.  See News item with Jonathan Key’s photos

Back onshore the Bridge Group held their annual Help for Heroes Bridge Drive, raising £822 to go to the charity.  Thanks to Colin and Margaret Stokes and helpers for organising this very successful event.

Annual Prize Giving and Dinner

Saturday 23rd  November. We are on the countdown to the Annual Prize Giving and Dinner.  The punters are signing up, including several families which is great to see.  All are welcome, the more the merrier.  We are using an outside chef this year, and the main menu is as follows:

Starter:

H.Formans Smoked Salmon, London Sourdough, Celeriac and Lemon Remoulade, Land Cress” 

Main Course:

“Corn Fed Chicken supreme, Chanterelle and Madeira veloute, Kale, Sautéed potato, Mustard Frills, Chive Oil” 

Dessert:

“Honey Poached Figs, Whipped Ricotta, Organic Granola, Blackberry Syrup

There will be a vegetarian option – which MUST be requested in writing please to avoid disappointment

‘Childrens’ menu for under 18 will be

Lasagne followed by ice creams/sauces – again very important we have numbers for this – £10 per head.

Sounds great to me.

Please sign up on the list in the clubhouse, or email Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com – again essential to avoid disappointment.

Sunday 17th November – normal racing – 1030 handicap followed by class racing from 1115, and of course lunch and drinks at the bar.

Thursday 5th December – club supper and talk. Details to follow.

Sunday 15th December – Christmas Pudding races and Christmas Lunch.  Sign up sheet available from Sunday 24th November.

See you soon

Carolyne Vines

Vice Commodore

 

 

Drifty Trowlock Trophy

Photo: Jonathan Key

 

Photo: Jonathan Key

 

Photo: Jonathan Key

 

Photo: Jonathan Key

 

Photo: Jonathan Key

 

Photo: Jonathan Key

Saturday’s wind and rain gave way to sunshine and a flukey wind coming mostly from the West.  Eighteen boats turned out including four from Lensbury SC.

Race Officer David Jerram laid a figure of eight course on the stretch in front of the club.  It took a long time for the faster classes to catch up due to the holes in the wind.  Richard Harris and Emma MacDonald in Merlin Passing Cloud sneaked a huge lead almost lapping the National 18s just before the finish at 1230.  There was a lot of close racing in several groups, the Merlins taking advantage of the shifts.

Thanks to Race Crew David Jerram Jenny Finlayson, John Storey and Robin Lince, and to the Catering staff led by Lauren.

Photos:  Jonathan Key

Results:

Class Boat Nr Boat name Helm Crew Club
Merlin 1079 Passing Cloud Richard Harris Emma Macdonald Tamesis
Merlin 3625 Andrew Harris Matty Key Tamesis
Merlin 847 Bambusa Peter Mason Tamesis
Enterprise 23007 Iain McGregor Jo McGregor Lensbury
Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Jo Woods Tamesis
Merlin 596 Samanda Tim Medcalf Maisie Key Tamesis
Nat 18′ 266 Genevieve Charles Fox Robert Blakebrough Tamesis
Nat 18′ 374 Zephyr Henry Defries Carolyne Vines Tamesis
Enterprise 23225 Hizelmro Chris Rowsell Alastair Stewart Lensbury
Enterprise 16412 Siona Peter Bide Brian Dennies Lensbury
Laser 206474 Matt Jones Lensbury
Merlin 3259 Andromeda Peter Impey Tim Ginn Tamesis
Merlin 3556 Make It So Constantin Gerber Felix Sproehnle Tamesis
Firefly 3179 Fiasco Jim Hamilton Tamesis
Wayfarer 9135 Blues Parkly Alan Hall Yan Tamesis
Laser 180963 Zwik Peter Johnson Tamesis
Firefly 3552 Slippery Skin James Berry J. Yu Tamesis

 

Spooky Cadet Bake Off

Participants and their scary cakes. Photo: Florian Krueger

 

More cakes – photo Claire

 

photo Jonathan Key

 

photo Jonathan Key

 

photo Jonathan Key

 

photo Jonathan Key

 

photo Jonathan Key

 

photo Jonathan Key

Several sailors braved the wind and the rain on Saturday, and where undeterred by the rain and fierce gusts.

The sailing was followed by the high point of the afternoon – the annual Cadet Bake Off! The cadets have to bake and decorate a cake.  The theme this year was Halloween.

The standard was very high, and Judge Nicky Chavasse had a hard time deciding.  The eventual overall best cake was made by Matty and Maisie Key – cake pictured on the cover.

This was the last Saturday sailing this year.  The sessions will start in April next year, date to be announced.

Many many thanks go to Andrew and Nim Harris for organising the afternoons together with various parents and grandparents.

 

Tammy Matters

Dear all

Commodore Chris is on the high seas for a couple of weeks, so has asked me to take over Tammy Matters in his absence.

We’ve had a busy weekend – the annual Cadet Bake Off on Saturday produced a fabulous array of beautifully baked and decorated cakes – see the pictures in the news.

The Trowlock Trophy Handicap Pursuit race took place on Sunday with the weather being a complete contrast to the day before.  See what happened in the news item.

This coming Thursday 7th November will be the first of the winter Thursday evening suppers.  No talk this month – just come and enjoy an evening out at the club in good company.  Please book with Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

Sunday 10th November – normal club racing – 1030 handicap race followed class racing at the normal times.

The Bridge Group are holding their Bridge Drive in aid of Help for Heroes.  There will be a raffle for which anyone can buy tickets.  All prize contributions gratefully received.  This takes place from 3pm following the racing.

Please see the following note from Sailing Secretary, Tim Medcalf about the upcoming Prize Giving on Saturday 23rd November.

As many of you will be aware, the club is hosting the annual Prize Giving Dinner on the evening of 23rd November in the clubhouse.  This is an opportunity to reflect on the year’s racing, to congratulate all those who took part, and to recognise the winners in each race series.  The evening will be hosted by Chris Pollard and Peter Johnson, two outstanding comperes.
Prizes will be awarded to all of the following racers: Matthew Valentine, Matty Key, Alexander Hoo, Maisie Key, Alden Horwitz, Alfie Williams, Jim Hamilton, Matthew Dalton, Cathy Dalton, Anna Dalton, Ruth Dalton, James Berry, Rupert Fletcher, Richard Harris, Emma McDonald, Peter Mason, Richard Mason, Joe McLaughlin, Sean Roberts, Berry Ritchie, Sue Harris, Valerie Hamill, Matthew Peregrine-Jones, Stewart Colley, Henry Defries, Chris Taggart, Charles Fox, Robert Blakeborough, Mark Gardner, Chris Pollard, Caroline Stilwell, Carolyne Vines, Garrie Mallen, Susan Green, George Baker, Humphrey Dorrell, Alan Green, Peter Konidaris, Ellen Schwartz, Tim Medcalf, Veronique Medcalf, Edward Medcalf, Henry Medcalf, Charlie Morgan, John Adams, and Zoe Adams.
If your name is on the list and you would like to find out what you have won, book your tickets for the dinner by email with Nicky Johnson (nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com)!  Don’t forget to also invite family and friends to what is always an excellent event.
Catering promises to be a luxurious affair with a three course dinner, a vegetarian option (please confirm if you would like this when you contact Nicky), and a special menu for under-18s.  Ticket prices are £25 for adults and £10 for under-18s.’

Eric Finlayson wants to start doing more Patrol Boat Training – essential for those who are soon to be doing a duty and not done one before, or a really good refresher for those who need one.  This is free, and participants receive a Handbook which is an excellent guide on what to do.  Please email Eric on finlaysone2@aol.com to book.

See you soon

Carolyne Vines

Vice Commodore

 

Windy Cadets session 26.10.19

Photo Claire Ferguson

 

photo Claire Ferguson

 

photo Claire Ferguson

 

photo Claire Ferguson

 

photo Claire Ferguson

Saturday dawned wet and windy and the cadets were super keen to get out on the water.  They had a great time, minimal capsizing, coming ashore with lots of smiles.  The afternoon ended with the essential hot drinks and yummy cake.

Many thanks to organisers Andrew and Nim Harris together with parents.  Thanks also to Claire Ferguson for great pics and chocolate cake.