Tamesis Club


A Hampton Court Jolly has been organised by Eric Finlayson, our RYA Chief Dinghy Instructor:
Meet 10.30 leave 11.45 (or earlier if no Handicap race ) return 4pm (approx)
The plan is to sail up to Hampton Court stopping for lunch at a pub or one of the sailing clubs.
Tall boats will be towed through the Kingston bridges with dropped masts or tilted over the safety boat (or boats). Changes of clothes, packed lunches etc may be carried by the safety boat which will also take a few passengers and when needed help stragglers .
Anyone wishing to attend please contact Eric Finlayson (finlaysone2@aol.com) giving details of boat to be used (club or private), crew etc .
For those still under training this will count towards RYA certificates .
For further info Google “How to get an 85 foot mast under a 65 foot bridge” JEF.

TAMESIS gains approval for RYA RACE TRAINING

Whilst a good fleet of club boats was out on Sunday 22nd May for the Tamesis Spring Regatta a smaller group of boats was active in a nearby part of the river under the watchful eye of RYA Development Officer Ben Kimbell, taking Tamesis Chief Sailing Instructor Eric Finlayson and Sailing Instructor colleague Malcolm Warner through their paces to qualify to teach racing skills at Tamesis Club’s RYA Recognised Training Centre. Alan Green, Tamesis RYA Centre Principal said: “Eric and his team of instructors have been doing a great job in sailing instruction and have expanded their role to include race training. We all look forward to this part of our activity increasing in the coming year and helping to promote and sustain the club’s great reputation in developing the sport of competitive sailing. Congratulations to Eric and Team!”

River Level Gauge

At a River Users’ Meeting at the club on Thursday evening 14th April Environment Agency Technical Officer Andy Croxford introduced a new service to show Thames River levels – here is the Kingston Gauge

BRAGANZA BOWL to Spindrift


On Sunday 20th September in glorious summer weather the classic Thames “A” Rater fleet completed their annual Braganza Bowl/Yates Cup regatta at Tamesis Club with Martin Hunter’s SPINDRIFT taking both trophies. The three Sunday races were sailed in a fickle south-westerly that sometimes flicked into various directions of the compass. The fleet sailed three different courses, in front of Tamesis Club and also (the second of the day) upstream onto the Kingston reach, where a south-westerly is often funnelled – but the strength of the wind on Sunday was low, making for challenging conditions and putting a premium on light-weather boat speed and sensitivity to micro wind-shifts. The three “A” Rater races shared the water with the regular Tamesis Sunday club racers, who also sailed the Kingston reach course, and like the Raters, subscribed to the international charity sailing event “Bart’s Bash” for which this day was designated as a Guinness Book of Records mass sailing race day.
Tamesis Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines: “We were delighted with the generosity of members and visitors in donating to this new and important sailing charity”
The fleet of “A” Raters is based at Thames Sailing Club, Kingston. On behalf of the visitors, Martin Hunter thanked Tamesis Club for hosting an excellent sailing weekend.
OOD was John Harris; Chief Judge was Chris Simon, RYA Regional Rules Advisor.

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SPINDRIFT takes Yates Cup

In a close-fought race at Tamesis Club today Martin Hunter’s SPINDRIFT took first place and the historic Yates Cup, first presented in 1908. On a bright sunny day with a light variable northerly breeze the eight “A” class Raters made a stunning addition to the river vista at Tamesis. The Yates Cup race was the third in a 6-race series held over this weekend for the Braganza Bowl, another historic silver cup first presented in 1904. OOD was Peter Fryer.
1 SPINDRIFT Martin Hunter, 2 ATLANTIS Julian Smith, 3 LADY JANE Sam Mills, 4 OSPREY Paul Browning,
5 VAGABOND Kevin Pearson, 6 KINGFISHER Martin Collen, 7 TARA Mark Gould, 8 LADY IONA Tom Wilson.
The final 3 races for the Braganza Bowl will take place on Sunday 20th September, when the fleet will join in a club race programme and also the international charity event “BART’S BASH”.


Club boat booking system

We now have several club boats available for experienced members to sail on any day of the week (except Sunday afternoons when RYA training is in progress). To access the trial (but operational) booking system please click here Comments welcome:



SATURDAY, 1st August 2015

This year’s rally is for the Offshore Cup, originally presented by the late Jack Tuson, will take place on the day that Tamesis Club will be inaccessible due to the all day cycling event that will close so many of the roads in Kingston and Richmond.

The 10 mile course for the cruising boats will probably run from Gleeds outside Portsmouth to a suitable mark near Hamble Point, aiming to finish shortly before low tide at 1800 BST, weather permitting.

After the rally we will gather at Warsash for an informal meal either in the Rising Sun pub or at Warsash SC if it can be arranged. Warsash is an easy drive down the A3, parking is easy and I hope that non-sailing members will join.

Fuller and better details will be circulated soon; but let me know if you can come in the evening, or better, take part in the rally.

Please put the date in your diary.

Clive Mence, Class Representative Offshore Group
020 8942 7505 clive.mence@btinternet.com



At the club’s recent highly successful RYA Push the Boat Out event, strong interest was expressed in the upcoming RYA training courses at Tamesis.

For sailors, an RYA Level 1 course (Course S1) will start on Sunday afternoon 24th May: the three following Sunday afternoons complete the course. Level 1 is an ideal introduction to safe and fun sailing, teaching the basics and giving newcomers plenty of practice under expert tuition.

RYA Level 2 (Course S2) is a natural follow-on from Level 1 and starts on Sunday afternoon 28th June, followed by the next three Sunday afternoons.

All courses lead to RYA certificates and are accompanied by the approved RYA teaching booklets. Special offers to new members (for bookings confirmed by 24th May): Course S1 (starting 24th May) £170 including membership until September 30th. Courses S1 + S2 (starting 24th May and 28th June) including membership to September 30th – £290.

A membership offer without training (open only until 24th May) gives full adult membership until 30th September for the PTBO special price of £50. The full annual rate is £190. Members have almost unlimited sailing, racing once or twice a week without extra charge, use of the club boats, and access to many social events at little more than cost price.

Children from 8 up may be accommodated on all the courses provided they are accompanied by a parent or carer.

Details and bookings for sailing courses direct from Chief Instructor (Sailing) Eric Finlayson at finlaysone2@aol.com.

RYA Powerboat courses are also available, and have begun running at the club since its commission as a Training Centre in April. Powerboat courses Level 1 and Level 2 are on offer – Level 1 is a basic one-day introduction at the non-members’ price of £140. The full RYA Level 2 course is 3 days including one day with high speed work on the tidal Thames at the non-members’ price of £280. (For the powerboat course members’ rates of £80 (Level 1) and £140 (Level 2) a minimum 12-month membership must have been completed). Our Powerboat school, run by Tamesis member and Chief Instructor (Powerboats) Falcon Compton, offers a 2-day RYA Safety Boat course at £250 for a non-member and £200 for a member. Details and bookings direct with Falcon Compton on +44 78 8983 5758 or falconcompton@hotmail.com.

Alan Green
Rear Commodore (Sailing) Tamesis Club and Principal, Tamesis RYA Recognised Training Centre.
oceanus.gm@gmail.com +44 777 34 28 260