Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

 

Last Week,  17th to 24th May

On Thursday we held the second of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  Eleven boats (again) started in a light westerly wind and on-the-water the race was won by Matt P-J, crewed by Chris Martin, with Andy Harris, crewed by Nim Harris, second and Charlie Morgan, crewed by Alexey Anatskiy, third.  My thanks to Graham King as OOD, assisted by Ian Ramage in the Box and to Paul and Sara Jamieson for manning the Patrol Boat.  This was followed by a supper at the Club.  See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News, together with the results.

This weekend saw the Merlin open Meeting which was excellently organised by Peter Impey our Merlin Class Captain.  On Saturday the competition was restricted to Vintage and Classic Merlins  for the Porteous Cup which was won by ? with Andy Harris Second and Ollie Houseman third.

On Sunday the competition was for the Sondown Cup, which this year was a silver Tiller event, and the Elizabeth Bowl for the first vintage boat.  Both competitions were won by Richard Harris with Andy Harris second and ollie Houseman third.

My thanks to Peter Fryer as OOD, assisted by Pauline Fryer in the Box on both days and to Alexey Anatskiy and Brian Corking for manning the Patrol Boat on Saturday and to Chris Taggart and Chris Wade. for manning the Patrol Boat on Sunday

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who cooked a .  My thanks also go to David, Florin and Lara who assisted in the kitchen and ran Phil’s Bar.

The Prizegiving for the Winter Series took place after racing.  See the reports by Jonathan Key, on the Racing and Prizegiving, in News.

This Week – 25th to 31st May

Thursday 26th May sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the fourth of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series so 5 needed to qualify.  A supper will be served after the racing.

This Saturday the Junior or Social Sailing will resume following last week’s break for the Merlin Open.  Also, Jack’s Trip, the Tamesis offshore event of the year, organised by Simon Thompson and based around activities in the Solent

The Blue and White Series racing will take place on Sunday.

On Sunday 5th June we will be running the Centenary Cup Pursuit Handicap race.  This is the date of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there are plans to have some form of event at the Club.

On Sunday 12th June the Royal Canoe Club is holding its annual Marathon race.  We are discussing arrangements with them this week and will report next week on how this and another canoe event scheduled for the 19th June will affect our racing.

Save The Date.      Saturday 25th June – Tamesis Summer Party
Time to celebrate.  The House Committee is planning the Party and looking forward to seeing lots of Members and their friends enjoying a fun evening.  Watch this space for more information but put the date into your diaries!  Everyone welcome!

Anyone who would like to help would be welcomed with open arms – please get in touch with Nicky Johnson.

Training

The RYA Training tab on the website https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ will give you access to the training calendar.  In addition to the dates of the Courses and Camps, you will find a short explanation of how they are run and the costs.  We are organising five one-week-long Junior Camps in the summer and concentrated weekend Courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

There are a few places available on RYA Level 1 and Level 2 courses and on the Childrens’ Camps starting on 22nd and 29th August.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the one to be used and the full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Paddleboarding

As Thursday night sailing has re-started we would like to welcome any paddlers to use this time for sunset SUP-ing.  One of our newest Members tested the waters last Thursday evening, followed by dinner at the Club, which is available to all with prior booking, and they thoroughly recommended the experience. The waterways tend to be much quieter on midweek evenings and it’s a lovely time to get out for a paddle.  However, please remember to keep well clear of the racing.

Upcoming SUP lessons running at the Club include SUP Yoga  and Intermediate Paddleboard Coaching on May 28th. Book on the website https://www.goodlifepaddle.com/book-online or if you are interested in more information drop Leah an email on goodlifepaddle@gmail.com

Note: when booking online all Tamesis Members can use the code ‘TAMMY’ for a £5 discount on any session.

The new storage in the Undercroft is complete and ready to receive boards. If you pay for board storage and your board is not yet in a storage slot please do help yourself to one of the new ones. The key is on the same set as the Boatshed key. All boards need to be labelled with their owners’ name.

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 as a Club activity.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

A petition has been set up with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) which will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  There is a press campaign in place and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.

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

 

Last Week,  10th to 16th May

On Thursday we held the second of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  Eleven boats (again) started in a light westerly wind and on-the-water the race was won by Matt P-J, crewed by Chris Martin, with Andy Harris, crewed by Nim Harris, second and Charlie Morgan, crewed by Alexey Anatskiy, third.  This was followed by a supper at the Club.  See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News, together with the results.

On Saturday the Junior Sailing session, run by Griff Tanner, with assistance from Ken Duffell and Charlie Morgan, saw many boats out again, in a gentle westerly wind.  There were seven Toppers, five Lasers and an L2K engaged in a race.  At the end of the session Griff conducted capsize practice in the large slip with an enthusiastic and noisy group of juniors.

Over the weekend, Matt P-J, crewed by Kaan Yargici and Peter Impey, pitted themselves against some serious opposition at Blackwater in their N18 Optimus Prime (421) and had a great time.  See the full report by Matt in News.

On Sunday this week there was a Skiff Club open event which caused the cancellation of the Blue races and affected the start time of the Summer Series 3 White races, the Start Sequence for which was delayed by 20 minutes.  The races were held in a fitful wind, which started as easterly but finished up as a mainly southerly wind.  OOD Tim Medcalf set a dogleg course based on the forecast easterly winds.

Nine Merlins entered the White race and this was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma Mcdonald, with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, third.

Six Lasers entered the White race which was won by Ros Warwick-Haller, with Alexey Anatskiy, second and John Edmondson, third.  Two boats failed to notice the dogleg on one round!

Four N18s entered the White race which was won on the water by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.

Peter Bide single handed the lone Enterprise round the course.

My thanks to Tim Medcalf as OOD, assisted by Jennifer Falconer Hall in the Box and to Neville Upton and Sophie Harrison for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who cooked a Chinese Sweet and Sour main followed by Sorbet with Lychees to follow.  My thanks also go to David, Sophie and Lara who assisted in the kitchen and ran Phil’s Bar.

The Prizegiving for the Winter Series took place after lunch, followed by a Sailing Committee Meeting.  See the reports by Jonathan Key, on the Racing and Prizegiving, in News.

This Week – 17th to 23rd May

Thursday 19th May sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the third of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series so 5 needed to qualify.  A Fish and Chip supper will be served after the racing.

This Saturday there will be no Junior or Social Sailing as the Merlin Open Meeting is taking place over the whole weekend of 21st/22nd May.  This also means that there will be no Blue or White Series racing on Sunday.

The date for Jack’s Trip, the Tamesis offshore event of the year, is 28th May and those who would like to participate should contact Simon Thompson at st599@zepler.net.

On Sunday 5th June we will be running the Centenary Cup Pursuit Handicap race.  This is the date of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there are plans to have some form of event at the Club.

On Sunday 12th June the Royal Canoe Club is holding its annual Marathon race.  We are discussing arrangements with them this week and will report next week on how this and another canoe event scheduled for the 19th June will affect our racing.

Save The Date.      Saturday 25th June – Tamesis Summer Party
Time to celebrate.  The House Committee is planning the Party and looking forward to seeing lots of Members and their friends enjoying a fun evening.  Watch this space for more information but put the date into your diaries!  Everyone welcome!

Anyone who would like to help would be welcomed with open arms – please get in touch with Nicky Johnson.

Training

The RYA Training tab on the website https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ will give you access to the training calendar.  In addition to the dates of the Courses and Camps, you will find a short explanation of how they are run and the costs.  We are organising five one-week-long Junior Camps in the summer and concentrated weekend Courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

There are a few places available on RYA Level 1 and Level 2 courses and on the Childrens’ Camps starting on 22nd and 29th August.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the one to be used and the full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Paddleboarding

As Thursday night sailing has re-started we would like to welcome any paddlers to use this time for sunset SUP-ing.  One of our newest Members tested the waters last Thursday evening, followed by dinner at the Club, which is available to all with prior booking, and they thoroughly recommended the experience. The waterways tend to be much quieter on midweek evenings and it’s a lovely time to get out for a paddle.  However, please remember to keep well clear of the racing.

Upcoming SUP lessons running at the Club include SUP Yoga  and Intermediate Paddleboard Coaching on May 28th. Book on the website https://www.goodlifepaddle.com/book-online or if you are interested in more information drop Leah an email on goodlifepaddle@gmail.com

Note: when booking online all Tamesis Members can use the code ‘TAMMY’ for a £5 discount on any session.

The new storage in the Undercroft is complete and ready to receive boards. If you pay for board storage and your board is not yet in a storage slot please do help yourself to one of the new ones. The key is on the same set as the Boatshed key. All boards need to be labelled with their owners’ name.

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 as a Club activity.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

A petition has been set up with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) which will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  There is a press campaign in place and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.

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

 

Last Week,  3rd to 9th May

On Thursday we held the first of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  A good entry of eleven boats started in a light north-easterly wind on a beautiful evening.  Regrettably, as so often happens, the wind began to die as 8 pm approached and the race was a Merlin benefit, being won by Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie.  This was followed by a supper at the Club.  See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News, together with the results.

On Saturday the Junior Sailing session, run by Griff Tanner, Matt P-J, Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts, with assistance from other parents, saw a lot of boats out again, in a brisk northerly wind.  There were seven Toppers, three Lasers and two L2Ks engaged in a race.

There was also a Dragon Boat regatta taking place along the length of Trowlock Island which, as a result of discussions, was able to be held unhindered at the same time.

At the same time, Tom Bull and Matty Key were running an RYA Level 2 Training Course, which continued on the Sunday.  All the Trainees were successful in gaining their Certificates – well done to the Training Team.  It is worth relating that, up to the present time, Tim has received over 100 applications for places on Training Courses this year.  See the Training report by Tim in News.

Also occurring on Saturday was the Ranelagh Downriver Race in which Peter Impey and Tim Medcalf competed.  Tim Medcalf has given a very full report of this event in News.

The Sunday Blue and White races were held in a mainly brisk, but fitful wind, as last week, with considerable shifts in direction requiring studious wind chasing on most parts of the course.  OOD Mike Adams set a dogleg course based on the forecast easterly winds (which were in evidence when he set the course) but rearranged the dogleg for the White races to take account of the changed dominant wind direction.

Three Merlins entered the Blue race which was won by Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Bethan, second and Joe Woods, crewed by Ken Duffel, third.  Eight Merlins entered the White race and this was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma Mcdonald, with Andy Harris, crewed by Tom Harris, second and Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, third.

Five Lasers entered the Blue race which was won by Chris Taggart with Henry Medcalf second and Mattie Valentine third.  The White race had six entrants and was won by Jon Redding, with Henry Medcalf second and Chris Taggart, third.

Three N18s entered both the Blue race which was won on the water by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second and Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  Henry did not enter the White race which, again, was won on the water by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second.

My thanks to Mike Adams as OOD, assisted by Jennifer Adams in the Box and to Clive Mence and Adrian Warwick Haller for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who cooked marinaded pork chops with vegetables with a  rhubarb crumble and custard to follow.  My thanks also go to David who ran Phil’s Bar and to Alice and Florin who helped in the Bar and Kitchen.

This week – 10th to 16th May

Thursday 12th May sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the second of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series so 5 needed to qualify.  A supper will be served after the racing.

On Saturday, Junior Sailing will be starting at 2:30 pm.  Social Sailing from the time when the junior sailors finish is encouraged.

This week there is a Skiff Club open event which will affect our racing.  For the Summer Series 3, only the White races will be run this Sunday and the initiation of the Start Sequence will be delayed as little as possible but by no more than 15 minutes.  Detailed briefing on the day.

As usual, this coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

The Prizegiving for the Winter Series is scheduled to take place after lunch on Sunday 15th May.

Coming up

The Merlin Open Meeting is on the weekend of 21st/22nd May.

The date for Jack’s Trip, the Tamesis offshore event of the year, is 28th May and those who would like to participate should contact Simon Thompson at st599@zepler.net.

On Sunday 5th June we will be running the Centenary Cup Pursuit Handicap race.  This is the date of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there are plans to have some form of event at the Club.

Save The Date.      Saturday 25th June – Tamesis Summer Party
Time to celebrate.  The House Committee is planning the Party and looking forward to seeing lots of Members and their friends enjoying a fun evening.  Watch this space for more information but put the date into your diaries!  Everyone welcome!

Anyone who would like to help would be welcomed with open arms – please get in touch with Nicky Johnson.

Training

The RYA Training tab on the website https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ will give you access to the training calendar.  In addition to the dates of the Courses and Camps, you will find a short explanation of how they are run and the costs.  We are organising five one-week-long Junior Camps in the summer and concentrated weekend Courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

There are a few places available on RYA Level 1 and Level 2 courses and on the Childrens’ Camps starting on 22nd and 29th August.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the one to be used and the full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Paddleboarding

As Thursday night sailing has restarted we would like to welcome any paddlers to use this time for sunset SUP-ing.  One of our newest Members tested the waters last Thursday evening, followed by dinner at the Club, which is available to all with prior booking, and they thoroughly recommended the experience. The waterways tend to be much quieter on midweek evenings and it’s a lovely time to get out for a paddle.  However, please remember to keep well clear of the racing.

Upcoming SUP lessons running at the Club include SUP Yoga May 14th & 28th,  Beginners Paddleboarding May 14th, and Intermediate Paddleboard Coaching May 28th. Book on the website https://www.goodlifepaddle.com/book-online or if you are interested in more information drop Leah an email on goodlifepaddle@gmail.com

Note: when booking online all Tamesis Members can use the code ‘TAMMY’ for a £5 discount on any session.

The new storage in the Undercroft is complete and ready to receive boards. If you pay for board storage and your board is not yet in a storage slot please do help yourself to one of the new ones. The key is on the same set as the Boatshed key. All boards need to be labelled with their owners name.

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 as a Club activity.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

A petition has been set up with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) which will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  There is a press campaign in place and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.

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

 

Last Week,  26th April to 2nd May

On Saturday the Junior sailing session, run by Griff Tanner, Matt P-J, Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts, with assistance from other parents, saw a lot of boats out again, despite the very light wind.   The Juniors were enjoying the Toppers, Lasers and L2K whilst Griff gave on-the-water experience in the Wayfarer.

The Sunday Blue and White races were held in a fitful wind with considerable shifts in direction resulting in frequent bunching at the Lensbury and Canbury Marks.

Four Merlins entered the Blue race which was won by Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, with an unusual dead-heat for second between Joe Woods, crewed by Ken Duffel, and Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie, with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Veronique Medcalf, third.  Eight Merlins entered the White race and this was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma Mcdonald, with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, third.

Three Lasers entered the Blue race which was won by Matty Key with Matt Valentine second and Alexey Anatskiy third.  The White race had four entrants and was won by Matt Valentine, with Peter Johnson second and Ros Warwick-Haller, third.

Three N18s entered both the Blue and White races and both were won on the water by Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.

My thanks to Rupert Fletcher as OOD, assisted by Eva Heap in the Box and to Jim Hamilton and Barbara Adams for manning the Patrol Boat.  See the report and pictures by Jonathan Key in News.

My thanks also go to Alaphia, assisted by Chloe, who cooked a roast chicken lunch with a raspberry sherry trifle to follow, which was greatly appreciated by 34 diners.  Also my thanks to David and Yann who ran Phil’s Bar.

On Monday, Carolyne Vines towed Peter Impey’s Merlin up to Minima to compete in their May Merrie race.  Conditions were not lively and the race was over a shortened course.  See the report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This week – 3rd to 8th May

Thursday 5th May sees the start of our Thursday evening racing with the first of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series so 5 needed to qualify.  A supper will be served after the racing.

On Saturday, Junior Sailing will be starting at 2:30 pm.  Social sailing from the time when the junior sailors finish is encouraged.  There is a Dragon Boat regatta taking place along the length of Trowlock Island but, following discussions with the Dragon Boat organiser, the two activities will be able to take place at the same time.

Summer Series 3 Blue and White races will be run on Sunday.  As usual, this coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

Coming up

The Prizegiving for the Winter Series is scheduled to take place after lunch on Sunday 15th May.

The Merlin Open Meeting is on the weekend of 21st/22nd May.

The date for Jack’s Trip, the Tamesis offshore event of the year, is 28th May and those who would like to participate should contact Simon Thompson at st599@zepler.net.

On Sunday 5th June we will be running the Centenary Cup Pursuit Handicap race.  This is the date of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and there are plans to have some form of event at the Club.

Save The Date.      Saturday 25th June – Tamesis Summer Party
Time to celebrate.  The House Committee is planning the Party and looking forward to seeing lots of Members and their friends enjoying a fun evening.  Watch this space for more information but put the date into your diaries!  Everyone welcome!

Anyone who would like to help would be welcomed with open arms – get in touch with Nicky Johnson.

Training

The RYA Training tab https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ will give you access to the training calendar.  In addition to the dates of the courses and camps, you will find a short explanation of how they are run and the costs.  We are organising five one-week-long junior camps in the summer and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the one to be used and the full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

A petition has been set up with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) which will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  There is a press campaign in place and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.

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 as a Club activity.

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

 

Last Week,  19th to 25th April

On Saturday the Junior sailing session, run by Matt P-J, Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts, with assistance from other parents, saw ten boats out in robust conditions and all the juniors apparently enjoying being back for their weekly sailing slot.

As there was to be no Series racing this weekend, as the Firefly Open meeting was taking place at Tamesis, an expedition of Merlins to Thames SC on Saturday and to Minima on Sunday was mounted. A brief synopsis of the up-river activity by Andy Harris follows below and his full report is in News.

Saturday 23rd April, Thames SC Merlin Open Meeting, River Series and Vintage event took place.  Andy Harris and Matty Key in Crescendo, towed up-river by Tamesis III driven by Jonathan Key, very windy, one capsize and two firsts win the event.

Sunday 24th April, Minima YC Merlin Open Meeting, River Series and Vintage event, Andy and Matty were joined by Joe and Sean, Peter Impey and Vanessa (his sister), Charlie Morgan and Tim Ginn, towed up-river by Tim Medcalf.  Not as windy as Saturday but a good breeze.  The event was won by Rob Cage of TSC with two firsts, Andy and Matty came second with two 2nd place finishes, Joe and Sean 4th overall.   Peter and Charlie finished in the pack.   All four boats were picked up by Jonathan Key and towed back to Tamesis line-astern.   A great weekend of sailing and a big thanks to the host Clubs and to everyone who contributed to help make the logistics work.

At Tamesis on Sunday there was the Firefly Open Meeting which was excellently organised by Matt Dalton, our Firefly Class Captain, and well appreciated by all the contestants.  This event normally incorporates the Elizabeth Cup and the Firefly Junior Cup.  However, the conditions were considered too blustery for the junior helms and the Junior Cup was not contested this year.  The senior helms, however, competed vigorously for the Elizabeth Cup getting used to the shifty wind and the presence of a rowing trial being conducted from the RCC pier.  The day was won by Stuart Hudson from Royal Lymington, crewed by daughter Lizzie, who won all three races, with Alex Davey, crewed by Stella, from Royal Harwich, second and Mark Tait, crewed by Beatrice, from Dell Quay, third.  See the full report by Matt Dalton in News.

My thanks to David Baker as OOD, assisted by Jim Green in the Box and to Peter Bide and Sue Harris for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who, in addition to providing Bacon Butties to start the day, cooked Bangers and Mash for lunch which was greatly appreciated by the contestants and spectators.  She was assisted by Chloe and Alice, who ran Phil’s Bar as well.

This weekend – 30th April to 2nd May

On Saturday, Junior Sailing will be starting at 2:30pm.  Social sailing from the time when the junior sailors finish is encouraged.

Summer Series 3 Blue and White races will be run on Sunday.  As usual, this coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

On Monday (Bank Holiday) the Minima May Merrie long distance race is open to all.

Coming up

Thursday 5th May sees the start of our Thursday evening racing with the first of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series so 5 needed to qualify.

The Prizegiving for the Winter Series is scheduled to take place after lunch on Sunday 15th May.

The Merlin Open Meeting is on the weekend of 21st/22nd May.

We are planning to have a Summer Party on Saturday 25th June.  More details of this will be promulgated nearer the time – this is an Alert.

Training

Tim and Tom are currently looking for youngsters who would like to become Assistant Instructors, the ideal first step on the road to becoming a Dinghy Instructor.  Anyone who is interested should contact Tim on 07768 018972.

The RYA Training tab https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ will give you access to the training calendar.  In addition to the dates of the courses and camps, you will find a short explanation of how they are run and the costs.  We are organising five one-week-long junior camps in the summer and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  Tim will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the one to be used and the full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Tamesis Club printed Programme 2022/23

A reminder that the printed version of the Tamesis Sailing Programme for the coming year is now available in the Clubhouse.  There is also a printable version which can be accessed from the website and which is at the end of the Tammy Matters text.  Just scroll down to ‘Coming Events’, you will see a heading ‘FULL SAILING PROGRAMME’ immediately under it.  Click on that and the Programme will appear, with all the events from 4th April 2022 to the end of March 2023.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

A petition has been set up with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) which will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  There is a press campaign in place and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.

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 as a Club activity.

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

 

New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the one to be used and the full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Tamesis Club printed Programme 2022/23

A reminder that the printed version of the Tamesis Sailing Programme for the coming year is now available in the Clubhouse.  There is also a printable version which can be accessed from the website and which is at the end of the Tammy Matters text.  Just scroll down to ‘Coming Events’, you will see a heading ‘FULL SAILING PROGRAMME’ immediately under it.  Click on that and the Programme will appear, with all the events from 4th April 2022 to the end of March 2023.

Last Week,  12th to 18th April

On Easter Sunday there was the now traditional Easter Egg Handicap Pursuit Race, held in good weather.  The race was won by Andy Harris, crewed by Tom Harris, with Marcus Chavasse second and Tom McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, third.  See the full report by Jonathan Key in News.

My thanks to Rob Hatley as OOD, assisted by James Berry in the Box.  Thank you also to Geoff Malseed and Chris Wade for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who cooked Lamb Shanks and provided a Peach Melba and who was assisted by Chloe and Lara.  Thanks also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.  As usual, this coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

Next weekend – 23rd/24th April

On Saturday Griff Tanner will be running the first of this year’s Junior Sailing afternoons starting at 2:30pm.  Social sailing from the time when the junior sailors finish is encouraged.

On Sunday there is the Firefly Open Meeting which incorporates the Elizabeth Cup and the Firefly Junior Cup.  Bacon butties will be available for competitors before racing, also a hot lunch will be available.

Training

A third adult RYA Level 1 training session was run this last weekend with a maximum capacity attendance of six adults enjoying the sunshine and all gaining their certificates.  Congratulations to them all.

Tim and Tom are currently looking for youngsters who would like to become Assistant Instructors, the ideal first step on the road to becoming a Dinghy Instructor.  Anyone who is interested should contact Tim on 07768 018972.

The RYA Training tab https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ will give you access to the training calendar.  In addition to the dates of the courses and camps, you will find a short explanation of how they are run and the costs.  We are organising five week-long junior camps in the summer and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.  Tim will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

A petition has been set up with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) that will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  There is a press campaign in place and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.

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 as a Club activity.

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

 

New Race Schedule

The new Race Start schedule is now the norm and the full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Tamesis Club printed Programme 2022/23

A reminder that the printed version of the Tamesis Sailing Programme for the coming year is now available in the Clubhouse.  Copies are in a cardboard box on the round table by the end of Phil’s Bar next to the veranda door.  Please will Members collect their copy as we are not intending to post them out unless specifically requested.

There is also a printable version which can be accessed from the website and which is at the end of the Tammy Matters text.  Just scroll down to ‘Coming Events’, you will see a heading ‘FULL SAILING PROGRAMME’ immediately under that.  Click on that and the Programme will appear, with all the events from 4th April 2022 to the end of March 2023.

Last Week,  29th March to 5th April

On Saturday afternoon there was an informally arranged social sailing session at about 4pm, instigated by Humphrey Dorrell using the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group.  I would like to encourage these sessions, particularly when the weather is kind.

The Vice Commodore’s Dinner, which constituted the first traditionally held formal Club function since the first lockdown, though a little smaller in numbers than usual, went with a swing.  An excellent dinner of Duck Breast with trimmings followed by a Chocolate Mousse was provided by Alaphia and was enjoyed by all.  The Vice Commodore introduced the proceedings and the Uffa Spoon was awarded to the Commodore.  See the report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This Sunday’s races were contested in an improving but slightly variable southerlyish wind.  OOD Brendan Hills set a straight up-and-down course (L) for all races, although he laid (as it transpired, unused) dogleg Marks in case the wind veered.

Six Merlins started their first (Blue) race which was won by Tim Medcalf, crewed by Jennifer Falconer-Hall, with Rob Hatley, crewed by Lucy Hatley, second and Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie, third.  Four Lasers started their first race which was won by Marcus Chavasse, with Matt Valentine second and Jim Hamilton third.  Three N18s started the N18/Handicap race.  Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, was first with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Adrian Warwick-Haller, third.

Eight Merlins entered the second (White) race which was won by David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, with Griff Tanner, crewed by Josie, second and Ken Duffell, crewed by Joe Woods, third.  Five Lasers started the second race which was won by Marcus Chavasse, with Matt Valentine second and Stewart Colley, third.  The N18 race was won by Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, was first with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Adrian Warwick-Haller, third.

My thanks to Brendan Hills as OOD, assisted by Robert Blakebrough in the Box.  Thank you also to Ron Williamson and Jonathan Key for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who cooked Spaghetti and Meatballs with Mozzarella, Parmesan and Sauteed courgettes followed by French Apple Tart and cream and who was assisted by Alice and Sophie.  Thanks also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.  This coming week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

Next weekend – Easter Sunday

There is the Easter Egg Handicap Pursuit Race, for which Class start times are advertised in the Clubhouse and on the website – click on Easter Egg Handicap in ‘Coming Events’ below Latest News on the website Home page.

Training

A second adult RYA Level 1 training session was run this last weekend, following the Junior Sailing Camp attended by 10 keen youngsters, that was run during the week.  The training has been delivered by Tom Bull, the Club’s Chief Instructor, assisted by Matty Key who has achieved Dinghy Instructor standard, with Tim Medcalf acting as Assistant Instructor for the camp.

Congratulations are due to Matty for gaining his Dinghy Instructor qualification and I would encourage any of our up-and-coming young sailors to consider undertaking the Dinghy Instructor course.  Tim and Tom are currently looking for youngsters who would like to become Assistant Instructors, the ideal first step on the road to becoming a Dinghy Instructor, and anyone who is interested should contact Tim in the first instance on 07768 018972.

The weeklong Junior Sailing Camp was a great success, despite their having been exposed to the full range of Tamesis Club weather conditions!  We have received some very positive feedback from parents of the participants.  Click on the website’s RYA Training tab to read comments.

This tab will also give to you access to the training calendar.  As well as their dates, you will find a short explanation of the courses and camps, how they are run, and the costs.  We are organising five weeklong junior camps in the summer and concentrated weekend courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.

To reassure our racers, the trainees are able to stay well clear of our racing area whilst completing a full programme!

All Training Courses and Camps are booking up fairly quickly with a number of dates now full.  If you are interested, details are available here:  https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ and Tim will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

The following has been extracted and partly paraphrased from an e-mail trail of the RYA West Thames Group.

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

Notwithstanding this, the extension of the ferry service to FFC alone, will most likely cause the closure of the rowing and Sailing Clubs in Putney Reach and the consequences would be devastating for all rowing Clubs on the river – events such as the recent Head of The River Race  (4,000 participants) and the Boat Race, etc. will be no more. The reasons for this are very clear when you look at the graphic overlays of how the UBER boats would navigate the waters to FFC – please see attached presentation that we made to a number of local Clubs last week at a Joint Meeting we held with Fleur at RSC last Thursday. (* image not attached)

At the Meeting there was unanimous support from all present that we have to stop this Pier and we stepped up our campaignduring the Boat Race this weekend, with the full backing of British Rowing and Thames Regional Rowing Council. We have set up a petition with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) that will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  We have a press campaign in place, banners and fliers being displayed at the Boat Race, and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.

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 as a Club activity.

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

 

New Race Schedule

Following the three-week trial, the new Race Start schedule has been adopted for our Summer Series.  The early (10:30+, Blue) group of starts will constitute a new Series of Trophy Races and the later (11:30+, White) group of starts will be for the traditional Summer or Winter Series.  The full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Tamesis Club printed Programme 2022/23

A reminder that the printed version of the Tamesis Sailing Programme for the coming year is now available in the Clubhouse.  Copies are in a cardboard box on the round table next to the veranda door.  Please will Members collect their copy as we are not intending to post them out unless specifically requested.

There is also a printable version which can be accessed from the website and which is at the end of the Tammy Matters text.  Just scroll down to ‘Coming Events’, you will see a heading ‘FULL SAILING PROGRAMME’ immediately under that.  Click on that and the Programme will appear, with all the events from 4th April 2022 to the end of March 2023.

Last Week,  29th March to 5th April

On Saturday afternoon, the Lasers had an informal session when Matt P-J was on hand to provide tips to all-comers on how to improve their Laser sailing technique.  See the report by Jim Hamilton, the recently elected Captain of the Laser fleet, in News.

The Vice Commodore’s Dinner, which constituted the first traditionally held formal Club function since the first lockdown, though a little smaller in numbers than usual, went with a swing.  An excellent dinner of Duck Breast with trimmings followed by a Chocolate Mousse was provided by Alaphia and was enjoyed by all.  The Vice Commodore introduced the proceedings and the Uffa Spoon was awarded to the Commodore.  See the report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This Sunday’s races were contested in a better than forecast north-north-easterly wind which occasionally backed to north-westerly.  OOD John Adams set a straight up-and-down course (K) for all races.

Seven Merlins started their first (Blue) race which was won by Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, with Matt P-J, crewed by Lyra Wade, second and Rob Hatley, crewed by Lucy Hatley, third.  Seven Lasers started their first race which was won by Marcus Chavasse, with Henry Medcalf second and Mattie Valentine third.  Three N18s started the N18/Handicap race.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, was first with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, second and Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, third.

Seven Merlins entered the second (White) race which was won by Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, with Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Matt P-J, crewed by Lyra Wade, third.  Seven Lasers started the second race which was won by Marcus Chavasse, with Chris Taggart second and Henry Medcalf, third.  The N18 race was won by Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, second and Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, third.

My thanks to John Adams as OOD, assisted by Zoe Adams in the Box.  Thank you also to Ian Ramage and Stephen Lucas for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who cooked roast chicken with couscous and a vegetable salad followed by raspberry jelly with raspberries and cream and who was assisted by Chloe and Lara.  Thanks also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.  This week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

The following has been extracted and partly paraphrased from an e-mail trail of the RYA West Thames Group.

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

Notwithstanding this, the extension of the ferry service to FFC alone, will most likely cause the closure of the rowing and Sailing Clubs in Putney Reach and the consequences would be devastating for all rowing Clubs on the river – events such as the recent Head of The River Race  (4,000 participants) and the Boat Race, etc. will be no more. The reasons for this are very clear when you look at the graphic overlays of how the UBER boats would navigate the waters to FFC – please see attached presentation that we made to a number of local Clubs last week at a Joint Meeting we held with Fleur at RSC last Thursday. (* image not attached)

At the Meeting there was unanimous support from all present that we have to stop this Pier and we stepped up our campaignduring the Boat Race this weekend, with the full backing of British Rowing and Thames Regional Rowing Council. We have set up a petition with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) that will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  We have a press campaign in place, banners and fliers being displayed at the Boat Race, and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.

Paddleboarding

Leah Fraser, our Paddleboarding Captain, led a Paddle for Peace, in support of Ukraine, on Saturday, 12th March.  This was well supported and raised a good sum.  See the News article by Leah.

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 as a Club activity.

Training

The first weekend training session was run this last weekend and during this week a Junior Training camp will be run.

The Club’s 2022 RYA Training and Children’s Camps calendar appears under the new ‘RYA Training’ tab on the front page of the website.  As well as their 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 running this week, five Children’s Camps in the summer and concentrated Weekend Courses for adult RYA Level 1 and Level 2 qualifications.

The RYA Adult Training Courses and Children’s Holiday Camps are booking up fairly quickly with a number of dates now full.  If you are interested, details are available here:  https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ and Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  His number is 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

Race schedule for Blue and White Series Races Summer 2022

We have developed Sunday racing with the opportunity for two races for all. All races will be “lap” races with competitors finishing when they next cross the finish line after the lead boat has finished.

We will continue the race schedule trialled during March.  This will remain provisional during April 2022.

 

There will be a 45+ minute race each week which counts towards the Summer Series points and handicap trophies.  This will be called the White Race Series.

The Club will also run another series of shorter fleet races (30 mins lead boat) which will form a Blue Race Series.  There will be prizes for the Blue Race Series.

For the Summer Series, the combined results from the White and Blue Race Series will additionally count towards the award of a new set of trophies (one each for the Merlin Rocket, Laser and N18 fleets).

 

09:30 OOD and Team arrive to set up.

 

Blue Race Series

10:30             Merlin Rocket Blue Race start

10:35             Laser Blue Race start

10:40             N18, Enterprise, Handicap Blue Race start

Blue Races complete by 11:25 (30 minutes lead boat).

A Time Limit will apply to Blue Races.  No boat will recorded as finishing if it finishes more than 50 minutes after the start for its class.

 

White Series Races

11:30             Merlin Rocket White Race start

11:35             Laser White Race start

11:40             N18, Enterprise, Handicap White Race start

 

White Races complete by approximately 12:35 (45+ minutes lead boat).  OOD discretion may target a lead boat time of up to an hour if appropriate to the conditions.

 

Boats off the water by approximately 12:45.

OOD and Team pack up before 13:00.

 

Marcus Chavasse

Rear Commodore Sailing

Posted 31st March 2022

 

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

 

Trial of Proposed Race Schedule.

Our third and final Sunday trial of the proposed new Race Schedule went well.  There has already been feedback on the trial race pattern and anyone else wishing to give an opinion on it should contact the Rear Commodore Sailing, Marcus Chavasse.  This week’s racing having been the last before our Summer Series starts, all feedback received before 6pm on Tuesday will be considered at the Sailing Committee which will meet this week and a decision taken as to whether this will become our normal race schedule for the future.

The printed version of the Tamesis Sailing Programme for the coming year is now available in the Clubhouse.  Copies are in a cardboard box on the round table next to the veranda door.  Please will Members collect their copy as we are not intending to post them out unless specifically requested.

There is also a printable version which can be accessed from the website and which is at the end of the Tammy Matters text.  Just scroll down to ‘Coming Events’, you will see a heading ‘FULL SAILING PROGRAMME’ immediately under that.  Click on that and the Programme will appear, with all the events from 4th April 2022 to the end of March 2023.

Last Week,  22nd to 28th March

The Thursday Supper and Talk was reasonably well attended although about half of those present were associated with the River Thames Boat Project, which was the subject of the talk.  Kate Dodds introduced Jon Chapman (a Trustee and Educational Volunteer) who gave a clear presentation of the educational objectives of the Project and described the typical clientele and activities which they would participate in.  Following Jon, Chris Deavin, the Chair of Trustees, gave a view of the future aspirations of the Project.  Alaphia provided an excellent Chicken Curry followed by a Pear Belle Hélène which was enjoyed by all.  See the report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This Sunday’s races were contested in a promising north-easterly wind with little stream.  This was the last week of racing trialling the proposed new start sequence.

OOD Marcus Chavasse set a dogleg course (O) for the early (Blue) series races but set a longer  course (K) for the Geoff Cooper Trophy race for the Merlins.  The Lasers and N18s raced on the original course for their White series races.  Several boats misjudged the downstream starts and there were individual recalls in three of the races.

Five Merlins started their first race which was won by Matt P-J, crewed by Lyra Wade, with Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Joe Woods, crewed by Ken Duffell, third.  Four Lasers started their first race which was won by Matty Key, with Jim Hamilton second and Mattie Valentine third.  Three N18s started the N18/Handicap race.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, was first on the water with Alistair Banks, crewed by Caroline Stilwell, second but Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ, did not finish.

Eleven Merlins entered the Geoff Cooper Trophy race for which a longer course was set.  It was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, with Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, a tight third, just ahead of David Baker, crewed by Peter Johnson.  Three Lasers started the second race which was won by Mattie Valentine, with Alexey Anatskiy second and Jim Hamilton, third.  The N18 race was won, on the water in a very tight finish, by Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Alistair Banks, crewed by Caroline Stilwell, a close second and Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ, third.

My thanks to Marcus Chavasse as OOD, assisted by Nicky Chavasse and Humphrey Dorrell in the Box.  Thank you also to Martin Thomas and Brian Harper-Lewis for manning the Patrol Boat.

My thanks also go to Alaphia who cooked salmon fillets with seasonal vegetables followed by treacle pudding and custard and who was assisted by Chloe and Sophie.  Thanks also to David who ran Phil’s Bar.  Next week’s Menu will be promulgated by WhatsApp later in the week.

This Week –   The Vice Commodore’s Dinner,      Saturday, 2nd April.

The Vice Commodore’s Dinner is the event at which the most notable calamitous episodes during the year are recounted and at which the Uffa Spoon is awarded to that deemed the most worthy by the current holder and, therefore, a subjective appraisal.  It is generally regarded as one of the social highlights of the year.  All are welcome – see the poster and description of the event under the ‘Coming Events’ heading on the website.  The menu is – Smoked salmon with blinis, pickled cucumber & crème fraiche to start with a main course of Roast duck leg, sweet potato mash, buttered Savoy cabbage & orange sauce and a dessert of Mousse au chocolat.  Please sign up in the Clubhouse or email Nicky Johnson at nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com to book.

Unfortunately, Covid is currently rife and several Members are currently infected and isolating.  To reduce the likelihood of further spread, please will everyone planning to come to the Vice Commodore’s Dinner do lateral flow tests on both Friday and Saturday and inform Nicky Johnson ( nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com ) if they find they have to isolate.

A threat to water sports on the Tideway

The following has been extracted and partly paraphrased from an e-mail trail of the RYA West Thames group.

There is a very real threat to sailing, rowing and all recreational activity on the Thames as Fulham Football Club is looking to extend the UBER riverbus service West of Putney to Fulham and there is a genuine concern that UBER will look to extend the service to Richmond.

Notwithstanding this, the extension of the ferry service to FFC alone, will most likely cause the closure of the rowing and sailing clubs in Putney Reach and the consequences would be devastating for all rowing Clubs on the river – events such as the Head of The River Race this weekend just gone, (4,000 participants), the Boat Race, etc. will be no more. The reasons for this are very clear when you look at the graphic overlays of how the UBER boats would navigate the waters to FFC – please see attached presentation that we made to a number of local Clubs last week at a Joint Meeting we held with Fleur at RSC last Thursday. (* image not attached)

At the Meeting there was unanimous support from all present that we have to stop this pier and we have now stepped up our campaign ahead of the Boat Race this weekend, with the full backing of British Rowing and Thames Regional Rowing Council. We have set up a petition with Change.org (https://www.change.org/p/save-our-sports-on-the-river-thames-stop-the-pier) that will be sent out to Rowing Clubs nationwide as well as to all the local Clubs in the next few days.  We have a press campaign in place, banners and fliers being displayed at the Boat Race, and we are looking to appoint Planning Advisors and also to commissioning a Navigational Risk Assessment to counter the one that Nash Marine undertook on behalf of FFC (during Covid when the Rowing Clubs were closed). We would be grateful for any support that RYA can provide us with in helping to support and publicise this campaign.

Membership Survey

The results of the Survey have yet to be 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

Leah Fraser, our Paddleboarding Captain, led a Paddle for Peace, in support of Ukraine, on Saturday, 12th March.  This was well supported and raised a good sum.  See the News article by Leah.

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 as a Club activity.

Training

The Club’s 2022 RYA Training and Children’s Camps calendar appears under the new ‘RYA Training’ tab on the front page of the website.  As well as their 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.

The RYA Adult Training Courses and Children’s Holiday Camps are booking up fairly quickly with a number of dates now full.  If you are interested, details are available here:  https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ and Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.  His number is 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