Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

 

Important items in this issue

Please take particular note of the items under Catering and Paddleboarding

Lifting of Covid related restrictions

We are adopting a step-by-step approach to returning the Club to operating in the manner we would like it to, opening up as quickly as is considered prudent.  The initial steps are laid out in the Red Banner and Noticeboard on the website.  We have placed notices in the Clubhouse to assist you to remember how to use Phil’s Bar and to order food when it is available.  The Barbeque will be operating as frequently as possible and the presence of the Marquee means it will not be limited by rain.

Last Week  27th July to 3rd August

This week saw the first of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Tom Bull with assistance from Ben Ramage, Iwan Drewett, Alden Horwitz and Caitlin.  They were not blessed with the kindest of weather but the participants seemed to have enjoyed themselves immensely despite this.  As a result of the violent gusts on Thursday, the Marquee suffered a minor tear but this was not worsened by Friday’s winds.

The fifth race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a gusty South-westerly wind.  This Series continues to have a good turn-out with a field of 21 entrants which included 9 Lasers, 9 Merlins and 3 N18s.  Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, were first on the water, followed by Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Holly Rosevear and John Adams, crewed by Sophie Harrison.  However, Matt P-J in his Laser was ominously close on the water – we will see what the handicapping reveals.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Jim Green, assisted by Eva Heap, for running the race and to Ian Ramage and Chris Wade for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson and Sara Jamieson for serving up the suppers, produced by Anita, and Debra Horwitz, assisted by Alden, for running Phil’s Bar.

On Sunday, OOD Howard Thatcher postponed the start of the Laser race due to a complete absence of wind and the Lasers were started with the N18s to maintain the start sequence from that point.  Three Lasers entered with Chris Taggard winning from Ellen Schwartz and with Matt Valentine third.  Three N18s raced, Charles Fox, crewed by Ron Williamson, winning with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, second and Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  Ten Merlins raced with Tim Medcalf, crewed by Flora Laidlow, winning from Peter Mason, crewed by Nick James, second and Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Max, third.

My thanks to Howard Thatcher, assisted by Tim Ginn, stepping in to run the races and to Brian Corking for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Team Horwitz for providing barbeque lunches from the Marquee with Chloe running Phil’s Bar.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System.  You are reminded that 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.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through August.  For races later in August there will be a 7:00 pm start.  Information of when this occurs will be published nearer the time.

The Saturday Junior Sailing session will be taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions planned to re-start in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (8th August), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore, and it has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Member wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

Catering

We have arranged with Anita, a potential caterer, to see if we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.  She will, again, be producing a minimum of 15 meals, at £10 per head, on Sunday (8th August).  It will not be possible to increase the order, so it is essential that you book a meal in advance, preferably by Thursday, with Nicky Johnson at nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

For Sunday the proposed lunchtime menu is Spinach, Cheese and Ham Quiche, Leek and Bacon Quiche, Quinoa Salad, Camargue Rice Salad, Potato Salad and Leaf Salad

I encourage you to sign up for these meals if you like the sound of them.

Paddleboarding

The number of Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed has ballooned and it is important that owners identify their boards with indelible marker so that we can keep track of who is storing a Board and where.  We ask that Boards are identified before Wednesday, 18th August.  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board before then please make contact via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  After that date we will secure any unmarked Board and release it on identification.  The charge and charging regime for storage has been finalised by Management Committee Meeting on 2nd August and will be publicised next week’s Tammy Matters.

Leah Fraser will be running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Concessionary Club activity.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including Canoes and Paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities (fuller details on the Noticboard)

Checking into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft is no longer mandatory but is encouraged.

The Changing Rooms are now open but Members are asked to allow social distancing to Members who request it.  There is sanitising spray available which should be used to clean down the benches.

Phil’s Bar has been re-opened but there must be no more buyers at the Bar than there are servers behind it.  For the immediate future there will be a limited number of marked positions in the Clubhouse for Members waiting to go to the Bar – additional customers must wait on the Veranda.

With the lifting of Covid related restrictions, we are looking to move, in a measured way, towards what used to be normality.  A full description of how we plan to operate is available on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner and will be updated as conditions change.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours, please get one from the stock held at Phil’s Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not have their own boat, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club Boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our Boats to let us know if one has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell a Club Officer of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a Boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the Boat and the problem.  Also, please pack Boats away properly when you have finished using them.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Notices

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at

https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at

River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

 

Important items in this issue

Please take particular note of the items under Catering and Paddleboarding

Lifting of Covid related restrictions

We are adopting a step-by-step approach to returning the Club to operating in the manner we would like it to, opening up as quickly as is considered prudent.  The initial steps are laid out in the Red Banner and Noticeboard on the website.  We have placed notices in the Clubhouse to assist you to remember how to use Phil’s Bar and to order food when it is available.

Last Week  20th to 26th July

The fourth race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a light southerly breeze.  The field of 18 entrants included 9 Lasers, 5 Merlins, 2 N18s, a Firefly and a Training-rigged Laser 2k. – Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, were first on the water.  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to David P-J and Fleur Moree for running the race and to Steve Lucas for accompanying me manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Alden  leading Team Horwitz, for providing an excellent supper and Chloe for running Phil’s Bar for the first time since the first lockdown.

On Saturday a party was gathered to erect the marquee which will be used for the five Summer Camps arranged by Tim Medcalf.  My thanks to all of the team who gave of their time to do this very cheerfully, despite the impending rain which, fortunately, did not start until we had finished.

Sunday saw the Summer Series Class races, in a good northerly wind.   Six Lasers entered with Stewart Colley winning from Brendan Hills and with John Edmondson third.  Two N18s raced, Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning on the water from Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough.  Eight Merlins raced with Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, winning from Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.

My thanks to John Adams for running the race and to Peter Fryer and Jim Hamilton for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Team Warwick-Haller for providing lunches with Chloe running Phil’s Bar.  After racing, Ros Warwick-Haller ran a sale of Club Clothing for Zoe Adams, who could not be there.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System.  You are reminded that 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.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through July and August.

The Saturday Junior Sailing session will be taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions planned to re-start in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (1st August), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore, and it has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Member wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

On Monday 26th July the first of our five Summer Camps started.

Catering

We have arranged with a potential caterer to see if we can develop a new model for providing food at the Club which will relieve our dependence on volunteers to cook.  She will, for this trial period, be producing a minimum of 15 meals, at £10 per head, on both this coming Thursday (29th July) and on Sunday week (8th August).  It is possible that the order on each day may be increased if there is a good response to this.  It is essential that you book a meal for Thursday in advance , preferably by this Tuesday evening, with Nicky Johnson at nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

The principal menu for this Thursday will be Greek Lamb Pilaf with Orzo, followed by Summer Berry Crumble with cream.  There will be a vegetarian alternative by arrangement through Nicky.

For Sunday week the proposed lunchtime menu is Spinach, Cheese and Ham Quiche, Leek and Bacon Quiche, Quinoa Salad, Camargue Rice Salad, Potato Salad and Leaf Salad

I encourage you to sign up for these meals if you like the sound of them.

Paddleboarding

The number of Paddleboards stored in the Boatshed has ballooned and it is important that owners identify their boards with indelible marker so that we can keep track of who is storing a Board.  We ask that Boards are identified during the next three weeks (i.e. before Wednesday, 18th August).  If you cannot get to the Club to identify your Board before then please make contact via the SUP WhatsApp Group.  After that date we will secure any unmarked board and release it on identification.  The charge and charging regime for storage has not yet been finalised but will be determined in the next Management Committee Meeting on 2nd August.

Leah Fraser has expressed an interest in running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club.  She has been invited to run some trial sessions and we are currently determining the exact terms and conditions for her to run this enterprise.  We are hopeful that this can be arranged in the very near future.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including Canoes and Paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Checking into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft is no longer mandatory but is encouraged.

The Changing Rooms are now open but Members are asked to allow social distancing to Members who request it.  There is sanitising spray available which should be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

Phil’s Bar will be re-opened but there must be no more buyers at the Bar than there are servers behind it.  For the immediate future there will be a limited number of marked positions in the Clubhouse for Members waiting to go to the Bar – additional customers must wait on the Veranda.

With the lifting of Covid related restrictions, we are looking to move, in a measured way, towards what was normality.  A full description of how we plan to operate is available on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner and will be updated as conditions change.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours, please get one from the stock held at Phil’s Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not have their own boat, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club Boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell a Club Officer of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Notices

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at

https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at

River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

 Lifting of Covid related restrictions

As there is a considerable proportion of our Membership who are inclined to the view that, with the currently rising infection rates and the appearance of new strains of the virus, lifting all the restrictions completely and immediately is unwise.  We are, therefore, going to adopt a step-by-step approach to returning the Club to operating in the manner we would like it to, but opening up as quickly as is considered prudent.  The initial steps are laid out in appropriate places in this edition of Tammy Matters and will be on the Red Banner and Noticeboard in due time.  I ask for your co-operation in this as we do not want to see the Club as an infection hub if we can help it.

Last Week  13th to 19th July

The third race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a decent breeze which held to the end of the race.  The field of 24 entrants included 11 Lasers, 7 Merlins, 3 N18s, an Albacore and 2 Training-rigged Laser 2ks. – what will the handicapping reveal?  See the report on the race by John Adams in News.

My thanks to Rupert Fletcher and Toby Powell-Blyth for running the race and to David Jones and Brian Harper-Lewis for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nim Harris and Helen for providing a most popular Curry supper and Josephine and Megan for running the Veranda Bar.

The Junior Sailing session on Saturday, the last before the summer break, was followed by the Junior Barbecue run by Nim and Andy Harris.  There was a bumper attendance and the party went on until after 9pm.  Clearly a much appreciated success.

Sunday saw the Summer Series Class races, in the faintest wind which came from a variety of directions – none of them predictable.   Five Lasers entered with Chris Taggart winning from Brendan Hills with Ros Warwick-Haller third.  Three N18s raced, Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, just winning on the water from Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  Nine Merlins raced with Andy Harris, crewed by Matty Key, winning from Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, second and Tim Medcalf, crewed by Ed, third.

My thanks to Chris Balmbro and Sue Harris for running the race and to John Edmondson and James Berry for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to David and Alden for providing lunches with Nim and Helen running the Veranda Bar.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Race Management team for each sailing day is published on the Dutyman System.  You are reminded that 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.  Otherwise we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for the absentee at short notice, as happened quite recently.  If a Member knows they can’t perform their allocated duty they should request a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through July and August.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will be taking a break during the midsummer period, with the sessions re-starting in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (25th July), using our previously established pandemic format.

We will be retaining this starting format for the present, as it reduces crowding on the foreshore, and it has also been found to reduce the workload for the OOD as there are fewer boats racing at any one time.  Any Members wishing to sail in the Handicap category on a Sunday is invited to share the start of the N18s.

On Monday 26th July the first of our five Summer Camps starts.  As a precursor to this, we will be erecting a marquee on the lawn for the use of the children attending the Camp.

Changes to Rules for Sailing as a result of the lifting of restrictions

Following the lifting of Covid restrictions, Masthead Buoyancy will no longer be required and the wearing of Personal Buoyancy will be optional during the Summer season.  If you are sailing when Patrol Boat cover is not available, Masthead and Personal Buoyancy is strongly recommended.

Sale of Club Clothing

We are holding a stock of Club Clothing which Zoe Adams, who currently manages this, is going to offer at Sale prices on Sunday 25th July.  Details of the available items and prices will be advertised on the Tamesis Club WhatsApp and can be bought by Card.

Catering

Nicky Johnson has been arranging for volunteers to provide as much catering as is possible and if anyone who has not been approached would be able to assist, please get in touch with Nicky.  In the immediate future, food will continue to be served in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda doors for those wishing to eat outside or will be brought to your table if you are seated in the Clubhouse.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the food and possibly to order in advance of events.

Paddleboarding

Leah Fraser has expressed an interest in running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club.  She has been invited to run some trial sessions and we are currently determining the terms and conditions for her to run this enterprise.  We are hopeful that this can be resolved in the very near future.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Checking into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft is no longer mandated but is encouraged.

The Changing Rooms are now open but Members are asked to allow social distancing to Members who request it.  There is sanitising spray available which should be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

Following the lifting of Covid related restrictions we will be bringing the Clubhouse back into operation in a measured way.  We plan to adopt a cautious and incremental approach to lifting the restrictions as there are many Members who are uncomfortable with the concept of abandoning all caution, all at once.

Initially we will be adopting a policy of keeping the Clubhouse well ventilated.

Phil’s Bar will be reopened but there should be no more buyers at the Bar than there are servers behind it.  For the immediate future there will be a limited number of marked positions in the Clubhouse, for Members waiting to go to the Bar – additional prospective customers must wait on the Veranda.

With the lifting of Covid related restrictions, we are looking to move, in a measured way, towards what was normality.  A full description of how we plan to operate is available on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner and will be updated as conditions change.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is busy again, the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours,  please get one from the stock held at Phil’s Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not yet have their own boat, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell a Club Officer of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for more volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running Phil’s Bar and with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club, would like to help with this, please contact a Member of the Management Committee.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at

https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at

River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

Last Week  6th to 12th July

The second race of the G.W.Smith Trophy was held on Thursday in a light South-westerly breeze which faded slightly as the race went on.  Another large field of entrants included 9 Lasers, 2 Merlins, 3 N18s and 2 Training-rigged Laser 2k.  At the end of the first lap, the Merlins of Ken Duffel, crewed by Matt Valentine, and Johannes Wagner, crewed by Luzius, were leading on the water from the N18 of Chris Pollard, crewed by Caroline Stilwell.  It stayed that way to the finish but the Lasers of Jon Redding and Matt P-J were ominously close at the finish – what will the handicapping reveal?  See Tim Medcalf’s report on the race in News.

My thanks to Tim Medcalf and Humphry Dorrell for running the race and to Charlie Morgan and Peter Impey for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Josefine Wagner for running the Veranda Bar.

The Junior Sailing session on Saturday was followed, as is becoming normal, by some social sailing.

Sunday saw the Summer Series Class races, in a variable South-westerly wind.   Nine Lasers entered with Alistair Banks winning from Ros Warwick-Haller with Brendan Hills third.  Two N18s raced, with  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, just winning on the water from Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough.  Eight Merlins raced and Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, won with Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.  See the News article by Carolyne Vines.

Ben Kimble was at the Club for a refresher session with those interested in assisting with sailing instruction.

My thanks to Peter Johnson and Byron Hoo for running the race and to Clive Mence and Ian Wyatt for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Nicky Johnson for providing lunches with Chloe running the Veranda Bar.

Last week there was considerable activity by Club Members in distant (and not so distant) locations.

Salcombe Gin Merlin Rocket Week always attracts a contingent of sailors from Tamesis and a breezy week was enjoyed by them, with equipment and stamina being tested to the maximum.  Competition for places during racing was at the highest level and having two Tamesis boats finishing in the top half of the fleet was a creditable performance from sailors more used to light wind river conditions.  See News article by Carolyne Vines.

Matt P-J, Kaan and Marcus took their N18 Ultra to Bosham for the English Championships.  A report on this expedition should be in next week’s issue.

Tim and Ed Medcalf took their Merlin Rocket ‘Samanda’ to Twickenham Yacht Club’s annual regatta and enjoyed a day’s racing on the Club’s tricky but strangely rewarding stretch of the tidal Thames.  As ever, TYC extended a warm and generous welcome. Tim and Ed were pleased to win the ‘Uncle’ Watson Trophy.  A trip to TYC is a fun outing (especially the mid-regatta BBQ) and it would be great to see more Tamesis sailors supporting the event next year.

Looking Forward

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through July and August.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  There will be a break during the midsummer period, which Andrew has indicated will be from the end of July, with the sessions re-starting in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (18th July), using our previously established pandemic format.

There are more opportunities to travel and race at local Clubs this week.  Thames Sailing Club is holding its 150th Anniversary Regatta across the weekend of 17th and 18th July.  This historic Club has long-standing links to Tamesis Club and is keen to see a good turn-out.  All information has been put on the Tamesis Sailing Whatsapp group and sailors who would like to take part can use this group to arrange a launch to tow them to the TSC.

Saturday 17th July also sees one of the best river events taking place as Ranelagh SC hosts its Merlin Rocket Downriver Race.  The race will start at 2pm with a BBQ to follow.  The NOR and SIs will be posted on the Tammy Merlins Whatsapp group when they are received from RSC.  At least two Tamesis boats are planning to compete – the weather forecast indicates that it will be a race for the light wind specialists!

Sale of Club Clothing

We are holding a stock of Club Clothing which Zoe Adams, who currently manages this, is going to offer at Sale prices on Sunday 25th July.  Details of the available items will be published nearer that date.

Catering

Nicky Johnson has been arranging for volunteers to provide as much catering as is possible and if anyone who has not been approached would be able to assist, please get in touch with Nicky.  Food will be served in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar whilst the current restrictions are in force and Members will have to eat whilst seated outside.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the food and possibly to order in advance of events.

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green will run another Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box Training/Familiarisation session this week (17th July) between 10:00 and approximately12:30.  Any member wishing to attend this third course is asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk.

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

Race Management duties for July and onwards have been allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  As the summer holidays are coming closer, please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a duty.  It is the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute to do any duty which they are not able to do on a day to which they have been allocated.  Please use the built-in method for asking for and confirming duty swaps.  Club racing is entirely dependent on having volunteers to form the Race Management teams to run events.

Paddleboarding

Leah Fraser has expressed an interest in running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club.  She has been invited to run some trial sessions and we are currently determining the terms and conditions for her to run this enterprise.  We are hopeful that this can be resolved in the very near future.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

The Changing Rooms are open but still with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

The Veranda Bar is operating but, until the restrictions are lifted, the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect drinks and food which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  When food is provided on Thursday evenings or Sunday lunchtimes, it will be served as a ‘Takeaway’ meal in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar.  Once Members have collected their drinks and/or meals they must leave the veranda to avoid any crowding there.

With the imminent lifting of Covid related restrictions, we will be looking, in a measured way, to move towards what was normality.  The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner will be updated shortly.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is busy again, the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours,  please get one from the stock held at the Veranda Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not yet have their own boats, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell a Club Officer of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.  The boat fairy does not exist – they don’t mend themselves or put themselves away.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to whence they came when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for more volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club, would like to help with this, please contact a Member of the Management Committee.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:
‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

Last Week  29th June to 5th July

The first G.W.Smith Trophy race of the year was held on Thursday evening in a very light breeze which, as is traditional, faded as the race went on.  An excellently large field of entrants included 8 Lasers, 2 Merlins, 2 N18s, 2 Fireflies, an Albacore and a Training-rigged Laser 2k.  Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, stormed through the field to build an impressive on-the-water lead over Tim Medcalf, crewed by Jennifer Falconer-Hall, and everybody else.  However, on the last lap, Tim pulled up to challenge strongly at the final mark but Henry just held on to finish first, with Matt P-J in his Laser coming in third on the water.  Charles Fox had the misfortune to fall foul of a fishing line which robbed him of the fruits of a good start.   See Tim Medcalf’s report on the race in News.

A big thank you again to Team Horwitz, Alden and Andrew, who provided a splendid Bolognese followed by ice cream which was very well received.  Thank you also to Sophie Harrison who ran the Veranda Bar.

My thanks to Caroline Stillwell for assisting me to run the race and to Geoff Malseed and Alexey Anatskiy for manning the Patrol Boat.

The Junior Sailing session on Saturday was followed, as is becoming normal, by some social sailing.

Sunday saw the Annual running of the Restless Trophy for those Merlins not away at Salcombe, as a part of the normal Sunday Class races, in a variable South westerly wind.   Seven Lasers entered with Marcus Chavasse winning from Kaan with Jim Hamilton third.  Two N18s raced with  Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, beating Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ.  Five Merlins contested the Restless Trophy where Tim Medcalf, crewed by Flora Laidlow, having led for almost the entire race was overhauled by Peter Mason, crewed by Richard Mason, who took the Trophy with Berry Ritchie , crewed by Nick James, third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Ken Duffell and Joe Woods for running the race and to Johannes Wagner and Alistair Banks for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to Josefine Wagner for providing lunches and running the Veranda Bar.

Looking Forward

This coming Sunday, 11th July, Ben Kimble will be at the Club for a refresher session with those interested in assisting with sailing instruction.  He will be at the Club from 10:00 but those who are racing are welcome to join in after they have finished.

The G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will continue to be contested on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) through July and August.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm and for the next three weeks will be looked after by Griff and Matt P-J.  There will be a break during the midsummer period, which Andrew has indicated will be from the end of July, with the sessions re-starting in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (11th July), using our previously established pandemic format.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when we can revert to our normal Start sequence.

Summer Camps

Owing to one candidate being unable to attend there is possibly a place for one child on the camp starting on 9th August.  In any case, if you would like to register interest to fill places which become available in any of the camps, please contact Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk .

Catering

Nicky Johnson has been arranging for volunteers to provide as much catering as is possible and if anyone who has not been approached would be able to assist, please get in touch with Nicky.  Food will be served in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar whilst the current restrictions are in force and Members will have to eat whilst seated outside.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the food and possibly to order in advance of events.

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green ran an Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box Training/Familiarisation session last week and will be running a second on Saturday 10th July, for which there is still one place available, between 10:00 and approximately12:30 and a third on 17th July.  Any member wishing to attend this third course is asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk .

Race Management duties for July and onward will be allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  It will be the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute for any duty which they are not able to do on an allocated day.  Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run events.

Paddleboarding

Leah Fraser has expressed an interest in running Paddleboarding instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club.  She has been invited to run some trial sessions and we are currently determining the terms and conditions for her to run this enterprise.  We are hopeful that this can be resolved in the very near future.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

The Changing Rooms are now open but still with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

The Veranda Bar is operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  When food is provided on Thursday evenings or Sunday lunchtimes, it will be served as ‘Takeaway’ meals in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar.  Once Members have collected their drinks or meals they must leave the veranda to avoid any crowding there.

We are still not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.  Please remember that we are easily seen from across the river.

With the imminent lifting of all Covid related restrictions, we will be looking to move towards what was normality in a measured way.  The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner will be updated nearer that time.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours,  please get one from the Veranda Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!  Now the Club is getting busier again the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.

The Club has a stock of the Tickets and you are asked to put your name and any other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not yet have their own boats, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell somebody of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.  The boat fairy does not exist – they don’t mend themselves or put themselves away.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for more volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club, would like to help with this, please contact a Member of the Management Committee.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:
‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

The Website

The website has recently experienced some problems but Kaan believes that these have now been resolved by the addition of some updates.   However, if anyone thinks any feature of the website is not functioning properly, please let me know.

Last Week  22nd to 28th June

The last Thursday evening Saga Trophy race of the year was held in a reasonable breeze.  5 Lasers, 6 Merlins, 2 N18s and a Firefly challenged the conditions.  This series has seen a large number of entries and a larger than usual number of qualifiers.  Although Matt P-J had done enough to win the series, second place was contested down to the wire.  See John Adams report on the Saga races and the final results in News.

A big thank you again to Team Horwitz, Andrew, Debora and Alden, for providing a Lemon Cream Chicken with Banoffee Pie to follow which, again, from the plaudits on WhatsApp, was very well received.  Team Horwitz also ran the Veranda Bar.

My thanks to Joe McLaughlin and  Sean Roberts for running the race and to Geoff Bayliss and Hugh McLaughlin for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, there was Junior Sailing on a sunny afternoon with light winds.  The junior session continues to attract a great turnout whatever the weather thanks to the enthusiasm engendered by Andrew Harris and his team of assistants.  The result for Matt Valentine in the Cutty Sark race on Sunday also shows how the coaching in this session has sharpened the competitive edge of our young sailors.

On Sunday, the Cutty Sark Bolt and Kempton Nut (for Junior sailors) pursuit handicap races were run in a fluctuating but generally good easterly breeze.  There was the usual combination of lulls and swirling gusts associated with easterlies and the course was set to go deep into the upper reach beyond Stevens Ait.  There was a good entry of Nineteen boats for the Cutty Sark race with Lasers, an Albacore, N18s and Merlins competing.  Marcus Chavasse, in his Laser, managed to hold off the challenge of the leading Merlins to win with Richard Harris, crewed by Maddie, second.  Matt Valentine, in a Laser, the sole entrant for and winner of the Kempton Nut race, also came in third in the Cutty Sark – brilliant – holding off Matt P-J, crewed by Kaan, in the N18 Ultra, who were fourth with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, a close fifth.   See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Peter Mason (the presenter of the Trophy) and Richard Mason for running the race and to Geoff Bayliss and Philippe Pierrot for manning the Patrol Boat.

Nicky Johnson and Sara Jamieson made a Chicken, Ham and Leek pie for lunch followed by nice puddings and they were supported by Chloe and David on the Veranda Bar.  My thanks to all of them.

Looking Forward

The first of the G.W.Smith Trophy Series races will be run this Thursday evening (1st July), 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s) and will be contested on Thursday evenings through July and August.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm and for the next three weeks will be looked after by Griff and Matt P-J.  There will be a break during the midsummer period, which Andrew has indicated will be from the end of July, with the sessions restarting in September.

The Summer Points Series will continue this Sunday (4th July), using our previously established pandemic format.  This will mean that Lasers will launch first from about 10:10 for a start at 10:30.  They will remain on the water until after the Merlin start at 11:30.  The second wave to launch, from about 10:45 for a start at 11:00, will be Toppers, N18s and any boats intending to race in the Handicap Class.  The Merlins will launch from about 11:10 for their start at 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when we can revert to our normal Start sequence.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques in the open.

Catering

Nicky Johnson has been arranging for volunteers to provide as much catering as is possible and if anyone who has not been approached would be able to assist, please get in touch with Nicky.  Food will be served in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar whilst the current restrictions are in force and Members will have to eat whilst seated outside.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the food and possibly to order in advance of events.

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green ran an Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box Training/Familiarisation session last week and will be running a second on Saturday 10th July, between 10:00 and approximately12:30 and a third, for which there is still one place available, on 17th July.  Any member wishing to attend this third course is asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk.

Race Management duties for July and onward will be allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  It will be the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute for any duty which they are not able to do on an allocated day.  Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run events.

The Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

The Changing Rooms are now open but still with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

The Veranda Bar is operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  When food is provided on Thursday evenings or Sunday lunchtimes, it will be served as ‘Takeaway’ meals in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar.  Once Members have collected their drinks or meals they must leave the veranda to avoid any crowding there.

We are still not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.  Please remember that we are easily seen from across the river.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours,  please get one from the Veranda Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!  Now the Club is getting busier again the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.

The Club has a stock of the Tickets and you are asked to put your name and any other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out racing.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not yet have their own boats, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell somebody of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.  The boat fairy does not exist – they don’t mend themselves or put themselves away.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and, when we are able to open the Club fully, with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club, would like to help with this, please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:
‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

The Website

The website has recently experienced some problems, one of the effects of which was that the News section, amongst others, did not appear to be functioning.  Kaan believes he has resolved these problems but if anyone notices any feature of the website not functioning correctly, please let me know.

Last Week  15th to 21st June

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was held in unpleasant conditions; light winds and steadily increasing rain.  5 Lasers, 6 Merlins, 2 N18s and a Firefly challenged the conditions.  Andy Harris was the runaway winner on the water and handicap.  Following this race, Matt P-J cannot be beaten for the series win but there is a five-way scrap for the subsequent places and just the last race to be run.  See John Adams report on the Saga races to date in News.

A big thank you to Team Horwitz, Andrew, Debora and Alden, again for providing a Louisiana Shrimp Creole with Creme Brulee and Cake to follow, which, from the plaudits on WhatsApp, was very well received.  Team Horwitz also ran the Veranda Bar.

My thanks to Richard Harris and Emma McDonald for running the race and to Chris Taggart and Peter Versey for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris oversaw Junior Sailing on a grey but rain free afternoon with light winds.  The full fleet was out with the Wayfarer, Laser 2ks, Lasers, Toppers, a Mirror and Optimist; the junior session attracts a great turnout whatever the weather thanks to the enthusiasm engendered by Andrew and his team of assistants.

On Sunday, there was no rain but a feeble, shifting, north-easterly wind and a noticeable stream which made the run against it quite challenging.  The Lasers were out in considerable numbers.  Three N18s competed with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, winning from Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Chris Pollard, crewed by Alistair Banks, third.  Eight Merlins raced; Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, winning with Peter and Richard Mason second and David Baker with Jim Green third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Andrew and Nim Harris, assisted by Tom, for running the races and to Humphrey Dorrel and Ellen Schwartz for manning the Patrol Boat.

Team Horwitz ran another, well patronised, barbeque – and thank you very much to Andrew, Debora and Alden for putting this on for the Members.  This will be their last for a while but it is hoped that someone else might be able to operate it until they are able to return.

Looking Forward

The last of the Saga Trophy Series races will be run this Thursday evening, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  Next week (Thursday 1st July) the G.W.Smith Trophy Series will begin which will be contested on Thursday evenings, with the same start times, through July and August.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm and for the next three weeks will be looked after by Griff and Matt P-J.  There will be a break during the midsummer period, which Andrew has indicated will be from the end of July, with the sessions restarting in September.

The Cutty Sark Bolt and The Kempton Nut

This coming Sunday, 27th June, sees the running of the annual Cutty Sark Bolt Handicap Pursuit race and its junior equivalent the Kempton Nut.  We hope for an even better turnout than the one we had recently for the Centenary Cup.

The Cutty Sark Bolt race is distinguished by the fact that it is a long-distance race which is fitting given the Cutty Sark’s epic voyages.  There is a rumour that there may also be a lunch of the type that the Cutty Sark’s crew would have enjoyed.  The Bolt, itself, is from the ship and was presented as a Club Trophy by Peter Mason who was involved with the restoration project.  The entry fee of £5 (in CASH please) is to support the on-going upkeep of the ship.

The juniors will compete for the Kempton Nut and will race over a slightly shorter timeframe.  The Nut was presented as a Club Trophy by Peter Simpson and is from one of the Great Engines at the Kempton Pumping Station.

All are welcome, as ever, and start times are published on the website in the News section and also on the WhatsApp groups.  Details of how to book lunches will be circulated on the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp group.

The Summer Points Series will continue the following week (4th July), using our previously established pandemic format.  This will mean that Lasers will launch first from about 10:10 for a start at 10:30.  They will remain on the water until after the Merlin start at 11:30.  The second wave to launch, from about 10:45 for a start at 11:00, will be Toppers, N18s and any boats intending to race in the Handicap Class.  The Merlins will launch from about 11:10 for their start at 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when we can revert to our normal Start sequence.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques.

Barbeques

Debora and Andrew Horwitz are planning to run their last evening meal for a while on this coming Thursday, 24th June. They will be preparing a simple menu which will be promulgated on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group. If you can give an idea of interest at the following link by Wednesday morning it would be useful:  https://andrewhorwitz.com/tamesis.html.  The cost will be £10 and the food will be served in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar and, whilst the current restrictions are in force, Members will have to eat whilst seated outside.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green will be running Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box training/familiarisation sessions on Saturday 26th June and Saturday 10th July between 10:00 and approximately12:30.  Members wishing to attend these courses are asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk as each course will be for 6 people.

Duties for July and onward will be allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  It will be the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute for any duty which they are not able to do on an allocated day.  The Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run events.

The Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

The Changing Rooms are now open but still with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

The Veranda Bar is operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  When suppers are provided on Thursday evenings, they will be served as ‘Takeaway’ meals in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar.  Once Members have collected their drinks or meals they must leave the veranda to avoid crowding there.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.  Please remember that we are easily seen from across the river.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours,  please get one from the Veranda Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

Now the Club is getting busier again the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.    The Club has a stock of the Tickets and you are asked to put your name and any other helpful information, such as boat sail no. if you are likely to be out racing.  Members who do not have, or have mislaid, Car Park Tickets should ask for one at the Bar at the earliest opportunity and fill in your details.   Please could everybody put their Car Park Tickets in plain view so that blockages can be resolved as quickly as possible.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not yet have their own boats, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs who charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell somebody of any faults that have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.  The boat fairy does not exist – they don’t mend themselves or put themselves away.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and, when we are able to open the Club fully, with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club but who would like to help with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:
‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1st January 2021

World Sailing has recently published changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).  If you would like to learn more, Chris Simon from the RYA gave the following talk which provides a very clear explanation.  This video runs just over 1 hour and can be viewed at  2021 racing rules explained by Chris Simon. Int judge & umpire. Member of RYA Racing Rules Committee.

Pilates

Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has a new Zoom Pilates time-table.   (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains).

Monday            10:30       60 mins     General           £10
Tuesday            8:00        45 mins     Level 2            £10
Wednesday       10:00       35 mins     General           £5
Friday               10:00       35 mins     Gentle & fun   £5
Saturday           10:00       60 mins     General           £10

If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

The Website

The website is currently experiencing some problems, one of the effects of which is that the News section, amongst others, does not appear to be functioning.  Kaan is working to resolve these problems.

Whilst the News section is under repair, I am publishing the reports of John Adams, on the Saga races, and Tim Medcalf, on the Centenary Cup races, as part of this Newsletter.

Last Week  8th to 14th June

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was held in light variable winds.  5 Lasers, 4 Merlins, 3 N18s , a Firefly and a Topper challenged the conditions.  Following this race the positions in the series have altered, Tim Medcalf is leading the field with Ken Duffell challenging hard and Matt P-J now in third place.  3 more races to go and 4 of the 8 races count towards the Trophy!  See John Adams report on the Saga races to date at the end of this Newsletter.

A big thank you to Team Horwitz, Andrew, Debora and Alden, for putting on a great Chilli supper, distributed as a take-away, which had a good take-up and was clearly appreciated.  Thank you also Team Horwitz for running the Veranda Bar.

My thanks to David Baker and Jim Green for running the race and to Florian Krueger and Neville Upton for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris oversaw Junior Sailing on another wonderful afternoon with light winds.  A big fleet was out with Laser 2ks, Lasers, Toppers and Optimists; the junior sailors all enjoyed themselves on a sunny afternoon.  There were also a number of paddleboarders out enjoying the sun and water.

On Sunday, there was no sailing in the morning as the Royal Canoe Club had a competition with a river closure until 2 pm.  Tamesis, however, ran the Centenary Cup in the afternoon.  This pursuit race was contested in a light and fickle south-westerly wind but had a large entry with the first start at 2:29 pm.    The Merlins triumphed in the Centenary Cup which was won by Peter and Richard Mason, with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and Berry Ritchie, crewed by Nicola Siebert-Patel, third, but Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, in an N18 very nearly spoiled the Merlin clean sweep.

There was a separate, shorter, Junior Trophy race and seven of our young sailors took up the challenge.  This excellent turn-out is a tribute to the enthusiasm and competitive spirit imbued in our young sailors by Andy Harris in his Saturday sessions.  Fittingly it was won by Tom Harris with Arun Siebert-Patel second and Alexander Hoo, third.

See the News article by Tim Medcalf at the end of this Newsletter.

My thanks to Colin and Margaret Stokes, assisted by Jim Green, for running these two concurrent events and to Florian Krueger and Onursal Soyer for manning the Patrol Boat with Charlie Morgan and Byron Hoo supporting in the second Patrol Boat.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evening, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  This consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  There may be a break during the midsummer period, of which Andrew will give participants due notice, depending on how the various stages of lockdown are released and summer holidays are allowed.

The Summer Points Series will continue next week (20th June), using our previously established pandemic format.  This will mean that Lasers will launch first from about 10:10 for a start at 10:30.  They will remain on the water until after the Merlin start at 11:30.  The second wave to launch, from about 10:45 for a start at 11:00, will be Toppers, N18s and any boats intending to race in the Handicap Class.  The Merlins will launch from about 11:10 for their start at 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when we can revert to our normal Start sequence.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques.

Barbeques

Debora and Andrew Horwitz are planning to run the outdoor Barbeque on Sunday, 20th June. Also on Thursday evenings, 17th and 24th June, they will be preparing a simple menu.  This will be served from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar and, whilst the current restrictions are in force, Members will have to eat whilst seated outside.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

This Thursday evening (17th), after racing, the menu will be promulgated on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group. The cost will be £10 and the food will be served in a box, like the bbq, and it will need to be consumed outside so please factor that in when making your decision. If you can give an idea of interest at the following link by Wednesday morning it would be useful.  https://andrewhorwitz.com/tamesis.html

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green will be running Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box training/familiarisation sessions on Saturday 26th June and Saturday 10th July between 10:00 and approximately12:30.  Members wishing to attend these courses are asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk as each course will be for 6 people.

Duties for July and onward will be allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  It will be the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute for any duty which they are not able to do on an allocated day.  The Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run events.

The Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

The Changing Rooms are now open but still with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

The Veranda Bar is operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  When suppers are provided on Thursday evenings, they will be served as ‘Takeaway’ meals in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.  Please remember that we are easily seen from across the river.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  We have had a number of queries as to where Car Park Tickets can be obtained and the answer is – at the Veranda Bar.  The Club has a stock of the Tickets and you are asked to put your name and any other helpful information, such as boat sail no. if you are likely to be out racing.  Members who do not have, or have mislaid, Car Park Tickets should ask for one at the Bar at the earliest opportunity and fill in your details.   Please could everybody put their Car Park Tickets in plain view so that blockages can be resolved as quickly as possible.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and are also there for Members who have not yet bought their own boats, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs who charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell somebody of any faults that have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.  The boat fairy does not exist – they don’t mend themselves or put themselves away.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and, when we are able to open the Club fully, with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club but who might like to help with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:
‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St. John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130 – £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1st January 2021

World Sailing has recently published changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).  If you would like to learn more, Chris Simon from the RYA gave the following talk which provides a very clear explanation.  This video runs just over 1 hour and can be viewed at  2021 racing rules explained by Chris Simon. Int judge & umpire. Member of RYA Racing Rules Committee.

Pilates

Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has a new Zoom Pilates time-table.   (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains).

Monday            10:30       60 mins     General           £10
Tuesday            8:00        45 mins     Level 2            £10
Wednesday       10:00       35 mins     General           £5
Friday               10:00       35 mins     Gentle & fun   £5
Saturday           10:00       60 mins     General           £10

If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Report by John Adams on the Saga Trophy races:

The 6th race in this year’s Thursday evening Saga Trophy was sailed in a reasonable strength wind but one which varied in direction around a mean of SW.

The race attracted an unprecedented number of boats, 19 including a visiting helm and a couple of juniors, Iris Crampton and Matty Key.  In the shifty wind places were easily lost but Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines in their N18 Zephyr manged to harness the zephyrs and coasted round to finish first on the water and on handicap.  Behind them, Tom Bayliss helming his father’s beautifully restored Merlin, showed the rest of the 5 Merlins how to master the conditions and finished second on the water.  Third was Tim Medcalf and Jennifer Falconer-Hall in their Merlin Samanda trying hard to gain a few placed on Matt P-J in the overall results.

On handicap, Henry and Carolyne retained their lead, but with Charles Fox and Rob Blakebrough taking second in the N18 Genevieve and Matthew P-J taking a valuable third in his Laser.

This meant that with discards, Matt P-J goes back to the head of the table with Tim and Jennifer in second, but still capable of catching Matt if they win the next 2 races, and Matt finishes no higher than third.  Ken Duffell and Matt Valentine lie in third but also mathematically capable of winning the series of they win the next two races.  So still not a done deal and we look forward to the next 2 races with interest.

As Tim has mentioned, thank to the ODD crew and boat crew and also to Andrew, Deb and Alden Horowitz for providing the bar and a very tasty meal as well to round off a fantastic evening.

 

Report by Tim Medcalf on the Centenary Cup and Junior Centenary Bowl races

After some organisational back and forth in the week prior, the Centenary Cup was run on Sunday afternoon with an excellently-sized fleet racing in glorious conditions.

The sign-on sheets register 26 entrants with a good mix of classes for this handicap pursuit event.

The club was particularly pleased to see seven of our Juniors giving racing a try and a sincere ‘well done’ is extended to Alex Hoo, Tom Harris, Leela and Arun Siebert-Patel, Edward Medcalf, William Balmbro, and Sara Krueger for giving it a go.

The box team of Colin and Margaret Stokes, supported by Jim Green, had ample opportunity to sound the hooter and gradually got the fleets under way.  Slowest boats depart first and a confident start is required to calm the nerves and stave off that daunting feeling of being pursued by faster craft.

The format can also lead to sailors who may not normally compete directly together coming into close quarters manoeuvring on the same part of the racetrack.  This resulted in some salty words of encouragement being exchanged on the water which were resolved later over a pint on the lawn.

Keeping a track on the finishing positions is never easy but the scoring team were confident that they had ‘counted them out, and counted them back in again’.

So to the prize-giving, where the Commodore Chris Pollard awarded first place in the Senior Centenary Cup to Peter and Richard Mason in their Merlin Rocket 847 Bambusa.  In an unaccustomed second place came Andy Harris and Matty Key, followed by Berry Ritchie and debutante crew Nicola Siebert-Patel in third.  A clean sweep for the Merlin Rocket fleet in conditions that probably favoured the class.

The Junior Centenary Cup was won by Tom Harris, with Arun Siebert-Patel in second and Alexander Hoo in third, all racing Toppers.  Judging by the extensive plunging from the jetty into the river by a large group of Juniors, it had been a tiring and hot afternoon!

Congratulations to the race winners and to all who took part.

Thanks also to the all-important volunteers.  Colin and Margaret Stokes in the box with Jim Green, Florian Krueger and Onursal Soyer in the first patrol boat, and Charlie Morgan and Byron Hoo in the second.

Competitors were at least equally grateful to the apres-race team of Andrew and Deb Horwitz who served up much-needed cooling drinks that fuelled some convivial socialising on the lawns.

The handicap pursuit format obviously proved popular and there is an opportunity to reprise the experience on 27 June when the club will be running its annual Cutty Sark Bolt (Seniors) and Kempton Bolt (Juniors), long distance handicap pursuit event.  Always a cracking event with an interesting history so make a note in your diary!

 

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

Apologies for this edition being late.  This was due to a glitch on the website which prevented editing and my thanks to Kaan for addressing the problem so quickly.

Last Week  1st to 7th June

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was again held in light variable (between NW and SW) winds with a bit of stream.  5 Lasers, 4 Merlins, 3 N18s , a Firefly and a Topper challenged the conditions.  Following this race the positions in the series have altered, Tim Medcalf is leading the field with Ken Duffell challenging hard and Matt P-J now in third place.  3 more races to go and 4 of the 8 races count towards the Trophy!  See John Adams report on the Saga races to date.

My thanks to Stewart Colley with Sally Warwick Haller for running the race and to George and Matt Barber for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris oversaw Junior Sailing on a wonderful afternoon with light winds.  A big fleet was out with Laser 2ks, Lasers, Toppers and Optimists; the junior sailors all enjoying themselves.  Following the Junior sailing the increasingly popular Saturday social sailing group took to the water.

On Sunday, the Summer Series was contested in a light and fickle south-westerly wind.  So light and fickle, in fact, that a pair of swimmers outpaced the entire racing fleet.  9 Lasers, 3 N18s and 8 Merlins competed.  The Lasers race was won by Brendan Hills with Ros Warwick-Haller in second place and Stewart Colley third.  The N18 race was won by Chris Pollard crewed by Alastair Banks with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough in second place ahead of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  The Merlins race was won by Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, with Peter and Richard Mason second and Tim Medcalf, crewed by Flora Laidlow, third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Marcus and Nicky Chavasse for running the races and to Martin Thomas and Graham King for manning the Patrol Boat.

A big thank you to Team Horwitz, Andrew, Debora and Alden, for putting on a splendid and well patronised barbeque, which clearly was greatly appreciated.  Thank you also to Nicky Johnson and Jake, a welcome new face at the Club, for running the Veranda Bar.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evening, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  This consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  There may be a break during the mid-summer period, of which Andrew will give participants due notice, depending on how the various stages of lockdown are released and summer holidays are allowed.

Centenary Cup

This coming Sunday, 13th June, there will be no sailing in the morning as the Royal Canoe Club has a competition and they have a river closure until 2 pm.  Tamesis sailors will, however, be able to compete for the Centenary Cup in the afternoon.  This is a pursuit race and the first starts will be at 2:15 pm.  There will be a separate Junior Trophy and Junior sailors are encouraged to take part in a shorter race than the main one.  Since this race has had to be postponed to the afternoon, the planned lunchtime Barbeque will not take place.

The Summer Points Series will continue next week (20th June), using our previously established pandemic format.  This will mean that Lasers will launch first from about 10:10 for a start at 10:30.  They will remain on the water until after the Merlin start at 11:30.  The second wave to launch, from about 10:45 for a start at 11:00, will be Toppers, N18s and any boats intending to race in the Handicap Class.  The Merlins will launch from about 11:10 for their start at 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when we can revert to our normal Start sequence.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques.

Barbeques

Debora and Andrew Horwitz are planning to run the outdoor Barbeque on Sunday, June 20th. Also on Thursday evenings, June 10th, 17th and 24th, they will be preparing a simple menu.  This will be served at the Bar and Members will have to eat whilst seated outside whilst the current restrictions are in force.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

This Thursday evening (10th), after racing, the menu will be a vegetarian chilli with rice followed by a mascarpone and lime torte. The cost will be £10. The food will be served in a box like the bbq and it will need to be consumed outside so please factor that in when making your decision. If you can give an idea of interest at the following link by Wednesday morning it would be useful.  https://andrewhorwitz.com/tamesis.html

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green will be running Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box training/familiarisation sessions on Saturday 26 June and Saturday 10 July between 10:00 and approximately12:30.  Members wishing to attend these courses are asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk as each course will be for 6 people.

Duties for July and onward will be allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  It will be the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute for any duty which they are not able to do on an allocated day.  The Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run events.

The Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

The Changing Rooms are now open but still with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

The Veranda Bar is operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  We are also looking to provide limited catering from now on provided that the regulations do not change for the worse.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.  Please remember that we are easily seen from across the river.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  Please could everybody put their car park tickets in view so that we can resolve blockages as quickly as possible.

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and, later, with catering.  If you can help with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

Boat Licences

I should remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:
‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might want to check your insurance too.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130 – £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1st January 2021

World Sailing has recently published changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).  If you would like to learn more, Chris Simon from the RYA gave the following talk which provides a very clear explanation.  This video runs just over 1 hour and can be viewed at  2021 racing rules explained by Chris Simon. Int judge & umpire. Member of RYA Racing Rules Committee.

Pilates

Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has a new Zoom Pilates time-table.   (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains).

Monday            10:30       60 mins     General           £10
Tuesday            8:00        45 mins     Level 2            £10
Wednesday       10:00       35 mins     General           £5
Friday               10:00       35 mins     Gentle & fun   £5
Saturday           10:00       60 mins     General           £10

If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore

 

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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

Last Week  25th to 31st May

Rita Dunkley’s funeral and wake was attended by the maximum number of people permitted.  She was given a proper Tamesis send-off.

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was held in extremely fluky conditions with a light, supposedly, south-westerly wind and a significant stream, making mark roundings a  tricky business.  4 Lasers, 3 Merlins and 3 N18s took up the challenge.  At this stage, Matt P-J is still leading the field but with  Tim Medcalf and Ken Duffell challenging hard.  4 more races to go!  John Adams report on the Saga races to date is imminent.

My thanks to Matt P-J with Adrian Warwick Haller for running the race and to Mark Gardener and George Barber for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing from his paddleboard.  A big fleet was out with Laser 2ks mixing it with the Lasers, Toppers and Optimists; the junior sailors all seemed to enjoy their afternoon and celebrated the warmer weather with a traditional jetty jump-off competition.

On the Bank Holiday Sunday, the Summer Series was contested in a light and fickle easterly wind, with occasional gusts.  7 Lasers, 3 N18s and 9 Merlins competed.  The Lasers race was won by Ros Warwick-Haller with Kaan Yargici in second place and Henry Medcalf, in his first Laser race, third.  There was a tight finish in the N18 race with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, just ahead of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Mal Warner and Garrie Mallen third.  The Merlins race was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Maddie Harris, with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.  There was a catch-up prize-giving for the Winter Series 2019/20 which was conducted on the lawns in glorious conditions.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Berry Richie and Sue Harris for running the races and to Mark Gardner and Jonathan Key for manning the Patrol Boat.

Thank you also to Nicky Johnson for running the Veranda Bar.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  This consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  There may be a break during the mid-summer period, of which Andrew will give participants due notice, depending on how the various stages of lockdown are released and summer holidays are allowed.

The Summer Points Series will continue, using our previously established pandemic format.  This will mean that Lasers will launch first from about 10:10 for a start at 10:30.  They will remain on the water until after the Merlin start at 11:30.  The second wave to launch, from about 10:45 for a start at 11:00, will be Toppers, N18s and any boats intending to race in the Handicap Class.  The Merlins will launch from about 11:10 for their start at 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when we can revert to our normal Start sequence.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques.

Barbeques

Debora and Andrew Horwitz are planning to run the barbeque on Sundays, June 6th, 13th and 20th and also on Thursday evenings, June 10th, 17th and 24th.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing the Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

Centenary Cup

The Centenary Cup race is scheduled to take place on 13th June in the afternoon with the first Class start at 2:15. This is because the Canoe Club has a river closure for its event which will run until lunchtime.

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130 – £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

Race Management

Volunteers for OOD and Patrol Boat duties are required for dates in early July.  If you can assist by volunteering, please contact Jim Green by e-mail at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

Duties for July and onward will be allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  It will be the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute for any duty which they are not able to do on an allocated day.  The Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run events.

If you would be prepared to assist with Race Management but are unfamiliar with what has to be done, please contact Jim if you would be willing to shadow Members performing the various tasks, with a view to being able to do these tasks in the future.

The Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

The Changing Rooms are now open but with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

The Veranda Bar is operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  We are also looking to provide limited catering from now on provided that the regulations do not change for the worse.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  Please could everybody put their car park tickets in view so that we can resolve blockages as quickly as possible.

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

We are also looking for volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and, later, with catering.  If you can help with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Notices

Boat Licences

I should remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website
‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might want to check your insurance too.

Advice on casual sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our Reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1st January 2021

World Sailing has recently published changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).  If you would like to learn more, Chris Simon from the RYA gave the following talk which provides a very clear explanation.  This video runs just over 1 hour and can be viewed at  2021 racing rules explained by Chris Simon. Int judge & umpire. Member of RYA Racing Rules Committee.

Pilates

Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has a new Zoom Pilates time-table.   (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains).

Monday            10:30       60 mins     General           £10
Tuesday            8:00        45 mins     Level 2            £10
Wednesday       10:00       35 mins     General           £5
Friday               10:00       35 mins     Gentle & fun   £5
Saturday           10:00       60 mins     General           £10

If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore