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Ever wanted to try Sailing or Stand Up Paddle-boarding?

Surbo16 this year will take place from Saturday 17th September to Saturday 24th September. It will all kick-off down at the riverside with Thames Sailing Club holding an open day.

If you've ever wanted to try Sailing or Stand Up Paddle-boarding (SUP) then come down to the Thames Sailing Club on Saturday 17th September from 11:00am onwards and experts will be on hand to teach you a little about sailing or stand up paddle-boarding. During the day you'll be able to have a go yourself. It's first-come first-served and you'll be allocated a time slot (last slot at 4:00pm).

The Giggly-Pig company will be there selling some great burgers and sausage rolls and teas and coffees are available from the club house. There will also be a bar for cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Come along and have a go, children (8+) and adults welcome!

No previous experience necessary- please wear suitable clothing

More information: club-open-day-sailing-and-stand-up-paddling-saturday-17-september
Surbiton Festival:

Commodore’s Musings August 2016

Dear Members,

It has been a Summer of events with great representation both at Thames Sailing Club and wider afield. China Bowl one of the most prestigious Rater Cups sailed for at TSC saw a good turn out and very tight racing with 3 boats taking a race win, ultimately Vagabond took the trophy with Osprey second and Scamp third, there was a great barbeque enjoyed by all of the sailors on Saturday evening, thank you to all involved.

Salcombe Merlin week sees much club representation, however, the week was especially significant for Pippa Taylor and Chris Kilsby who announced their engagement. Whilst sailing in different boats they manged to be tied on points at the end of the series with Pip just edging it on count back to take 5th overall.

The Merlin Nationals were held in Penzance this year with one two hour race each day. Jemma and Martin Hughes had a thoroughly enjoyable week at the extremity of the country. Chris and Pip also finished tied on points with Chris pipping it to finish 11th. The week after the Merlin nationals it was the turn of the RS200s at Marazion with Dicken Mclean and Ben Palmer in attendance. The RS200s is one of the most competitive circuits and with just under a hundred boats in the fleet, gate starts is the order of the day and with 2 or 3 races a day you would think that there was not much time for partying. Needless to say there were plenty of antics including a swim back from St Michaels Mount to beat the ferry. Once again racing was tight between the club representation with Dicken 6th and Ben 7th overall with just 2 points between them and less than 10 points to third.

Strait Dealer has made it back to Thames following more work after the Three Rivers, once all of the fittings were back on her, she was weighed and launched. Early indications are that she is quick and will be formidable at Braganza. Just so everyone is up to speed, Braganza Bowl Regatta has been delayed to the 15th and 16th of October. The reason for this move is to ensure that this regatta did not clash with Barts Bash and Surbofest.

This year we have brought Thames Open day and Surbofest again into alignment on the 17th September, the aim is to give local residents a glimpse into life a Thames Sailing Club. There will be have-a-go sessions for a variety of sailing boats and Brian Johncey will be providing stand up paddle board sessions. Your help would be most gratefully received whether helping the sailors, providing tea and keeping tabs on proceedings, so please come down and lend a hand or contact Matt.

Finally, as the nights are drawing in the last Tuesday evening sails are today, 6th September, and next Tuesday with the starts 30 minutes earlier – so don’t forget.

I look forward to seeing you all in the near future and happy sailing.

Miles Palmer
6th September 2016

Dear members,

Summer is nearly over, however we still have some events to round off the season for your diary...

Tuesday 13th September - Last Tuesday Night for Racing
Yes, it's that time of the year already and we only have two more Tuesday's left (6th and 13th) in the calendar. So come on down and jump in a boat as it's your last opportunity to do so on a Tuesday night this year. Please note that there's an earlier start time of 6:30pm for the racing due to the evenings closing in.

Tuesday 13th September - After Dinner Speaker - Chris Smith
After dinner on Tuesday 13th, we have Chris Smith, an RYA Race Judge who has officiated many times at Bourne End and other local events, coming to the club. Chris will be our after dinner speaker and will be talking about racing on the river in particular. If you have any questions for Chris, then come along prepared!

Saturday 17th September - SurboFest and the TSC Open Day
Once again we'll be teaming up with the organisers of the Surbiton Festival (SurboFest) and our own Stand Up Paddling (SUP) group to put on our annual Open Day. More details to follow but please let your friends and family know that this will be happening. We'll be taking people out in boats and also letting them try their hand at Stand Up Paddling throughout the day. If you can help out (and I haven't asked you already) then please drop me an email, it would be good to have as many club members on hand to assist and to help sign up new members.

See you on the water,

Ladies Race!!
Saturday 13th August sees our annual Ladies Race. The start time will be approximately 12.30 pm and there will be 3 races.
Entry requirements are Ladies must helm either single or double handers, so bring or borrow a boat or maybe hire a club boat if you want. Ladies and Men can crew, however men must be "appropriately" dressed.
Racing will be followed by cream tea and a glass of fizz (cost TBD) and there will be a special prize for the best dressed man.
Looking forward to seeing you all there. If you want any more information please contact Tim Cole or check the club website.

Congratulations to Vagabond on winning the China Bowl trophy today! A great weekend's racing and very competitive. Despite a lot of traffic on the water, which led to a lot of tacking, it was a great competition over two days. Congratulations also to Osprey and Scamp for getting the final points paying positions!

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First Tuesday night of the season went down well with a great turnout. Our Tuesday Spring Series (6 races) is open to all comers including non-members so get in contact if you fancy a Tuesday night out!

Check out the photos by clicking on the photo below.

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