Young sailors at Tamesis sail in the International Cadet Class dinghy. It is one of two Royal Yachting Association nominated two-person junior training boats and has been the starting point for many successful yachtsmen and women. These boats are proper racing dinghies in miniature but are safe and stable. They were specifically designed so that they are too small to be comfortably sailed or crewed by an adult!

The Club’s focus is dinghy racing: it has produced several champions and even Olympic sailors over the years. Club racing is held on Sunday mornings throughout the year and on Thursday evenings in the summer. The Cadet Class has its own class start on Sundays.

The minimum age for children taking part is eight – largely for reasons of weight, strength and co-ordination. Children should be competent swimmers, happy in and around the water.

Coaching for youngsters takes place on Saturday afternoons between 14.00 and 16.00 in the spring and autumn (not during the summer school holidays or winter). The purpose is to develop boat handling, seamanship and teach the rules of sailing. A parent or nominated guardian must stay during the sessions. A safety boat is on hand at all times during organised club racing and coaching. The aim is to get the children sailing themselves, with adults supervising from the safety boat and from the bank. Coaching sessions are usually rounded off with a de-briefing to emphasise the key things learnt and to cover the racing rules. The objective is to build the skills to allow the children to take part in club races and open meetings.

While some of our youngsters have their own boats, the club owns several Cadets and other class dinghies that can be used under supervision for the coaching sessions and for club races. We are particularly keen to welcome children who have done some basic training. However, we can and do encourage complete beginners, who will start by crewing a more experienced sailor.

To take part, children who are not already members will need to become either full or temporary members of Tamesis Club for the period; they and their parent or guardian must agree to be bound by the club rules. Membership includes the use of the club facilities and club boats during organised sessions. (Please see MEMBERSHIP page.)

Our more advanced children also take part in RYA organised zone training and open meetings. We often see young Tamesis members training and competing at regional and national events.

Most important of all, Tamesis Cadets have lots of fun, are valued members of the club and enjoy the sailing.

What to do next

If you are interested you can visit the club any Sunday morning. Have a chat with our members and take in the scene! Alternatively telephone the Tamesis Cadet Class Captain (details to the right).

Cadet Notices

  • Maddy wins bake off

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    Eight juniors slaved over their cakes and brought them down on Saturday  to be judged by two very experienced judges – Stewart Colley and Carolyne Vines.  Saturday was the last junior sailing this year. The cakes were displayed beautifully and coded so that we had no idea who the chef was.  They were judged on appearance and taste.  The standard was very high, and the decision making very difficult. The final winner was Maddy Harris – cake pictured below:  
  • Busy Autumn Regatta

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    Photos taken at the Autumn Regatta yesterday.  Report to follow       Commodore Stewart Colley presents the Autumn Cup for Merlins to Ben Ramage (crew) and Matt Peregrine Jones (helm).  photo Ian Ramage
  • Source to Sea Relay

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    A select band of Tamesis Cadets and supporters took to the water on Saturday afternoon to collect the bottle of source water from Hampton Court Palace and take it safely down to Teddington Lock as part of the Totally Thames river festival. They mustered at lunchtime at Tamesis in pleasant sunshine, and two Mirrors and a Laser were towed upstream by Tamesis III the launch and Tamesis IV the Dory. On landing at the little beach by the Palace, they were met by Cat Buffrey, the Creative Programming & Interpretation Producer, Historic Royal Palaces, and three of the smartly uniformed State Apartment Warders, for the handover of the precious bottle of water.  Rosalind in a Mirror crewed by Judith and Joe Richman accepted the bottle and did the first leg of the sail back to Teddington. The wind was a very light southerly so occasional assistance from the escort boats proved necessary to ensure we got back in time for (a late) tea! At Thames Ditton the bottle was handed over to Ken Duffell and Matthew in the other Mirror who took it down to Kingston. There the bottle was carefully secured to Constantin Gerber’s Laser by a lanyard and he completed the delivery to Geoff, the duty lock-keeper at Teddington Lock. As the weather had deteriorated to a steady drizzle by this time we were pleased to get back to Tamesis for well earned tea and cakes, kindly provided by Judith Richman, and Sally and Rosalind Warwick-Haller. After tea, the Commodore presented all the participants with rosettes. Peter Simpson, Daniel Gerber, Alan and Sue Green, and Stewart Colley manned the escort boats        
  • Harry Harris and Ben Ramage at Salcombe

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    Harry and Ben supported by their families had a successful week with the Tamesis Toppers at the Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta last week, in challenging conditions which favoured the locals. Overall Harry was 3rd and Ben 5th. Congratulations on flying the Tamesis flag. Full report to follow.      
  • Munster Cup

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    Seven boats turned out for the Munster Cup on Saturday 27th June, three of whom were from Frensham Ponds Sailing Club.   1st  Hot Rocks                     Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi   Frensham Pond Sailing Club 2nd What’s It Called          Anna Morgan and Jemima Hill         Frensham Pond Sailing Club 3rd  Touchwood                  Tom Bridge and Rosie Target              Frensham Pond Sailing Club 1st Tamesis boat Blue Moon                            Constantin Gerber and Maddie Harris Thanks to Richard Harris, Daniel Gerber, Brian Timbrell and Ian Ramage for running the event and Stewart Colley for the photos of the sailing.    
  • First RYA certificates awarded

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    Eric Finlayson was very pleased to present the first two RYA Level 1 sailing certificates to new members Adam Nagy and Ned Thomas on Sunday. The boys completed the four day course, on Sunday morning and went out again to prove they could do it! Anyone interested in taking RYA courses for sailing should apply to Eric direct on    
  • More fun on a Saturday afternoon

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    Richard Harris organised another great afternoon on the water today.  Twenty two children came, ten of which are brand new to sailing.  Photos below all taken by Jackie Rado-Barr                          
  • Tamesis trials RS Fevas

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    Tamesis trialled three RS Fevas last weekend.  They came on hire from the RYA Thames Valley Region.  They are available to any club in the region that wishes to try them out. The cadets tried them out during the Saturday sailing, and two were sailed in the Spring Regatta on Sunday. There were many positive comments, and many found them very exciting! Many thanks to Pip Deverson  secretary of the Thames Valley Region for facilitating the hire.   photo Ian Ramage   photo Ian Rmage   photo Ian Ramage
  • Cadets Get Going

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    The Club buzzed with excitement today as 15 eager Cadets prepared their boats and took to the water after the winter break. Conditions were ideal with bright sunshine and a nice westerly breeze. Three short fun races were run and  one Cadet who was sunning herself on the foredeck of a topper actually went for a swim. Was she completely Mad(die)? After the initial shock, she pronounced the water ‘not too cold at all’ The Cadet Clubroom was sparklingly clean and tidy thanks to the hard work of Falcon and the Wednesday Working Party. Lets hope the Cadets keep it that way! Welfare Officer Jackie Harris was in attendance as usual, serving delicious tea and home made cakes.    
  • CadetTraining

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    On chilly Easter Saturday, the Cadet team were out in force preparing our fleet of Toppers, Mirrors, Cadets and the Wayfarer for the first session of the year next Saturday 11th April. We were rewarded for our efforts with a slice of  Easter cake baked this morning specially by Cadet Matilda Forbes. De-licious!
  • Cadet Party

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    Tamesis Cadets enjoying exciting sailing on their last afternoon of the season, then tucking in to spaghetti bolognaise at their party. The entries for the closely fought cake bake off are in the foreground – yummy!
  • Munster Cup won by Megan Ferguson

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    Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Spasci from Frensham Pond SC won the Munster Cup on a day of difficult weather at the Tamesis open meeting for Cadets on Saturday 10 May. Sailing Hot Rocks (8845), they outmanouvred fellow Frensham members Henry Marsh and Tess Watling in Nitro (9240) to win the first two races of the three race meeting and were able to discard their result in the final race, which was won by Nitro. The weather, although not as wet and windy as forecast, provided some challenging sailing with a gusty light to fresh west south westerly wind, and occasional heavy rain showers between welcome periods of warm sunshine. There were some spectacular capsizes and Richard Harris, Tamesis Cadet Captain, who organised the event and operated one of the two patrol launches, was called on to rescue several overturned boats. Race Officer John Harris sent the eight Cadets which competed in the first race on a long upriver course to a Canbury mark above Steven’s Eyot. The competitors were sheltered from the worst of the wind by the high trees on the Teddington bank of the river and it was only on the downstream leg of the course that they had to cope with the stronger gusts as the wind accelerated across the recreation ground and dinghy park. Two races, each of two rounds, of this course were sailed before lunch and a shorter course set in the afternoon provided better viewing for spectators as it included an east-west dogleg in the windiest section. Several boats hit the Club mark as they tried to round it and had to re-round it before beating upstream. The prizes were presented by Tamesis Commodore Stewart Colley. Results: Munster Cup: 1 Hot Rocks (8845) Megan Ferguson & Yasmin Spasci, Frensham Pond SC, 2 points; 2 Nitro (9240) Henry Marsh & Tess Watling, Frensham Pond SC, 4 pts; 3 Touch Wood (9047) George & Henry Bridge, Frensham Pond SC, 6 pts.
  • Richard Harris

    Cadet Class Captain

    020 8255 7526