Tidal Diamond 487 – Christmas Party and Draw, Boxing Day Race, New Year Party, Gig Rowing

Tidal Diamond No. 487

Diary Dates

Christmas Party December 12th
Christmas Carols December 18th
New Years Party Canceled

Christmas Party – Sat 12 Dec

Don’t forget that it will be American Supper style. Please bring along food for all to share. If you need to know what to bring please let me know.


It would also help to know numbers that are coming so please send me a message or email to confirm.

Steve Francis
Social Secretary

Christmas Draw

Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Draw on the 18th, available behind the bar. Tickets will be sold on the night too. Looking forward to seeing you for a good sing along to Carols, music kindly provided by Steve Yoxon and his fellow musicians.

Sarah Bryant
Membership Secretary

Patrol Boat Helm or Crew needed for Boxing Day Race

Our helm for the Boxing Day Race has had to withdraw, so we need to find another volunteer for the event, scheduled to start at 11:30 on 26th Dec. The place can be filled by either a helm or crew (the person scheduled to crew is also qualified to helm). If you would like an excuse to escape for a few hours on Boxing Day then please either volunteer on Dutyman or contact one of the sailing committee.

Janice Bell
Sailing Secretary

New Year Party

Due to minimal response and uptake regarding the TSC New Year Party it has unfortunately been decided that there will be no organised party this year. You are of course welcome to use the club if you would like to organise your own get together.

Steve Francis
Social Secretary

Ref..Proposal to start a “Gig” Rowing section

Gig rowing is a fast growing sport, with many races and meetings all around the country and particularly along the South coast.

I propose that the club obtain and operate a number of Gigs (initially One but possibly rising to 3 dependent of course on demand). Crews would be formed to suit the membership needs……those who would use them for fun….racing crews…….all ages crews……“semi” competitive crews…..all female crews…..long distance cruising crews…….etc..

The TSC is already well equipped to engage in this growing boating activity which has the ability to serve the whole of the membership, be it dinghy sailors, cruiser owners, fishermen, kayakers and even those who currently support the club but are not “afloat”.

Gig rowing can be engaged in all year round…..most of the craft are robust and sea kindly designs, they can be launched and used in choppy conditions without the need of safety craft and I feel sure this activity would prove a boon for those sailors who take their own craft out of commission for the winter.

Gig rowing is easily accessible to anybody with some boat “sense”…..the technique is easy to learn, most club members would be immediately at home, and is open to all ages (There are no sliding seats or other fancy bits of kit).

Audrey and I recently went for a row with the Hamble Gig Club…..We rowed from the “Jolly sailor “ at Bursledon to the “Horse and Jockey” at Curdridge where we all had breakfast. There were several boats on the “Cruise” and the ages of the rowers ranged from approx. 10 to 80 years of age….(including some very elderly ladies)……..massive fun and healthy to.

Gig rowing caters equally to the “Fun and cruising” mind set, as well as those who are “competitive” by nature.

I hope to supply more information at the forthcoming AGM and will do my best to answer any questions??

Ian DuCane
Maintenance Committee