Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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Last Week  24th to 30th March

Sunday 29th March  A boisterous day – could have been tricky.

Eric is keeping students aware of useful on-line videos and information for them to look at until real training can restart.  He has also offered distance learning to last year’s students.

Eric is sending out Training information by e-mails and if anyone is not receiving these but would like to, please let Eric know via the Training contact on our website.

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we are looking to improve communication between Club Members.  It seems an ideal time, during this period when there is no Club activity, to develop suitable techniques (eg what’s App groups, Zoom etc.) and to eliminate as many potential wrinkles as we can.

WhatsApp

At the moment the Merlin Class has a well-developed, closed WhatsApp group which it is using for passing information around, asking for crews or making offers to crew.  Merlin Members who are not yet in this group but wish to join should e-mail Joe McLaughlin  at:  tcmerlins@gmail.com giving their name and mobile number.

Two weeks ago, Kaan launched the Tamesis Club group.  This is intended to be used for Officers to broadcast important information to all members who are signed-up to the group.  This will allow us to transmit information to the Membership which we feel is more urgent than would be done by the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.  The ability to post messages to this group is restricted to Officers of the Club.  We have, as yet, not posted anything.

This week, Kaan has launched, by e-mail, the ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ group on which any signed-up Member can post a broadcast message or request to all other signed-up Members.  Please do not use this group for personal chats as you could be broadcasting to a hundred people – it is not private.

In the future we can foresee that the Lasers, N18s and training fleets will develop WhatsApp groups of their own.

Kaan has put out an email, sent from ‘Tamesis Club’, giving an explanation of the purpose of the new group and giving the necessary links to join either or both groups.

I strongly encourage Club Members to join the WhatsApp groups;  the first of which will give us the means to inform you of updates immediately, as and when they become necessary, and the second will enable members to connect to all others.

There are currently. 69 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club and 36 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club Sailing.

Please go to the emails and join the WhatsApp groups .

Zoom

We are also going to experiment with running Committees using the Zoom app.  This should allow us to run remote group meetings and we will see how well this works out.

Virtual Regatta

Rear Commodore Sailing, Tim Medcalf, has been exploring the possibility of ‘Virtual Racing’ and has been able to make an App, Virtual Regatta, available to Club Members.  Tim has found that the App runs best on games-oriented computers and that it will not necessarily run very well on business laptops.  As a result we will need to trial this to test its feasibility for a reasonable number of Club Members.

To join in with the trial races next Sunday morning please follow these steps:

-Register on the Virtual Regatta Inshore website.  The web address is https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/  .  You can access this site from your Mac or PC and also download the App to your phone or tablet.  Registering is free and you do not need to buy anything during games.

The plan is that, if a reasonable number of Members have computers that will run the software well, we will, whilst the coronavirus restrictions are in place, run a Virtual Race Series every Sunday morning and we might even look out a Trophy for it.

Full details of this exciting possibility are given in the following News article.

Future Club proper racing activity will be announced as soon as the Government’s coronavirus restrictions are lifted sufficiently to permit it.

Notices

Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is closed until further notice.  Some improvements will be effected during the closure.

Pilates on Monday mornings will not take place again at the Club until the Clubhouse reopens.  However, Joanne, the Pilates teacher who does the Monday classes at the club, has set up an online class 1030 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

Members are strongly advised to follow the Government advice on coronavirus avoidance techniques and keep themselves fit  (Pilates group, Joe Wicks on U tube etc.) for resuming normal life.

Chris Pollard

Commodore