Sailing returns to Tamesis Club on Sunday 5 April!After a few weeks off the water, we are sure that you are itching to get back to racing.Through our relationship with the RYA, Tamesis Club is able to take advantage of one of the leading eSailing games and organise our own online race series.Members wishing to join in with the trial races next Sunday morning please follow these steps:– register to join the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group. This will be the primary means of communication about the eSailing series, especially on race days, as it is instant. Kaan has provided information about how to register in this edition of Tammy Matters– 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– once you have accessed Virtual Regatta Inshore, you will see an option to visit their Sailing School. Do this and follow all of the training hints and tips so that you are accustomed to the techniques required before race day– when you have completed the Sailing School, you are ready to join some of the public races. We will be using 49ers for the test races on Sunday so it would be worthwhile doing a few practice races in these boats beforehandOn Sunday morning, we will have three private races which are for Tamesis Club members only. Tim Medcalf will be OOD. The races should last about 15 minutes each and the intention is to have start sequences at 11.15, 11.40, and 12.05.To join a race, login to Virtual Regatta Inshore. Click the Custom Race button. Then click the ‘Join’ tab. Then click the green box at the lower edge of the tab, it has a picture of a padlock, a little boat, and a triangle. You will then be asked to fill in an access code in a pop up box. Once you have done that, press the green tick button and you will be taken to the race course.Tim will start the race when all of the Tamesis Club fleet is assembled. Please try and be on the water on time, the race sign-on will open about five minutes before the start, so 11.10, 11.35 and 12.00.Each race can support a maximum of 20 boats however, as there will be three races, it is hoped that everyone who is interested will be able to have at least one turn.
The access code for race one is tctest1, for race two tctest2, and for race three tctest3 .Virtual Regatta Inshore is a straightforward game to play and could well appeal to junior members who may not have done that much racing in the real world.Once the session is complete, we’ll collect feedback and, if positive, propose a program of weekly racing on Sundays and Thursday evenings.Look forward to seeing you on the virtual water on Sunday.Tim Medcalf, Rear Commodore SailingImage taken from Yachts and Yachting online – thank you. The video of the international regatta is well worth a view.