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Last Week  28th April to 4th May

On Saturday I went to the Club to see if there was any post – there was a gas bill.  However, during a general check around it was found that, although the Clubhouse alarm was set, the door onto the balcony was not locked.  This would have rendered our Insurance invalid had anyone entered and stolen from or vandalised the property.

The Clubhouse is closed whilst the current Covid 19 state is in force.  Nobody is permitted to enter unless given approval by the Commodore or Vice Commodore for a specific purpose.  I should also remind everyone that the Environment Agency position is- The Environment Agency asks the owners of all boats kept or used on our managed waterways not to make any boat journeys, other than to access essential services and facilities.  It’s galling watching the canoeists and rowers flouting this request but the Club’s position has to be that we cannot condone the use of boats at this time.  We will encourage the use of boats again as soon as the present conditions are eased.

Sunday 3rd May.  A cloudy day in lockdown but the final races in the Virtual series and the afternoon shootout filled the day with interest for those involved and ‘spectating’.

Monday 4th May.  The RYA hosted a teleconference joined by Flag and other Officers from several of the river-based Sailing Clubs based between Putney and Marlow.  The principal purpose of the meeting was to see how the various Clubs had been affected by and were coping with the Covid 19 lockdown.  It was found that most Clubs had similar coping arrangements as ourselves.  Two Clubs reported that they had serious concerns about criminal activity, with evidence of night-time movements on the river.  On a brighter note, the RYA has made available some resources for Clubs to brighten our time in lockdown.

Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

The final round of the four-race series took place this Sunday.  The helms competed to get one of the 12 slots available for the three race shootout mini-series to determine who will go forward to represent Tamesis Club at the RYA’s Spring e-Sailing Championships.  This was hotly contested and the result interesting.  See the full report by Tim in News.

The Club’s first month of virtual sailing has proved to be surprisingly satisfying and plans are already afoot for a new set of month-long series which will start this coming week.  The intention is to maintain the essence of the current core activity whilst adding a series for Juniors and a Masters series for our more mature or less tech-savvy members.  Full details have been published via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group.

Anyone who hasn’t tried Virtual Regatta can download the App and have some practice before joining the racing.  To join in 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.

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


Eric is sending out On-Line Training by e-mails to those who are signed up to his Training programme.  If anyone is not receiving these but would like to, please let Eric know via the Training contact on our website and he can include you on his address list.  Scroll to the bottom of this Bulletin to see his latest Training in News.


During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.


The ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group gets highly animated when the Group engaged in the Virtual Regatta is active.  When normal sailing is resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.

The ‘Tamesis Club‘ Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members who are signed-up to the Group.  Less urgent information will be communicated in the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.

A reminder that Kaan put out an e-mail, sent from ‘Tamesis Club’ on 29th March, giving the necessary links to join either or both Groups.  The more who sign up, the better our ability to keep you quickly in touch with any developments.  There are currently 78 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club and 63 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club Sailing.

I strongly encourage Club Members to join both WhatsApp groups.


We have held a Management Committee meeting using the Zoom App.  This worked out well but required a disciplined approach.

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters: 10th May, 2020 at 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 719 9329 2129

Password: 030820



The Clubhouse is closed until further notice – please don’t go in!  Any updates resulting from changes of Government and Environment Agency policy will be notified by WhatsApp and subsequently in Tammy Matters.

Pilates on Monday mornings will not take place again at the Club until the Clubhouse re-opens.  However, Joanne, the Pilates teacher who does the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 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 to keep themselves fit  (Pilates group, Joe Wicks on U tube, etc.) for resuming normal life.

Chris Pollard