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Last Week  5th to 11th May

On Saturday, as is becoming customary, I went to the Club to see if there was any post – only hand delivered stuff this week.

I had also arranged to meet the Harbourmaster to discuss what needs to be kept going and done during the lockdown period so that when we are, eventually, able to enjoy the Club again, the premises will be in trim condition.

During the lockdown, Charles has continued progressing various projects to improve our facilities.  He has constructed a rack for the storage of 10 paddleboards in the boatshed in what used to be ‘clutter corner’ by the light switches.  Because of its position and what it replaces it will have no impact on the usability of the boatshed for sailing related activities.

Tim has started further Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evenings.  A 6 pm start for Juniors and an 8 pm start for ‘Masters’, a somewhat ambiguous description.  These race series are an ideal way for the younger and less ept older Club members to get into this form of racing.  The new Thursday evening series was launched.

Sunday 10th May.  A windy day in lockdown but the new Virtual Racing series was launched with ever growing interest being shown.  The limit of 20 entrants in a race would appear to be generating a bit of disappointment as it denys entry to some who want to enter each race but the racing itself is fast and furious.

Monday 11th May.  The second Zoom Management Committee is to be held, specifically to consider the ramifications and opportunities resulting from Boris’s announcements on Sunday.

Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

The new four-week series started this Sunday and together with the Thursday evening series will continue the current core activity. The newly initiated series for Juniors and Masters will continue on Tuesday evenings.  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.


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: 17th May, 2020 at 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 985 0475 5833
Password: 002813


First reaction to Government Statement on Sunday

We have held a Management Committee meeting, using the Zoom App, specifically aimed at trying to formulate the way to bring the Club out of lockdown.  As a result of the Government announcement we have moved into a state of uncertainty when greater personal judgement will have to be made about how you remain within the guidelines.  The intention is to reactivate the Club as reasonably quickly as we can whilst staying within the best advice available and not risking spreading the virus.

For the immediate future:

The Clubhouse and changing rooms will remain closed until further notice – please don’t go in!  An inevitable corollary of this is that there will be no accessible toilets nor any refreshments on the Club site.

If Members or their families wish to visit the Club they must observe the social distancing advice.  Ensuring this, particularly for the children of different households, will be difficult but every effort should be made to observe it.  There will be no organised sailing from the Club and Members should respect the advice of the Environment Agency and the RYA.

All updates on the accessibility of the Club resulting from changes of Government and Environment Agency policy will be notified by WhatsApp and subsequently in Tammy Matters.  Members are strongly advised to follow the Government advice on coronavirus avoidance techniques and to keep themselves fit for resuming normal life.

The current advice from those bodies is reproduced in brief below.

From the EA – issued 20th April – no update since the Government announcement.

Since our last message the Government have stated that it is too early to make a change to the current heightened response to the Coronavirus emergency. We therefore reiterate the advice to stop non-essential travel on our waterways and to make journeys only to access essential services and facilities. We expect these restrictions to remain in place until at least the middle of May 2020. We realise this is difficult at the time our customers are traditionally getting their boats ready and heading out onto the waterways.

From the RYA – Issued 11th May

From Wednesday, 13 May unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England, and we understand that this will include all forms of boating.  The Prime Minister also indicated that people would be permitted to travel to other destinations in order to exercise.  Any activity will still need to be alone or with members of a single household, and social distancing must be followed at all times. 

Full text at:  https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-information-for-recreational-boaters.aspx

The RNLI is currently seeking further clarity following the update given by the UK Prime Minister last night (10 May) and will be engaging with a number of watersport governing bodies and other stakeholders to help inform its response.

Be sensible!

Chris Pollard