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Club Position on the Freedom to Partake in Watersports

Although the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are still closed, some use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted by the partial lifting of Covid-19 lockdown.  Please read the Red Banner on the website home page and use the link on it to read the current conditions for use of the Club.

For those who wish to access the boatshed for boats or masts,there is no accessible key to the boatshed double door in the Clubhouse.Do not go into the Clubhouse to look for it or for any other reason The boatshed small door can be opened using the old Clubhouse key and the key to the double doors is housed with the race equipment.  If you wish to open the double door and don’t know how to access that key, call any Flag Officer or the Harbourmaster.  If you do open the double doors, make sure they are bolted and locked when you leave.

Last Week  19th to 25th May

New electrical works have been done which should improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Clubhouse heating in cold weather.  These include the installation of fans in the roof and a simpler central heating control unit.

This week the Security alarm was set off three times within the space of four hours – all alerts being false.  There have, over time, been occasional false alerts but never a rash like this before.  The fault has been traced and the source of false warnings eliminated.

The Harbourmaster, Andrew, and family were continuing with a programme of smartening up the Club whilst the lockdown (now partial) continues.  During the lockdown, Charles has continued progressing various projects to improve our facilities.

Tim continued the Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  These were well attended and a good training ground for the more vigorous Thursday and Sunday series.

Sunday 24th May.  A windy day in partial lockdown and the Virtual Racing series was continued with enthusiasm.  See the full report by Tim in News.

Monday 25th May. A sunny Bank Holiday Monday saw a number of Members and their families enjoying the sunshine at the Club.  Three Merlin Rockets and a small flotilla of stand-up paddleboards took to the water, all returning without incident and everyone took care to maintain social distancing.  It was a welcome reminder of what a lovely spot Tamesis Club occupies.


Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

A number of Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket skippers will be taking part in the Merlin Rocket class association Virtual Sailing Championships this week.  Qualifying flights will race on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings with a grand final on Friday.  There will be five races each evening, with three to count, the first one starting at 17.55.  Spectators will be very welcome and can access races through the Virtual Regatta game in the usual way.

The four-week Sunday series continues and, together with the Thursday evening series, will continue the current core activity. The more recently initiated series for Juniors and ‘Masters’ will continue on Tuesday evenings.  Full details will continue to be 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 continues 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 has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 67 Members signed-up.

TheTamesis ClubGroup 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.  I strongly encourage Club Members to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.  This Group currently has 78 Members signed-up.

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.


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:  Time: Sunday 31st May, 2020 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 951 6593 6349
Password: 055646

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did 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