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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 the 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 doors 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 doors 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 and the key returned to where it came from.

Last Week  26th May to 1st June

During the fine weather last week many members enjoyed the space of the Club grounds.  Unfortunately, we received a complaint, via the website contact, from a member of the public who was on the Surrey riverbank.  It was their perception that there was a group which was too large and not observing the required social distancing nor separation into family groups.  Whilst judgement of separation between people from that distance is questionable, the size of a group is fairly readily discerned.  We are very easy to see and since we are using Club grounds not available to the general public, we are vulnerable to complaints of this sort made by zealous observers.

As a result, I am asking you to observe exaggerated separation and obvious family separation whilst visiting the Club to reduce the likelihood of such complaints which might result in our being forced to close down.  We would like to continue to exercise the maximum enjoyment of our idyllic location without visits from the authorities checking up on us.

I broadcast the request for extra attention to social distancing on the Tamesis Club WhatsApp group.  This has, at present, only 78 participants.  This incident is the sort of thing I would wish to have as wide a coverage as possible and I urge all those who can do so but have not as yet signed up to the WhatsApp group to do so.  The joining instructions can be found in the WhatsApp section of this newsletter.

We are hoping, when conditions allow, to start some limited ‘on the water’ racing.  We have yet to work out the finer details but believe we should be able to do this fairly soon.  This activity must also be done in such a way as to avoid public criticism.

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 31st May.  A windy day in partial lockdown and the Virtual Racing series was continued with enthusiasm.  See the full report by Tim in News.


Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

A number of Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket skippers took part in the Merlin Rocket Class Association Virtual Sailing Championships this week.  Peter Impey and Richard Harris made it through Qualifying.  In the grand final on Friday Richard was placed 9th and Peter 14th.  Well done for flying the Club burgee.

The four-week May Sunday series has finished, as have the Tuesday and Thursday evening series.  The June series of Sunday and Thursday evenings start this week along with series for Juniors and ‘Masters’ 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 is continuing to send 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.


The newly started paddleboarding section has been very active at the Club during the lockdown period and it is really encouraging to see such enthusiasm for this new facet of what the Club has to offer.

Some of the members of the paddleboarding section are considering a possible group safari along the river and anyone interested in such an expedition should contact Andrew Horwitz who is the fleet captain for paddleboards.


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 68 Members signed-up.


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.  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.


If you do not have WhatsApp on your smartphone then you can download it for iPhones from the Apple App Store, or for Android from the Play Store.


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: 7th June, 2020 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 947 9908 6574
Password: 247198


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