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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 that the key is returned to where it came from.

Last Week   9th to 15th June

This week saw the resumption of the Wednesday Working Party which does all those small jobs (and some quite big ones) which keep the Club in the best state for Members to enjoy.  A number of projects to enhance the Club are in hand.  The planned Paddleboard storage has been completed and is already practically full.  As a result, plans are being formulated to extend the rack, as the newly formed Paddleboarding fleet appears to be growing fast.

Charles Fox continues to tackle some of the major jobs around the Club and has recently been restoring the roof of the Changing Rooms to a waterproof condition.

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.

John Edmondson, who has taken on the Laser Class Captaincy from Chris Taggart, has instituted a Laser WhatsApp group similar to that of the Merlin group.  The invitation to join that group is given in the WhatsApp section below.

Sunday 14th June.  Another Sunday lost to real sailing although the Virtual Racing series was continued with enthusiasm.  See the full report by Tim in News.

This Week  16th to 22nd June

At the most recent Club Management Committee we discussed a proposal to reinstate some competitive sailing.  Accordingly, the Sailing Committee met this Monday and agreed a structure for a resumption of racing.  The first trial racing will take place in the usual Sunday morning period on 28th June and will be for Lasers and Merlin Rockets.  If this trial is successful, the Committee hopes to expand the programme.  A Notice of Race containing all information will be published in next week’s Tammy Matters and also via the various WhatsApp groups.  The return to racing is an exciting prospect and all Members who plan to race are encouraged to make sure that their boats are shipshape and Bristol fashion.


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.

Andrew Horwitz, our SUP Captain, has set up a WhatsApp group for fellow SUP enthusiasts to join. They are planning their first get-together to coincide with the Summer Solstice this Saturday, 20th June. It will most likely be by way of a fairly modest trip to Kingston Bridge and back.  This is to allow as many people as possible, including children, to participate. Experienced SUP adventurers can then use the group to make plans for bigger challenges if they like.  Depending on the weather and importantly the river flow, the group is planning to depart around 5pm from Tamesis. They will paddle to Kingston and return to Tamesis in time for a picnic on the lawn.  Social distancing will, of course, need to be observed in-line with current guidelines.

Open this link to join and share your thoughts with the TAMESIS SUP WhatsApp Group:



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.  When normal sailing has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 71 Members signed-up.



TheTamesis Club Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members.  I strongly encourage all Club Members who can to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.  This Group currently has 83 Members signed-up.


The ‘Laser’ Group has been started recently and Laser sailors are encouraged to join this Group.

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The ‘TAMESIS SUP’ WhatsApp Group is now available for information on Paddleboarding :


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: 21st June, 2020 at 1pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 728 392 2113
Password: 069218

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