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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 click on the Red Banner on the website home page to use the link on it to read the current conditions and information for use of the Club.

On Sunday we had a trial in which we attempted to provide some racing within the current Government guidelines.  This demonstrated that the racing itself was viable although the sequencing and scope of the races needed to evolve.  However, our ability to continue to provide this racing will depend on those who enter the races, or just come to the Club to watch, complying strictly with the Social Distancing requirements and the conditions and instructions given to them.

Whilst it is clear that to some the Social Distancing rules are of little concern, there are also many for whom they are of considerable concern and who will be deterred from visiting the Club if they do not see proper distancing being observed.  I ask, therefore, that whilst at the Club you give those who are not in your household or ‘bubble’ the space that is required, or more if they appear to wish for it.  There are Members who do have immunity issues of one kind or another and I do not want anyone to be put off visiting the Club through anxiety.

If we are not able to comply with the Government rules we may have to scale back on what we can offer.  We must be careful not to look like Bournemouth beach.

Last Week   23rd to 29th June

This week the Wednesday Working Party set about preparing for our trial races which happened this Sunday.  I reiterate, if anyone has something that they would like to be considered by way of improvements, please let me know.  Although I cannot promise that they can necessarily be addressed with alacrity at least we will know what concerns you.

Tim concluded this Series of Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  The Sunday morning series did not not occur this week as we were running proper races again as a trial, although there was Virtual Racing on Sunday evening.  Minima has proposed an Inter-Club team racing event and the details of this event are being arranged.

Sunday 28th June, the Club ran two trial Class races with starts for Lasers and for Merlin Rockets.  Despite the very gusty conditions 9 Lasers and 4 Merlins managed to race in a safe manner and the shoreside operations were reasonably, though not entirely, compliant with the prevailing social distancing guidelines.  Using the experience of this trial we will look to improve our organisation and expand racing in the coming weeks.  See the full report in News.

As a trial for the social side of things an exterior pop-up bar was instigated and appeared to be well received.  This too will be the subject of consideration for improvements.

This Week  30th June to 6th July

We will plan to run races this coming Sunday and will hopefully improve the format based on our experience last week.  We need to keep a firmer eye on the social distancing aspects ashore – it is all too easy to fall into normal distancing habits whilst ones thoughts are occupied with the concerns of going afloat and racing.

Tim Medcalf will again issue a special Notice of Race as well as a set of special instructions that all Members who plan to race must read and comply with.  This information will both cover the racing and give details of the Club facilities that will be available.  It will be posted via the Tamesis Club Sailing, Tamesis Laser Sailing and Tammy Merlins Whatsapp groups.

Again, if you intend to race this coming Sunday, please could you inform Tim Medcalf via one of the WhatsApp groups so that we are aware of the size of the fleets which we will have to manage.


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. The planned Summer Solstice expedition on Saturday, 20th June, took place in sunny and breezy conditions.  The group headed upstream to Kingston Bridge and back.  See the report on this and pictures by Andrew Horwitz 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.  Since the WhatsApp groups have proved extremely effective for communication their use will increase.

The Red Banner

Since we appear to be entering a period where Government guidelines are being changed with unpredictable frequency, I will be using the Red Banner in the website header to present the latest information on any restrictions which have to be applied to activities at the Club.  Please look at this information after each time that the Government announces a change in policy related to Covid-19.


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 74 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.  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 86 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.


Zoe’s Tammy Natters has been a great way for Club Members to get sight of each other and have a chat whilst they cannot meet in person.  Now that we are opening up progressively and Members can go to the Club to meet up with their friends, Tammy Natters will be suspended.  I would like to thank Zoe Adams for instigating this enjoyable form of get-together which we will re-institute should there be a second wave of lockdown.

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