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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.

The new Regulations which were supposed to further ease the shackles of lockdown have, regrettably, raised a serious barrier to our enjoyment of the Club.  The last-minute introduction of a limit for a ‘Gathering’ of just 30 people on our site makes the use of the Club which we were able to exercise last week not possible.  As a result of this and the unseasonably violent winds our intended Sunday racing and social ambitions were foiled.

To make the Club legal for the size of social gathering which automatically results from the combination of racers and spectators who would normally come to the Club, we have to make the Club ‘Covid-19 Secure’.  We are, through applying common sense, very nearly at this condition and the intention is to try to take those additional measures that will make us compliant during the coming week.

If we are not able to comply with the Government rules we may have to scale back on what we can offer.

This malaise is, of course, not affecting just us.  Thames Sailing Club, our near neighbour up-river, had been planning to celebrate its 150th Anniversary in June this year.  They had hopefully pushed it back to August but have, with regret, decided that conditions would, even then, be unsuitable for the celebrations they had in mind.  Hopefully next year.  We congratulate them on their 150th and commiserate with them in the present circumstances.

Last Week  30th June to 6th July

This week the Wednesday Working Party continued preparing for our return to regular racing.  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.

The proposed Virtual Inter-Club team racing event against Minima took place on Wednesday evening.  The Tamesis teams overwhelmed the opposition winning 5-1 overall.  Congratulations to Richard, Jodok and Tom in Team 1 and Andrew, Peter and Mike in Team 2.  More Virtual Team racing is in the offing – possibly with other Clubs.

Thursday evening saw the start of Tim’s new Virtual race series.

Although we planned to run races this Sunday and hopefully improve the social format based on our experience last week, the very windy forecast and last-minute publication of the new Coronavirus rules scuppered both.

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 one’s 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 sent out via the Tamesis Club Sailing, Tamesis Laser Sailing and Tammy Merlins WhatsApp groups.

This Week  7th to 13th July

Hopefully we will have things in place so that we can restart racing and run a Veranda Bar as previously.  We will post what is possible for this coming weekend on the Tamesis Sailing and Tamesis Club WhatsApp groups, possibly as late as Saturday evening, so watch out for this information.

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 75 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 we can broadcast urgent information.  This Group currently has 87 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.

An Offer   Tom Low, who is a Financial Advisor and Wealth Manager, has offered to talk with any Member who may be interested in such services with particular reference to the uncertain times the markets are experiencing.  He can be contacted at  tom.low@sjpp.co.uk

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