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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.
We believe we have instituted all the necessary measures to make the Club ‘Covid-19 Secure’ which allows us to have a ‘Gathering’ of more than 30 people on our site. However, to comply, Members visiting the Club site must record their having done so to allow ‘Track and Trace’ to be done should anybody contract the virus. We have arranged for you to be able to do this either by texting or by entering your name in a book. Although this may seem tedious, if we do not comply with all the requirements we are at risk of being closed. We have tried to make it as simple as possible to record your presence.
Please click on the Red Banner on the website home page and read the notice which will appear. This will reveal the current conditions and information for use of the Club and how to record your going there.
Last Week 7th to 13th July
This week the measures required to make the Club Covid-19 Secure were discussed and put into effect. However, if anyone has particular suggestions for improvements which the Wednesday Working Party can do, please let me know via the ‘Contact us’ on the Club website. Although I cannot promise that they can necessarily be addressed with alacrity at least we will know what concerns you.
Thursday evening saw the second week of Tim’s new Virtual race series.
We were able to run races again this Sunday. Five Lasers and eight Merlins pitted themselves against a fitful and shifty breeze – it was, however, racing of a kind and on the water. Thank you Carolyne and Henry for running the races and Tim for the NoR. For future Sundays please let Tim know in advance if you plan to race as it is very helpful to know how much shoreside control there needs to be to ensure conformity with the distancing rules.
We still need to keep a firmer eye on the social distancing aspects ashore when one is just down for a social gathering and to watch the racing. The limitation of groups to no more than six is wholly unnatural and it is all too easy to fall into normal grouping and distancing habits. I don’t want to be nannying about this aspect but what we look like from the far shore does matter as it could lead to complaints and, in the extreme, our being ordered to shut down.
This Week 14th to 20th July
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.
We will try to work towards having things in place so that we can 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 in advance 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.
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 and how we are proposing to comply with them. Please look at this information at least weekly to look for changes in policy related to Covid-19. I will flag up any future changes in bold – but this week I have rewritten it.
Please read the information linked to the Red Banner.
As a result of a somewhat exotic gate-crashing of the Tamesis Club Sailing group and others on Wednesday, I have removed from Tammy Matters the invitation links, which, for security, Kaan has changed. If you would like to join (or rejoin) any of the Groups please ask using the ‘General Inquiry’ category in the ‘Contact Us’ section on the website.
The currently available groups are:-
The ‘Tamesis Club‘ Group. This is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members. I strongly encourage all Club Members to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that we can broadcast urgent information. This Group currently has 86 Members signed-up.
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 73 Members signed-up.
The ‘Laser’ Group has been started recently and Laser sailors are encouraged to join this Group.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.