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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 beneath the pictures 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.

Please do ensure that you sign yourself in if you visit the Club.  The preferred way is by texting your name(s) to 07547 691 416.  Alternatively sign in the book in the undercroft.  This is required if we are to justify being able to have more than 30 people at any time.  Do not try to sign in using any of the WhatsApp groups.

The RYA has issued new advice, which was published just before the sudden reversal of the liberalising policies which were coming into effect.  The current Government advice is in a state of flux at the moment but we have contemplated the advice to see how far we think it is advisable to implement the RYA guidance.  In line with the RYA advice, non-family/bubble crews are permitted for 2 man boats.  However, if infection rates take a turn for the worse we may revert to family/bubble crews only.

We will run a shortened G.W.Smith Trophy Series starting this week – only four races but all the more reason to pitch in and make it as competitive as possible.  We need family (or ‘Bubble’) crews for the Patrol Boat and the Race Box  and we also need a Beachmaster, on both Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings.  If you are able to help on any date please contact Tim Medcalf who is co-ordinating the sailing.

Last Week  28th July to 3rd August

A warm Sunday with a good Westerly breeze (even though there were some dead patches) allowed us to run our three-race programme although there was only one Topper this week.  The shoreside workload is getting easier as people get more familiar with the pattern and, again, thank you to all the entrants for their patience and discipline whilst going afloat.  Twelve Lasers, one Topper and five Merlins raced and again it was good to see so many boats out on the water.  Read the full report by Tim Medcalf in News.

Thank you Simon Thompson and Johannes Wagner for running the races, Carolyne for acting as Beachmaster, Barbara and Martin Adams for manning the Patrol Boat and Tim for organising it all.  Again, it was very useful to be able to anticipate the shoreside control needed, by your informing Tim of your intended presence, to avoid chaos and to ensure conformity with the distancing rules – please do so again this week.

This week there was improved, though not perfect, compliance with social distancing ashore on the lawn and riverside but people are still getting a little close together on the Veranda round the Bar.  Observing the limitation of six people in a group is very unnatural but we have to do it as long as is required.  In future it will help if you were to approach the bar via the ramp and leave the bar, with your drink via the steps onto the lawn or riverside where there is more space.  Thank you Nicky and Carolyne for running the Veranda Bar again which is always appreciated after sailing in these strange times.

This Week  4th to 10th August

The first of the two Summer camps is running during this week.  The big marquee is set up to be their classroom and general shelter as a substitute for the Clubhouse which remains closed for the time being.  It is available for socially distanced shelter if required on Sunday.

On Thursday the G.W. Smith Tropy races will start at 7pm for all classes.

We will continue to use the newly established pattern for Sunday racing.

Lasers can launch from 10:10 (or earlier if they wish) with their start sequence beginning at 10:25 and start at 10:30.  Following their race the Lasers will stay afloat out of the way until all Merlins are afloat.

Toppers and any Handicap Class boats can start launching from 10:40 with their start sequence beginning at 10:55 and start at 11:00.  National 18s  are included in this category. They can come ashore as soon as their race is finished.

Merlins can launch from about 11:05 with their start sequence beginning at 11:25 and start at 11:30.

All start sequences will be notified by the low-pitched hooter.  All boat finishes will be notified by the high-pitched alarm.

To maintain as strong a level of racing as we can, we need volunteers for the shore activities.  For future Sundays please continue to let Tim know in advance if you plan to race or if you are able to volunteer for one of the shore jobs.  We also intend running the Veranda Bar again.  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.

This week we are planning to start the shortened G.W. Smith Trophy Series on Thursday evening.  To run this series will, however, depend in particular on our being able to have the volunteers to operate the patrol boat.

Volunteers needed.

To make racing under the current conditions possible we must have volunteers to run the shoreside operations.  In particular we need same household/bubble crews to man the patrol boat.  Without a patrol boat crew we would have to cancel racing for that day.  Please notify Tim Medcalf if you can, and are willing to, do a patrol boat duty.  We also need volunteers to do OOD and Beachmaster.

Next Week  11th to 17th August

Sunday racing to the Covid pattern – Lasers 10:30, Topper/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30 is scheduled and the shortened G.W. Smith Series will be run on Thursday evening.  The Summer Camp takes a rest next week.


Eric is continuing to send out On-Line Training by e-mails to those who are signed up to his Training programme as the Social Distancing rules make training at the Club impracticable.  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 recently 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

Please read the notice which you get when you click on the Red Banner underneath the pictures in the website header.

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.


The WhatsApp groups allow us to pass urgent information to you.  Please join (or rejoin) any of the Groups by asking via 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 88 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 75 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 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