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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 ensure that you sign yourself in every time you visit the Club – it’s easy to forget.  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.

In line with the RYA advice, non-family/bubble crews are permitted for double handed boats.  It is recommended that non-bubble crews wear gloves, masks and long trousers.  If infection rates take a turn for the worse we may revert to family/bubble crews only.

If you use a Club boat please wipe it down thoroughly after use.

Last Week  18th to 24th August

The second of our Summer Camps, organised by Tim Medcalf and run by Ben Kimbell, took place.  The weather became wetter and windier as the week progressed but it did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm of the participants.  The wind forecast for the Friday indicated that the big marquee would be at risk of blowing away and the WhatsApp group proved its worth in that I was able to assemble a team to dismantle it on Thursday evening in about 20 minutes – and even had an apology from one who could not help.  A big thank you to all those who pitched in and made striking the marquee so swift.

I went down to be part of the award giving presentation, at the end of the camp, where everyone looked as though they had had a good time.  Thank you again to Ben Kimbell, assisted by Ben Ramage, Iwan Drewett, Alden Horwitz and Caitlin for making it so enjoyable for the participants despite the variable weather during the week.  See News for Tim Medcalf’s full report on the camps.

Saturday saw the start of the Junior sailing sessions overseen by Andrew Harris.  On a very breezy afternoon, it was good to see smiling young sailors, two of whom were from the camp which had just finished, planing their Toppers up and down the river.

Sunday held promise of a good sail with a good Westerly breeze as we set the course.  However, by race time the wind had become less predictable in both strength and direction, leading to some frustrations.  7 Lasers, 3 Toppers, an Optimist and an N18 in the Handicap fleet and 6 Merlins raced.

Thank you to Sue Harris and Peter Fryer for assisting the running of the races, John Adams and Tim Ginn for manning the Patrol Boat and Tim for organising it all again.  Read the full report by Tim Medcalf in News.

Again, after racing, it was apparent that Members need to get a better grip of social distancing ashore.  The Veranda round the Bar was very orderly but the waterfront gathering was still clearly bigger than a single group of six and several were closer than the required 2 metres.  I know it is very unnatural to not group with all your friends and 2 metres does seem to be a very long way apart, but we are highly visible and must do it for as long as it is required.  Thank you Deb and Andrew Horwitz for running the Veranda Bar.

Whilst it is really good to see so many people using and enjoying the Club again, please could you all be sure to put your picnic and bar debris into the appropriate bins as you leave, it will help a lot.

This Week  25th to 31st August

On Thursday evening the last of our General Handicap Series of races will take place.  The start will be at 7pm for all classes.  The intended Series of four races has been reduced to three by a previous week’s cancellation.

On Saturday Andrew will be running the junior sailing session starting at 2 pm.  I would encourage all young sailors with reasonable skill and confidence to join in this session – and it’s more than just sailing.

On Sunday we will continue to use the recently established pattern for racing – which is:

Lasers launch from 10:10 to 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 (including N18s) can launch from 10:40 to start at 11:00.  They can come ashore as soon as their race is finished.

Merlins can launch from about 11:05 to 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.

During the period that we are running these abnormal race programmes, if you intend to race on the 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.

We intend running the Veranda Bar, if possible, for the foreseeable future whenever there is racing.  Watch out for information on future sailing sessions on the Tamesis Sailing and Tamesis Club WhatsApp groups.

Volunteers needed

To make racing under the current conditions possible, we must have volunteers to run the shoreside operations on Sundays.  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  1st to 7th September

The Saturday Junior sailing session run by Andrew Harris will start at 2pm.

Sunday racing to the now established Covid pattern – Starts for – Lasers 10:30, Topper/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30 is scheduled.


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 on the website Home page.

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 and before coming to the Club to sail to look for any changes in policy related to Covid-19.  I will flag up any future changes with a side-bar on the paragraph.


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 broadcasting urgent information.  This Group currently has 89 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