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Last Week  25th to 31st August

On Thursday evening the last of our General Handicap Series of races was cancelled as there was a torrential downpour and no wind at race time.  A sad ending to our attempt to bring Summer Thursday sailing back.

On Saturday Griff ran the junior sailing session starting at 2pm.  It was very well attended with 8 Toppers and 2 Optimists enjoying a good Northerly breeze.  Thank you to all those who supported Griff in the running of this session.

On Sunday a good Northerly breeze bode well for some good racing.  4 Lasers, 5 Toppers and an Optimist in the Handicap fleet and 8 Merlins raced.

Thank you to Carolyne Vines as OOD, assisted by Henry Defries, for the running of the races, Martin Adams and Jim Hamilton for manning the Patrol Boat and Tim Medcalf for organising it all again.  I briefly stepped in as Race Officer to finish the Merlin race whilst Carolyne opened the Veranda Bar, which she ran single handed – thank you Carolyne.  As a footnote, if the Veranda Bar is being run by one person it will be helpful if one other person volunteers to assist as it operates much more easily, and quickly, if there are two running it.  Read the full report on the racing by Tim Medcalf in News.

This Week  1st to 7th September

The Saturday Junior sailing session will start at 2pm.

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

Next Week.  8th to 14th September

Saturday Junior Sailing starting at 2pm.

Sunday racing – Starts for – Lasers 10:30, Topper/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30 .

Running the Races

During the current Covid induced conditions we have been staffing the race running organisation by seeking volunteers, week by week, to take on the various functions.  This has placed a burden on Tim Medcalf who, on top of all the other things he has to do, has been finding and co-ordinating the Duty people.  Previously, in what were normal conditions, the staffing of the race organisation was notified on the ‘Dutyman’ system and we are planning to return to this.  Initially we expect to be doing this on a rolling month to month basis but eventually will reinstate it fully.

We have quite a good pool of individuals capable of filling the various functions but we would like to expand this pool and invite both sailing and non-sailing members who would like to get more involved to look at what the various jobs are and, after shadowing and some instruction, join the pool of individuals who can help run the races.  If you feel you would like to help in this way please get in touch with myself or Tim and we will make the necessary arrangements.

Initially we anticipate working towards introducing new Race Box assistants and Patrol Boat crews.


David Baker recently went to the Chandlery in Ferry Road, near Teddington Lock, to buy some rope and was offered a 10% discount.  This is the only remaining local Chandlery and if we use them it may encourage them to hold more sailing boat stock which some might need immediately.

Sailing Training

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.


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.

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.


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 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