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New Restrictions

New legislation has come into force this week and we are still trying to understand exactly what this will mean for the operation of the Club.  It is more restrictive and introduces fines for non-compliance.  The RYA interpretation of the impact of the new Regulations can be found at https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/clubs/RYA%20C19%20gov%20guidance%20QAs.pdf?v=1.4.1 .  This advice has further links to information which will show you the complexity of what we are trying to cope with since these links provide further links to more advice.

The Red Banner on the website has not been changed yet but it will be worth checking regularly as I expect to update it soon.

Current law states that gatherings may consist of no more than 6 people who must be 2 metres apart from each other.  Gatherings must be a considerable distance apart and people must not go from one group to another.

Please ensure that you sign yourself in every time you visit the Club – it’s easy to forget and now it’s imperative.  The preferred way is by following the procedure using the NHS QR code which is displayed at several points.  The QR code notice is accompanied by a notice giving the alternative methods of signing in by texting your name(s) to 07547 691 416 or signing in the book in the undercroft.  This is mandatory if we are to comply with the law.

If we are to keep the sailing going, I am afraid that we will have to be very much more careful about how we appear to others.  I realise that all this is very difficult to remember to do and goes very much against the whole ethos of our Club as a welcoming and friendly place to spend time and meet friends.

We will try to be as open as we can be and, with the colder weather approaching, we are working on getting restricted use of the Changing Rooms.  We are also advising that those who are planning to sail during the winter and who have wet suits should wear them, particularly on blustery days like this last Sunday.  Those planning to winter sail who do not have them are recommended to consider buying one.  Hypothermia is a dangerous condition.

Last Week  22nd to 28th September

On Saturday Andrew Harris ran the well-attended and enthusiastic Junior sailing session in lively conditions.  See the report in News

On Sunday a gusty North to Northwesterly wind presented very challenging conditions.  A strong fleet of 10 Lasers, perhaps warming up for this weekend’s Laser Barometer Open meeting, were planing and capsizing in equal measure.  Matt P-J took the honours with Jon Redding second.  Charles Fox, with Robert Blakebrough, reefed his N18 but retired.  2 Toppers persisted to the finish against the conditions, with Matty Key finishing ahead of Alexander Hoo.  2 Merlins planned to race but, as the weather got heavier, only David Baker with Jim Green crossed the start line and completed a lap to take the race.

Thank you to Richard Harris as OOD, assisted by John Edmondson, for the running of the races, with Humphrey Dorrell and Byron Hoo manning the Patrol Boat.  Sadly there was no catering or Bar.

This Week  29th September to 5th October

Unless there are changes in Government policy:

Saturday 3rd October: We plan to run the National 18 Inland Championships Open Meeting and to incorporate the competitions for the Adelaide Cup and the Tamesis Anchor.

It is hoped that the Junior Sailing session will be fitted into the gap between the second and third races of the N18s Championship during the mid-day interval.

Sunday 4th October: We plan to hold the Laser Barometer Open Meeting.

Looking Forward  from 11th October

Saturdays until the end of October, Andrew Harris will continue running the Junior sailing afternoons.

Sundays we are intending to run the Winter Points Series for all Classes but using our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/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 start times please do not sign-on to race at the Smithy (Race Box) if you rig your boat in the main Dinghy Park.  The OOD or their assistant will take the entries in the Boat Park as you rig your boats.  If you rig your boat in the area by the changing rooms or in the N18 area, please notify the OOD verbally that you intend to race.  Please do not notify Tim Medcalf in future.

Running the Races –  ‘Dutyman’ allocation of race organisation duties

The staffing of the Race Management Team for each week is notified by the ‘Dutyman’ system and assists those who cannot do their allocated duty to swap with someone who can.

Although we have quite a good pool of individuals capable of filling the various functions, we need to expand this pool as much as we can.  We, therefore, invite both sailing and non-sailing Members to experience what the various jobs entail and, after shadowing and some instruction, join the pool who can help run the races.  If you would like to help in this way please get in touch with us via the general enquiry contact on the website and, in the short term, we will make the necessary arrangements on an individual basis.  For newer Members this could be a great way to get to know the more established Club Members and become a more integral part of the Club.

We will also, when conditions permit, run some Race Management courses.

Available Services

The Clubhouse is still closed but we are actively working towards making limited changing facilities available.  We will advise when these arrangements are in place.


The Chandlery in Ferry Road, near Teddington Lock, has been offering a 10% discount to Club Members.  This discount was negotiated by Andrew Horwitz.  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.


The Clubhouse and Changing Rooms remain closed but use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted.  Please click on the Red Banner underneath 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.

If you use a Club boat please sanitise it thoroughly after use with a disinfectant wipe, boxes of which are available.

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 are in a period where Government guidelines may be 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.


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 91 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 78 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