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I have become increasingly aware that there is a lot of information which has, up until now, come up week after week in Tammy Matters. We have created a Noticeboard so that this important/useful information can be separate from the Newsletter but readily accessible, either from this newsletter, using the link at the end of this paragraph, or directly on the website.
New information, particularly relating to Covid-19 related requirements, will be on the Noticeboard and I will alert you to any additions or changes in the Notices or the Red Banner, at the start of each Tammy Matters.
Last Week 6th to 12th October.
On Saturday – Andrew Harris ran the Junior Sailing session with the usual enthusiasm being evident.
On Sunday – We ran the initial races for the Winter Points Series for all Classes. A steady Northerly breeze created good conditions and OOD Joe Woods set a straight up-and-down course with the Lensbury Mark a longish way down towards the weir. Seven Lasers competed with Matt P-J winning by 7 seconds from Tom Low and with Peter Impey third. No Toppers this week but two N18s raced with Henry Defries winning from Mal Warner. Eight Merlins contested this race with Charlie Morgan beating David Baker to the line and Andrew Harris 3rd despite his picking up some weed and some tree branches en route.
It was noted that there were several boats out without masthead buoyancy. While we are operating in a regime where we should not perform normal rescues, masthead buoyancy is required.
Thank you to Joe Woods as OOD, assisted by Sue Harris, for the running of the races, with Ken Thatcher and Marcus Chavasse manning the Patrol Boats.
As an addendum to last week’s Tammy Matters, I have to report that Marcus came third in the Laser Barometer Open Meeting.
This Week 13th to 19th October.
On Saturday 17th October The Royal Canoe Club has its annual Paddling Challenge, for which it has a partial River Closure. They have asked if they can use our frontage to enable them to run this event within the constraints of the Covid-19 Regulations. Following a meeting to discuss their request and to appraise them of our requirements if they were to use the site. They have produced a detailed plan of their proposed activity which is satisfactory.
Andrew Harris will be running the Junior sailing session at an adjusted time to take account of this event.
On Sunday 18th October we are scheduled to run the annual Trafalgar Trophy pursuit race. Watch out for the Notice giving the start times for the various classes which will be published shortly.
On Saturday 24th October we are hosting the Topper Open Meeting. This event was well attended last year and entries have been good this year.
On Sunday 25th October the Royal Outrigger Canoe Club has a notified event with a River Restriction. We have held discussions with them about timings and they are going to bring their starts forward so that they should all be clear by the time our Laser start is scheduled. They will be returning to finish during our racing time and racing boats should take action not to impede them.
As from last Sunday, 11th October, we are running 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 tone.
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.
For Winter sailing we are advising that those who have wet suits should wear them, particularly on blustery days and anyone planning to winter sail who does not have one is recommended to consider buying one. Hypothermia is a dangerous condition.
Replacing the Smithy
The Smithy has withstood the elements, including floods, since 1935 and is showing its age. We have decided that, with part of the Legacy left to us by Mike Goldsmith, we will replace it. The work to do this will probably have to be spread over 2 weeks, with the result that a temporary Race Box may have to be erected. The new Race Box will be slightly larger than the current one.
A potentially interesting Project
We have had a contact from a Mr. John G. Dangerfield from Ham and I reproduce his e-mail verbatim.
Would any of your members be interested in having an old clinker built sailing boat, any offer acceptable. It has no trolley and has been stored in the dry for many years. My father bought it in about 1957 and I think it is called a Twinkle 10. It would need to be seasoned in the open for 12 months or so and would need repair. It has oars, mast, sails (condition unknown) and buoyancy bags. There is also a small outboard motor but it would need a full repair.
I am on the other side of the river in Ham. It is a lovely boat but would need somebody with enthusiasm to take it on.
If any Member is interested in taking this on, please get in touch with me and I will pass you his contact details.
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 which 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, to 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.