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New information, particularly that concerning Covid-19 related requirements, will be on a newly created Noticeboard and, at the start of each Tammy Matters, I will alert you to any additions or changes in the Notices or the Red Banner.

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Replacing the Smithy

The work to replace the Smithy started on Monday 26th October with a full decommissioning and will probably have to be spread over at least 2 weeks.  During the period while the Smithy is being replaced we will use the Old Starting Box on the Clubhouse roof and this will be recommissioned as fully as possible and will hopefully be in use for very few weekends.  Its first test will be this weekend when the Trowlock Trophy Open Event will be run from it.

Subscriptions:  James Berry, our Assistant Treasurer, has asked me to put out a reminder that this year’s subs are due by the end of October.

Last Week  20th to 26th October.

On Saturday 24th October we were due to host the Topper Open Meeting but this event unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the forecast of high winds.  It is intended that we will reschedule the event to 21st November if conditions are satisfactory and if we have sufficient volunteers to man all the necessary functions.

On Sunday 25th October the Royal Outrigger Canoe Club event took place.  After a meeting they agreed to make their start times a bit earlier than they had originally planned so that they were clear of our start line before the Laser start.  They returned during our race time and we had no complaints that any of them thought they had been obstructed.

The canoes’ Closure channel meant that we could not use our intended dogleg course which, in the event, may not have been too bad a thing as the stream increased during the racing and the wind was rather more fickle than predicted.  In the Tamesis racing, 7 Lasers entered, for the Handicap race there were 3 N18s together with 1 Topper and there were 4 Merlins.  See the Report by Tim Medcalf in News.

Thanks to Howard Thatcher as OOD assisted by Jim Green and to Ken Duffell and Graham King for manning the Patrol Boat.

The RNLI set up their stand in the undercroft and I am pleased to report that they took £436 in sales and donations.  This has been one of very few sales events which they have been able to do this year and they are delighted.  Thank you to all Members who supported them.

This Week  27th October to 2nd November.

On Sunday 1st November we will run the Trowlock Trophy Race.  This event has been brought over from the Ariel calendar and is an Open Pursuit Handicap event with an entry fee of £5.  Please register on the Veranda.

Next Week  3rd to 9th November.

On Saturday 7th November Kingston Rowing Club will be running the Kingston Small Boats Head and there has been a request that they would like to use our frontage to reduce the crowding at their own site.  Their use of our site will be controlled by Walbrook Rowing Club with whom we have a long-standing agreement about how our site is used for such events.

On Sunday 8th November we will run the Winter Points Series 3 Races.

Looking Forward

On Saturday 14th November Walbrook Rowing Club will be running the Teddington Head and again have requested the use of our frontage for launching boats.  There will be another influx of Portaloos which will be placed along the car park wall of the Changing Rooms.

On Sunday 15th November we will run the Winter Points Series 4 Races.  We need a volunteer to act as Patrol Boat Driver on this day.

On Sunday 22nd November we will run the Winter Points Series 5 Races.

On Saturday 28th November we should be holding our Prizegiving Dinner.  Sadly this is very unlikely to take place this year.  The interruption to sailing which Covid has caused has severely reduced the number of prizes which can be awarded.

On Sunday 29th November the RCC has another event scheduled on the Reach Coordination about which I am making enquiries.  We will run the Winter Points Series 6 Races but will be starting later than normal.

We are running the Winter Points Series on the days scheduled 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.  We are planning to continue these signals in the old Starters Box.

Whilst we are rebuilding the Smithy and using the Starters Box on the roof of the Clubhouse, we will be taking entries for racing in the boat park and elsewhere and informing the OOD remotely.  Please do not try to go up the spiral stairs to the Starters Box.  There is no standard transit for this start line and we are going to have to improvise.

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.

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, 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 to become a more integral part of the Club.

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

Chris Pollard
Commodore