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Sadly the current Lockdown prevents us from doing anything enjoyable at the Club.  I have revised the information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner and will update them as and when.  Please read the Noticeboard using the Link below.

Link to the Tamesis Noticeboard

Replacing the Smithy

The Smithy was demolished by the Wednesday Working Party on 4th November and Charles Fox is progressing with the construction of the new Race Box.  It is to be hoped that the weather permits this work to be completed before the end of Lockdown.  See the News article which will be updated as progress is made.

Contingency Plan

If racing can be restarted before the Smithy has been replaced we will use the Race Box on the Clubhouse roof.  This has been recommissioned and a start line, marked at both ends by diagonally striped reflective boards, has been set up – a Transit on the Club shore will be arranged.  Whilst we are using this Race Box, 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 Race Box.

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

Last Week  3rd to 9th November.

Apart from the work on the Smithy no activity at the Club has been permitted and it is not anticipated that sailing will be able to restart before December.

Jodok Gerber restarted the Virtual Regatta competition on Thursday evenings.  The first race was opened at 8pm and 6 races were run.  As ever the participants were very enthusiastic and look forward to this coming week’s racing.

Daniel Gerber has started Virtual Offshore racing on Sunday evening.

Looking Forward

The immediate future is uncertain but it is hoped that use of the river may be allowed from 2nd December.  All events on our Reach which were scheduled to occur in November have been cancelled and we wait to see if sailing can resume after 2nd December.

An inconsistency exists in that Surbiton High School can continue rowing during the school week because it is a timetabled curriculum activity – they will not be rowing on Saturdays.  A similar situation may exist with some schools which row out of Kingston Rowing Club.  I have asked Surbiton to confine their activity to their own waterfront during Lockdown.

When we are allowed to, we will resume the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays.  When we do we will use 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.

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.

Chris Pollard
Commodore