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Sadly the current Lockdown continues to prevent us from doing anything enjoyable at the Club and will do so at least until 2nd December.  The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner is unchanged from last week.  To read the Noticeboard use the Link below.

Link to the Tamesis Noticeboard

Replacing the Smithy

Having demolished the Smithy on 4th November, Charles Fox has made considerable progress with the construction of its replacement.  The main structure is up and weathertight and the installation of the electrics and internal fittings is scheduled to begin this week.  See the News article which will be updated as progress is made.

Contingency Plan

Although it looks increasingly unlikely, if racing can be restarted before the Smithy has been fully 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.

Last Week  10th to 16th 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 at the earliest.

Jodok Gerber has continued to run the Virtual Regatta competition on Thursday evenings.  The first race opens at 8pm and 6 races are run.  Jodok publishes the results on WhatsApp as soon as he can after the racing is finished.  This week there were 15 competitors for the J70 class and 13 for the F50 catamarans.  Up to 20 can compete in each race so there is room for more to join in.

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.

Surbiton High School are rowing during the school week because it is a timetabled curriculum activity – they will not be rowing on Saturdays.  They are confining 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.

Chris Pollard
Commodore

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