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Things are still looking up and the latest Government announcements mean we can start racing again from December 6th. The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has changed and Tier 2 restrictions apply locally. There are links to the Government and RYA guidance on both. To read the Noticeboard use the link below.
Link to the Tamesis Noticeboard
Very little has changed since last week. I go to the Club fairly regularly to do a security check and have noticed that several boats have accumulated water in their covers. If you were to want to check your boat before Wednesday I think that it could be considered Essential Maintenance and be permissible within the current lockdown rules.
Replacing the Smithy
The replacement of the Smithy continues apace with the first fix of the electrics complete and internal fitting-out under way. See the News article which will be updated as progress is made.
We are very hopeful that the replacement Smithy will be operational when racing can be restarted. If it is not we will use the Upper Race Box on the Clubhouse roof. 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 17th to 23rd November.
Apart from the work on the Smithy no activity at the Club has been permitted. However, with the new Covid rules coming into effect on 2nd December, the Wednesday Working Party will concentrate on trying to make the Smithy operational for when we get back to racing on Sunday 6th December.
The November Virtual Sailing Regatta competition on Thursday evenings had Jodok back as OOD with the first race opening at 8pm and 6 races being run. Jodok published the Series results on WhatsApp on Friday morning. Brian Corking triumphed in both the J70 and F50 Classes, with Andrew Harris and Richard Harris 2nd and 3rd in the J70s and Chris Balmbro and Andrew Harris 2nd and 3rd in the F50s.
There is currently discussion as to whether to continue Thursday Virtual Sailing as a Club activity. Additionally, the RYA has launched an eSailing Winter Club Championship which Carolyne has publicised on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp on Friday 27th November.
We intend to resume sailing on 6th December and continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays. 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 who is planning to sail during the winter who does not have one is recommended to consider buying one. Hypothermia is a dangerous condition. See the Tamesis Noticeboard for the advice for sailing during this winter.