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Although we are now able to race again, for the moment, we have to conform to the rules which apply to Tier 2 and hope that London does not get put into Tier 3. The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has changed. Tier 2 restrictions apply locally and there are links to the Government and RYA guidance on both. Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard
Last Week 2nd to 7th December.
With the lifting of Lockdown, the Wednesday working party set about preparing the Club for the resumption of sailing. Since the new Smithy was not going to be ready for this week, the Upper Race Box on the Clubhouse roof was set up.
The replacement of the Smithy continues and the new hut has been insulated and lined and painting of the interior is well under way. The electrical installation is planned to take place on Tuesday. We are hopeful that the work can be sufficiently advanced to allow us to use the new Race Box this coming Sunday but we will probably delay the official opening of the Goldsmithy to a time when we can have a proper inauguration.
On Wednesday evening Jodok hosted a ‘Just for Fun Virtual Sailing Regatta’. It was enjoyed by a selection of Club Members but no results were published.
Sunday morning saw the first races since Lockdown 2. The wind was forecast to be very light and there was an appreciable stream. However, the wind was, at least to start with, much better than forecast. 6 Lasers, 1 N18 and 2 Merlins went afloat and enjoyed the return to sailing.
We intend to continue sailing through December and to continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays. Hopefully the Christmas freedoms will not result in another major lockdown in January and we will be able to get a reasonable number of races to constitute decent Series. 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.
During this year Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has been running ‘Lockdown Monday Pilates Live-On-Line Classes’ which have continued throughout, maintaining well-being in mind and body. These Monday classes will continue over the Christmas period, as well as an 8am ‘Early Bird’ class on Tuesday 14th, 20th December and 5th January
A new January time-table available for everyone will be out soon and classes are £10 Pay-as-you-go or 4 for £35.00. Christmas Gift vouchers also available. If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com