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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.  It is important that we observe these rules when launching and recovering, when socialising with friends at the Club and when carrying out duties in the Race Box and Patrol Boats.

The information in the Noticeboard has been updated and that and the Red Banner indicate the restrictions which apply locally and there are links to the Government and RYA guidance on both.  Read the Tamesis Noticeboard using this link.

Last Week  8th to 14th December.

The new Smithy has been completed up to the point where it is fully functional and was used for the first time this week.  If, in the near future, people have comments on the new Smithy, please let me know using the General Inquiry category on the website’s Contact Us.

Sunday morning saw the second day of racing since Lockdown 2 was ended.  9 Lasers,  2 N18s and 2 Merlins went afloat and raced in a tricky, gusty and swirling wind.  The Laser race was won by Kaan, Henry Defries with Carolyne Vines won the 18s and Andrew Harris with Matty Key won the Merlins.

A sad footnote to Sunday – our normally very popular Christmas Lunch should have happened, with the Clubhouse full of laughter, song and well-fed Members.  Let us hope that we will be able to hold our normal festivities next year and, indeed, get to do some of our usual social activities before next Christmas.

Looking Forward

We intend to continue sailing through December and to continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays which will be permissible even if London is moved to Tier 3.  However, the conditions attached to Tier 2, and Tier 3 if we are put into it, mean that the Clubhouse will have to remain closed

We will continue to 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.

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

The RYA has announced its eSailing Winter Club Championship and Tamesis Club has registered to take part.  A series of races will be held in the New Year which will determine our Club Champion who will go forward to compete in the Regional and (hopefully) National Finals.  The National Finals will form part of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.  Further information will be provided by Tim Medcalf via the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1 January 2020

World Sailing has recently published changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).  If you would like to learn more, Chris Simon from the RYA gave this talk which provides a very clear explanation:  This video runs just over 1 hour and can be viewed at  2021 racing rules explained by Chris Simon. Int judge & umpire. Member of RYA Racing Rules Committee

The Club will need to make a small number of minor changes to our Sailing Instructions and practices and these will be advised in due course via Tammy Matters and the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.

Merlin Rocket 3520.    Following a successful racing career, Merlin Rocket 3520 is now in need of TLC and a new owner.  The hull is an Ovington-built foam sandwich NSM2.  The boat is complete with a carbon mast, twin poles, an assortment of sails, cover and trolley.  It does, however, require some work to identify and plug leaks, repaint the hull, repair the foils, as well as some re-roping and a tidy up.  If this project is of interest, please forward your financial offers to the Commodore, Chris Pollard, by Sunday 10 January using the General Inquiry category on the website’s Contact Us.


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 are also available.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard