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Whilst last week I hoped we would not be put into Tier 3, I had not anticipated that a week later we would be in the, as then unspecified, Tier 4. This Tier is highly restrictive and prevents us from having any organised racing. You can go to the Club but you can only interact with just one person who is not in your household or bubble which means that, if you go with a member of your household, nobody can legitimately talk to the two of you. It is important that we observe the rules as provision has been made in the Tier 4 Regulations for swingeing fines to be levied.
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. Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.
The announcement came at a very late point for us to decide what could happen on the Sunday morning and a great deal of debate was conducted on the ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ WhatsApp Group. Although this alerted most interested sailors to the fact that racing would not take place, those not in the Group were in ignorance of the fact. This was the very sort of incident for which the Group was set up and I urge everybody who is likely to want to sail to join (or rejoin) this Group immediately by asking via the ‘General Inquiry’ category in the ‘Contact Us’ section on the website.
Last Week 15th to 21st December.
The announcement of Tier 4 restrictions on Saturday evening put paid to Sunday’s racing. As it happens there was a strongish stream and not a great deal of wind, but that’s little compensation.
Jodok ran a series of six Virtual races on Sunday morning. 11 Members took part with Brian Corking taking first place, Jodok second and Peter Impey third. This may become a feature whilst we are in Tier 4.
I mentioned, last week, that our popular Christmas Lunch should have happened and Eric has put a fine photo of how it should have looked in his ‘Training from Home’ piece. He has also offered a little nautical quiz on which I would hope that experienced sailors would score 100%.
We intend to resume sailing and to continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays whenever the Government Regulations are changed to permit this. The current conditions are due to be reviewed on 30th December and we may hope that Tier 4 conditions are lifted as soon as is reasonable.
When we are able to resume racing we will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30 for as long as is necessary.
In the meantime, Members are allowed to visit the Club and may sail casually provided that they conform with the Tier 4 rule of not interacting with more than one person outside their household or bubble and maintaining social distancing. Those who choose to sail at the Club during the period when there is no formal racing taking place should check river conditions and are encouraged to arrange to sail with an accompanying boat, particularly if intending to sail single handed. If the river is flowing fast and the wind is such that there is a chance of capsizing Members are advised not to sail if no accompanying boat can be arranged.
Members are reminded of the requirement for masthead flotation and personal buoyancy and the wearing of wetsuits is highly recommended.
River conditions at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, can be seen at
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 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Oh! and with all this going on, I very nearly forgot
Have as Happy a Christmas as you can and let’s hope for a better 2021.