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The return to ‘Lockdown’ has happened so close to publication of this Newsletter that I am unable to detail precisely what it means for the Membership but the information available states that outdoor sports venues must close.

The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner indicates the restrictions which apply in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Last Week  29th December to 3rd January

A reduced Wednesday Working Party continued making improvements to the Club infrastructure.  Charles Fox has been fixing the skirting to the new Race Box.  During the time of little or no use, the infestation of Black Headed Gulls which we have been suffering has been making a mess of Tamesis 3 at her moorings.  Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson have constructed a tarpaulin cover which, it is hoped, will thwart the gulls’ efforts.

One Merlin, manned by an experienced and capable crew, ventured out on the river on Sunday and  sailed against the strongish stream.

Sailing at the Club

Until things are clarified Members are asked not to go to the Club.  If sailing becomes permissible the following advice should be observed.

The stream can be strong during the winter months and 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.  Merlins and N18s do not go well if they get full of water and with this stream running and no patrol boat there is not really a Plan B if you do go over – and the weir awaits.  The best you could do is paddle to the shore to empty out but you would need to be upright to do that.

Members are also reminded of the requirement to have personal and masthead buoyancy and the wearing of wetsuits is highly recommended, particularly for the reduction of thermal shock.

Looking Forward

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 trend in infection rates is, however, not encouraging.

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.


River conditions

At this time of the year the stream can become strong as a result of heavy rain in the area upstream.  At the moment it is generally increasing.  Before attempting to sail, check the river conditions (particularly flow) at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach.  They can be seen at

The Environment Agency posts a general digest of conditions on the river which can be seen at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency



Andrew Horwitz, the Harbourmaster, has been working on a system for ensuring that boats at the Club are identifiable and to assist James, the Assistant Treasurer, for sending correct invoices for mooring fees.  He has developed an identifying sticker which, in the near future, will be placed on the transom of all boats resident at the Club.

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.  A new January Pilates time-table available for everyone will be out soon and classes are £10 Pay-as-you-go or 4 for £35.00.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard