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The Regulations have still not been published and the Guidance on what we are allowed to do in Lockdown does not cover sailing and its infrastructure very well so I am still unable to detail precisely what it means for the Membership. The information available states that outdoor sports venues must be closed and I have added a digest of those parts of the Government guidelines which I think are relevant to Club activity on the Noticeboard.
The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner indicates the restrictions which apply in England. Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.
Last Week 5th to 11th January
As a result of the current Lockdown, no significant activity took place at the Club this week.
On Thursday evening, Richard Harris instigated a new series of Virtual Racing with a view to providing practice for people who were thinking of entering the RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship.
See the information about the eSailing Championships in the Notices below.
Sailing at the Club
Although the RYA believes that boating is legitimate as exercise, our grounds and slip not being public space would indicate that we are not allowed into the boat park. Until things are clarified Members are asked not to go to the Club.
If, in due course, sailing becomes permissible, the following advice must be observed.
The stream can be strong during the winter months. Those who choose to sail at the Club, during the period when there is no formal racing taking place and there is no Patrol Boat cover provided, should check river conditions before doing so. They are also 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 should not sail if no accompanying boat can be arranged. Merlins and N18s do not go well if they get full of water and with a strong 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 get the boat 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.
We intend to resume sailing and to resume Points Series racing on 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.
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 to 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.
Wanted: a Tamesis Club Virtual Regatta Champion!
Following the success of the RYA’s Virtual Sailing Club Spring Championship last year, the RYA will be running a Winter Championship in early February with finals happening live as part of the Virtual Dinghy Show. The NOR and SIs are to be found here: https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/sportsdevelopment/NOR%20and%20SI%202020%20esailing%20Winter%20Championships.pdf
Tamesis Club has registered to take part along with 71 other Clubs, and we need to select our Club Champion who will then compete in the regional finals and (hopefully) the finals.
Our selection will take place on Sunday 17 January with the first race starting at 10:30. There will be six races in total, all of them to count, one in each of the classes that will be used in the RYA’s event; read the NOR for more details. Tim Medcalf will be OOD for the races and the Tamesis Club Whatsapp Groups will be the primary communication point e.g. for pass codes and so on.
We know that we have some strong virtual sailing competitors in the Club so there should be a good turn out and some fun racing.
Further information will be provided by Tim Medcalf via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group.
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
Links for these two sites have been put in via ‘Smithy On-line’ on the Home page of the Tamesis website.
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, to send 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.
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 the following 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.
An offer has been accepted for the purchase of Merlin Rocket 3520.
Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has a new January Pilates time-table. It features two 35 minutes zoom Pilates classes at £5.00 each, as well as the regular classes at £10 each. (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains.)
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