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Yet again I have to report that, although it is possible to see the Regulations for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the latest Regulations for England have still not been published and there is only Guidance on what we are allowed to do in Lockdown, which is unchanged from last week.  The Guidance on the RYA site reflects this.

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

Last Week  19th to 25th January

As was the case last week, no sailing-related activity took place at the Club this week.  However, some Members were surprised to see a large floating crane moored alongside the Dinghy Park.  Walsh’s have been renewing the finger jetty, on the left of the large slip, which had been becoming increasingly wobbly recently.  The new jetty is considerably more robust, is not tapered like the old one and the contractor has fitted the fenders which had been salvaged from the old jetty.  The crane will remain in place for the next three weeks, or so, and it is hoped that the water level may drop sufficiently for the rotted sections of campshedding to be replaced before the crane moves to its next job.  See the pictures of the new jetty in News.

There was no Virtual Racing this week.

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

Tamesis Club has registered to take part, along with 71 other Clubs:  Richard Harris is the Club Champion who will go forward to the National Finals which will be live as part of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.  The NOR and SIs for the event are to be found here

Looking Forward

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, still not encouraging although the vaccination programme is now well under way.

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.

Tamesis Club Junior Summer Camps 2021 – Update

Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in this year’s Camps.  Bookings have been very strong and we now only have a handful of places left for the originally planned four weeks of activity.  The Club is considering adding an additional week, w/c 23rd August which will create another 12 spaces.  If you are interested, please contact Tim Medcalf on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk

Tammy Natters

We reinstituted Tammy Natters last week, which was  enjoyed by all participants, and Zoe will again host an informal Zoom chat at 12:45 on Sunday 31st January for those who would like to see some well-known faces.  The link is

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 729 5194 6571
Passcode: jBw31C


Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

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.

Advice on casual sailing, when permitted, in winter conditions is on the  Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

At this time of the year the stream can become strong as a result of heavy rain in the area upstream.  On Saturday the stream was running at about 3.5 knots, which equated to about 250 m3/sec.  Before attempting to sail, check the river conditions (particularly flow) at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach.  They can usually be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. but regrettably the Kingston sensor is not working at the moment.

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 every boat 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.


Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has a new January Zoom Pilates time-table.   (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains)

Monday            10:30       60 mins     General           £10
Tuesday            8:00        45 mins      Level 2            £10
Wednesday      10:00       35 mins     General           £5
Friday               10:00       35 mins     Gentle & fun   £5
Saturday           10:00       60 mins     General           £10

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

Chris Pollard