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There is not expected to be any change to the current restrictions in the near future and the information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner shows those which the guidance indicates apply in England. Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard. This information will be updated when there is a change.
Last Week 2nd to 8th February
The river continues to be in spate and again no sailing would have been possible even if the Club had been open. The river end of the Dinghy Park and the 18s berthing have both been submerged twice a day. Fortunately the river has not risen sufficiently to cause serious problems amongst the parked boats although the Club Enterprise floated down to the corner of the lawn before coming to rest – it has since been tethered. Tides are currently reduced from their peak but the next high spring tide will be on 11th February. At the moment the flow and level of the river are reducing but we should keep an eye on what happens if there is severe weather this week. Walsh’s large floating crane remains moored alongside the Dinghy Park. Keep an eye on the river state as suggested in the Notices below to see if it is advisable to move your boat.
There was no Virtual Racing this week on Thursday or Sunday.
Tim Medcalf is running another Virtual Regatta series, with prizes, which he describes below.
‘As some of you will be aware, this weekend sees the continuation of one of sailing’s greatest sporting encounters, the Tamesis Club Virtual Regatta Series. Sponsored by GH Mumm champagne, Tamesis Club sailors will compete over four weeks at a range of exotic international locations in the finest sailing craft developed. The first start will be at 10.30am on Sunday 14 February and the Series will finish on Sunday 7 March when we will crown our winner and also make a ‘true grit’ award to the competitor who showed the greatest pluck. More details to follow via the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.’
Although it looks unlikely that we will be permitted to return to real sailing before sometime in March, at the earliest, we intend to resume sailing and the Points Series racing on Sundays as soon as allowed.
When we are able to resume racing, initially we will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.
Zoe Adams will again host an informal Tammy Natters Zoom chat but at the earlier time of 11:45 on Sunday 14th February, shortly after the Virtual Regatta races finish. The link is
Meeting ID: 712 8549 6422
RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship
Tamesis Club has registered to take part, along with 71 other Clubs: Richard Harris, as the Club Champion, will compete in 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 can be found here
Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted
Although the RYA believes that boating is legitimate as exercise, the fact that our grounds and slip are not 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 with the intention of sailing or maintaining their boats.
Advice on casual sailing in winter conditions, when permitted, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.
At this time of the year the stream can become strong as a result of heavy rain in the area upstream. At the moment the stream is reducing and there is less likelihood of flooding of the mooring areas. Owners of boats which are parked closest to the river are advised to consider moving their boats further up the Dinghy Park temporarily if river levels start rising again. Lasers should be moored to the chain between the rows.
Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. If the level rises above about 4.95m, inundation of the Tamesis grounds begins.
The Environment Agency posts a general digest of conditions on the river which can be seen at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.
This site has an alternative link to the Kingston measuring station.
Links for both these sites have been put in via ‘Smithy On-line’ on the Home page of the Tamesis website.
The Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 28th February, will be held as a Zoom meeting. The Club has taken a licence for the Professional version of Zoom which means that we will not be constrained to 40 minutes. Fuller information as to exactly how the Meeting will be conducted will be given in a future Tammy Matters.
At the AGM we will be formally launching the Tamesis Club 2021 Membership Survey (it having been many years since we ran the last one). This will be by an online form and will include a considerable number of questions covering membership, sailing and the way the Club is run, with the option to complete as much or as little as you like. It will also be a great opportunity to let us know of any ideas you may have for the Club and, perhaps, to let us know if you have a skill or area of expertise that could benefit the running of the Club, which is of course Member run.
The details and link to the online survey will be emailed following the AGM and we will request that all submissions are given within 2 weeks. We will then review the results and report back.
Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1st 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 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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org