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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  9th to 15th February

The river has calmed down considerably and is now flowing at half the rate it was a week ago and is not inundating the grounds at present.  The problem this week has been the freeze which has spawned some large blocks of ice in the dips in boat covers.  I lifted a number of blocks out of covers during a visit to the Club on Saturday but the residual water remains.  It appears that at least one seal has been plundering the fish stocks in our reach of the river.  Mr Walsh’s floating crane has moved on to its next job but they should be back to repair the rotted section of the campshedding when the river is more peaceful.

There was Virtual Racing this week on Thursday, run by Richard Harris, which was much enjoyed by the participants some of whom were undoubtedly warming up for Tim Medcalf’s Sunday Champagne prize series.  The first of Tim’s four-week series was run this Sunday (14th).

Looking Forward

Tim Medcalf is completing the Virtual Regatta series over the next three weeks, with prizes, which he described via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group last Thursday.

Virtual Regatta – There will be four races each week for four weeks with 50% to count.  The first race is at 10:30 and the racing will finish by about 11:30.  A different class of boat will be used each week.  This format means that a winner will need to show skills in a range of boats but, as only 50% of races count, skippers will have plenty of opportunity to ‘warm up’ due to the high level of possible discards.  In short, even if you haven’t raced on Virtual Regatta that much, you have a chance.  As usual, communication about races being open for entry and access codes will be done via the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.  We saw some great competition last year and we hope to see more of the same in this series!  Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

The timing of Tammy Natters will be brought forward to 11:45, shortly after the last race of this event when Zoe Adams will again host an informal Zoom chat on Sunday 21st February.

The link is the same as for the Virtual Regatta

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135
Passcode: 1111

 Tamesis AGM

The Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled to take place at 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.  By the time you read this you should have received an e-mail with links to the 2021 Annual Report, which contains the Agenda for this year’s Meeting and to the Minutes of last year’s AGM.

As you can imagine, having the meeting on Zoom makes it impossible to take questions and conduct voting in the normal way.  Accordingly, the e-mail also has a link to a questionnaire form.  This asks you to indicate whether or not you intend to join the Zoom AGM or tender your apologies.  It also asks you to send any comments you wish to make concerning the Minutes of last year’s AGM or any points that you would like to be discussed under Any Other Business.  Please submit the completed form to Rupert Fletcher by next Tuesday (23rd) so that we can address these items properly at the Meeting.

The voting procedure will be described fully in next week’s Tammy Matters and this will be backed up by a short pre-Meeting description by Kaan Yargici before we start the actual Meeting.

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship Regional Qualifiers 20:30 on Thursday 18th February

Following our selection regatta, Richard Harris will be representing Tamesis Club in the RYA’s eSailing Winter Club Championship.  The first races are the Regional Qualifiers which will take place at 20:30 on Thursday 18th February.

Spectators are welcome and can either watch the racing via the Virtual Regatta Inshore app (find the race from the menu and click the spectate button) or, more simply, via the RYA’s London and SE Region Facebook page.

There will be six races, each in a different class of boat, so it should be exciting.

We wish Richard every success in his bid to qualify for the National Finals which will take place as part of the Virtual Dinghy Show later in the month.


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 except in emergency.  Until things change Members are asked not to go to the Club with the intention of sailing or maintaining their boats.

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.

Advice on casual sailing in winter conditions, when permitted, 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.  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.

Membership Survey

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 nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard