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Tamesis Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will take place at 2pm on Sunday, 28th February, and will be held as a Zoom meeting.  You should all have received an e-mail (from ‘Tamesis Club’ on 14th February) with links to the 2021 Annual Report which contains the Agenda for this year’s Meeting, and the Minutes of last year’s AGM.  It also contains a link to a questionnaire.

As the Meeting is to be on Zoom it will not be possible to take questions and conduct voting in the normal way.  Please use the e-mail link to the questionnaire form to indicate whether or not you intend to join the Zoom AGM or tender your apologies.  Also, if you wish to make any comments concerning the Minutes of last year’s AGM or raise any points that you would like to be discussed under Any Other Business, please submit the completed form to Rupert Fletcher by this evening, Tuesday 23rd, so that we can address these items properly at the Meeting.

There will be a short briefing by Kaan Yargici before we start the actual Meeting to explain the voting procedure and how questions which arise as a consequence of the Meeting can be submitted.

Last Week  16th to 22nd 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.

On Thursday, this week, Richard Harris raced as the Tamesis representative at the RYA Winter eSailing Club Championships regional qualifiers.  The second of Tim’s four-week Prize Series was run this Sunday (21st).  These are reported on later in this newsletter.

Looking Forward

Over the next two weeks Tim Medcalf is completing the Virtual Regatta series, with prizes, which he described via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group.

The recent announcements of the ‘Roadmap’ out of lockdown indicate that we may well be able to start some sailing towards the end of next month and, hopefully, introduce some hospitality a bit later.  We will open up as fast as it is permitted but until then we have to remain as we are.

Tammy Natters will be at the new time of 11:45 and, whilst Zoe is taking a break from hosting, the link will be available for anyone who would like an informal Zoom chat before the AGM.

The link is the same as for the Virtual Regatta

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135

Passcode: 1111


Virtual Regatta eSailing Updates

Richard Harris represented Tamesis Club at the RYA Winter eSailing Club Championships regional qualifiers on Thursday evening.  The format was six races held at a variety of locations, each one in a different Class of boat.

The competition was tough and it was clear, from the commentators’ comments, that many of the other racers spend an inordinate amount of time playing Virtual Regatta.  This clearly boosted their skill levels.

Richard sallied forth and initially recorded results that were not up to his usual high standards.  However, sticking to the task, the numbers improved in the final races and Richard managed to climb up to ninth.  Not enough to qualify for the finals, which will be running as part of the Virtual Dinghy Show this coming weekend, but a respectable outcome.

You will be able to find more information about the virtual RYA Dinghy Show at www.dinghyshow.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Join in #DinghyShow.  To get the most out of the Show you have to register, which is free, and that will give you access to the seminars etc..

Closer to home, the Tamesis Club eSailing Series (sponsored by GH Mumm) saw an increased turnout and some close racing in the Barcelona 50 Class.  A full report and the latest standings are on the Club website.  If you would like to play, the next round is on Sunday at 10:30 and there are still enough races left to qualify.


Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Although there is no change to the current restrictions at present, there are encouraging noises coming from the Government.  As soon as sailing is allowed, the information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner will be updated to show the guidance which applies in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

It is looking possible that we will be permitted to return to real sailing sometime in March and, whenever it is that we are, we intend to resume sailing and the Points Series racing on Sundays.  When we do 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

The river is calming down considerably (although the EA’s website still shows a lot of red boards) so the risk of inundation of the Dinghy Park is reduced at the moment.  However, with all the rain in the west, it might liven up again and make it worthwhile to keep a check on river levels.

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 conducted 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