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Tamesis Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting, which was well attended, was held on Sunday, 28th February, as a Zoom meeting. Following a welcome from me and a short briefing on procedures by Kaan Yargici, the Meeting itself went smoothly and all Reports and Nominations were approved by the Attendees. I should like to thank the large number of Members who joined on-line.
Last Week 23rd February to 1st March
The river has now calmed down considerably to the point where, once we are allowed to, it will be possible to sail. Let us hope!
On Thursday, this week, Richard Harris hosted a series of 6 Virtual Regatta races to the enjoyment of all participants. On Sunday (28th) Tim Medcalf ran the third of his four-week Prize Series .
Although Tammy Natters was available there were no takers this week. No doubt people were saving themselves for the AGM.
Next Sunday, starting at 10:30, Tim Medcalf will complete the Virtual Regatta series, the victor will be announced via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group and the Prize will be awarded at the earliest possible opportunity.
We look forward to more definitive announcements of the route out of lockdown and hope that we will be able to return to some sailing towards the end of this month and get to providing some hospitality a little later. We will open up as fast as it is permitted but until then we have to remain as we are.
Tammy Natters will, again, 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.
The link is the same as for the Virtual Regatta
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135
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 permitted, 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.
The river has calmed down considerably (the EA’s website shows mainly yellow boards) and there is little risk of inundation of the Dinghy Park. However, it is 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 latter site has an alternative link to the Kingston Measuring Station.
Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.
At the AGM it was announced that we will be 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 shortly and we will request that all submissions are returned 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com