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Light at the end of the Tunnel

The long-awaited ‘Roadmap’ (or tentative timetable) for the country to get back to some semblance of normality has been promulgated.  Whilst the date of 29th March (annoyingly a Monday) when we are allowed to start sailing again is firm, the future dates when we can start to open up the changing rooms and social aspects of the Club remain tentative.

As we are now entering a succession of easings of the Covid restrictions, I will update the information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner at each easement date to reflect the RYA interpretation of the current guidance which applies in England and to indicate the next date at which we can expect a further easing of the rules.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Last Week  2nd to 8th March

On Sunday (7th) Tim Medcalf ran the last of his four-week Prize Series of the Virtual Regatta.  Following the Prize Series races, Richard Harris hosted a further three races which were much enjoyed.  Notice that the result of the Prize Series was available on the Club Website was announced via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group.  See Tim Medcalf’s report in News. The Prize will be awarded at the earliest possible opportunity.

Tammy Natters was attended by a small but select band.

Looking Forward

As of this Monday (8th March) recreation outdoors with one other person from another household is permitted.  However, the RYA interpretation of the rules is as follows:

‘We do not currently believe that general boat maintenance falls within the intended definition of recreation, but where maintenance is essential to prevent risk of harm or injury it may qualify as a reasonable excuse for leaving home.

Clubs may need to ensure their facilities are ready for reopening on 29 March in advance of this date and we would advise you to limit the number of visits and people required to get your facilities ready.’

On Sunday 4th April, Easter Day, we hope to be able to resume organised sailing.  It is not certain, at the moment, what form Easter Sunday racing will take but it will probably be a Handicap race to allow people to get their boats working again.  It is also possible that, if there is a demand for it, we may organise some form of racing on Easter Monday as well.

However, once we restart the Summer Points Series, initially we will use our previously established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when to revert to our normal Start sequence.

We look forward to more definitive announcements of the route out of lockdown and hope that we will be able to return to providing some hospitality a little later.  We will open up as fast as it is permitted but until 29th March, at the earliest, we have to remain as we are.

Tammy Natters is now established at the new time of 11:45.  The link will be available for anyone who would like an informal Zoom chat hosted by Zoe Adams.

The link is the same as for the Virtual Regatta

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135
Passcode: 1111



Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Advice on casual sailing in winter conditions, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

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.

Membership Survey

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 e-mailed 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 nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard