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The Way Forward

The first date on which we can run organised racing is Easter Sunday and we are putting in place the measures which will allow us to sail on that day.  Additionally, soundings of the Membership show that there is some enthusiasm for racing to take place on Easter Monday as well.  There is a Sailing Committee meeting scheduled for this Tuesday evening (16th) at which the extent and form of the Easter weekend racing will be decided and we hope to run races on both days.  The exact conditions under which we must operate will be stated in the Tammy Matters published on 30th March.

Whilst the toilets in the Changing Rooms will be available, the showers and changing spaces will not.  The future dates when we can start to open up the changing rooms and social aspects of the Club remain tentative but it looks as though we are, for the moment, returning to the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for shoreside activity.

It has been observed that Surbiton High School has resumed its rowing activity as has been permitted for organised School activities.

As we are now in a period when we anticipate there will be 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  9th to 15th March

No Virtual Regatta activity took place last week.

Tammy Natters was again attended by a small but animated group.

Looking Forward

Currently recreation or exercise outdoors with one other person from another household is permitted which, by inference suggests that casual sailing, obeying the Covid distancing rules, 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.’

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 at some later date.  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.  It will not necessarily be hosted by Zoe Adams but will, for the time being, be there if you want it.

The link is the same as was used for the Virtual Regatta and you will need to put in the Passcode.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135

Passcode: 1111



Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is being prepared and will be published next week.  I would welcome an approch from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

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, flow is increasing at this time and it is worthwhile keeping 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

The details and link to the online Tamesis Club 2021 Membership Survey will be circulated soon 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