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The resumption of sailing

We will be organising racing on both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.  This will give Members an opportunity to shake the cobwebs out of their boats ready for the Summer Series.  The format for racing on both days will be Class racing and we will use the same racing pattern as we used during the Autumn period.  This will mean that Lasers will launch first from about 10:10 for a start at 10:30.  They will remain on the water until after the Merlin start at 11:30.  The second wave to launch, from about 10:45 for a start at 11:00, will be Toppers, N18s and any boats intending to race in the Handicap Class.  There will be one-off prizes to be had and we hope to see a fair number there.

We still have to comply with the rule of no more than 6 people in a group and the 1 metre distancing rule.  Mixed households in a boat are permitted with due observance of the rules.  If in any doubt, masks should be worn.  Take care to observe these rules whilst preparing, launching and recovering your boats.  Members not sailing are asked to keep clear of the dinghy park while crews are active there.

We will try to fit in as much of the intended Summer programme as possible and some events may be moved from their normal place in the calendar to later dates and some which have normally been two day events may be compressed into one.  Andrew Harris will be starting Junior Sailing on Saturday 10th April and is looking forward to a good turn-out.  We will launch the Summer Points Series on Sunday 11th April and the Saga Trophy races on Thursday evenings will start on 6th May.

My thanks to Jim Green for organising the Race Management teams for our first four race days; population of Dutyman for further into the season will be published as soon as possible.  He has duties confirmed as filled for 4th, 5th, 11th and 18th April which will be put on the website.  However, he still needs to fill 25th April and is asking for volunteers to do duties for 25th April and all the May sailing dates including the Sunday and Thursday evening races.  If you can assist by volunteering for any of these dates for either OOD, Box, Launch Driver or Crew, please contact Jim by e-mail at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.

The exact conditions under which we must operate at any time will be set out in Tammy Matters each week.  From Easter Day the toilets in the Changing Rooms will be available but the showers and changing spaces will not.  We will be opening up the Changing Rooms and starting what catering and bar arrangements we are allowed as soon as it is permissible and we can arrange it  but we must, for the present, comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.

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 23rd to 29th March

Arrangements have been made to replace the missing section of campshedding by the (Gold)Smithy and we are trying to arrange the repair of one of the N18 piers which was quite badly aged and seems to have been damaged by the high river flows during the winter.

A pair of swans has, inconveniently, taken up residence on the promontory and they are currently sitting on a clutch of 8 eggs.  We are looking at ways of launching and recovering N18s without alarming them or risking being attacked.

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

Looking Forward

From 29th March, 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 current RYA interpretation of the rules is as follows:

As I said in the introduction, we intend starting the Summer Points Series on 11th April.  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 we can revert to our normal Start sequence.

Until the Covid social distancing rules are relaxed we will continue to require masthead buoyancy to be attached and any boat racing without it will have its result for that race in the Series voided.

Planning for the future

Jack’s Trip and Offshore Group Dinner

Daniel Gerber is actively trying to put together a reasonable fleet to partake in Tamesis’s offshore event and will be very pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining in.  Please do not hesitate to contact him.

Saturday, 29th May 2021 on the Solent.

We would like to advertise and assess Members’ interest for Jack’s Trip (traditional one day Offshore Group Rally on the Solent) followed by a three course set Offshore Group Dinner at an appropriate venue located on the mainland.

Could interested Members please indicate to Daniel Gerber (daniel@thegerbers.ch) by 14th April 2021 the following:

1) whether they plan to participate in the Offshore Group Rally during the day on Saturday, 29th May, with their own boat (or charter a boat) and if they have any space available for Members interested in crewing;
2) whether they would be interested / available to crew on a boat;
3) whether they plan to participate in the Offshore Group Dinner in the evening of 29th May.

A programme will be communicated in due time depending on interest and feedback from Members.


Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is available and I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

Tammy Natters

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 would like to join in.

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

Resumption of Watersports

Since none of us has been able to use our craft for some time I should remind you that owners of all craft (including canoes and paddleboards) should have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website
‘If you’re paddling on the non tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might want to check your insurance too.

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Advice on casual sailing, 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 and the stream is decreasing along the length of the river and there is the prospect of a relatively slack stream for our first sailing after lockdown.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, on Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. and on the Environment Agency site at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

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