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Last Week 6th  to 12th April

The progression back to some sort of normality is continuing and this last week we were able to start the Summer Series on time, the Sunday after the Easter weekend.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris started Junior Sailing and there was a tremendous turn-out despite it being quite chilly.  It seems clear that our younger Members have been missing their sailing as much as we all have.  See the report by Tim Medcalf in News.

On Sunday it was a reasonably sunny day with a fairly steady, although crisp, northerly wind.   Seven Lasers started and Neville Upton won convincingly with Stewart Colley second and Jim Hamilton a close third.  Eight Merlins started and it became immediately clear that the conditions suited Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, who was consistently about a minute a lap faster than anyone else.  Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, was second and Matt P-J and Arthur third.  The N18s were absent again.

My thanks to Peter and Pauline Fryer for running the races and thanks also to Mal Warner and Beatrice Russ for manning the Patrol Boat.

Kaan took the opportunity to trial the electronic race sheet which he is developing for use at the Club.  More on this later.

The swans, which have taken up residence on the promontory, are still sitting on their eggs but we have enabled launching and recovering N18s from the main slip when needed.

Looking Forward

From this week the Changing Rooms will re-open but with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which should be used to clean down the benches before and after use.

On Saturdays, Andrew Harris will run Junior Sailing, starting at 2:30pm, and this will be a regular weekly session. There may be a break during the mid-summer period, of which Andrew will give participants due notice, depending on how the various stages of lockdown are released and summer holidays are allowed.

The Summer Points Series will continue, using our previously established pandemic format.  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.  The Merlins will launch from about 11:10 for their start at 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.

Tamesis Club’s two summer evening series return from Thursday 6th May.  The Club runs 20 races across the summer starting at 19:15 on Thursday evenings.  The first ten races count towards the Saga Trophy and the second ten to the GW Smith Trophy.  The racing is Portsmouth Yardstick handicap-based so all boats and sailors, including Juniors, are welcome.  The races last about 50 minutes.    So, why not put the evening of Thursday 6th May in your diary and come and enjoy some evening racing?  Later in the year, when Covid guidelines permit, we will be able to enjoy a dinner and a drink in the clubhouse after the racing as well.

Until the Covid social distancing rules are relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.


The Annual Laser Quiz Night

The Laser On-Line Quiz is happening on Saturday 24th April.  Here are the details you need to know to be able to join in.

Exercise your grey matter in the Tamesis quiz!  Register to participate in this online quiz comprising four rounds of ten questions. You can take part either as an individual or as a household. There will be Prizes ! Registration before 12pm on Friday 23rd April is essential: click here to sign up. Zoom details will be sent to all registered participants on the day of the quiz.


The resumption of sailing

For the present, Class racing will use the same starting pattern as we used during the Autumn period.  While the Covid distancing rules remain in force, we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy and boats racing without masthead buoyancy will be disqualified for that race.

Please remember to check into the Club using the Covid QR code or signing in the book in the Undercroft.

On shore, we still have to comply with the rule of no more than 6 people in a group and the 1 metre distancing rule.  This constraint is scheduled to be in operation until late June at the earliest.  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.  We will launch the Thursday evening Saga Trophy races on 6th May.

My thanks to Jim Green for organising the Race Management teams for our first four race days; the Dutyman lists for further into the season will be published as soon as possible.  He has duties confirmed for 18th April which are on the website but still needs to fill 25th April and beyond 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.  The Changing Rooms and possibly bar arrangements will be allowed from this coming Sunday but the Clubhouse remains closed for now.  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.

Planning for the future

Jack’s Trip and Offshore Group Dinner.  Saturday, 29th May 2021 on the Solent.

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

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 to 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.

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) must 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.

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

For river flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, use Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. or 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