Tamesis Club

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Last Week 20th  to 26th April

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing on a sunny but blustery afternoon.  The Junior fleet was out in force again with 17 single handed boats on the water.  There were three Lasers, eleven Toppers and three Optimists, all having their separate races.  It is really good to see this level of enthusiasm in our Junior sailors.

The Laser On-Line Quiz was expertly hosted by Zoe Adams on Saturday evening.  There were 18 teams taking part and the event was won by a visiting couple, Jill and David Lamb.  David & Deb Baker (and possibly Martin & Barbara Adams) were second with Chris and Suzy Balmbro a very close third.  This was our first post lockdown social event.

On Sunday, the third week of the Summer Series attracted reasonable sized fleets in the Laser and Merlin Classes and again two N18s ventured out from their temporary launch point down the main slip.  With the blustery Easterly wind, launching was tricky but 9 Lasers eventually started.  Kaan was the winner with Jim Hamilton in second place and Chris Taggart third.  Two N18s took to the water with Chris Pollard, crewed by Peter Bide, winning from Mal Warner, crewed by Garrie Mallen.  8 Merlins started and Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, won with  Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, second and Ken Duffell with Jo Woods third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to John and Jean Meredith for running the races and to Ken Thatcher and Howard Thatcher for manning the Patrol Boat.

I have to issue a correction to last week’s report on the Laser result where I should have credited Ros Warwick-Haller with second place and Stewart Colley with third.

The swans, which have taken up residence on the promontory, are still sitting on their eggs which is trying for the N18s.

This week we re-opened the Veranda Bar and we are hoping that we can develop the social functioning of the Club in line with what is permitted.  My thanks to Nicky Johnson and Carolyne Vines for running the Bar this week.

Next Monday 3rd May (Bank Holiday)

The annual Minima YC May Merrie long distance race takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May.  This is an unusual event and a great opportunity to explore a little more of the river.  The race is a mass-start handicap race with the start gun going at 2:30pm.  The Minima YC approach to handicaps favours older Merlin Rockets in particular!  If anyone is interested in participating, please get in touch with Tim Medcalf.

Looking Forward

The Changing Rooms are now 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.  The Veranda Bar is working again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks and drinks must only be consumed when seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.

Andrew Harris’ regular weekly Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30pm.  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 Thursday evening Series begin on 6th May.  These are Portsmouth Yardstick handicap-based and all boats and sailors, including Juniors, are welcome.  The races start at 19:15 on Thursday evenings and last about 50 minutes.  The 8 races in May and June will count towards the Saga Trophy and the 9 races in July and August towards the GW Smith Trophy.  So, why not put the evening of Thursday 6th May in your diary and come and enjoy the start of our evening racing?  When the Covid restrictions are lifted we will return to offering a Club supper after racing.

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.

Race Management

My thanks to Jim Green for organising the Race Management teams coming out of Lockdown.  Full Management teams are allocated up to 20th May but volunteers for Patrol Boat duties are required for dates from then until the end of June.  If you can assist by volunteering for Launch Driver or Crew, please contact Jim by e-mail at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.  Duties for July and onward will be allocated and appear in the Dutyman lists.  It will be the responsibility of individuals to find a substitute for any duty which they are not able to do on an allocated day.  The Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run events.

If you would be prepared to assist with Race Management but are unfamiliar with what has to be done, please contact Jim if you would be willing to shadow Members performing the various tasks with a view to being able to do them in the future.

The Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities

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

The exact conditions under which we must operate at any time will be set out in Tammy Matters each week.  Use of the Changing Rooms and the Veranda Bar arrangements are now permitted but the Clubhouse remains closed for the time being.  We must, for the present, still 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.

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.

We are also looking for volunteers, from both new and established Members, to assist with running the Veranda Bar and, later, with catering.  If you can help in this please contact any member of the Management Committee.


Boat Licences

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