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Last Week  27th April to 3rd May

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing on a cloudy afternoon with a better than forecast wind.  The Junior fleet was out in force yet again with 11 single handed boats, the Wayfarer and a Laser 2k on the water.  After the Junior session a number of adult Members went for a social sail which they had organised amongst themselves.  It is pleasing to see this activity increasing and we will look seriously at the possibility of making this session part of the published programme.

On Sunday, the Summer Series continued attracting reasonable sized fleets in the Laser and Merlin Classes and three N18s.  This week there was, in the main, very little wind, of indeterminate direction in some places but with some quite healthy gusts.  7 Lasers started and Ros Warwick-Haller was the winner with Chris Taggart in second place and Jim Hamilton third.  Three N18s took to the water with Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, winning from Chris Pollard, crewed by Martin Thomas, with Mal Warner, crewed by Beatrice Russ third.  13 Merlins started and this week it was Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, who won with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and Peter and Richard Mason third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to David and Vicky Jerram and family for running the races and to Robert Blakebrough and Garrie Mallen for manning the Patrol Boat.

The Veranda Bar was in operation again and we are getting closer to being allowed to increase the social functioning of the Club in line with what is permitted.  My thanks to Deb and Andrew Horwitz for running the Bar this week.

No apparent progress towards hatching by the swans which have taken up residence on the promontory.

Monday 3rd May (Bank Holiday)

The annual Minima YC May Merrie long distance race took place on Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May.  The weather, however, was forecast to be foul, and it was, and those from Tamesis who were intending to compete decided against it.

Thursday Evening Racing starts this week.

The first of Tamesis Club’s two summer Thursday evening Series begins this week.  Both Series 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.

Looking Forward

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday 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.

Until the Covid social distancing rules are relaxed we will continue to mandate the use of masthead buoyancy for all sessions 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 Changing Rooms are now open but with a limit of four persons in each at any one time.  There is sanitising spray available which must 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 which must only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  We are not proving to be very good at following these rules and, until they are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with them.  We must, for the present, continue to 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