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Happy New Year to all Members of Tamesis Club

Having survived Christmas without draconian restrictions, lets hope we can celebrate New Year well but prudently.

Last Week,  21st to 27th December

To those who were free of Covid, I hope you were able to celebrate Christmas as you wished.  To those who had unfortunately had fallen foul of the Covid and were having to isolate, I hope you were able to celebrate in some way.

Sunday 26th December

Boxing day dawned windless and drizzly.  There was no formal racing organised and I have had no reports of any casual sailing taking place.

This Week

Future Events

Our Winter Series will resume on 2nd January and run until the end of March provided no Government pronouncements forbid it.  It is to be hoped that we will still be allowed to provide some degree of hospitality.  Any late announcement s will be made on the Club and Sailing WhatsApp groups.

Club Calendar

There are still copies left and if you would like to reserve one, please email Carolyne Vines on cvines6285@aol.com.

Membership Survey

The survey has now closed and the results are being analysed by a number of Members and Flag Officers. We will present the findings to Club Members, most probably in a weekday Club Zoom session hosted by Kaan Yargici (who is also keen to show some stats from the website and Tammy Matters).

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

It is most important for Members who are allocated Duties by Dutyman to confirm their availability to attend in Dutyman (in the dropdown list under ‘Sailing’ on the website) well in advance of their Duty.  If this is not done we will have uncertainties and someone might have to stand-in for an absentee at short notice, as has happened in the past.  If a Member knows they cannot perform an allocated Duty it is their responsibility to request and establish a swap using the Dutyman swap facility.  Please remember to check the Club’s Dutyman system to see if you are rostered for a Duty.


If anyone, who hasn’t done so already, would like to join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp group, here is the link:  https://chat.whatsapp.com/EVUYTsqSkGe0ioAyvgtXXF

Please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you would like some paddling companions.  In winter, particularly, it is always safest to paddle with someone else and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Club activity.


Tim Medcalf will be posting a programme of Sailing Training at the Club next year.  The calendar of training courses which will be run by Tom Bull, the Instructor who ran the Summer Camps this year, has been formalised and Members can contact Tim on 07768 018972 if they would like to know more.  Further details to will be published on the website in the New Year.


The enclosure and the interior decoration of the Gents undercroft is complete and fitting-out will begin when the floorspace has been cleared.  The intention is that we will install more racking for paddleboards and for the canoes which are currently in the main Boatshed.  It will also serve as a winter store for the Optimists.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it has rotted and been damaged.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378


The Noticeboard will be updated when the outcome of government reaction to the increasing infection rates becomes clear.  Information on the following topics has been placed on the Noticeboard.

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences.

Advice on Casual Sailing, for those who wish to go on the river when there is no organised racing, is also on the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Chris Pollard