Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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The Website

The website is currently experiencing some problems, one of the effects of which is that the News section, amongst others, does not appear to be functioning.  Kaan is working to resolve these problems.

Whilst the News section is under repair, I am publishing the reports of John Adams, on the Saga races, and Tim Medcalf, on the Centenary Cup races, as part of this Newsletter.

Last Week  8th to 14th June

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was held in light variable winds.  5 Lasers, 4 Merlins, 3 N18s , a Firefly and a Topper challenged the conditions.  Following this race the positions in the series have altered, Tim Medcalf is leading the field with Ken Duffell challenging hard and Matt P-J now in third place.  3 more races to go and 4 of the 8 races count towards the Trophy!  See John Adams report on the Saga races to date at the end of this Newsletter.

A big thank you to Team Horwitz, Andrew, Debora and Alden, for putting on a great Chilli supper, distributed as a take-away, which had a good take-up and was clearly appreciated.  Thank you also Team Horwitz for running the Veranda Bar.

My thanks to David Baker and Jim Green for running the race and to Florian Krueger and Neville Upton for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris oversaw Junior Sailing on another wonderful afternoon with light winds.  A big fleet was out with Laser 2ks, Lasers, Toppers and Optimists; the junior sailors all enjoyed themselves on a sunny afternoon.  There were also a number of paddleboarders out enjoying the sun and water.

On Sunday, there was no sailing in the morning as the Royal Canoe Club had a competition with a river closure until 2 pm.  Tamesis, however, ran the Centenary Cup in the afternoon.  This pursuit race was contested in a light and fickle south-westerly wind but had a large entry with the first start at 2:29 pm.    The Merlins triumphed in the Centenary Cup which was won by Peter and Richard Mason, with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and Berry Ritchie, crewed by Nicola Siebert-Patel, third, but Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, in an N18 very nearly spoiled the Merlin clean sweep.

There was a separate, shorter, Junior Trophy race and seven of our young sailors took up the challenge.  This excellent turn-out is a tribute to the enthusiasm and competitive spirit imbued in our young sailors by Andy Harris in his Saturday sessions.  Fittingly it was won by Tom Harris with Arun Siebert-Patel second and Alexander Hoo, third.

See the News article by Tim Medcalf at the end of this Newsletter.

My thanks to Colin and Margaret Stokes, assisted by Jim Green, for running these two concurrent events and to Florian Krueger and Onursal Soyer for manning the Patrol Boat with Charlie Morgan and Byron Hoo supporting in the second Patrol Boat.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evening, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  This consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  There may be a break during the midsummer 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 next week (20th June), 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.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques.

Barbeques

Debora and Andrew Horwitz are planning to run the outdoor Barbeque on Sunday, 20th June. Also on Thursday evenings, 17th and 24th June, they will be preparing a simple menu.  This will be served from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar and, whilst the current restrictions are in force, Members will have to eat whilst seated outside.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

This Thursday evening (17th), after racing, the menu will be promulgated on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group. The cost will be £10 and the food will be served in a box, like the bbq, and it will need to be consumed outside so please factor that in when making your decision. If you can give an idea of interest at the following link by Wednesday morning it would be useful.  https://andrewhorwitz.com/tamesis.html

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green will be running Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box training/familiarisation sessions on Saturday 26th June and Saturday 10th July between 10:00 and approximately12:30.  Members wishing to attend these courses are asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk as each course will be for 6 people.

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.

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 still 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 operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  When suppers are provided on Thursday evenings, they will be served as ‘Takeaway’ meals in a box from the window to the right of the Veranda Bar.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.  Please remember that we are easily seen from across the river.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the requirement for car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  We have had a number of queries as to where Car Park Tickets can be obtained and the answer is – at the Veranda Bar.  The Club has a stock of the Tickets and you are asked to put your name and any other helpful information, such as boat sail no. if you are likely to be out racing.  Members who do not have, or have mislaid, Car Park Tickets should ask for one at the Bar at the earliest opportunity and fill in your details.   Please could everybody put their Car Park Tickets in plain view so that blockages can be resolved as quickly as possible.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and are also there for Members who have not yet bought their own boats, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs who charge for hiring Club boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our boats to let us know if a boat has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell somebody of any faults that have arisen whilst you were using a boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the boat and the problem.  Also, please pack boats away properly when you have finished using them.  The boat fairy does not exist – they don’t mend themselves or put themselves away.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Notices

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, when we are able to open the Club fully, with catering.  If you, or any friend who is not a Member of the Club but who might like to help with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely 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.

Boat Licences

I would 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 also want to check your insurance.

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

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St. John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130 – £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

Report by John Adams on the Saga Trophy races:

The 6th race in this year’s Thursday evening Saga Trophy was sailed in a reasonable strength wind but one which varied in direction around a mean of SW.

The race attracted an unprecedented number of boats, 19 including a visiting helm and a couple of juniors, Iris Crampton and Matty Key.  In the shifty wind places were easily lost but Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines in their N18 Zephyr manged to harness the zephyrs and coasted round to finish first on the water and on handicap.  Behind them, Tom Bayliss helming his father’s beautifully restored Merlin, showed the rest of the 5 Merlins how to master the conditions and finished second on the water.  Third was Tim Medcalf and Jennifer Falconer-Hall in their Merlin Samanda trying hard to gain a few placed on Matt P-J in the overall results.

On handicap, Henry and Carolyne retained their lead, but with Charles Fox and Rob Blakebrough taking second in the N18 Genevieve and Matthew P-J taking a valuable third in his Laser.

This meant that with discards, Matt P-J goes back to the head of the table with Tim and Jennifer in second, but still capable of catching Matt if they win the next 2 races, and Matt finishes no higher than third.  Ken Duffell and Matt Valentine lie in third but also mathematically capable of winning the series of they win the next two races.  So still not a done deal and we look forward to the next 2 races with interest.

As Tim has mentioned, thank to the ODD crew and boat crew and also to Andrew, Deb and Alden Horowitz for providing the bar and a very tasty meal as well to round off a fantastic evening.

 

Report by Tim Medcalf on the Centenary Cup and Junior Centenary Bowl races

After some organisational back and forth in the week prior, the Centenary Cup was run on Sunday afternoon with an excellently-sized fleet racing in glorious conditions.

The sign-on sheets register 26 entrants with a good mix of classes for this handicap pursuit event.

The club was particularly pleased to see seven of our Juniors giving racing a try and a sincere ‘well done’ is extended to Alex Hoo, Tom Harris, Leela and Arun Siebert-Patel, Edward Medcalf, William Balmbro, and Sara Krueger for giving it a go.

The box team of Colin and Margaret Stokes, supported by Jim Green, had ample opportunity to sound the hooter and gradually got the fleets under way.  Slowest boats depart first and a confident start is required to calm the nerves and stave off that daunting feeling of being pursued by faster craft.

The format can also lead to sailors who may not normally compete directly together coming into close quarters manoeuvring on the same part of the racetrack.  This resulted in some salty words of encouragement being exchanged on the water which were resolved later over a pint on the lawn.

Keeping a track on the finishing positions is never easy but the scoring team were confident that they had ‘counted them out, and counted them back in again’.

So to the prize-giving, where the Commodore Chris Pollard awarded first place in the Senior Centenary Cup to Peter and Richard Mason in their Merlin Rocket 847 Bambusa.  In an unaccustomed second place came Andy Harris and Matty Key, followed by Berry Ritchie and debutante crew Nicola Siebert-Patel in third.  A clean sweep for the Merlin Rocket fleet in conditions that probably favoured the class.

The Junior Centenary Cup was won by Tom Harris, with Arun Siebert-Patel in second and Alexander Hoo in third, all racing Toppers.  Judging by the extensive plunging from the jetty into the river by a large group of Juniors, it had been a tiring and hot afternoon!

Congratulations to the race winners and to all who took part.

Thanks also to the all-important volunteers.  Colin and Margaret Stokes in the box with Jim Green, Florian Krueger and Onursal Soyer in the first patrol boat, and Charlie Morgan and Byron Hoo in the second.

Competitors were at least equally grateful to the apres-race team of Andrew and Deb Horwitz who served up much-needed cooling drinks that fuelled some convivial socialising on the lawns.

The handicap pursuit format obviously proved popular and there is an opportunity to reprise the experience on 27 June when the club will be running its annual Cutty Sark Bolt (Seniors) and Kempton Bolt (Juniors), long distance handicap pursuit event.  Always a cracking event with an interesting history so make a note in your diary!

 

Tammy Matters

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Apologies for this edition being late.  This was due to a glitch on the website which prevented editing and my thanks to Kaan for addressing the problem so quickly.

Last Week  1st to 7th June

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was again held in light variable (between NW and SW) winds with a bit of stream.  5 Lasers, 4 Merlins, 3 N18s , a Firefly and a Topper challenged the conditions.  Following this race the positions in the series have altered, Tim Medcalf is leading the field with Ken Duffell challenging hard and Matt P-J now in third place.  3 more races to go and 4 of the 8 races count towards the Trophy!  See John Adams report on the Saga races to date.

My thanks to Stewart Colley with Sally Warwick Haller for running the race and to George and Matt Barber for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris oversaw Junior Sailing on a wonderful afternoon with light winds.  A big fleet was out with Laser 2ks, Lasers, Toppers and Optimists; the junior sailors all enjoying themselves.  Following the Junior sailing the increasingly popular Saturday social sailing group took to the water.

On Sunday, the Summer Series was contested in a light and fickle south-westerly wind.  So light and fickle, in fact, that a pair of swimmers outpaced the entire racing fleet.  9 Lasers, 3 N18s and 8 Merlins competed.  The Lasers race was won by Brendan Hills with Ros Warwick-Haller in second place and Stewart Colley third.  The N18 race was won by Chris Pollard crewed by Alastair Banks with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough in second place ahead of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, third.  The Merlins race was won by Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, with Peter and Richard Mason second and Tim Medcalf, crewed by Flora Laidlow, third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Marcus and Nicky Chavasse for running the races and to Martin Thomas and Graham King for manning the Patrol Boat.

A big thank you to Team Horwitz, Andrew, Debora and Alden, for putting on a splendid and well patronised barbeque, which clearly was greatly appreciated.  Thank you also to Nicky Johnson and Jake, a welcome new face at the Club, for running the Veranda Bar.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evening, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  This consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  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.

Centenary Cup

This coming Sunday, 13th June, there will be no sailing in the morning as the Royal Canoe Club has a competition and they have a river closure until 2 pm.  Tamesis sailors will, however, be able to compete for the Centenary Cup in the afternoon.  This is a pursuit race and the first starts will be at 2:15 pm.  There will be a separate Junior Trophy and Junior sailors are encouraged to take part in a shorter race than the main one.  Since this race has had to be postponed to the afternoon, the planned lunchtime Barbeque will not take place.

The Summer Points Series will continue next week (20th June), 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.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques.

Barbeques

Debora and Andrew Horwitz are planning to run the outdoor Barbeque on Sunday, June 20th. Also on Thursday evenings, June 10th, 17th and 24th, they will be preparing a simple menu.  This will be served at the Bar and Members will have to eat whilst seated outside whilst the current restrictions are in force.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

This Thursday evening (10th), after racing, the menu will be a vegetarian chilli with rice followed by a mascarpone and lime torte. The cost will be £10. The food will be served in a box like the bbq and it will need to be consumed outside so please factor that in when making your decision. If you can give an idea of interest at the following link by Wednesday morning it would be useful.  https://andrewhorwitz.com/tamesis.html

Race Management

David Baker and Jim Green will be running Officer of the Day (OOD) and Box training/familiarisation sessions on Saturday 26 June and Saturday 10 July between 10:00 and approximately12:30.  Members wishing to attend these courses are asked to coordinate with Tim Medcalf at timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk as each course will be for 6 people.

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.

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 still 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 operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  We are also looking to provide limited catering from now on provided that the regulations do not change for the worse.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.  Please remember that we are easily seen from across the river.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  Please could everybody put their car park tickets in view so that we can resolve blockages as quickly as possible.

Notices

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 with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely 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.

Boat Licences

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.

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130 – £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

 

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Last Week  25th to 31st May

Rita Dunkley’s funeral and wake was attended by the maximum number of people permitted.  She was given a proper Tamesis send-off.

The Thursday evening Saga Trophy race was held in extremely fluky conditions with a light, supposedly, south-westerly wind and a significant stream, making mark roundings a  tricky business.  4 Lasers, 3 Merlins and 3 N18s took up the challenge.  At this stage, Matt P-J is still leading the field but with  Tim Medcalf and Ken Duffell challenging hard.  4 more races to go!  John Adams report on the Saga races to date is imminent.

My thanks to Matt P-J with Adrian Warwick Haller for running the race and to Mark Gardener and George Barber for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing from his paddleboard.  A big fleet was out with Laser 2ks mixing it with the Lasers, Toppers and Optimists; the junior sailors all seemed to enjoy their afternoon and celebrated the warmer weather with a traditional jetty jump-off competition.

On the Bank Holiday Sunday, the Summer Series was contested in a light and fickle easterly wind, with occasional gusts.  7 Lasers, 3 N18s and 9 Merlins competed.  The Lasers race was won by Ros Warwick-Haller with Kaan Yargici in second place and Henry Medcalf, in his first Laser race, third.  There was a tight finish in the N18 race with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, just ahead of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines, with Mal Warner and Garrie Mallen third.  The Merlins race was won by Richard Harris, crewed by Maddie Harris, with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.  There was a catch-up prize-giving for the Winter Series 2019/20 which was conducted on the lawns in glorious conditions.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Berry Richie and Sue Harris for running the races and to Mark Gardner and Jonathan Key for manning the Patrol Boat.

Thank you also to Nicky Johnson for running the Veranda Bar.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  This consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  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.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.  In the meantime we are able to run Barbeques.

Barbeques

Debora and Andrew Horwitz are planning to run the barbeque on Sundays, June 6th, 13th and 20th and also on Thursday evenings, June 10th, 17th and 24th.  We are looking to establish a means for publishing the Menus and for Members to register their intent to partake of the BBQ and possibly to order ahead of events.

Masthead Buoyancy

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely 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.

Centenary Cup

The Centenary Cup race is scheduled to take place on 13th June in the afternoon with the first Class start at 2:15. This is because the Canoe Club has a river closure for its event which will run until lunchtime.

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130 – £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

Race Management

Volunteers for OOD and Patrol Boat duties are required for dates in early July.  If you can assist by volunteering, please contact Jim Green 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 these tasks 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 operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  We are also looking to provide limited catering from now on provided that the regulations do not change for the worse.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these rules.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  Please could everybody put their car park tickets in view so that we can resolve blockages as quickly as possible.

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 with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Notices

Boat Licences

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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

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Rita Dunkley

Rita Dunkley’s funeral will take place at Mortlake Crematorium on Thursday 27th May at 12 noon.  Her daughter, Julia, has invited anyone who would like to come to Tamesis at about 1:15 pm for tea, sandwiches and cakes.

Last Week  18th to 24th May

The Thursday evening race for the Saga Trophy was held in extremely windy conditions.  4 Lasers and one Merlin braved the conditions and a lot of people got wet.  At this early stage, Matt P-J is leading the field but with Ken Duffell, Tim Medcalf and Chris Taggart snapping at his heels.  6 more races to go!  See John Adams report on the Saga races this far.

My thanks to Peter and Nicky Johnson for running the race and to Paul and Sara Jamieson for manning the Patrol Boat.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing.  A big fleet was out with the Wayfarer, a Merlin and a Laser 2k; the junior sailors all seemed to enjoy their afternoon.  There was also some social sailing after the juniors had finished.

On Sunday, the Summer Series was contested in what was initially a ferocious gusting south-westerly wind which became light and fickle, but still with ambushing gusts, towards the end of the Merlin race.  6 Lasers and 8 Merlins competed but no N18s.  The Lasers race was won by Jon Redding with Kaan Yargici in second place and Jim Hamilton third.  The Merlins race was won convincingly by Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and David Baker, crewed by Jim Green, third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Tim Medcalf and Beatrice Russ for running the races and to Florian Krueger, Garrie Mallen and Peter Bide for manning the Patrol Boats.

Thank you also to Debbie and Andrew Horwitz together with Alden for running the first of a series of barbeque lunches – this went down very well with Members who have sent messages of appreciation.  Future barbeques will be advertised on the Tamesis Club and Tamesis sailing WhatsApp groups and Members who would like something from the barbeque should order what they would like.  The Veranda Bar was in operation again and my thanks to Nicky Johnson for organising it.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy Series will continue on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  This consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  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.

Centenary Cup

Although it is some way in the future, the Centenary Cup race which is scheduled to take place on 13th June will be in the afternoon. This is because the Canoe Club has a river closure for its event which will run until lunchtime.  Details for the Centenary Cup will be published nearer the time.

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely 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.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130 – £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

Race Management

Volunteers for Patrol Boat duties are required for Sundays 20th and 27th 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 these tasks 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 operating again but the Clubhouse veranda itself must be used only to collect pre-ordered drinks which may only be consumed when you are seated on the lawn or by the waterfront.  We are also looking to provide limited catering from now on provided that the regulations do not change for the worse.

We are not proving to be very good at complying with the distancing and grouping rules when using the Veranda Bar and socialising on the lawn and, until the rules are relaxed, I ask all Members to assist each other to comply with these.  We must, for the present, continue to comply with the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for all shoreside activity.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  Please could everybody put their car park tickets in view so that we can resolve blockages as quickly as possible.

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 with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Notices

Boat Licences

As 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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Rita Dunkley

Sadly I have to record the death of Rita Dunkley.  Many of us will remember Rita who, together with her late husband John, was very much a part of Tamesis Club.  The funeral will take place at Mortlake Crematorium on Thursday 27th May at 12 noon.  Her daughter, Julia, has invited anyone who would like to come to Tamesis at about 1:15 pm for tea, sandwiches and cakes.

Last Week  11th to17th May

The Thursday evening race for the Saga Trophy was held in reasonable South-easterly wind. This gave fairly good racing although there were the usual shifts and dead patches.  At this early stage, Matt P-J is leading the field but with Ken Duffell, Tim Medcalf and Chris Taggart snapping at his heels.  6 more races to go!

My thanks to Anne Bayne and Sue Harris for running the race and to Charles Tugendhat and Johannes Wagner for manning the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to John Adams for running the Veranda Bar after racing.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing.  Undaunted by the light winds and occasional showers, the junior sailors all seemed to enjoy their afternoon.  See the News article by Carolyne Vines.

On Sunday, the Summer Series continued, again attracting reasonable sized fleets in the Laser and Merlin Classes.  A single N18 turned out.  The wind was a moderate South-westerly but with occasional gusts.  7 Lasers started and Stewart Colley was the winner with Marcus Chavasse in second place and Chris Taggart third.  Chris Pollard, crewed by Alastair Banks, sailed the course in the N18.  10 Merlins started and, this week, it was Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, who won with Joe McLaughlin, crewed by Sean Roberts, second and Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines for running the races and to Jim Green and Philippe Pierrot  for manning the Patrol Boat.

The Veranda Bar was in operation again and my thanks to Nicky Johnson for running it this week.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy races will continue on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  It consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested throughout May and June.

Andrew Harris’ regular Saturday Junior Sailing session will start at 2:30 pm.  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.

Centenary Cup

Although it is some way in the future, the Centenary Cup race which is scheduled to take place on 13th June will be in the afternoon. This is because the Canoe Club has a river closure for its event which will run up to lunchtime.  Details for the Centenary Cup will be published nearer the time.

Until the Covid social distancing rules are completely 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.

We are actively looking at how we can open up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club compliant with the Regulations.

A Warning

Two (at least) Members have been cautioned for driving past St John the Baptist Junior School on the Lower Teddington Road during school entry and exit times.  A warning has already been put out on the Club Sailing WhatsApp.  I quote from the Borough website:

A School Street has been in operation since 12 October 2020 along Lower Teddington Road from junction with Seymour Road to the southern junction with Broom Park. Following feedback, the extent of this School Street is being amended in a northerly direction up to the junction with Normansfield Avenue from 16 November 2020.

When: The hours of operation are as follows: Monday to Friday 8.15 to 9.00am and 2.45 to 3.30pm, term time only.

Method: Retractable barriers and volunteer management at closure to begin and the possibility of shared ANPR cameras recommended as a permanent solution in future.

The fine for entering the School Street during prohibited times is £130, or £65 if you pay within 2 weeks.

Anyone wishing to go to the Club and coming from the direction of Kingston Bridge during the times of restriction should use Normansfield Avenue.

Race Management

Volunteers for Patrol Boat duties are required for the Sundays 20th and 27th 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 these tasks 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.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Car Parking

Now the Club is getting busier again the car parking is such that people can get blocked in by later arrivals.  Please could everybody put their car park tickets in view so that we can resolve blockages as quickly as possible.

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 with this please contact any Member of the Management Committee.

Notices

Boat Licences

As 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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

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Last Week  4th to 10th May

The first race of our Thursday evening Series for the Saga Trophy was held this week.  A reasonable North-westerly wind gave fairly good racing although there were some dead patches.  My thanks to Rob Hatley and Ian Ramage for running the races and to Mal Warner and Alexey Anatskiy for manning the Patrol Boat.  When the Covid restrictions are lifted we will return to offering a Club supper after racing.

On Saturday, Andrew Harris again oversaw Junior Sailing. In a strong and blustery wind, the Junior fleet of Toppers and Oppies hurtled around and the heavily reefed Wayfarer carried a numerous crew.  After the Junior session, adult Members judged conditions a little too lively for a social sail.  See the News article by Carolyne Vines.

On Sunday, the Summer Series continued, again attracting reasonable sized fleets in the Laser and Merlin Classes.  Whilst no N18s participated this week, one Topper entered the Handicap class.  The wind was strongish but with occasional heavy gusts.  9 Lasers started and Marcus Chavasse was a clear winner with Nev Upton in second place and Chris Taggart third.  Alexander Hoo in his Topper won the Handicap race.  8 Merlins started and this week it was Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, who won with Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, second and Joe McLaughlin crewed by Sean Roberts, third.  See the News article by Tim Medcalf.

My thanks to Mike and Jennifer Adams for running the races and to Jim Hamilton and Byron Hoo for manning the Patrol Boat.

The Veranda Bar was in operation again and my thanks to Nicky Johnson for running it this week.

Sadly, the fox got all the cygnets and the swans have left the promontory.

Looking Forward

The Saga Trophy races will continue on Thursday evenings, 7:15 pm start (7:17 for N18s).  It consists of 8 races with 5 to qualify and will be contested through May and June.

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.

In the near future we will be opening up the Clubhouse in a way that will be certain to keep the Club within the bounds of the Regulations.

Race Management

My thanks to Jim Green for organising the Race Management teams coming out of Lockdown.  Full Management teams are allocated up to the end of June but volunteers for Patrol Boat duties are required for dates from 20th 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 these tasks 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.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has been updated.  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.

Notices

Boat Licences

As 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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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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.

Notices

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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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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.

Notices

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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

Scroll to the end of this e-mail to see the News articles

Last Week 13th  to 19th April

On Saturday, Andrew Harris continued with Junior Sailing taking advantage of the glorious weather on this though sombre day with the event at Windsor.  As a mark of respect, the Ensign was flown at half-mast and Andrew led the minute of silence at 3 pm.  Following that, the Junior fleet was out in force with some advancing to Lasers.

The second week of the Summer Series attracted large fleets in the Laser and Merlin Classes and two N18s ventured out from their temporary launch point down the main slip.

Sunday was also a sunny day with a fairly steady northerly wind.   11 Lasers started and the lead was hotly disputed throughout the race.  Eventually Alister Banks ran out the winner with Stewart Colley in second place and Chris Taggart third.  Two N18s took to the water with Charles Fox, crewed by Robert Blakebrough, getting the better of Henry Defries, crewed by Carolyne Vines.  11 Merlins came to the start line (some a little early) and, as the race developed, Richard Harris, crewed by Emma McDonald, stretched out a lead to win from Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, in second and from Peter and Richard Mason in third.

My thanks to Sue and Steve Katz for running the races and thanks also to George Barber and Ian Wyatt for manning the Patrol Boat.

There was a further trial the electronic race sheet which Kaan 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 (most of the time) and trying to incorporate parts of The Goose’s cover tapes into their nest.

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.  We are trying to get a Veranda Bar 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.

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 and 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 should also be able to enjoy a dinner and a drink in the clubhouse after the 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.

 

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.  I encourage everyone who can to zoom in on this event which will be our first post lockdown social event.

Exercise your grey matter in the Tamesis quiz!  Register to participate in this on-line 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.

Race Management

My thanks to Jim Green for organising the Race Management teams coming out of Lockdown.  The Dutyman lists for further into the season need to be filled and we need volunteers to carry out the duties for all sailing dates comprising the Sunday and Thursday evening Club races and Open events.  If you can assist by volunteering for any of these dates for either OOD, Box, Launch Driver or Crew, or you would be prepared to shadow Members performing these tasks with a view to being able to do them in the future, please contact Jim by e-mail at jimgreenhcr@gmail.com.  The Club racing is entirely dependent on having Race Management teams to run things.

The Resumption of Sailing

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.

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.  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.

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.  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.

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 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.

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.

Notices

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.

Pilates

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
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

Scroll to the end of this e-mail to see the News articles

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.

Notices

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.

Pilates

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
Commodore