Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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Last Week  30th March to 6th April

On Friday I went and collected what little post there was and to walk around.  It all seemed to be as it should be – but deserted.

Sunday 5th April  A Beautiful day with a reasonable South-Easterly – a sad waste.

Club Remote Activity

Racing

Rear Commodore Sailing, Tim Medcalf has initiated on-line racing using Virtual Regatta.  This week he ran trial races and the interest was huge.  Three races were run and the rivalry was fierce, which bodes well for Virtual Sunday races until we can get back to the real thing.  See the report from Tim in News.

Training

Eric is sending out On-Line Training by e-mails to those who are signed up to his Training programme.  If anyone is not receiving these but would like to, please let Eric know via the Training contact on our website and he can include you on his address list.  Scroll to the bottom of this Bulletin to see his latest Training in News.

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we are looking to facilitate communication between Club Members and to tailor the means to the purpose of the communication..  The most immediately useful looking techniques are WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.

WhatsApp

There are currently three WhatsApp groups set up within the Club.

The Merlin Class has a well-developed, closed WhatsApp group which it uses for passing information around, asking for crews or making offers to crew.  Merlin Members who are not yet in this group but wish to join should e-mail Joe McLaughlin  at:  tcmerlins@gmail.com giving their name and mobile number.

We can foresee, n the future, that the Lasers, N18s and training fleets will develop similar WhatsApp groups of their own.

TheTamesis Clubgroup is intended for use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all members who are signed-up to the group.  Less urgent information will be passed on  in the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.  The ability to post messages to this group is restricted to Officers of the Club.  We have, as yet, not needed to post anything.

There is also the‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ group on which any signed-up Member can post a broadcast message or request to all other signed-up Members.  Please do not use this group for personal chats as you could be broadcasting to a hundred people – it is not private.  However, it proved popular and useful to the group engaged in the Virtual Regatta this Sunday.

Kaan has put out e-mails, sent from ‘Tamesis Club‘, giving the necessary links to join either or both groups.  There are currently. 76 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club and 51 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club SailingThe more that are signed up the better our ability to keep you quickly in touch with any developments.

I strongly encourage Club Members to join both WhatsApp groups.

Please go to the emails and join the WhatsApp groups .

Zoom

We are also going to experiment with running Committees using the Zoom app.  This App should allow us to run remote group meetings or even face to face chats and we will see how well this works out.

Virtual Regatta Race Series

Following on from this Sunday’s successful trial of Virtual Regatta (see the article on the website), the Club will be running a number of Series over the coming weeks.

Starting this week on 9th April, there will be three races on Thursday evenings.  The first race will start at 20:00.  On Sundays, starting on 12 April, there will be six races each morning.  The first race will start at 10:30.

NORs and access codes will be published via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group.

The racing will be in a range of boats and includes a series for 49ers, one for the more stable and tactical Racing Day Boats and a third, more advanced series, for the virtual trophy, ‘The Tamesis Club Pot Luck Pot.

50% of races run in each series will count so, if you are unable to join a race, keep trying for the next one.

The App runs best on games-orientated computers and does not necessarily run very well on business laptops

To join in with the races next Sunday morning please follow these steps:

-Register on the Virtual Regatta Inshore website.  The web address is: https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/ .  You can access this site from your Mac or PC and also download the App to your phone or tablet.  Registering is free and you do not need to buy anything during games.

Future Club proper racing activity will be announced as soon as the Government’s coronavirus restrictions are lifted sufficiently to permit it.

Notices

Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is closed until further notice.  Some improvements will be effected during the closure.

Pilates on Monday mornings will not take place again at the Club until the Clubhouse re-opens.  However, Joanne, the Pilates teacher who does the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

Members are strongly advised to follow the Government advice on coronavirus avoidance techniques and keep themselves fit  (Pilates group, Joe Wicks on U tube etc.) for resuming normal life.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Last Week  24th to 30th March

Sunday 29th March  A boisterous day – could have been tricky.

Eric is keeping students aware of useful on-line videos and information for them to look at until real training can restart.  He has also offered distance learning to last year’s students.

Eric is sending out Training information by e-mails and if anyone is not receiving these but would like to, please let Eric know via the Training contact on our website.

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we are looking to improve communication between Club Members.  It seems an ideal time, during this period when there is no Club activity, to develop suitable techniques (eg what’s App groups, Zoom etc.) and to eliminate as many potential wrinkles as we can.

WhatsApp

At the moment the Merlin Class has a well-developed, closed WhatsApp group which it is using for passing information around, asking for crews or making offers to crew.  Merlin Members who are not yet in this group but wish to join should e-mail Joe McLaughlin  at:  tcmerlins@gmail.com giving their name and mobile number.

Two weeks ago, Kaan launched the Tamesis Club group.  This is intended to be used for Officers to broadcast important information to all members who are signed-up to the group.  This will allow us to transmit information to the Membership which we feel is more urgent than would be done by the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.  The ability to post messages to this group is restricted to Officers of the Club.  We have, as yet, not posted anything.

This week, Kaan has launched, by e-mail, the ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ group on which any signed-up Member can post a broadcast message or request to all other signed-up Members.  Please do not use this group for personal chats as you could be broadcasting to a hundred people – it is not private.

In the future we can foresee that the Lasers, N18s and training fleets will develop WhatsApp groups of their own.

Kaan has put out an email, sent from ‘Tamesis Club’, giving an explanation of the purpose of the new group and giving the necessary links to join either or both groups.

I strongly encourage Club Members to join the WhatsApp groups;  the first of which will give us the means to inform you of updates immediately, as and when they become necessary, and the second will enable members to connect to all others.

There are currently. 69 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club and 36 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club Sailing.

Please go to the emails and join the WhatsApp groups .

Zoom

We are also going to experiment with running Committees using the Zoom app.  This should allow us to run remote group meetings and we will see how well this works out.

Virtual Regatta

Rear Commodore Sailing, Tim Medcalf, has been exploring the possibility of ‘Virtual Racing’ and has been able to make an App, Virtual Regatta, available to Club Members.  Tim has found that the App runs best on games-oriented computers and that it will not necessarily run very well on business laptops.  As a result we will need to trial this to test its feasibility for a reasonable number of Club Members.

To join in with the trial races next Sunday morning please follow these steps:

-Register on the Virtual Regatta Inshore website.  The web address is https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/  .  You can access this site from your Mac or PC and also download the App to your phone or tablet.  Registering is free and you do not need to buy anything during games.

The plan is that, if a reasonable number of Members have computers that will run the software well, we will, whilst the coronavirus restrictions are in place, run a Virtual Race Series every Sunday morning and we might even look out a Trophy for it.

Full details of this exciting possibility are given in the following News article.

Future Club proper racing activity will be announced as soon as the Government’s coronavirus restrictions are lifted sufficiently to permit it.

Notices

Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is closed until further notice.  Some improvements will be effected during the closure.

Pilates on Monday mornings will not take place again at the Club until the Clubhouse reopens.  However, Joanne, the Pilates teacher who does the Monday classes at the club, has set up an online class 1030 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

Members are strongly advised to follow the Government advice on coronavirus avoidance techniques and keep themselves fit  (Pilates group, Joe Wicks on U tube etc.) for resuming normal life.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Last Week  17th to 23rd March

Sunday 22nd March  I went to the Club at mid-day.  It was sad to see it deserted, in bright sunshine with a keen North-Easterly blowing – a good racing day lost.

Sadly the Clubhouse will remain closed for an indefinite period.  During this period all the race equipment will be stored in the Boathouse.  We cannot prevent Club Members from using their boats should they so wish but they will do so under their own responsibility.  The Club will not be offering any formal racing during this period.

Eric is keeping students aware of useful on-line videos and information for them to look at until real training can restart.  He has also offered distance learning to last year’s students.

I mentioned last week that Chris Taggart had been self-isolating following an overseas trip.  He had, in fact, caught the virus but I am pleased to report that he feels he is over the worst of it, although still coughing and sneezing occasionally.  He feels that the recovery is probably not a rapid process and does not recommend it at all.  We wish him a full and speedy recovery.

I strongly encourage Club Members to join the WhatsApp group which will give us the means to inform you of updates immediately as and when they become necessary.  Kaan has put out an email giving the link to join the group.

Please go to the email and join the WhatsApp group .

Scheduled future events affected by Coronavirus conditions

Sunday 29th March  The Geoff Cooper Trophy for Merlins may be raced when the Club reopens.

Further Ahead

Sunday 5th April  The National 18 Spring Challenge may occur as an Autumn Challenge and run concurrently with the Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor competitions.  A tentative date of 22nd August is proposed for this combined event – depending on the Coronavirus situation.

Sunday 12th April  (Easter Sunday)  The scheduled Easter Egg Pursuit Race is cancelled.

Saturday Junior Sailing  This will start when the coronavirus situation allows and the start date will be published in Tammy Matters.

Saturday 16th May.  Discover Sailing (aka Push the Boat Out)Postponed.

It is hoped that the Discover Sailing (previously called Push the Boat Out) Open Day will be rescheduled if possible when the coronavirus situation allows.

Notices

Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is closed until further notice.  Some improvements will be effected during the closure.

Dutyman

The new Dutyman roster will be published shortly.  Please look at this as soon as you can and ensure that you can either do the duties allocated to you or arrange swaps for those you can’t.  Please try to arrange swaps in good time if possible; last minute swaps should be requested only when last minute problems arise.

During the period when no formal racing is taking place.

Those who choose to sail their boat at the Club during this period do so under their own responsibility.  If the river is flowing fast and the wind is such that there is a chance of capsizing Members are advised not to sail as no patrol boat cover will be available.  Club boats are not available for use during this period.

River conditions at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249

Looking after your boat

The coming weeks may be a time when you can improve your boat’s security by setting ground anchors to give firm tie-downs.  Boats on the loose can not only become damaged themselves but may cause damage to adjacent boats.

The Club has a stock of ground anchors with which boat owners can be supplied.  If you would like some please contact Peter Johnson petnic2012@gmail.com  or Andrew Horwitz andrew@andrewhorwitz.com.

Pilates on Monday mornings

This will not take place again until the Clubhouse reopens.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Coronavirus

Events have overtaken what I had proposed to publish in this week’s Tammy Matters and in the light of the Prime Minister’s announcements yesterday evening it is, with considerable regret, that I have to say that we will close the Clubhouse for an indefinite period.  In doing this the Club is in step with other local clubs which have taken similar action.  During this period, all the race equipment will be stored in the Boathouse and working in the Boathouse may continue.  We cannot prevent Club Members from using their boats should they so wish but the Club will not be offering formal racing.

I have left the newsletter I was planning to issue for you to see how we were proposing to react to the increasing threat – but much is now largely irrelevant.  We will resume racing activities as soon as is feasible and I shall continue to publish brief updates on the situation until that happens.

What was to be published follows.  That of limited relevance is in italics.

The threat posed by Coronavirus has escalated sharply this week.  Chris Taggart, who travels frequently, has developed symptoms which have led him to self-isolate as has another member with underlying medical issues.  The Bridge Group has elected to initiate the first break in its weekly gathering that has gone on, uninterrupted, for some 35 years.

I would ask any member who suspects they may be suffering coronavirus symptoms to self-isolate or, at least, not to come to the Club, as there is a large proportion of the Membership in the ‘At-Risk’ category.

In the meantime, please follow the Government advice, which is changing frequently at the moment.  It is now more important than ever that you wash your hands assiduously, with soap, every time you enter the Clubhouse.  Please ensure this by entering the Club through the main door (not the balcony door) and going immediately to wash your hands.  Bear in mind that the Club has many older members – myself included – who are the most At-Risk group.

As a result of the current situation, the Management has decided that we will, for the foreseeable future, close the Club Kitchen.  We are looking at obtaining some pre-packed snacks which will be available from the Bar and we are also looking to provide single use plastic ‘glasses’ for bar drinks.

For the moment, Sailing will continue as programmed but this will be reviewed constantly.  Scheduled Open Meetings will also be subject to continual review as to the wisdom of running them as the situation develops. 

Kaan has set up a Club Members WhatsApp group by means of which we will be able to inform you of updates immediately as it becomes necessary.  See Kaan’s note which follows.

New Tamesis Club WhatsApp group and messaging about the Coronavirus.

Hopefully you saw yesterday’s email about the new WhatsApp Club Members group we’ve set up which will help us deliver quick and short notices that shouldn’t wait for the next Tammy Matters.

An example message might be to remind members that the Club will be closed due to a particular event, etc.

This new group will be especially useful to support messaging concerning the fast-moving Coronavirus situation.   So, if you can, please go to the email and join the WhatsApp group today.

Last Week  10th to 16th March

Sunday 15th March   Again the 10:30 Handicap race was cancelled but the Winter Series 21 races took place.  Three Merlins and four Lasers raced against a strong stream and very difficult wind, particularly near to the marks.  Two patrol boats again proved to be good practice in the prevailing conditions.  See the report in News.

Training  Some training was scheduled for this Sunday but, in view of the river conditions and coronavirus situation, this did not take place.  Eric is planning to run distance-learning training on-line for the near future.

This Week  17th to 23rd March

Sunday 22nd March  The 10:30 Handicap race will probably be cancelled again but the Winter Series 22 races are scheduled to take place.

Next Week   24th to 30th March

Sunday 29th March   The next event of note is the Geoff Cooper Trophy for Merlins which will be contested concurrently with their Winter Series 23 race.

Further Ahead

Sunday 5th April  The National 18 Spring Challenge, which Alan Green arranged for the first time last year, is to be repeated.  This is an Open Meeting and it is hoped to attract outside entries from the Ultra fleet and we will establish whether there are any Club Members’ boats which may be borrowed by helms wishing to try out an N18.  The format will be three races, the first being the normal start for the N18 Class.  This event is postponed.

Sunday 12th April  (Easter Sunday)  There will be an Easter Egg Pursuit Race – details to follow.  Participants in this event will have to be aware that the annual Devizes to Westminster kayak race is scheduled to take place that day and they should allow racing canoes priority.

Much Further Ahead

Saturday and Sunday  25th and 26th April   Firefly Junior Open and Open Meetings  These events are unlikely to occur as scheduled.

Saturday Junior Sailing  Andy Harris is currently proposing to start this year’s Saturday afternoon Junior Sailing sessions on 25th April, assuming that the river flow and weather conditions are suitable and that the coronavirus situation allows.

More detailed information on this will be given nearer the date.

Saturday May 16th.  Discover Sailing (aka Push the Boat Out)

Carolyne Vines, who is our organiser for this, now annual, event has asked me to include the following:

Discover Sailing (previously called Push the Boat Out) Open Day has been scheduled for Saturday 16th May. As it is predominantly an outside activity, we are planning to run it.  However, we won’t be providing a BBQ as we have done in previous years. Carolyne will be asking for volunteers, as usual, to help to run this important day and will be in touch in the coming weeks. This event is unlikely to occur.

Notices

Food

Until it is considered prudent, no food will be available from the Club kitchen.

Dutyman

The new Dutyman roster will be published shortly.  Please look at this as soon as you can and ensure that you can either do the duties allocated to you or arrange swaps for those you can’t.  Please try to arrange swaps in good time if possible; last minute swaps should be requested only when last minute problems arise.

River Conditions – Notice for OODs

River conditions continue to be potentially hazardous and may worsen if we have further rain.

During recent racing in the present conditions, two competing boats have suffered broken masts and another a bent mast following capsizes.  Boats in this state are difficult to assist and will be carried downstream quickly whilst assistance is being given.

Race Officers should monitor the river conditions, using the link given at the end of this Section, before leaving home to go to the Club.  If the wind is considered satisfactory for racing and the recorded Flow Rate is above 200 cubic metres/second they must arrange for two patrol boats to be suitably manned and on the water throughout the time that racing is taking place.

River conditions at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249

Looking after your boat

The recent wind and rain may have loosened boat covers and any tie-downs.  It will be as well to check your boat’s security as soon as possible as boats on the loose can not only become damaged themselves but may cause damage to adjacent boats.

The Club has a stock of ground anchors with which boat owners can be supplied.  If you would like some please contact Peter Johnson petnic2012@gmail.com  or Andrew Horwitz andrew@andrewhorwitz.com.

Pilates on Monday mornings

Each Monday morning, between 10:30 and 11:30, Joanne Zorian-Lynn  holds a Pilates class in the Clubhouse.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378  These classes will be suspended until the Clubhouse is reopened.

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Last Week  3rd to 9th March

Thursday 5th March  Club Supper and Talk

Nicholas Bayne gave a most fascinating and authoritative talk on the exploration of the North West Passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross and later by John Franklin.  He highlighted the beneficial effects that the ability and inclination of the Rosses to communicate with the native Inuit people had for the survival of their expedition crews.  It was well attended and a fine fish pie was enjoyed by about 48 members and guests.

Sunday 8th March   Again the 10:30 Handicap race was cancelled but the Winter Series 20 races took place.  Four Merlins and six Lasers raced against a strong stream and swirling wind.  The deployment of two patrol boats again proved to be good practice in the prevailing conditions.  See the report in News.

This Week  10th to 16th March

Sunday 15th March   The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 21 races are scheduled to take place.

Training  Some training is scheduled for this Sunday.  It will probably be land based and patrol boat orientated.

Next Week  17th to 23rd March

Sunday 22nd March  The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 22 races are scheduled to take place.

Further Ahead

Sunday 29th March   The next event of note is the Geoff Cooper Trophy for Merlins which will be contested concurrently with their Winter Series 23 race.

Sunday 5th April  The National 18 Spring Challenge, which Alan Green arranged for the first time last year, is to be repeated.  This is an Open Meeting and it is hoped to attract outside entries from the Ultra fleet and we will establish whether there are any Club Members’ boats which may be borrowed by helms wishing to try out an N18.  The format will be three races, the first being the normal start for the N18 Class.  See the Notice of Race on the website.

Sunday 12th April  (Easter Sunday) There will be an Easter Egg Pursuit Race – details to follow.  Participants in this event will have to be aware that the annual Devizes to Westminster kayak race is taking place that day and they should allow racing canoes priority.

Much Further Ahead

Saturday Junior Sailing  Andy Harris is currently proposing to start this year’s Saturday afternoon Junior Sailing sessions on 25th April, assuming that the river flow and weather are suitable.  More detailed information on this will be given nearer the date.

Notices

Payments for food

Under the present infection-aware conditions and to allow the kitchen staff to be free from any money handling, all payments for food must be made at the bar and you will be given a slip, to show what you’ve bought, to be given in at the serving counter.  This change may have some knock-on effects which we will try to sort out as they are identified.

River Conditions – Notice for OODs

River conditions continue to be potentially hazardous and are likely to worsen if we have further rain.

During recent racing in the present conditions, two competing boats have suffered broken masts and another a bent mast following capsizes.  Boats in this state are difficult to assist and will be carried downstream quickly whilst assistance is being given.

Race Officers should monitor the river conditions, using the link given at the end of this section, before leaving home to go to the Club.  If the wind is considered satisfactory for racing and the recorded Flow Rate is above 200 cubic metres/second they must arrange for two patrol boats to be suitably manned and on the water throughout the time that racing is taking place. 

River conditions at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249

Coronavirus

We are attempting to get hold of some alcohol-based hand disinfectant but there has been panic buying of this and most places are out of stock.  We will get some as and when we can.

In the meantime please follow the medical advice to wash hands frequently and assiduously with soap.  Bear in mind that the Club has many older members – myself included – who are the most at-risk group.

Looking after your boat

As a postscript, the continuing stormy weather may have loosened boat covers and any tie-downs.  It will be as well to check your boat’s security as soon as possible as boats on the loose can not only become damaged themselves but may cause damage to adjacent boats.  The Club has a stock of ground anchors with which boat owners can be supplied.  If you would like some please contact Peter Johnson petnic2012@gmail.com  or Andrew Horwitz andrew@andrewhorwitz.com.

Pilates on Monday mornings

Each Monday morning, between 10:30 and 11:30, Joanne Zorian-Lynn  holds a Pilates class in the Clubhouse.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

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

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Last Week   25th February to 2nd March

Sunday 1st March  Again the 10:30 Handicap race was cancelled but the Winter Series 19 races took place.  Five Merlins and six Lasers raced in conditions of a strong stream and swirling wind.  The two patrol boats, which were out on the water, were put to work.  See the report in News.

This Week  3rd to 9th March

Thursday 5th March  Club Supper and Talk

Nicholas Bayne, brother-in-law of Anne, will be giving a talk on Thursday 5th March.  It will be about the exploration of the North West passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross (remote Uncles of Christopher and Nicholas) and John Franklin, Commander of the expedition in which ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’, recently discovered, were used.  This promises to be an enlightening insight into why Ross survived when Franklin died.  It will also touch on the contact between Arctic Explorers and the Inuit.

Sunday 8th March   The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 20 races are scheduled to take place.

Next Week  10th to 16th March

Sunday 15th March   The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 21 races are scheduled to take place.

Further Ahead

Sunday 29th March   The next event of note is the Geoff Cooper Trophy for Merlins which will be contested concurrently with their Winter Series 23 race.

Notices

River Conditions – Notice for OODs

River conditions continue to be potentially hazardous and are likely to worsen if we have further rain.

During recent racing in the present conditions, two competing boats have suffered broken masts and another a bent mast following capsizes.  Boats in this state are difficult to assist and will be carried downstream quickly whilst assistance is being given.

Race Officers should monitor the river conditions, using the link given at the end of this section, before leaving home to go to the Club.  If the wind is considered satisfactory for racing and the recorded Flow Rate is above 200 cubic metres/second they must arrange for two patrol boats to be suitably manned and on the water all the time that racing is taking place.

River conditions at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249

Coronavirus

We are attempting to get hold of some alcohol-based hand disinfectant but there has been panic buying of this and most places are out of stock.  We will get some as and when we can.

In the meantime please follow the medical advice to wash hands frequently and assiduously with soap.  Bear in mind that the Club has many older members – myself included – who are the most at-risk group.

Looking after your boat

As a postscript, the continuing stormy weather may have loosened boat covers and any tie-downs.  It will be as well to check your boat’s security as soon as possible as boats on the loose can not only become damaged themselves but may cause damage to adjacent boats.  The Club has a stock of ground anchors with which boat owners can be supplied.  If you would like some please contact Peter Johnson petnic2012@gmail.com  or Andrew Horwitz andrew@andrewhorwitz.com.

Pilates on Monday mornings

Each Monday morning, between 10:30 and 11:30, Joanne Zorian-Lynn  holds a Pilates class in the Clubhouse.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

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

Chris Pollard

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Last Week18th to 24th February

Sunday 23rd February  The 10:30 Handicap race was cancelled but the Winter Series 18 races took place in very challenging conditions.  See the report in News

The Annual General Meeting was held in the Clubhouse.  There was a good attendance and all Agenda Items were appropriately proposed, seconded and approved.  The meeting was closed at 2.30 pm.

This Week  25th February to 2nd March

Sunday 1st March   The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 19 races are scheduled to take place.

Next Week  3rd to 9th March

Thursday 5th March  Club Supper and Talk

Nicholas Bayne, brother-in-law of Anne, will be giving a talk on Thursday 5th March.  It will be about the exploration of the North West passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross (remote Uncles of Christopher and Nicholas) and John Franklin, Commander of the expedition in which ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’, recently discovered, were used.  This promises to be an enlightening insight into why Ross survived when Franklin died.  It will also touch on the contact between Arctic Explorers and the Inuit.

Sunday 8th March   The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 20 races are scheduled to take place.

Further Ahead

Sunday 29th March   The next event of note is the Geoff Cooper Trophy for Merlins which will be contested concurrently with the Winter Series 23 race.

Notices

PILATES ON A MONDAY

Each Monday morning, between 10:30 and 11:30, Joanne Zorian-Lynn  holds a very jolly Pilates class in the Clubhouse.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

Joanne is a specialist mat Pilates instructor with training in common orthopaedic conditions and rehabilitation.

Pilates develops flexibility, strength and confidence. It reduces stiffness in muscles and joints whilst focusing on core control, postural alignment and co-ordination.  Pilates is widely practised by sports people and recognised to be of tremendous value.

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

River Conditions

River conditions continue to be fairly unpleasant and are likely to worsen if we have the further rain that is forecast.

For those who want to monitor the river conditions at Kingston, this can be seen at https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249      or at
https://riverlevels.uk/surrey-thames-at-kingston-backup#.XgjxF-vgp27

Looking after your boat

As a postscript, the continuing stormy weather may have loosened boat covers and any tie-downs.  It will be as well to check your boat’s security as soon as possible as boats on the loose can not only become damaged themselves but may cause damage to adjacent boats.  The Club has a stock of ground anchors with which boat owners can be supplied.  If you would like some please contact Peter Johnson petnic2012@gmail.com  or Andrew Horwitz andrew@andrewhorwitz.com.

Chris Pollard.

Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Last Week  11th to 17th February

Thursday 13th February –  Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson gave a very clear and fascinating insight into the goals of the Battersea Power Station project and the difficulties faced by this £1.7bn development.  She outlined the Power Station’s history and the current progress of the project and how the team is employing both traditional and modern methods. A full report by Carolyne is in News.

Sunday 16th February. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 17 races were scheduled to take place but Storm Dennis, though less exotically named and milder than Ciara, put paid to any sailing this week.  Despite this, a number of members came to the Club to socialise, eat and drink.  Better weather this coming week – we hope – yet again.

Instructor Refresher Day.  Eric convened this in the Cadet Clubhouse, the weather not being particularly conducive to outdoor work.

This Week  18th to 24th February

Sunday 23rd February.  The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 18 races are scheduled to take place.

Even if there is no sailing there will be lunch and the bar available before

The Annual General Meeting which is to be held in the Clubhouse at 2pm.

Please do your best to attend this meeting.  It is important for directing the running of the Club and the activities it engages in.  This year there are five Officers stepping down from their posts and whilst we have managed to find people to fill four of them, the Office of Hon. Treasurer is yet to be filled.  If there are any Members who feel they are qualified and would like to fill this Office I would be pleased if they would get in touch with me.

Next Week  25th February to 2nd March

Sunday 1st March   The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 19 races are scheduled to take place.

Further Ahead

Thursday 5th March – Club Supper and Talk

Nicholas Bayne, brother-in-law of Anne, will be giving a talk on Thursday 5th March.  It will be about the exploration of the North West passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross (remote Uncles of Christopher and Nicholas) and John Franklin ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’, recently discovered.  This promises to be an enlightening insight into why Ross survived when Franklin died.  It will also touch on the contact between Arctic Explorers and the Inuit.

Sign up in the Clubhouse or email Nicky on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.  As usual there will be a two course supper for £10 per person, time 7:30pm for 8pm sit down.

Notices

PILATES ON A MONDAY

Each Monday morning, between 10:30 and 11:30, Joanne Zorian-Lynn  holds a very jolly Pilates class in the Clubhouse.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

Joanne is a specialist mat Pilates instructor with training in common orthopaedic conditions and rehabilitation.

Pilates develops flexibility, strength and confidence. It reduces stiffness in muscles and joints whilst focusing on core control, postural alignment and co-ordination.  Pilates is widely practised by sports people and recognised to be of tremendous value.

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

Change of Tamesis Sailing Instruction 14.1  – Touching a Mark

As from 1st February the Tamesis Sailing Instructions were amended to bring the penalty for an infringement of RRS 31 (touching a Mark of the Course) in line with RRS 44 and will be to perform one turn clear of all other boats.  This change has been incorporated into the Sailing Instructions.

River Conditions

River level has been relatively stable and within the normal range in recent days.  However, the flow, which had been reducing steadily, is now building up again and will need to be watched.

For those who want to monitor the river conditions at Kingston, this can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249      or at
https://riverlevels.uk/surrey-thames-at-kingston-backup#.XgjxF-vgp27

Looking after your boat

As a postscript, the continuing stormy weather may have loosened boat covers and any tie-downs.  It will be as well to check your boat’s security as soon as possible as boats on the loose can not only become damaged themselves but may cause damage to adjacent boats.  The Club has a stock of ground anchors with which boat owners can be supplied.  If you would like some please contact Peter Johnson petnic2012@gmail.com  or Andrew Horwitz andrew@andrewhorwitz.com.

Chris Pollard.

Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Last Week  4th to 10th February

Saturday 8th February.  The First Aid course run in the Clubhouse on Saturday was fully subscribed.  It was noted that there were only three Tamesis participants, the course being largely filled by non-Club people.  Malcolm has reported that he had some Club Member enquiries after the course was filled.  This course has to be filled on a first come first served basis so ,if you are interested in participating in future courses, please contact Mal Warner on malcolmwarner1@blueyonder.co.uk and book early.

Sunday 9th February.  Storm Ciara put paid to any sailing this week with winds of 30 knots gusting 66 at its worst period.  Despite this, a number of members came to the Club to socialise, eat and drink.  Better weather this coming week – we hope.

As a postscript, the storm, which is forecast to continue, albeit in a slightly diminished power, may have loosened boat covers and any tie-downs.  It will be as well to check your boat’s security as soon as possible as boats on the loose can not only become damaged themselves but may cause damage to adjacent boats.  The Club has a stock of ground anchors with which boat owners can be supplied; contact Peter Johnson at petnic2012@gmail.com or Andrew Horwitz at  andrew@andrewhorwitz.com if you would like some.

This Week  11th to 17th February

Thursday 13th February – Club Supper and Talk – 7:30pm for 8pm. The Battersea Power Station Project
We are very pleased that the postponed talk by Suzette Edmondson will now take place this Thursday.

Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson is an Associate Director at Mace working on the iconic Battersea Power Station project as lead for project controls, covering risk, change, cost, reporting and information management for the £1.7bn development.  She will be talking about the Power Station’s development journey, its current progress, the project’s challenges and how the team is employing both traditional and modern methodologies to address these challenges. She will share the Owners’ vision for the development and how it will contribute to the wider Nine Elms regeneration.

This is a great opportunity to hear about this huge development.  Sign up in the Clubhouse or email Nicky on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.  As usual there will be a two course supper for £10 per person, time 7:30pm for 8pm sit down.

Sunday 16th February. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 17 races are scheduled to take place.

Also, Instructor Refresher Day.  Details to be confirmed but no charge and all welcome.

Next Week   18th to 24th February

Sunday 23rd February.  The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 18 races are scheduled to take place.

The Annual General Meeting is to be held in the Clubhouse at 2pm.

Please do your best to attend this meeting.  It is important for directing the running of the Club and the activities it engages in.  This year there are five Officers stepping down from their posts and whilst we have managed to find people to fill four of them, the Office of Hon. Treasurer is yet to be filled.  If there are any Members who feel they are qualified and would like to fill this Office I would be pleased if they would get in touch with me.

Further Ahead

Thursday 5th March – Club Supper and Talk

Nicholas Bayne, brother-in-law of Anne, will be giving a talk on Thursday 5th March.  It will be about the exploration of the North West passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross (remote Uncles of Christopher and Nicholas) and John Franklin ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’, recently discovered.  This promises to be an enlightening insight into why Ross survived when Franklin died.  It will also touch on the contact between Arctic Explorers and the Inuit.

A Long Way Ahead but for early consideration:Tamesis Summer Camps

Following last year’s very successful week-long Summer Camp, Tim Medcalf has organised two Camps, the first starting on 3rd August 2020 with a second week starting on 17th August.

There has been strong demand for the two Summer Camps and, subject to receiving all confirming payments, there is only one place left which is during the week beginning 3rd August.  A waiting list has been created so please contact Tim on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to be added to this list.

To receive a pack which explains the Camp in more detail or to have a chat, please contact Tim Medcalf on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk or 07768 018972.

There is a banner headline below the scrolling images at the top of the Tamesis Website Home Page which has a direct link to Tim.

Notices

PILATES ON A MONDAY

Each Monday morning, between 10:30 and 11:30, Joanne Zorian-Lynn  holds a very jolly Pilates class in the Clubhouse.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

Joanne is a specialist mat Pilates instructor with training in common orthopaedic conditions and rehabilitation.

Pilates develops flexibility, strength and confidence. It reduces stiffness in muscles and joints whilst focusing on core control, postural alignment and co-ordination.  Pilates is widely practised by sports people and recognised to be of tremendous value.

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

Change of Tamesis Sailing Instruction 14.1  – Touching a Mark

As from 1st February the Tamesis Sailing Instructions were amended to bring the penalty for an infringement of RRS 31 (touching a Mark of the Course) in line with RRS 44 and will be to perform one turn clear of all other boats.

This change to the Sailing Instructions is now in force.

River Conditions

River level has been relatively stable and within the normal range in recent days.  However, the flow, which had been reducing steadily, is now building up again and will need to be watched.

For those who want to monitor the river conditions at Kingston, this can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249      or at
https://riverlevels.uk/surrey-thames-at-kingston-backup#.XgjxF-vgp27

 

Chris Pollard.

Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Last Week   27th January to 3rd February

Saturday 1st February.  The Vice Commodore’s Dinner.

The Vice Commodore, Carolyne, having set a cheerful tone with the provision of an excellent fizz, called the assembled company to order.  Following a very good dinner from Chef Ollie and his team, Alan Green, the current holder of the Uffa Spoon, presented an comprehensive picture of the year’s less planned occurrences, finishing with a detailed description of the circumstances which warranted Brian Harper-Lewis becoming the new holder of the Spoon.

This event was the last to be masterminded by Nicky Johnson as Rear Commodore (House) and was an excellent example of the attention to detail which she has applied to events during her tenure of this Office.  Thank-you Nicky.

Sunday 2nd February. The stream was more significant than it looked and the wind had ferocious gusts and nasty lulls.  There was a good entry for the 10:30 Handicap, mainly Lasers, and both Merlins and Lasers had strong fleets for the main races.See News for Report from Carolyne Vines and Tim Medcalf together with photos by Matt Dalton and Jonathan Key.

This Week  4th to 10th February

Saturday 8th February.  The First Aid course being run in the Clubhouse is fully subscribed.  If you are interested in future courses please contact Mal Warner on malcolmwarner1@blueyonder.co.uk.

Sunday 9th February.  The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 16 races will take place.

Next Week

Thursday 13th February – Club Supper and Talk
We are very pleased that the postponed talk by Suzette Edmondson will now take place on Thursday 13th February.   Please note that this is the second Thursday in February.

Suzette Dela Vega-Edmondson is an Associate Director at Mace working on the iconic Battersea Power Station project as lead for project controls, covering risk, change, cost, reporting and information management for the £1.7bn development.  She will be talking about the Power Station’s development journey, its current progress, the project’s challenges and how the team is employing both traditional and modern methodologies to address these challenges. She will share the Owners’ vision for the development and how it will contribute to the wider Nine Elms regeneration.

This is a great opportunity to hear about this huge development.  Sign up in the Clubhouse or email Nicky on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com. As usual there will be a two course supper for £10 per person, time 7:30pm for 8pm sit down.

Sunday 16th February. The 10:30 Handicap race followed by the Winter Series 17 races will take place.

Also, Instructor Refresher Day. Details to be confirmed but no charge and all welcome .

Further Ahead

Sunday 23rd February.  The Annual General Meeting to be held in the Clubhouse at 2pm.

Please do your best to attend this meeting.  It is important for directing the running of the Club and the activities it engages in.  This year there are five Officers stepping down from their posts and whilst we have managed to find people to fill three of them, the Offices of Rear Commodore (Sailing) and Hon Treasurer are yet to be filled.  If there is any Member who feels they are qualified and would like to fill these Offices I will be pleased if they would get in touch with me.

Thursday 5th March – Club Supper and Talk

SURVIVING THE ARCTIC: POLAR EXPLORERS AND THE INUIT.

Nicholas Bayne, brother-in-law of Anne, will be giving a talk on Thursday 5th March.  It will be about the exploration of the North West passage in the 19th century by John and James Ross, (remote Uncles of Christopher and Nicholas) and John Franklin ‘Erebus’ and ‘Terror’, recently discovered.  This promises to be an enlightening insight into why Ross survived when Franklin died.  It will also touch on the contact between Arctic Explorers and the Inuit.

A Long Way Ahead but for early consideration: – Tamesis Summer Camps

Following last year’s very successful week-long Summer Camp, Tim Medcalf has organised two Camps, the first starting on 3rd August 2020 with a second week starting on 17th August.

There has been strong demand for the two Summer Camps and, subject to receiving all confirming payments, there is only one place left which is during the week beginning 3rd August.  A waiting list has been created so please contact Tim on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to be added to this list.

To receive a pack which explains the Camp in more detail or to have a chat, please contact Tim Medcalf on timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk or 07768 018972.

There is a banner headline below the scrolling images at the top of the Tamesis Website Home Page which has a direct link to Tim.

Notices

Change of Tamesis Sailing Instruction 14.1  – Touching a Mark

As from 1st February the Tamesis Sailing Instructions were amended to make the penalty for an infringement of RRS 31 (touching a Mark of the Course) to be in accordance with RRS 44 and will be to perform one turn clear of all other boats.

This change to the Sailing Instructions is now in force.

River Conditions

River level has been relatively stable and within the normal range in recent days.  However, the flow, which had been reducing steadily, is now building up again and will need to be watched.

For those who want to monitor the river conditions at Kingston, this can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249      or at
https://riverlevels.uk/surrey-thames-at-kingston-backup#.XgjxF-vgp27

Chris Pollard.

Commodore