Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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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

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 30th March to 5th April

We were able to restart racing on Easter Sunday and to run more racing on Easter Monday.

Sunday was a glorious day and a very good turn out, particularly by the Merlins, produced some excellent racing.  The Laser race was won convincingly by Ros Warwick-Haller with Stewart Colley second and Chris Taggart third.  The Merlins had a very tight battle at the front of the fleet of 14 boats with the lead being swapped about frequently.  Richard Harris , crewed by Emma McDonald, ultimately won with Peter and Richard Mason second and Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts third.  Sadly the N18s were unable to participate.

Monday, by contrast, was very chilly and windy with the occasional desultory micro-flurry of snow!  Four Lasers turned out and Kaan, seemingly relishing the strong conditions, was a convincing winner with Jim Hamilton second and John Edmondson third.  Five Merlins took on the blustery conditions and again there was a tight battle for the lead.  Andrew Harris, crewed by Matty Key, with Joe McLaughlin with Sean Roberts second and Richard and Maddy Harris in third place.  See the photos in News.

It was arranged that Easter Eggs were to be distributed to all competitors on both days.  Victor Ludorum for the weekend was Richard Harris with a 1st and a 3rd.  In second place was Andrew Harris with a 4th and a 1st and in 3rd Joe McLaughlin with a 3rd and a 2nd.

My thanks to John and Jean Meredith for running the racing on Easter Sunday and Peter and Pauline Fryer for running the Monday races.  Thanks also to Clive Mence and Onursal Soyer for manning the Patrol Boat on Sunday and to Mark Gardner and Alan Hall for manning it on Monday.

The swans, which have taken up residence on the promontory, are likely to be sitting on their clutch of 8 eggs for a while.  We understand that disturbing them to the point that they desert the nest constitutes an offence, which we do not want to perpetrate  We are looking at ways of launching and recovering N18s without the risk of alarming the swans or of being attacked.

The missing section of campshedding by the (Gold)Smithy has been replaced and the rotted N18 pier has been fitted with new, wider planking.

Looking Forward

Andrew Harris will be starting  Junior Sailing on Saturday 10th April and is looking forward to a good turn-out.  This will be a regular weekly session which, depending on how the various stages of lockdown are released and summer holidays are allowed, may have a break of which Andrew will give participants due notice.

We will be starting the Summer Points Series next Sunday, 11th April, when we will continue to use 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.

The presence of the nesting swans on the promontory is causing difficulty for the launching and recovery of the N18s and we are looking at ways of recovering up the main slip in a Covid compliant way.

Until the Covid social distancing rules are relaxed we will continue to require masthead buoyancy to be attached and any boat racing without it will have its result for that race in the Series voided.

The Annual Laser Quiz Night

On Saturday 24th April, at 7:30 pm, the Laser Quiz is scheduled to take place as a Zoom event.  Peter Johnson has put out an alert on the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp group to establish how many would join in the event and has asked people to respond on the WhatsApp group or, if you are not on that, please let him know by e-mail or phone by the end of this week so that the organisation can be put in place.

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.

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.  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.  Andrew Harris will be starting Junior Sailing on Saturday, 10th April and is looking forward to a good turn-out.  We will launch the Summer Points Series on Sunday, 11th April and the Saga Trophy races on Thursday evenings will start 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 as filled for 4th, 5th, 11th and 18th April which are on the website.  However, he 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.  From Easter Day the toilets in the Changing Rooms will be available but the showers and changing spaces will not.  We will be opening up the Changing Rooms and starting what catering and bar arrangements we are allowed as soon as it is permissible and we can arrange it  but 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 joining in.  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.

Tammy Natters

Tammy Natters has, for the time being, served its purpose of keeping the Club’s social contacts going.  My thanks to Zoe Adams for instigating and running this enjoyable forum – one that we can restore should we ever again need it.

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

The resumption of sailing

We will be organising racing on both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.  This will give Members an opportunity to shake the cobwebs out of their boats ready for the Summer Series.  The format for racing on both days will be Class racing and we will use the same racing pattern as we used during the Autumn period.  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.  There will be one-off prizes to be had and we hope to see a fair number there.

We still have to comply with the rule of no more than 6 people in a group and the 1 metre distancing rule.  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.  Andrew Harris will be starting Junior Sailing on Saturday 10th April and is looking forward to a good turn-out.  We will launch the Summer Points Series on Sunday 11th April and the Saga Trophy races on Thursday evenings will start on 6th May.

My thanks to Jim Green for organising the Race Management teams for our first four race days; population of Dutyman for further into the season will be published as soon as possible.  He has duties confirmed as filled for 4th, 5th, 11th and 18th April which will be put on the website.  However, he still needs to fill 25th April 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.  From Easter Day the toilets in the Changing Rooms will be available but the showers and changing spaces will not.  We will be opening up the Changing Rooms and starting what catering and bar arrangements we are allowed as soon as it is permissible and we can arrange it  but 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.

Last Week 23rd to 29th March

Arrangements have been made to replace the missing section of campshedding by the (Gold)Smithy and we are trying to arrange the repair of one of the N18 piers which was quite badly aged and seems to have been damaged by the high river flows during the winter.

A pair of swans has, inconveniently, taken up residence on the promontory and they are currently sitting on a clutch of 8 eggs.  We are looking at ways of launching and recovering N18s without alarming them or risking being attacked.

Tammy Natters was again attended by a small but animated group.

Looking Forward

From 29th March, recreation or exercise outdoors with one other person from another household is permitted which, by inference, suggests that casual sailing, obeying the Covid distancing rules, is permitted.  However, the current RYA interpretation of the rules is as follows:

As I said in the introduction, we intend starting the Summer Points Series on 11th April.  Initially we will use our previously established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 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 require masthead buoyancy to be attached and any boat racing without it will have its result for that race in the Series voided.

Planning for the future

Jack’s Trip and Offshore Group Dinner

Daniel Gerber is actively trying to put together a reasonable fleet to partake in Tamesis’s offshore event and will be very pleased to hear from anyone interested in joining in.  Please do not hesitate to contact him.

Saturday, 29th May 2021 on the Solent.

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 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.

Tammy Natters

Tammy Natters is now established at the new time of 11:45.  The link will be available for anyone who would like an informal Zoom chat.  It will not necessarily be hosted by Zoe Adams but will, for the time being, be there if you would like to join in.

The link is the same as was used for the Virtual Regatta and you will need to put in the Passcode.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/96649502135

Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135
Passcode: 1111

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) should 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.

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

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

The river has calmed down considerably and the stream is decreasing along the length of the river and there is the prospect of a relatively slack stream for our first sailing after lockdown.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, on Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. and on 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

The Way Forward

There has been no significant change in the projections of what we will be allowed to do in the near future.  However, to end the seemingly interminable Lockdown we are putting in place the measures which will allow us to run organised racing on Easter Sunday and, having got a positive response from Members, on Easter Monday as well.  This will give Members an opportunity to shake the cobwebs out of their boats ready for the Summer Series.  The format for these days is likely to be Class racing and the exact programme will be published in next week’s Tammy Matters.

At the Sailing Committee meeting last Tuesday evening (16th) it was decided that we would try to fit in as much of the intended Summer programme as possible and to achieve this will probably require some events being moved from their normal place in the calendar to later dates and some normally two day events being compressed into one.  Andrew Harris will be starting Junior Sailing on Saturday 10th April and is looking forward to a good turn-out.  We will launch the Summer Points Series on Sunday 11th April and the Saga Trophy races on Thursday evenings will start on 6th May.  My thanks to Jim Green for organising the Race Management teams for our first three race days; population of Dutyman for further into the season will be published as soon as possible.

The exact conditions under which we must operate at any time will be set out in Tammy Matters each week.  Initially, the toilets in the Changing Rooms will be available but the showers and changing spaces will not.  We will be opening up the Changing Rooms and starting what catering and bar arrangements we are allowed as soon as permissible but we must, for the present, return to 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.

Last Week 16th to 22nd March

Two Zoom meetings with other organisations took place last week.

The first, on Wednesday, was with Officers from Thames and Minima Sailing Clubs which concentrated on identifying the major hazards which affect sailing on our reach of the Thames, with a view to ensuring that we had a common approach at the River Users Group meeting the following evening.  It was generally agreed that these were the unregulated wild swimmers, particularly those who did not have high visibility floats, and paddleboarders who were unaware of the rules of the river.  There was also some concern over hired motor boats with inexperienced drivers.

The second, on Thursday, was the River Users Group at which there were over 30 attendees,  The first, and major, part of the meeting was concerned with safety issues which, unsurprisingly, identified exactly the same issues as we had at the Wednesday meeting.  This meeting was also attended by representatives from Turks and Go-boat who were also alert to the identified hazards and to the hazard which they could generate but indicated that they were taking action to minimise this.  The second part of the meeting addressed the Reach Co-ordination which required little discussion by comparison.

No Virtual Regatta activity took place last week.

Tammy Natters was again attended by a small but animated group.

Looking Forward

Until 29th March, recreation or exercise outdoors with one other person from another household is permitted which, by inference, suggests that casual sailing, obeying the Covid distancing rules, is permitted.  However, the current RYA interpretation of the rules is as follows:

‘We do not currently believe that general boat maintenance falls within the intended definition of recreation, but where maintenance is essential to prevent risk of harm or injury it may qualify as a reasonable excuse for leaving home.

Clubs may need to ensure their facilities are ready for reopening on 29 March in advance of this date and we would advise you to limit the number of visits and people required to get your facilities ready.’

As I said in the introduction, we intend starting the Summer Points Series on 11th April.  Initially we will use our previously established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 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 require masthead buoyancy to be attached and any boat racing without it will have its result for that race in the Series voided.

Planning for the future

Jack’s Trip and Offshore Group Dinner

Saturday, 29th May 2021 on the Solent.

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 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 being prepared and will be published next week.  I would welcome an approach from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

Tammy Natters

Tammy Natters is now established at the new time of 11:45.  The link will be available for anyone who would like an informal Zoom chat.  It will not necessarily be hosted by Zoe Adams but will, for the time being, be there if you would like to join in.

The link is the same as was used for the Virtual Regatta and you will need to put in the Passcode.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/96649502135

Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135
Passcode: 1111

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) should 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.

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

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

The river has calmed down considerably and the stream is decreasing along the length of the river and there is the prospect of a relatively slack stream for our first sailing after lockdown.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach, on Gaugemap at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249. and on 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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The Way Forward

The first date on which we can run organised racing is Easter Sunday and we are putting in place the measures which will allow us to sail on that day.  Additionally, soundings of the Membership show that there is some enthusiasm for racing to take place on Easter Monday as well.  There is a Sailing Committee meeting scheduled for this Tuesday evening (16th) at which the extent and form of the Easter weekend racing will be decided and we hope to run races on both days.  The exact conditions under which we must operate will be stated in the Tammy Matters published on 30th March.

Whilst the toilets in the Changing Rooms will be available, the showers and changing spaces will not.  The future dates when we can start to open up the changing rooms and social aspects of the Club remain tentative but it looks as though we are, for the moment, returning to the Rule of 6 and 2 Households for shoreside activity.

It has been observed that Surbiton High School has resumed its rowing activity as has been permitted for organised School activities.

As we are now in a period when we anticipate there will be a succession of easings of the Covid restrictions 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.

Last Week  9th to 15th March

No Virtual Regatta activity took place last week.

Tammy Natters was again attended by a small but animated group.

Looking Forward

Currently recreation or exercise outdoors with one other person from another household is permitted which, by inference suggests that casual sailing, obeying the Covid distancing rules, is permitted.  However, the RYA interpretation of the rules is as follows:

‘We do not currently believe that general boat maintenance falls within the intended definition of recreation, but where maintenance is essential to prevent risk of harm or injury it may qualify as a reasonable excuse for leaving home.

Clubs may need to ensure their facilities are ready for reopening on 29 March in advance of this date and we would advise you to limit the number of visits and people required to get your facilities ready.’

Once we restart the Summer Points Series, initially we will use our previously established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when to revert to our normal Start sequence.

We look forward to more definitive announcements of the route out of lockdown and hope that we will be able to return to providing some hospitality at some later date.  We will open up as fast as it is permitted but until 29th March, at the earliest, we have to remain as we are.

Tammy Natters is now established at the new time of 11:45.  The link will be available for anyone who would like an informal Zoom chat.  It will not necessarily be hosted by Zoe Adams but will, for the time being, be there if you want it.

The link is the same as was used for the Virtual Regatta and you will need to put in the Passcode.

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/96649502135

Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135

Passcode: 1111

 

Notices

Rear Commodore (House)

This Flag Office remains vacant.  A description of what this Office entails is being prepared and will be published next week.  I would welcome an approch from anybody who might be prepared to take on this responsibility.

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

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

River conditions

The river has calmed down considerably (the EA’s website shows mainly yellow boards) and there is little risk of inundation of the Dinghy Park.  However, flow is increasing at this time and it is worthwhile keeping a check on river levels.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.   If the level rises above about 4.95m, inundation of the Tamesis grounds begins.

The Environment Agency posts a general digest of conditions on the river which can be seen at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

This latter site has an alternative link to the Kingston Measuring Station.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Membership Survey

The details and link to the online Tamesis Club 2021 Membership Survey will be circulated soon and we will request that all submissions are returned within 2 weeks. We will then review the results and report back.

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

Light at the end of the Tunnel

The long-awaited ‘Roadmap’ (or tentative timetable) for the country to get back to some semblance of normality has been promulgated.  Whilst the date of 29th March (annoyingly a Monday) when we are allowed to start sailing again is firm, the future dates when we can start to open up the changing rooms and social aspects of the Club remain tentative.

As we are now entering a succession of easings of the Covid restrictions, 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.

Last Week  2nd to 8th March

On Sunday (7th) Tim Medcalf ran the last of his four-week Prize Series of the Virtual Regatta.  Following the Prize Series races, Richard Harris hosted a further three races which were much enjoyed.  Notice that the result of the Prize Series was available on the Club Website was announced via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group.  See Tim Medcalf’s report in News. The Prize will be awarded at the earliest possible opportunity.

Tammy Natters was attended by a small but select band.

Looking Forward

As of this Monday (8th March) recreation outdoors with one other person from another household is permitted.  However, the RYA interpretation of the rules is as follows:

‘We do not currently believe that general boat maintenance falls within the intended definition of recreation, but where maintenance is essential to prevent risk of harm or injury it may qualify as a reasonable excuse for leaving home.

Clubs may need to ensure their facilities are ready for reopening on 29 March in advance of this date and we would advise you to limit the number of visits and people required to get your facilities ready.’

On Sunday 4th April, Easter Day, we hope to be able to resume organised sailing.  It is not certain, at the moment, what form Easter Sunday racing will take but it will probably be a Handicap race to allow people to get their boats working again.  It is also possible that, if there is a demand for it, we may organise some form of racing on Easter Monday as well.

However, once we restart the Summer Points Series, initially we will use our previously established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.  We have to wait and see how the emergence from Lockdown progresses to decide when to revert to our normal Start sequence.

We look forward to more definitive announcements of the route out of lockdown and hope that we will be able to return to providing some hospitality a little later.  We will open up as fast as it is permitted but until 29th March, at the earliest, we have to remain as we are.

Tammy Natters is now established at the new time of 11:45.  The link will be available for anyone who would like an informal Zoom chat hosted by Zoe Adams.

The link is the same as for the Virtual Regatta

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/96649502135

Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135
Passcode: 1111

 

Notices

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

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

River conditions

The river has calmed down considerably (the EA’s website shows mainly yellow boards) and there is little risk of inundation of the Dinghy Park.  However, it is worthwhile to keep a check on river levels.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.   If the level rises above about 4.95m, inundation of the Tamesis grounds begins.

The Environment Agency posts a general digest of conditions on the river which can be seen at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

This latter site has an alternative link to the Kingston Measuring Station.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Membership Survey

At the AGM it was announced that we will be launching the Tamesis Club 2021 Membership Survey (it having been many years since we conducted the last one).  This will be by an online form and will include a considerable number of questions covering Membership, Sailing and the way the Club is run, with the option to complete as much or as little as you like.  It will also be a great opportunity to let us know of any ideas you may have for the Club and, perhaps, to let us know if you have a skill or area of expertise that could benefit the running of the Club, which is of course Member-run.

The details and link to the online Survey will be e-mailed shortly and we will request that all submissions are returned within 2 weeks. We will then review the results and report back.

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

Tamesis Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting, which was well attended, was held on Sunday, 28th February, as a Zoom meeting.  Following a welcome from me and a short briefing on procedures by Kaan Yargici, the Meeting itself went smoothly and all Reports and Nominations were approved by the Attendees.  I should like to thank the large number of Members who joined on-line.

Last Week  23rd February to 1st March

The river has now calmed down considerably to the point where, once we are allowed to, it will be possible to sail.  Let us hope!

On Thursday, this week, Richard Harris hosted a series of 6 Virtual Regatta races to the enjoyment of all participants.  On Sunday (28th) Tim Medcalf ran the third of his four-week Prize Series .

Although Tammy Natters was available there were no takers this week.  No doubt people were saving themselves for the AGM.

Looking Forward

Next Sunday, starting at 10:30, Tim Medcalf will complete the Virtual Regatta series, the victor will be announced via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group and the Prize will be awarded at the earliest possible opportunity.

We look forward to more definitive announcements of the route out of lockdown and hope that we will be able to return to some sailing towards the end of this month and get to providing some hospitality a little later.  We will open up as fast as it is permitted but until then we have to remain as we are.

Tammy Natters will, again, be at the new time of 11:45 and, whilst Zoe is taking a break from hosting, the link will be available for anyone who would like an informal Zoom chat.

The link is the same as for the Virtual Regatta

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/96649502135
Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135
Passcode: 1111

 

Notices

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Although there is no change to the current restrictions at present, there are encouraging noises coming from the Government.  As soon as sailing is permitted, the information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner will be updated to show the guidance which applies in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

It is looking possible that we will be permitted to return to real sailing sometime in March and, whenever it is that we are, we intend to resume sailing and the Points Series racing on Sundays.  When we do resume racing, initially we will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.

Advice on casual sailing in winter conditions, when permitted, is on the  Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

The river has calmed down considerably (the EA’s website shows mainly yellow boards) and there is little risk of inundation of the Dinghy Park.  However, it is worthwhile to keep a check on river levels.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.   If the level rises above about 4.95m, inundation of the Tamesis grounds begins.

The Environment Agency posts a general digest of conditions on the river which can be seen at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

This latter site has an alternative link to the Kingston Measuring Station.

Links for both these sites are also available via ‘Smithy On-line’, on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Membership Survey

At the AGM it was announced that we will be launching the Tamesis Club 2021 Membership Survey (it having been many years since we conducted the last one).  This will be by an online form and will include a considerable number of questions covering Membership, Sailing and the way the Club is run, with the option to complete as much or as little as you like.  It will also be a great opportunity to let us know of any ideas you may have for the Club and, perhaps, to let us know if you have a skill or area of expertise that could benefit the running of the Club, which is of course Member-run.

The details and link to the online Survey will be emailed shortly and we will request that all submissions are returned within 2 weeks. We will then review the results and report back.

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

Tamesis Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting will take place at 2pm on Sunday, 28th February, and will be held as a Zoom meeting.  You should all have received an e-mail (from ‘Tamesis Club’ on 14th February) with links to the 2021 Annual Report which contains the Agenda for this year’s Meeting, and the Minutes of last year’s AGM.  It also contains a link to a questionnaire.

As the Meeting is to be on Zoom it will not be possible to take questions and conduct voting in the normal way.  Please use the e-mail link to the questionnaire form to indicate whether or not you intend to join the Zoom AGM or tender your apologies.  Also, if you wish to make any comments concerning the Minutes of last year’s AGM or raise any points that you would like to be discussed under Any Other Business, please submit the completed form to Rupert Fletcher by this evening, Tuesday 23rd, so that we can address these items properly at the Meeting.

There will be a short briefing by Kaan Yargici before we start the actual Meeting to explain the voting procedure and how questions which arise as a consequence of the Meeting can be submitted.

Last Week  16th to 22nd February

The river has calmed down considerably and is now flowing at half the rate it was a week ago and is not inundating the grounds at present.  The problem this week has been the freeze which has spawned some large blocks of ice in the dips in boat covers.  I lifted a number of blocks out of covers during a visit to the Club on Saturday but the residual water remains.  It appears that at least one seal has been plundering the fish stocks in our reach of the river.  Mr Walsh’s floating crane has moved on to its next job but they should be back to repair the rotted section of the campshedding when the river is more peaceful.

On Thursday, this week, Richard Harris raced as the Tamesis representative at the RYA Winter eSailing Club Championships regional qualifiers.  The second of Tim’s four-week Prize Series was run this Sunday (21st).  These are reported on later in this newsletter.

Looking Forward

Over the next two weeks Tim Medcalf is completing the Virtual Regatta series, with prizes, which he described via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group.

The recent announcements of the ‘Roadmap’ out of lockdown indicate that we may well be able to start some sailing towards the end of next month and, hopefully, introduce some hospitality a bit later.  We will open up as fast as it is permitted but until then we have to remain as we are.

Tammy Natters will be at the new time of 11:45 and, whilst Zoe is taking a break from hosting, the link will be available for anyone who would like an informal Zoom chat before the AGM.

The link is the same as for the Virtual Regatta

Join Zoom Meeting

https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/96649502135

Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135

Passcode: 1111

 

Virtual Regatta eSailing Updates

Richard Harris represented Tamesis Club at the RYA Winter eSailing Club Championships regional qualifiers on Thursday evening.  The format was six races held at a variety of locations, each one in a different Class of boat.

The competition was tough and it was clear, from the commentators’ comments, that many of the other racers spend an inordinate amount of time playing Virtual Regatta.  This clearly boosted their skill levels.

Richard sallied forth and initially recorded results that were not up to his usual high standards.  However, sticking to the task, the numbers improved in the final races and Richard managed to climb up to ninth.  Not enough to qualify for the finals, which will be running as part of the Virtual Dinghy Show this coming weekend, but a respectable outcome.

You will be able to find more information about the virtual RYA Dinghy Show at www.dinghyshow.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Join in #DinghyShow.  To get the most out of the Show you have to register, which is free, and that will give you access to the seminars etc..

Closer to home, the Tamesis Club eSailing Series (sponsored by GH Mumm) saw an increased turnout and some close racing in the Barcelona 50 Class.  A full report and the latest standings are on the Club website.  If you would like to play, the next round is on Sunday at 10:30 and there are still enough races left to qualify.

Notices

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Although there is no change to the current restrictions at present, there are encouraging noises coming from the Government.  As soon as sailing is allowed, the information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner will be updated to show the guidance which applies in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

It is looking possible that we will be permitted to return to real sailing sometime in March and, whenever it is that we are, we intend to resume sailing and the Points Series racing on Sundays.  When we do resume racing, initially we will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.

Advice on casual sailing in winter conditions, when permitted, is on the  Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

The river is calming down considerably (although the EA’s website still shows a lot of red boards) so the risk of inundation of the Dinghy Park is reduced at the moment.  However, with all the rain in the west, it might liven up again and make it worthwhile to keep a check on river levels.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.   If the level rises above about 4.95m, inundation of the Tamesis grounds begins.

The Environment Agency posts a general digest of conditions on the river which can be seen at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

This site has an alternative link to the Kingston Measuring Station.

Links for both these sites have been put in via ‘Smithy On-line’ on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Membership Survey

At the AGM we will be formally launching the Tamesis Club 2021 Membership Survey (it having been many years since we conducted the last one).  This will be by an online form and will include a considerable number of questions covering Membership, Sailing and the way the Club is run, with the option to complete as much or as little as you like.  It will also be a great opportunity to let us know of any ideas you may have for the Club and, perhaps, to let us know if you have a skill or area of expertise that could benefit the running of the Club, which is of course Member-run.

The details and link to the online Survey will be emailed following the AGM and we will request that all submissions are given within 2 weeks. We will then review the results and report back.

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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There is not expected to be any change to the current restrictions in the near future and the information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner shows those which the guidance indicates apply in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.  This information will be updated when there is a change.

Last Week  9th to 15th February

The river has calmed down considerably and is now flowing at half the rate it was a week ago and is not inundating the grounds at present.  The problem this week has been the freeze which has spawned some large blocks of ice in the dips in boat covers.  I lifted a number of blocks out of covers during a visit to the Club on Saturday but the residual water remains.  It appears that at least one seal has been plundering the fish stocks in our reach of the river.  Mr Walsh’s floating crane has moved on to its next job but they should be back to repair the rotted section of the campshedding when the river is more peaceful.

There was Virtual Racing this week on Thursday, run by Richard Harris, which was much enjoyed by the participants some of whom were undoubtedly warming up for Tim Medcalf’s Sunday Champagne prize series.  The first of Tim’s four-week series was run this Sunday (14th).

Looking Forward

Tim Medcalf is completing the Virtual Regatta series over the next three weeks, with prizes, which he described via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group last Thursday.

Virtual Regatta – There will be four races each week for four weeks with 50% to count.  The first race is at 10:30 and the racing will finish by about 11:30.  A different class of boat will be used each week.  This format means that a winner will need to show skills in a range of boats but, as only 50% of races count, skippers will have plenty of opportunity to ‘warm up’ due to the high level of possible discards.  In short, even if you haven’t raced on Virtual Regatta that much, you have a chance.  As usual, communication about races being open for entry and access codes will be done via the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.  We saw some great competition last year and we hope to see more of the same in this series!  Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

The timing of Tammy Natters will be brought forward to 11:45, shortly after the last race of this event when Zoe Adams will again host an informal Zoom chat on Sunday 21st February.

The link is the same as for the Virtual Regatta

Join Zoom Meeting
https://tum-conf.zoom.us/j/96649502135

Meeting ID: 966 4950 2135
Passcode: 1111

 Tamesis AGM

The Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled to take place at 2pm on Sunday 28th February, will be held as a Zoom meeting.  The Club has taken a licence for the Professional version of Zoom which means that we will not be constrained to 40 minutes.  By the time you read this you should have received an e-mail with links to the 2021 Annual Report, which contains the Agenda for this year’s Meeting and to the Minutes of last year’s AGM.

As you can imagine, having the meeting on Zoom makes it impossible to take questions and conduct voting in the normal way.  Accordingly, the e-mail also has a link to a questionnaire form.  This asks you to indicate whether or not you intend to join the Zoom AGM or tender your apologies.  It also asks you to send any comments you wish to make concerning the Minutes of last year’s AGM or any points that you would like to be discussed under Any Other Business.  Please submit the completed form to Rupert Fletcher by next Tuesday (23rd) so that we can address these items properly at the Meeting.

The voting procedure will be described fully in next week’s Tammy Matters and this will be backed up by a short pre-Meeting description by Kaan Yargici before we start the actual Meeting.

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship Regional Qualifiers 20:30 on Thursday 18th February

Following our selection regatta, Richard Harris will be representing Tamesis Club in the RYA’s eSailing Winter Club Championship.  The first races are the Regional Qualifiers which will take place at 20:30 on Thursday 18th February.

Spectators are welcome and can either watch the racing via the Virtual Regatta Inshore app (find the race from the menu and click the spectate button) or, more simply, via the RYA’s London and SE Region Facebook page.

There will be six races, each in a different class of boat, so it should be exciting.

We wish Richard every success in his bid to qualify for the National Finals which will take place as part of the Virtual Dinghy Show later in the month.

Notices

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Although the RYA believes that boating is legitimate as exercise, the fact that our grounds and slip are not public space would indicate that we are not allowed into the boat park except in emergency.  Until things change Members are asked not to go to the Club with the intention of sailing or maintaining their boats.

Although it looks unlikely that we will be permitted to return to real sailing before sometime in March, at the earliest, we intend to resume sailing and the Points Series racing on Sundays as soon as allowed.  When we are able to resume racing, initially we will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.

Advice on casual sailing in winter conditions, when permitted, is on the  Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

At this time of the year the stream can become strong as a result of heavy rain in the area upstream.  At the moment the stream is reducing and there is less likelihood of flooding of the mooring areas.  Owners of boats which are parked closest to the river are advised to consider moving their boats further up the Dinghy Park temporarily if river levels start rising again.  Lasers should be moored to the chain between the rows.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.   If the level rises above about 4.95m, inundation of the Tamesis grounds begins.

The Environment Agency posts a general digest of conditions on the river which can be seen at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

This site has an alternative link to the Kingston measuring station.

Links for both these sites have been put in via ‘Smithy On-line’ on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Membership Survey

At the AGM we will be formally launching the Tamesis Club 2021 Membership Survey (it having been many years since we ran the last one).  This will be by an online form and will include a considerable number of questions covering membership, sailing and the way the Club is run, with the option to complete as much or as little as you like.  It will also be a great opportunity to let us know of any ideas you may have for the Club and, perhaps, to let us know if you have a skill or area of expertise that could benefit the running of the Club, which is of course Member run.

The details and link to the online Survey will be emailed following the AGM and we will request that all submissions are given within 2 weeks. We will then review the results and report back.

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

There is not expected to be any change to the current restrictions in the near future and the information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner shows those which the guidance indicates apply in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.  This information will be updated when there is a change.

Last Week  2nd to 8th February

The river continues to be in spate and again no sailing would have been possible even if the Club had been open.  The river end of the Dinghy Park and the 18s berthing have both been submerged twice a day.  Fortunately the river has not risen sufficiently to cause serious problems amongst the parked boats although the Club Enterprise floated down to the corner of the lawn before coming to rest – it has since been tethered.  Tides are currently reduced from their peak but the next high spring tide will be on 11th February.  At the moment the flow and level of the river are reducing but we should keep an eye on what happens if there is severe weather this week.  Walsh’s large floating crane remains moored alongside the Dinghy Park.  Keep an eye on the river state as suggested in the Notices below to see if it is advisable to move your boat.

There was no Virtual Racing this week on Thursday or Sunday.

Looking Forward

Tim Medcalf is running another Virtual Regatta series, with prizes, which he describes below.

‘As some of you will be aware, this weekend sees the continuation of one of sailing’s greatest sporting encounters, the Tamesis Club Virtual Regatta Series.  Sponsored by GH Mumm champagne, Tamesis Club sailors will compete over four weeks at a range of exotic international locations in the finest sailing craft developed.  The first start will be at 10.30am on Sunday 14 February and the Series will finish on Sunday 7 March when we will crown our winner and also make a ‘true grit’ award to the competitor who showed the greatest pluck.  More details to follow via the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.’

Although it looks unlikely that we will be permitted to return to real sailing before sometime in March, at the earliest, we intend to resume sailing and the Points Series racing on Sundays as soon as allowed.

When we are able to resume racing, initially we will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.

Tammy Natters

Zoe Adams will again host an informal Tammy Natters Zoom chat but at the earlier time of 11:45 on Sunday 14th February, shortly after the Virtual Regatta races finish.  The link is

Join Zoom Meeting 
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71285496422?pwd=c3NzNnFYYytIYi9KajY5WEhDcDd2dz09

Meeting ID: 712 8549 6422
Passcode: 8NWrhB

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

Tamesis Club has registered to take part, along with 71 other Clubs:  Richard Harris, as the Club Champion, will compete in the National Finals which will be live as part of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.  The NOR and SIs for the event can be found here
 https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/sportsdevelopment/NOR%20and%20SI%202020%20esailing%20Winter%20Championships.pdf

Notices

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Although the RYA believes that boating is legitimate as exercise, the fact that our grounds and slip are not public space would indicate that we are not allowed into the boat park.  Until things are clarified Members are asked not to go to the Club with the intention of sailing or maintaining their boats.

Advice on casual sailing in winter conditions, when permitted, is on the  Tamesis Noticeboard.

River conditions

At this time of the year the stream can become strong as a result of heavy rain in the area upstream.  At the moment the stream is reducing and there is less likelihood of flooding of the mooring areas.  Owners of boats which are parked closest to the river are advised to consider moving their boats further up the Dinghy Park temporarily if river levels start rising again.  Lasers should be moored to the chain between the rows.

Check the flow and level readings at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.   If the level rises above about 4.95m, inundation of the Tamesis grounds begins.

The Environment Agency posts a general digest of conditions on the river which can be seen at
River Thames Conditions – Environment Agency.

This site has an alternative link to the Kingston measuring station.

Links for both these sites have been put in via ‘Smithy On-line’ on the Home page of the Tamesis website.

Tamesis AGM

The Annual General Meeting, which is scheduled for 2pm on Sunday 28th February, will be held as a Zoom meeting.  The Club has taken a licence for the Professional version of Zoom which means that we will not be constrained to 40 minutes.  Fuller information as to exactly how the Meeting will be conducted will be given in a future Tammy Matters.

Membership Survey

At the AGM we will be formally launching the Tamesis Club 2021 Membership Survey (it having been many years since we ran the last one).  This will be by an online form and will include a considerable number of questions covering membership, sailing and the way the Club is run, with the option to complete as much or as little as you like.  It will also be a great opportunity to let us know of any ideas you may have for the Club and, perhaps, to let us know if you have a skill or area of expertise that could benefit the running of the Club, which is of course Member run.

The details and link to the online survey will be emailed following the AGM and we will request that all submissions are given within 2 weeks. We will then review the results and report back.

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