Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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Yet again I have to report that the latest Regulations have still not been published and the Guidance on what we are allowed to do in Lockdown is unchanged.  The Guidance on the RYA site reflects this.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner indicates the restrictions which apply in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Last Week  12th to 18th January

No sailing related activity took place at the Club this week.  However, Charles Fox progressed final works towards commissioning the new Goldsmithy.

On Thursday evening, Richard Harris continued the new series of Virtual Racing with a view to providing practice for people who were thinking of entering the RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship.

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

On Sunday morning Tim Medcalf ran the series of eRaces to determine our Club Champion who will go forward to compete in the Regional and (hopefully) National Finals.  There were six races, each featuring a different class of boat.  There was a good entry and someone was declared the Club Champion who will go forward to the National Finals, which will be live as part of of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.

Tamesis Club has registered to take part along with 71 other Clubs, and the NOR and SIs for the event are to be found here:  https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/sportsdevelopment/NOR%20and%20SI%202020%20esailing%20Winter%20Championships.pdf

Looking Forward

We intend to resume sailing and to resume Points Series racing on Sundays whenever the Government Regulations are changed to permit this.  The current trend in infection rates is, however, still not encouraging although the vaccination programme is now well under way.

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

Tamesis Club Junior Summer Camps 2021

Following on from the success of 2019 and 2020, the Club will be running four week-long Summer Camps in 2021 starting on 26 July.

The Camps are ideal for youngsters aged 8-15 and combine lots of fun and games with formal tuition and coaching.  Each week we can accommodate a dozen children who will be supervised by an RYA-accredited training team.  Not only do the children come away with an RYA Stages qualification but also life skills and a new set of friends.

The Tamesis Club Camps are different from many others as the days are longer, we have a higher number of Instructors compared to students which increases the level of personal attention that can be provided, and (Covid regulations permitting) we include an overnight stay on a boat at the Club .

Feedback has been excellent and already many of the 2020 attendees have booked again for 2021.

You can read a write-up of the 2020 Camp here: https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/2020/08/22/tamesis-club-childrens-summer-camps-a-great-success/

The Camps always fill up quickly.  If you are interested please contact Tim Medcalf  timothymedcalf@yahoo.co.uk  to guarantee a place.

Notices

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Although the RYA believes that boating is legitimate as exercise, our grounds and slip not being 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.

Advice on casual sailing, when permitted, in winter conditions 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 it is generally increasing.  Before attempting to sail, check the river conditions (particularly flow) at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach.  They can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.

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

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

Harbourmaster

Andrew Horwitz, the Harbourmaster, has been working on a system for ensuring that boats at the Club are identifiable and to assist James, the Assistant Treasurer, to send correct invoices for mooring fees.  He has developed an identifying sticker which, in the near future, will be placed on the transom of all boats resident at the Club.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1 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 January Zoom Pilates time-table.   (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains)

Monday            10:30       60 mins     General           £10
Tuesday            8:00        45 mins     Level 2             £10
Wednesday      10:00       35 mins    General            £5
Friday               10:00       35 mins     Gentle & fun   £5
Saturday           10:00       60 mins     General           £10

If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on  nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore

 

 

Tammy Matters

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The Regulations have still not been published and the Guidance on what we are allowed to do in Lockdown does not cover sailing and its infrastructure very well so I am still unable to detail precisely what it means for the Membership. The information available states that outdoor sports venues must be closed and I have added a digest of those parts of the Government guidelines which I think are relevant to Club activity on the Noticeboard.

The information on the Noticeboard and the Red Banner indicates the restrictions which apply in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Last Week  5th to 11th January

As a result of the current Lockdown, no significant activity took place at the Club this week.

On Thursday evening, Richard Harris instigated a new series of Virtual Racing with a view to providing practice for people who were thinking of entering the RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship.

See the information about the eSailing Championships in the Notices below.

Sailing at the Club

Although the RYA believes that boating is legitimate as exercise, our grounds and slip not being 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.

If, in due course, sailing becomes permissible, the following advice must be observed.

The stream can be strong during the winter months.  Those who choose to sail at the Club, during the period when there is no formal racing taking place and there is no Patrol Boat cover provided, should check river conditions before doing so.  They are also encouraged to arrange to sail with an accompanying boat, particularly if intending to sail single handed.  If the river is flowing fast and the wind is such that there is a chance of capsizing, Members should not sail if no accompanying boat can be arranged.  Merlins and N18s do not go well if they get full of water and with a strong stream running and no patrol boat there is not really a Plan B if you do go over – and the weir awaits.  The best you could do is paddle to the shore to empty out but you would need get the boat upright to do that.

Members are also reminded of the requirement to have personal and masthead buoyancy and the wearing of wetsuits is highly recommended, particularly for the reduction of thermal shock.

Looking Forward

We intend to resume sailing and to resume Points Series racing on Sundays whenever the Government Regulations are changed to permit this.  The current trend in infection rates is, however, not encouraging.

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

Notices

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

The RYA has announced its eSailing Winter Club Championship and Tamesis Club has registered to take part.  A series of races will be held to determine our Club Champion who will go forward to compete in the Regional and (hopefully) National Finals.  The National Finals will form part of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.

Wanted: a Tamesis Club Virtual Regatta Champion!

Following the success of the RYA’s Virtual Sailing Club Spring Championship last year, the RYA will be running a Winter Championship in early February with finals happening live as part of the Virtual Dinghy Show.  The NOR and SIs are to be found here:  https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/sportsdevelopment/NOR%20and%20SI%202020%20esailing%20Winter%20Championships.pdf

Tamesis Club has registered to take part along with 71 other Clubs, and we need to select our Club Champion who will then compete in the regional finals and (hopefully) the finals.

Our selection will take place on Sunday 17 January with the first race starting at 10:30.  There will be six races in total, all of them to count, one in each of the classes that will be used in the RYA’s event; read the NOR for more details.  Tim Medcalf will be OOD for the races and the Tamesis Club Whatsapp Groups will be the primary communication point e.g. for pass codes and so on.

We know that we have some strong virtual sailing competitors in the Club so there should be a good turn out and some fun racing.

Further information will be provided by Tim Medcalf via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group.

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 it is generally increasing.  Before attempting to sail, check the river conditions (particularly flow) at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach.  They can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.

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

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

Harbourmaster

Andrew Horwitz, the Harbourmaster, has been working on a system for ensuring that boats at the Club are identifiable and to assist James, the Assistant Treasurer, to send correct invoices for mooring fees.  He has developed an identifying sticker which, in the near future, will be placed on the transom of all boats resident at the Club.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1 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.

The Club will need to make a small number of minor changes to our Sailing Instructions and practices and these will be advised in due course via Tammy Matters and the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp Group.

An offer has been accepted for the purchase of Merlin Rocket 3520.

Pilates

Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has a new January Pilates time-table.  It features two 35 minutes zoom Pilates classes at £5.00 each, as well as the regular classes at £10 each.  (The offer for 4 £10.00 classes at £35.00 remains.)

If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on  nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

 

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

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The return to ‘Lockdown’ has happened so close to publication of this Newsletter that I am unable to detail precisely what it means for the Membership but the information available states that outdoor sports venues must close.

The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner indicates the restrictions which apply in England.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

Last Week  29th December to 3rd January

A reduced Wednesday Working Party continued making improvements to the Club infrastructure.  Charles Fox has been fixing the skirting to the new Race Box.  During the time of little or no use, the infestation of Black Headed Gulls which we have been suffering has been making a mess of Tamesis 3 at her moorings.  Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson have constructed a tarpaulin cover which, it is hoped, will thwart the gulls’ efforts.

One Merlin, manned by an experienced and capable crew, ventured out on the river on Sunday and  sailed against the strongish stream.

Sailing at the Club

Until things are clarified Members are asked not to go to the Club.  If sailing becomes permissible the following advice should be observed.

The stream can be strong during the winter months and those who choose to sail at the Club during the period when there is no formal racing taking place should check river conditions and are encouraged to arrange to sail with an accompanying boat, particularly if intending to sail single handed.  If the river is flowing fast and the wind is such that there is a chance of capsizing Members are advised not to sail if no accompanying boat can be arranged.  Merlins and N18s do not go well if they get full of water and with this stream running and no patrol boat there is not really a Plan B if you do go over – and the weir awaits.  The best you could do is paddle to the shore to empty out but you would need to be upright to do that.

Members are also reminded of the requirement to have personal and masthead buoyancy and the wearing of wetsuits is highly recommended, particularly for the reduction of thermal shock.

Looking Forward

We intend to resume sailing and to continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays whenever the Government Regulations are changed to permit this.  The current trend in infection rates is, however, not encouraging.

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

Notices

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 it is generally increasing.  Before attempting to sail, check the river conditions (particularly flow) at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach.  They can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249.

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

 

Harbourmaster

Andrew Horwitz, the Harbourmaster, has been working on a system for ensuring that boats at the Club are identifiable and to assist James, the Assistant Treasurer, for sending correct invoices for mooring fees.  He has developed an identifying sticker which, in the near future, will be placed on the transom of all boats resident at the Club.

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

The RYA has announced its eSailing Winter Club Championship and Tamesis Club has registered to take part.  A series of races will be held in the New Year which will determine our Club Champion who will go forward to compete in the Regional and (hopefully) National Finals.  The National Finals will form part of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.  Further information will be provided by Tim Medcalf via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1 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 this 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.

The Club will need to make a small number of minor changes to our Sailing Instructions and practices and these will be advised in due course via Tammy Matters and the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.

Merlin Rocket 3520.    Following a successful racing career, Merlin Rocket 3520 is now in need of TLC and a new owner.  The hull is an Ovington-built foam sandwich NSM2.  The boat is complete with a carbon mast, twin poles, an assortment of sails, cover and trolley.  It does, however, require some work to identify and plug leaks, repaint the hull, repair the foils, as well as some re-roping and a tidy up.  If this project is of interest, please forward your financial offers to the Commodore, Chris Pollard, by Sunday 10 January using the General Inquiry category on the website’s Contact Us.

Pilates

During this year Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has been running ‘Lockdown Monday Pilates Live-On-Line Classes’ which have continued throughout, maintaining well-being in mind and body.  A new January Pilates time-table available for everyone will be out soon and classes are £10 Pay-as-you-go or 4 for £35.00.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

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I hope that you have all had as good a Christmas as is possible under the current restrictions.  It feels quite unnatural to have to curb one’s inclination to be gregarious at this time of the year and it’s happening again this coming weekend at New Year.

We remain in Tier 4 for the foreseeable future which will prevent us from having any organised racing until it is lifted.  As was said last week, you can go to the Club but you can only interact with just one person who is not in your household or bubble which means that, if you go with a member of your household, nobody can legitimately talk to the two of you.  It is important that we observe the rules as provision has been made in the Tier 4 Regulations for swingeing fines to be levied.

The information in the Noticeboard was updated last week and that and the Red Banner indicate the restrictions which apply locally and there are links to the Government and RYA guidance on both.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

As it would appear that announcements of changes to our Covid status habitually come up suddenly, I encourage all Members to join either the ‘Tamesis Club’ and/or the ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ WhatsApp Group as this is the fastest means for us to communicate to you any change in what we are permitted to do.  Please join (or rejoin) either Group soon by asking via the ‘General Inquiry’ category in the ‘Contact Us’ section on the website.

Last Week  15th to 21st December.

A much reduced Wednesday Working Party continued making improvements to the Club infrastructure.  Amongst these, Peter Johnson completed the installation of a hoist for the Orange flag on the forward Transit pole which makes our start line compliant with the latest Racing Rules of Sailing, which come into effect on 1st January 2021.  He also installed the anemometer in the new Race Hut.

This Sunday’s racing was cancelled.

I went down to the Club on Monday to check whether any boats had been rolled over by the gale on Saturday night.  The only casualty was a white Enterprise which was restored to its trolley with the help of two Members who were attending to their boats.

Looking Forward

We intend to resume sailing and to continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays whenever the Government Regulations are changed to permit this.  The current conditions are due to be reviewed on 30th December and we may hope that Tier 4 conditions are lifted as soon as is reasonable.

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

In the meantime, Members are allowed to visit the Club and may sail casually provided that they comply with the Tier 4 rule of not interacting with more than one person outside their household or bubble and maintaining social distancing.

Those who choose to sail at the Club during the period when there is no formal racing taking place should check river conditions and are encouraged to arrange to sail with an accompanying boat, particularly if intending to sail single handed.  If the river is flowing fast and the wind is such that there is a chance of capsizing Members are advised not to sail if no accompanying boat can be arranged.  Members are reminded of the requirement for personal and masthead buoyancy and the wearing of wetsuits is highly recommended.

At this time of the year the stream can become strong as a result of heavy rain in the area upstream.  At the moment it is generally increasing.  Before attempting to sail, check the river conditions (particularly flow) at Kingston, which are relevant to our reach.  They can be seen at
https://www.gaugemap.co.uk/#!Detail/1249

Notices

Harbourmaster

Andrew Horwitz, the Harbourmaster, has been working on a system for ensuring that boats at the Club are identifiable and so assist James, the Assistant Treasurer, in sending correct invoices for mooring fees.  He has developed an identifying sticker which, in the near future, will be placed on the transom of all boats resident at the Club.

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

The RYA has announced its eSailing Winter Club Championship and Tamesis Club has registered to take part.  A series of races will be held in the New Year which will determine our Club Champion who will go forward to compete in the Regional and (hopefully) National Finals.  The National Finals will form part of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.  Further information will be provided by Tim Medcalf via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp Group.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1 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 this 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.

The Club will need to make a small number of minor changes to our Sailing Instructions and practices and these will be advised in due course via Tammy Matters and the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.

Merlin Rocket 3520.    Following a successful racing career, Merlin Rocket 3520 is now in need of TLC and a new owner.  The hull is an Ovington-built foam sandwich NSM2.  The boat is complete with a carbon mast, twin poles, an assortment of sails, cover and trolley.  It does, however, require some work to identify and plug leaks, repaint the hull, repair the foils, as well as some re-roping and a tidy up.  If this project is of interest, please forward your financial offers to the Commodore, Chris Pollard, by Sunday 10 January using the General Inquiry category on the website’s Contact Us.

Pilates

During this year Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has been running ‘Lockdown Monday Pilates Live-On-Line Classes’ which have continued throughout, maintaining well-being in mind and body.  These Monday classes will continue over the Christmas period, as well as an 8am ‘Early Bird’ class on Tuesday 5th January.

A new January Pilates time-table available for everyone will be out soon and classes are £10 Pay-as-you-go or 4 for £35.00.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Whilst last week I hoped we would not be put into Tier 3, I had not anticipated that a week later we would be in the, as then unspecified, Tier 4.  This Tier is highly restrictive and prevents us from having any organised racing.  You can go to the Club but you can only interact with just one person who is not in your household or bubble which means that, if you go with a member of your household, nobody can legitimately talk to the two of you.  It is important that we observe the rules as provision has been made in the Tier 4 Regulations for swingeing fines to be levied.

The information in the Noticeboard has been updated and that and the Red Banner indicate the restrictions which apply locally and there are links to the Government and RYA guidance on both.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard.

The announcement came at a very late point for us to decide what could happen on the Sunday morning and a great deal of debate was conducted on the ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ WhatsApp Group.  Although this alerted most interested sailors to the fact that racing would not take place, those not in the Group were in ignorance of the fact.  This was the very sort of incident for which the Group was set up and I urge everybody who is likely to want to sail to join (or rejoin) this Group immediately by asking via the ‘General Inquiry’ category in the ‘Contact Us’ section on the website.

Last Week  15th to 21st December.

The announcement of Tier 4 restrictions on Saturday evening put paid to Sunday’s racing.  As it happens there was a strongish stream and not a great deal of wind, but that’s little compensation.

Jodok ran a series of six Virtual races on Sunday morning.  11 Members took part with Brian Corking taking first place, Jodok second and Peter Impey third.  This may become a feature whilst we are in Tier 4.

I mentioned, last week, that our  popular Christmas Lunch should have happened and Eric has put a fine photo of how it should have looked in his ‘Training from Home’ piece.  He has also offered a little nautical quiz on which I would hope that experienced sailors would score 100%.

Looking Forward

We intend to resume sailing and to continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays whenever the Government Regulations are changed to permit this.  The current conditions are due to be reviewed on 30th December and we may hope that Tier 4 conditions are lifted as soon as is reasonable.

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

In the meantime, Members are allowed to visit the Club and may sail casually provided that they conform with the Tier 4 rule of not interacting with more than one person outside their household or bubble and maintaining social distancing.  Those who choose to sail at the Club during the period when there is no formal racing taking place should check river conditions and are encouraged to arrange to sail with an accompanying boat, particularly if intending to sail single handed.  If the river is flowing fast and the wind is such that there is a chance of capsizing Members are advised not to sail if no accompanying boat can be arranged.

Members are reminded of the requirement for masthead flotation and personal buoyancy and the wearing of wetsuits is highly recommended.

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

Notices

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

The RYA has announced its eSailing Winter Club Championship and Tamesis Club has registered to take part.  A series of races will be held in the New Year which will determine our Club Champion who will go forward to compete in the Regional and (hopefully) National Finals.  The National Finals will form part of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.  Further information will be provided by Tim Medcalf via the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1 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 this 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.

The Club will need to make a small number of minor changes to our Sailing Instructions and practices and these will be advised in due course via Tammy Matters and the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.

Merlin Rocket 3520.    Following a successful racing career, Merlin Rocket 3520 is now in need of TLC and a new owner.  The hull is an Ovington-built foam sandwich NSM2.  The boat is complete with a carbon mast, twin poles, an assortment of sails, cover and trolley.  It does, however, require some work to identify and plug leaks, repaint the hull, repair the foils, as well as some re-roping and a tidy up.  If this project is of interest, please forward your financial offers to the Commodore, Chris Pollard, by Sunday 10 January using the General Inquiry category on the website’s Contact Us.

Pilates

During this year Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has been running ‘Lockdown Monday Pilates Live-On-Line Classes’ which have continued throughout, maintaining well-being in mind and body.  These Monday classes will continue over the Christmas period, as well as an 8am ‘Early Bird’ class on Tuesday 14th, 20th December and 5th January.

A new January time-table available for everyone will be out soon and classes are £10 Pay-as-you-go or 4 for £35.00.  Christmas Gift vouchers are also available.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk.

Oh! and with all this going on, I very nearly forgot

Have as Happy a Christmas as you can and let’s hope for a better 2021.

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Although we are now able to race again, for the moment, we have to conform to the rules which apply to Tier 2 and hope that London does not get put into Tier 3.  It is important that we observe these rules when launching and recovering, when socialising with friends at the Club and when carrying out duties in the Race Box and Patrol Boats.

The information in the Noticeboard has been updated and that and the Red Banner indicate the restrictions which apply locally and there are links to the Government and RYA guidance on both.  Read the Tamesis Noticeboard using this link.

Last Week  8th to 14th December.

The new Smithy has been completed up to the point where it is fully functional and was used for the first time this week.  If, in the near future, people have comments on the new Smithy, please let me know using the General Inquiry category on the website’s Contact Us.

Sunday morning saw the second day of racing since Lockdown 2 was ended.  9 Lasers,  2 N18s and 2 Merlins went afloat and raced in a tricky, gusty and swirling wind.  The Laser race was won by Kaan, Henry Defries with Carolyne Vines won the 18s and Andrew Harris with Matty Key won the Merlins.

A sad footnote to Sunday – our normally very popular Christmas Lunch should have happened, with the Clubhouse full of laughter, song and well-fed Members.  Let us hope that we will be able to hold our normal festivities next year and, indeed, get to do some of our usual social activities before next Christmas.

Looking Forward

We intend to continue sailing through December and to continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays which will be permissible even if London is moved to Tier 3.  However, the conditions attached to Tier 2, and Tier 3 if we are put into it, mean that the Clubhouse will have to remain closed

We will continue to use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.  All start sequences will be notified by the low-pitched hooter.  All boat finishes will be notified by the high-pitched alarm tone.

For Winter sailing we are advising that those who have wet suits should wear them, particularly on blustery days and anyone who is planning to sail during the winter who does not have one is recommended to consider buying one.  Hypothermia is a dangerous condition.  See the Tamesis Noticeboard for the advice for sailing during this winter.

RYA eSailing Winter Club Championship

The RYA has announced its eSailing Winter Club Championship and Tamesis Club has registered to take part.  A series of races will be held in the New Year which will determine our Club Champion who will go forward to compete in the Regional and (hopefully) National Finals.  The National Finals will form part of the Virtual Dinghy Show at the end of February.  Further information will be provided by Tim Medcalf via the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.

Changes to the Racing Rules of Sailing, effective 1 January 2020

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 this 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

The Club will need to make a small number of minor changes to our Sailing Instructions and practices and these will be advised in due course via Tammy Matters and the Tamesis Club Sailing Whatsapp group.

Merlin Rocket 3520.    Following a successful racing career, Merlin Rocket 3520 is now in need of TLC and a new owner.  The hull is an Ovington-built foam sandwich NSM2.  The boat is complete with a carbon mast, twin poles, an assortment of sails, cover and trolley.  It does, however, require some work to identify and plug leaks, repaint the hull, repair the foils, as well as some re-roping and a tidy up.  If this project is of interest, please forward your financial offers to the Commodore, Chris Pollard, by Sunday 10 January using the General Inquiry category on the website’s Contact Us.

Pilates

During this year Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has been running ‘Lockdown Monday Pilates Live-On-Line Classes’ which have continued throughout, maintaining well-being in mind and body.  These Monday classes will continue over the Christmas period, as well as an 8am ‘Early Bird’ class on Tuesday 14th, 20th December and 5th January.

A new January time-table available for everyone will be out soon and classes are £10 Pay-as-you-go or 4 for £35.00.  Christmas Gift vouchers are also available.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Although we are now able to race again, for the moment, we have to conform to the rules which apply to Tier 2 and hope that London does not get put into Tier 3.  The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has changed.  Tier 2 restrictions apply locally and there are links to the Government and RYA guidance on both.  Use this link to read the Tamesis Noticeboard

 

Last Week  2nd to 7th December.

With the lifting of Lockdown, the Wednesday working party set about preparing the Club for the resumption of sailing.  Since the new Smithy was not going to be ready for this week, the Upper Race Box on the Clubhouse roof was set up.

The replacement of the Smithy continues and the new hut has been insulated and lined and painting of the interior is well under way.  The electrical installation is planned to take place on Tuesday.  We are hopeful that the work can be sufficiently advanced to allow us to use the new Race Box this coming Sunday but we will probably delay the official opening of the Goldsmithy to a time when we can have a proper inauguration.

On Wednesday evening Jodok hosted a ‘Just for Fun Virtual Sailing Regatta’.  It was enjoyed by a selection of Club Members but no results were published.

Sunday morning saw the first races since Lockdown 2.  The wind was forecast to be very light and there was an appreciable stream.  However, the wind was, at least to start with, much better than forecast.  6 Lasers, 1 N18 and 2 Merlins went afloat and enjoyed the return to sailing.

Looking Forward

We intend to continue sailing through December and to continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays.  Hopefully the Christmas freedoms will not result in another major lockdown in January and we will be able to get a reasonable number of races to constitute decent Series.  We will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.  All start sequences will be notified by the low-pitched hooter.  All boat finishes will be notified by the high-pitched alarm tone.

For Winter sailing we are advising that those who have wet suits should wear them, particularly on blustery days and anyone who is planning to sail during the winter who does not have one is recommended to consider buying one.  Hypothermia is a dangerous condition.  See the Tamesis Noticeboard for the advice for sailing during this winter.

Pilates

During this year Joanne Zorian, who in normal times runs classes at Tamesis, has been running ‘Lockdown Monday Pilates Live-On-Line Classes’ which have continued throughout, maintaining well-being in mind and body.  These Monday classes will continue over the Christmas period, as well as an 8am ‘Early Bird’ class on Tuesday 14th, 20th December and 5th January

A new January time-table available for everyone will be out soon and classes are £10 Pay-as-you-go or 4 for £35.00.  Christmas Gift vouchers also available.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com or joanne@joannezorian.co.uk

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

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Things are still looking up and the latest Government announcements mean we can start racing again from December 6th.  The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner has changed and Tier 2 restrictions apply locally.  There are links to the Government and RYA guidance on both.  To read the Noticeboard use the link below.

Link to the Tamesis Noticeboard

Very little has changed since last week.  I go to the Club fairly regularly to do a security check and have noticed that several boats have accumulated water in their covers.  If you were to want to check your boat before Wednesday I think that it could be considered Essential Maintenance and be permissible within the current lockdown rules.

Replacing the Smithy

The replacement of the Smithy continues apace with the first fix of the electrics complete and internal fitting-out under way.  See the News article which will be updated as progress is made.

Contingency Plan

We are very hopeful that the replacement Smithy will be operational when racing can be restarted.  If it is not we will use the Upper Race Box on the Clubhouse roof.  Whilst we are using this Race Box, we will be taking entries for racing in the boat park and elsewhere and informing the OOD remotely.  Please do not try to go up the spiral stairs to the Race Box.

Last Week  17th to 23rd November.

Apart from the work on the Smithy no activity at the Club has been permitted.  However, with the new Covid rules coming into effect on 2nd December, the Wednesday Working Party will concentrate on trying to make the Smithy operational for when we get back to racing on Sunday 6th December.

The November Virtual Sailing Regatta competition on Thursday evenings had Jodok back as OOD with the first race opening at 8pm and 6 races being run.  Jodok published the Series results on WhatsApp on Friday morning.  Brian Corking triumphed in both the J70 and F50 Classes, with Andrew Harris and Richard Harris 2nd and 3rd in the J70s and Chris Balmbro and Andrew Harris 2nd and 3rd in the F50s.

There is currently discussion as to whether to continue Thursday Virtual Sailing as a Club activity.  Additionally, the RYA has launched an eSailing Winter Club Championship which Carolyne has publicised on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp on Friday 27th November.

Looking Forward

We intend to resume sailing on 6th December and continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays.  We will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.  All start sequences will be notified by the low-pitched hooter.  All boat finishes will be notified by the high-pitched alarm tone.

For Winter sailing we are advising that those who have wet suits should wear them, particularly on blustery days and anyone who is planning to sail during the winter who does not have one is recommended to consider buying one.  Hypothermia is a dangerous condition.  See the Tamesis Noticeboard for the advice for sailing during this winter.

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Things are looking up and the latest Government announcements would appear to indicate that we should be able to start racing again from December 6th.  The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner will be changed when the advice is clear and we know which Tier of restrictions applies locally.  That should be during this week and I will post the links to the Government and RYA guidance on both.  To read the Noticeboard use the link below.

Link to the Tamesis Noticeboard

Very little has changed since last week.  I go to the Club fairly regularly to do a security check and have noticed that several boats have accumulated water in their covers.  If you were to want to check your boat I think that it could be considered Essential Maintenance and be permissible within the current lockdown rules (See the Noticeboard).

Replacing the Smithy

The replacement of the Smithy continues apace with the first fix of the electrics complete and internal fitting-out under way.  See the News article which will be updated as progress is made.

Contingency Plan

We are very hopeful that the replacement Smithy will be operational when racing can be restarted.  If it is not we will use the Upper Race Box on the Clubhouse roof.  Whilst we are using this Race Box, we will be taking entries for racing in the boat park and elsewhere and informing the OOD remotely.  Please do not try to go up the spiral stairs to the Race Box.

Last Week  17th to 23rd November.

Apart from the work on the Smithy no activity at the Club has been permitted.  With the new Covid rules coming into effect on 2nd December, however, we should be able to run the Wednesday Working Party and get back to racing on Sunday 6th December.

The Virtual Regatta competition on Thursday evenings had Peter Impey as OOD with the first race opening at 8pm and 6 races being run.  Jodok published the results on WhatsApp on Friday morning.  This week there were 17 competitors for the J70 class and 13 for the F50 catamarans.  Up to 20 can compete in each race so there is still room for more to join in.

On Saturday both Carolyne and I joined the RYA Affiliated Clubs Conference.  It was quite reassuring to find out that what we had done during the period when we could sail and do other things on the river was at least as good as most other Clubs.  It seems that many Clubs found, like us, that they had people beating a path to their doors and some had diversified into paddleboarding and canoeing, as we have.

Looking Forward

Hopefully we will be able to resume sailing on 6th December and continue the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays.  When we do we will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.  All start sequences will be notified by the low-pitched hooter.  All boat finishes will be notified by the high-pitched alarm tone.

Chris Pollard
Commodore

Tammy Matters

Welcome to any new readers of Tammy Matters

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Sadly the current Lockdown continues to prevent us from doing anything enjoyable at the Club and will do so at least until 2nd December.  The information in the Noticeboard and the Red Banner is unchanged from last week.  To read the Noticeboard use the Link below.

Link to the Tamesis Noticeboard

Replacing the Smithy

Having demolished the Smithy on 4th November, Charles Fox has made considerable progress with the construction of its replacement.  The main structure is up and weathertight and the installation of the electrics and internal fittings is scheduled to begin this week.  See the News article which will be updated as progress is made.

Contingency Plan

Although it looks increasingly unlikely, if racing can be restarted before the Smithy has been fully replaced we will use the Race Box on the Clubhouse roof.  This has been recommissioned and a start line, marked at both ends by diagonally striped reflective boards, has been set up – a Transit on the Club shore will be arranged.  Whilst we are using this Race Box, we will be taking entries for racing in the boat park and elsewhere and informing the OOD remotely.  Please do not try to go up the spiral stairs to the Race Box.

Last Week  10th to 16th November.

Apart from the work on the Smithy no activity at the Club has been permitted and it is not anticipated that sailing will be able to restart before December at the earliest.

Jodok Gerber has continued to run the Virtual Regatta competition on Thursday evenings.  The first race opens at 8pm and 6 races are run.  Jodok publishes the results on WhatsApp as soon as he can after the racing is finished.  This week there were 15 competitors for the J70 class and 13 for the F50 catamarans.  Up to 20 can compete in each race so there is room for more to join in.

Looking Forward

The immediate future is uncertain but it is hoped that use of the river may be allowed from 2nd December.  All events on our Reach which were scheduled to occur in November have been cancelled and we wait to see if sailing can resume after 2nd December.

Surbiton High School are rowing during the school week because it is a timetabled curriculum activity – they will not be rowing on Saturdays.  They are confining their activity to their own waterfront during Lockdown.

When we are allowed to, we will resume the Winter Points Series on the scheduled Sundays.  When we do we will use our established pandemic format with Starts for – Lasers 10:30, N18/Toppers/Handicap 11:00 and Merlins 11:30.  All start sequences will be notified by the low-pitched hooter.  All boat finishes will be notified by the high-pitched alarm tone.

Chris Pollard
Commodore