Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

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Notice

Although the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are still closed, some use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted by the partial lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Please click on the Red Banner on the website home page to use the link on it to read the current conditions and information for use of the Club.

The new Regulations which were supposed to further ease the shackles of lockdown have, regrettably, raised a serious barrier to our enjoyment of the Club.  The last-minute introduction of a limit for a ‘Gathering’ of just 30 people on our site makes the use of the Club which we were able to exercise last week not possible.  As a result of this and the unseasonably violent winds our intended Sunday racing and social ambitions were foiled.

To make the Club legal for the size of social gathering which automatically results from the combination of racers and spectators who would normally come to the Club, we have to make the Club ‘Covid-19 Secure’.  We are, through applying common sense, very nearly at this condition and the intention is to try to take those additional measures that will make us compliant during the coming week.

If we are not able to comply with the Government rules we may have to scale back on what we can offer.

This malaise is, of course, not affecting just us.  Thames Sailing Club, our near neighbour up-river, had been planning to celebrate its 150th Anniversary in June this year.  They had hopefully pushed it back to August but have, with regret, decided that conditions would, even then, be unsuitable for the celebrations they had in mind.  Hopefully next year.  We congratulate them on their 150th and commiserate with them in the present circumstances.

Last Week  30th June to 6th July

This week the Wednesday Working Party continued preparing for our return to regular racing.  I reiterate, if anyone has something that they would like to be considered by way of improvements, please let me know.  Although I cannot promise that they can necessarily be addressed with alacrity at least we will know what concerns you.

The proposed Virtual Inter-Club team racing event against Minima took place on Wednesday evening.  The Tamesis teams overwhelmed the opposition winning 5-1 overall.  Congratulations to Richard, Jodok and Tom in Team 1 and Andrew, Peter and Mike in Team 2.  More Virtual Team racing is in the offing – possibly with other Clubs.

Thursday evening saw the start of Tim’s new Virtual race series.

Although we planned to run races this Sunday and hopefully improve the social format based on our experience last week, the very windy forecast and last-minute publication of the new Coronavirus rules scuppered both.

We need to keep a firmer eye on the social distancing aspects ashore – it is all too easy to fall into normal distancing habits whilst one’s thoughts are occupied with the concerns of going afloat and racing.

Tim Medcalf will again issue a special Notice of Race as well as a set of special instructions that all Members who plan to race must read and comply with.  This information will both cover the racing and give details of the Club facilities that will be available.  It will be sent out via the Tamesis Club Sailing, Tamesis Laser Sailing and Tammy Merlins WhatsApp groups.

This Week  7th to 13th July

Hopefully we will have things in place so that we can restart racing and run a Veranda Bar as previously.  We will post what is possible for this coming weekend on the Tamesis Sailing and Tamesis Club WhatsApp groups, possibly as late as Saturday evening, so watch out for this information.

Again, if you intend to race this coming Sunday, please could you inform Tim Medcalf via one of the WhatsApp groups so that we are aware of the size of the fleets which we will have to manage.

Training

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

Paddleboarding

The newly started paddleboarding section has been very active at the Club during the lockdown period and it is really encouraging to see such enthusiasm for this new facet of what the Club has to offer.

Andrew Horwitz, our SUP Captain, has set up a WhatsApp group for fellow SUP enthusiasts to join. The planned Summer Solstice expedition on Saturday, 20th June, took place in sunny and breezy conditions.  The group headed upstream to Kingston Bridge and back.  See the report on this and pictures by Andrew Horwitz in News.

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.  Since the WhatsApp groups have proved extremely effective for communication their use will increase.

The Red Banner

Since we appear to be entering a period where Government guidelines are being changed with unpredictable frequency, I will be using the Red Banner in the website header to present the latest information on any restrictions which have to be applied to activities at the Club.  Please look at this information after each time that the Government announces a change in policy related to Covid-19.

WhatsApp

The ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group.  When normal sailing has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 75 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/BlNPEr5jx3B3zC9e8UpLK7

The ‘Tamesis Club‘ Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members.  I strongly encourage all Club Members who can to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that we can broadcast urgent information.  This Group currently has 87 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/GdhgwVGPli26rcxMIHvBjk

The ‘Laser’ Group has been started recently and Laser sailors are encouraged to join this Group.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/JdRQxAmO7ApIl81IIi6a1u w

The ‘TAMESIS SUP’ WhatsApp Group is now available for information on Paddleboarding.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/KsGsTT19fxtChvAXpuDHU3

If you do not have WhatsApp on your smartphone then you can download it for iPhones from the Apple App Store, or for Android from the Play Store.

An Offer   Tom Low, who is a Financial Advisor and Wealth Manager, has offered to talk with any Member who may be interested in such services with particular reference to the uncertain times the markets are experiencing.  He can be contacted at  tom.low@sjpp.co.uk

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

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

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

Notice

Club Position on the Freedom to Partake in Watersports

Although the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are still closed, some use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted by the partial lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Please click on the Red Banner on the website home page to use the link on it to read the current conditions and information for use of the Club.

On Sunday we had a trial in which we attempted to provide some racing within the current Government guidelines.  This demonstrated that the racing itself was viable although the sequencing and scope of the races needed to evolve.  However, our ability to continue to provide this racing will depend on those who enter the races, or just come to the Club to watch, complying strictly with the Social Distancing requirements and the conditions and instructions given to them.

Whilst it is clear that to some the Social Distancing rules are of little concern, there are also many for whom they are of considerable concern and who will be deterred from visiting the Club if they do not see proper distancing being observed.  I ask, therefore, that whilst at the Club you give those who are not in your household or ‘bubble’ the space that is required, or more if they appear to wish for it.  There are Members who do have immunity issues of one kind or another and I do not want anyone to be put off visiting the Club through anxiety.

If we are not able to comply with the Government rules we may have to scale back on what we can offer.  We must be careful not to look like Bournemouth beach.

Last Week   23rd to 29th June

This week the Wednesday Working Party set about preparing for our trial races which happened this Sunday.  I reiterate, if anyone has something that they would like to be considered by way of improvements, please let me know.  Although I cannot promise that they can necessarily be addressed with alacrity at least we will know what concerns you.

Tim concluded this Series of Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  The Sunday morning series did not not occur this week as we were running proper races again as a trial, although there was Virtual Racing on Sunday evening.  Minima has proposed an Inter-Club team racing event and the details of this event are being arranged.

Sunday 28th June, the Club ran two trial Class races with starts for Lasers and for Merlin Rockets.  Despite the very gusty conditions 9 Lasers and 4 Merlins managed to race in a safe manner and the shoreside operations were reasonably, though not entirely, compliant with the prevailing social distancing guidelines.  Using the experience of this trial we will look to improve our organisation and expand racing in the coming weeks.  See the full report in News.

As a trial for the social side of things an exterior pop-up bar was instigated and appeared to be well received.  This too will be the subject of consideration for improvements.

This Week  30th June to 6th July

We will plan to run races this coming Sunday and will hopefully improve the format based on our experience last week.  We need to keep a firmer eye on the social distancing aspects ashore – it is all too easy to fall into normal distancing habits whilst ones thoughts are occupied with the concerns of going afloat and racing.

Tim Medcalf will again issue a special Notice of Race as well as a set of special instructions that all Members who plan to race must read and comply with.  This information will both cover the racing and give details of the Club facilities that will be available.  It will be posted via the Tamesis Club Sailing, Tamesis Laser Sailing and Tammy Merlins Whatsapp groups.

Again, if you intend to race this coming Sunday, please could you inform Tim Medcalf via one of the WhatsApp groups so that we are aware of the size of the fleets which we will have to manage.

Training

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

Paddleboarding

The newly started paddleboarding section has been very active at the Club during the lockdown period and it is really encouraging to see such enthusiasm for this new facet of what the Club has to offer.

Andrew Horwitz, our SUP Captain, has set up a WhatsApp group for fellow SUP enthusiasts to join. The planned Summer Solstice expedition on Saturday, 20th June, took place in sunny and breezy conditions.  The group headed upstream to Kingston Bridge and back.  See the report on this and pictures by Andrew Horwitz in News.

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.  Since the WhatsApp groups have proved extremely effective for communication their use will increase.

The Red Banner

Since we appear to be entering a period where Government guidelines are being changed with unpredictable frequency, I will be using the Red Banner in the website header to present the latest information on any restrictions which have to be applied to activities at the Club.  Please look at this information after each time that the Government announces a change in policy related to Covid-19.

WhatsApp

The Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group.  When normal sailing has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 74 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/BlNPEr5jx3B3zC9e8UpLK7

The ‘Tamesis Club Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members.  I strongly encourage all Club Members who can to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.  This Group currently has 86 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/GdhgwVGPli26rcxMIHvBjk

The ‘Laser’ Group has been started recently and Laser sailors are encouraged to join this Group.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/JdRQxAmO7ApIl81IIi6a1u w

The TAMESIS SUP’ WhatsApp Group is now available for information on Paddleboarding.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/KsGsTT19fxtChvAXpuDHU3

If you do not have WhatsApp on your smartphone then you can download it for iPhones from the Apple App Store, or for Android from the Play Store.

Zoom

Zoe’s Tammy Natters has been a great way for Club Members to get sight of each other and have a chat whilst they cannot meet in person.  Now that we are opening up progressively and Members can go to the Club to meet up with their friends, Tammy Natters will be suspended.  I would like to thank Zoe Adams for instigating this enjoyable form of get-together which we will re-institute should there be a second wave of lockdown.

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

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

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

Notice

Club Position on the Freedom to Partake in Watersports

Although the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are still closed, some use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted by the partial lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Please click on the Red Banner on the website home page to use the link on it to read the current conditions and information for use of the Club.

This coming Sunday we are organising a trial which we hope will allow us to provide some racing within the current Government guidelines (which are changing from time to time) although not in the standard Sunday morning format.  Our ability to provide this racing will depend on those who enter the races complying strictly with the conditions and instructions given to them, which will be aimed at avoiding justified complaints from observers.  Restricted access to the Changing Room toilets will be available but the showers and changing areas will remain closed.

Last Week  16th to 22nd June

This week the Wednesday Working Party activity was directed towards assessing those things which had to be put in place to make the planned resumption of racing possible.  A number of projects to enhance the Club are in hand.  If anyone has something that they would like to be considered, please let me know.  Although I cannot promise that they can necessarily be addressed with alacrity at least we will know what concerns you.

Tim continued the Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  These were well attended and a good training ground for the more vigorous Thursday and Sunday series.  The Sunday morning series will not occur this week as we will be running proper races again.

John Edmondson, who has taken on the Laser Class Captaincy from Chris Taggart, has instituted a Laser WhatsApp group similar to that of the Merlin group.  The invitation to join that group is given in the WhatsApp section below.

Sunday  21st June.  Another pleasant and breezy Sunday lost to real sailing although the Virtual Racing morning series was concluded with enthusiasm.  See the full report by Tim in News.

This Week  23rd to 29th June

As you will be aware, the Government is progressively relaxing the Coronavirus lockdown conditions and the Management and Sailing Committees have been working on a corresponding staged plan to enable Members to return to the water.  We now feel the conditions are right to re-start racing.

On the morning of Sunday 28th June, the Club will run two trial Class races with a start for Lasers at 10.30 and one for Merlin Rockets at 11.30.  If this activity proves that the Club and its Members can manage to race in a safe manner, which is compliant with the prevailing social distancing guidelines, we will look to expand racing in the coming weeks.

Tim Medcalf will issue a special Notice of Race as well as a set of special instructions that all Members who plan to race must read and comply with.  This information will both cover the racing and give details of the Club facilities that will be available.  It will be posted on the Club website as well as being sent out via the Tamesis Club Sailing, Tamesis Laser Sailing, and Tammy Merlins Whatsapp groups.

If you intend to race next Sunday, please could you inform Tim Medcalf via one of the WhatsApp groups so that we are aware of the size of the fleets which we will have to manage.

Training

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

Paddleboarding

The newly started paddleboarding section has been very active at the Club during the lockdown period and it is really encouraging to see such enthusiasm for this new facet of what the Club has to offer.

Andrew Horwitz, our SUP Captain, has set up a WhatsApp group for fellow SUP enthusiasts to join. The planned Summer Solstice expedition on Saturday, 20th June, took place in sunny and breezy conditions.  The group headed upstream to Kingston Bridge and back.  See the report on this and pictures by Andrew Horwitz in News.

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.  Since the WhatsApp groups have proved extremely effective for communication their use will become increasingly important.

The Red Banner

Since we appear to be entering a period where Government guidelines are being changed with unpredictable frequency, I will be using the Red Banner in the website header to present the latest information on any restrictions which have to be applied to activities at the Club.  Please look at this information after each time that the Government announces a change in policy related to Covid-19.

WhatsApp

The‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group.  When normal sailing has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 71 Members signed-up.
CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/BlNPEr5jx3B3zC9e8UpLK7

 

TheTamesis ClubGroup is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members.  I strongly encourage all Club Members who can to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.  This Group currently has 84 Members signed-up.
CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/GdhgwVGPli26rcxMIHvBjk

 

The ‘Laser’ Group has been started recently and Laser sailors are encouraged to join this Group.
CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/JdRQxAmO7ApIl81IIi6a1u w

 

The ‘TAMESIS SUP’ WhatsApp Group is now available for information on Paddleboarding.
CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/KsGsTT19fxtChvAXpuDHU3

If you do not have WhatsApp on your smartphone then you can download it for iPhones from the Apple App Store, or for Android from the Play Store.

Zoom

Provisional

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters:  Time: 28th June, 2020 at 1pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7283922113?pwd=Z2x0MXFpY1A2bkFVa0Nya1daRFdUQT09

Meeting ID: 728 392 2113
Password: 069218

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

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

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

Notice

Club Position on the Freedom to Partake in Watersports

Although the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are still closed, some use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted by the partial lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Please read the Red Banner on the website home page and use the link on it to read the current conditions for use of the Club.

For those who wish to access the boatshed for boats or masts, there is no accessible key to the boatshed double doors in the Clubhouse.  Do not go into the Clubhouse to look for it or for any other reason The boatshed small door can be opened using the old Clubhouse key and the key to the double doors is housed with the race equipment.  If you wish to open the double doors and don’t know how to access that key, call any Flag Officer or the Harbourmaster.  If you do open the double doors, make sure they are bolted and locked when you leave and that the key is returned to where it came from.

Last Week   9th to 15th June

This week saw the resumption of the Wednesday Working Party which does all those small jobs (and some quite big ones) which keep the Club in the best state for Members to enjoy.  A number of projects to enhance the Club are in hand.  The planned Paddleboard storage has been completed and is already practically full.  As a result, plans are being formulated to extend the rack, as the newly formed Paddleboarding fleet appears to be growing fast.

Charles Fox continues to tackle some of the major jobs around the Club and has recently been restoring the roof of the Changing Rooms to a waterproof condition.

Tim continued the Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  These were well attended and a good training ground for the more vigorous Thursday and Sunday series.

John Edmondson, who has taken on the Laser Class Captaincy from Chris Taggart, has instituted a Laser WhatsApp group similar to that of the Merlin group.  The invitation to join that group is given in the WhatsApp section below.

Sunday 14th June.  Another Sunday lost to real sailing although the Virtual Racing series was continued with enthusiasm.  See the full report by Tim in News.

This Week  16th to 22nd June

At the most recent Club Management Committee we discussed a proposal to reinstate some competitive sailing.  Accordingly, the Sailing Committee met this Monday and agreed a structure for a resumption of racing.  The first trial racing will take place in the usual Sunday morning period on 28th June and will be for Lasers and Merlin Rockets.  If this trial is successful, the Committee hopes to expand the programme.  A Notice of Race containing all information will be published in next week’s Tammy Matters and also via the various WhatsApp groups.  The return to racing is an exciting prospect and all Members who plan to race are encouraged to make sure that their boats are shipshape and Bristol fashion.

Training

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

Paddleboarding

The newly started paddleboarding section has been very active at the Club during the lockdown period and it is really encouraging to see such enthusiasm for this new facet of what the Club has to offer.

Andrew Horwitz, our SUP Captain, has set up a WhatsApp group for fellow SUP enthusiasts to join. They are planning their first get-together to coincide with the Summer Solstice this Saturday, 20th June. It will most likely be by way of a fairly modest trip to Kingston Bridge and back.  This is to allow as many people as possible, including children, to participate. Experienced SUP adventurers can then use the group to make plans for bigger challenges if they like.  Depending on the weather and importantly the river flow, the group is planning to depart around 5pm from Tamesis. They will paddle to Kingston and return to Tamesis in time for a picnic on the lawn.  Social distancing will, of course, need to be observed in-line with current guidelines.

Open this link to join and share your thoughts with the TAMESIS SUP WhatsApp Group:
https://chat.whatsapp.com/KsGsTT19fxtChvAXpuDHU3

 

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.

WhatsApp

The‘Tamesis Club Sailing’Group.  When normal sailing has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 71 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/BlNPEr5jx3B3zC9e8UpLK7

 

TheTamesis Club Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members.  I strongly encourage all Club Members who can to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.  This Group currently has 83 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/GdhgwVGPli26rcxMIHvBjk

The ‘Laser’ Group has been started recently and Laser sailors are encouraged to join this Group.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/JdRQxAmO7ApIl81IIi6a1u w

 

The ‘TAMESIS SUP’ WhatsApp Group is now available for information on Paddleboarding :

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THIS WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/KsGsTT19fxtChvAXpuDHU3

If you do not have WhatsApp on your smartphone then you can download it for iPhones from the Apple App Store, or for Android from the Play Store.

                                                                               Zoom                    

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters:  Time: 21st June, 2020 at 1pm

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7283922113?pwd=Z2x0MXFpY1A2bkFVa0Nya1daRFdUQT09

Meeting ID: 728 392 2113
Password: 069218

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

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

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

Notice

Club Position on the Freedom to Partake in Watersports

Although the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are still closed, some use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted by the partial lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Please read the Red Banner on the website home page and use the link on it to read the current conditions for use of the Club.

For those who wish to access the boatshed for boats or masts, there is no accessible key to the boatshed double doors in the Clubhouse.  Do not go into the Clubhouse to look for it or for any other reason.  The boatshed small door can be opened using the old Clubhouse key and the key to the double doors is housed with the race equipment.  If you wish to open the double doors and don’t know how to access that key, call any Flag Officer or the Harbourmaster.  If you do open the double doors, make sure they are bolted and locked when you leave and the key returned to where it came from.

Last Week  2nd to 8th June

The weather this week has not been nearly as appealing as that for most of May.  However, I met with and showed round a potential new Member on Tuesday.  The family has subsequently joined the Club as Paddleboarding Members – our first of this new classification.

We are hoping, when conditions allow, to start some limited ‘on the water’ racing.  We have yet to work out the finer details but believe we should be able to do this fairly soon.  This activity must also be done in such a way as to avoid public criticism.

Tim continued the Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  These were well attended and a good training ground for the more vigorous Thursday and Sunday series.

John Edmondson, who has taken on the Laser Class Captaincy from Chris Taggart, has instituted a Laser WhatsApp group similar to that of the Merlin group.  The invitation to join that group is given in the WhatsApp section below.

Sunday 7th June.  A windy and intermittently wet day in partial lockdown and the Virtual Racing series was continued with enthusiasm.  See the full report by Tim in News.

At Monday’s Club Management Committee we discussed a proposal to reinstate some competitive sailing.  The Management Committee was essentially positive about the idea and the Sailing Committee will convene early next week to discuss the details of an operational plan.  Further details will be communicated to members via Tammy Matters, the Tamesis Club Sailing and fleet-specific Whatsapp groups.

Training

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

Paddleboarding

The newly started paddleboarding section has been very active at the Club during the lockdown period and it is really encouraging to see such enthusiasm for this new facet of what the Club has to offer.

Some of the members of the paddleboarding section are considering a possible group safari along the river and anyone interested in such an expedition should contact Andrew Horwitz who is the fleet captain for paddleboards.

We have had our first paddleboarding members join last week.

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.

WhatsApp

The ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group gets highly animated when the Group engaged in the Virtual Regatta is active.  When normal sailing has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 70 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THE “TAMESIS CLUB SAILING” WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/BlNPEr5jx3B3zC9e8UpLK7

The Tamesis Club Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members who are signed-up to the Group.  Less urgent information will be communicated in the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.  I strongly encourage all Club Members who can to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.  This Group currently has 82 Members signed-up – 6 additional members joined this week.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THE “TAMESIS CLUB” WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/GdhgwVGPli26rcxMIHvBjk

The ‘Laser’ Group is for passing messages around the Laser fleet

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THE “LASER” WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/JdRQxAmO7ApIl81IIi6a1u w

If you do not have WhatsApp on your smartphone then you can download it for iPhones from the Apple App Store, or for Android from the Play Store.

Zoom

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters:  Time: 14th June, 2020 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/7283922113?pwd=Z2x0MXFpY1A2bkFVa0Nya1daRFdUQT09

Meeting ID: 728 392 2113
Password: 069218

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

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

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

Notice

Club Position on the Freedom to Partake in Watersports

Although the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are still closed, some use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted by the partial lifting of the Covid-19 lockdown.  Please read the Red Banner on the website home page and use the link on it to read the current conditions for use of the Club.

For those who wish to access the boatshed for boats or masts, there is no accessible key to the boatshed double doors in the Clubhouse.  Do not go into the Clubhouse to look for it or for any other reason.  The boatshed small door can be opened using the old Clubhouse key and the key to the double doors is housed with the race equipment.  If you wish to open the double doors and don’t know how to access that key, call any Flag Officer or the Harbourmaster.  If you do open the double doors, make sure they are bolted and locked when you leave and the key returned to where it came from.

Last Week  26th May to 1st June

During the fine weather last week many members enjoyed the space of the Club grounds.  Unfortunately, we received a complaint, via the website contact, from a member of the public who was on the Surrey riverbank.  It was their perception that there was a group which was too large and not observing the required social distancing nor separation into family groups.  Whilst judgement of separation between people from that distance is questionable, the size of a group is fairly readily discerned.  We are very easy to see and since we are using Club grounds not available to the general public, we are vulnerable to complaints of this sort made by zealous observers.

As a result, I am asking you to observe exaggerated separation and obvious family separation whilst visiting the Club to reduce the likelihood of such complaints which might result in our being forced to close down.  We would like to continue to exercise the maximum enjoyment of our idyllic location without visits from the authorities checking up on us.

I broadcast the request for extra attention to social distancing on the Tamesis Club WhatsApp group.  This has, at present, only 78 participants.  This incident is the sort of thing I would wish to have as wide a coverage as possible and I urge all those who can do so but have not as yet signed up to the WhatsApp group to do so.  The joining instructions can be found in the WhatsApp section of this newsletter.

We are hoping, when conditions allow, to start some limited ‘on the water’ racing.  We have yet to work out the finer details but believe we should be able to do this fairly soon.  This activity must also be done in such a way as to avoid public criticism.

Tim continued the Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  These were well attended and a good training ground for the more vigorous Thursday and Sunday series.

Sunday 31st May.  A windy day in partial lockdown and the Virtual Racing series was continued with enthusiasm.  See the full report by Tim in News.

 

Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

A number of Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket skippers took part in the Merlin Rocket Class Association Virtual Sailing Championships this week.  Peter Impey and Richard Harris made it through Qualifying.  In the grand final on Friday Richard was placed 9th and Peter 14th.  Well done for flying the Club burgee.

The four-week May Sunday series has finished, as have the Tuesday and Thursday evening series.  The June series of Sunday and Thursday evenings start this week along with series for Juniors and ‘Masters’ on Tuesday evenings.  Full details will continue to be published via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group.

Anyone who hasn’t tried Virtual Regatta can download the App and have some practice before joining the racing.  To join in please follow these steps:

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

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

Training

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

Paddleboarding

The newly started paddleboarding section has been very active at the Club during the lockdown period and it is really encouraging to see such enthusiasm for this new facet of what the Club has to offer.

Some of the members of the paddleboarding section are considering a possible group safari along the river and anyone interested in such an expedition should contact Andrew Horwitz who is the fleet captain for paddleboards.

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.

WhatsApp

The ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group gets highly animated when the Group engaged in the Virtual Regatta is active.  When normal sailing has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 68 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THE “TAMESIS CLUB SAILING” WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/BlNPEr5jx3B3zC9e8UpLK7

The ‘Tamesis Club‘ Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members who are signed-up to the Group.  Less urgent information will be communicated in the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.  I strongly encourage Club Members to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.  This Group currently has 78 Members signed-up.

CLICK HERE ON YOUR SMARTPHONE TO JOIN THE TAMESIS CLUB WHATSAPP GROUP
https://chat.whatsapp.com/GdhgwVGPli26rcxMIHvBjk

If you do not have WhatsApp on your smartphone then you can download it for iPhones from the Apple App Store, or for Android from the Play Store.

Zoom

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters:  Time: 7th June, 2020 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://lse.zoom.us/j/94799086574?pwd=ZlVFNkNmUnFveFVQZTZnNTB0ZExEdz09

Meeting ID: 947 9908 6574
Password: 247198

 

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

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

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

Notice

Club Position on the Freedom to Partake in Watersports

Although the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are still closed, some use of Tamesis Club by Members is permitted by the partial lifting of Covid-19 lockdown.  Please read the Red Banner on the website home page and use the link on it to read the current conditions for use of the Club.

For those who wish to access the boatshed for boats or masts,there is no accessible key to the boatshed double door in the Clubhouse.Do not go into the Clubhouse to look for it or for any other reason The boatshed small door can be opened using the old Clubhouse key and the key to the double doors is housed with the race equipment.  If you wish to open the double door and don’t know how to access that key, call any Flag Officer or the Harbourmaster.  If you do open the double doors, make sure they are bolted and locked when you leave.

Last Week  19th to 25th May

New electrical works have been done which should improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Clubhouse heating in cold weather.  These include the installation of fans in the roof and a simpler central heating control unit.

This week the Security alarm was set off three times within the space of four hours – all alerts being false.  There have, over time, been occasional false alerts but never a rash like this before.  The fault has been traced and the source of false warnings eliminated.

The Harbourmaster, Andrew, and family were continuing with a programme of smartening up the Club whilst the lockdown (now partial) continues.  During the lockdown, Charles has continued progressing various projects to improve our facilities.

Tim continued the Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  These were well attended and a good training ground for the more vigorous Thursday and Sunday series.

Sunday 24th May.  A windy day in partial lockdown and the Virtual Racing series was continued with enthusiasm.  See the full report by Tim in News.

Monday 25th May. A sunny Bank Holiday Monday saw a number of Members and their families enjoying the sunshine at the Club.  Three Merlin Rockets and a small flotilla of stand-up paddleboards took to the water, all returning without incident and everyone took care to maintain social distancing.  It was a welcome reminder of what a lovely spot Tamesis Club occupies.

 

Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

A number of Tamesis Club Merlin Rocket skippers will be taking part in the Merlin Rocket class association Virtual Sailing Championships this week.  Qualifying flights will race on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings with a grand final on Friday.  There will be five races each evening, with three to count, the first one starting at 17.55.  Spectators will be very welcome and can access races through the Virtual Regatta game in the usual way.

The four-week Sunday series continues and, together with the Thursday evening series, will continue the current core activity. The more recently initiated series for Juniors and ‘Masters’ will continue on Tuesday evenings.  Full details will continue to be published via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group.

Anyone who hasn’t tried Virtual Regatta can download the App and have some practice before joining the racing.  To join in please follow these steps:

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

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

Training

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

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.

WhatsApp

The‘Tamesis Club Sailing’Group gets highly animated when the Group engaged in the Virtual Regatta is active.  When normal sailing has been resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.  This Group currently has 67 Members signed-up.

TheTamesis ClubGroup is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members who are signed-up to the Group.  Less urgent information will be communicated in the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.  I strongly encourage Club Members to join this WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.  This Group currently has 78 Members signed-up.

A reminder that Kaan put out an e-mail, sent from ‘Tamesis Club’ on 29th March, giving the necessary links to join either or both Groups.  The more who sign up, the better our ability to keep you quickly in touch with any developments.

Zoom

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters:  Time: Sunday 31st May, 2020 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://lse.zoom.us/j/95165936349?pwd=VzFKSUxNdFRqbE9aN2NOVDZBcDVjUT09

Meeting ID: 951 6593 6349
Password: 055646

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

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

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

Notice

Club position on Freedom to partake in Watersports

Use of Tamesis Club by Members permitted by the partial lifting of Covid-19 lockdown.

If you or anybody in your household display any symptoms of Coronavirus infection, none of you may come to the Club and you should self-isolate for the Government recommended period.

If you handle anything that you have not brought with you it is suggested that you wear gloves when doing so or use hand sanitiser afterwards.

If you think you may use Club equipment (ie. chairs, tables etc.) please bring sanitiser and cloths to wipe them down before and after use.

As a result of the easing of lockdown conditions, announced on 10th May, limited water-sports are now permitted and some elements of the Tamesis Club facilities are available to Members to enjoy this new freedom.  Members must, however, observe the social distancing and all other Government imposed conditions at all times.

On Club premises, you and all members of your household must observe the two metre social distancing from members of all other households.  Please ensure that any young children do not break this restriction.

The Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are closed, so no toilet or washing facilities are available at the Club.  If you intend going on the water you should change into your sailing kit at home.

The Club Patrol boats are currently mothballed and not available for use.  The two metre rule makes giving assistance from a patrol boat impractical.

Club boats are not available for Members to use at the present time.

Sailing, paddleboarding and canoeing are allowed if done within the Government restrictions.

The Club will not be organising any racing during this period.  Any sailing or other activity on the water is entirely at your own responsibility and risk.

If you go on the water  you must wear a buoyancy aid.

Before going out on the water, consider your capabilities in the light of the prevailing weather conditions, bearing in mind that there is no assisted recovery available.  If in any doubt, do not go afloat.  Masthead floats are recommended whilst these restrictions are in force.

Be careful to keep to the social distancing rules whilst rigging, launching and recovering craft and whilst on the water.

Ensure that your boat is sound and the rigging is in good condition.  It is suggested that you read the article at  Clubsailor.co.uk .

Single-handed sailing by helms under 16 is not allowed.

Under 16s can sail in crewed boats with members of their own household.

The lawn and riverfront are there for your enjoyment – whilst keeping the correct distancing.

The current advice from EA and RYA is reproduced in brief below.

From the EA – issued 15th May

In line with the updated government guidance issued on 10 May, non-powered water sports like kayaking and rowing can resume. Boat owners may also now visit their moored boats to make sure they are well-maintained. Any activities undertaken, however, must be done alone or with your household and you must always follow social distancing guidelines when encountering others.

From the RYA – Issued 11th May

From Wednesday, 13 May unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England, and we understand that this will include all forms of boating.  The Prime Minister also indicated that people would be permitted to travel to other destinations in order to exercise.  Any activity will still need to be alone or with members of a single household, and social distancing must be followed at all times.

Full text at https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-information-for-recreational-boaters.aspx

The RNLI is currently working through the updated guidance in England delivered by the UK Prime Minister on 11 May and will be engaging with a number of watersport governing bodies and other stakeholders to help inform its response.

Be sensible – and stay alert!

Last Week  12th to 18th May

On Saturday, as is becoming customary, I went to the Club to see if there was any post – none this week.

The Harbourmaster, Andrew, and family were continuing with a programme of smartening up the Club whilst the lockdown (now partial) continues.  During the lockdown, Charles has continued progressing various projects to improve our facilities.

Tim continued the Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evening for Juniors and ‘Masters’.  These were well attended and a good training ground for the more vigorous Thursday series.

On Wednesday, Jodok, as the selected Club representative, competed in the RYA London and South-East semi-finals, managing a creditable 12th which qualified him for the Finals on Friday.  On Friday he competed in the Regional Final, followed by a considerable number of groupies, scoring a magnificent 2nd in the first race and finishing 8th overall in a very hot competition.  Very well done Jodok, a credit to the Club.

Sunday 16th May.  A sunny day in partial lockdown but the new Virtual Racing series was continued with ever growing interest being shown.   See the full report by Tim in News.

During the week  A number of Zoom meetings were held to consider how we should implement the partial lifting of lockdown and the ability to resume watersports.

Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

The new four-week series started this Sunday and, together with the Thursday evening series, will continue the current core activity. The newly initiated series for Juniors and ‘Masters’ will continue on Tuesday evenings.  Full details have been published via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group.

Anyone who hasn’t tried Virtual Regatta can download the App and have some practice before joining the racing.  To join in please follow these steps:

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

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

Training

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

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.

WhatsApp

The ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group gets highly animated when the Group engaged in the Virtual Regatta is active.  When normal sailing is resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.

The Tamesis Club Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members who are signed-up to the Group.  Less urgent information will be communicated in the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.

A reminder that Kaan put out an e-mail, sent from ‘Tamesis Club’ on 29th March, giving the necessary links to join either or both Groups.  The more who sign up, the better our ability to keep you quickly in touch with any developments.  There are currently 78 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club and 66 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club Sailing.

I strongly encourage Club Members to join particularly the ‘Tamesis Club‘ WhatsApp group as this is the fastest way that you can receive urgent information.

Zoom

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters:    May 24, 2020 01:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

https://lse.zoom.us/j/91350583747?pwd=dEdsQ1R6NXJOay9RSHlsVm9vZEtpdz09

Meeting ID: 913 5058 3747

Password: 283094

A Reminder.  Joanne, the Pilates teacher who did the Monday classes at the Club, has set up an on-line class at 10:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays, £5 per person per session on Zoom.  If anyone would like any more information they can contact Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

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

Chris Pollard

Commodore

 

Tammy Matters

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Last Week  5th to 11th May

On Saturday, as is becoming customary, I went to the Club to see if there was any post – only hand delivered stuff this week.

I had also arranged to meet the Harbourmaster to discuss what needs to be kept going and done during the lockdown period so that when we are, eventually, able to enjoy the Club again, the premises will be in trim condition.

During the lockdown, Charles has continued progressing various projects to improve our facilities.  He has constructed a rack for the storage of 10 paddleboards in the boatshed in what used to be ‘clutter corner’ by the light switches.  Because of its position and what it replaces it will have no impact on the usability of the boatshed for sailing related activities.

Tim has started further Virtual Regatta racing on Tuesday evenings.  A 6 pm start for Juniors and an 8 pm start for ‘Masters’, a somewhat ambiguous description.  These race series are an ideal way for the younger and less ept older Club members to get into this form of racing.  The new Thursday evening series was launched.

Sunday 10th May.  A windy day in lockdown but the new Virtual Racing series was launched with ever growing interest being shown.  The limit of 20 entrants in a race would appear to be generating a bit of disappointment as it denys entry to some who want to enter each race but the racing itself is fast and furious.

Monday 11th May.  The second Zoom Management Committee is to be held, specifically to consider the ramifications and opportunities resulting from Boris’s announcements on Sunday.

Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

The new four-week series started this Sunday and together with the Thursday evening series will continue the current core activity. The newly initiated series for Juniors and Masters will continue on Tuesday evenings.  Full details have been published via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group.

Anyone who hasn’t tried Virtual Regatta can download the App and have some practice before joining the racing.  To join in please follow these steps:

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

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

Training

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

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.

WhatsApp

The ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group gets highly animated when the Group engaged in the Virtual Regatta is active.  When normal sailing is resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.

The ‘Tamesis Club‘ Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members who are signed-up to the Group.  Less urgent information will be communicated in the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.

A reminder that Kaan put out an e-mail, sent from ‘Tamesis Club’ on 29th March, giving the necessary links to join either or both Groups.  The more who sign up, the better our ability to keep you quickly in touch with any developments.  There are currently 78 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club and 63 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club Sailing.

I strongly encourage Club Members to join both WhatsApp groups.

Zoom

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters: 17th May, 2020 at 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://lse.zoom.us/j/98504755833?pwd=VWJQdXJ5V01XUGI2TElJb2FGY1plZz09

Meeting ID: 985 0475 5833
Password: 002813

Notices

First reaction to Government Statement on Sunday

We have held a Management Committee meeting, using the Zoom App, specifically aimed at trying to formulate the way to bring the Club out of lockdown.  As a result of the Government announcement we have moved into a state of uncertainty when greater personal judgement will have to be made about how you remain within the guidelines.  The intention is to reactivate the Club as reasonably quickly as we can whilst staying within the best advice available and not risking spreading the virus.

For the immediate future:

The Clubhouse and changing rooms will remain closed until further notice – please don’t go in!  An inevitable corollary of this is that there will be no accessible toilets nor any refreshments on the Club site.

If Members or their families wish to visit the Club they must observe the social distancing advice.  Ensuring this, particularly for the children of different households, will be difficult but every effort should be made to observe it.  There will be no organised sailing from the Club and Members should respect the advice of the Environment Agency and the RYA.

All updates on the accessibility of the Club resulting from changes of Government and Environment Agency policy will be notified by WhatsApp and subsequently in Tammy Matters.  Members are strongly advised to follow the Government advice on coronavirus avoidance techniques and to keep themselves fit for resuming normal life.

The current advice from those bodies is reproduced in brief below.

From the EA – issued 20th April – no update since the Government announcement.

Since our last message the Government have stated that it is too early to make a change to the current heightened response to the Coronavirus emergency. We therefore reiterate the advice to stop non-essential travel on our waterways and to make journeys only to access essential services and facilities. We expect these restrictions to remain in place until at least the middle of May 2020. We realise this is difficult at the time our customers are traditionally getting their boats ready and heading out onto the waterways.

From the RYA – Issued 11th May

From Wednesday, 13 May unlimited outdoor activity will be permitted in England, and we understand that this will include all forms of boating.  The Prime Minister also indicated that people would be permitted to travel to other destinations in order to exercise.  Any activity will still need to be alone or with members of a single household, and social distancing must be followed at all times. 

Full text at:  https://www.rya.org.uk/newsevents/news/Pages/coronavirus-advice-and-information-for-recreational-boaters.aspx

The RNLI is currently seeking further clarity following the update given by the UK Prime Minister last night (10 May) and will be engaging with a number of watersport governing bodies and other stakeholders to help inform its response.

Be sensible!

Chris Pollard

Commodore

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Last Week  28th April to 4th May

On Saturday I went to the Club to see if there was any post – there was a gas bill.  However, during a general check around it was found that, although the Clubhouse alarm was set, the door onto the balcony was not locked.  This would have rendered our Insurance invalid had anyone entered and stolen from or vandalised the property.

The Clubhouse is closed whilst the current Covid 19 state is in force.  Nobody is permitted to enter unless given approval by the Commodore or Vice Commodore for a specific purpose.  I should also remind everyone that the Environment Agency position is- The Environment Agency asks the owners of all boats kept or used on our managed waterways not to make any boat journeys, other than to access essential services and facilities.  It’s galling watching the canoeists and rowers flouting this request but the Club’s position has to be that we cannot condone the use of boats at this time.  We will encourage the use of boats again as soon as the present conditions are eased.

Sunday 3rd May.  A cloudy day in lockdown but the final races in the Virtual series and the afternoon shootout filled the day with interest for those involved and ‘spectating’.

Monday 4th May.  The RYA hosted a teleconference joined by Flag and other Officers from several of the river-based Sailing Clubs based between Putney and Marlow.  The principal purpose of the meeting was to see how the various Clubs had been affected by and were coping with the Covid 19 lockdown.  It was found that most Clubs had similar coping arrangements as ourselves.  Two Clubs reported that they had serious concerns about criminal activity, with evidence of night-time movements on the river.  On a brighter note, the RYA has made available some resources for Clubs to brighten our time in lockdown.

Club Remote Activity

Racing – Virtual Regatta Race Series

The final round of the four-race series took place this Sunday.  The helms competed to get one of the 12 slots available for the three race shootout mini-series to determine who will go forward to represent Tamesis Club at the RYA’s Spring e-Sailing Championships.  This was hotly contested and the result interesting.  See the full report by Tim in News.

The Club’s first month of virtual sailing has proved to be surprisingly satisfying and plans are already afoot for a new set of month-long series which will start this coming week.  The intention is to maintain the essence of the current core activity whilst adding a series for Juniors and a Masters series for our more mature or less tech-savvy members.  Full details have been published via the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp group.

Anyone who hasn’t tried Virtual Regatta can download the App and have some practice before joining the racing.  To join in please follow these steps:

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

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

Training

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

Communications

During this time of enforced Club closure we have adopted the use of WhatsApp groups for general contact and arranging sailing and Zoom for video contacts.

WhatsApp

The ‘Tamesis Club Sailing’ Group gets highly animated when the Group engaged in the Virtual Regatta is active.  When normal sailing is resumed this Group is designed to help helms find crews and vice-versa.

The ‘Tamesis Club‘ Group is intended for and restricted to use by Officers to broadcast important and urgent information to all Members who are signed-up to the Group.  Less urgent information will be communicated in the weekly publication of Tammy Matters.

A reminder that Kaan put out an e-mail, sent from ‘Tamesis Club’ on 29th March, giving the necessary links to join either or both Groups.  The more who sign up, the better our ability to keep you quickly in touch with any developments.  There are currently 78 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club and 63 Members signed-up to Tamesis Club Sailing.

I strongly encourage Club Members to join both WhatsApp groups.

Zoom

We have held a Management Committee meeting using the Zoom App.  This worked out well but required a disciplined approach.

Next Sunday’s ‘Tammy Natters’ informal Zoom social at Phil’s Bar will be initiated by Zoe Adams as is now customary.  If you would like to catch up with some people you haven’t seen for a while, do join in. Here are this coming Sunday’s joining details:

Tammy Natters: 10th May, 2020 at 01:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/71993292129?pwd=Vi9vWkVMVlQ3WjlYQ3ViTnFPZkhQdz09

Meeting ID: 719 9329 2129

Password: 030820

Notices

Clubhouse

The Clubhouse is closed until further notice – please don’t go in!  Any updates resulting from changes of Government and Environment Agency policy will be notified by WhatsApp and subsequently in Tammy Matters.

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

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

Chris Pollard

Commodore