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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to guarantee a place.
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
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org