Tamesis Club

Covid-19 Lockdown

Conditions to be followed by Members using Tamesis Club whilst the current conditions are in force.  This Notice will be revised whenever Government imposed conditions are changed.

Latest Revision:-  9th August 2020

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

On Land

It is crucial that, when at the Club, you adhere strictly to the current Government Guidelines with respect to ‘Social Distancing’.  Current Regulations restrict the number of people in a group to 6, duly distanced.  Owing to our location, members of the general public have a grandstand view of our activities and, amongst them, there are likely to be some who may report what they perceive to be breaches of the Regulations to the Police which, in turn, might lead to us having to close the Club.

Tracking for Covid-19 Secure status

To allow more than 30 Members to be at the Club at one time, we have taken steps to ensure that we are ‘Covid-19 Secure’.  To meet this requirement we need to keep a record of everyone who visits the Club premises in order to meet the ‘Track and Trace’ requirement.  For those who can text, please text your name to 07547 691 416 on the day you go to the Club.  This will record your presence there on that day.  For those who cannot text (or have forgotten their phones) there is be a pad and pen in the undercroft of the Ladies changing room, next to the key safe, for you to record the date and time of your arrival.  There is no need to record when you leave the Club.  These records will only be reviewed if necessary for Track and Trace should anybody test positive for Covid-19.

Please remember to record your visits to the Club – it is essential if we are to meet the mandatory Regulation which allows us to have more than 30 people at the Club.

Availability of services

Except when organised racing is in progress on Sunday mornings, the Clubhouse and Changing Rooms are closed, which means that no toilet or washing facilities are available at the Club.  If you intend going on the water you should change into your kit at home.  Whilst organised racing is taking place, limited changing room toilets will be open and we will make available the sanitising and wiping products which are required.

When organised racing is taking place there may be a Veranda Bar available.

If you handle anything that you have not brought with you, you should either wear gloves when doing so or use hand sanitiser before and afterwards.

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

On Club premises, you and all members of your household must observe the current social distancing from members of all other households.  Please do your best to ensure that young children in your charge do not break this restriction.

The lawn and riverfront are there for your enjoyment – please keep proper social distancing.

On the Water

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

Any sailing or other activity on or in 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 and ensure that your boat is sound and the rigging is in good condition, bearing in mind that there is no assisted recovery available.  If in any doubt, do not go afloat.

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 before you leave and that the key is returned to where it came from.

Masthead floats (2 litre) and personal buoyancy aids are mandatory whilst these conditions are in force.

The Club patrol boats will be used when organised racing is in progress but social distancing rules make giving assistance from a patrol boat, other than restoring boats to upright and towing, impractical.

Club boats are now available for Members to use by arrangement.  The users must wipe the side decks down with sanitiser both before and after use.  Sailing gloves must be worn.

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

Single-handed sailing by helms under 16 is not allowed when there is no patrol boat cover.  They may sail in crewed boats with adult members of their own household.


Chris Pollard