Tamesis Club

Covid-19 Lockdown rules

Covid-19 Lockdown rules


Practices to be observed by Members using Tamesis Club whilst the current conditions are in force.

 This Notice will be revised whenever Government imposed conditions are changed.

Version 11:- 21st March 2021

An edited digest from the published Government Guidance which affects our use of the Club.


You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

This includes but is not limited to running, cycling, walking, and swimming. Personal training can continue one-on-one unless everyone is within the same household or support bubble.

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

Outdoor sports venues must close

If you break the rules

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

Sports and physical activity

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding centres must also close.

Businesses and venues

Businesses and venues which must close

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close.  The full list of those businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • leisure and sports facilities.

Information regarding specific rules for sailing will be added when they are clear.

Until further notice Members should not go to the Club.  This will be revised as soon as possible.

View Official sites for fuller information

A less edited version of this information can be found on the Noticeboard.

The RYA interpretation of what is permitted

Step 1: 8th March

The ‘Stay at Home’ restriction will continue but it will be amended so that people can leave home for recreation as well as exercise outdoors – with their own household, support or childcare bubble, or with one person from another household.

Under-18 sport can take place at school as part of educational provision, or as part of wraparound care, but should not otherwise take place at this time. This means that clubs which provide sailing as part of school activity/wraparound care may open for this limited purpose only.

Does working on my boat count as recreation and is it therefore a reason to leave home?

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

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

Members can anticipate that organised racing will take place on Sundays from 4th April

Sailing at the Club – as from 4th April

OOD and Box Duty

While the Covid Regulations are in force, particular care must be taken to maintain the required social distancing in and around the Starters Box.  The upper door and windows at the downstream end must be open at all times the Box is in use.


Before going out on the water, consider your capabilities in 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.

Masthead floats (2 litre, or 4 litre for N18s) and personal buoyancy aids are mandatory whilst these conditions are in force.  The wearing of wetsuits is recommended.

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.

From 17th April the changing rooms will be available for up to four persons at a time. Limited toilet facilities will be available in the changing rooms from 4th April.


Chris Pollard