Since we are in a period where Government guidelines may be 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 and how we are proposing to comply with them. Please look at this information before coming to the Club to sail, to look for any changes in policy related to Covid-19.
The new legislation which has come into force is more restrictive and introduces fines for non-compliance. The RYA interpretation of the impact of the new Regulations can be found at https://www.rya.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/clubs/RYA%20C19%20gov%20guidance%20QAs.pdf?v=1.4.1 . This has further links to information which will show you the complexity of what we are trying to cope with since these links provide further links to more advice.
With the colder weather approaching, although the Clubhouse remains closed for the time being, we are actively working towards making limited access to it possible. We will advise when suitable arrangements are in place. We have, however, arranged limited use of the Changing Rooms in addition to access to the toilets. Currently only 4 people can use the changing area at one time, one in each screened-off sector and although the showers are not yet in use we are working on that as well.
The Chandlery in Ferry Road, near Teddington Lock, has been offering a 10% discount to Club Members. This discount was negotiated by Andrew Horwitz. This is the only remaining local Chandlery and if we use them it may encourage them to hold more sailing boat stock which some might need immediately.
Eric is continuing to send out On-Line Training by e-mails to those who are signed up to his Training programme as the Social Distancing rules make training at the Club impracticable. 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.
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.
The WhatsApp groups allow us to pass urgent information to you. Please join (or rejoin) any of the Groups by asking via the ‘General Inquiry‘ category in the ‘Contact Us‘ section on the website.
The currently available groups are:
The ‘Tamesis Club‘ Group. This is intended for broadcasting urgent information. This Group currently has 91 Members signed-up.
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 78 Members signed-up.
The ‘Laser‘ Group has been started recently and Laser sailors are encouraged to join this Group.
The ‘TAMESIS SUP‘ WhatsApp Group is now available for information on Paddleboarding.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.