Tamesis Club


Practices to be observed by Members using Tamesis Club to counter the threat of Covid.

At the present time the threat of infection is high.  We will, therefore, within the Club, adopt a cautious approach to the relaxation of measures whilst keeping an eye on the way things continue to develop, nationally, and/or locally.

With regard to the conditions which were put in place for sailing during the lockdowns, we will not insist on masthead buoyancy but the wearing of personal buoyancy aids during the winter season is required.  However, whilst sailing casually without Patrol Boat availability, masthead buoyancy is recommended.

We will continue to use our pandemic race start times to reduce clustering on the shore.  This has been found to have some advantages for the Race Officer in reducing the number of boats racing at any one time.  The originally scheduled 10:30 Handicap race will be held in abeyance for the time being but any non-class-race boats wishing to race can take the N18 start at 11:00.

The Changing Rooms are now open and the showers may be used but Members are asked to allow social distancing to Members who request it.  There is sanitising spray available which should be used to clean down the benches.

In respect of opening up the Clubhouse, we ask that Members adopt cautious behaviour which will allow those who are uncomfortable with the relaxation of measures to enjoy the facilities as much as possible.  To this end we will open enough doors and windows in the Clubhouse to ensure good ventilation.  Members wishing to remain in the Clubhouse are asked to seat themselves at a table in groups no larger than six people or as a larger family group.  It is recommended that masks are worn in the Clubhouse whilst standing and chatting.

When food is being provided it will be brought to your table if you are seated inside and will be served at the window beside the Veranda entrance for those who are eating outside.  Food must be ordered and paid for at the Bar.

Phil’s Bar has been reopened but there should be no more buyers at the Bar than there are servers behind it.  You may go to the Bar, through the Veranda door, as a small group (no more than three) to order drinks.  Once you have been served at the Bar you may either sit at a table in the Clubhouse or exit through the Veranda door.

I will be posting changes in the manner in which we can use the Club from time to time with a view to getting the best balance between what we would like and what we consider responsible.

Chris Pollard


Boatshed Access

For those who wish to access the Boatshed for Race Management Equipment, boats or masts.    The Race Equipment is all kept in the Boatshed now.

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.

Casual Sailing or Paddleboarding without Patrol Boat Cover.

Club Members are allowed to sail or take part in other water-based activities from the Club at any time but are advised that whilst sailing casually without Patrol Boat availability, masthead buoyancy and the wearing of buoyancy aids are recommended.  It is also recommended that when Paddleboarding from the Club, buoyancy aids are worn.

Paddleboarders, please do feel free to let other paddlers know when planning a SUP trip from the Club if you would like some paddling companions.  In winter, particularly, it is always safest to paddle with someone else and it’s a wonderful season to get out and enjoy the quieter waterways.

Paddleboarders, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga from the Club as a Club activity.

Pilates on Monday mornings

On the first Monday of each month, Joanne Zorian-Lynn will be holding a Pilates class in the Clubhouse between 10:30 and 11:30.  This Pilates class is suitable for all ages and abilities as each exercise is offered and demonstrated for all levels.

To book a place contact Joanne on -Tel: 07754 686378

Boat Licences

I would remind you that owners of all craft (including Dingies, Canoes and Paddleboards) must have a river licence.  Quoted from the EA website:

‘If you’re paddling on the non-tidal section of the river (Cricklade Bridge to Teddington) yes, you need either a non-powered pleasure craft licence available from the environment agency here or join the British Canoeing here. Either of these entitles you to paddle on the non-tidal section of the Thames.‘  You might also want to check your insurance.

Car Parking

If you do not have a Club Car Park Ticket, or have mislaid yours, please get one from the stock held at Phil’s Bar – they are free to Members – just ask!

You are asked to put your name on the ticket and other helpful information, such as boat Sail No., if you are likely to be out on the water.

Club Boats

We now have a considerable number of Club Boats which are used for training and which are also available for Members who do not have their own boat, to use and to get more proficient.  Unlike most other Clubs which charge for hiring Club Boats, we like to provide these free to Members to encourage newer sailors to hone their skills and to support our training courses.

The boats do, however, suffer from wear and tear, damage and bits falling off accidentally.  We rely on those who borrow our Boats to let us know if one has suffered any depredations whilst they have been using it so that we can repair it and make it immediately available for the next person who wishes to use it.  If you are unable to tell a Club Officer of any faults which have arisen whilst you were using a Boat, then please report it on the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp, or put a note in the Club letterbox, identifying the Boat and the problem.  Also, please pack Boats away properly when you have finished using them.

The Club Boats do incur costs to the Club in the form of Insurance Premiums, River Licences and general upkeep and we rely on you not to abuse the contribution that Club Members make to enable you to use the equipment.

Buoyancy Aids

The Club’s Buoyancy Aids are principally for the use of our Junior sailors but can be borrowed by Members who have not brought their own to the Club or Trial Sailors who don’t own one.  These are loaned free of charge but we do ask that you return them to where they came from when you have finished sailing.  It has been noted that, at the moment, some of the Buoyancy Aids are missing and others have been found scattered in random locations.  These are not cheap items and we ask you to take care of them.


Charles has been addressing a number of deficiencies on the Clubhouse roof.

There will be repairs to the campshedding in front of the Clubhouse where it has rotted and been damaged.

The Gents undercroft secure enclosure is being brought into use.

Chris Pollard