Tamesis Club


Notice of Race Summer Series 2022

Summer Series 2022

Marcus Chavasse

Rear Commodore, Sailing


Practices to be observed by Members using Tamesis Club following ending of legal restrictions for Covid.

Whilst the infection rate appears to have fallen considerably, within the Club we ask Members to stay away from the Club for  ten days from the time they develop Covis symptoms or test positive by Lateral Flow Test.

With regard to the conditions which were put in place for sailing during the lockdowns, we will no longer insist on masthead buoyancy for organised racing  but whilst sailing casually without Patrol Boat availability, masthead buoyancy is recommended.

We have adopted a new Starting Sequence with an additional Race Series.  The Notice of Race is available on the yellow banner on the home page.

The Changing Rooms are fully open and the showers may be used but Members are asked to continue to allow social distancing to Members who request it.

In the Clubhouse, we ask that Members respect those who are uncomfortable with the relaxation of measures and allow them space.  We  encourage the use of reasonable ventilation in the Clubhouse.

Food must be ordered and paid for at the Bar as the kitchen is no longer handling money.

Phil’s Bar is fully open but you are encouraged not to crowd it whilst ordering drinks.  Once you have been served at the Bar you are asked to move away to leave it free for others.

Let us hope that we can continue to use the Club as normally as possible.

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 which is housed in a key safe in the ladies undercroft.  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 or the Secure Undercroft doors open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the both spaces 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 any faults develop whilst you were using a Boat, then please record them in the book on the side of the grey steel cabinet in the Boatshed, by the  double doors, 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 replaced the Boatshed double doors opening onto the creek with a closure with a single pedestrian door in it.

The Gents undercroft secure enclosure is now in use.

Chris Pollard