Tamesis Club


Lifting of Covid-19 Lockdown rules

Practices to be observed by Members using Tamesis Club following the lifting of the Covid 19 restrictions.

At Midnight on Sunday, 18th July, the restrictive Covid legislation came to an end.  I know that many of us are eager to ‘just get on with life’ but there is also a considerable proportion of our Membership who are inclined to the view that lifting the restrictions completely, immediately, with the currently rising infection rates and the appearance of new strains of the virus, is unwise.  We will, therefore, within the Club, adopt a staged approach to the relaxation of measures whilst keeping an eye on the way things continue to develop, nationally, as a result of the removal of regulated behaviour.

With regard to the conditions which were put in place for sailing during the lockdowns, we can now dispense with the requirement for masthead buoyancy and the insistence on the wearing of personal buoyancy aids during the summer season.  However, whilst sailing casually without Patrol Boat availability, masthead buoyancy and the wearing of buoyancy aids are still recommended.

We will, in the immediate future, 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.

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, as it has been until now, 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.  For the immediate future we are planning for there to be a limited number of marked positions to ensure social distancing, for Members waiting, inside the Clubhouse, to go to the Bar – additional prospective customers must wait on the Veranda in the queue.  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.  I would, therefore, ask you to be patient and allow us to open the Club in stages to achieve the best compromise for all.

Chris Pollard


Boatshed Access

For those who wish to access the Boatshed for Race Management Equipment, boats or masts.

This equipment is all kept in the Boatshed now.

There is no accessible key to the Boatshed double doors in the Clubhouse.  Do not attempt go into the Clubhouse to look for it or for any other reasonThe 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.

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.

Chris Pollard