Due to the continuing coronavirus pandemic the committee have reluctantly decided that we should cancel the rally which was slated for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
It appears likely that social distancing restrictions will remain in place for some considerable time to come, and the rafting of craft, ferry services, event capacity at Weybridge Mariners clubhouse, and the likely concerns of individual boaters, mean there is no realistic prospect of being able to hold the event this year.
Considerable forward planning had already taken place before the onset of lockdown restrictions and we are grateful to those who participated in our preliminary meetings and so freely offered their support. Our thanks to the Environment Agency, Weybridge Mariners Club, TBS Penton Hook and Nauticalia – we look forward to working together again when more normal times return.
The ATYC has active presence on Facebook where we try to keep members up to date with river issues as and when they arise.
1. There is a publicly visible Facebook Page – ATYC- Association of Thames Yacht Clubs where we post information as we receive it from the Environment Agency or other reliable sources
2. We also have a private Facebook group where members of our member clubs can share information and discussion – ATYC Clubs
NEW – Coronavirus and Thames Boating
Following recent government decisions to ease restrictions, the Environment Agency have largely restored freedom of navigation and most locks can be transited on Self Service using public power. There remain some local issues. Current status can be found on the river conditions webpage at
New Info from EA received today :
“Marsh Lock, Hambleden Lock, Cookham Lock and Teddington Lock
Monday 30 March 2020 until further notice
Actions resulting from Government Restrictions Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Directions for navigation and general information during these restrictions:
The government has put in to place restrictions across the whole of the United Kingdom to slow the spread of Coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives. The restrictions aim to minimise contact to slow the spread and in line with this we have switched powered locks along the non-tidal Thames to hand-wind self-service only to protect our staff and river users. The restrictions also aim to stop all non-essential travel in any event and so it is not expected that there will be many, if any, movements during this time.
Marsh Lock has a tree blocking vessel passage. This will be removed as soon as our operations teams are able to recommence their activities.
Hambleden, Cookham and Teddington Locks do not have suitable hand-wind functionality. Passage through these locks is by prior arrangement and on an exceptional basis only. This can be sought using the email address or phone number below however there may be considerable delays in facilitating requests.
If you need to use these locks and feel your journey is essential and in line with the current government restrictions please email us at WaterwaysThames@environment-agency.gov.uk or telephone 03708 506 506 Please note: this email inbox is monitored during normal business hours from Monday to Friday. It is not monitored at weekends”
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