Tamesis Club

Elizabeth Cup won by Steven Greaves

The Elizabeth Cup was won by Steven Greaves of Rickmansworth SC crewed by his children Madelaine and Arthur at the Tamesis open meeting for Fireflies on Sunday 27 April. Sailing Cumulus (186), they won both the first and second races in the three race event and did not compete in the final race, which was won by Mustard (2649) sailed by Alex Davey of the Royal Harwich YC, who won the Cup last year.

Skirmish (3615), sailed by Jamie and Angus McEwen, of Tamesis, was second overall, with a third and two seconds in the three races.

The races were sailed in a very fast running stream and a fickle wind, that varied in direction between south west and south east, and the best progress upriver was achieved by staying close to the Middlesex bank. Those competitors who were tempted out into the middle of the river by the occasional gust soon regretted their mistake as they were overtaken by boats tacking up the shore. Ten boats took part in the first race, but enthusiasm diminished thereafter and some lapped boats, struggling against ther stream, eagerly accepted a tow back from the Patrol Boat, which was manned by Tamesis Harbour Master Chris Pollard and Peter Finch. The incoming tide brought some flooding, leaving the pontoons below water, and while the struggling boats managed to avoid hitting them, their crews pleaded for a shortened course as they passed the starting box, manned by Race Officers Donald Forbes and Peter Johnson. Only five boats started the last race and only two finished.

Results: 1 Cumulus (186) Steven & Madelaine/Arthur Greaves, Rickmansworth SC; 2 Skirmish (3615) Jamie & Angus McEwen, Tamesis; 3 Mustard (2649) Alex Davey & Erin and Jack Osborn, Royal Harwich YC; 4 Horror (3119) Roger & Finnian Morris, Papercourt SC.

The prizes were presented by Sue Harris, Tamesis Firefly Class Captain.

Steven, Madelaine and Arthur Greaves with the Elizabeth Cup
Steven, Madelaine and Arthur Greaves with the Elizabeth Cup
The leaders beating upstream
The leaders beating upstream
The start of the second race
The start of the second race
Walking on the water on the flooded jetties
Walking on the water on the flooded jetties
Competitors in the Firefly Junior Cup races on Saturday 26 April  (Photo:  Sue Harris)
Competitors in the Firefly Junior Cup races on Saturday 26 April (Photo: Sue Harris)

Easter Egg prizes for Easter Sunday pursuit race

Large chocolate Easter eggs were presented as prizes to all the participants in the Easter Sunday pursuit race on 20 April which was won by Peter and Richard Mason in Merlin Rocket (847) Bambusa.

The eight competitors needed something to cheer them up as the racing took place in persistent rain and, in spite of the forecast, only light winds.

Overall results: 1 Bambusa (MR 847) Peter & Richard Mason; 2 Jabberwocky (MR 1950) Dana Church & Joe Woods; 3 Grey Dove (Laser 171688) Stewart Colley; 4 Make it so (MR3556) Jodok Gerber & Tina Letzinger; 5 Dragonfly (Laser 201014) Rosalind Warwick-Haller; 6 One over the eight (N18 349) Doug Pope; 7 Buzz (Laser 39245) Daniel Gerber; 8 Precious (MR 3333) John & Zoe Adams.

Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green was the race officer and the prizes were presented by Commodore Stewart Colley.

Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl won by Richard and Harry Harris

The Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl were won by Richard Harris and his son Harry sailing Passing Cloud (1079) at the Tamesis Merlin Rocket Thames Series open meeting on Sunday 13 April. Seventeen boats from four clubs, including Thames SC, Wembley SC and Fishers’s Green, took part in the three race meeting, which was held in a light to moderate north westerly wind and warm sunshine over a course which took the contestants on a long down river beat to the northern end of Trowlock Island followed by an upstream run to a Canbury mark set just below Steven’s Eyot. Passing Cloud won all three races.

The fight for second place was, however, hotly contested and led to a protest following a collision in the final race, as a result of which Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris in Crescendo (607) moved up from third to second and Matthew Peregrine-Jones and Eddie Lowe in Masquerade (995) dropped to fourth overall. The upward adjustment of all other places led to a tie-break for fifth place.

Richard and Harry Harris won the first race by a clear margin of three minutes, with Charlie Morgan and Fiona Cotteril second in Lady Anne (1978), Rob and Helen Wilder third in Flinkidink (1097), Matthew Peregrine-Jones and Eddie Lowe fourth in Masquerade (995), and Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris fifth in Crescendo (607)

In the second race Flinkidink was second, Masquerade third, Crescendo fourth and Ken Duffell and Brian Corking fifth in Harry (3599).

Overall results: Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl (for first Vintage Merlin) 1 Passing Cloud (1079) Richard & Harry Harris, Tamesis; 2 Flinkidink (1097) Rob & Helen Wilder, Tamesis; 3 Crescendo (607) Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris, Tamesis; 4 Masquerade (995) Matthew Peregrine-Jones & Eddie Lowe, Tamesis; 5 Lady Anne (1978) Charlie Morgan & Fiona Cotteril, Tamesis.

Commodore Stewart Colley presented the prizes and thanked John Harris and Margaret Stokes for serving as Race Officers, Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines and Merlin Captain Richard Mourant for organising the event, Henry Defries and Marcus Chavasse for manning the Patrol Boat, and Nicky Chavasse and Rhiannon Jones for preparing and serving lunch and tea, and Tom Brennan for serving behind the bar. Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, chaired the Protest Committee.

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Richard and Harry Harris with the Sondown Cup
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The up river run
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Passing Cloud in the lead
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The start of the last race

 

(Photo: Marcus Chavasse )
(Photo: Marcus Chavasse )
(Photo: Marcus Chavasse )
(Photo: Marcus Chavasse )

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Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris win Porteous and Southcott Cups

Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris won both the Porteous and Southcott Cups in a nine boat fleet at the Tamesis De May Series open meeting for Vintage Merlins on Saturday 12 April. The closely fought three race event came to an exciting climax in the third race, in which only seven boats competed.

Sailing Crescendo (607), Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris won the first race after completing six rounds in a light westerly wind, with Stuart and Ollie Jenkins of Hampton SC second in Luka (3560). The second race, sailed in a stronger westery wind, was won by Rob Wilder and his young daughter Milly in Flinkidink (1097). Unfortunately, they were unable to stay for the third race, so were placed third overall.

Race Officer Charles Fox set a popular Tamesis course with an upstream start to Canbury, a downstream reach to Lensbury and an east-west dogleg mid-stream near the clubhouse. In the final race Luka got away to a clean start, leaving Crescendo hemmed in by other boats, and the first time round Canbury the order was Luka in the lead with former Tamesis member Steve Bartlett, now Thames SC, crewed by Constantin Gerber, second in Wishbone (908). By the time they reached the dogleg Crescendo had pulled through to second and after closing on Luka in the approach to Canbury slowly sailed into the lead to finish just over two minutes ahead.

Results: Porteous and Southcott Cups: 1 Crescendo (607) Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris, Tamesis; 2 Luka (3560) Stuart & Ollie Jenkins, Hampton SC; 3 Flinkidink (1097) Rob & Milly Wilder, Tamesis.

Commodore Stewart Colley presented the prizes and thanked Richard Mourant, Tamesis Merlin Class Captain, for organising the event and for calculating the handicap results. Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, thanked Bill Brookbank for being the on-water umpire. The Club launch was operated by Doug Pope. Speaking on behalf of the visitors Stuart Jenkins thanked Nicky Chavasse and her helpers in the kitchen and bar, Rhiannon Jones and Jo Carstens for preparing lunch and tea.

Commodore Stewart Colley presents the Porteous Cup to Sue Harris and Berry Ritchie
Commodore Stewart Colley presents the Porteous Cup to Sue Harris and Berry Ritchie
Start of the last race
Start of the last race

 

Flinkidink leading Crescendo in the second race
Flinkidink leading Crescendo in the second race

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