Tamesis Club

Tamesis National 18s looking to the future

Ian Burnett, Class Captain of the Tamesis National 18s, reports that in a well attended meeting at the Club on Sunday 28 September members voted by 18 votes for, none against and one abstention to buy a new Phil Morrison designed National 18 like Odyssey, which was seen at the Club earlier this year, and to launch an appeal for funds among both active and retired class members.

Members will have the chance of buying a percentage partnership, making a Gift Aid gift or an interest free loan. Partners and lenders will have proportionate sailing rights but the main thrust was to to get new and younger people into the fleet, whether new or existing Tammy members. The class would “crowd fund” the new boat.

It was planned that the first production boat, already being built by White Formula of Brightlingsea, would be at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace next March. The new Tamesis boat was likely to be produced by about August or September 2015.

The class also agreed to increase the use of the fleet’s existing boats by boat lending, increasing the number of partnerships and syndicates, or simply by new users agreeing to help with the costs in return for a share of the sailing.

The prototype Odyssey being sailed by Stewart Colley and Chris Pollard at Tamesis last December
The prototype Odyssey being sailed by Stewart Colley and Chris Pollard at Tamesis last December

“Homologous” breeze saves National 18 Inland Championship from becoming a big drift

The National 18 Inland Championship on Saturday 27 September was saved from becoming a big drift by what one onlooker called a “homologous” breeze (ie having the same relative position throughout). His remark was unjustified, however, as the modest one to two knot wind which eventually arrived did shift in direction from SSW to SE during the day. Race Officer Matthew Peregrine-Jones wisely postponed the start of the first race for more than half an hour because of the lack of a breeze. Eventually enough wind arrived to make racing possible and the four competing boats were sent off on a very short course in front of the Clubhouse and dinghy park.

Chris Pollard and Geoff Malseed, sailing Antedote (348) worthily won both the Maddison Cup for on-the-water performance and the National 18 Cup for handicap performance after an RYA tie break. Zephyr (374), sailed by Ian Burnett and Anne Bayne, was second in both cups, and The Goose Drank Wine (369), sailed by Rob Cruickshank and Barney Smith, was third.

The first two races, sailed back to back, were won by Antedote after two 15 minute rounds, both by just over a minute. Zephyr finished second in the first race and won the third race, in which three rounds were completed in a marginally better breeze.

The Royal Barge Gloriana rows past the racing 18s  (Photo:  Nicky Chavasse)
The Royal Barge Gloriana rows past the racing 18s (Photo: Nicky Chavasse)
The start of the third race
The start of the third race
Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, presents the Maddison Cup to Geoff Malseed and Chris Pollard (Photo: Ian Burnett)
Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, presents the Maddison Cup to Geoff Malseed and Chris Pollard (Photo: Ian Burnett)

National 18 English National Championships 2014

A fantastic day of sailing down in Bosham last Saturday for the N8 English National Championships 2014.

There was an excellent turn-out with eleven 18s taking part. 2 boats made it down from Tamesis: Heatwave, sailed by Rob Wilder (helm), Joe McLoughlin(middle) and Jodok Gerber (wire), and Antedote with James Fox (helm), Dana Church (middle) and Kaan Yargici (wire). Jeremy Vines was also there on Rhapsody with Max and Julian Berney for his crew.

Winds were very very light when we got there at around 9am, and there was some worry that we wouldn’t get much of a sail. Indeed a few of us had to be towed out to the start which was scheduled for 12noon but we didn’t actually get going until around 12.30pm.

However this was not a problem as although it wasn’t fast paced, the first race turned out to be very tactical with positions changing numerous times as Antedote, Heatwave, Rhapsody, and Odyssey (sailed by Ollie Houseman) all circled round each other. However as the race progressed Antedote and Heatwave pulled slightly ahead to finish within 10 seconds of each other. Well done Rob.

The wind now started to pick up with the second race going the same way. Interestingly, with the light winds, Odyssey was unable to keep up with the Ultimate division. Rob took the win again.

For the third and final race the wind really picked up, and we soon found ourselves hiking with myself and Jodok fully out on the wire. Great fun. This is where Odyssey went up on to the plane and off she went, winning my a mile. Heatwave was second, Antedote third, and Rhapsody just behind, sailed expertly by Jeremy who didn’t have the advantage of someone on the trapeze.

A fun hour long sail beating back up the narrow channel to Bosham (with the odd rudder scrape in shallow waters – sorry about that Chris!) completed what was a fantastic day on the water. However for Rob and Heatwave the win was not to be as the wooden classic TouCou, sailed by Brian Hoolahan and crewed by Tim Reynolds, performed very well and was at times right on the transoms of the fibre-class boats, and with this took the overall handicap prize.

The National 18 English National Championships are alive and well.

Click here to see the full results on the Bosham website.


Braganza Bowl won at Bart’s Bash regatta by Vagabond

The last three of the six races for the Braganza Bowl, the most highly prized of the Thames A Raters’ trophies, were held in conjunction with the Bart’s Bash regatta at Tamesis on Sunday 21 September. Vagabond (13), sailed by Ben Palmer, Mark Laity and Patrick Raynor was the overall winner in a fleet of five Raters. They had won two of the three races on Saturday 20 September and two on Sunday. Second overall was Osprey (16), sailed by Paul Browning, Justin Dunn and Graham Bartholomew, who won the fourth and last races of this six race event. Only two boats competed in the final race.

Sunday’s racing took place in a gusty, fresh to strong north easterly wind, which, despite a day of welcome sunshine, was in sharp contrast to the light breezes of Saturday. Race Officer John Harris set a lengthy course X which stretched from a buoy opposite Canbury Gardens to a Lensbury mark near the downstream end of Trowlock Island. A shorter course within these confines was set for the remainder of the 29 boats which took part in the regatta to raise money in support of the charity set up in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson who was killed in an accident in San Francisco last year while training on an America’s Cup challenger. It was a Guinness World Record attempt supported by sailing clubs throughout the world to promote the largest sailing event in the world.

Results- Braganza Bowl: 1 Vagabond (13) Ben Palmer, Mark Laity & Patrick Raynor, Thames SC, 2 Osprey (16) Paul Browning, Justin Dunn & Graham Bartholomew, Thames SC, 3 Scamp (12) Jon Smith, Matt Dean, Gavin Benson/Katy Benson, Thames SC.

The prizes were presented by the Tamesis Commodore, Stewart Colley. The regatta was organised by Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines and Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green. Chris Simons was the on the water judge.

Other Bart’s Bash winners: Merlins: Passing Cloud (1079) Richard & Harry Harris; Lasers: Greylag (188044) Donald Forbes; National 18s: Zephyr (374) Ian Burnett & Angela Caldara; Toppers: Ben Ramage.

Start of the second race
Start of the second race
The run up river
The run up river
Presentation of the Yates Cup
Presentation of the Yates Cup
Presentation of the Braganza Bowl
Presentation of the Braganza Bowl

Scamp wins Thames A Raters Yates Cup at Tamesis

Jonathan Smith won the Yates Cup in Scamp (12) after a closely fought race with Vagabond (13) at Tamesis Club’s annual open meeting for Thames A Raters on Saturday 20 September. He was crewed by Matt Dean and Katy Benson. Vagabond, sailed by Ben Palmer, Mark Laity and Patrick Raynor, had won the first two races for the Braganza Bowl earlier in the day but was compelled to do a 720 penalty turn for a rule infringement early in the third race and was unable to recover in time to challenge Scamp again. Scamp won by a margin of almost two minutes.

The race was sailed in a light north easterly breeze, with occasional welcome gusts as slight showers of rain passed through. The five competing Raters were sent off on a downstream beat to a Lensbury buoy half way down Trowlock Island, followed by an upriver reach and run to a Canbury mark just short of Steven’s Eyot. The Race Officer was Peter Fryer.

Vagabond in the lead early in the race
Vagabond in the lead early in the race

Odyssey taken out for photo shoot

On Wednesday 17th September, under Jeremy Vines’s direction, Odyssey was taken out in a strong breeze for a professional photo shoot by Jonathan & Beverley Johns of LPB Aerial Imagery Limited.

Helming was Pete Barton (who wrote the Yachts and Yachting article on the Prototype design), in the middle was Genie Webb, and on wire was Kaan Yargici.

As you can see from the pictures a good strong breeze made for a really great days sailing. These pictures are just a few teasers (click here) with more to follow including, we hope, the capsize!

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Stewart Colley arrives in London after sailing across the North Atlantic in a square rigger

Tamesis Commodore Stewart Colley arrived back in London on Friday 19 September after sailing across the North Atlantic in the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s square rigger Lord Nelson. They left Halifax on 20 August bound for Rekjavic but on Sunday 24 August Stewart reported that the captain of the Lord Nelson had decided to change course to avoid a volcanic eruption in Iceland and was now heading for the Azores. He expressed considerable disappointment that he would not now see either Iceland or the Faroes, as had been planned.

On Thursday 4 September he reported that the Lord Nelson had arrived at Horta in the Azores and that it planned to sail on towards the English Channel on Friday 5 September.

On Wednesday 17 September Stewart reported that the Lord Nelson was in the middle of the English Channel heading for the Thames and London.

To see photos taken by Michael Colley of Stewart arriving back in London on board the Lord Nelson please click on the following link


To see another picture of the Lord Nelson please click on Picture.

Tough work all this tall ship sailing!

Tamesis members sail to the Scillies

Tony and Leonie Steer have cruised to the Scilly Islands during the summer in their yacht Shen Shui. They hired a a mooring buoy in Falmouth for July and August and used it as a base from which to explore the surrounding sea area, including the Fal estuary, St Mawes, Helford River and the Scillies.

Leonie took her car to Falmouth and reports that they used it to visit St Michael’s Mount, Sennan Cove and St Ives on rainy days. She says they bumped into fellow Tamesis member Chris Morris in Falmouth “looking very smart in his Coast Guard uniform”.

They stayed in Falmouth for The Tall Ships Regatta. Leonie was one of the 41,000 people who clambered over the boats in dock and Shen Shui joined the 1,000 strong fleet of small boats in The Parade of Sail.” It was magnificent, I am so glad that we participated.”

Tony has been stuck down in Dartmouth with E/N/E strong winds for Lyme Bay so has made no progress back. Leonie planned to join him with Oscar, their cat, “who has managed so far not to fall in this year YET “, to bring the boat home. “We have an end of season rally in Lymington at the end of the month so head winds or no we need to get back.”


50 sailors take part in keenly competitive Autumn Regatta

Twenty five boats helmed and crewed by 50 sailors took part in some keenly competitive racing at Tamesis Club’s Autumn Regatta on Sunday 14 September. The Thames A Raters were sent on a lengthy course to Lensbury which gave a beat from a downstream start followed by a reach and beat upriver to a Canbury buoy near Hampton Wick Bridge. The other classes had a shorter course. A moderate to fresh gusty easterly wind provided some exciting sailing, with several capsizes, and the result of the three races for the majestic A Raters had to be postponed pending the outcome of a protest hearing.

The Autumn Cup for Merlins (presented by Ken Duffell the Merlin Class Captain in 2005) was won by Richard Harris, with two firsts in Passing Cloud (1079), crewed by his son, Harry. The other first, counting the best two of three races, was scored by Rob Wilder and his young daughter Milly Chong-Wilder in Flinkidink (1097).

Ian Burnett won the National 18 Class in Zephyr (374), crewed by Angela Caldara.
Donald Forbes in Greylag (188044) fought off some strong competition in the Laser fleet from his grandson Nick Forbes in Storm (146120) and Henry Defries, who won the first of the three races in Phew (178209).

The Race Officer, Mervyn Allen, was assisted by Anne Bayne, and the Club launch was operated by Chris Starr and Sara Jamieson. Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines presented the prizes.

There were visiting boats from Thames and Upper Thames Sailing Clubs.

Results:- Merlin Rockets: 1 Passing Cloud (1079) Richard & Harry Harris, 2 Flinkidink (1097) Rob Wilder & Milly Chong-Wilder, 3 Pikey (3520) Jon & Amanda Redding, 4 Andromeda (3259) Dave Baker & Jim Green; National 18s: 1 Zephyr (374) Ian Burnett & Angela Caldara, 2 Antedote (348) Chris Pollard & Kaan Yargici; Lasers: 1 Greylag (188044) Donald Forbes, 2 Storm (146120) Nick Forbes, 3 Phew (178209) Henry Defries.

Harry and Richard Harris receive the Autumn Cup from Carolyne Vines
Harry and Richard Harris receive the Autumn Cup from Carolyne Vines
Spindrift chasing Vagabond
Spindrift chasing Vagabond
A Merlin start
A Merlin start
Start of a Laser race
Start of a Laser race

Mike & Jennifer Adams win Claude Russell Cup Race in Trojan

N18 Trojan (334), sailed by Mike and Jennifer Adams won the National Eighteen’s Claude Russell Cup on Sunday 31 August.   Ocatillo (316) sailed by Charles Fox and Joanna Rand was second; just 24 seconds behind on handicap.  One-over-the-eight (349), sailed by Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte was third.

There were five participants in the race,  which must last for a minimum of 1½ hours, was held in a gusty SW wind over a long course which took the competitors on six laps to a Lensbury mark downstream of Trowlock Island and up river to a Canbury mark opposite the Albany.  It was all sufficiently energetic to skin the knees of those crews not wearing protective knee-pads!