The British Moth Bucket was won by Toby Cooper from Broxbourne SC sailing To Moth (887) in a seven boat fleet at Tamesis on Sunday 7 September. The races were sailed in a very light northerly wind which gave a beat downstream and an upstream run, changing to an occasional reach in some places where there was a blow back from buildings and trees on the Surrey bank. Cooper won the first and second races of the three race event and all the other competitors decided to retire rather than struggle through a windless final race.
Race Officer Jon Redding set a special course, with a dogleg opposite the Clubhouse, to give the visiting Moths an area largely unimpeded by the Club’s normal racing.
Tamesis helmsman Ken Duffell won the Merlin Rocket Cup at Minima YC’s 125th anniversary regatta on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September. Sailing Harry (MR 3599), he was crewed on Saturday by Brian Corking and on Sunday by his grandson Matthew Valentine. The Trophy was presented by the Mayor of Kingston. For full report and pictures please see Report
A new Wayfarer trainer sailing dinghy to be used to introduce newcomers to sailing, both adults and children, was officially launched at Tamesis Club on Saturday 6 September by the Rt Hon Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and MP for Twickenham. The name of the Wayfarer, funded by Sport England, is Midnight , chosen in a competition held by the Tamesis Cadet fleet . The winning entry was from Tabitha Forbes, who handed over a sealed envelope as Dr Cable prepared to pour a glass of champagne over the bow. The Minister was accompanied by his wife Rachel, an experienced sailor, who cut a celebration cake specially made with the Tamesis burgee in icing.
Afterwards, Mrs Cable joined the Cadets for a sail in the new boat. Optimists and other club dinghies were also on the water to give visitors and members a sail.
Vince Cable said he was delighted to be present in the attractive riverside setting at Tamesis and in launching the new boat, to encourage the sport of sailing in which Great Britain has shown world leadership. In welcoming Dr Cable, Alan Green, Rear Commodore (Sailing) said the club, which sails throughout the year, was making every effort to increase participation and to welcome newcomers, and greatly appreciated backing from Sport England and also UK’s national sailing authority the RYA.
The Wayfarer, built by Hartley Boats of Derby, is almost 16′ long and is CE certified to sail with up to 6 crew members.
The event was organised by Alan Green, with help from Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines and Rear Commodore (House) John Adams. Carolyne Vines, Florian and David Krueger, Charles Fox and Paul Jamieson dressed the yacht overall with signal flags. Charles Fox, Carolyne Vines and Paul Jamieson rigged the Wayfarer for sailing and Charles guided the crews on Midnight’s maiden voyage.
John Adams and the House Committee arranged tea on the lawn in the warm September sunshine with cakes and savory nibble s provided by Lesley Adams, Sara Jamieson and Susan Green and served by Zoe Adams with help from Susan Green and Paul Jamieson. John’s wife Lesley baked the cake and did the icing with the club insignia.
To book a sail in Midnight , please apply to Alan Green by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 777 34 28 260.
Those members who wish to store their boats under cover, for the twelve months from October 1st 2014 MUST complete an application form by 14 September.
Send a downloaded form to Chris Pollard by email or complete a paper form and put it the box below the noticeboard.
This applies to all boats except National 18s and covers applications for the Chicken and Turkey runs, under the Changing rooms spaces. Those wishing to winter sail from the Boatshed should speak to Chris Pollard.