Tamesis Club

Marriage of Richard Mourant

Tamesis  members from all the club’s dinghy classes joined Richard Mourant, Merlin Class Captain, and members of his family to celebrate his wedding to Naekyoung Kwak on Saturday 28 February.  The happy couple were heartily cheered at a reception in the Tamesis Clubhouse as Joe Woods, Richard’s Merlin crew and the best man, proposed a toast to the newlyweds.

The guests, who also included old university friends, were welcomed by Richard’s father, Barry, also a Merlin helmsman, and his mother Valerie.

Tamesis AGM 2015

Following a challenging morning’s racing in a blustery south westerly taking us on a beat up past the island against a strong stream, some fifty Tamesis members gathered for the AGM on Sunday 22nd February after a good lunch.

The Commodore welcomed members and reviewed the progress of the club over the year – both the positive – for example the great new website and the new training boats, a Wayfarer and four Toppers, and the sad – the passing of members of many decades standing, Rosemary Green and Club Hon Architect and Captain Phil England. Phil’s heritage lives on in the fabulous clubhouse we all now enjoy.

The Treasurer Graeme Lythe explained the accounts which showed a healthy position.

There was a lively discussion with questions and ideas from the members present, following which the Report and Accounts were unanimously approved.

The Flag Officers and standing committees were duly elected.

Colin Stokes reported on the Bridge Group activities, and Kaan Yargici, who chairs the club’s informal Development Committee established some 18 months ago, made a presentation about the website and other achievements of the committee over the year, and plans for the ongoing development of the club. Rear Commodore, Sailing, Alan Green, covered training developments at the club.

There was further discussion of these important areas before the meeting drew to a close.

The Commodore thanked everyone involved in the production of the Report and Accounts, and Brian Southcott thanked all the officers and helpers whose hard work had enabled the club to run smoothly and successfully over the year.


Early Pancakes


Guest pancake chef Robin Lince from Ariel Sailing Club delighted Tammy members on Sunday with delicious pancakes added to the lunchtime menu. Members concocted their favourite toppings from a great selection on offer. Many thanks, Robin, you can definitely come again!


The first of the new 50kg lighter National 18 ‘Ultras’ designed by Phil Morrison and built by White Formula will be on stand B24 at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace (in the Pink Zone of the Great Hall) on Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March. The boat on show (Number 401 belonging to Jeremy Vines and Ollie Houseman) will be resplendent with her navy blue and white hull; a treat for the eyes. It will be a delight to see the ‘prototype tested and fully engineered’ Ultra in the flesh, particularly noting the intricate inner hull moulding.

People from all over our National 18 universe are pulling together to man the stand; always with one or more from Tamesis on duty. Please come along and support the N18/Tamesis effort, and have fun at the show (browse ‘RYA Dinghy Show’ for further information). Please also wear any ‘National 18’ shirt or sweatshirt you might have to the show. Failing that, please wear a Tamesis shirt or sweatshirt. Either way, we would be ‘waving the flag’.

This is the first time that the National 18 has had a stand at the RYA Dinghy Show. Jeremy Vines remembers a National 18 appearing once at the National Boat Show at Earls Court in the early seventies (before the RYA Dinghy Show existed). Back then, what we now call a ‘Penultimate’ was the new boat.

On the stand, as well as trying to sell complete Ultras, we will be offering partnership percentage shares in Tamesis’ own new Ultra and also two of our Ultimates will be available for full purchase and sailing at Tamesis.

New Flag Pole raised at Tamesis

Tamesis took delivery of the brand new flag pole today.  It was organised by Peter Mason and manufactured by the Cutty Sark shipwrights.  It was delivered on a gigantic lo loader and raised by several members of the Wednesday Working Party.  Pictures below.  For more pictures by Nicky Chavasse please go to Facebook entry


The line up of flag pole raisers


The journey over the lawn


Past the clubhouseIMG_9727

Onto the tabernacleIMG_9733IMG_9746

Raising it very slowlyIMG_9754

The fiddly bit, getting it to line up properly


Raising the flag



And it’s up!

Real Magic – 70 Years of the Merlin Rocket


Dear Merlin Rocket Fleet and other interested membership,

For anyone not aware of the imminent publication and release of a new and comprehensive history of the Merlin Rocket – ‘Real Magic, 70 Years of the Merlin Rocket’ – I thought it would be a good idea to publicise the book here for anyone interested in purchasing copies.

It is retailing at £40 a copy with postage and packing at £4.  The book runs at more than 350 pages in a ‘coffee table’ style layout and aside from the comprehensively researched text, there are a large number of high quality photographs and full plan line drawings.  If you are able to make it to the Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace on Saturday 28th February, a high profile book launch is planned for the morning on Stand C62 by the author David ‘Dougal’ Henshall.  If you cannot make it to the show and still want to avoid P&P, MROA chairman Fran Gifford has also kindly offered to take delivery of copies in her van for collection from Ranelagh Sailing Club in Putney.

Whether you prefer postal delivery or collection from the Dinghy Show or Ranelagh SC, please see details below from an MROA forum post explaining how to order copies:

“There are three ways to get your order confirmed and paid for:


Bank Transfer

Cheque posted direct

I can confirm that the cost of the book is £40. P&P for single books will be £4. Orders for multiple copies or books going abroad, I will email straight back to you with a price.

To place your order, just send me an email to:


My PayPal ID is the same as the order page.

If you want to do Bank Transfer, I will email you back with the details.  Those wishing to post a cheque will get an email back with my address, though for Association Members that is in the current Yearbook.

If you want your copy posted to you, remember to add your address to the email, the books should start to be posted out the first week of March.

For those of you coming to the Show, a quick reminder that the ‘witching hour’ is 10.30am Saturday, on stand C62. I’m looking forward to the day (day?? – BOTH days) and being able to thank as many of you as possible, for without the input of so many people, the spell of Real Magic would never have been cast!”



Vice Commodore’s Dinner turns tables on Vice Commodore

Charles Fox, last year’s winner of the Uffa Spoon, turned the tables on Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines, at the Vice Commodore’s Dinner on Saturday 7 February by presenting her with the much prized trophy, awarded annually amid riotous laughter for the biggest gaffe of the year.  After a 45 minute speech in which he recounted the follies of numerous other members, he told the 70 guests how Carolyne had lost the mooring line on the rescue dory as she tried to turn it around a pontoon with the result that it drifted across the fast flowing river and had to be rescued by Tamesis 111, the club launch.

Earlier in the evening the Seacock Trophy, awarded for the biggest folly by a member of the Tamesis Offshore Group, was presented by Martin Adams, last year’s winner, to Marcus   Chavasse.  Marcus was told by the resident skipper of a chartered yacht in Croatia that he was “married to the wrong woman”.  His wife Nicky had won the Uffa Spoon in 2013.

Uffa’s Spoon, a dirty and rusty old serving spoon, was presented by the famous yachtsman Uffa Fox in 1931 after he had found it in the Tamesis dinghy park.

Commodore Stewart Colley opened the proceedings by saying grace and later thanked Carolyne for organising the event.  Carolyne in turn thanked Steve Katz for master minding a wonderful three course meal which included an hors d’oeuves of smoked salmon and asparagus, a main course of roast leg of lamb, new potatoes and petits pois, and Sue Harris, Sue Katz and Pauline Leach for making the cream trifle for dessert.  Nicky Chavasse also helped to prepare the food.

Carolyne also thanked Jo, Amy, Karina, Loren and Rosalind for cooking and serving the food and for serving the drinks at the bar.  David Baker organised the wine, Lesley Adams decorated the tables with daffodils and matching daffodil napkins, and Chris Pollard printed the menus and the table plan.  The lamb was carved by Marcus Chavasse, Paul Jamieson and Peter Johnson.  The tables were laid by Stewart Colley, John Adams, Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller, Sara Jamieson, Nicky and Peter Johnson, Jim Green, Chris Pollard, Nicky Chavasse and David Baker.  John Adams also kindly provided the makeshift megaphone which Carolyne used instead of the PA system – it was  a plastic beaker with the bottom cut out!

Report by John Dunkley


Martin Adams delivering his nominations for the  Sea Cock Trophy
Martin Adams delivering his nominations for the Sea Cock Trophy photo Nicky Chavasse
Martin Adams presents the Seacock Trophy to Marcus Chavasse
Martin Adams presents the Seacock Trophy to Marcus Chavasse photo John Dunkley
The bell ringer
The bell ringer photo John Dnnkley
Charles Fox lists his victims
Charles Fox lists his victims photo John Dunkley
Charles Fox presents the Uffa Spoon to his final victim Carolyne Vines
Charles Fox presents the Uffa Spoon to his final victim Carolyne Vines photo John Dunkley
Carolyne's speech in a bottle
Carolyne’s speech in a bottle  photo John Dunkley

New N18 ‘Ultra’ Appeal Over Half Way There

The Tamesis National 18 fleet is running a ‘crowd fund’ appeal to buy one of the new Phil Morrison designed 50kg lighter ‘Ultra’ Eighteens (like ‘Odyssey’ that you have seen at Tamesis). The appeal has effectively reached 55.5% of its £18,000 target. This is due to some generous contributions of both cash and equipment. This still leaves £8,000 to be raised in the second phase of the fleet’s appeal. Those with associations to the N18 fleet have been contacted but if you would like to make a difference and contribute towards modernising Tamesis, in particular rejuvenating the National 18 fleet, please contact Ian Burnett on 07768 697362 or iand.burnett@tiscali.co.uk Help make it happen!