Tamesis Club

Merlin Rocket Horse Racing Night

More than 50 punters, including visitors from Thames Sailing Club, Lensbury Sailing Club and Teddington Probus, gathered  in the Tamesis clubhouse on Saturday 18 April to enjoy a lively night of horse racing.  The event was organised by Merlin Fleet Captain Richard Mourant but. following his very sad passing away, the re-scheduled night was run by Jim Green and his helpers.  The event was dedicated to Richard and the evening was opened by Jim proposing a toast to Richard’s memory.  Excellent food was prepared by Jo and her team and this was a perfect accompaniment to a series of filmed horse races which set the clubhouse alive with desperate shouts of encouragement for the ‘nags’ on which the punters had placed bets.  A great time was had by all and, through the generosity of members and visitors, over £600 was raised for the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher where Richard spent his last few days.


Alex Davey wins Elizabeth Cup for third time

Alex Davey won the Elizabeth Cup for the third time at the Tamesis open meeting for Fireflies on Sunday 26 April.  Sailing Mustard (2649), crewed by his son Thomas, Davey, from the Royal Harwich YC, beat eight other Fireflies over a lengthy course in a light NE wind which gave a downstream beat and an upstream reach and run.  The cup was awarded to the boat achieving the best results in two of the three races. With entries from seven different clubs and a steady north wind the competition for the Elizabeth Cup for Fireflies was always going to be good.  And it was never tighter than on the start line.  In a medium wind with a short windward leg there were boats recalled in all three races. Steering clear of trouble Alex and Thomas Davey in Mustard showed that they were indeed hot stuff on the windward legs taking a strong lead and well able to hold their own on the runs.  Taking first place, they were followed by Skirmish sailed by Jamie and Angus McEwen. Race two saw Skirmish with an early lead but with the Mustard team tucked in on the Middlesex bank for the run emerging ahead at the second mark.  Skirmish was also being pressed by Grendel sailed by Ed and Sophie Smith and The Walrus sailed by Will Mason and Polly Matthew.  The Davey family were again in front at the finish, with the McEwens second and the Smiths third. Race three saw another strong battle among the same leaders and while Mustard was again the winner Grendel snatched a well deserved second place with Skirmish third. Results:  1 Mustard (2649) Alex & Thomas Davey, Royal Harwich YC;  2 Skirmish (3615) Jamie & Angus McEwen, Oxford and Cambridge Sailing Society;  3 Grendel (2803) Ed & Sophie Smith, Papercourt SC. The event was organised by Sue Harris, Tamesis Firefly Class Captain, and Stewart Colley, Tamesis Commodore, presented the prizes. Donald Forbes and Peter Johnson were the race officers and the patrol boat was operated by Chris Pollard and Peter Finch.

. ECW15     IMG_0171     Alex Davey in the lead in the first race.

Firefly Junior Cup at Tamesis

Seven boats and numerous children gathered at Tamesis Club on Saturday 25th April for the Junior Cup, an event for children crewed by grown-ups. The forecast hailstorms never materialised and instead the competitors and many spectators were treated to sunshine and a good breeze.
In the first race, Finn Morris (crewed by his mum Amy) took an early lead which he never relinquished. Behind him Angus McEwen (with dad Jamie) showed good speed after a slightly late start, picking his way through the fleet to finish second. “Hot” on his heels was Mustard, sailed by Thomas Davey and Arthur Greaves, with Alex Davey pulling the odd rope, followed closely by newcomers Ana and Alec Powell. Behind them were two shiny varnished boats with a horde of Dingwalls on board – Luca, Jack and Nicholas, Ben Daisy and Joe. Next across the line (and sailing very stylishly) was Polly Mason, crewed by her dad Will.
The second race was won by the Ben/Daisy/Joe team, chased by Thomas and Arthur and then Ana. Finn took 4th place, just overtaking William McEwen (who had swapped with his brother Angus) at the finish. Matthew Mason, another family substitution, was behind them, along with Luca/Jack/Nicholas.
There was all to play for in the final race, in which excitingly the Fireflies shared a course with a large contingent of Tamesis juniors in Toppers, Mirrors and Oppies. Both fleets seemed to survive more or less unscathed! Ana sailed beautifully to take line honours, leaving her tied on points overall with Finn who took third in that race. Thomas and Arthur were 5th so Ana won overall on countback.
Many thanks to Tamesis Club for once again organising a wonderful event. In traditional Tamesis style the sailing was followed by picnic tea and cakes on the lawn – all very idyllic!
Overall results:
1st Ana Powell 8 points
2nd Finn Morris 8 points
3rd Thomas Davey & Arthur Greaves 10 points
4th Angus & William McEwen 13 points
5th Luca, Jack and Nicholas 15 points
6th (and winners of the Most Stylish Sailing prize) Polly & Matthew Mason and Maddie Greaves 21 points
Crewing prize:
Ben, Daisy and Jo
Cheering competition:
1st= Ben McEwen, Anna Morris
3rd Ella Simmonds
Bravest sailors:
Stella Davey and Zoe Mason
Report Jamie McEwan
Photos Carolyne Vines


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Kids have more fun

There was a record turn out at the cadet training today.  The kids assisted by parents and grandparents had a grand time on the water, with a few spills to add a bit of spice.

Thanks as ever to Richard and Jackie Harris for organising a very busy afternoon. Pics – Getting ready, the three pink Toppers from Ariel imediately put to good use, Laser Captain Donald mixing it with some serious competition in a Mirror with grand-daughter, and two pics of Toppers, Mirrors and Cadets doing battle on the water.

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The Firefly Juniors getting ready, and proudly displaying their prizes before tucking in to cakes for tea!


Tamesis a hive of activity

Tamesis was a hive of activity on Saturday afternoon the 18 of April as a Laser polishing session arranged by Laser Class Captain Donald Forbes coincided with the Cadets summer training day supervised by Cadet Captain Richard Harris.

A cold NE wind combined with warm sunshine to provide ideal conditions for both events.

Ten Laser sailors helped each other to wash down and polish their boats to achieve a go-faster finish and 11 Cadets practised racing techniques and capsize drill.





A letter from Barry Mourant

Richard and DadBarry, Valerie and all Richard’s family, would like to thank everyone at Tamesis for the love and support shown to us through the long illness Richard fought so bravely. We received many beautiful cards and letters. There is a strong family loyalty at the club, and we feel very privileged to have been a part of it. We have happy memories of Bill and Beryl Pettitt welcoming Vanessa and Richard when they were young, and there were boat trips with John and Rita Dunkley on their boat Marigold. We say “three cheers for Tamesis”!  Thank you all again. Barry and Valerie Mourant

Tamesis Club becomes RYA Recognised Training Centre

On 15th April 2015, Tamesis Club became an RYA Recognised Training Centre, authorised to run training courses on eleven different subjects including Sailing, Power Boating, Safety Boat handling and First Aid. Principal is Alan Green, Rear Commodore (Sailing) supported by Chief Instructors Eric Finlayson (Sailing) and Falcon Compton (Power Boats). Announcements on course dates and prices will be made shortly, with the first course Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing – expected to start on Sunday afternoon 24th May, taking four consecutive Sunday afternoons.

Rob and Milly Wilder win Easter Regatta


Rob Wilder and his young daughter Milly won the top prize Easter egg

in their Merlin Rocket Flinkidink (1097) at the Tamesis Easter Regatta

on Monday 6 April. The prize was awarded to the best placed boat in

both the morning handicap race, in which there were 15 entries,

started from the Tamesis line, and the afternoon pursuit, which was

started from the Ariel line, with nine entries.

Participating boats included National 18s, Merlins, Lasers, an

Enterprise and a Wayfarer.


The morning race was won by Donald Forbes in Greylag (Laser

188044) and the afternoon pursuit by the National 18 Ocatillo (316),

sailed by Charles Fox and Steve Katz. The rules provided that a boat

which had won a prize in race one should forfeit her prize in race two

to the next placed boat. Flinkidink was third in the morning and

second in the afternoon.


Making the best of a strong and gusty NE wind, Race Officers John and

Jean Meredith set a course with a downstream start to a Lensbury

mark midway down Trowlock Island, followed by an upstream run to

a Canbury buoy just short of Steven’s Eyot.


Patrol boats were manned by Peter Simpson and Jim Hamilton.

RYA coach Ben Kimbell offered advice from the Dory on how to go



The regatta was organised by Tamesis Rear Commodore Alan Green,

who also competed in the Tamesis Wayfarer, crewed by his wife,

Susan, in the afternoon race and single handed in his National 18 in

the morning.


There was a good turnout of spectators who, with the sailors, enjoyed

a lunch of roast lamb with a choice of vegetables, soup and

sandwiches, with tea and hot-cross buns in the afternoon. Alan

thanked the ladies in the kitchen for their contribution to a most

enjoyable Easter regatta.









































Cadets Get Going

The Club buzzed with excitement today as 15 eager Cadets prepared their boats and took to the water after the winter break. Conditions were ideal with bright sunshine and a nice westerly breeze. Three short fun races were run and  one Cadet who was sunning herself on the foredeck of a topper actually went for a swim. Was she completely Mad(die)? After the initial shock, she pronounced the water ‘not too cold at all’

The Cadet Clubroom was sparklingly clean and tidy thanks to the hard work of Falcon and the Wednesday Working Party. Lets hope the Cadets keep it that way!

Welfare Officer Jackie Harris was in attendance as usual, serving delicious tea and home made cakes.