Tamesis Club

The Laser Ramble 2015

The annual Laser Ramble organised by Donald and Cherry Forbes attracted a record 16 people and took place on Saturday 30th May. Two of the ramblers brought their dogs to share in the exercise. Commencing with a gathering for coffee at the Forbes household, the walk started from Ranmore Common, high on the North Downs, and on through glorious woods, farmland and even a golf course with views right across London, to Polesdon Lacey the National Trust country house for lunch. John and Rita Dunkley joined the group for lunch as they have done for all the rambles of past years.

The shorter walk back to the starting point offered more magnificent views and hills to climb and the circuit was completed in excellent weather and in good time.
Report written by Donald Forbes.


Bank Holiday Race at Tamesis

Five boats turned out for the Bank Holiday Monday Race at Tamesis – Two National 18s, one Albacore, two merlins and one Topper in a fluky north westerly.  The race was managed by Peter Fryer assisted by Richard Robinson in the box and Rupert Fletcher and James Berry in the launch.  Anna Finney provided ploughmans lunch with tortilla and ran the bar.  Many thanks to them all.  We had a lovely day.  Photos by Debbie Pope










Death of Eric Webb

Tamesis members learned with great sadness of the death of Eric Webb at the Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford, on Saturday 23 May. He was 85. A Tamesis member for many years, Eric had been an active member of both the National 18 fleet and of the Offshore Group, with which he raced a Moody Eclipse 33 called La Suya and won the Offshore Cup in 1993, 1995 and 2002. He had also won the Cup in his previous boat, Lady Deer, in 1988. In the National 18 fleet he sailed Ana Purna which he bought from the then Commodore Richard Miles in 1995. He was also the member responsible for introducing the Laser class to Tamesis. The funeral took place at Guildford Crematorium on Thursday 4 June followed by a reception at The Withies, a nearby public house, where guests were welcomed by his widow, Moyra, also a Tamesis member for many years. The service was conducted by the Rev. Ann Fraser and included the hymn Eternal Father, strong to save “O hear us when we cry to thee, For those in peril on the sea”. Tributes to Eric were paid by members of his family. The 60 mourners included nine from Tamesis Club, led by Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines and members of the Offshore Group, the National 18 Class and the Lasers. The club ensign was flown at half mast in honour of Eric. Donations in memory of Eric can be made to the RNLI.




Eric sailing off into the sunset accompanied by John Dunkley on the bow

Tamesis trials RS Fevas

Tamesis trialled three RS Fevas last weekend.  They came on hire from the RYA Thames Valley Region.  They are available to any club in the region that wishes to try them out.

The cadets tried them out during the Saturday sailing, and two were sailed in the Spring Regatta on Sunday.

There were many positive comments, and many found them very exciting!

Many thanks to Pip Deverson  secretary of the Thames Valley Region for facilitating the hire.



photo Ian Ramage



photo Ian Rmage



photo Ian Ramage

“Zebbedi” MR 2047

On Wednesday last (20th May) Merlin Rocket No 2047 “Zebbedi” left Tamesis for it’s new home somewhere in Cheshire. It is understood that the journey was uneventful despite the novel means of transport ! “Zebbedi” had been a lonely, unwanted little boat until it made a successful entry on the dating site Ebay !!!vcm_s_kf_repr_832x624


Tamesis Spring Regatta

Forty enthusiastic competitors sailing five different types of boat took part in Tamesis Club’s Spring Regatta on Sunday 17 May. There were 25 entries for the event which was held in warm sunshine and a light to moderate west north westerly wind which produced occasional gusts that caught some helmsmen unawares, resulting in several capsizes.

Race Officer Brian Southcott set a course that took the contestants down river to a Lensbury buoy half way down Trowlock Island and up to a Canbury mark close to Steven’s Eyot, with an east to west dogleg opposite the clubhouse and clubhouse lawn.

Some of the most experienced Laser sailors paid tribute to the fact that they were beaten by a 15 year old – Nick Forbes – who out sailed his tutor grandfather, Donald Forbes, a frequent race winner himself, despite capsizing three times.

The results are based on the best two of the three races.

Results: National 18s (Lobb Cup) 1 One Over the Eight (349) Doug Pope and Jose Ugate.
Merlins (Merlin Cup) 1 Bambusa (847) Peter and Richard Mason; 2 Crescendo (607) Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris; 3 Harry (3599) Ken Duffell and Brian Corking/Joe Woods; 4 Saltarello (1602) John Adams and Zoe Jeffra-Adams.
Lasers (Brian Evans Cup) 1 Storm (146120) Nick Forbes; 2 Greylag (188044) Donald Forbes; 3 Buzz (39245) Noah Gerber; 4 Not Yellow (170263) Paul Jamieson.
Fevas (Cadet Tideway Cup) 1 Feva (green/yellow) Constantin Gerber.

Handicap Solo Peter Fryer

The regatta was organised by Sailing Secretary Brian Timbrell and Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines presented the prizes. The safety boats were operated by Ken Thatcher and George Barber, Nicky Johnson was Assistant Race Officer, and Caroline Timbrell took the entries. Lunch and tea were prepared and served by Jo Carstens and the catering staff.









Doug Pope received the Lobb for National 18′ Class from Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines





Constantin Gerber receiving the cup for winning the Fevas from Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines



At the club’s recent highly successful RYA Push the Boat Out event, strong interest was expressed in the upcoming RYA training courses at Tamesis.

For sailors, an RYA Level 1 course (Course S1) will start on Sunday afternoon 24th May: the three following Sunday afternoons complete the course. Level 1 is an ideal introduction to safe and fun sailing, teaching the basics and giving newcomers plenty of practice under expert tuition.

RYA Level 2 (Course S2) is a natural follow-on from Level 1 and starts on Sunday afternoon 28th June, followed by the next three Sunday afternoons.

All courses lead to RYA certificates and are accompanied by the approved RYA teaching booklets. Special offers to new members (for bookings confirmed by 24th May): Course S1 (starting 24th May) £170 including membership until September 30th. Courses S1 + S2 (starting 24th May and 28th June) including membership to September 30th – £290.

A membership offer without training (open only until 24th May) gives full adult membership until 30th September for the PTBO special price of £50. The full annual rate is £190. Members have almost unlimited sailing, racing once or twice a week without extra charge, use of the club boats, and access to many social events at little more than cost price.

Children from 8 up may be accommodated on all the courses provided they are accompanied by a parent or carer.

Details and bookings for sailing courses direct from Chief Instructor (Sailing) Eric Finlayson at finlaysone2@aol.com.

RYA Powerboat courses are also available, and have begun running at the club since its commission as a Training Centre in April. Powerboat courses Level 1 and Level 2 are on offer – Level 1 is a basic one-day introduction at the non-members’ price of £140. The full RYA Level 2 course is 3 days including one day with high speed work on the tidal Thames at the non-members’ price of £280. (For the powerboat course members’ rates of £80 (Level 1) and £140 (Level 2) a minimum 12-month membership must have been completed). Our Powerboat school, run by Tamesis member and Chief Instructor (Powerboats) Falcon Compton, offers a 2-day RYA Safety Boat course at £250 for a non-member and £200 for a member. Details and bookings direct with Falcon Compton on +44 78 8983 5758 or falconcompton@hotmail.com.

Alan Green
Rear Commodore (Sailing) Tamesis Club and Principal, Tamesis RYA Recognised Training Centre.
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