Tamesis Club

Spring Regatta 17 May


The Tamesis Spring Regatta will be held on Sunday 17 May with racing in both the morning and afternoon. There is a copy of the Notice of Race below. There will be races for National 18s, Merlins, Fireflies, Lasers, Toppers and handicap class boats. The first start is at 11.15 and there will be two races in the afternoon, starting at 13.45 and 15.15. Entry fees are £10 for the series or £4 per race. The best two of the three races count for prizes. Lunch and tea will be provided and the bar will be open.






Push the Boat Out Day a great success

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Tamesis Club’s Push the Boat Out day on Saturday 9 May was an outstanding success.  Most of the 87 visitors, including many children, were taken for a sail on the river by experienced helmsmen and many also took a trip in one of the club’s patrol boats or the sleek, fast RIB (rigid inflatable boat) operated by member Falcon Compton, Chief Instructor (Powerboats) at the Tamesis RYA Recognised Training Centre.

Warm sunshine added to the enjoyment although there was a cold edge to the gusty westerly wind which gave some exciting sailing.

Boats sailing included a National 18, three  Merlin Rockets, two Wayfarers. an Albacore. three Mirrors, and a Topper, on which one of the club’s most experienced cadets gave an impressive display of capsizing and righting the boat without getting wet!  Tamesis RYA sailing training courses were on special offer and many visitors sailed with Chief Instructor (Sailing) Eric Finlayson and his assistant instructors.

The barbecue under master chef Paul Jamieson (Club Bosun) and a group of helpers, served 125 lunches and Jo Carstens and the kitchen staff provided salads, tea and cakes throughout the afternoon.

The chairs and tables on the veranda, under the gazebo on the lawn and the riverside benches were all popular eating and viewing points and many also sat at tables inside the clubhouse.

The event was organised by Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines with the support of Commodore Stewart Colley, Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green and Rear Commodore  House John Adams, supported by a strong team of members.

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Ladies Night at Tamesis

Some fifty ladies and their guests had a wonderful evening last Saturday.  Steve Katz and his helpers excelled themselves in providing an excellent meal and mind bending quizzes.






The bar tenders – Colin Stokes David Baker and John Harris



Steve Katz taking the standing ovation along with other helpers.

photos Rosalind Warwick Haller

Tamesis member captured by pirates

Tamesis member Brian Harper-Lewis was captured by pirates on the early afternoon of Monday 4 May.  He reported that he was forcibly obliged to sit in a boat with a glass of wine in his hand while he was taken away for the whole of the afternoon and incarcerated at the Anglers.

Brian, who lives on Trowlock Island just downstream of the Tamesis Clubhouse, said there were 20 of the blighters “including assorted mini-pirates cunningly disguised as children of the friends we’d been skiing with” who plied him with three “or possibly four” pints of London Pride.


The N18 Fleet aims to have decent participation in all of three of the National 18 championships, including by our Ultimates.  However, we will fairly shortly have Ultra Odyssey at Tamesis.  In addition to getting new ‘young’ people sailing her at Tamesis, we also want to have her sailing in the N18 championships.  We want as strong a crew as possible for each championship.  We also if possible want to ‘spread the wealth’ with potentially different crews sailing in each championship, given chronologically below:

• English National Championship (Bosham Sailing Club) – Sunday 5th July (after Bosham Regatta on Saturday 4th)
• British & Irish Championship (Royal Cork Yacht Club) – Starts Sunday 26th to 31st July
• UK Inland Championship (On-the-Water & Handicap trophies) – Saturday 26th September – First Race 11.00 a.m.

This is an open invitation for crews to apply to sail Odyssey in each of these championships: three person crews for Bosham and Cork and two (or three) person crew for Tamesis.  For all championships, if you are interested in sailing Odyssey, please initially contact Ian Burnett by e-mail, iand.burnett@tiscali.co.uk, telling him: in which championships you would want to sail (& order of preference); who is in your crew; why you think your crew would be the strongest for each championship; what your preparation for the championship would be.  In the event of two crews wanting to go to the same championship, Ian Burnett & Jeremy Vines will be the ‘judges’. Being one of (or related to) the Fab Fifteen who funded the purchase of Odyssey has no bearing on the choice of crews!

For information about sailing at Cork, e.g. ferries and accommodation, and/or about accommodation at Bosham, please contact Jeremy Vines; jeremy@picklecorner.co.uk

Swiftness in responding to this invitation is urged; particularly for Cork as time is getting short for booking ferries and accommodation.

It is noted that membership of the National 18 Association is required for all championship entries, £20 for boat owners and £10 for associate members.