Tamesis Club

Richmond Magazine visits Tamesis



Jennifer takes the helm

Jennifer Mason, editorial Assistant at The Residents’ Journals, visited Tamesis on Wednesday morning to ‘Try a Sail’, with a view to doing an article for the Richmond Edition. She was taken on the water by Chief Instructor Eric Findlayson, with Commodore Stewart Colley in support, in a Laser 2000. We did not manage to sign her up for membership – she lives over the other side of London, – but she did have a go on the helm, and I think formed a favourable impression of the Club. The visit was arranged by Camilla Colley on behalf of the Development Committee.

First RYA certificates awarded

Eric Finlayson was very pleased to present the first two RYA Level 1 sailing certificates to new members Adam Nagy and Ned Thomas on Sunday.

The boys completed the four day course, on Sunday morning and went out again to prove they could do it!

Anyone interested in taking RYA courses for sailing should apply to Eric direct on  finlaysone2@aol.com.

Eric Finlayson Chief Instructor presents the certificates to Adam Nagy and Ned Thomas, while assistant instructor Howard looks on.


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The lesson beforehand


Having a play on the river afterwards

Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup won by Rob Wilder and Tom McLaughlin

Rob Wilder and Tom McLaughlin out-sailed seven other National 18s to win both the Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup at Tamesis Club on Saturday 13 June.
They beat both Odyssey and Hurricane, the new Phil Morrison designed 18, which had been brought to Teddington especially for this annual three-race event.
Sailing Heatwave (343), a conventional Ultimate design, they took the first race by a margin of three minutes after three rounds of the course, the next by only 10 seconds after five rounds, and the third by 16 seconds after six rounds.
Hurricane (401), sailed by Ollie Houseman and Kaan Yargici, was third in the first race, and second in both the middle and last race, in which Ollie was crewed by Brian Corking.
Jeremy and David Vines, sailing Rhapsody (375), another conventional Ultimate, were second in the first race and third in the middle and last races.
Race Officer Ken Duffell sent the contestants off on an upstream beat to a Canbury buoy just below Steven’s Eyot followed by a reach and beat to a Lensbury mark, with an east-west dogleg opposite the clubhouse. Most of the racing took place in a light westerly wind, and cold overcast skies, but there were a few welcome beams of warm sunshine towards the end of the last race.
Results: Tamesis Anchor (on the water finish) 1 Heatwave (343) Rob Wilder & Tom McLaughlin, 2 Rhapsody (375) Jeremy Vines & David Vines, 3 Hurricane (401) Ollie Houseman & Kaan Yargici/Brian Corking.
Queen Adelaide Cup (after the application of handicaps) 1 Heatwave (343), Rob Wilder & Tom McLaughlin, 2 Antedote (348) Chris Pollard & Peter Bide, 3 Rhapsody (375) Jeremy Vines & David Vines, 4 Zephyr (374) Ian Burnett & Angela Caldara.
The Red Arrows did a low level fly past in honour of the Ultras’ arrival at Tamesis (and the Queen’s Trooping of the Colour a bit further down the Thames).
Both Trophies were presented on Sunday 14 June at the official naming ceremony of Odyssey by the Tamesis Commodore, Stewart Colley.


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The second start
Heatwave, Hurricane and Rhapsody round the club mark



Rob Wider receives the Tamesis Anchor from Commodore Stewart Colley

Bridge Drive

The Tamesis Bridge group held a drive on Sunday 31st May in aid of the Tamesis Maintenance fund. We had 13 tables (52 players) and tea was served during the play,

All the sandwiches and cakes having been prepared by the ladies of the Bridge Group and one of the reasons this drive is so popular is that we provide all the tables, cards, pens, bidding boxes, score sheets, etc.

A raffle was held, again, all the prizes were donated by club members. One member ( who shall remain anonymous, but you can call him Clive) won three prizes !

At the end of the day some £800 was presented to the Commodore for the Club.P1000852

Rob and Milly Wilder win Centenary Cup

The Centenary Cup, presented in 1985 to celebrate Tamesis Club’s 100th anniversary, was won by Rob Wilder and his nine-year-old daughter Milly in a 20 boat fleet on Sunday 7 June. Sailing Flinkidink, Merlin Rocket 1097, in an all classes handicap pursuit,were soon through to an early lead. followed by Storm and Cobbler who were neck and neck throughout.
Race Officer Ian Burnett set a long course which took competitors on a short downstream beat to Trowlock Island followed by a long upriver run and reach in a light northerly wind and warm sunshine to a turning mark just short of Hampton Wick Railway Bridge. Both races were finished after one and a half hours from Tamesis 111, the club launch.
A Mirror (7005), sailed by Chris and Alex Balding, led until about 15 minutes before the race end in the morning, before being overtaken by Flinkidink, with Cobblers, Albacore (6813), sailed by Dave Baker and Jim Green, last year’s winners, finishing second, and Donald Forbes, in Storm, Laser (146120) third.
Only 11 boats came to the start line for the afternoon race.  Donald Forbes in Storm led for most of the race.  Flinkidink steadily sailed up through the slower boats to take the lead.
Overall results: 1 Flinkidink (MR1097) Rob Wilder & Milly Chong-Wilder, 2 Storm (Laser 14620) Donald Forbes, 3 Cobblers (Albacore 6813) Dave Baker & Jim Green, 4 Orion (National 18 336) Alan Green & Peter Konidaris.
Commodore Stewart Colley presented the prizes.


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closing racing upstream on the first round


Flinkidink overtakes Storm
Flinkidink overtakes Storm


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The leaders get away


Commodore Colley presents the Centenary Cup to Rob and Milly
Commodore Colley presents the Centenary Cup to Rob and Milly


The weekend of 13th & 14th June is a very exciting one for the Tamesis National Eighteens.

On Saturday 13th June the National Eighteens are sailing for the 1832 Queen Adelaide Cup (handicap) and the 1937 Tamesis Anchor trophy (on-the-water). Always exciting, this club event is especially exciting this year because it is:
• the first ‘Battle of the Ultras’ for a trophy ever anywhere. Odyssey, 400, sailed by Peter Adams, will come head to head with Hurricane, 401, sailed by Ollie Houseman, for the first time, and
• it is also the first ‘Battle of the Ultras and the Ultimates’: among others Heat Wave, 343, Zephyr, 374, and Rhapsody, 375, will be battling to try and make sure that the Ultras don’t have it all their own way. On their day, the Penultimates could also enter into this particular ‘Battle’ and win (they last won a major Tamesis trophy on-the-water about six years ago).

The running order for the Saturday is two races starting at 11 a.m. and 12 noon, a break for lunch at about 1 p.m. and then have the third race start at 2 p.m. Come down and see the action. You can also see typically 20 juniors sail training the afternoon.

Indeed there are a couple of opportunities for you to join in the Saturday racing as there are some Eighteens available on loan by their kind owners.  Just call Ian Burnett (07768 697362 or 01372 363020).  As this is a club event, there is no entrance fee.

On the catering front, to be individually paid for, the plan is:
• Bacon butties for the troops to ‘carb up’ before the first race.
• Sandwiches or a ploughman’s at the planned 1 p.m. lunchtime (pretty much as we did at last September’s UK Inland Championship), with Phil’s Bar open.
• Simple tea and cake afterwards, probably at about 3.30. p.m.

On Sunday 14th June, a good number of Eighteens will racing in the morning Sunday Points Race. So others in the club will be able to see what a decent size Penultimate, Ultimate and Ultra Eighteen fleet can look like. Then at 2 p.m. we will be having a Tamesis Odyssey Re-launch. The idea was that all of the ‘Fab Fifteen’ Odyssey contributors would be there to have their picture taken with Odyssey. Unfortunately only twelve of the ‘Fifteen’ can make it but we will still have a picture. It is envisaged that the Queen Adelaide Cup & Tamesis Anchor Trophy will also be presented after the Re-launch photo.

After the picture, any of ‘the twelve’ who wish will have a go in Odyssey as can, afterwards, any other club members who would like a ‘spin’ in an Ultra. Hurricane might well also be available for these ‘Ultra’ fun sales.

All told, it should be a great weekend.


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