Tamesis Club

Jim Hamilton sails Sandy Lady to Scotland

Jim Hamilton, a member of the Tamesis Laser fleet, is sailing around Britain in his Parker 23, Sandy Lady. He set off from his home port of Bucklers Hard on Sunday 10 May, arriving at Gosport later that night. He sailed on to Brighton the following day “the longest single sail my boat has done” after which his crew, Ted, had to go home, and then sailed on to Eastbourne crewed by Ted’s son Kris. On entry he found the VHF radio was not working so spent the next day dropping and raising the mast so that the aerial could be fixed. He plans to restart on Thursday 21 May when Ted will be back.
Sandy lady crossed the Thames estuary on Sunday 24 May from Ramsgate to Brightlingsea, partly in company with another Parker, Kotick. The weather was generally sunny with a light but a cold wind. They had an excellent meal at the Kovatam South India restaurant, then went on the next day to Walton, Titchmarsh Marina, then Orford on the Ore and Aldeburgh, where they were on visitors buoys. On Thursday 28 May they went from Aldeburgh to Southwold, which involved about 8 miles just to get out of the Ore, and went on early on Friday to Lowestoft to avoid the forecast gale. The sail to Southwold was bumpy (three reefs at one stage) but downhill. “We haven’t had to beat at all so far. The weather is changeable at the moment and the next leg will be long. May be here for a day or so.”
On Sunday 17 June Jim reported that Sandy Lady had sailed up the Lincolnshire coast and arrived in Grimsby.
On Tuesday 21 July Jim reported: We have now almost completed our round tiny Britain, as I think we should call it (through the Forth and Clyde canal rather than the Caledonian). Sandy Lady is currently in the Bowling basin on the Clyde waiting for a final sail to Bute/Rothesay which I have visited before from the west side.
We had a second break at Grimsby but then managed to get all the way to Port Edgar (calling at Spurn Head, Bridlington, Scarborough, Whitby, Sunderland, Amble, Lindisfarne, and Eyemouth on the way). Aside from a breezy arrival at Bridlington and a tremendous thunderstorm approaching Amble, the weather was mainly quite light, and we did a fair bit of motor sailing to make sure of catching tides and to get in before dark.
At Port Edgar we were hoping to go immediately into the canal at Grangemouth, but there was a royal visit which stopped all movement for three days (we had two ribs of Royal Marines moored next to us in Port Edgar). My loyal crew, Ted, went home for his son’s 30th birthday after helping to drop the mast, and I took Sandy Lady up the Forth to the canal on my own. Scottish canals provided help to get SL up the locks and the Falkirk Wheel, and I motored up to Edinburgh to collect Margaret and the dog (Lady). We then took six days including a rest day to get to go bowling on the Clyde.

 

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Dropping the mast at Eastbourne
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Sandy Lady at the Falkirk Wheel

You can see pictures of Sandy Lady on Facebook at ‘Sandy Lady 2015’.

 

 

Tamesis bring it home at the National 18 English National Championships

It was an amazing day’s sailing on Sunday for the National 18 English National Championships at Bosham Sailing Club.

Twelve 18s took part including 3 ultras: Odyssey (Tamesis), Hurricane (Lymington) and Panther (Blackwater SC).

There was a bit of late start as Jess and Julian Berney (with crew Duncan) were caught on the M25, so the actual start was put back by around 45 minutes. This meant that the 4 races were short and sharp, with 2 laps of the triangle course for each race.

The conditions were perfect really, with bright sun, warm water, and lots of wind. In Odyssey was me on the wire, James Fox on helm, and James’s friend Craig. Craig had hardly sailed before in his life, but thankfully was a quick learner. He’s also around 6’2 and heavy, which we think helped. Indeed a slightly different weight to Hurricane’s middle-man, Jeremy!

The racing was very close, with Odyssey taking the first race, and Hurricane taking the second. The last two races were even closer, with a slightly quicker spinnaker hoist for Odyssey on the last run giving us an overlap for the last mark, and in the last race spinnakers were touching for much of the run before the final beat for the line. If you look at the results the time differences between Odyssey and Hurricane were 40 seconds, 4 seconds, 15 seconds, and 8 seconds. Very close!

So 3 wins to Odyssey, 1 to Hurricane. Odyssey takes it and brings the trophy back to Tamesis… or indeed Kaan’s lounge! But don’t worry, I’ll bring it to the club.

A great day of competitive sailing in the sun and warm water of Chichester Harbour. Thanks to Andrew Young and Bosham SC for putting on such a slick show.

Lastly, a huge thanks to all those who contributed to making Odyssey a Tamesis boat. James, Craig, and I would never have had as much fun as we did if Odyssey wasn’t available for us to use. We hope we’ve done you proud. Looking forward to sailing Odyssey lots more in the coming months and years.

 

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Laser News: competing further afield

The forecast looked good: sunshine and up to 18 knots of wind. Marcus Chavasse packed up his laser on 5th July to make his way to the Laser Open Meeting at Emsworth Sailing Club (ESC) on Chichester Harbour. He had been told that there might be some stiff competition, particularly from younger Laser sailors. The psychological battle started early. At least seven of the boats put up sails with sponsorship or “GBR” on the sails suggesting that these people did not just compete in their own back yard. As a longstanding member of ESC as well as Tammy, Marcus reckoned that local knowledge would have to play a part. He turned in a creditable 6th in the first race. In the second race, he recognised the need to ignore large wind shifts in order remain to the East side of the channel, out of the tide and then cross the channel on a single tack. This strategy paid off. He was rewarded by leading round the windward mark, only to throw it all away by bearing off to the wrong wing mark. A disaster. The wind got up to Force 5. The black flag came out after a general recall. In the last race, Marcus found that, when corkscrewing downwind, the boat does not sail competitively with the mast pointing downwards! Another write off. It was good to sail the laser on a more open stretch of water for some variety. The event was comfortably won by a member of the GB laser squad. Marcus managed 10th overall. He will be looking to tempt a few others to travel to this event next year.

A great day out!

Tamesis placings at Salcombe Merlin Week

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Pictures –  Headline – Carnage on the Sunday pm start line. The beached boat had been holed and was dragged out of the way for the start. The first start had half the fleet over the line and for the second start the fairway was reinstated so with the tide right out the line was extremely short adding to the chaos. The only alleviating factor was that quite a few boats had by that time sustained serious damage and were out of it at least for that race.

Above – John and Joe on a gentle spinny run on Wednesday morning (pale blue spinny) after overnight replacement of the main halyard (a fun job completed with Barry’s invaluable help) which broke under the stress of Tuesday afternoon’s strong blow. Some vicious gusts took out quite a number of  boats and there were only 22 finishers. Expensive sailing!       Rupert (red spinny) and Ken (blue one) in a close run race on Monday, Mill bay in the background.

Tamesis members achieved the following results at Salcombe Merlin Week:

Race 1 Sunday 5 July (wind 11-20 knots SW) – 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 7; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 42, 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 48;
Race 2 Sunday 5 July (wind 16-20 knots SW) – 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 29; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 32; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 35; 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould DNF.
Race 3 Monday 6 July (wind 11-15 knots SW) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 4; 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 12.
Race 4 Monday 6 July (wind 5-10 knots SW and S) – 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 23; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 42; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 48; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 51.
Race 5 Tuesday 7 July (wind 11-20 knots SW) – 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 45; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 48; Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould OCS
Race 6 Tuesday 7 July (wind 20+ knots W) – 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 11; 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 18; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 20; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods DNF.
Race 7 Wednesday 8 July (wind 11-15 knots W dropping to 0-5 knots NW) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 12; 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 24; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 44; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 45.
Race 8 Wednesday 8 July (wind 5-10 knots NW dropping to 0-5 knots NW) – 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 11; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 46; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson DSQ.
Race 9 Thursday 9 July (wind 0-5 knots SW) – 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 10; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 42; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 47; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 48; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 49.
Race 10 Thursday 9 July (wind 5-10 knots SW) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 1; 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey DNS.
Race 11 Friday 10 July (wind 5-10 knots SE) – 3165 Dave £ Abigail Croft 24; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 38; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 44; 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey DNS.
Race 12 Friday 10 July (wind 5-10 knots E becoming 0-5 knots NE) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 1; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 34; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 44.
Overall (after 12 races, 5 to count) – 3673 Caroline Croft crewing for Chris Gould 16; 3165 Dave & Abigail Croft 38; 3752 Andy Douglas crewing for Will Rainey 39; 3544 Barry Mourant crewing for David Downs 76; 3599 Ken Duffell & Brian Corking 85; 3606 John Adams & Joe Woods 87; 3479 Rupert Fletcher & Paul Jamieson 107.

Peter and Richard Mason win the Restless Trophy

Peter and Richard Mason won the Restless Trophy in convincing fashion today.

The Trophy is awarded to the first Merlin in the club race which takes place on the Sunday of Merlin Week at Salcombe, which is very popular with Tamesis merlins.

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Peter and Richard Mason win in Bambusa

Three boats took part.  To begin with the racing was very close with the Masons and David Baker crewed by Caroline Stilwell in Andromeda were neck and neck. The Masons sailing Bambusa drew away in the third round of five, to win by a minute.

The race had to be postphoned as the wind dropped before the normal start time.  The wind got up during the race, and by the finish, conditions were much better.

Chris Balmbro crewed by his son Will in Bad Company was third.