Tamesis Club



Odyssey, number 400, the prototype of the newly adopted ‘Ultra’ design of National 18, ably sailed by Joe & Tom McLaughlin, won On-the-Water Cup at the well attended UK Inland Championship at Tamesis Club on 26th September by a clear margin … with three bullets. The win, in very light airs, put paid to any questions on whether the fairly flat aft section Ultras could perform well in these light conditions.

The Goose Drank Wine, 369, an ‘Ultimate’ design, sailed by Jeremy & Max Vines was second On-the-Water. Another ‘Ultimate’ Zephyr, 374, sailed by Ian Burnett and in turn Anne Bayne and Angela Caldara was third.

With four different types of National 18’s since 1938, there is also the National 18 Cup, based on individual ‘Boat & Helm’ handicaps. This cup was closely contested with only three points separating the first four boats, in the ‘three race no discounts’ series. It was won by Zephyr with Odyssey second; The Goose Drank Wine third and Antidote, 348, sailed by Chris Pollard and Konstantin Gritsaenko, fourth.

The pictures are by Carolyne Vines & Nicky Chavasse.


BRAGANZA BOWL to Spindrift


On Sunday 20th September in glorious summer weather the classic Thames “A” Rater fleet completed their annual Braganza Bowl/Yates Cup regatta at Tamesis Club with Martin Hunter’s SPINDRIFT taking both trophies. The three Sunday races were sailed in a fickle south-westerly that sometimes flicked into various directions of the compass. The fleet sailed three different courses, in front of Tamesis Club and also (the second of the day) upstream onto the Kingston reach, where a south-westerly is often funnelled – but the strength of the wind on Sunday was low, making for challenging conditions and putting a premium on light-weather boat speed and sensitivity to micro wind-shifts. The three “A” Rater races shared the water with the regular Tamesis Sunday club racers, who also sailed the Kingston reach course, and like the Raters, subscribed to the international charity sailing event “Bart’s Bash” for which this day was designated as a Guinness Book of Records mass sailing race day.
Tamesis Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines: “We were delighted with the generosity of members and visitors in donating to this new and important sailing charity”
The fleet of “A” Raters is based at Thames Sailing Club, Kingston. On behalf of the visitors, Martin Hunter thanked Tamesis Club for hosting an excellent sailing weekend.
OOD was John Harris; Chief Judge was Chris Simon, RYA Regional Rules Advisor.

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SPINDRIFT takes Yates Cup

In a close-fought race at Tamesis Club today Martin Hunter’s SPINDRIFT took first place and the historic Yates Cup, first presented in 1908. On a bright sunny day with a light variable northerly breeze the eight “A” class Raters made a stunning addition to the river vista at Tamesis. The Yates Cup race was the third in a 6-race series held over this weekend for the Braganza Bowl, another historic silver cup first presented in 1904. OOD was Peter Fryer.
1 SPINDRIFT Martin Hunter, 2 ATLANTIS Julian Smith, 3 LADY JANE Sam Mills, 4 OSPREY Paul Browning,
5 VAGABOND Kevin Pearson, 6 KINGFISHER Martin Collen, 7 TARA Mark Gould, 8 LADY IONA Tom Wilson.
The final 3 races for the Braganza Bowl will take place on Sunday 20th September, when the fleet will join in a club race programme and also the international charity event “BART’S BASH”.


Busy Autumn Regatta

Photos taken at the Autumn Regatta yesterday.  Report to follow

Raters at the Autumn Regatta. photo Ian Ramage
Raters at the Autumn Regatta. photo Ian Ramage


A battle to the end - Matt PJ crewed by Ben Ramage finally beat Berry Ritchie crewed by Sue Harris. photo Ian Ramage
A battle to the end – Matt PJ crewed by Ben Ramage finally beat Berry Ritchie crewed by Sue Harris. photo Ian Ramage




Commodore Stewart Colley presents the Autumn Cup for Merlins to Ben Ramage (crew) and Matt Peregrine Jones (helm).  photo Ian Ramage

Rob and Milly Wilder second overall at Bosham

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Over the weekend of the 5th & 6th of September Bosham SC held the classic boat revival which is now in its fifth year and open to boats designed before 1965.
Rob’s  daughter Milly missed the first week back for Cadets to sail with him in his Merlin Rocket 1097, Flinkidink, which was was built in 1959.  It was Milly’s first sail on the sea.
On the Saturday they managed to finish 2nd, 7th and 10th in the fast fleet, which had a 23 boat entry and a range of boats from National 18s, Hornets, 12 sqm Sharpies, Fireballs & National 12s along with some other Merlins. Rob says they struggled a bit upwind as the day went on as the breeze increased to around 12-15 knots, making the downwind legs fun.
On Sunday the wind was much lighter in the first race at around 5-6 knots, which was perfect for them as they had to sail a beat against the tide, so ended up doing some short tacking up the shore which was just like being at Tamesis!  This was their best result, as they won the race by over 6 minutes.  In the final race of the day the breeze had increased and they struggled a bit upwind but still managed to finish 6th.
Overall they finished 2nd.  The event was won by a former Tamesis National 18, Tinkerbell, helmed by Richard Stirrup of Bosham SC.  Rob says “It was a great weekends sailing. “

Cadets restart next Saturday 5th Sept 2pm

With family holidays and school holidays behind us,  Cadets get going again next Saturday afternoon. Good to get down to the club a bit early as the boats may need a little TLC as they have not been used for a month. Catch up on each others’ news and hear all about the Source to Sea Relay last weekend.

See you there!