Tamesis Club

Easter Egg Pursuit Race blown off

Easter storm 16

The weather forecast for this event caused some anxiety – strong wind, rain plus sunny intervals – the last bit was alright.

In the event three Lasers, one Merlin, one Wayfarer, and two Toppers rigged, and most got on the water before the wind really blew up.  In the end the clouds produced hail and very heavy gusts sending boats over or on to the Surrey bank.  The race was abandoned.

Race Officer Carolyne Vines was assisted by John Dunkley, Jim Green, Peter Simpson and Daniel Gerber.

Nevertheless, the clubhouse was crowded afterwards for lunch which was produced by Ana and Jo.

Chocolates and Easter Eggs were awarded to all the competitors.


Tamesis open day “a great success”





Photos by Carolyne Vines

The open day on Sunday 20 March organised by Vice Commodore Alan Green and Eric Finlayson with help from Commodore Carolyne Vines and members of the Sailing Committee was a great success, with 18 visitors asking to sign in as new members.

Those who arrived in the morning watched five Merlins, three Lasers and three National 18s compete in the last race of the winter series and spent the afternoon trying sailing for themselves in a range of boats which included a Wayfarer, Laser 2000, a Laser and several Toppers.  They were taken out by Eric Finlayson, Howard Thatcher, Michael Vasey, Malcolm Warner, an RYA instructor, and Lucien Schwartz, all experienced helmsmen, who did a great job taking kids and parents out in the different boats. All were required to wear lifejackets.  Alan Green spent a lot of time in the dory providing safety boat cover.  Florian Krueger took many visitors out in the club launch so that they could get a river view of the sailing.

The light north easterly wind was ideal for beginners, which included 15 children, and many had wisely brought wetsuits to keep out the cold.

Angela Caldara did a great job doing registration and signing in new members. We received nine applications for membership, five from cadets, and eight for sailing courses.  During the lunch Eric Finlayson presented an assistant instructor certificate to newly qualified Megan Bourne.  He said many of the visitors were there because of word of mouth recommendations from existing members. First indications were that there is an encouraging demand for RYA training so more help may be needed in future.

The clubhouse was full of old and new members and visitors at lunchtime.  Free tea, coffee and cakes were provided for visitors and Jo Carstens, Rhiannan Jones, Jemima and their colleages in the kitchen provided an excellent lunch of hot soup, roast meat and sandwiches.

All bets off for Merlin Horse Race Evening Saturday 19th March

On Saturday evening 37 members and guests attended the Merlin Party to watch filmed races, laying bets on which runners would win and loudly encouraging their favoured steeds while enjoying a 3 course meal.  In total, the evening raised £490 for the Royal Marsden Hospital.  The event was organised by Jim Green and our Merlin captain, Joe Woods, who was suitably attired in jockey’s racing silks (see picture).  They were ably assisted by David and Deb Baker and Bonnie Green.  Thanks to Jo Carstens, Theo and Lauren for producing an excellent meal and staffing the bar.  

There were seven races in total with six visits to the horses and one to the dog track.  The third race of the evening was the Richard Mourant Memorial Stakes won by Jeremy Humphrey who received a bottle of pink fizz following a tie break.  


Race training

Eric Finlayson reports that on Thursday 17 March instructors, assistants and several “guinea pig” students took part in a trial race training event under the watchful eye of Ben Kimbell of the RYA .
Despite an extremely flukey on shore wind, members practised starts, mark rounding and other skills.
Michael Vasey, crewed by Cherry Erlich, showed  how to make a text book start in a Laser 2000 (see picture below).

A further session is planned (for which volunteers are welcome) after which we hope to achieve recognition and offer race training later in the year.  Meanwhile RYA courses in sailing and powerboat handling are on offer as usual.


Sail training at Tamesis

Eric Finlayson led a sail training lesson at Tamesis on Sunday 6 March in which members practised basic and inverted capsizes, man overboard drill, lee shore rescue and “abandoned boat extreme”.  The following pictures were taken by Jenny Finlayson.