Fourteen Tamesis members took part in the annual Laser Ramble organised and led by Donald Forbes. Twelve members took part in an energetic walk through the Surrey Hills and were joined by two others for lunch at the Manor House Beefeater Restaurant near Godalming.
Warm sunshine made the morning walk an enjoyable experience with the route taking in sections of the old Wey and Arun canal as well as the River Wey and the passing of a horse drawn passenger barge on its leisurely way to Farncombe added to the atmosphere. In the afternoon light rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the walkers who all seemed to enjoy this annual occasion designed for sailors and families alike.
Alex and Thomas Davey of the Royal Harwich YC won the Elizabeth Cup at the Tamesis open meeting for Fireflies on Sunday 24 April. This was the third time Alex has won it.
Sailing Mustard (2649) in a cold and blustery northerly wind, they fought off the competition from the 10 boat fleet, to win the first two of the three races and were second in the third. Nigel Wakefield and Emily Sanderson were second in Flo (3674).
Results: 1 Mustard (2649) Alex & Thomas Davey, RHYC, 4 points; 2 Flo (3674) Nigel Wakefield & Emily Sanderson, 7 points; 3 Tanglefoot (2631) Stuart & Jane Hudson, Keyhaven YC, 10 points; 4 Cumulus (186) Steven Greaves & Madelaine/Arthur Greaves, Rickmansworth SC, 14 points.
The event was organised by Sue Harris, Tamesis Firefly Class Captain, with help from Tamesis Commodore Carolyne Vines. Donald Forbes, the Race Officer, was assisted by Peter Johnson, and the patrol boats were operated by Chris Pollard Paul Jamieson and Robin Lince
12 boats made their way to South-West London for the annual Firefly Junior Cup at the Tamesis Club. This event is for the children – and there seemed to be quite a few of them!
The blustery northerly wind was strong enough that not many of the children managed much helming, but every boat had at least one child crewing or doing other crucial jobs such as sticking heads in the water or shooting water pistols.
There were three close-fought races on a windward-leeward course up and down the river, giving lots of excitement for both the sailors and the enthusiastic crowd on shore. Special mention must go to Olivia Powell, who on one of her first competitive outings in a Firefly was capsized by her dad… luckily there was plenty of restorative tea and cake on offer in the ever-hospitable Tamesis clubhouse.
In the final race of the day two intrepid children took to the helm: Thomas Davey and Matthew Mason, both aged 8, and crewed by their dads (who have a long rivalry of their own). After a titanic battle all the way round the course, Matthew just held off Thomas to take line honours and the Junior Cup.
Junior Cup (children helming)
Robbie & Elizabeth Hudson
Olivia & Ana Powell
Zoe & Matthew Mason
Pippa & Millie Wakefield
Jack Dingwall & Joe Merriman
Brave Sailor – Stella Davey
Best Swimmer – Olivia Powell
Nelson Lookalike – Angus McEwen
OODs Sue Harris and Carolyne Vines, Patrol Boat Chris Balmbro and Andrew Forbes
Photos of the whole weekend by Robin Lince, Paul Jamieson and Carolyne Vines
The following report was written by Steven Greaves:
After a great day’s sailing in the Junior Cup on Saturday an enthusiastic bunch of Firefly sailors turned up at Tamesis Club on Sunday 25th April to contest the Elizabeth Cup on the Thames. Ten boats set about rigging in an unusually cold and gusty northerly and most got onto the water for a prompt start by the race officer and his team. Those over the line (or still on the jetty) when the start gun went were soon back in the pack thanks to the vagaries of river sailing. The Firefly once again proved what tight racing it can provide, with the younger crewed boats mixing and beating those of a more experienced nature. When it all shook out it was Alex Davey crewed by son Thomas claiming the bullet in the first race, chased home by Nigel Wakefield and Emily Saunderson. Another pair of father / son combos of Roger and Finn Morris & Stuart and Robbie Hudson claimed the third and fourth spot. The experienced pair of Lucy Boreham / Rachel Crebbin sailed consistently into fifth.
The second race followed a similar pattern with the same boats sailing well into first and second place. Third place was picked up by local Jamie McEwen crewed by (previous day’s Junior Cup victor) Matthew Mason having shaken off their capsize from the first race. Matthew’s dad and sister, Will and Polly, sailed a good race to come in sixth but a few enthusiastic gusts caused a couple of capsizes, most vocally from Ed and Sophie Smith.
After a suitable break for lunch and all races to count it was back on the water to decide the medals. Multiple class champion and previous Elizabeth Cup winner Stu Hudson, this time crewed by his wife Jane, shot off the line to an impressive and unassailable lead while the rest of the fleet fought amongst themselves. The consistent Daveys came over the line second and took the title, with Wakefield / Saunderson third to finish second overall. Fourth across the line and fourth overall was Steve Greaves who’d been sharing crewing duties between daughter and son Arthur and Madeleine. Progressing over the day to take fifth in the last race were Alec and Ana Powell.
An excellent and tiring days sailing was followed by welcome tea and cake to complement the prizes. An excellent event run by the members of Tamesis – see you next year!
Quizmaster Kaan Yargici and Laser Captain Donald Forbes
Donald Forbes and Commodore Carolyne Vines
Rosalind Fletcher, winner of the raffle
Sixty two Tamesis members and guests in eight teams struggled with a series of fiendishly difficult questions at the annual Laser Quiz on Saturday 16 April for the honour of being able to organise the event next year. The quiz was won by team Ad Hoc, led by Colin Stokes, after some confusion about whether there had been a tie, between teams Kainos and Ad Hoc, leading to a decision by Quizmaster Kaan Yargici to resolve the matter by having a draw. The outcome was to award the task of organising next year’s quiz to Team Panama, which had been in third place.
Led by Tamesis Commodore, Carolyne Vines, Team Panama had some good results from a picture round in identifying famous ships like the Mary Rose and HMS Warrior, but fared less well on a picture round of famous buildings and were unable to identify any of the famous voices from TV programmes like Fawlty Towers and Strictly Come Dancing. They did, however, provide the answer to the question that everybody got right – What is the name of the Tamesis Commodore?
The event was organised by Laser Class Captain, Donald Forbes, with help from Kaan Yargici and Tamesis Bosun, Paul Jamieson, who provided the computer support.
A delicious supper of lasagne and fruit crumble and cream was provided by members of the House Committee, led by Rear Commodore Nicky Johnson, with the support of Laser sailor Rosalind Warwick Haller, Joe Carstens and Lauren, and drinks were served by Rosalind Warwick-Haller helped by Daniel Gerber, Florian Krueger, Carolyne Vines and Sailing Secretary Stewart Colley.
The raffle for a box of wine glasses was organised by Nicky Johnson and won by Rosalind Fletcher, and bottles of wine were presented to the winning teams. The Commodore thanked all those who had taken part in the organisation of a very successful event.
At a River Users’ Meeting at the club on Thursday evening 14th April Environment Agency Technical Officer Andy Croxford introduced a new service to show Thames River levels – here is the Kingston Gauge
Tamesis’ offshore fleet has continued to decline to the extent that it has become difficult to find a convenient date. The Bank of England Sailing Club has agreed for Tamesis/Ariel to join their annual regatta in Cowes on the Bank Holiday weekend, 28th/29th May.
Racing would be from the Cowes RORC/Corinthian line and we can choose from one of the 4 options set out below. We could, for example, do the pursuit race on the Saturday and go to the barbecue, and even race on Sunday as well.
You could basically chose from a combination of any of the following options :
Saturday 28th May
Pursuit Race : Solent Cowes to Cowes
– each boat given an individual starting time, depending on handicap.
– first start around 10.00 the typical length of race circ. 4 hours, depending on conditions.
Pursuit Race plus informal barbeque at RORC (Cowes Corinthian) in evening circ. 19.00.
Sunday 29th May : Solent racing Cowes to Cowes
Separate racing for a Cruiser and an IRC fleet, first start around 10.00 RORC / Corinthian line.
Racing, typically over 4-5 hours, followed by formal 3 course dinner in evening at RORC /Corinthian circ. 19.30 for 20.00.
Following the recent open day this years training got off to a great start on Sunday with nine students taking part in a variety of activities on and off the water.
A few places are still available. Contact Eric Finlayson on firstname.lastname@example.org