Tamesis Club

Moths in the Smithy

Chris Pollard, Paul Jamieson & Peter Johnson had this brilliant idea to
upgrade the Smithy race control hooter and add voice to it. The old Claxton
wiring is a bit dodgy – we think it dates back pre-1970 and there is 240V on
the roof in a wooden box that is rotting.
Robin Lince devised a solution which he calls ‘Moths’ and with a lot of help
from Peter and considerable head scratching it is now installed. The old
hooter system will be kept in service until everyone has had a play with the
new system and any teething trouble ironed out.
So what is ‘Moths’? we hear you say. The 60W amplifier that has a microphone
input for speech and drives the two horns on the Smithy roof also has an
audio tone generator that does the race start hoot and an alert toot. The
purpose of the alert is to attract the attention of the patrol boats. The
hooter (actually called Fog) is to control races. But the internal wiring of
the amp is typical of modern day design with tiny wires and all sorts of
tiny components. An electrical interface to remote control the hooter
function would be quite difficult to engineer, so a mechanical interface has
been deployed. Moths is short for Mechanically Operated Toot, Hoot and
Speech. Groan now…
A simple guide to operating this system will be available in the Smithy race
box (where the clock etc. is kept).

Tamesis at Teddington Village Fair

On Sunday while the Cutty Sark Bolt and the Kempton Nut were contested at the club, Laser 171688 with a nice crisp new sail went up to Udney Hall Gardens in the centre of Teddington to promote the club. The weather was good but it proved a bit quieter than previous years due to competition from other local events on the day. In spite of that, a number of good contacts were made which wil hopefully bear fruit in the future.  The stand was organised by sailing secretary Stewart Colley, ably assisted during the day by Florian and David Kruger, Alan Green, Carolyne Vines, and Adrian, Sally and Rosalind Warwick-Haller.


Andrew Harris wins Great Tea Race

Andrew and Tom Harris won the Great Tea Race sailing Passing Cloud, Merlin Rocket 1079, at Tamesis on Sunday 26 June.  They beat 15 other boats in this one and a half hour multi-class pursuit race by more than two minutes in a moderate north westerly wind and warm sunshine.  Vice Commodore Alan Green was second in Orion, National 18 336, crewed by Peter Konidaris.

Race Officer Brian Southcott set a straightforward course with a single dogleg which required port and starboard roundings of  Cadet and Club marks in midstream.  Some helms found  this confusing and only eight boats managed to sail the correct course.  One shrewd observer commented afterwards “They didn’t seem to know the difference between their left and their right.  We might have to rename it the Uffa’s Spoon Race!”

Results:  1 Passing Cloud (MR 1079) Andrew & Tom Harris; 2 Orion (N18 336) Alan Green & Peter Konidaris;  3 Phew (Laser 178209) Henry Defries; 4 Avenger (MR 1004) Ken Duffell & Matt Valentine.

The prizes were presented by Chris Pollard, Rear Commodore Sailing.

Commodore Carolyne Vines thanked Brian Southcott for being OOD, Carolyn Reaves in the box, and Peter Simpson and Ken Thatcher in the patrol boat and  Jo Carstens, Carina and Theo for preparing the food for lunch.

Summer Party a festival of rock and roll


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The Tamesis summer party on Saturday 16 June was a festival of rock and roll with Merlins, Lasers and National 18s competing with each other on the dance floor to see who could breach Rule 42 (which bans pumping and rocking) without a protest. The winners, judged by the loudness of the applause from the spectators on the bank of the dance floor, were Club Bosun and Dutyman, Paul Jamieson and his wife Sara.

The scene was set by the Hampton Wick Band which activated the dancers with a succession of music from The Who and other pop groups.

The careful sailors took it more gently, fearing a capsize.

Earlier in the evening the 60 members and guests enjoyed a buffet supper cooked and prepared by Anne Bayne, Barbara Adams and Sue Harris with final touches done by Jo Carstens, Theo and Josephine. Other helpers with the meal and decorations included Sara and Paul Jamieson, Marcus and Nicky Chavasse,  Peter Johnson, David and Deb Baker Steve Katz and Carolyn Reeves.  Chris Pollard produced the menus. David Baker organised all the drinks.  They were thanked by the Officer of the Day, Commodore Carolyne Vines, who demonstrated she is no mean bopper herself!

Death of Vivian Burchill

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Members of Tamesis were very sad to learn of the death on Monday 13 June of Vivian Burchill, a Tamesis member for many years. He was 90. Vice Commodore in 1988-89, Rear Commodore in 1986-87 and Club Secretary from 1992 1995, Viv, as he was known to his friends, sailed a National 18 called Tinkerbell, and before that an Enterprise.

Vivian “Viv” Burchill, beloved husband of Cathie and much loved father of Gillian, Chris and Carrie, passed away peacefully on 13th June at Deer Park View Care Centre.
He had been cared for in the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher for the previous few weeks. Both Viv and his wife Cathie were keen members of the Tamesis Bridge Group, for which Viv organised many charity raffles. A keen photographer, Viv was very helpful in taking pictures for the Tamesis website in its early days, both of sailing and social events like the annual visit to Glyndebourne

He spent his early years in Liverpool, where his family owned the Liverpool Post newspaper, and after moving to London lived with his wife Cathie in both Hampton and Twickenham.

More than 100 friends attended the funeral service at the Holy Trinity Church on Twickenham Green on Wednesday 13 July followed by a reception at Tamesis Club.  The family requested that donations in memory of Vivian should be made to the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher.

National 18’s Make Good of Light Winds




Saturday 11th June was the day of the 184th Queen Adelaide Cup and the 80th Tamesis Anchor.

Congratulations to Barney Smith and G Butler, sailing The Goose Drank Wine (369), who won both the Queen Adelaide Cup (handicap) and Tamesis Anchor (on the water) in a six boat fleet.

Charles Fox sailing Geneieve (266), crewed by Mr & Mrs Katz, followed a very close second in both the Queen Adelaide and Tamesis Anchor.

Third position goes to Doug Pope sailing 1 over the 8 (349), crewed by Angela Caldara.

Conditions for the first two races were tough – force 1 westerly (ish!) winds – especially for us less experienced sailors but those in the know made good use of the difficult conditions and there was a good amount of position changing. By the third race the wind had picked up adding a little more excitement. There were even reports of some swimming taking place apparently due to the dull conversation offered up by the helm!

A big thank you for all those involved on the day: Jo for feeding and watering us, David and his team for arranging the course, spectators, all the helms and crew, and to Angela and Chris for calculating the results.


N18 Class Association Recommended PY Numbers

Class recommended Portsmouth Yardstick Numbers

The N18 Class association recommends the PY numbers shown in the table below.

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The Class believes that based upon experience thus far, the numbers shown above, form 
a fair starting point for club and open events. They should be varied to take account of local circumstances and experience.

The PY number (936) currently published in the RYA’s 2016 list is an ‘experimental’ number with the note that: These numbers are published by the RYA based on a new design or development class with a relatively low amount of return data. These numbers are less likely to be suitable for all clubs than the RYA list however may give an appropriate starting point for boats to get onto a club List.

The Class believes that the PN 936 may be based on a mix of results from Ultras and Ultimates and therefore it is not applicable to any category. The RYA have in fact agreed to delete it.

Clubs are urged to submit race results in categories to the RYA because in this way only will the PNs become properly established. Competitors are asked to include their category (i.e. 18 Ultra) when entering events, and Clubs are requested to report results in the same way. This approach has been discussed with the RYA and has their full support.

Any owner not sure which category to use should contact the Class Captain.

Donald Forbes wins Centenary Cup


The loneliness of the long distance Laser
The loneliness of the long distance Laser

Donald Forbes won the Centenary Cup with two barely challenged firsts in a fleet of 26 boats at Tamesis on Sunday 5 June. Sailing Storm, Laser 146120, Donald, the Laser Class Captain, swept ahead of the rest of the fleet to finish the second race with a lead of more than five minutes.

His closest challenge in this annual two race inter-class pursuit came from Andrew Harris in Passing Cloud, Merlin Rocket 1079, which was second in the morning and fourth in the afternoon.

Race Officer Ian Burnett set a lengthy figure of eight course that took the fleet downstream to a Lensbury mark near Trowlock Island, back up to a dogleg opposite the Tamesis Clubhouse, and then upriver past Steven’s Eyot to a Canbury Mark not far from Hampton Wick Bridge. The light north easterly wind gave a downstream beat and a tricky upstream run on which some Merlins were able to gain extra speed flying their spinnakers. Both sailors and spectators enjoyed the warm sunshine.

Results: 1 Storm, Laser 146120, Donald Forbes, two firsts; 2 Passing Cloud, MR 1079, Andrew & Tom Harris, second and fourth; 3 Laser 135612, Carolyne Vines, third and fifth; 4 National 18 400, Richard & Harry Harris, sixth and third; 5 Bambusa, MR 847, Peter & Richard Mason, twelfth and second.

Ian Burnett, who was assisted by Angela Caldara, had to cope with an electricity failure in the starting box and did an excellent job starting the races with a hand-bell and a loud hailer. The electricity failure also affected the club kitchens and the kitchen staff made some splendid sandwiches in lieu of the cooked lunch that had been planned.

The patrol boat was manned by Charlie Morgan and Phil Abbey.

Chris Pollard, Rear Commodore Sailing, presented the prizes.