Tamesis Club

Porteous Cup and Southcott Trophy Sat 20 August

With up to 60 mile an hour gusts forecast in parts of the UK, it wasn’t perhaps surprising conditions for the De May Vintage Open Meeting held at Tamesis on Saturday 20th August were going to be lively.
Blowing predominantly west south westerly, and gusting from mid to high 20’s +; conditions were challenging to say the least. Officer of the day Brian Southcott with Hugh McLaughlin in the box; opted for the dog-legged course P. International judge, Mr Chris Simon had kindly agreed to be our rule 42 adjudicator and was ready in the dory. 

Up for contention, the Porteous Cup for overall winner and Southcott Trophy for winner of the last race – Four boats made their way to the start: 607 Crescendo (Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris); 
723 Cindy (Mervyn Allen and Lora Stock); 1004 Avenger (Ken Duffell and his grandson Matty Valentine) and 3259 Andromeda (David Baker and Jim Green).

Five laps were set for the first race with all boats away without issue.  Berry Ritchie taking and maintaining for all of the race 1st place with David, Ken and Mervyn 2nd 3rd and 4th respectively.
With only a short interlude, race 2 got underway with 3 laps set in conditions which were only getting windier. At the top and bottom marks, as ever the wind was fickle swirling off the surrounding buildings while in front of the club house and dog leg marks the full blustery wrath of the wind added to the excitement. This time 607 and 3259 jostled between 1st and 2nd place with eventual winner David finishing first on the water although 2nd to Berry after handicap. Ken maintained 3rd with his young crew doing a brilliant job in the tough conditions. Mervyn unfortunately had to retire with the top of his main sail forced out of the luff track.
After time out for lunch, the wind was now at its zenith. For the 3rd race only Ken opted to venture out using his heavier and uglier crew member Joe Woods as much needed ballast. Completing the course without issue 1004 took the 3rd and final race – by no means a given in the windy conditions.
So to the awards – our brave and wind tussled hair competitors gathered over tea and scones for the prize ceremony. Introduced by Mervyn, Chris Simon handed out the prizes:
Porteous Cup:  1st 607 Crescendo Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris; 2nd 3259 Andromeda David Baker and Jim Green; 3rd 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell and Matt Valentine and 4th Mervyn Allen and Lora Stock.
Southcott Trophy:  1st Avenger Ken Duffell and Joe Woods
My congratulations to all!
Joe Woods

GW Smith Trophy Thurs 18 August

Thursday 18th saw a great turnout of 18 boats for the evening sail, including 5 N18’s, 8 Lasers and even 2 Fireflies as well as an Albacore and a couple of Merlins.

An easterly (well some of the time) wind held reasonably well and allowed us to keep clear of a fishing competition on the Surrey bank.

Richard Harris was victorious but was chased by Barry on the water and by David Baker in his Albacore and Ros in her Laser on handicap.

Overall Barry cannot be caught, but the other podium places are still up for grabs with both David and Ros making late runs in an effort to catch and pass Doug currently in second and Ken Duffell in third.

Come and join the last Thursday evening race of the year and see if we can beat 18 boats on the water.’

Report by John Adams, cover photo by Nicky Chavasse

GW Smith results at 20th August

Results Thur Aug_Sept 2016 sort by boat Aug 18


Berry Ritchie wins Porteous Cup

The mysterious decision to change its date from mid-October, concurrent with Tamesis’s Merlin open for the Sondown Cup, may partly explain why no visitors arrived last Saturday, 20 August, to compete for the Porteous Cup, usually one of the best attended events in the de May series for vintage Merlins. However, most blame probably lay with the forecast of gale force winds, which for once proved justified. Only four boats took part in the two morning races, which the combination of ferocious gusts and Teddington Reach’s notorious backwinds turned into a contest for survival. Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris in Crescendo, Merlin 607, won the first race by a distance, but were narrowly headed by David Baker and Jim Green in Andromeda, 3259, in the second. Third in both races were Ken Duffell and his grandson in Avenger, 1004.  Sadly, damage to the wooden mast of Mervyn Allen’s Cindy, 723, forced her early retirement.

With the wind showing no signs of abating, only Ken and his regular crew Joe Woods came to the line in the afternoon for the Southcott Cup, sailing a token lap. The Porteous Cup was won by Berry and Sue on handicap.

Shen Shui back in Solent

Leonie Steer reports on 20 August that Shen Shui is back in the Solent.

“We are safely back in The Solent before these gales arrived which have disrupted the Bournemouth Air Show.  Didn’t our sailors do well at the Olympics. So proud to be part of a nation of skills.”


Nick Forbes second Laser at Chichester

Nick Forbes raced in the Laser class (full rig) in Chichester Harbour Week from 21 to 26 August. This is supposed to be the biggest dinghy event in the country with over 400 entries spread over 18 classes and using over 40 rescue boats.
Race 1 – Nick was going fast but went the wrong way on the complex tides. Finished 11th.
Race 2 – going fast and didn’t go the wrong way on the tide! Finished 1st
Race 3 – lying 3rd in close company with the leaders when all three of them got the wrong side of a massive wind shift. Finished 9th
Race 4 – Going fast and didn’t get caught by a windshift! Finished 1st
Race 5 – Cancelled. Storm forecast.
Overall position out of 15 Lasers – 2nd.

Marcus Chavasse took part in his RS 100 8.4 in the Medium Asymmetric fleet.  At times he was challenged by the double-handed boats, particularly the 29rs, which with two sails and trapezes manage to go faster upwind in a strong sea breeze.  Marcus used his local knowledge of the tidal streams in slightly lighter conditions to win the race on Tuesday.  Overall, he came fourth out of 20+ in the class.  This was great week with sun and wind on the first four days (unfortunately racing was cancelled on the last day with gales forecast).  With more than 400 competitors in 20 different starts, this is a great experience for Tammy members looking for something slightly different.  Let’s get a few more boats entered next year.

James Fox to race in Stockholm RAID

James Fox is to sail a 5.5 metre catamaran in the 2016 Stockholm Archipelago RAID in which 26 teams from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, the United States and Sweden race between 36,000 islands between 25 and 28 August.
The race starts and finishes at Saltsjobaden close to Stockholm. There are two races a day, with a stop for lunch, and the competitors will sail between 50 and 100 miles a day, depending on the wind strength.
James is sailing with Ben Clothier in one of two British entries.  All the boats are F18 catamarans.

They finished 13th overall.

Death of Kenneth Hampton

Kenneth Hampton, Firefly Class Captain in the early 1960s, passed away on Thursday 11 August. He was 90.
He led the Tamesis fleet in the heydays of team racing in Fireflies and the Hampton Trophy was awarded by the class to recognise his extensive work for the club.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann, who had her own Firefly, and raced with the class over several years. They moved to Itchenor in the 1970s where they raced an X-boat.
His funeral will take place at Guildford Crematorium on Wednesday 31 August at 3pm. Family flowers only but donations can be made to Dementia Support.


Richard Harris second at Salcombe, Toppers 1st, 2nd and 4th


Richard Harris and Jason Stokes were second overall at the Henri Lloyd Salcombe Regatta from Monday 8 to Friday 12 August.  Sailing the National 18 Odyssey  (400) they scored a fourth, first, third, first and a second, with net points of 11.

Tamesis helms were first, second and fourth in the Topper fleet.   Harry Harris was first in 40070, Constantin Gerber second in 37597, and Ben Ramage fourth in 36316.

8.8 finish

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GW Smith results Thursday 11th August

“After the Thursday evening race on 9th August when the Lasers, led by Nick and Donald Forbes, took the first four places we now have 10 qualifiers and a further 5 who could still do so.

While the winner of the series is clear, Barry with three wins and a second, the rest of the podium places are still undecided.  Doug Pope in his National 18 is currently second, but Ken Duffel in his Merlin still has the potential to move up, as does Ros in her Laser, so still plenty of interest left.”

resutls attached

Results for Thursday evening GW Smith Trophy at 14 Aug

Report by John Adams

cover picture Nicky Chavasse


Close racing 11th August – lasers neck and neck, Ken and David only just ahead on the water.

Photo Carolyne Vines