Tamesis Club

Commodore’s Trophy

Receiving the Commodore’s Prize on behalf of the training team on Sunday 20 November, Eric Finlayson thanked all the instructors and students for a great year .  He said, “Basic training  will start again after an open day in March but the team would also be happy to provide any advanced course members may require on request “.

Record Fund Raising Bridge Drive Sun 13th November

The Tamesis Bridge Group held their biannual bridge drive last Sunday.  The funds raised go to the Help for Heroes charity. The club room was packed out with 15 tables.  Organiser Margaret Stokes directed the efforts in providing all the materials, including the all important home baked cakes and home made sandwiches.
The funds were augmented by the raffle – many thanks to all those who donated prizes and bought tickets.
The drive raised an amazing and record breaking £1000 which will go straight to Help for Heroes
The bridge drives have been going for about twenty five years, and were the brain child of the late and sorely missed Viv Burchill

Olympic skills identified in young Tamesis Laser sailor


Donald Forbes, Nick Forbes, Sara Jamieson & Cherry Forbes


Carolyne Vines presents the Commodore’s Trophy

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The Commodore’s Prize presented to Eric Finlayson and Mal Warner.



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Donald Forbes with the Laser Shield


Alan Green receives his trophy

Laser sailor Nick Forbes was congratulated for showing the qualities of a potential Olympic sailor at the Tamesis Club prize giving on Saturday 12 November. Vice Commodore Alan Green, a former Secretary and Race Director of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, said Nick’s talents were comparable with those shown  by members in the Club’s earlier years like Stewart Morris, who won a gold  medal in 1948.

Nick, who is 17, was taught to sail by his grandfather, Donald Forbes, Tamesis Laser Class Captain, himself a frequent winner in the Laser class.

Commodore Carolyne Vines presented trophies to members at the annual prize giving dinner which was attended by 46 members.

Alan Green nominated 27 members as Club Ambassadors for representing Tamesis at the open meetings of other clubs. He said “The club is proud to recognise the efforts of members who represented the club by racing under its burgee at other venues during the year ending 8th October 2016″.

Offshore trophies were awarded to Tony and Leonie Steer for sailing round Britain in Shen Shui, a Moody 33, and to Jim Hamilton for sailing up to Scotland in Sandy Lady, a Parker 23.

Winners of the major club trophies were: Frostbite Mug – Richard Harris, Laser Winter Handicap – Chris Taggart, Black Mark – Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris, Merlin Winter Handicap – Ken Duffell & Joe Woods, Geoff Cooper Trophy – Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris, Bert’s Tankard – Doug Pope & Jose Ugarte, Saga Trophy – Marcus Chavasse, G W Smith Trophy – Barry Mourant & Carolyne Vines, Laser Shield – Donald Forbes, Reilly Cup – Henry Defries, Bridger Cup – Peter & Richard Mason, Peter Fayers Cup – Alan Green & Garrie Mallen, Burnett Langdon Down Cup – Alan Green & Garrie Mallen, Claude Russell Cup – Chris Pollard & Peter Johnson, Eighteen Cup – Alan Green & Peter Konidaris, Restless Trophy – John Adams & Falcon Compton, Silver Boat – Alan Green & Garrie Mallen.

The Commodore’s prize was presented to the Sailing Instruction Team for their huge contribution in teaching new members to sail, and encouraging them to race,  the results of which have been seen recently in the Trowlock Trophy and the Trafalgar Trophy.

The Commodore thanked all the following for their hard work in preparation of the prizes and the excellent meal:

Stewart Colley, Alan Green and Chris Pollard for the prizes, Nicky Johnson for organising the meal helped by Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson (carving and laying up).  Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller, Chris Pollard, Alan and Susan Green, Anne Bayne and Sue Harris for laying the tables. Steve Katz for ordering the food, Sue Harris and helpers for making the amazing trifle.  The kitchen staff were led by Anna.  Her helpers were Josefine, Chloe, Josh and Gabi.











Chris Rowsell and Alastair Stewart win Trowlock Trophy


Chris Rowsell and Alastair Stewart at the prize giving.

Please see pictures of the racing on the following link provided by Chris Wade


Eighteen boats started in fairly testy conditions, a F3 cold NW with rather stronger gusts. The start sequence commenced at 1055 with first boat to start a Topper a little late for its 1105 time setting of downstream to a mark half way to Lensbury. A lone Enterprise, a visitor from Lensbury, set off at 1120 followed one minute later by seven Lasers including some from Lensbury .  At 1120 eight Merlin Rockets joined the race.

The Enterprise overtook the Topper and was itself overtaken by a single boat, the Merlin Rocket of Richard & Harry Harris.  The rest of the fleet having more of a battle with Donald Forbes and Kaan Yargici  in their Lasers being overtaken by Joe McLaughlin & Sean Roberts in a Merlin during the final minutes.

The gusty conditions and the cold proved too much for some as four boats retired before the 1230 finish.

The first few places of Race One were first Richard & Harry Harris in Merlin 1079, 2nd Chris Rowsell & Alastair Stewart E23225, 3rd Joe McLaughlin & Sean Roberts Merlin 1230 and Donald Forbes Laser 208470

About half the fleet had opted to do only one race and they were joined by more who decided not to enjoy the calmer conditions of the afternoon race in which only four boats competed.  The Enterprise crewed by Chris Rowsell and Alastair Stewart started first at 1440 followed by Chris Taggart In his Laser then the two Merlins of Chris Balmbro & Clara Wade and Ken Duffell & Joe Wood.  The Enterprise lead was never troubled but both Merlins overtook the Laser and had a tight battle until the later stages of when Chris & Clara pulled ahead.

Overall positions

1st Chris Rowsell  & Alastair Stewart in E23225

2nd Ken Duffell & Joe Wood Merlin Rocket 3606

A tie for 3rd place in which the position in the second race prevails

3rd Chris Balmbro & Clara Wade Merlin Rocket 3062

4th  Chris Taggart Laser 130773

Maddy wins bake off

Eight juniors slaved over their cakes and brought them down on Saturday  to be judged by two very experienced judges – Stewart Colley and Carolyne Vines.  Saturday was the last junior sailing this year.

The cakes were displayed beautifully and coded so that we had no idea who the chef was.  They were judged on appearance and taste.  The standard was very high, and the decision making very difficult.

The final winner was Maddy Harris – cake pictured below:

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Maddy’s cake
The selection
The selection


Robin’s Wood Turning Talk



This winter’s Thursday evening Club supper and talks began last week with Robin Lince treating all present to a fascinating insight into wood turning with amusing tales and filmed demonstrations. We were also treated to a demonstration of his Tormek T3 sharpening tool and nearly all present had brought kitchen utensils and tools for sharpening. Robin also brought with him many examples of his work from wooden pens to bowls turned in many different types of wood. All sales of Robin’s work were very generously donated by Robin to the RNLI. Supper was a delicious Moroccan chicken dish prepared by Rhi with help from Chloe and Jemima.
Thank you Robin for an extremely interesting and enjoyable evening.

Very successful RNLI Day Sun 30th October

Sailors were greeted by a flat calm when they arrived at the club on Sunday.  However, the wind came up enough to get racing in for the RNLI Burgees.  The winners will be announced at the prize giving.  Thanks to Charles Fox and the race team for organising.

The RNLI ladies set up their plentiful store of christmas cards and gifts, and there wasn’t much left at the end of the day.  Thanks to them both and Liz Haan, the secretary of the Twickenham Branch who arranged it.

Jo Carstens cooked up a storm with her fish pies which were sold immediately.  We put a 40% markup on all the food and the proceeds from that all went to the RNLI Fish Supper appeal.  Many thanks to Rita Dunkley who spotted the appeal in the RNLI magazine and suggested we take part.  Many thanks to Jo, Lauren for cooking and Nicky Johnson for setting it up.

Monies raised as follows:

Race fees £75 + £5 to just giving

RNLI stall £539.45

Donations  £27.15

RNLI Fish Supper Appeal  £80

Bit of a drifter