A very happy New Year to all Tamesis members and to sailors everywhere. May your hand on the tiller be always firm and the wind in your sails be gentle.
All the members of the Wednesday Morning Working Party do a tremendous amount of work to keep the Clubhouse neat and tidy, the changing rooms, lawn, dinghy park and boat shed and patrol boats in ship shape. On one Wednesday near Christmas they celebrate with a festive lunch at which they tell amusing stories, often as poems, in which they poke fun at each other’s activities. This year the fun, enjoyed by 23 members at The Adelaide pub, was no exception. However, as everyone knows, Poets Day is on a Friday. (“Push off early tomorrow’s Saturday”). But this year the rhymes ended on a dramatic note as Charles Fox told how he had to abandon the yacht Polar Bear in the storm bound RORC Fastnet Race of 1979 and had to be rescued from the yacht’s life raft by a Royal Netherland’s Navy destroyer which was the official guard ship. He said he was lucky to survive.
As in previous years, the party was organised by Jim Green.
A near record number of 103 members and guests attended the annual Christmas lunch on Sunday 11 December.
The meal followed the traditional races for Christmas pudding prizes, which were given out during the meal.
25 boats turned out for the Christmas Pudding Race, sailed in a light westerly wind in full view of the Clubhouse. The glorious sunshine and mild temperature certainly encouraged a good turn out. Helms and crews were complimented on the well decorated boats. The wonderful smells wafting across the water from the cooking whetted everyone’s appetites.
Sailing Secretary Stewart Colley opened the proceedings with a very moving Grace remembering the many people in war-torn countries and those without a home or enough food to eat.
The meal, prepared by Anna Finney, Jo Carstens and a bevy of helpers, began with smoked salmon and went on to turkey with all the trimmings, followed by plum pudding, satsumas, cheese and biscuits, chocolates and coffee. There were also glasses of port, for those who wanted them.
Santa arrived to loud cheers and gave presents to the children and all those who had helped in running the Club during the year.
Commodore Carolyne Vines thanked Santa and all those who had helped to cook the meal and set the tables, decorated the tree and the club room, and was rewarded with a kiss from Santa.
The lunch came to a happy conclusion with the traditional carol singing led by Brian Southcott and the noisy rendering, table by table, of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.
Last Thursday’s Club Supper & Talk saw close to 50 people coming to hear Ian Ramage talk about creating stained glass. We learned about stained glass and how it is produced and what decorative art is and the different materials used. We heard about some of the projects undertaken – ranging from unique designs to restoration and on site repairs. Ian brought along a completed panel and demonstrated building the second panel to match. A fascinating evening much enjoyed by all. Many thanks Ian for creating such an enjoyable evening for all of us.
Rhi with help from Chloe and Beth cooked a delicious lasagne and salad with apple, ice cream and caramel sauce to follow.