Tamesis Club

Busy Month for the Training Team 2017


Capsize drill!

This has been the busiest month so far for the Training Team .
A mixed group of adults, youngsters complete beginners and more experienced sailors battled with a variety of weather conditions including some particularly strong winds .
Capsizes and lee shore rescues were all too frequent .
The students completed

Seven youth stage 1,

Two adult Level1,

Four adult level 2 courses

We even gained another Assistant Instructor !

We also passed the annual RYA inspection .
A new series of courses starts on Sunday 2nd and will include the annual trip to Hampton Court on July 23rd (all welcome apply to Eric)

Eric Finlayson, June 2017

Constantin Gerber wins Cutty Sark Bolt 2017


Competitors drifting downstream

Constantin Gerber receives the Cutty Sark Bolt from Peter Mason. 18.6.17  – photo Suzy Balmbro

Sunday 18th June 2017 dawned sunny with ne’er a cloud in the sky, and ne’er a hint of wind.  There was considerable discussion about what to do. The Cutty Sark Bolt was presented by then Commodore Peter Mason as a  tribute to the original races by the Tea Clippers.  The trophy is an actual bolt from the Cutty Sark.  This pursuit race is traditionally longer than the other pursuit races Tamesis holds as the Clipper races were very long. The Cutty Sark was designed to carry tea from China to England, and it was vital to be the first ship in.  More about the story of this fascinating vessel on http://www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark/history

In the end we opted for the shorter race and start times used for the Centenary Cup held two weeks earlier, so the slowest boats sailed for just over the hour.  This made for a much better race under the conditions.

Twelve boats braved the shorter race, some not making it to the 1230 finish.

The race is a fund raiser for the Cutty Sark restoration project, and we were able to collect £70.

Race officer Carolyne Vines, ably assisted by Cherry Ehrlich in the box, and Peter Simpson and Ken Thatcher in the Patrol Boat, set a short course in front of the club.  The two Fireflies started first, but were quickly caught by the five strong Laser fleet.  Laser sailor Chris Taggart led from the start but was caught in the last 50 metres by fellow Laser Constantin Gerber.  Peter Mason sailing Bambusa, crewed by brother Richard, was the leading Merlin, but unable to catch the two leading Lasers.  Chris Balmbro crewed by Clara Wade was fourth in Merlin Bad Company.

Ana, Jo and Lauren kept us going afterwards by doing the bar and serving up great lunches

The prizes – boxes of green tea – were presented by the donor Peter Mason.  Constantin – the first Laser sailor to win the Cutty Sark Bolt, graciously thanked his fellow competitors and the organising team.

1st Laser 135387 Constantin Gerber

2nd Laser 130773 Chris Taggart

3rd Merlin 847 Bambusa Peter and Richard Mason

4th Merlin 3062 Bad Company Chris Balmbro and Clara Wade

Rude Mechanicals Theatre Performance a great success

The Rude Mechanical theatre company visited on Friday 9th June for their third performance at the club. The large audience of circa 175 visitors and members were treated to a spectacular display of acting, singing and musicianship. Luckily the rain stayed away

A first timer had the following comment:  We all really enjoyed it. It was something different and the cast were very talented.  It was also fun to have a picnic and we all ate far too much!

The audience and cast also enjoyed drinks from the bar, including two draught beers from Rebellion.

Ken Duffell wins Queen Adelaide Cup

The Queen Adelaide Cup, Tamesis Club’s oldest trophy, was won by Ken Duffell sailing Orion, National 18 336. on Saturday 10 June. He was crewed by Peter Konidaris and Matthew Valentine, his grandson. Normally a Merlin helmsman, Ken had been lent Orion by Vice Commodore Alan Green who was unable to sail because of a temporary health problem.
The Tamesis Anchor was won by Chris Pollard, crewed by Caroline Stillwell, in Antedote, National 18 348.

Tamesis training back with a bang

Eric Finlayson, the Club’s RYA training instructor, reports that weekly training sessions are “Back with a Bang”.
Training started again after PTBO with a bang on Sunday 4 June with twelve students on four different courses in nine boats.
While both Wayfarers and Laser 2ks were as ever the backbone of the fleet the newly acquired and refurbished Oppies were the hit of the day.
“After brief on shore instruction several of our new young members took to the water in them and very quickly mastered the basics of sailing on their own.
Other youngsters used Toppers and even managed not to capsize (yet).
Adult beginners had the benefit of onboard instructors whilst others with ‘big boat experience’ were going so fast it was difficult to catch them up for some fine tuning instruction.
Although the wind was as ever flukey, everyone coped well and a good time was had by all.
Regular racers watch this space.”

Andrew Harris wins Centenary Cup 2017

The Centenary Cup was won by Andrew and Tom Harris sailing 50 Shades (Merlin Rocket 3723) in an inter-class pursuit race on Sunday 4 June. They beat Charles Fox and Steve Katz in Geniveve (National 18 266) by only seconds in a 14 boat fleet.
Race Office Rob Wilder sent the competitors off on a lengthy course in an eight knot west south westerly wind.
Results: 1 Andrew & Tom Harris (MR 3723), 2 Charles Fox & Steve Katz (N18 266), 3 Marcus Chavasse (Laser 197213), 4 Peter & Richard Mason (MR 847), 5 Paul Jamieson (Laser 170263).

Click on the following link to view photos by Chris Wade including some from the sailing instruction in the afternoon.


Commodore Carolyne Vines presents the Cup to the winners

Rob was helped in the box by his daughter Milly and Sara Jamieson. Sean Roberts and Phil Abbey operated the patrol boats, and Anna, Jo and Lauren prepared and served lunch.

Bank Holiday Monday Pursuit Race 29th May

Four boats took part in today’s pursuit race, which took place in extremely light airs.  Great patience was required by all as the wind was very light and variable. At times the wind died away completely only to reappear from a different direction.  
Chris Taggart won by a wide margin in his Laser, Chris Balmbro, crewed by his son William, was second in Merlin Rocket 3062 “Bad Company”.  Alan Green crewed by Pete Kondaris was third in N18 336 “Orion” . Jim Hamilton was close behind Alan in fourth place sailing his Firefly 3179 “Fiasco”.  
Many thanks go to everyone involved in the race including the race box team and patrol boat crew. Thanks also to the catering team.
Rupert Fletcher OOD