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Tamesis 18s have smashing time at National Championship

Tamesis boats have had a smashing time at the National 18 Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Jeremy Vines’s Hurricane (401), helmed by Olly Houseman, broke its mast when it capsized and had to borrow a spare mast from another competitor.
In the Classic fleet. Genevieve (266), sailed by Charles Fox, Chris Pollard and Stewart Colley, capsized so many times in the rough waters of Hayling Bay that it broke its foredeck and forward buoyancy and had to do a temporary repair with ducktape.
This photo, taken by Jeremy Vines, shows them waiting for help on a nearby beach.
The Championship runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July.

Hampton Court Jolly a jolly gentle drift

On Sunday 23rd the Training Team and students took a break from their normally busy schedule and enjoyed a trip thru uncharted waters to Hampton Court .
A total of seven dinghies including two Wayfarers , two Laser 2000s an Enterprise a Laser and A Bahia plus four support boats braved a torrential storm , customary fickle winds and a Thames Rater regatta to get up to The Albany .
For many of the boats this involved the useful experience of landing and taking off from a beach!
After a pleasant if somewhat lengthy lunch the sun came out and the wind settled down to provide a super journey back .
Well done particularly to the students without instructors in the boat !

Leaving Tamesis


The beach

Some of the crew

Report and photos – Eric Finlayson

National Eighteen Championships at Hayling Island

Two Tamesis National 18s are competing at Hayling Island Sailing Club next week – classic boat nr 266 Genivieve sailed by Charles Fox, Stewart Colley and Chris Pollard, and Ultra Odyssey sailed by Matthew Peregrine Jones, Kaan Yargici and Dana Church.

Charles, Stewart and Chris are seen below doing an essential equipment check.  Good luck guys!

Information on the whole event can be found on



Great weekend for National 18 English Championships on the Blackwater River hosted by the Blackwater Sailing Club

The 18’s were made very welcome by the Club over the weekend of the 7/8 July. Apart from great hospitality the visitors were provided with excellent weather. Saturday’s light conditions were followed by a solid planing breeze on Sunday. Five races had three different winners, but in the end it was Jess Berney’s Panther that prevailed overall.

Results 1st – 406 Panther – Jess Berney, Brett Townsend, Gregor Davidson/ Ben Arnold
2nd – 412 Shadow – Maria Richards, Julian Berney, David Nichols
3rd – 401 Hurricane – Ollie Houseman, Jeremy Vines, Alex Norman/ David Evans
4th – 400 Odyssey – Matt Peregrine-Jones, Kaan Yargici, Dana Church

Mon 24th July and Tues 25th, and a crew for Thurs 27th and Fri 28th (the Wednesday is a lay day in the new format).
Any takers for either slot welcome! Sleeping space provided.

Masons win the Restless Trophy 2017

Peter and Richard Mason sailing Merlin 847 Bambusa won the Restless Trophy with ease on a gorgeous sunny beat down to a mark just beyond the cut. They had a clear lead from second boat Broad Scoter sailed by David Peregrine Jones and Fleur Moree.  Tim and Ed Medcalfe in Squirrel were third, and Johannes Wagner with Linda Redding were fourth in Hispanola.

The Restless Trophy is always sailed on the Sunday of Salcombe Merlin week.


Pickle penalised in Round the Island Race

Jeremy and Max Vines thought they had won Division 5C sailing Pickle, their Dufour 34 (GBR 9585T), with an all family crew, in the Island Sailing Club’s annual race round the Isle of Wight on Saturday 1 July. However, they were given a 24 minute penalty for being marginally over the line at the start and instead of being second in Group 5 with an elapsed time of 08.25.42 they dropped to sixth. Pickle was 51st overall in a fleet of more than 1340 boats.

Salcombe Merlins 2017

Tamesis arrives in sunny windy Salcombe.

Richard and Harry Harris already doing some capsize practice – witnessed but sadly (or happily?) not captured on camera.

Camilla and Stewart Colley already broken down trialling the fishmonger’s Dory. The support boat couldn’t get her going so we got towed back ignominiously to Whitestrand. Better luck tomorrow?