Following the recent open day this years training got off to a great start on Sunday with nine students taking part in a variety of activities on and off the water.
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The weather forecast for this event caused some anxiety – strong wind, rain plus sunny intervals – the last bit was alright.
In the event three Lasers, one Merlin, one Wayfarer, and two Toppers rigged, and most got on the water before the wind really blew up. In the end the clouds produced hail and very heavy gusts sending boats over or on to the Surrey bank. The race was abandoned.
Race Officer Carolyne Vines was assisted by John Dunkley, Jim Green, Peter Simpson and Daniel Gerber.
Nevertheless, the clubhouse was crowded afterwards for lunch which was produced by Ana and Jo.
Chocolates and Easter Eggs were awarded to all the competitors.
On Saturday evening 37 members and guests attended the Merlin Party to watch filmed races, laying bets on which runners would win and loudly encouraging their favoured steeds while enjoying a 3 course meal. In total, the evening raised £490 for the Royal Marsden Hospital. The event was organised by Jim Green and our Merlin captain, Joe Woods, who was suitably attired in jockey’s racing silks (see picture). They were ably assisted by David and Deb Baker and Bonnie Green. Thanks to Jo Carstens, Theo and Lauren for producing an excellent meal and staffing the bar.
There were seven races in total with six visits to the horses and one to the dog track. The third race of the evening was the Richard Mourant Memorial Stakes won by Jeremy Humphrey who received a bottle of pink fizz following a tie break.
Four National 18s took part in the Bloody Mary pursuit race at Queen Mary Reservoir, Staines today, hosted by Queen Mary Sailing Club. Odyssey – Tamesis own 18′ was helmed by James Fox, Joe McLaughlin was middleman and Kaan Yargici was on the wire. The others were Hurricane helmed by Ollie Houseman, Jeremy Vines middleman and Steve on the wire. Hundreds of boats took part. Fuller report to follow.
Odyssey rounding one of the leeward marks.
Hurricane rounding the same mark
photo by John Adams
Forty members enjoyed the prize giving and an excellent dinner. Thanks go to Brian and Caroline Timbrell for laying out the trophies, Jo,Alicia, Lauren, Natalie and Henry for the catering and serving. The tables were laid by Sara and Paul Jamieson, Nicky and Peter Johnson, John Adams and Carolyne Vines. Carolyne Vines also presented the prizes.
Peter and Richard Mason won the Restless Trophy in convincing fashion today.
The Trophy is awarded to the first Merlin in the club race which takes place on the Sunday of Merlin Week at Salcombe, which is very popular with Tamesis merlins.
Three boats took part. To begin with the racing was very close with the Masons and David Baker crewed by Caroline Stilwell in Andromeda were neck and neck. The Masons sailing Bambusa drew away in the third round of five, to win by a minute.
The race had to be postphoned as the wind dropped before the normal start time. The wind got up during the race, and by the finish, conditions were much better.
Chris Balmbro crewed by his son Will in Bad Company was third.
The Tamesis Summer Party on Saturday 20 June was declared a great success despite several unexpected problems. It rained. Not a great inducement to enjoy mid-summer’s eve on the Club lawn where tables and chairs had been carefully placed under canvas canopies for members to enjoy a drink.
Then there was what can only be described as the asparagus challenge. An over-hot oven in the kitchen turned to mush the asparagus that was being lovingly cooked to go with the smoked salmon for the first course. The Commodore immediately rose to the challenge, driving to the market stall which had supplied it. It was sold out. No new supply until Monday. So he drove to the nearest supermarket. It had only very few left. So he bought the few and drove to another supermarket and another and yet another until he had enough asparagus to replace the soggy sticks.
When the 60 guests arrived, they enjoyed a welcome drink and sat down in the delightfully decorated clubhouse to a delicious supper of asparagus and smoked salmon, coronation chicken, new potatoes and salad, followed by strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and cream, cheese and biscuits, coffee and chocolate mints.
Then there was dancing to the Melody B band fronted by a thrilling lady vocalist. A thoroughly good time was had by all. They knew nothing of the asparagus challenge. Nor did nearly everyone else. The Commodore was mystified when the story got out. So who spilled the beans? It’s all a bit of a blur ………………..
Thanks are due to all the members and catering team who worked so hard to make the evening such a success.