Tamesis Club

First RYA certificates awarded

Eric Finlayson was very pleased to present the first two RYA Level 1 sailing certificates to new members Adam Nagy and Ned Thomas on Sunday.

The boys completed the four day course, on Sunday morning and went out again to prove they could do it!

Anyone interested in taking RYA courses for sailing should apply to Eric direct on  finlaysone2@aol.com.

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Eric Finlayson Chief Instructor presents the certificates to Adam Nagy and Ned Thomas, while assistant instructor Howard looks on.

 

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The lesson beforehand

 

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Having a play on the river afterwards

Bank Holiday Race at Tamesis

Five boats turned out for the Bank Holiday Monday Race at Tamesis – Two National 18s, one Albacore, two merlins and one Topper in a fluky north westerly.  The race was managed by Peter Fryer assisted by Richard Robinson in the box and Rupert Fletcher and James Berry in the launch.  Anna Finney provided ploughmans lunch with tortilla and ran the bar.  Many thanks to them all.  We had a lovely day.  Photos by Debbie Pope

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Tamesis trials RS Fevas

Tamesis trialled three RS Fevas last weekend.  They came on hire from the RYA Thames Valley Region.  They are available to any club in the region that wishes to try them out.

The cadets tried them out during the Saturday sailing, and two were sailed in the Spring Regatta on Sunday.

There were many positive comments, and many found them very exciting!

Many thanks to Pip Deverson  secretary of the Thames Valley Region for facilitating the hire.

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photo Ian Ramage

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photo Ian Rmage

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photo Ian Ramage

Ladies Night at Tamesis

Some fifty ladies and their guests had a wonderful evening last Saturday.  Steve Katz and his helpers excelled themselves in providing an excellent meal and mind bending quizzes.

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The bar tenders – Colin Stokes David Baker and John Harris

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Steve Katz taking the standing ovation along with other helpers.

photos Rosalind Warwick Haller

Firefly Junior Cup at Tamesis

Seven boats and numerous children gathered at Tamesis Club on Saturday 25th April for the Junior Cup, an event for children crewed by grown-ups. The forecast hailstorms never materialised and instead the competitors and many spectators were treated to sunshine and a good breeze.
In the first race, Finn Morris (crewed by his mum Amy) took an early lead which he never relinquished. Behind him Angus McEwen (with dad Jamie) showed good speed after a slightly late start, picking his way through the fleet to finish second. “Hot” on his heels was Mustard, sailed by Thomas Davey and Arthur Greaves, with Alex Davey pulling the odd rope, followed closely by newcomers Ana and Alec Powell. Behind them were two shiny varnished boats with a horde of Dingwalls on board – Luca, Jack and Nicholas, Ben Daisy and Joe. Next across the line (and sailing very stylishly) was Polly Mason, crewed by her dad Will.
The second race was won by the Ben/Daisy/Joe team, chased by Thomas and Arthur and then Ana. Finn took 4th place, just overtaking William McEwen (who had swapped with his brother Angus) at the finish. Matthew Mason, another family substitution, was behind them, along with Luca/Jack/Nicholas.
There was all to play for in the final race, in which excitingly the Fireflies shared a course with a large contingent of Tamesis juniors in Toppers, Mirrors and Oppies. Both fleets seemed to survive more or less unscathed! Ana sailed beautifully to take line honours, leaving her tied on points overall with Finn who took third in that race. Thomas and Arthur were 5th so Ana won overall on countback.
Many thanks to Tamesis Club for once again organising a wonderful event. In traditional Tamesis style the sailing was followed by picnic tea and cakes on the lawn – all very idyllic!
Overall results:
1st Ana Powell 8 points
2nd Finn Morris 8 points
3rd Thomas Davey & Arthur Greaves 10 points
4th Angus & William McEwen 13 points
5th Luca, Jack and Nicholas 15 points
6th (and winners of the Most Stylish Sailing prize) Polly & Matthew Mason and Maddie Greaves 21 points
Crewing prize:
Ben, Daisy and Jo
Cheering competition:
1st= Ben McEwen, Anna Morris
3rd Ella Simmonds
Bravest sailors:
Stella Davey and Zoe Mason
Report Jamie McEwan
Photos Carolyne Vines

 

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Kids have more fun

There was a record turn out at the cadet training today.  The kids assisted by parents and grandparents had a grand time on the water, with a few spills to add a bit of spice.

Thanks as ever to Richard and Jackie Harris for organising a very busy afternoon. Pics – Getting ready, the three pink Toppers from Ariel imediately put to good use, Laser Captain Donald mixing it with some serious competition in a Mirror with grand-daughter, and two pics of Toppers, Mirrors and Cadets doing battle on the water.

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The Firefly Juniors getting ready, and proudly displaying their prizes before tucking in to cakes for tea!

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Easter Sunday at Tamesis

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There was a nice  drift on offer today. Even so the Wayfarer was rigged in anticipation of a nice sail.  A good number of members turned up to drink at the bar and eat the excellent ploughmans lunch provided by Jo Carstens.

Some  members took advantage and were tuning their boats in advance.

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