Tamesis members from all the club’s dinghy classes joined Richard Mourant, Merlin Class Captain, and members of his family to celebrate his wedding to Naekyoung Kwak on Saturday 28 February. The happy couple were heartily cheered at a reception in the Tamesis Clubhouse as Joe Woods, Richard’s Merlin crew and the best man, proposed a toast to the newlyweds.
The guests, who also included old university friends, were welcomed by Richard’s father, Barry, also a Merlin helmsman, and his mother Valerie.
The new year got off to a much drier if colder start for Tamesis in 2015 than it did in 2014. Remember last year? The attached photo will remind you. The dinghy park, lawn and passageways round the Clubhouse were flooded, on and off, and the river was running so fast that sailing was impossible for 11 weeks. Wellies were worn by all but a brave few who walked across the car park in bare feet or drove home in soaking shoes and socks!
The first shall be last and the last shall be first. So it was with the Boxing Day races on Friday 26 December. Mike Goldsmith won the Laser race sailing ROB (203911) in very little wind, taking just over 30 minutes to complete one round of a very short course between the recreation ground and the Canoe Club. No other Lasers took part.
Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green was the first (and last) National 18 crewed by Pek Konidaris in Orion (336), taking almost 50 minutes round the same course.
The Merlins were rumored to be racing with the gee-gees at Kempton!
Clive Mence and Fiona Bolwell operated the two patrol boats, Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller helped the OOD in the Smithy (no horses there), and Steve Katz served at the bar. Sally presented the Laser Pot (gozunder) to Mike Goldsmith. No presentation was made to Alan Green because non-one could find the Broken Barometer (the National 18 Boxing Day trophy) – something to do with missing keys.
Eighteen members brought scrumptious festive leftovers for lunch, and Susan Green kindly did the washing up.
Normal racing will resume when the wind blows. Happy New Year.
Nineteen members of the Tamesis Wednesday Working Party sang “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” to Club Bos’un Ted Neal, one of their colleagues who is in hospital recovering from a stroke, through a mobile phone link set up by Commodore Stewart Colley. The link was pre-arranged with Ted’s wife Doreen who sat at his hospital bedside holding the receiving phone to Ted’s ear..
The lunch, an annual event, was held on Wednesday 17 December at the Adelaide pub in Teddington, where members enjoyed a delicious three course meal that included turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding.
Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, opened the festivities with an alarming poem called “The Yarn of the Nancy Bell”, about 10 shipwrecked sailors who turned to cannibalism to survive.
Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines found it hard to blow up her balloon while Acting Bos’un Paul Jamieson produced a lot of hot air for his. Crackers were pulled and the jokes inside recounted to a chorus of groans. As the meal progressed members told a selection of old and new jokes which added to the overall festiveness of the occasion.
The lunch was organised by Jim Green who opened the proceedings with a toast to absent friends including Club Captain Phil England and former Harbour Master Richard Howells, both of whom have died since last year’s lunch.
He particularly asked members to wear something bright and/or gaudy for the event in memory of absent WWP friends who would expect nothing less.
Simon Gunn, an enthusiastic National 18 crew, died on Tuesday 9 December. He crewed for Ian Burnett in Zephyr (374) when they won both the Queen Adelaide Cup and the trophy now known as the Tamesis Anchor in 2005. They were lapping the other 18s at the finish of the race. He lived in Thailand in recent years and died in Bangkok. His ashes are being brought back to the UK and will be scattered near a favourite place, a beautiful waterfall in North Wales.
Rosemary Green, who died on Friday 12 December, was a member of Tamesis for nearly 60 years and a founder member with Jack Tuson, of the Tamesis Offshore Group in 1973.
With her younger sister, Jo (Audrey Beeching Green), who died in 2008, aged 87, she was a keen member of the Tamesis National 18 fleet and of the Tamesis Bridge Group. They were also enthusiastic gardeners and spent many years looking after the plants in the Tamesis flowerbeds.
Rosemary crewed for Harold and Neil Paul, David Weir, Richard Miles and Richard Howells, and occasionally also crewed in Fireflies. She was also an active member of the National 18 Foot Class Association.
The Tamesis ensign was flown at half mast on Sunday 14 December in her honour.
A beautiful memorial service took place in St Peters Church, Petersham on Monday 12th January. Rosemary attended St Peter’s for many years. Moving tributes were paid by Anne Casson, her god daughter, Kathy Cunliffe, helper and friend and her relative Tim.
The parishioners were joined by several members of Tamesis. The wake was held afterwards at the Dysarts, just up the road.
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Nobody told Santa that the Tamesis Clubhouse doesn’t have a chimney. So the 95 members who attended this year’s Christmas Lunch on 14 December were somewhat foxed by the sight of a dishevelled Father Christmas, carrying a sack of presents, who arrived just as Brian Southcott was concluding the carol singing. The singers were in the midst of “On the first day of Christmas” and had just reached the words “and a partridge in a pear tree” for the twelfth time when Santa breezed in. He was clearly confused, as the picture shows, because he thought he had heard “a parsnip in a pear tree”. Buy one, get one free!
The lunch is usually preceded by the annual Christmas Pudding race but this year the contestants were given the choice of the traditional pudding prizes or boxes of chocolates. Even Santa got one and he didn’t even arrive by water. Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris won the Merlins in Crescendo (607) “by miles”, Henry Defries in Phew (178209 ) just beat Marcus Chavasse in the Lasers, and Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte were the first National 18, sailing One over the Eight (349).
Commodore Stewart Colley presented the prizes and then opened the proceedings with an appropriate grace thanking all those who dedicate their lives to helping those in peril on the sea.
Thanks were given to the House Committee for organizing the event and those members who generously gave up their time to prepare the room (tree by Bonnie Green, table laying and decorations by Bonnie and Jim Green, Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller, Lesley Adams and Zoe Jeffra-Adams, Colin and Margaret Stokes, Chris Pollard, Stewart Colley, Carolyne Vines and Peter Johnson) and prepare the food under the watchful eye of Steve Katz (Lesley Adams, Nicky Johnson, Nicky Chavasse, Sue Katz, Sue Harris, Sara and Paul Jamieson. Tasty starters and sauces were prepared by Pauline Leach, Debbie Baker, Marie Simmonds and Sara Jamieson.
The magnificent meal of turkey, ham, sausages, vegetables, Christmas pudding with brandy and other sauces, cheeses and biscuits, and a tasty variety of starters, masterminded by Steve Katz, was cooked and presented on the day by Anna and Laura together with the Tamesis crew of Karina, Milly, Ami with Tom and Rhi on the bar and helping out where necessary. Wielding their carving knives with a flourish were Paul Jamieson, Marcus Chavasse, Pater Johnson and Rupert Fletcher with Rosalind Warwick-Haller helping to distribute the food to the starving hordes. Thanks, reinforced by a some liquid refreshment were also given to Nicky Chavasse, David Baker and Steve Katz for their immense contribution to the Tamesis social life throughout the year, and to Santa and his reindeer!
After a spirited rendition of favourite carols, led by Brian Southcott, Santa presented gifts to most of the people who had helped to organize the event and to the Cadets who joined in.
Replete and cheerfully looking forward to Christmas the happy crowd slowly dispersed to leave the club house quiet and still in the night awaiting the next event.
Ted Neal, Tamesis Club’s Bos’n, who is currently in Kingston Hospital recovering from a stroke, was loudly cheered by 52 fellow Tamesis members and friends at the annual prizegiving on Saturday 15 November when Commodore Stewart Colley awarded him a special trophy in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the Club.
The trophy was accepted on Ted’s behalf by his wife, Doreen, who said she would take it to him the following day and felt it would play an important part in assisting his recovery.
The Trophies were elegantly presented to winning helms and their crews by Nicola Colley, the Commodore’s wife, during the annual prizegiving supper organised by John Adams, the Rear Commodore House.
Commodore Colley thanked John’s wife, Lesley, for cooking an excellent three-course meal and all her helpers in the kitchen and bar. He also thanked Sailing Secretary Brian Timbrell for arranging the prizegiving and assembling the trophies and all the members who had worked hard through the year and on the day to make the event a great success.
Attire was billed as ‘Smart Casual’ which produced different interpretations reflecting the individuality of our membership – from more Smart Smart – Black Tie, to more Casual Casual – checked shirts and relaxed slacks!
Marcus Chavasse won the Trowlock Trophy in his Laser, RTM (197213) at Ariel SC’s annual two race handicap pursuit at Teddington on Sunday 2 November. He was second to Peter and Richard Mason, last year’s winners, sailing Bambusa (Merlin 847) in the first race and won the second race, in which the Mason brothers did not compete.
David Baker and Jim Green were second overall in Cobblers (Albacore 6813), counting a third in the morning and a second in the afternoon.
Donald Forbes was third overall in Greylag (Laser 188044) with a fourth in the morning and a third in the afternoon.
The course took the 14 competing boats from Ariel, Minima and Tamesis on a lengthy upstream course from the Ariel start line to a mark close to Hampton Wick Railway Bridge and down river to a buoy set near the southern end of Trowlock Island.
After the strong winds and heavy rain of the early morning, the racing was blessed with some welcome sunshine and a much lighter southerly wind later in the day, giving a tricky upstream beat and a reach and run downstream.
Lunch and tea were provided by Robin Lince and other members of Ariel in the Tamesis Clubhouse. Nicky Chavasse served at the bar. They were thanked by Tamesis Commodore Stewart Colley and shields were presented to the winners by Alan Hall.
More than £928 was raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at the annual RNLI day at Tamesis on Sunday 26 October. The Twickenham and Teddington branch sold Christmas cards, calendars and Christmas puddings which, together with race entry fees raised a record £814,some £200 more than last year. The RNLI collecting box on the bar produced an additional £113.