Tamesis Club

Bambusa wins Trafalgar Trophy

It blew hard before the battle and after the battle was over, but just as at Trafalgar in 1805, the battle for the Trafalgar Trophy at Tamesis on Sunday 19 October took place in much lighter winds. Most of the race was sailed in a light southerly force 3 which gave the 13 competitors a difficult up river beat into the sheltered water beyond Steven’s Eyot. There was enough stream to make the rounding on the Canbury mark a tricky business and the Lensbury buoy, set half way down Trowlock Island, proved equally difficult.

The six competing Lasers were the first away on this 91 minute class pursuit race, followed by an Albacore, four Merlins and two National 18s. Donald Forbes established an early lead in his Laser, Greylag (188044) but after the second round of this three round race he was facing some strong competition from David Baker and Jim Green in Cobblers, the Albacore (6813).

It was not long before the leading Merlins joined the battle and Peter and Richard Mason, the eventual winners, in Bambusa (847), were soon pressing the Lasers and Albacore hard. Several boats in each class were lapped by the leaders and one Laser gave up in sheer frustration with the awkwardness of the wind shifts and retired.

Results: 1 Bambusa (MR847) Peter & Richard Mason; 2 One over the Eight (N18 349) Doug Pope & Jose Ugarte; 3 Greylag (L 188044) Donald Forbes; 4 Limelight (L 42169) Kaan Yargici; 5 Cobblers (A 6813) David Baker & Jim Green.

Peter Fryer, the Race Officer, was assisted by Daniel Gerber and the patrol boats were manned by Paul Jamieson, Simon Craig, Chris Pollard and Carolyne Vines.

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The Laser start
The Laser start
The Merlin start
The Merlin start
Rita Dunkley presents the Trafalgar Trophy to Richard Mason
Rita Dunkley presents the Trafalgar Trophy to Richard Mason
Bambusa, the winning Merlin
Bambusa, the winning Merlin

Tamesis National 18s looking to the future

Ian Burnett, Class Captain of the Tamesis National 18s, reports that in a well attended meeting at the Club on Sunday 28 September members voted by 18 votes for, none against and one abstention to buy a new Phil Morrison designed National 18 like Odyssey, which was seen at the Club earlier this year, and to launch an appeal for funds among both active and retired class members.

Members will have the chance of buying a percentage partnership, making a Gift Aid gift or an interest free loan. Partners and lenders will have proportionate sailing rights but the main thrust was to to get new and younger people into the fleet, whether new or existing Tammy members. The class would “crowd fund” the new boat.

It was planned that the first production boat, already being built by White Formula of Brightlingsea, would be at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace next March. The new Tamesis boat was likely to be produced by about August or September 2015.

The class also agreed to increase the use of the fleet’s existing boats by boat lending, increasing the number of partnerships and syndicates, or simply by new users agreeing to help with the costs in return for a share of the sailing.

The prototype Odyssey being sailed by Stewart Colley and Chris Pollard at Tamesis last December
The prototype Odyssey being sailed by Stewart Colley and Chris Pollard at Tamesis last December

“Homologous” breeze saves National 18 Inland Championship from becoming a big drift

The National 18 Inland Championship on Saturday 27 September was saved from becoming a big drift by what one onlooker called a “homologous” breeze (ie having the same relative position throughout). His remark was unjustified, however, as the modest one to two knot wind which eventually arrived did shift in direction from SSW to SE during the day. Race Officer Matthew Peregrine-Jones wisely postponed the start of the first race for more than half an hour because of the lack of a breeze. Eventually enough wind arrived to make racing possible and the four competing boats were sent off on a very short course in front of the Clubhouse and dinghy park.

Chris Pollard and Geoff Malseed, sailing Antedote (348) worthily won both the Maddison Cup for on-the-water performance and the National 18 Cup for handicap performance after an RYA tie break. Zephyr (374), sailed by Ian Burnett and Anne Bayne, was second in both cups, and The Goose Drank Wine (369), sailed by Rob Cruickshank and Barney Smith, was third.

The first two races, sailed back to back, were won by Antedote after two 15 minute rounds, both by just over a minute. Zephyr finished second in the first race and won the third race, in which three rounds were completed in a marginally better breeze.

The Royal Barge Gloriana rows past the racing 18s  (Photo:  Nicky Chavasse)
The Royal Barge Gloriana rows past the racing 18s (Photo: Nicky Chavasse)
The start of the third race
The start of the third race
Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, presents the Maddison Cup to Geoff Malseed and Chris Pollard (Photo: Ian Burnett)
Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, presents the Maddison Cup to Geoff Malseed and Chris Pollard (Photo: Ian Burnett)

Braganza Bowl won at Bart’s Bash regatta by Vagabond

The last three of the six races for the Braganza Bowl, the most highly prized of the Thames A Raters’ trophies, were held in conjunction with the Bart’s Bash regatta at Tamesis on Sunday 21 September. Vagabond (13), sailed by Ben Palmer, Mark Laity and Patrick Raynor was the overall winner in a fleet of five Raters. They had won two of the three races on Saturday 20 September and two on Sunday. Second overall was Osprey (16), sailed by Paul Browning, Justin Dunn and Graham Bartholomew, who won the fourth and last races of this six race event. Only two boats competed in the final race.

Sunday’s racing took place in a gusty, fresh to strong north easterly wind, which, despite a day of welcome sunshine, was in sharp contrast to the light breezes of Saturday. Race Officer John Harris set a lengthy course X which stretched from a buoy opposite Canbury Gardens to a Lensbury mark near the downstream end of Trowlock Island. A shorter course within these confines was set for the remainder of the 29 boats which took part in the regatta to raise money in support of the charity set up in memory of Andrew “Bart” Simpson who was killed in an accident in San Francisco last year while training on an America’s Cup challenger. It was a Guinness World Record attempt supported by sailing clubs throughout the world to promote the largest sailing event in the world.

Results- Braganza Bowl: 1 Vagabond (13) Ben Palmer, Mark Laity & Patrick Raynor, Thames SC, 2 Osprey (16) Paul Browning, Justin Dunn & Graham Bartholomew, Thames SC, 3 Scamp (12) Jon Smith, Matt Dean, Gavin Benson/Katy Benson, Thames SC.

The prizes were presented by the Tamesis Commodore, Stewart Colley. The regatta was organised by Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines and Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green. Chris Simons was the on the water judge.

Other Bart’s Bash winners: Merlins: Passing Cloud (1079) Richard & Harry Harris; Lasers: Greylag (188044) Donald Forbes; National 18s: Zephyr (374) Ian Burnett & Angela Caldara; Toppers: Ben Ramage.

Start of the second race
Start of the second race
The run up river
The run up river
Presentation of the Yates Cup
Presentation of the Yates Cup
Presentation of the Braganza Bowl
Presentation of the Braganza Bowl

Scamp wins Thames A Raters Yates Cup at Tamesis

Jonathan Smith won the Yates Cup in Scamp (12) after a closely fought race with Vagabond (13) at Tamesis Club’s annual open meeting for Thames A Raters on Saturday 20 September. He was crewed by Matt Dean and Katy Benson. Vagabond, sailed by Ben Palmer, Mark Laity and Patrick Raynor, had won the first two races for the Braganza Bowl earlier in the day but was compelled to do a 720 penalty turn for a rule infringement early in the third race and was unable to recover in time to challenge Scamp again. Scamp won by a margin of almost two minutes.

The race was sailed in a light north easterly breeze, with occasional welcome gusts as slight showers of rain passed through. The five competing Raters were sent off on a downstream beat to a Lensbury buoy half way down Trowlock Island, followed by an upriver reach and run to a Canbury mark just short of Steven’s Eyot. The Race Officer was Peter Fryer.

Vagabond in the lead early in the race
Vagabond in the lead early in the race

Stewart Colley arrives in London after sailing across the North Atlantic in a square rigger

Tamesis Commodore Stewart Colley arrived back in London on Friday 19 September after sailing across the North Atlantic in the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s square rigger Lord Nelson. They left Halifax on 20 August bound for Rekjavic but on Sunday 24 August Stewart reported that the captain of the Lord Nelson had decided to change course to avoid a volcanic eruption in Iceland and was now heading for the Azores. He expressed considerable disappointment that he would not now see either Iceland or the Faroes, as had been planned.

On Thursday 4 September he reported that the Lord Nelson had arrived at Horta in the Azores and that it planned to sail on towards the English Channel on Friday 5 September.

On Wednesday 17 September Stewart reported that the Lord Nelson was in the middle of the English Channel heading for the Thames and London.

To see photos taken by Michael Colley of Stewart arriving back in London on board the Lord Nelson please click on the following link

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To see another picture of the Lord Nelson please click on Picture.

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Tough work all this tall ship sailing!

50 sailors take part in keenly competitive Autumn Regatta

Twenty five boats helmed and crewed by 50 sailors took part in some keenly competitive racing at Tamesis Club’s Autumn Regatta on Sunday 14 September. The Thames A Raters were sent on a lengthy course to Lensbury which gave a beat from a downstream start followed by a reach and beat upriver to a Canbury buoy near Hampton Wick Bridge. The other classes had a shorter course. A moderate to fresh gusty easterly wind provided some exciting sailing, with several capsizes, and the result of the three races for the majestic A Raters had to be postponed pending the outcome of a protest hearing.

The Autumn Cup for Merlins (presented by Ken Duffell the Merlin Class Captain in 2005) was won by Richard Harris, with two firsts in Passing Cloud (1079), crewed by his son, Harry. The other first, counting the best two of three races, was scored by Rob Wilder and his young daughter Milly Chong-Wilder in Flinkidink (1097).

Ian Burnett won the National 18 Class in Zephyr (374), crewed by Angela Caldara.
Donald Forbes in Greylag (188044) fought off some strong competition in the Laser fleet from his grandson Nick Forbes in Storm (146120) and Henry Defries, who won the first of the three races in Phew (178209).

The Race Officer, Mervyn Allen, was assisted by Anne Bayne, and the Club launch was operated by Chris Starr and Sara Jamieson. Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines presented the prizes.

There were visiting boats from Thames and Upper Thames Sailing Clubs.

Results:- Merlin Rockets: 1 Passing Cloud (1079) Richard & Harry Harris, 2 Flinkidink (1097) Rob Wilder & Milly Chong-Wilder, 3 Pikey (3520) Jon & Amanda Redding, 4 Andromeda (3259) Dave Baker & Jim Green; National 18s: 1 Zephyr (374) Ian Burnett & Angela Caldara, 2 Antedote (348) Chris Pollard & Kaan Yargici; Lasers: 1 Greylag (188044) Donald Forbes, 2 Storm (146120) Nick Forbes, 3 Phew (178209) Henry Defries.

Harry and Richard Harris receive the Autumn Cup from Carolyne Vines
Harry and Richard Harris receive the Autumn Cup from Carolyne Vines
Spindrift chasing Vagabond
Spindrift chasing Vagabond
A Merlin start
A Merlin start
Start of a Laser race
Start of a Laser race
Zephyr
Zephyr

Mike & Jennifer Adams win Claude Russell Cup Race in Trojan

N18 Trojan (334), sailed by Mike and Jennifer Adams won the National Eighteen’s Claude Russell Cup on Sunday 31 August.   Ocatillo (316) sailed by Charles Fox and Joanna Rand was second; just 24 seconds behind on handicap.  One-over-the-eight (349), sailed by Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte was third.

There were five participants in the race,  which must last for a minimum of 1½ hours, was held in a gusty SW wind over a long course which took the competitors on six laps to a Lensbury mark downstream of Trowlock Island and up river to a Canbury mark opposite the Albany.  It was all sufficiently energetic to skin the knees of those crews not wearing protective knee-pads!

British Moth Bucket won by Toby Cooper

The British Moth Bucket was won by Toby Cooper from Broxbourne SC sailing To Moth (887) in a seven boat fleet at Tamesis on Sunday 7 September. The races were sailed in a very light northerly wind which gave a beat downstream and an upstream run, changing to an occasional reach in some places where there was a blow back from buildings and trees on the Surrey bank. Cooper won the first and second races of the three race event and all the other competitors decided to retire rather than struggle through a windless final race.

Race Officer Jon Redding set a special course, with a dogleg opposite the Clubhouse, to give the visiting Moths an area largely unimpeded by the Club’s normal racing.

Toby Cooper (887) finishing the second race with a large lead
Toby Cooper (887) finishing the second race with a large lead
Sailing across the dogleg
Sailing across the dogleg
Toby receives his prizes from Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines
Toby receives his prizes from Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines

Tamesis Club’s new Wayfarer launched by Secretary of State for Business

A new Wayfarer trainer sailing dinghy to be used ​to introduce​ ​newcomers to sailing, both adults and children, was officially launched at Tamesis Club on Saturday 6 September by the Rt Hon Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and MP for Twickenham. The name of the Wayfarer, funded by Sport England, is Midnight ,​​ chosen in a competition held by the Tamesis Cadet fleet ​. The winning entry was from Tabitha Forbes, who handed over a sealed envelop​e as Dr Cable prepared to pour a glass of champagne over the bow. The Minister was accompanied by his wife Rachel, an experienced sailor, who cut a celebration cake ​specially made​ with the Tamesis burgee in icing.

Afterwards, ​ Mrs Cable​ joined the Cadets for a sail in the new boat. Optimists and other club dinghies were also on the water to give visitors and members a sail.

Vince Cable said he was delighted to be present in the attractive riverside setting at Tamesis and in launching the new boat, to encourage the sport of sailing in which Great Britain has shown world leadership. In welcoming Dr Cable, Alan Green, Rear Commodore (Sailing) said the club, which sails throughout the year, was making every effort to increase participation and to welcome newcomers, and greatly appreciated backing from Sport England and also UK’s national sailing authority the RYA.

The Wayfarer, built by Hartley Boats of Derby, is almost 16′ long and is CE certified to sail with up to 6 crew members.

The event was organised by Alan Green, with help from Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines and Rear Commodore ​(​House)​ John Adams. Carolyne Vines, Florian and David Krueger, ​Charles Fox and Paul Jamieson dressed the yacht overall with signal flags. Charles Fox, Carolyne Vines and Paul Jamieson rigged the Wayfarer for sailing and Charles guided the crews on Midnight’s maiden voyage. ​

John Adams ​ ​ and the House Committee arranged tea on the lawn in the warm September sunshine with cakes and savory nibble ​s provided by Lesley Adams, Sara Jamieson and Susan Green and served by Zoe Adams with help from Susan Green and Paul Jamieson. John’s​ ​wife Lesley baked the cake and did the icing ​with the club insignia.

To book a sail in Midnight ​, please apply to Alan Green by email at: oceanus.gm@gmail.com or telephone +44 777 34 28 260.

Alan Green welcomes Dr Cable
Alan Green welcomes Dr Cable
Dr Cable prepares for the launch
Dr Cable prepares for the launch
The launching champagne
The launching champagne
Mrs Cable cuts the cake
Mrs Cable cuts the cake
Ready to go in the water
Ready to go in the water
The spectators
The spectators
All aboard
All aboard