Tamesis Cadets took part in the Source to Sea Relay on Saturday 30 August in which a bottle of water from the source of the Thames is carried downstream to the mouth of the river. This is the second year in which they have taken part in the event.
They left Tamesis at 13.30 and were towed up to Thames SC where they met the Ditton Skiff Club opposite Ravens Ait to collect the bottle and then sailed it to Teddington Lock where they handed it over to the Lock Keeper.
The new Wayfarer sailing dinghy which is to be used for training new members how to sail is to be officially launched at Tamesis Club at 15.00 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 and the National Lottery, is to be chosen by the members of the Tamesis Cadet fleet. The Minister will be accompanied by his wife. A privately owned Wayfarer and other club dinghies will be available to offer visitors a sail on the river.
The last of this year’s summer Thursday evening handicap races for the G W Smith Trophy on 28 August was won by Richard and Sue Harris in Passing Cloud, Merlin 1079. They led the 17 strong fleet throughout, completing four rounds of a Canbury-Lensbury plus north-south dogleg course in 35 minutes in a light to moderate SW wind. The leading Laser, Greylag (188044) was sailed by Donald Forbes. The fleet was made up of four Merlins, five Lasers, three National 18s, two Fireflies, two Toppers and an Albacore.
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Commodore Stewart Colley, who is sailing across the North Atlantic in the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s square rigger Lord Nelson, sent the following progress report on Tuesday 19 August: “Three days in Halifax and one today in lovely Lunenburg (great sea food) and we are finally off tomorrow bound for Rejavik. We plan to skirt round the grand banks to avoid fog and fishing boats. ETA about two weeks time. Our water tanks are full and we just need to top up on diesel first thing. Weather has been mixed but looks good for the next few days at least and wind should be favourable. Looking forward to some serious sailing.”
On Sunday 24 August Stewart reported that the captain of the Lord Nelson had decided to change course to avoid a possible volcanic eruption in Iceland and was now heading for the Azores. He expressed disappointment that he would not see either Iceland or the Faroes, as had been planned.
Rob Wilder raised £1010 for Moorfields Eye Charity in the London-Surrey 100 bike ride on Sunday 10 August. The course was shortened to 86 miles because of the bad weather but Rob reports that he was able to get round the course in 5 hours 28 minutes. “I got caught in the storm and the road became a river. We had to get off and walk for a short while just after Ham Gate.” The shortened course meant he did not have to cycle up either Leith Hill or Box Hill.
His mother, who is partially sighted, has been a patient at Moorfields Hospital for many years. Tamesis members who would like to sponsor Rob with donations can do so by going to https://www.justgiving.com/robert-wilder1/
Matthew Peregrine-Jones very kindly lent his boat and his dad, and Dana very kindly towed the boat up to the Fair and back again, and even more kindly stayed to help out. Steve and Sue Katz provided teas and coffees, smiles and boat moving. Kaan organised everybody, having completed the cycle race (shortened by 14 miles), and arrived just in time to wheel the boat in the parade helped by Dana, Steve and Stewart. The stars of the show were the two daughters of Sue’s friend, who sat in the boat, smiled and waved throughout the parade. Stewart organised the bunting, the Club flag and the information board. Everyone talked to passers by to encourage them to come to the Club. Everyone disappeared into the pub as soon as the rain descended from a very ominous cloud. (Report by Carolyne Vines, Tamesis Vice Commodore).
The Teddington River Festival was held on Teddington Lock Island and the Surrey bank of the Thames on Sunday 27 July. Commodore Stewarft Colley towed his Laser and one of the Club’s Mirrors down to the Lock behind the Club launch with the help of Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines, Offshore Group Captain Clive Mence, and Florian, David and Sara Krueger. They were met at the Lock by Adrian, Sally and Rosalind Warwick-Haller, Nicky Chavasse and Sue Harris. The Laser was hoisted up on to Lock Island and taken to an allocated slot at the lower end and the Mirror was rigged in the Lock and moved down next to the Laser with the assistance of Rosalind and several Sea Cadets. A number of people stopped for a chat and some went on to the Club for lunch and tea. Afterwards the two boats were towed back to Tamesis with the help of Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson and waved off by Clive Mence who took some of the following pictures.
More than 40 Tamesis members gathered in the Clubhouse after racing on Sunday 20 July to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Peggy Morris, who joined the Club in 1948, sailing an International 14 with her late husband.
Commodore Stewart Colley congratulated Peggy on her longevity and wished her a very happy birthday on behalf of all the members. He invited them all to join in a toast and share a glass of champagne and a slice of birthday cake after lunch. Everyone sang Happy Birthday.