Tamesis Club

Push the Boat Out day a great success

Video above by Kathrin Gerber



More than 100 sailing enthusiasts took part in Tamesis Club’s Push the Boat Out day on Saturday 13 May.  The RYA sponsored event was blessed by near perfect conditions with a light westerly wind and warm sunshine marred by occasional spots of rain from passing clouds.

Experienced helmsmen took newcomers sailing in boats of many sizes including the latest design National 18, a Wayfarer, Merlin Rockets, Lasers, Mirrors and Toppers.  They were supervised by three of the club’s safety boats which were occasionally called on to rescue several over enthusiastic teenagers who capsized or fell overboard.  Most were wearing wet suits and the wearing of lifejackets was compulsory.

About 40 of the participants were new to sailing and all seemed to be enjoying themselves. The team on the barbecue provided lunch for all, with a selection of dishes, and many ate their food sitting at tables on the lawn or on the bench seats alongside the river, as they watched the sailing.

Guests were welcomed by the registration team along with many other volunteers.

The Commodore, Carolyne Vines thanked everyone in the following e mail:

Dear all

I just wanted to thank everyone for their massive support today at the Push the Boat Out open day, including the RYA for their inspiration, media support and excellent publicity materials.  They were responsible for the marvellous banners at the end of Trowlock Way, and the one on the river side of the clubhouse.

We had at least 60 visitors registering, and about 50 going out on the water.  The club was packed with people having a great time on and off the water.  We had 6 families joining today, which is really good.  There are others who are either enrolling other family members, or just thinking about it.  We will have a good number of students for Eric Finlayson.

I can’t possibly name all the helpers, so I won’t even try.  They encompass the leafleters, those who spread the word by electronic means and by just telling friends, and relatives, the registration desk, chat up team, beach masters, bbq and kitchen team, clothing team, photographers, boatmen in the launch and dories, and of course all the helms who took visitors out, either in club boats, or their own boat, and rigged and derigged boats, cleaned up the hard, mowed the grass, put the banners up, did the artwork for the leaflets, did the report for the website and generally helped in ways I wasn’t aware of.

The visitors were all impressed by our friendliness.  I was, as always, impressed by members’ enthusiasm, cooperation, and hard work.

The fantastic bbq served about 115 – meals – amazing, they kept going long after  2.30

Lots of people were taking photos and videos.  I will be doing a report for the RYA, and I will need a variety.  Please could you send them to me at cvines6285@aol.com

Thank you everyone

Carolyne Vines



Death of Angela Norris

Angela Norris, a Tamesis member for many years, passed peacefully away in the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, on Friday 5 May.  Her family were by her side.  She was 88.

More than 70 friends and family attended the funeral at the Sacred Heart Church, Teddington on Tuesday 30 May, followed by a reception at Tamesis Club.

Angela was an enthusiastic member of the Tamesis Bridge Group, and in her younger days crewed in Merlins and for members of the Offshore Group.

Her late husband, Percy, was a diplomat and she travelled the world with him until he was  tragically assassinated in Bombay.  She was supported by the Foreign Office for the rest of her life and worked  for a time with the Information Ministry, assisting foreign journalists on their visits to the UK.

Donations in memory of Angela should be made to the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher.

Death of Yvonne Goldsmith

Almost 70 Tamesis members and other friends attended the funeral of Yvonne Goldsmith at North East Surrey Crematorium on Wednesday 3 May. Yvonne. wife of Mike Goldsmith a keen member of the Tamesis Laser fleet, died on Sunday 16 April.  She was in the same care home in Kingswood, Tadworth as Mike, who had been moved there from Epsom Hospital following treatment for a stroke.

Yvonne had suffered from dementia for many years but older members will remember her enthusiastic interest in computer technology in its early days.  She was also a keen participant in the management of the club’s gardens and organisation of the club’s plant sales.  She also crewed for Mike in his Merlin in earlier days.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Chris Morley and tributes were read by members of her family. The funeral was  followed by a reception at The Derby Arms, Epsom Downs, Epsom.

Donations in memory of Yvonne can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Cobblers wins Tamesis Easter pursuit

Alan Green presents Easter eggs to Jim Green and Dave Baker
Members watching the duck race
Cobblers and other boats in the race

Further photos by Chris Wade on the following link:     https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9X8mVqpz_X9NHBLUnFGemFoUjA?usp=sharing

The Easter Sunday all class pursuit race was won by David Baker and Jim Green in Cobblers, Albacore 6183, in a 14 boat fleet on 16 April. They beat Matthew Peregrine-Jones, sailing Inxsive, Laser 122399, by only a few seconds after he had led for the first three rounds of the one and a half hour race in a moderate to fresh NW wind.
Race officer Alan Green, Tamesis Vice Commodore, sent the fleet off on a lengthy course down river to Lensbury, then upstream to the Canbury buoy just short of Steven’s Eyot. The course was set by Henry Defries and Chris Starr, who manned the patrol boats.

Cobblers had been fifth at the end of the first round but closed the gap to second on both the second and third rounds.

They all received prizes of chocolate Easter eggs.

The race was followed in the afternoon by the traditional duck race in which buckets full of numbered yellow plastic ducks were tossed overboard from the club launch and won by those who backed the leading duck after 10 minutes. Alan Green was assisted by many of the club’s younger members both in the club launch and in paddled boats on the water, who were rewarded with chocolates.  The winners of the duck race Easter eggs  were Bonnie Green and Rupert Fletcher.  Nim Harris and Anna Dalton helped to set up the ducks.

Jo Carstens and colleagues in the kitchen cooked a special Easter lunch of soup, sandwiches, roast lamb and vegetables followed by hot cross buns and ice  cream.

The Steers help to launch 52 yachts in a day

Tamesis members Tony and Leonie Steer, who sailed round Britain last year in their yacht Shen Shui, helped to launch their boat and 51 others after the winter layup at Gosport on Saturday 1 April.  This is Leonie’s account of a a very busy day:

“At 7.30 am three very large cranes arrived at our Gosport Club to launch 52 yachts. The first crane lifts the yacht from its cradle in the overflow car park and puts it on a low loader. The low loader transports the boat to a second crane that lifts the boat off and down into the sea alongside a launch pontoon. A third crane lifts the mast from a cradle in the main car park down into the yacht. When the mast is fitted the yacht moves off to its marina berth. Work teams are divided into Ashore and Pontoon parties, then sub divided into yard, hull and masts ashore and afloat. Each section has a yellow helmet in overall charge. For the past three years I have been a ‘Mast Marshall’ responsible for finding the mast stored around the overflow car park (also putting them away at lift-out) and getting it transported by my team of blue helmets to trestles in the main car park. I then locate the owner and ensure that the mast is prepared – spreaders, radar and rigging are all fitted back on ready to marry up with the boat. I try to be six masts ahead so that the mast is ready for the boat and we don’t keep anyone waiting. Tony was responsible for tying the top of the mast to the hoist so that it travelled vertically but could still be undone when fitted. If the mast swung horizontally someone could be injured badly. If we can launch 52 boats before 5.30 pm we save on hiring the three cranes for a second day. We finished just in time! The club ordered 90 fish and chip suppers for the workforce as everyone was too tired to cook!”

Laser Quiz sets challenge for 66

Kaan Yargici was Quizmaster

Laser Captain Donald Forbes thanked the question masters, the Rear Commodore (House) and the catering staff

Stewart  Colley won the Easter hamper

Sixty six Tamesis members and guests spent an equally challenging and frustrating evening at the annual Laser Quiz on Saturday 1 April.  Split into seven teams sitting at seven tables they verged between success and failure as Quiz Master Kaan Yargici bombarded them with a mix of easy and difficult questions.

The subjects ranged from politics to poems, Shakespeare to sailing, castles to constitutions and birds and birdsong.  Probably the most difficult was the most local.  A slightly angled shape on a picture was interpreted by some as a jellied eel.  It turned out to be the adjacent Trowlock Island.

A cuckoo was easily identified as a bird whose song matched its name but many competitors felt like April Fools’ Day cuckoos when they failed to identify Brexit as the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.  They knew Theresa May is the Prime Minister but could not remember the name of the first lady Member of Parliament.

After a break for a sausage and mash supper arranged by Rear Commodore (House) Nicky Johnson and cooked by the catering staff, the final tally showed team Simpson-Stokes were the winners. They were each given a bottle of wine. The task of thinking up the questions for next year went to the third team on the score card.  They did not want to disclose their names!

At the end of the evening, Laser Class Captain Donald Forbes thanked Kaan and Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller for arranging the questions, and Nicky Johnson and Anna, Chloe and Josephine in the kitchen for preparing, cooking and serving the food.

The raffle was won by Stewart Colley, who took the top prize of an Easter hamper, and Ian Ramage, who won an Easter egg.

Tamesis Club Flag Officers and Officers

Commodore    Carolyne Vines   001

Vice Commodore    Alan Green  


Rear Commodore (Sailing)    Chris Pollard    ChrisPollardcropped

Rear Commodore (House)    Nicky Johnson    IMG_8182

Hon Secretary    Rupert Fletcher

Hon Treasurer    Graeme Lythe

Hon Asst Treasurer    James Berry

Hon Sailing Secretary    Brian Timbrell

Hon Solicitor    Charlie Morgan

Hon Bosun    Paul Jamieson

Hon Harbour Master   Peter Johnson

Hon Harbour Master    Howard Thatcher


Management Committee    Flag Officers, Officers, Sue Katz, Ian Ramage, Simon Thompson, Chris McLaughlin

Sailing Committee    Flag Officers, Sailing Secretary, Harbour Masters, Class Captains, John Dunkley, Daniel Gerber, Florian Krueger, Matt Dalton

House Committee    Rear Commodore (House), Barbara Adams, Anne Bayne, Nicky Chavasse, Sue Harris, Sara Jamieson, Carolyn Reeves. Sally Warwick-Haller

Hon Auditor    David Jerram

Class Captains

National 18  Michael Vasey

Merlin Rocket  Joe Woods

Firefly  Sue Harris

Laser  Donald Forbes

Int Cadet Squadron  Richard Harris

Offshore Group  Clive Mence


Bridge Group  Margaret Stokes

Webmaster  Kaan Yargici

Chief Sailing Instructor  Eric Finlayson



Uffa’s Spoon won by Ken Duffell

Vice Commodore Alan Green
Vice Commodore Alan Green


Uffa’s Spoon, the highly prized trophy presented by the late Uffa Fox for the biggest gaffe by a Tamesis member during the past year was presented in his absence to Merlin sailor Ken Duffell at the Vice Commodore’s Dinner on Saturday 18 February.  It was accepted on his behalf by his crew, Merlin Class Captain Joe Woods, who said Ken was in Hollywood for the Academy Awards.

Their epic capsize during Salcombe Merlin Week into the stanchions of a very large expensive yacht in prime view of the Ferry Inn provided a half hours entertainment to an ever growing crowd of spectators.  Back home on the Thames the Jim Hamilton rescue was most unfortunate as Ken wasn’t even on boat duty that day.  It suddenly dawned on him what had happened as Jim’s submerged mast rose from the water with a huge tear in the sail flapping uselessly in the wind.

The Seacock Trophy, given for the biggest cock-up by a member of the Tamesis Offshore Group, was presented to Oscar, the ship’s cat on Tony and Leonie Steer’s yacht Shen Shui.  Leonie, who accepted the Trophy on Oscar’s behalf, said Oscar hated getting wet and always looked very angry when he did.

The dinner was organised by Vice Commodore Alan Green who welcomed the 70 members and guests with some hair-raising stories of his own.

The Uffa’s Spoon nominations were introduced by Paul Jamieson, last year’s winner.

Diners at the black-tie event enjoyed a superb menu produced by chef Anna  and her team with the support and assistance of the House Committee led by Rear Commodore Nicky Johnson.”


Oscar on the boom of Shen Shui

DSC_0541Ken Duffell and Leonie Steer holding Oscar