Tamesis Club

Tamesis 18s in 44th Bloody Mary


Olly, Jeremy and Doug before they set out.


James, Kaan and Tom before they set out.

Oliver Houseman and Jeremy Vines were 86th overall in National 18 Hurricane nr 401 in an entry of 287 boats from 105 sailing clubs at the 2017 Bloody Mary race organised by Queen Mary SC on the first Saturday of the London Boat Show on 7 January.   James Fox, Tom McLaughlin and Kaan Yargici were 99th in National 18 Odyssey 400.

Two other National 18s took part, both of whom are based at Blackwater – Shadow and Panther.

The 18s were also sailing in the English National Championship for the National 18 class, which is sailed at a different venue every year.  The Trophy was presented in 2013 by Jeremy Vines and Richard Howells in memory of their fathers’ contribution to the National 18 Class.  The Trophy was presented to the winning crew of  Hurricane Jeremy, Olly and Doug at a celebratory meal in a local curry house.


The race, in light winds, was won by Alex Davey and his nine year old son Thomas, both well know as contestants at Tamesis events, from Royal Harwich YC, in Firefly 2649.  Another Firefly also well known at Tamesis, number 3119, sailed by Barney Smith and Trinian Morris, from Papercourt SC, was second.

Please see www.yachtsandyachting.com for full results,

Boxing Day racing

               Tamesis members sailing in the Club’s Boxing Day races arrived to be greeted by bright sunshine and a force 2/3 north westerly breeze.  Merlin Rockets, Lasers, a National 18, a Firefly and a Mirror, competed over an up/down river course for  a selection of  prizes .
               In the Merlins Jon and Joanna Redding narrowly beat Jo McLaughlin and Steve Roberts, with last year’s winners Jodok and Daniel Gerber third.
              Constantin Gerber won a hard fought Laser race with Ros Warwick-Haller second.
             Alan Green’s lone 18 also completed the course with the Firefly and Mirror opting for an early lunch in preference to the increasingly blustery conditions .
              In accordance with tradition lunch from Christmas leftovers was provided by members. Competitors and spectators left refreshed by turkey slices, plum pudding, mince pies and chocolate biscuits.

Poems end in a rescue at WMWP Xmas lunch

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All the members of the Wednesday Morning Working Party do a tremendous amount of work to keep the Clubhouse neat and tidy, the changing rooms, lawn, dinghy park and boat shed and patrol boats in ship shape.  On one Wednesday near Christmas they celebrate with a festive lunch at which they tell amusing stories, often as poems, in which they poke fun at each other’s activities.  This year the fun, enjoyed by 23 members at The  Adelaide pub, was no exception.  However, as everyone knows, Poets Day is on a Friday.  (“Push off early tomorrow’s Saturday”).  But this year the rhymes ended on a dramatic note as Charles Fox told how he had to abandon the yacht Polar Bear in the storm bound RORC Fastnet Race of 1979 and had to be rescued from the yacht’s life raft by a Royal Netherland’s Navy destroyer which was the official guard ship.  He said he was lucky to survive.

As in previous years, the party was organised by Jim Green.

Near record number at Tamesis Christmas Lunch

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A near record number of 103 members and guests attended the annual Christmas lunch on Sunday 11 December.
The meal followed the traditional races for Christmas pudding prizes, which were given out during the meal.

25 boats turned out for the Christmas Pudding Race, sailed in a light westerly wind in full view of the Clubhouse. The glorious sunshine and mild temperature certainly encouraged a good turn out. Helms and crews were complimented on the well decorated boats. The wonderful smells wafting across the water from the cooking whetted everyone’s appetites.

Sailing Secretary Stewart Colley opened the proceedings with a very moving Grace remembering the many people in war-torn countries and those without a home or enough food to eat.

The meal, prepared by Anna Finney, Jo Carstens and a bevy of helpers, began with smoked salmon and went on to turkey with all the trimmings, followed by plum pudding, satsumas, cheese and biscuits, chocolates and coffee. There were also glasses of port, for those who wanted them.

Santa arrived to loud cheers and gave presents to the children and all those who had helped in running the Club during the year.

Commodore Carolyne Vines thanked Santa and all those who had helped to cook the meal and set the tables, decorated the tree and the club room, and was rewarded with a kiss from Santa.

The lunch came to a happy conclusion with the traditional carol singing led by Brian Southcott and the noisy rendering, table by table, of “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.


Message from the lawn mower

Brian Harper-Lewis has sent the following message to Tamesis members:  “I’d like to say a special thank you to the bozo who dumped this length of tube with hawser attached… yes, in the long grass. Where else?
“Things got really interesting for a few moments as the tube began to flail round the outside of the mower base like some demented medieval knight. I got out of the way sharpish.”
The offending tube was near the car park end of the trailer park.


Commodore’s Trophy

Receiving the Commodore’s Prize on behalf of the training team on Sunday 20 November, Eric Finlayson thanked all the instructors and students for a great year .  He said, “Basic training  will start again after an open day in March but the team would also be happy to provide any advanced course members may require on request “.

Olympic skills identified in young Tamesis Laser sailor


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Carolyne Vines presents the Commodore’s Trophy

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The Commodore’s Prize presented to Eric Finlayson and Mal Warner.



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Donald Forbes with the Laser Shield


Alan Green receives his trophy

Laser sailor Nick Forbes was congratulated for showing the qualities of a potential Olympic sailor at the Tamesis Club prize giving on Saturday 12 November. Vice Commodore Alan Green, a former Secretary and Race Director of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, said Nick’s talents were comparable with those shown  by members in the Club’s earlier years like Stewart Morris, who won a gold  medal in 1948.

Nick, who is 17, was taught to sail by his grandfather, Donald Forbes, Tamesis Laser Class Captain, himself a frequent winner in the Laser class.

Commodore Carolyne Vines presented trophies to members at the annual prize giving dinner which was attended by 46 members.

Alan Green nominated 27 members as Club Ambassadors for representing Tamesis at the open meetings of other clubs. He said “The club is proud to recognise the efforts of members who represented the club by racing under its burgee at other venues during the year ending 8th October 2016″.

Offshore trophies were awarded to Tony and Leonie Steer for sailing round Britain in Shen Shui, a Moody 33, and to Jim Hamilton for sailing up to Scotland in Sandy Lady, a Parker 23.

Winners of the major club trophies were: Frostbite Mug – Richard Harris, Laser Winter Handicap – Chris Taggart, Black Mark – Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris, Merlin Winter Handicap – Ken Duffell & Joe Woods, Geoff Cooper Trophy – Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris, Bert’s Tankard – Doug Pope & Jose Ugarte, Saga Trophy – Marcus Chavasse, G W Smith Trophy – Barry Mourant & Carolyne Vines, Laser Shield – Donald Forbes, Reilly Cup – Henry Defries, Bridger Cup – Peter & Richard Mason, Peter Fayers Cup – Alan Green & Garrie Mallen, Burnett Langdon Down Cup – Alan Green & Garrie Mallen, Claude Russell Cup – Chris Pollard & Peter Johnson, Eighteen Cup – Alan Green & Peter Konidaris, Restless Trophy – John Adams & Falcon Compton, Silver Boat – Alan Green & Garrie Mallen.

The Commodore’s prize was presented to the Sailing Instruction Team for their huge contribution in teaching new members to sail, and encouraging them to race,  the results of which have been seen recently in the Trowlock Trophy and the Trafalgar Trophy.

The Commodore thanked all the following for their hard work in preparation of the prizes and the excellent meal:

Stewart Colley, Alan Green and Chris Pollard for the prizes, Nicky Johnson for organising the meal helped by Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson (carving and laying up).  Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller, Chris Pollard, Alan and Susan Green, Anne Bayne and Sue Harris for laying the tables. Steve Katz for ordering the food, Sue Harris and helpers for making the amazing trifle.  The kitchen staff were led by Anna.  Her helpers were Josefine, Chloe, Josh and Gabi.











The joy of yachts


Leonie Steer reported on 25 October that she and Tony spent a busy weekend helping to lift 52 yachts and their masts out of the water at Gosport.  “I was a mast Marshall and Tony was on the hull pontoon preparing yachts for lift. All neat and tidy for the winter”, she said

Strategic sailing wins Trafalgar Trophy

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The fleet follows behind
Rita Dunkley presents the Trafalgar Trophy to Milly and Rob
Rita Dunkley presents the Trafalgar Trophy to Milly and Rob

It may be more than 200 years since Nelson won the battle of Trafalgar but fast thinking and equally fast sailing are still major factors in overcoming the opposition. So it was at Tamesis on Sunday 23 October when Rob Wilder and his 10-year-old daughter Milly Chong-Wilder out-sailed 13 other boats in this year’s contest to win the Trafalgar Trophy.
The one and three quarter hour inter-class pursuit race was sailed in a cold and gusty north-easterly wind between Steven’s Ait and the downstream end of Trowlock Island. Race Officer Barry Mourant started the contestants from the Smithy at pre-notified times and finished the race on the water from Tamesis III, the club launch. He was assisted by Angela Caldara and Jenny Finlayson. The safety boats were manned by Mike Goldsmith and Simon Craig.
Results: 1 Flinkidink (MR 1097) Rob and Milly Chong-Wilder; 2 Passing Cloud (MR 1079) Richard Harris and Sue Harris; 3 Shenandoah (MR 3649) Andrew Harris and Tom Harris; 4 One over the Eight (Nat 18 349) Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte.
The results were announced by Barry Mourant and the Trophy was presented by Rita Dunkley.
The Ben Ainslie Trophy for the juniors was won by Jay and Adam in a Laser 2000 crewed by Eric Finlayson.