Tamesis Club

Nick Forbes second Laser at Chichester

Nick Forbes raced in the Laser class (full rig) in Chichester Harbour Week from 21 to 26 August. This is supposed to be the biggest dinghy event in the country with over 400 entries spread over 18 classes and using over 40 rescue boats.
Race 1 – Nick was going fast but went the wrong way on the complex tides. Finished 11th.
Race 2 – going fast and didn’t go the wrong way on the tide! Finished 1st
Race 3 – lying 3rd in close company with the leaders when all three of them got the wrong side of a massive wind shift. Finished 9th
Race 4 – Going fast and didn’t get caught by a windshift! Finished 1st
Race 5 – Cancelled. Storm forecast.
Overall position out of 15 Lasers – 2nd.

Marcus Chavasse took part in his RS 100 8.4 in the Medium Asymmetric fleet.  At times he was challenged by the double-handed boats, particularly the 29rs, which with two sails and trapezes manage to go faster upwind in a strong sea breeze.  Marcus used his local knowledge of the tidal streams in slightly lighter conditions to win the race on Tuesday.  Overall, he came fourth out of 20+ in the class.  This was great week with sun and wind on the first four days (unfortunately racing was cancelled on the last day with gales forecast).  With more than 400 competitors in 20 different starts, this is a great experience for Tammy members looking for something slightly different.  Let’s get a few more boats entered next year.

James Fox to race in Stockholm RAID

James Fox is to sail a 5.5 metre catamaran in the 2016 Stockholm Archipelago RAID in which 26 teams from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, the United States and Sweden race between 36,000 islands between 25 and 28 August.
The race starts and finishes at Saltsjobaden close to Stockholm. There are two races a day, with a stop for lunch, and the competitors will sail between 50 and 100 miles a day, depending on the wind strength.
James is sailing with Ben Clothier in one of two British entries.  All the boats are F18 catamarans.

They finished 13th overall.

Death of Kenneth Hampton

Kenneth Hampton, Firefly Class Captain in the early 1960s, passed away on Thursday 11 August. He was 90.
He led the Tamesis fleet in the heydays of team racing in Fireflies and the Hampton Trophy was awarded by the class to recognise his extensive work for the club.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann, who had her own Firefly, and raced with the class over several years. They moved to Itchenor in the 1970s where they raced an X-boat.
His funeral will take place at Guildford Crematorium on Wednesday 31 August at 3pm. Family flowers only but donations can be made to Dementia Support.


Richard Harris second at Salcombe, Toppers 1st, 2nd and 4th


Richard Harris and Jason Stokes were second overall at the Henri Lloyd Salcombe Regatta from Monday 8 to Friday 12 August.  Sailing the National 18 Odyssey  (400) they scored a fourth, first, third, first and a second, with net points of 11.

Tamesis helms were first, second and fourth in the Topper fleet.   Harry Harris was first in 40070, Constantin Gerber second in 37597, and Ben Ramage fourth in 36316.

8.8 finish

Please see www.yachtsandyachting.com for more pictures.

Hampton Court Trip

On Sunday 24th July several members of Tamesis Club ventured into uncharted water above the Kingston Bridges.
Two Wayfarers, two Laser 2000s, two Enterprises, a Laser and a Mirror accompanied by three support boats sailed up to Hampton Court in sunshine with a south westerly just below force three.
The Albany pub was busy but we managed to bag a couple of tables and had a pleasant lunch before an easy sail back with wind and current behind us .
Needless to say we had many adventures which would put Swallows and Amazons to shame but “What happens up the river stays up the river”.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the trip, which may well become an annual event.
Eric Finlayson.

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Wednesday Working party saved by split pin

IMG_0265 IMG_0266When the main halyard on one of the Laser 2000s gave up the ghost on 27 July the Wednesday Morning Working party sprang into action .
Chris Pollard provided a replacement rope and some helpful expertise .
Peter and Brian provided the muscle and Eric had a long piece of twine with a split pin on the end .
Feeding the split pin down through the mast was a little tricky with the boat tilted against the end of the clubhouse but when it got to the appropriate hole in the mast it very helpfully popped out of the hole of its own accord .
Anyone using a club boat who notices a problem should put a note in the defects log by the phone although we can’t always provide such prompt action .
Eric Finlayson


Shen Shui sails home

Tony and Leonie Steer stopped off at Salcombe Merlin Week in Shen Shui on their way home from Dartmouth.  The following photos, taken by Leonie, show their yacht leaving Dartmouth, with Tony at the helm, and Oscar, the ship’s cat, watching the Merlins.



John Adams wins Restless Trophy


John Adams, crewed by Falcon Compton , won the Restless Trophy at Tamesis on Sunday 10 July in Salterello, Merlin 1602.  Sailed for on the first Sunday of Salcombe Merlin Week, the race attracted a four boat entry which enjoyed a keen contest in a fresh gusty westerly wind.  Vice Commodore Alan Green, who was Race Officer, set a modest course with and east-west dogleg opposite the clubhouse, and shortened the course after seven rounds.