Tamesis Club

Death of Peggy Morris

Peggy932 The club gave Peggy two cakes to celebrate her 93rd birthday

Peggy Morris, one of Tamesis Club’s oldest and much loved members, passed away on Thursday 7 July.  She was 95.

Her death followed a heart operation in St. Thomas’s Hospital.  She was active in the International 14 and Merlin Rockets classes in the 1960s and 1970s, and in recent years enjoyed watching the racing from the clubhouse.   An enthusiastic member of the Tamesis Bridge Group, Peggy was the generous donor of the club’s television screen.  She drove to the club almost every Sunday for lunch on her mobility scooter, which she called Alfred, and was especially popular with the catering staff who went to great lengths to look after her.

Peggy was the widow of Dr Colin Morris, who died from a heart attack while racing his International 14 at the club.  They had two daughters, both of whom predeceased them.

More than 60 relatives and friends attended the funeral at Mortlake Crematorium  on Monday 25 July followed by a reception at Tamesis Club.
Donations in memory of Peggy can be made to the Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice c/o Frederick Paine Funeral Directors, 102 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8JD.

Commodore’s BBQ

The Commodore’s BBQ, scheduled for Sunday 3 July, was not so much of a wash out as a choc out.  The Commodore was on safety boat duty and those members looking for an interesting lunch were able to enjoy all the catering staff had on offer  both in the clubhouse and, on what must have been the hottest and sunniest days of the year so far, on the veranda and the riverside tables on the lawn.  The Rear Commodore Sailing was heartily thanked for his generous donation of slices of chocolate cake and a delicious creamy fruit pavlova.

Moths in the Smithy

Chris Pollard, Paul Jamieson & Peter Johnson had this brilliant idea to
upgrade the Smithy race control hooter and add voice to it. The old Claxton
wiring is a bit dodgy – we think it dates back pre-1970 and there is 240V on
the roof in a wooden box that is rotting.
Robin Lince devised a solution which he calls ‘Moths’ and with a lot of help
from Peter and considerable head scratching it is now installed. The old
hooter system will be kept in service until everyone has had a play with the
new system and any teething trouble ironed out.
So what is ‘Moths’? we hear you say. The 60W amplifier that has a microphone
input for speech and drives the two horns on the Smithy roof also has an
audio tone generator that does the race start hoot and an alert toot. The
purpose of the alert is to attract the attention of the patrol boats. The
hooter (actually called Fog) is to control races. But the internal wiring of
the amp is typical of modern day design with tiny wires and all sorts of
tiny components. An electrical interface to remote control the hooter
function would be quite difficult to engineer, so a mechanical interface has
been deployed. Moths is short for Mechanically Operated Toot, Hoot and
Speech. Groan now…
A simple guide to operating this system will be available in the Smithy race
box (where the clock etc. is kept).

Andrew Harris wins Great Tea Race

Andrew and Tom Harris won the Great Tea Race sailing Passing Cloud, Merlin Rocket 1079, at Tamesis on Sunday 26 June.  They beat 15 other boats in this one and a half hour multi-class pursuit race by more than two minutes in a moderate north westerly wind and warm sunshine.  Vice Commodore Alan Green was second in Orion, National 18 336, crewed by Peter Konidaris.

Race Officer Brian Southcott set a straightforward course with a single dogleg which required port and starboard roundings of  Cadet and Club marks in midstream.  Some helms found  this confusing and only eight boats managed to sail the correct course.  One shrewd observer commented afterwards “They didn’t seem to know the difference between their left and their right.  We might have to rename it the Uffa’s Spoon Race!”

Results:  1 Passing Cloud (MR 1079) Andrew & Tom Harris; 2 Orion (N18 336) Alan Green & Peter Konidaris;  3 Phew (Laser 178209) Henry Defries; 4 Avenger (MR 1004) Ken Duffell & Matt Valentine.

The prizes were presented by Chris Pollard, Rear Commodore Sailing.

Commodore Carolyne Vines thanked Brian Southcott for being OOD, Carolyn Reaves in the box, and Peter Simpson and Ken Thatcher in the patrol boat and  Jo Carstens, Carina and Theo for preparing the food for lunch.

Summer Party a festival of rock and roll


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The Tamesis summer party on Saturday 16 June was a festival of rock and roll with Merlins, Lasers and National 18s competing with each other on the dance floor to see who could breach Rule 42 (which bans pumping and rocking) without a protest. The winners, judged by the loudness of the applause from the spectators on the bank of the dance floor, were Club Bosun and Dutyman, Paul Jamieson and his wife Sara.

The scene was set by the Hampton Wick Band which activated the dancers with a succession of music from The Who and other pop groups.

The careful sailors took it more gently, fearing a capsize.

Earlier in the evening the 60 members and guests enjoyed a buffet supper cooked and prepared by Anne Bayne, Barbara Adams and Sue Harris with final touches done by Jo Carstens, Theo and Josephine. Other helpers with the meal and decorations included Sara and Paul Jamieson, Marcus and Nicky Chavasse,  Peter Johnson, David and Deb Baker Steve Katz and Carolyn Reeves.  Chris Pollard produced the menus. David Baker organised all the drinks.  They were thanked by the Officer of the Day, Commodore Carolyne Vines, who demonstrated she is no mean bopper herself!

Death of Vivian Burchill

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Members of Tamesis were very sad to learn of the death on Monday 13 June of Vivian Burchill, a Tamesis member for many years. He was 90. Vice Commodore in 1988-89, Rear Commodore in 1986-87 and Club Secretary from 1992 1995, Viv, as he was known to his friends, sailed a National 18 called Tinkerbell, and before that an Enterprise.

Vivian “Viv” Burchill, beloved husband of Cathie and much loved father of Gillian, Chris and Carrie, passed away peacefully on 13th June at Deer Park View Care Centre.
He had been cared for in the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher for the previous few weeks. Both Viv and his wife Cathie were keen members of the Tamesis Bridge Group, for which Viv organised many charity raffles. A keen photographer, Viv was very helpful in taking pictures for the Tamesis website in its early days, both of sailing and social events like the annual visit to Glyndebourne

He spent his early years in Liverpool, where his family owned the Liverpool Post newspaper, and after moving to London lived with his wife Cathie in both Hampton and Twickenham.

More than 100 friends attended the funeral service at the Holy Trinity Church on Twickenham Green on Wednesday 13 July followed by a reception at Tamesis Club.  The family requested that donations in memory of Vivian should be made to the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher.

Donald Forbes wins Centenary Cup


The loneliness of the long distance Laser
The loneliness of the long distance Laser

Donald Forbes won the Centenary Cup with two barely challenged firsts in a fleet of 26 boats at Tamesis on Sunday 5 June. Sailing Storm, Laser 146120, Donald, the Laser Class Captain, swept ahead of the rest of the fleet to finish the second race with a lead of more than five minutes.

His closest challenge in this annual two race inter-class pursuit came from Andrew Harris in Passing Cloud, Merlin Rocket 1079, which was second in the morning and fourth in the afternoon.

Race Officer Ian Burnett set a lengthy figure of eight course that took the fleet downstream to a Lensbury mark near Trowlock Island, back up to a dogleg opposite the Tamesis Clubhouse, and then upriver past Steven’s Eyot to a Canbury Mark not far from Hampton Wick Bridge. The light north easterly wind gave a downstream beat and a tricky upstream run on which some Merlins were able to gain extra speed flying their spinnakers. Both sailors and spectators enjoyed the warm sunshine.

Results: 1 Storm, Laser 146120, Donald Forbes, two firsts; 2 Passing Cloud, MR 1079, Andrew & Tom Harris, second and fourth; 3 Laser 135612, Carolyne Vines, third and fifth; 4 National 18 400, Richard & Harry Harris, sixth and third; 5 Bambusa, MR 847, Peter & Richard Mason, twelfth and second.

Ian Burnett, who was assisted by Angela Caldara, had to cope with an electricity failure in the starting box and did an excellent job starting the races with a hand-bell and a loud hailer. The electricity failure also affected the club kitchens and the kitchen staff made some splendid sandwiches in lieu of the cooked lunch that had been planned.

The patrol boat was manned by Charlie Morgan and Phil Abbey.

Chris Pollard, Rear Commodore Sailing, presented the prizes.

Nick Forbes wins Bank Holiday Pursuit


The Bank Holiday Pursuit Race on Monday 30 May took place under grey skies in chilly conditions with a Force 3-4 northerly wind blowing.  Three Lasers and a National 18 took part in the race.  The boats start times were based on their handicap so the slower boats started first.
Chris Taggart started first in his Laser with a radial rig which gave him an advance of 3 minutes (half a lap’s advantage) over Nicholas Forbes and Tom James who were racing their Lasers with full sized rigs.  Due to the handicap timings Doug Pope and his crew Jose Ugarte started in their National18 “One Over the Eight” 14 minutes after Chris Taggart.
The boats beat down the river to the bottom mark and then ran back up the river with the wind behind resulting in some exciting sailing.  The race was finished at 12.30 with Nicholas Forbes taking first place and was on his 9th lap when the race was finished; Tom James and Chris Taggart were 2nd and 3rd respectively and were on their 8th lap and Doug and Jose were 4th.
Alan Green, Vice Commodore, and James Berry manned the patrol boat but no rescues were necessary.  Angela Caldara and Race Office Rupert Fletcher managed the starting box and race timings.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the race and also to the catering team who provided an excellent ploughman’s lunch afterwards.
(This report was written by Rupert Fletcher. the OOD).
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