Another light wind for the second race for the G W Smith Trophy, but one that did allow 3 laps of a continually shrinking course as OOD Steve Katz moved the marks to make sure that we finished in daylight. It could be said that the most interesting racing was between n the launch moving the mark and the first competitor about to round the mark. the launch won in all occasions.
The racing was close with gaps opening and closing as different competitors found or lost the wind. In the end it was the N18 of Charles Fox and Robert Blakebrough who beat John Adams and Carolyne Vines across the line in their Merlin, but it was Ros Warwick-Haller in her Laser who claimed the win on handicap from Charles with another Laser helmed by Graham King taking the other podium spot.
This series looks closer than the early summer Saga Trophy with no run-away winner yet, so all to play for with another 7 races and only 4 needed to qualify.
Instruction continued – all the students doing very well in the tricky wind.
The cadets were back on Saturday, treated to sunshine and some wind. They had to wait until 3.30pm to get on to the water to allow the canoe marathon to finish. Griff Tanner who had kindly agreed to run the session yesterday gave some rigging instruction on shore while they were waiting. They had a great time as well once on the water.
‘The first race of the second Thursday evening series, the GW Smith Trophy, was an interesting race in some wind which changed just before the start from near northerly to near southerly. However the OOD, Rupert Livesey, was quick off the mark and reversed the course from K to L, which gave a good beat up stream and run downstream.
There was good turnout of 11 boats with representatives from five different classes. Ken Duffell and Matthew in their Merlin eventually pulled out a good lead, but not enough to beat the N18 of Charles Fox and Robert Blakebrough on handicap, with David Baker and Jim Green in the Albacore third, Ros Warwick-Haller fourth in her Laser and Tim and Ed Medcalf 5th in their Firefly, so a good spread of classes in the top places. Racing was close all round and the wind stayed around for most of the time giving plenty to talk about over a drink and a tasty supper.’
The week was hailed as the hottest in living memory, with lighter winds and glorious sunshine. Everyone had a great time on and off the water – results below.
Final results: Friday 13th
Fran Gifford (crewing Tim Fells) 2, 5
Will Henderson 5, 7
Caroline Croft 3, 8
Joe McLaughlin, Sean Roberts 22, 34
Andrew Harris, Sarah Warren BFD, 43
David Croft 35, 67
Ken Duffell, Joe Woods BFD, 101
Andrew and Ken were black flagged at the start, so disqualified.
5th Will Henderson
7th Andy Harris and Sarah Warren
12th Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts
29th Caroline Croft
33rd Dave Croft
39th Ken Duffel and Joe Woods
Results on the day, then overall ranking –
No disasters today, but two long races – knackering apparently.
Caroline Croft 2. 8
Will Henderson 2. 10
Joe McLaughlin 28. 30
Andy Harris 22. 43
Dave Croft 33. 60
Ken Duffell 49. 99
No disasters today, but two long races – knackering apparently. Shame about the footie,
Results from Tuesday 10th
Report and pictures from Stewart Colley on 10th July racing – Tuesday
There was a nice breeze as well as sunshine and all Tammy boats in action yesterday morning.
Andrew was flying in around 5th place after a blast up to Gerston then again a flukey leg up to Saltstone, but disaster struck close to the finish. A gamble on the E Portlemouth/Salcombe side of the harbour entrance cost a few places as they were caught by light air, and after a successful gybe at the then windward mark Blackstone, in a gust they capsized to windward on the run. They could have recovered quickly from this but a following boat in ‘out of control’ mode took the rudder clean off Fifty Shades, sent it flying through the air nearly decapitating Andy Harris who was in the water. After that recovery took a while.
A great most of race, a galling result at the finish, but luckily and thankfully no injuries.
Joe McLaughlin’s result was a bit disappointing but it was the first time he had done a blast up to Gerston for 10 years! Next time it will be different.
Caroline Croft 8
Will Henderson 16
Joe McLaughlin 33
Dave Croft 20
Ken Duffell 42
Andy Harris 47
Start of the first race was in a light northerly. Wind reversed to a southerly sea breeze in the course of the race. Better wind this afternoon. Scorching weather. Best ever at Salcombe. Everyone having a great time.
Fabulous weather and a bit more wind this afternoon as the sea breeze really kicked in.
Btw Mick the Fish entertainment tonight was excellent and it’s only Monday but the bar diving tradition had already been re-established.
Words and photos by Stewart Colley
Tamesis boat positions:
AM Race 47th – Take it Easy – Ken Duffell and Joe Woods
PM Race 14th – Sublime – Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts
PM Race 21st – 50 Shades – Andrew Harris and Sarah Warren
AM Race – 12th Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts
AM Race – 7th Andy Harris and Sarah Warren
PM race – 47th Ken Duffell and Joe Woods
ex Tamesis members’ positions:
AM Race 6th –The Oldie – Caroline Croft and Matt Lulham-Robinson
PM Race 2nd –Arwen – Will and Mary Henderson
PM Race 27th – White Sauce-er-er – Dave Croft and Rosie Richards
PM race 9th – Will and Mary Henderson
AM Race 8th – Caroline Croft and Matt Lulham Robinson
PM Race – 35th Dave Croft and Rosie Rosie Richards
Thanks to Jim Green for this reminder of why the Merlins are in Salocmbe this week:
“After the introduction of the Merlin in 1948 and the subsequent establishment of the merged National Merlin Rocket class in 1951 the fleet expanded rapidly and many travelled down to Salcombe to compete in its annual town regatta. Soon there were enough Merlin Rockets competing that in 1958 they were offered their own start at the Salcombe town regatta, the first of which was won by top Tamesis sailor Brian Saffrey-Cooper who then went on to represent GB in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. Eventually so many Merlin Rockets competed at Salcombe that they were allocated their own exclusive Merlin Rocket Week which is now one of the most popular dinghy racing events in the UK. Over the years Salcombe’s Merlin Rocket Week has attracted many Tamesis members who have competed very successfully, particularly our own John Harris who has won the week no less than 6 times, a record beaten by only one other top Merlin Rocket sailor.
Nowadays, the event is limited to 120 competing boats which is greatly oversubscribed within the first few minutes of the entries opening and there is always a long waiting list, so the entries are split into four flights because Salcombe’s Harbourmaster sets a limit of 60 boats on the very congested start line. Each of the four flights compete against each other three times during the racing week and the spectacle of 60 Merlin Rockets jostling for position on the start line is one of the highlights of the week for the hundreds of spectators. For a sailing enthusiast, it’s a sight not to be missed! “
We were treated to another glorious day of sunshine, and people having fun on the river.
In the morning the merlins raced for the Restless Trophy which takes place on the Sunday of Salcombe Merlin Week. Richard Harris crewed by Emma Macdonald made a rare appearance (he is usually to be seen at Salcombe on this Sunday) and sailed off into the distance to win the Trophy convincingly. Peter and Richard Mason, no slouches were second, and Tim Medcalf crewed by Tallulah Harris was not far behind.
The sailing instruction team had more students out than ever before, with several of them finishing their course. Congratulations all round.
Certificates were issued to Claus Gessendoerfer (Level 1 ) and Clara Gessendorfer (Stage1) and Alex Hoo (Stage 2)
The students were joined on the water by other club members and a potential new family group.
Jeremy Vines crewed by sons David and Ben, grandchildren Ollie and Annabelle, and friends Ollie Houseman and Richard Powell raced Dufour 34 Pickle in the renowned Round the Island race. They came 2nd in Class 5 and 7th in the Family Trophy.
It was another fantastic National 18 Open at Blackwater Sailing Club this weekend, with a hot five way N18 Ultra battle for the coveted “National 18 English Trophy”.
Matt, Pete Impey, and I were hoping it was going to be a 6 way battle, but alas Tamesis Club’s latest N18 – 421 Optimus Prime – was not quite out of the builders in time to join in. That said, Matt got a middleman place on 417 Second Chance, and I got a bit of time on 401 Hurricane on the Sunday with Olly and Steve. It was also blowing pretty hard on the Saturday so perhaps getting a new boat and immediately smashing it in to the shallow waters of the Blackwater probably wouldn’t have been a great idea.
The racing was excellent with strong winds and an ever shifting tide providing plenty of opportunities to get ahead of the other boats. For instance, on the Saturday we all watched in awe from the committee boat as Jess Berney quickly gained several places by going up on to the plane while sailing close to the wind on the downwind leg to race past the others. However, the strong winds made for excellent viewing in the third race as Jess (in Panther) jibed and then capsized, only for Olly, Steve, and Jeremy to then jibe and capsize a few seconds later! This allowed 417 Second Chance to take over having chosen to drop their spinnaker before all of their jibes. That was wise and got them the win in the last race that day.
Although Olly, Steve, and Jeremy had recorded two wins on the Saturday, Sunday was still a challenge, and with only two races to battle it out. Panther won the first race with Hurricane coming second and for the second race Hurricane slipped back to fourth with Second Chance hauling in Panther to take the win. However, will all points, wins, and capsizes accounted for, Hurricane took the least points with Olly, Steve, and Jeremy duly picking up the trophy.
The weather, wind, and temperature were perfect, with Blackwater SC playing excellent hosts once more – and you really won’t get a bigger and better BBQ anywhere (apart from perhaps at a Tamesis Club open day!).
Thanks to Sheena and Juilan Berney for being such great hosts and ensuring a great turnout and great event.
We hope to get even more N18s to Blackwater SC again soon, and of course for next year’s Open.
Lastly, remember it’s the National 18 Champs at West Mersea starting from Sunday 15th July. Do come by to see the racing and of course enjoy the evenings 🙂
The glorious sunshine and frisky wind meant that sailors and spectators alike had a great time at the club over the weekend. The cadets had a fab time on Saturday both on and in the water. The new balcony and updated cadet room were in full use.
Sunday was equally hot and windy. The racing was postponed until the afternoon to allow the programmed canoe marathon to use the reach in the morning. In the event the canoes didn’t come above the Lock. This allowed the training to happen in the morning. The club was busy with racing and instruction, some of the students having their own race – a first. Thanks to the teams for working so hard on both instruction and racing.
Eric our Chief Instructor reported the following:
Johnny Rofe Ollie and Nickolas Henge passed youth stage 4 and then with Anna Henge Jenny and Amy Parker took part in the afternoon race in glorious weather .
‘The last race of the Saga series was sailed on a sunny June evening with some wind for a change, with the largest entry, 14 boats, of the series.
David Baker and Jim Green said Cobblers to you all and sailed into the distance in the red Albacore chased by a pack of National 18s, with Chris Pollard and Caroline Stilwell 2nd in Antedote, Charles Fox and Robert Blakebrough 3rd in Geniveve and Mike and Jennifer Adams 4th in Trojan. Regardless of your position in the race it was a very nice sail followed by a tasty supper, a good way of spending a Thursday evening.
Over the series twenty four different boats raced with 9 sailing the 4 races needed to qualify. Ken Duffell and his grandson, Matthew Valentine, had a perfect score of 4 race wins to win the series in their Merlin Avenger, with another Merlin, Fair Kop sailed by Barry Mourant and Carolyne Vines, in second and with Jim Hamilton in his Firefly Fiasco taking third.
The second summer Thursday series, the G W Smith Trophy starts on Thursday with all to play for. Is Ken once again going to speed of into the distance or will he be pegged back? Only 4 races are need to qualify for a chance to win the series but regardless of that the joy of forgetting the worries and stress of the day, and replacing it with the worry and stress of finding some wind, and more of it than your competitors, is worth it even if you can only afford a couple of evenings. The food is good as well. See you on Thursday.
The Thursday night Saga series has almost run its course with the last race on Thursday 28th June. The weather looks good, with a North Easterly of around 11mph so hopefully a good end to the series.
Leaders at the moment are still Ken and his grandson Matthew Valentine with Barry and Carolyne in second and Jim Hamilton with a couple of good results in the last two races climbing up the positions to third.
However things could change in the last race so still something to race for, apart from the joy of a good sail after work on a Thursday evening, and with Tim Medcalf, Mike Adams and Johannes Wagner still able to qualify.