Tamesis Club

GW Smith Trophy 2 report

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.

Report by John Adams

Class Sail No Boat Name Helmsman Crew 05-July 12-July
Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Mattie Valentine 2
Merlin 723 Cindy Tim Medcalf I Medcalf
Merlin 1212 Fair Kop Barry Mourant Carolyne Vines
Firefly 8179 Fiasco Jim Hamilton 8
Firefly 3841 Genesis Matt Dalton Anna Dalton
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams
N18 336 Genevieve Charles Fox Robert Blakebrough 1 2
Laser 208410 Grebe Stewart Colley
Merlin 1605 Omega Rupert Fletcher J Shepard
Merlin 3479 Ragtime Rupert Fletcher J Shepard 11
N18 336 Orion Alan Green Garrie Mallen 9 6
Merlin 3333 Precious John Adams Carolyne Vines 7 4
Firefly 2103 Scallywag Tim Medcalf Ed Medcalf 5 5
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams
Laser 167587 Graham King
Laser 130773 Chris Taggart
Merlin 2895 Johannes Wagner L Wagner
Laser 201014 Dragonfly Ros Warwick-Haller 4 1
Laser 85228 That’s Quite Enough Lindsey Martin 10
Laser 188963 Zhik Peter Johnson
N18 348 Antedote Chris Pollard Caroline Stilwell
Albacore 6813 Cobblers David Baker Jim Green 3 3
Laser 197213 RTM Marcus Chavasse
Merlin 1136 Shoestring Peter Johnson Tallulah Harris 6
Merlin 3520 Pikey Peter Impey Tim ? 8

Another gorgeous sunny weekend

Instruction continued – all the students doing very well in the tricky wind.

The 1030 race – end of first round

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.

GW Smith Trophy 1

‘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.’

Report and results – John Adams

GW SmithSeries
Race Dates
Class Sail No Boat Name Helmsman Crew 05-July
Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Mattie Valentine 2
Merlin 723 Cindy Tim Medcalf I Medcalf
Merlin 1212 Fair Kop Barry Mourant Carolyne Vines
Firefly 8179 Fiasco Jim Hamilton 8
Firefly 3841 Genesis Matt Dalton Anna Dalton
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams
N18 336 Genevieve Charles Fox Carrie 1
Laser 208410 Grebe Stewart Colley
Merlin 1605 Omega Rupert Fletcher J Shepard
Merlin 3479 Ragtime Rupert Fletcher J Shepard 11
N18 336 Orion Alan Green Garrie Mallen 9
Merlin 3333 Precious John Adams Carolyne Vines 7
Firefly 2103 Scallywag Tim Medcalf Ed Medcalf 5
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams
Laser 167587 Graham King
Laser 130773 Chris Taggart
Merlin 2895 Johannes Wagner L Wagner
Laser 201014 Dragonfly Ros Warwick-Haller 4
Laser 85228 That’s Quite Enough Lindsey Martin 10
Laser 188963 Zhik Peter Johnson
N18 348 Antedote Chris Pollard Caroline Stilwell
Albacore 6813 Cobblers David Baker Jim Green 3
Laser 197213 RTM Marcus Chavasse
Merlin 1136 Shoestring Peter Johnson Talluleh Harris 6

Salcombe Merlin Week 2018 Final Update

The start of the last race. Photo Camilla Colley
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.
Merlins take to the water from Mill Bay for the last time this afternoon, in brilliant sunshine and a lovely breeze. All 3 Tammy boats out.

Thursday 12th

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

 

Wednesday 11th
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,
Stewart

Results from Tuesday 10th

Andy Harris and Sarah Warren in 50 Shades
Joe McLaughlin and Sean in Sublime
Ken Duffell and Joe Woods in Take it Easy

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.
Results-
Caroline Croft 8
Will Henderson 16
Joe McLaughlin  33
Dave Croft 20
Ken Duffell 42
Andy Harris 47

 

Joe Woods desperate to cool off

 

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:
Day 1
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
Day 2
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:
Day 1

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

Day 2

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! “

Glorious weather brings out the crowds

 

photo Jenny Finlayson

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.
Pickle

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.

National 18 Ultras push it to capsizing at Blackwater for N18 English 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 🙂

 

Kaan

 

Olly and Steve putting together 401 Hurricane, with Matt PJ joining in the middle on 417 Second Chance.

Looking to jibe and capsize!

The winners
Some Royal Lymington, Tamesis Club, and Blackwater SC National 18’ers enjoying the thought of an early Sunday night after two days’ racing!

More fun at the club over the weekend

 

 

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 .
Eric

 

Last race in Saga Trophy 2018

 

 

Photos Chris Taggart

‘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.

John Adams

Saga Series
Race Dates
Class Sail No Boat Name Helmsman Crew 03-May 10-May 17-May 24-May 31-May 07-Jun 14-Jun 21-Jun 28-Jun Best 4 Position
Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Mattie Valentine 1 1 1 1 2 4 1
Merlin 723 Cindy Tim Medcalf I Medcalf 5
Merlin 1212 Fair Kop Barry Mourant Carolyne Vines 3 2 1 3 3 2 5 8 2
Firefly 8179 Fiasco Jim Hamilton 10 3 7 6 10 3 1 14 13 3
Firefly 3841 Genesis Matt Dalton Anna Dalton 6 7
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams 5
N18 336 Genevieve Charles Fox Carrie 4 3
Laser 208410 Grebe Stewart Colley 6 2 9
Merlin 1605 Omega Rupert Fletcher J Shepard 4 6 2 2 6 14 4
Merlin 3479 Ragtime Rupert Fletcher J Shepard 6 6
N18 336 Orion Alan Green Garrie Mallen 9 7 4 8 10 7 7 25 9
Merlin 3333 Precious John Adams Zoë Adams 7 11 7 10 3 6 10 23 7
Firefly 2103 Scallywag Tim Medcalf Ed Medcalf 9 5 1 8 23 6
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams 8 6 5 4 23 8
Laser 167587 Graham King 4 8 4 5 3 16 5
Laser 130773 Chris Taggart 3 6 4
Merlin 2895 Johannes Wagner L Wagner 2 5 4
Laser 201014 Dragonfly Ros Warwick-Haller 1 11
Laser 85228 That’s Quite Enough Lindsey Martin 4 13
Laser 188963 Zhik Peter Johnson 2
N18 348 Antedote Chris Pollard Caroline Stilwell 2
Albacore 6813 Cobblers David Baker Jim Green 1
Laser 197213 RTM Marcus Chavasse 5
Merlin 1136 Shoestring Peter Johnson Tallulah Harris 12

Saga Trophy update

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.

John Adams

Saga Series
Race Dates
Class Sail No Boat Name Helmsman Crew 03-May 10-May 17-May 24-May 31-May 07-Jun 14-Jun 21-Jun 28-Jun Best 4
Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Mattie Valentine 1 1 1 1 2 4
Merlin 723 Cindy Tim Medcalf I Medcalf 5
Merlin 1212 Fair Kop Barry Mourant Carolyne Vines 3 2 1 3 3 2 5 8
Firefly 8179 Fiasco Jim Hamilton 10 3 7 6 10 3 1 13
Firefly 3841 Genesis Matt Dalton Anna Dalton 6 7
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams 5
N18 336 Genevieve Charles Fox Carrie 4
Laser 208410 Grebe Stewart Colley 6 2
Merlin 1605 Omega Rupert Fletcher J Shepard 4 6 2 2 6 14
Merlin 3479 Ragtime Rupert Fletcher J Shepard 6
N18 336 Orion Alan Green Garrie Mallen 9 7 4 8 10 7 26
Merlin 3333 Precious John Adams Zoë Adams 7 11 7 10 3 6 23
Firefly 2103 Scallywag Tim Medcalf Ed Medcalf 9 5 1
N18 334 Trojan Mike Adams Jennifer Adams 8 6 5
Laser 167587 Graham King 4 8 4 5 3 16
Laser 130773 Chris Taggart 3 6 4
Merlin 2895 Johannes Wagner L Wagner 2 5 4
Laser 201014 Dragonfly Ros Warwick-Haller 1
Laser 85228 That’s Quite Enough Lindsey Martin 4
Laser 188963 Zhik Peter Johnson 2

Tamesis at Teddington Village Fair

Tim and Ed Medcalf, Griff Tanner and son and Chris Pollard
A prospective sailor?
Ed and Tim Medcalf
Griff and Louis Tanner
Tamesis took a slot at the ever-popular Teddington Fair on Sunday 24 June.
Matthew Dalton kindly lent his immaculate Firefly ‘Genesis’ which formed a suitable centerpiece given the high proportion of family attendees at the event.
Tim and Ed Medcalf were supported by Carolyne Vines, Griff  and Louis Tanner and Chris Pollard.
All of the people who spoke to the Tamesis team expressed an interest in coming to the club and giving sailing a go, so please be ready to give them a warm, helpful welcome!