Tamesis Club

Charles McNally

Charles McNally was a member of Tamesis for many years

Sadly he died in hospital on Saturday 5th May.  He had fallen and broken his hip earlier in the day.  Our sincere condolences go to his wife Rosemary and his  four children who he introduced to sailing at Tamesis.

Charles had moved to Bosham, where he sailed a Wayfarer, an Albacore, and a Yachting World Day Boat in CBD  races.  In his early days at Tamesis he sailed in many inter-club team races throughout the home counties, then sailed his classic Merlin Jabberwocky very successfully.  He also kept a Sonata on the south coast for several years.
The funeral will be held on Monday 21 May at St Thomas’s Church, Emsworth, PO10 7QP at 11.00.
Donations can be given to either St Wilfred’s Hospice or the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.
Cheques can be sent to  Reynolds Funeral Service, 43 Spitalfield Lane, Chichester, PO19 6SG.
Condolences can be sent to Rosemary McNally c/o Reynolds Funeral Services

Rainy Push the Boat Out Day a Great Success

Saturday 12th May started gloomy, it rained but we all had a great time.  Please look at the following link to see Kathrin Gerber’s video –  https://youtu.be/0yO2rDVZtLw

Over seventy visitors came, and well over fifty got out in a boat.  The wind was fickle, and a lot of paddling went on, including on the paddle boards that members brought with them. Everyone got wet but no one cared.  Several application forms were filled out, with other visitors thinking about it.

Our visitors were asked to register, given a sticker, introduced to the Beach masters who matched them up with a helm and boat.  Everyone enjoyed the great bbq, and the bar did a good trade.

I would like to thank everyone who helped today, in whatever capacity, and also the RYA for their sponsorship and the free materials.

I couldn’t possibly name everyone, but all did a fantastic job. There were the leaflet deliverers, those who put posters up, sent mailings to schools and colleges, put banners up, cleaned down the hard and outside furniture, took videos and stills, registered visitors, beachmasters, helms who took visitors for a sail (or drift) patrol boat drivers, stand up paddleboard owners who lent their boards, the bbq chefs, salad chefs, food servers, bar and kitchen staff and so on.

Fun Laser Quiz Night

Members and friends alike were truly perplexed by the variety and scope of questions provided by enterprising quiz master Kaan Yargici .  Scores were very close in the end but the winning table with the interesting name of ‘Work in Progress’ finally nailed it.  Credit also goes to Kaan for the great poster.

Thanks also go to Nicky Johnson for overall organisation and Joanna de Courcy for an excellent meal.

April Talk by Eric Finlayson

Eric Finlayson entertained members with tales of his experiences at the BBC  where he worked for many years.  These included arranging for a ‘baby dinosaur’ to be televised – all on April Fools Day. He amused the audience with interesting insights into the engineering projects he worked on, and the diverse programmes from Blue Peter to Newsnight.  Many thanks Eric, we will never watch TV in the same way again!

Thanks also to Nicky Johnson for introducing us to the great food from Cook

Ted Neal

Tamesis members will learn with great sadness of the death on Saturday 7 April of Ted Neal a longstanding member of the National 18 fleet and of the Offshore Group.  He joined the club back in the 1970s bringing an Enterprise with him.  He and a few others started our Enterprise fleet which lasted a few years. Ted took over the workshop in the boat shop when his son Steve moved down to Cornwall, and he became bosun a few years later.  His extensive boat repairing skills kept countless boats afloat in his time, and always with his big smile.  Unfortunately Ted was seriously incapacitated by a stroke in 2014.

His son Steve reported that Ted passed away unexpectedly at 19:00 on Saturday 7 April in St Helier Hospital, apparently from pneumonia.  He was admitted to St Helier hospital on Easter Monday.  Steve says the family were totally unprepared for Ted’s sudden deterioration.

At this sad time our thoughts are with his wife Doreen, sons Steve and Richard and their families.

Donations to The Rona Trust which provides opportunities through sail training for young people and people with disabilities to gain a sense of responsibility, resourcefulness and teamwork that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Ted’s funeral was held at St. Christopher’s Church, Hinchley Wood on Monday 23 April and was attended by 150 friends and family.  Memories of Ted were recalled by friend of the family Ray and Steve Neal, who spoke of Ted’s love of the sea from his time in the Royal Navy to his sailing days at Tamesis and the Solent, and was emphasised by a reading of John Masefield’s Sea Fever “I must go down to the seas again” by Bill.

Afterwards there was a reception at Tamesis Club during which Commodore Carolyne Vines announced to loud applause that one of the Topper dinghies used for sail training youngsters would be named ‘Ted’  in his memory.  The dinghy was donated to the club by a local and Ted had helped Carolyne bring her to the club. This happened on what was to be his last day with the Wednesday Working Party.

Photos – top Ted on the right with Peter Johnson and Steve Osgood at a Jack’s trip.  Lower – Ted at Christmas lunch with  his wife Doreen on the right.

Easter Egg Challenge – a challenge

Sailors were greeted by a light north easterly and strong stream this morning.  The only way upstream was to edge up the Middlesex bank.  Kaan Yargici sailing his Laser Road of Bones was able to establish a strong lead from nearest rivals Matt Peregrine Jones and Peter Impey in Merlin, followed by Ken Duffell and Mattie Valentine in Avenger.  Matthew and Cathy Dalton in Firefly started first and were able to keep ahead for the first round.  Unfortunately they were disadvantaged by the dropping wind.

All the competitors were presented with either Easter Eggs or chocolates.

The duck race was abandoned, to be held later in the season.

Thanks to John Adams, Zoe Adams, Henry Defries and Jim Hamilton,  OOD, Box person and Patrol boat drivers respectively.

Kaan on the last lap

Harris wins Geoff Cooper Memorial Trophy

On the way upstream first round

Passing Cloud in the lead

The low cloud and light North Easterly combined with some current provided close racing for the seven participants. Richard Harris got away in the second round, leaving Sublime, Bambusa,  Flinkidink sailed by Rob and Milly Chong Wilder and Lady Anne sailed by Charlie Morgan and John Adams to battle it out for the subsequent positions.

1st Passing Cloud Richard Harris and Ian Ramage

2nd Sublime Joe Mclaughlin and Sean Roberts

3rd  Bambusa      Peter and Richard Mason

OOD Chris Taggart, Box Carolyne Vines, Patrol Boat Howard Thatcher and Robin Lince