Tamesis Club

New Tamesis Club National 18, 421 Optimus Prime, takes to the West Mersea Champs

Tamesis Club’s new National 18 is now alive! Matt and I went to White Formula UK Ltd in Brightlingsea on Saturday morning to receive her, and then Matt and Pete Impey sailed her round to West Mersea Yacht Club so that the three of us could sail her in this week’s National 18 Championships (I had the pleasure of driving the trailer round).

Optimus Prime is N18 number 421 (prime number?!) and is co-owned by me and Matt. She will likely be based at Tamesis for the time being, with occasional expeditions to open meetings and sailing hot spots.

We’re having a brilliant time here in West Mersea, and we have fantastic hosts in West Mersea Yacht Club (who’ve been hugely welcoming). Their bar certainly seems happy to receive us.

The racing has been ‘champagne’ like so far, with remarkably warm water – I thought the water was supposed to be very cold here?! – excellent sea breeze, and close finishes, although Matt, Pete and I are currently caressing the back of the fleet as a way of being fair on all the others(!).

Pete’s now done his middleman duty, and we’ve Stewart Colley joining us for Wednesday’s sailing, then Matt’s friend Joe for Thursday and Friday.

If you’re passing West Mersea swing by. It’s like the Caribbean here currently, although with a lot of extra sea weed.

Will provide more pictures next week.

Kaan

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!

Osprey wins Yates Cup and Braganza Bowl in 2017

Start of the Yates Cup on Saturday 14th Oct

Commodore Carolyne Vines presents the Braganza Bowl to the crew of Osprey (left to right) Graham Bartholomew,  helm Paul Browning, and Matt Hanaby. Photo Robin Lince

Osprey, Rater number 16 sailed by Paul Browning, Graham Bartholomew and Matt Hanaby from Thames SC won both the Yates Cup and the Braganza Bowl at the two day open meeting for Raters on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October.

The meeting attracted eight entries.  On Saturday it was sailed in a light SW wind and the fleet was sent above Stevens Ait  by Race Officer Peter Fryer. The second race for the Yates Cup was won convincingly by Osprey.

On Sunday, Race Officer David Jerram did the same.  The days first race was sailed in very light airs, but by the third race started at 2pm, the wind had got up considerably and provided a good sail and spectacle for the onlookers.

Results:

Yates Cup

1st Osprey Paul Browning, Graham Bartholomew and Matt Hanaby  Thames SC

2nd Atlantis Ted Cocker, Chris Martin and Carolyn Munday   Thames SC

3rd Strait Dealer Dicken Maclean, Tim Andrews and Hermione Stanley   Thames SC

Braganza Bowl

1st Osprey Paul Browning, Graham Bartholomew and Matt Hanaby   Thames SC

2nd Vagabond Miles Palmer, Mark Heather and Nick Fribbins   Thames SC

3rd Strait Dealer Dicken Maclean, Tim Andrews and Hermione Stanley   Thames SC

Several competitors and Tamesis members enjoyed a delicious meal on Saturday night, cooked by Hannah Finney with assistance from James.

The racing was organised by Peter Fryer, Richard Robinson, Simon Craig and Brian Timbrell  on Saturday and David Jerram, Andrew Forbes, Robin Lince, Neville  Upton and Cherry Ehrlich on Sunday

 

A cold and windy Tamesis Autumn Regatta

21 boats took part in three closely contested races at the Tamesis Autumn Regatta on Sunday 10 September. It started warmer but soon clouded over and turned into a cold, windy day and the gusty north easterly wind caused many capsizes especially among the nine Lasers.
The Merlin Cup was won by Rob Wilder and Tom James in Flinkidink (1097), with two firsts and a third. Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts were second in Sublime (1230), the only boat to risk a spinnaker, with two seconds and a first.
Kaan Yargici sailed the winning Laser, Road of Bones (203911), in a nine strong fleet, scoring two firsts and a third. Constantin Gerber was second in Laser(135387) with two seconds and a fourth in the three races.
The Handicap class went to Dave Baker, Bobert Blakeborough and Jim Green in Cobblers, Albacore (6813), with a third and two firsts. Two visiting Enterprises from Minima YC, Alana, (21439) sailed by Alex and David Cane, and Regent (22655) sailed by Richard Shillin and Keith Black, were second and third.
Race Officer Jon Redding was assisted by Adrian and Sally Wawick-Haller and the safety boats were operated by Graham King and John Storey.
Sailing Secretary Brian Timbrell took the entries and Commodore Carolyne Vines presented the prizes. John and Zoe Adams worked out the handicap places. The catering was supervised by Jo Carstens and Anna Finney.


Carolyne Vines presents the Merlin Cup to Rob wilder and Tom James.

GW Smith Handicap Results

Current leader of the GW Smith Thursday evening trophy is Ken Duffel in Avenger, mainly crewed by his grandson Mattie with 10 points from 5 races completed, and looking pretty unassailable.

Others still with a chance of qualifying (4  races) include Tim and son Ed Medcalf, Ros Warwick-Haller, Stewart Colley and Chris Taggart, and anyone else who has already sailed 2 races in July/August.

Summer is ending so come and enjoy the dying moments in the last two races of the series (17th and 24th) and then see the season out with a final hurrah, and maybe a box of chocolates on the 31st August.’

Report by John Adams

Tamesis 18s have smashing time at National Championship

Tamesis boats have had a smashing time at the National 18 Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Jeremy Vines’s Hurricane (401), helmed by Olly Houseman, broke its mast when it capsized and had to borrow a spare mast from another competitor.
In the Classic fleet. Genevieve (266), sailed by Charles Fox, Chris Pollard and Stewart Colley, capsized so many times in the rough waters of Hayling Bay that it broke its foredeck and forward buoyancy and had to do a temporary repair with ducktape.
This photo, taken by Jeremy Vines, shows them waiting for help on a nearby beach.
The Championship runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July.

Masons win the Restless Trophy 2017

Peter and Richard Mason sailing Merlin 847 Bambusa won the Restless Trophy with ease on a gorgeous sunny beat down to a mark just beyond the cut. They had a clear lead from second boat Broad Scoter sailed by David Peregrine Jones and Fleur Moree.  Tim and Ed Medcalfe in Squirrel were third, and Johannes Wagner with Linda Redding were fourth in Hispanola.

The Restless Trophy is always sailed on the Sunday of Salcombe Merlin week.

 

Constantin Gerber wins Cutty Sark Bolt 2017

 

Competitors drifting downstream

Constantin Gerber receives the Cutty Sark Bolt from Peter Mason. 18.6.17  – photo Suzy Balmbro

Sunday 18th June 2017 dawned sunny with ne’er a cloud in the sky, and ne’er a hint of wind.  There was considerable discussion about what to do. The Cutty Sark Bolt was presented by then Commodore Peter Mason as a  tribute to the original races by the Tea Clippers.  The trophy is an actual bolt from the Cutty Sark.  This pursuit race is traditionally longer than the other pursuit races Tamesis holds as the Clipper races were very long. The Cutty Sark was designed to carry tea from China to England, and it was vital to be the first ship in.  More about the story of this fascinating vessel on http://www.rmg.co.uk/cutty-sark/history

In the end we opted for the shorter race and start times used for the Centenary Cup held two weeks earlier, so the slowest boats sailed for just over the hour.  This made for a much better race under the conditions.

Twelve boats braved the shorter race, some not making it to the 1230 finish.

The race is a fund raiser for the Cutty Sark restoration project, and we were able to collect £70.

Race officer Carolyne Vines, ably assisted by Cherry Ehrlich in the box, and Peter Simpson and Ken Thatcher in the Patrol Boat, set a short course in front of the club.  The two Fireflies started first, but were quickly caught by the five strong Laser fleet.  Laser sailor Chris Taggart led from the start but was caught in the last 50 metres by fellow Laser Constantin Gerber.  Peter Mason sailing Bambusa, crewed by brother Richard, was the leading Merlin, but unable to catch the two leading Lasers.  Chris Balmbro crewed by Clara Wade was fourth in Merlin Bad Company.

Ana, Jo and Lauren kept us going afterwards by doing the bar and serving up great lunches

The prizes – boxes of green tea – were presented by the donor Peter Mason.  Constantin – the first Laser sailor to win the Cutty Sark Bolt, graciously thanked his fellow competitors and the organising team.

1st Laser 135387 Constantin Gerber

2nd Laser 130773 Chris Taggart

3rd Merlin 847 Bambusa Peter and Richard Mason

4th Merlin 3062 Bad Company Chris Balmbro and Clara Wade