Monthly Archives June 2014

Jon and Joanna Redding win Cutty Sark Bolt in Pikey

The Cutty Sark Bolt (also known as The Great Tea Race) was won by Jon and Joanna Redding in their Merlin Rocket (3520) Pikey on Sunday 29 June after a race of an hour and 45 minutes in which the 16 starters were sent off at intervals based on their class handicaps. Donald Forbes led for much of the race in Greylag, Laser (188044) but was overtaken by the Reddings in the fourth and final round which took the fleet from Tamesis to a Canbury mark set below Steven’s Eyot, then downriver to a Lensbury buoy close to Teddington weir.
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Richard and Harry Harris second at Upper Thames

Richard and Harry Harris sailing Passing Cloud (1079) finished second overall on four points, counting two seconds in the first and third race at the Silver Tiller/Thames Series open meeting for Merlins at Upper Thames SC on Sunday 29 June. They were OCS in the second race but were able to discard that result. There were 20 entries. The races were sailed in sunshine and a good 10-15 mph northerly wind. Richard Mourant and Joe Woods sailing Take It Easy (3606) finished 18th overall on 28 points, counting two 14ths in the second and third races, and a discarded 20th.
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Ken Duffell second at Minima

Ken Duffell and Brian Corking were second overall sailing Harry (3599) in a nine-strong fleet at the Minima YC open meeting for Merlins on Sunday 22 June. The had a third, second and fourth in the three races, and scored five points. Richard Mourant and Joe Woods finished eighth overall in Take It Easy (3606), scoring 15 points from a seventh and an eighth. The event was won by Martin Hunter of Upper Thames SC crewed by his son Jacques in Quiver (774), who had two firsts in the first two races.
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Seventy dance the night away at the Summer Party

Nearly seventy Tamesis members and guests celebrated the Summer Solstice by dancing the night away in fancy dress after enjoying a welcoming prosecco and three-course supper at the Summer Party on a warm sunny evening on Saturday 21 June. The event was organised by John Adams, Rear Commodore House, and members of the House Committee. Commodore Stewart Colley welcomed the revellers and, saying grace before supper, remembered that many members had attended the funeral of Phil England, the Club’s Captain, only the previous day. Phil, he said, had always enjoyed a good party and would be with them in spirit.
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A fond farewell to Phil England

More than 100 old friends and colleagues attended the funeral of Phil England at Mortlake Crematorium and the reception afterwards at Tamesis Club on Friday 20 June. They were welcomed at the Crematorium Chapel by Phil’s sons Adrian and Anthony and daughter Georgina and had responded to their request to wear brightly coloured ties and clothes in memory of their father. The service, which was conducted by the Rev. Ernest Forward, began with the hymn “Lord of all hopefulness” and ended with William Blake’s “Jerusalem”, included moving tributes to their father by Adrian, Georgina and Anthony. At the reception, Brian
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Rob and Helen Wilder win Thames Challenge Cup in Flinkidink

Rob and Helen Wilder won the Thames Challenge Cup at Thames SC’s open meeting for Vintage Merlins on Saturday 14 June. Sailing Flinkidink (1097) they got the best of an upstream running start and won the first and third races in a 12-strong fleet. Crewed by his daughter Milly on Father’s Day, Sunday 15 June, Rob was second overall finishing second and third in the first two races, which were sailed back to back in a decent breeze, and sat out the last race. The winners were Alex Jones and Jack Deung from Cookham Reach SC sailing Snorter (3627). The
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Visitors enjoy Push the Boat Out sailing

“I enjoyed that” was the delighted comment of several visitors as they left Tamesis after a three-hour Push the Boat Out sail on Saturday 14 June. More than 80 people took part in 15 boats in a gusty moderate to fresh northerly wind. Experienced sailors took the visitors, including many children, out for a sail in a selection of the Club’s dinghy classes including National 18s, Merlins, Lasers, Fireflies, Mirrors and an Albacore. There were frequent crew changes and some of the more adventurous adults were allowed to sail single-handed under the careful supervision of two safety boats. The wearing
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Sue Harris goes sailing in Dallas

Sue Harris, flew out to Dallas in early June to visit her son, Andrew, who is working for the Schlumberger oil company. Andrew, one of the leading Merlin helms at Tamesis, is presently sailing with the Rush Creek YC on Lake Ray Hubbard, which is about fifty minutes drive from Dallas. He has bought an MC Scow, a 16ft single hander, on which crews can also be taken, especially if it is windy. He races in a very competitve fleet at the weekends. Sue sailed with him in a Friday evening race, which she greatly enjoyed.
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Centenary Cup won by David Baker and Jim Green

David Baker and Jim Green sailed Cobblers, Albacore 6813, to a closely challenged victory in the annual two-race class handicap pursuit for the Centenary Cup on Sunday 8 June. Both races were sailed in warm sunshine and a gentle south westerly wind that that gave some good racing. Thirty Tamesis members competed in the event, with 18 boats coming to the line in the morning race, which was won by Jon and Augusta Redding in Pikey, Merlin Rocket 3520. Unfortunaterly, they were unable to sail in the afternoon, and so did not qualify. Cobblers had been fourth with Henry Defries,
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