Monthly Archives September 2014

Tamesis National 18s looking to the future

Ian Burnett, Class Captain of the Tamesis National 18s, reports that in a well attended meeting at the Club on Sunday 28 September members voted by 18 votes for, none against and one abstention to buy a new Phil Morrison designed National 18 like Odyssey, which was seen at the Club earlier this year, and to launch an appeal for funds among both active and retired class members. Members will have the chance of buying a percentage partnership, making a Gift Aid gift or an interest free loan. Partners and lenders will have proportionate sailing rights but the main thrust
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“Homologous” breeze saves National 18 Inland Championship from becoming a big drift

The National 18 Inland Championship on Saturday 27 September was saved from becoming a big drift by what one onlooker called a “homologous” breeze (ie having the same relative position throughout). His remark was unjustified, however, as the modest one to two knot wind which eventually arrived did shift in direction from SSW to SE during the day. Race Officer Matthew Peregrine-Jones wisely postponed the start of the first race for more than half an hour because of the lack of a breeze. Eventually enough wind arrived to make racing possible and the four competing boats were sent off on
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National 18 English National Championships 2014

A fantastic day of sailing down in Bosham last Saturday for the N8 English National Championships 2014. There was an excellent turn-out with eleven 18s taking part. 2 boats made it down from Tamesis: Heatwave, sailed by Rob Wilder (helm), Joe McLoughlin(middle) and Jodok Gerber (wire), and Antedote with James Fox (helm), Dana Church (middle) and Kaan Yargici (wire). Jeremy Vines was also there on Rhapsody with Max and Julian Berney for his crew. Winds were very very light when we got there at around 9am, and there was some worry that we wouldn’t get much of a sail. Indeed a few
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Braganza Bowl won at Bart’s Bash regatta by Vagabond

The last three of the six races for the Braganza Bowl, the most highly prized of the Thames A Raters’ trophies, were held in conjunction with the Bart’s Bash regatta at Tamesis on Sunday 21 September. Vagabond (13), sailed by Ben Palmer, Mark Laity and Patrick Raynor was the overall winner in a fleet of five Raters. They had won two of the three races on Saturday 20 September and two on Sunday. Second overall was Osprey (16), sailed by Paul Browning, Justin Dunn and Graham Bartholomew, who won the fourth and last races of this six race event. Only
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Scamp wins Thames A Raters Yates Cup at Tamesis

Jonathan Smith won the Yates Cup in Scamp (12) after a closely fought race with Vagabond (13) at Tamesis Club’s annual open meeting for Thames A Raters on Saturday 20 September. He was crewed by Matt Dean and Katy Benson. Vagabond, sailed by Ben Palmer, Mark Laity and Patrick Raynor, had won the first two races for the Braganza Bowl earlier in the day but was compelled to do a 720 penalty turn for a rule infringement early in the third race and was unable to recover in time to challenge Scamp again. Scamp won by a margin of almost
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Odyssey taken out for photo shoot

On Wednesday 17th September, under Jeremy Vines’s direction, Odyssey was taken out in a strong breeze for a professional photo shoot by Jonathan & Beverley Johns of LPB Aerial Imagery Limited. Helming was Pete Barton (who wrote the Yachts and Yachting article on the Prototype design), in the middle was Genie Webb, and on wire was Kaan Yargici. As you can see from the pictures a good strong breeze made for a really great days sailing. These pictures are just a few teasers (click here) with more to follow including, we hope, the capsize!
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Stewart Colley arrives in London after sailing across the North Atlantic in a square rigger

Tamesis Commodore Stewart Colley arrived back in London on Friday 19 September after sailing across the North Atlantic in the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s square rigger Lord Nelson. They left Halifax on 20 August bound for Rekjavic but on Sunday 24 August Stewart reported that the captain of the Lord Nelson had decided to change course to avoid a volcanic eruption in Iceland and was now heading for the Azores. He expressed considerable disappointment that he would not now see either Iceland or the Faroes, as had been planned. On Thursday 4 September he reported that the Lord Nelson had arrived
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Tamesis members sail to the Scillies

Tony and Leonie Steer have cruised to the Scilly Islands during the summer in their yacht Shen Shui. They hired a a mooring buoy in Falmouth for July and August and used it as a base from which to explore the surrounding sea area, including the Fal estuary, St Mawes, Helford River and the Scillies. Leonie took her car to Falmouth and reports that they used it to visit St Michael’s Mount, Sennan Cove and St Ives on rainy days. She says they bumped into fellow Tamesis member Chris Morris in Falmouth “looking very smart in his Coast Guard uniform”.
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50 sailors take part in keenly competitive Autumn Regatta

Twenty five boats helmed and crewed by 50 sailors took part in some keenly competitive racing at Tamesis Club’s Autumn Regatta on Sunday 14 September. The Thames A Raters were sent on a lengthy course to Lensbury which gave a beat from a downstream start followed by a reach and beat upriver to a Canbury buoy near Hampton Wick Bridge. The other classes had a shorter course. A moderate to fresh gusty easterly wind provided some exciting sailing, with several capsizes, and the result of the three races for the majestic A Raters had to be postponed pending the outcome
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Mike & Jennifer Adams win Claude Russell Cup Race in Trojan

N18 Trojan (334), sailed by Mike and Jennifer Adams won the National Eighteen’s Claude Russell Cup on Sunday 31 August.   Ocatillo (316) sailed by Charles Fox and Joanna Rand was second; just 24 seconds behind on handicap.  One-over-the-eight (349), sailed by Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte was third. There were five participants in the race,  which must last for a minimum of 1½ hours, was held in a gusty SW wind over a long course which took the competitors on six laps to a Lensbury mark downstream of Trowlock Island and up river to a Canbury mark opposite the Albany.  It
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