Monthly Archives December 2014

Boxing Day Races

The first shall be last and the last shall be first. So it was with the Boxing Day races on Friday 26 December. Mike Goldsmith won the Laser race sailing ROB (203911) in very little wind, taking just over 30 minutes to complete one round of a very short course between the recreation ground and the Canoe Club. No other Lasers took part. Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green was the first (and last) National 18 crewed by Pek Konidaris in Orion (336), taking almost 50 minutes round the same course. The Merlins were rumored to be racing with the gee-gees
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Patrol Boat operation changes

A big thank-you to everyone who took part in our patrol boat training/practice sessions and to everyone who mans the patrol boats!   At its meeting on 8th December, the Management Committee decided to change the roles of our two patrol boats: from now on, the dory (Tamesis IV) will be the primary “safety” boat, and the launch (Tamesis III) will be used for mark laying.   The main reason for the change is to take advantage of the low freeboard of the dory to recover someone from the water. The dory is also faster, more manouverable, and her low
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Wednesday Working Party Xmas Lunch

Nineteen members of the Tamesis Wednesday Working Party sang “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” to Club Bos’un Ted Neal, one of their colleagues who is in hospital recovering from a stroke, through a mobile phone link set up by Commodore Stewart Colley. The link was pre-arranged with Ted’s wife Doreen who sat at his hospital bedside holding the receiving phone to Ted’s ear.. The lunch, an annual event, was held on Wednesday 17 December at the Adelaide pub in Teddington, where members enjoyed a delicious three course meal that included turkey with all the
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Death of Simon Gunn

Simon Gunn, an enthusiastic National 18 crew, died on Tuesday 9 December. He crewed for Ian Burnett in Zephyr (374) when they won both the Queen Adelaide Cup and the trophy now known as the Tamesis Anchor in 2005. They were lapping the other 18s at the finish of the race. He lived in Thailand in recent years and died in Bangkok. His ashes are being brought back to the UK and will be scattered near a favourite place, a beautiful waterfall in North Wales.
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In memory of Rosemary Green

Rosemary Green, who died on Friday 12 December, was a member of Tamesis for nearly 60 years and a founder member with Jack Tuson, of the Tamesis Offshore Group in 1973. With her younger sister, Jo (Audrey Beeching Green), who died in 2008, aged 87, she was a keen member of the Tamesis National 18 fleet and of the Tamesis Bridge Group. They were also enthusiastic gardeners and spent many years looking after the plants in the Tamesis flowerbeds. Rosemary crewed for Harold and Neil Paul, David Weir, Richard Miles and Richard Howells, and occasionally also crewed in Fireflies. She
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Santa breezed in to Tamesis Christmas Lunch during the carol singing

Nobody told Santa that the Tamesis Clubhouse doesn’t have a chimney. So the 95 members who attended this year’s Christmas Lunch on 14 December were somewhat foxed by the sight of a dishevelled Father Christmas, carrying a sack of presents, who arrived just as Brian Southcott was concluding the carol singing. The singers were in the midst of “On the first day of Christmas” and had just reached the words “and a partridge in a pear tree” for the twelfth time when Santa breezed in. He was clearly confused, as the picture shows, because he thought he had heard “a
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Odyssey at Datchet Flyer Sunday pursuit race

Yesterday Odyssey took part in her first SailJuice Series event this year, the Datchet Flyer at Datchet Water. In the boat were Tamesis Club members Rob Wilder on helm (his first sail in Odyssey), Matt Jones in middle (having sailed Odyssey once before at Tamesis Club), and me on wire. When we arrived at Datchet the wind was light and indeed the day before it had been quite calm. So when we launched down the steep sides of Datchet we all thought this was going to be a gentle day out. However as the day progressed the wind continued to rise until
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Press release and update – Morrison Designed National 18

Hi all. See below for the most recent press release on progress with the new National 18 design, which has just gone out to 1300 worldwide magazines and journalists, including 400 in the UK. We also have other related news further below. The National 18 website has also had an update and is where this post originated. Do check it out at www.national18.com. If you have any questions then do feel free to contact the team by using the contact form on the National 18 site. Kaan   Morrison Designed National 18 Overwhelmingly Approved By Class Press Release 4 December 2014
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