Monthly Archives January 2015

Merlin Rocket Party due on 21st March to be postponed

The Merlin Rocket fleet is proud to announce the long anticipated return of the infamous horse racing night and dinner on Saturday 21st March 2015.  Unfortunately the party has been postponed.  Please watch this space for further details. Please see the Events section of the website for more details. PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS.
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Burns Lunch at Tamesis 25th January

The Tamesis club house reverberated to the sound of Scottish music after sailing on Sunday 25th January as a kilted yachtsman led 22 enthusiastic members in a bevy of Scottish dances from the Gay Gordons to the Dashing White Sargeant. A ‘Burns Afternoon’ was arranged by Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines with the help of Eric Finlayson of Ariel.  The latter was wearing a full highland kilt complete with sporran Farquaharson tartan tie and knee length socks. The celebration followed a specially arranged lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties carefully prepared by Anna Finney, Jo Carstens and Rosalind Warwick-Haller.  Eric performed
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Dinghy training at Tamesis from early March

  Dinghy training is coming to Tamesis Club this year starting in March, including RYA affiliated L1 and L2 courses! As arranged by Rear Commodore Sailing, Alan Green, and run by Chief Instructor from Ariel Eric Finlaysone, the following courses will be taking place:   Assistant Instructor Course For Tamesis members wishing to assist in RYA sailing training courses (as will be offered by Tamesis in 2015). Assistant Instructor is the first stage towards becoming a qualified Instructor, for which a season’s practical training work will be required after the Assistant Instructor course. Dates: Sunday afternoons 08/15/22/29 March Cost: no charge
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Odyssey, 40knot gusts, and a Bloody Mary

On Saturday 10th January, the Phil Morrison designed National 18 Prototype ‘Odyssey’ took part in the 42nd Bloody Mary at Queen Mary Reservoir. The gales of the night before saw no real sign of abating with wind speed on the raised reservoir blowing constantly above 20 knots and frequently gusting over 40 knots. Usually the hunting ground of International 14’s and Foiling Moths, the Bloody Mary saw neither of these as out of 235 entrants only 69 completed the course. Very windy, very choppy, and as a result pretty cold. In the boat was me on wire, Ollie Houseman middle,
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National 18 News #47

Here is the latest  National 18 News from Julian Berney: National 18 News (click to open) Topics inside include: Progress with National 18 Number 40 Orders for new boats Progress with the Foils Dinghy show 28 Feb/1 Mar at London’s Alexandra Palace Odyssey and the Sailjuice Series National 18 Championships at Cork in 2015 RYA involvement Identifying New National 18s  
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Replacing the old flag pole

At last, the club has sorted out what to do about replacing the 80 year old flagpole which had become dangerously rotten in places. The new pole will be a close replica of the old one and will be made from Douglas Fir by shipwrights and riggers from the Cutty Sark. It is being fabricated now and should be installed at the end of January. The photo shows Ian Bell (ex Cutty Sark) safely lowering the old pole for it to be used as a pattern for the new one. The plan is to have this raising-and-lowering system to hand
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Making a splash!

The new year got off to a much drier if colder start for Tamesis in 2015 than it did in 2014. Remember last year? The attached photo will remind you. The dinghy park, lawn and passageways round the Clubhouse were flooded, on and off, and the river was running so fast that sailing was impossible for 11 weeks. Wellies were worn by all but a brave few who walked across the car park in bare feet or drove home in soaking shoes and socks!
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