Monthly Archives February 2015

Marriage of Richard Mourant

Tamesis  members from all the club’s dinghy classes joined Richard Mourant, Merlin Class Captain, and members of his family to celebrate his wedding to Naekyoung Kwak on Saturday 28 February.  The happy couple were heartily cheered at a reception in the Tamesis Clubhouse as Joe Woods, Richard’s Merlin crew and the best man, proposed a toast to the newlyweds. The guests, who also included old university friends, were welcomed by Richard’s father, Barry, also a Merlin helmsman, and his mother Valerie.
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Tamesis AGM 2015

Following a challenging morning’s racing in a blustery south westerly taking us on a beat up past the island against a strong stream, some fifty Tamesis members gathered for the AGM on Sunday 22nd February after a good lunch. The Commodore welcomed members and reviewed the progress of the club over the year – both the positive – for example the great new website and the new training boats, a Wayfarer and four Toppers, and the sad – the passing of members of many decades standing, Rosemary Green and Club Hon Architect and Captain Phil England. Phil’s heritage lives on
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Early Pancakes

Guest pancake chef Robin Lince from Ariel Sailing Club delighted Tammy members on Sunday with delicious pancakes added to the lunchtime menu. Members concocted their favourite toppings from a great selection on offer. Many thanks, Robin, you can definitely come again!
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NEW NATIONAL 18 ULTRA AT THE RYA DINGHY SHOW

The first of the new 50kg lighter National 18 ‘Ultras’ designed by Phil Morrison and built by White Formula will be on stand B24 at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace (in the Pink Zone of the Great Hall) on Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March. The boat on show (Number 401 belonging to Jeremy Vines and Ollie Houseman) will be resplendent with her navy blue and white hull; a treat for the eyes. It will be a delight to see the ‘prototype tested and fully engineered’ Ultra in the flesh, particularly noting the intricate inner hull moulding.
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New Flag Pole raised at Tamesis

Tamesis took delivery of the brand new flag pole today.  It was organised by Peter Mason and manufactured by the Cutty Sark shipwrights.  It was delivered on a gigantic lo loader and raised by several members of the Wednesday Working Party.  Pictures below.  For more pictures by Nicky Chavasse please go to Facebook entry The line up of flag pole raisers The journey over the lawn Past the clubhouse Onto the tabernacle Raising it very slowly The fiddly bit, getting it to line up properly Raising the flag   And it’s up!
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Real Magic – 70 Years of the Merlin Rocket

  Dear Merlin Rocket Fleet and other interested membership, For anyone not aware of the imminent publication and release of a new and comprehensive history of the Merlin Rocket – ‘Real Magic, 70 Years of the Merlin Rocket’ – I thought it would be a good idea to publicise the book here for anyone interested in purchasing copies. It is retailing at £40 a copy with postage and packing at £4.  The book runs at more than 350 pages in a ‘coffee table’ style layout and aside from the comprehensively researched text, there are a large number of high quality photographs and
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Vice Commodore’s Dinner turns tables on Vice Commodore

Charles Fox, last year’s winner of the Uffa Spoon, turned the tables on Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines, at the Vice Commodore’s Dinner on Saturday 7 February by presenting her with the much prized trophy, awarded annually amid riotous laughter for the biggest gaffe of the year.  After a 45 minute speech in which he recounted the follies of numerous other members, he told the 70 guests how Carolyne had lost the mooring line on the rescue dory as she tried to turn it around a pontoon with the result that it drifted across the fast flowing river and had to
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New N18 ‘Ultra’ Appeal Over Half Way There

The Tamesis National 18 fleet is running a ‘crowd fund’ appeal to buy one of the new Phil Morrison designed 50kg lighter ‘Ultra’ Eighteens (like ‘Odyssey’ that you have seen at Tamesis). The appeal has effectively reached 55.5% of its £18,000 target. This is due to some generous contributions of both cash and equipment. This still leaves £8,000 to be raised in the second phase of the fleet’s appeal. Those with associations to the N18 fleet have been contacted but if you would like to make a difference and contribute towards modernising Tamesis, in particular rejuvenating the National 18 fleet,
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