Monthly Archives April 2015

Merlin Rocket Horse Racing Night

More than 50 punters, including visitors from Thames Sailing Club, Lensbury Sailing Club and Teddington Probus, gathered  in the Tamesis clubhouse on Saturday 18 April to enjoy a lively night of horse racing.  The event was organised by Merlin Fleet Captain Richard Mourant but. following his very sad passing away, the re-scheduled night was run by Jim Green and his helpers.  The event was dedicated to Richard and the evening was opened by Jim proposing a toast to Richard’s memory.  Excellent food was prepared by Jo and her team and this was a perfect accompaniment to a series of filmed
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Alex Davey wins Elizabeth Cup for third time

Alex Davey won the Elizabeth Cup for the third time at the Tamesis open meeting for Fireflies on Sunday 26 April.  Sailing Mustard (2649), crewed by his son Thomas, Davey, from the Royal Harwich YC, beat eight other Fireflies over a lengthy course in a light NE wind which gave a downstream beat and an upstream reach and run.  The cup was awarded to the boat achieving the best results in two of the three races. With entries from seven different clubs and a steady north wind the competition for the Elizabeth Cup for Fireflies was always going to be good.  And it was
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Firefly Junior Cup at Tamesis

Seven boats and numerous children gathered at Tamesis Club on Saturday 25th April for the Junior Cup, an event for children crewed by grown-ups. The forecast hailstorms never materialised and instead the competitors and many spectators were treated to sunshine and a good breeze. In the first race, Finn Morris (crewed by his mum Amy) took an early lead which he never relinquished. Behind him Angus McEwen (with dad Jamie) showed good speed after a slightly late start, picking his way through the fleet to finish second. “Hot” on his heels was Mustard, sailed by Thomas Davey and Arthur Greaves, with
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Kids have more fun

There was a record turn out at the cadet training today.  The kids assisted by parents and grandparents had a grand time on the water, with a few spills to add a bit of spice. Thanks as ever to Richard and Jackie Harris for organising a very busy afternoon. Pics – Getting ready, the three pink Toppers from Ariel imediately put to good use, Laser Captain Donald mixing it with some serious competition in a Mirror with grand-daughter, and two pics of Toppers, Mirrors and Cadets doing battle on the water.   The Firefly Juniors getting ready, and proudly displaying
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Tamesis a hive of activity

Tamesis was a hive of activity on Saturday afternoon the 18 of April as a Laser polishing session arranged by Laser Class Captain Donald Forbes coincided with the Cadets summer training day supervised by Cadet Captain Richard Harris. A cold NE wind combined with warm sunshine to provide ideal conditions for both events. Ten Laser sailors helped each other to wash down and polish their boats to achieve a go-faster finish and 11 Cadets practised racing techniques and capsize drill.
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A letter from Barry Mourant

Barry, Valerie and all Richard’s family, would like to thank everyone at Tamesis for the love and support shown to us through the long illness Richard fought so bravely. We received many beautiful cards and letters. There is a strong family loyalty at the club, and we feel very privileged to have been a part of it. We have happy memories of Bill and Beryl Pettitt welcoming Vanessa and Richard when they were young, and there were boat trips with John and Rita Dunkley on their boat Marigold. We say “three cheers for Tamesis”!  Thank you all again. Barry and
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Tamesis Club becomes RYA Recognised Training Centre

On 15th April 2015, Tamesis Club became an RYA Recognised Training Centre, authorised to run training courses on eleven different subjects including Sailing, Power Boating, Safety Boat handling and First Aid. Principal is Alan Green, Rear Commodore (Sailing) supported by Chief Instructors Eric Finlayson (Sailing) and Falcon Compton (Power Boats). Announcements on course dates and prices will be made shortly, with the first course Dinghy Level 1 – Start Sailing – expected to start on Sunday afternoon 24th May, taking four consecutive Sunday afternoons.
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Rob and Milly Wilder win Easter Regatta

  Rob Wilder and his young daughter Milly won the top prize Easter egg in their Merlin Rocket Flinkidink (1097) at the Tamesis Easter Regatta on Monday 6 April. The prize was awarded to the best placed boat in both the morning handicap race, in which there were 15 entries, started from the Tamesis line, and the afternoon pursuit, which was started from the Ariel line, with nine entries. Participating boats included National 18s, Merlins, Lasers, an Enterprise and a Wayfarer.   The morning race was won by Donald Forbes in Greylag (Laser 188044) and the afternoon pursuit by the
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Cadets Get Going

The Club buzzed with excitement today as 15 eager Cadets prepared their boats and took to the water after the winter break. Conditions were ideal with bright sunshine and a nice westerly breeze. Three short fun races were run and  one Cadet who was sunning herself on the foredeck of a topper actually went for a swim. Was she completely Mad(die)? After the initial shock, she pronounced the water ‘not too cold at all’ The Cadet Clubroom was sparklingly clean and tidy thanks to the hard work of Falcon and the Wednesday Working Party. Lets hope the Cadets keep it that way!
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