Monthly Archives April 2015

Alan Green in The Reunion

Alan Green, Tamesis Rear Commodore Sailing, will be one of the people interviewed by Sue MacGregor in The Reunion on BBC Radio 4 at 11.15 am on Sunday 12 April. The programme brings together many of those closely involved in the Fastnet Race of 1979 in which a ferocious storm battered contestants, leaving 15 dead.  Alan was Secretary of the Royal Ocean Racing Club and played a major part in the organisation of the race. The programme will be repeated on Friday 17 April at 9 am, or click here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05q5ynq.    
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TAMESIS NATIONAL 18 ‘ULTRA’ APPEAL SUCCEEDS

After five months, the Tamesis National 18 fleet’s appeal for funds to buy one of the new ‘Ultras’ has succeeded. The fleet has raised enough funding to buy the Ultra prototype ‘Odyssey’ … the boat that we have seen at Tamesis both for our trials at the club and when ‘parking between trips’ on her demonstrations odyssey around the UK. This was all made possible by contributions from fifteen far sighted people … the ‘Fab Fifteen’. The deposit has been paid, with the balance due when we have received the boat at Tamesis; after some jib sheeting modifications (potentially at
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Rob and Milly Wilder win top prize at Tamesis 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, a Wayfarer and an Enterprise. The morning race was won by Donald Forbes in Greylag (Laser 188044) and the afternoon pursuit by the National 18 Ocatillo
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Easter Sunday at Tamesis

  There was a nice  drift on offer today. Even so the Wayfarer was rigged in anticipation of a nice sail.  A good number of members turned up to drink at the bar and eat the excellent ploughmans lunch provided by Jo Carstens. Some  members took advantage and were tuning their boats in advance.
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CadetTraining

On chilly Easter Saturday, the Cadet team were out in force preparing our fleet of Toppers, Mirrors, Cadets and the Wayfarer for the first session of the year next Saturday 11th April. We were rewarded for our efforts with a slice of  Easter cake baked this morning specially by Cadet Matilda Forbes. De-licious!
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Tall Ship Tales

Tall Ship Tales Fifty Tamesis members and guests heard Commodore Stewart Colley give a talk on Thursday 2 April on how he sailed across the Atlantic last year from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to London in the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s square rigger Lord Nelson, affectionately nicknamed Nellie by her crew. Illustrated by many pictures, displayed on a large screen, following supper, his talk covered the 3,678 nautical miles Atlantic crossing with a crew of 47 that included a number of disabled sailors, some of whom were in wheelchairs. They left Halifax on Friday 20 August. Stewart, who grew a beard during
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Real Magic

Richard would have been nagging all you Merlin sailors, so I am now taking up the  task on his behalf. “Real Magic”, a coffee table book, sets out, brilliantly, the first 70 years of the Merlin Rocket. Researched and written by David “Dougal” Henshall it is a tour de force, not cheap at £40 but, if your interest in Merlins goes beyond just steering them, it is a must have. Loads of hull lines, photos and drawings – from the end of WW2 to the present. To buy simply go on the MROA website Forum, scroll down to “Real Magic” and
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May Bridge Drive

On Sunday 31st May the Tamesis Bridge Group will be running a Bridge Drive, the proceeds from which will go to the Club Maintenance Fund. We will be holding a Raffle and would be grateful for the donation of any prizes. Thank you.
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Dave Baker wins Geoff Cooper Trophy

Dave Baker wins Geoff Cooper Trophy Dave Baker and Jim Green won the Merlins’ Geoff Cooper Trophy in Andromeda (3259) on Sunday 29 March after a close race with Ken Duffell and Joe Woods sailing Harry (3599) in a strong, gusty westerly wind. Race Officer Carolyne Vines, Tamesis Vice Commodore, set a course within sight of the clubhouse and a challenging east-west dogleg exposed to the full strength of the wind across the recreation ground. Competitors were unable to get across without at least one tack and several found it necessary to tack several times. In compensation, they had a
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