Monthly Archives July 2015

Jim Hamilton sails Sandy Lady to Scotland

Jim Hamilton, a member of the Tamesis Laser fleet, is sailing around Britain in his Parker 23, Sandy Lady. He set off from his home port of Bucklers Hard on Sunday 10 May, arriving at Gosport later that night. He sailed on to Brighton the following day “the longest single sail my boat has done” after which his crew, Ted, had to go home, and then sailed on to Eastbourne crewed by Ted’s son Kris. On entry he found the VHF radio was not working so spent the next day dropping and raising the mast so that the aerial could
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Tamesis bring it home at the National 18 English National Championships

It was an amazing day’s sailing on Sunday for the National 18 English National Championships at Bosham Sailing Club. Twelve 18s took part including 3 ultras: Odyssey (Tamesis), Hurricane (Lymington) and Panther (Blackwater SC). There was a bit of late start as Jess and Julian Berney (with crew Duncan) were caught on the M25, so the actual start was put back by around 45 minutes. This meant that the 4 races were short and sharp, with 2 laps of the triangle course for each race. The conditions were perfect really, with bright sun, warm water, and lots of wind. In
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Laser News: competing further afield

The forecast looked good: sunshine and up to 18 knots of wind. Marcus Chavasse packed up his laser on 5th July to make his way to the Laser Open Meeting at Emsworth Sailing Club (ESC) on Chichester Harbour. He had been told that there might be some stiff competition, particularly from younger Laser sailors. The psychological battle started early. At least seven of the boats put up sails with sponsorship or “GBR” on the sails suggesting that these people did not just compete in their own back yard. As a longstanding member of ESC as well as Tammy, Marcus reckoned
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Tamesis placings at Salcombe Merlin Week

      Pictures –  Headline – Carnage on the Sunday pm start line. The beached boat had been holed and was dragged out of the way for the start. The first start had half the fleet over the line and for the second start the fairway was reinstated so with the tide right out the line was extremely short adding to the chaos. The only alleviating factor was that quite a few boats had by that time sustained serious damage and were out of it at least for that race. Above – John and Joe on a gentle spinny
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Peter and Richard Mason win the Restless Trophy

Peter and Richard Mason won the Restless Trophy in convincing fashion today. The Trophy is awarded to the first Merlin in the club race which takes place on the Sunday of Merlin Week at Salcombe, which is very popular with Tamesis merlins. Three boats took part.  To begin with the racing was very close with the Masons and David Baker crewed by Caroline Stilwell in Andromeda were neck and neck. The Masons sailing Bambusa drew away in the third round of five, to win by a minute. The race had to be postphoned as the wind dropped before the normal
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