Monthly Archives October 2015

Seamanship training at Tamesis

These photos were taken at Tamesis during total immersion seamanship training on Sunday 18 October.   They were sent in by a friend of Uffa  and show the Commodore and Assistant Harbour Master testing the effectiveness of dry wetsuits – or should it be wet drysuits?  
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Tamesis RNLI Day a great success

The RNLI Day race at Tamesis on Sunday 25 October, the first day of the winter series, was won by Ken Duffell and Joe Woods in Avenger, Merlin 1004,    Progress was slow in the light north easterly wind and the 11 competitors, who had paid a £5 entry fee, were soon widely spread round a short course between Trowlock Island and the Albany. Meanwhile, non-sailing members visited the Twickenham branch’s RNLI stall to buy Christmas cards, calendars and other gifts, including pots of home-made marmalade.  All the proceeds from the day go to the  Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
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Trafalgar Trophy won by Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris

  The Trafalgar Trophy inter-class pursuit race on Sunday 18 October was won by Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris in their Merlin Crescendo (607) after a close contest with Peter and Richard Mason, the previous year’s winners, in Bambusa (847). Third, after leading for almost all the race, was Donald Forbes in his Laser, Storm (146120). He had started at 11.15, almost ten minutes before the Merlins, and skilfully built up what seemed like an unchallengeable lead only to be overtaken in the final minutes as the race was finished on the water at 12.45 from the Club launch by Race
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Martin Hunter wins Sondown Cup

The Sondown Cup and the Elizabeth Bowl (for the first vintage boat) were both won by Martin Hunter of Upper Thames SC in three keenly contested races at Tamesis Club’s Merlin Rocket open meeting on Sunday 11 October. Sailing Quiver (774), crewed by Margarethar Van Dam, in the Silver Tiller series best two of three race event he beat the other 17 competing boats, winning the first and third races and finishing fifth in the second. The closest challenge came from Richard and Harry Harris in Passing Cloud (1079), who won the second race and finished second in the first
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Rob and Milly Wilder win the Porteous Cup

Rob Wilder and his nine-year-old daughter Milly won the Porteous Cup for vintage Merlins at the de May series open meeting at Tamesis on Saturday 10 October. Sailing Flinkidink (1097), they scored clear firsts in the first two races and, with the best two of the three races to count, did not take part in the third. Eight boats competed in a light easterly wind round a short course between the Albany and Trowlock Island, making the most of occasional gusts identified by welcome flurries on the surface of the river. Flinkidink’s closest challenge came from Berry Ritchie and Sue
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Death of Ralph Anderson

Ralph Anderson, Commodore of Ariel SC for 10 years from 1880 to 1990 passed away in hospital on 17 September.  He was 89. His funeral at Leatherhead Crematorium on Thursday 1st October was attended by many old friends and sailing colleagues.  Tributes to his leadership were paid in an address by Alan Woolford who said Ralph and Ruby were regular sailors in their Enterprise dinghy and joined other members at the visit to the two regattas run by Salcombe Yacht Club. They started an annual pilgrimage to Devon which lasted over 40 years and only ended three years ago when he was too frail for
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Jon Redding wins Laser Barometer for second time

Jon Redding won the Laser Barometer for the second year in succession at Tamesis on Sunday 4 October.  Jon, normally a Merlin sailor, borrowed Rusty Old Bones (203991) from Mike Goldsmith and out-sailed 13 other Lasers in light winds, convincingly winning the first two races and deciding not to sail in the third.  In so doing he missed the best wind of the day. His main competition came from 16-year-old Nick Forbes in Greylag (188044), who scored two seconds and a first. Nick had the misfortune to miss out the two east-west cross river doglegs while he was leading in the
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Caroline Croft wins Felucca Trophy at Hollingworth Lake

Caroline Croft, a former Tamesis Cadet, won the Felucca Trophy in light winds at Hollingworth Lake SC’s two day open meeting for Merlin Rockets on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September.  She was crewed by Jane Clayton in Revolution (3657).  There were 23 entries. For a full report with pictures please see the Yachts and Yachting website at http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/185872/Merlin-Rockets-at-Hollingworth-Lake.
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