Monthly Archives February 2016

Tamesis elects first lady Commodore

  Tamesis Club elected the first lady Commodore in its 130 year history when Carolyne Vines, Vice Commodore for the past three years, was appointed to succeed Stewart Colley at the annual general meeting on Sunday 28 February 2016. The 65 members at the meeting also voted for a new group of flag officers to replace those who held office in 2015. Former Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green is the new Vice Commodore, John Adams, Rear Commodore House, is replaced by Nicky Johnson, and former Harbour Master Chris Pollard becomes Rear Commodore Sailing. Stewart Colley becomes Sailing Secretary in place
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Uffa’s Spoon – the mystery of the damaged distance mark

Uffa’s Spoon, the much esteemed trophy presented by the late Uffa Fox in 1932 for the silliest gaffe by a Tamesis member during the preceding year, was presented at the 2016 Vice Commodore’s Dinner on Saturday 20 February to Club Bosun, Paul Jamieson.  Speaking to an audience of 63 members and guests, Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines, the previous winner, had the audience in stitches of laughter as she told how Paul replaced a badly damaged outer distance buoy only to discover it had already been beautifully repaired by another member. When the mark was damaged by a passing boat, Alan
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Death of Pam Simpson

Members of Tamesis were very sad to learn that Pam Simpson, wife of Peter Simpson, Tamesis Commodore from 1992 to 1995 and a long time Bosun, passed away in Kingston Hospital on Thursday 18 February after a short illness.  She was 87. Pam served on the Tamesis House Committee for many years and accompanied Peter to many Merlin Rocket and National 18 events. The funeral was held at Kingston Crematorium on Monday 29 February followed by a reception at Tamesis Club. It was attended by about 70 people and the service was conducted by the Revd. Prof. Linda Martin, Assistant
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The rebirth of the National 18

The March issue of Yachts & Yachting has a fascinating article by Andy Rice on page 16 entitled “The rebirth of the National 18”.  It recounts the move of the original Uffa Fox designed fleet from Twickenham YC to Tamesis led by the late Murray Vines crewed by his son, Jeremy, who was then 11.  Now a leading figure in the class, Jeremy has been closely involved in the introduction of the new Phil Morrison Ultra designed 18 built by Rob White at Brightlingsea.  He races Hurricane (401), in competition with other new  boats of the same design.
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Hurricane battles roaring winds at the Tiger Trophy Challenge

The Tiger Trophy Challenge, the last of the GJW Sailjuice winter series, took place on the 6th and 7th February at Rutland Water, superbly hosted by Rutland Sailing Club. Three National 18s were in attendance; Panther (406), the Irish (347), and Hurricane (401). There were 130 entries in total. I was fortunate enough to bag a ride on Hurricane, helmed by Ollie Houseman. Early Saturday morning the wind looked promising but picked up pace quickly, eventually reaching 60 knots. Needless to say the N18ers, in the interest of not wanting to break their new Ultras, decided not to race. A
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Pancake Sunday

Tamesis members were treated to pancakes for lunch on Sunday 7 February being the nearest sailing day to Shrove Tuesday.  Thanks to Robin Lince ex Ariel, who tossed and cooked them, pancakes were served for pudding and proved very popular.   They were offered with a choice of fillings, including lemons, chocolate, toffee or strawberry sauce.  In the words of one observer “they went down a treat!”
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