Monthly Archives March 2016

Easter Egg Pursuit Race blown off

The weather forecast for this event caused some anxiety – strong wind, rain plus sunny intervals – the last bit was alright. In the event three Lasers, one Merlin, one Wayfarer, and two Toppers rigged, and most got on the water before the wind really blew up.  In the end the clouds produced hail and very heavy gusts sending boats over or on to the Surrey bank.  The race was abandoned. Race Officer Carolyne Vines was assisted by John Dunkley, Jim Green, Peter Simpson and Daniel Gerber. Nevertheless, the clubhouse was crowded afterwards for lunch which was produced by Ana and Jo.
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Tamesis open day “a great success”

Photos by Carolyne Vines The open day on Sunday 20 March organised by Vice Commodore Alan Green and Eric Finlayson with help from Commodore Carolyne Vines and members of the Sailing Committee was a great success, with 18 visitors asking to sign in as new members. Those who arrived in the morning watched five Merlins, three Lasers and three National 18s compete in the last race of the winter series and spent the afternoon trying sailing for themselves in a range of boats which included a Wayfarer, Laser 2000, a Laser and several Toppers.  They were taken out by Eric Finlayson, Howard Thatcher, Michael Vasey, Malcolm Warner,
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All bets off for Merlin Horse Race Evening Saturday 19th March

On Saturday evening 37 members and guests attended the Merlin Party to watch filmed races, laying bets on which runners would win and loudly encouraging their favoured steeds while enjoying a 3 course meal.  In total, the evening raised £490 for the Royal Marsden Hospital.  The event was organised by Jim Green and our Merlin captain, Joe Woods, who was suitably attired in jockey’s racing silks (see picture).  They were ably assisted by David and Deb Baker and Bonnie Green.  Thanks to Jo Carstens, Theo and Lauren for producing an excellent meal and staffing the bar.   There were seven
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Race training

Eric Finlayson reports that on Thursday 17 March instructors, assistants and several “guinea pig” students took part in a trial race training event under the watchful eye of Ben Kimbell of the RYA . Despite an extremely flukey on shore wind, members practised starts, mark rounding and other skills. Michael Vasey, crewed by Cherry Erlich, showed  how to make a text book start in a Laser 2000 (see picture below). A further session is planned (for which volunteers are welcome) after which we hope to achieve recognition and offer race training later in the year.  Meanwhile RYA courses in sailing and
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Sail training at Tamesis

Eric Finlayson led a sail training lesson at Tamesis on Sunday 6 March in which members practised basic and inverted capsizes, man overboard drill, lee shore rescue and “abandoned boat extreme”.  The following pictures were taken by Jenny Finlayson.
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