Monthly Archives June 2016

Moths in the Smithy

Chris Pollard, Paul Jamieson & Peter Johnson had this brilliant idea to upgrade the Smithy race control hooter and add voice to it. The old Claxton wiring is a bit dodgy – we think it dates back pre-1970 and there is 240V on the roof in a wooden box that is rotting. Robin Lince devised a solution which he calls ‘Moths’ and with a lot of help from Peter and considerable head scratching it is now installed. The old hooter system will be kept in service until everyone has had a play with the new system and any teething trouble
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Tamesis at Teddington Village Fair

On Sunday while the Cutty Sark Bolt and the Kempton Nut were contested at the club, Laser 171688 with a nice crisp new sail went up to Udney Hall Gardens in the centre of Teddington to promote the club. The weather was good but it proved a bit quieter than previous years due to competition from other local events on the day. In spite of that, a number of good contacts were made which wil hopefully bear fruit in the future.  The stand was organised by sailing secretary Stewart Colley, ably assisted during the day by Florian and David Kruger,
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Andrew Harris wins Great Tea Race

Andrew and Tom Harris won the Great Tea Race sailing Passing Cloud, Merlin Rocket 1079, at Tamesis on Sunday 26 June.  They beat 15 other boats in this one and a half hour multi-class pursuit race by more than two minutes in a moderate north westerly wind and warm sunshine.  Vice Commodore Alan Green was second in Orion, National 18 336, crewed by Peter Konidaris. Race Officer Brian Southcott set a straightforward course with a single dogleg which required port and starboard roundings of  Cadet and Club marks in midstream.  Some helms found  this confusing and only eight boats managed to sail the
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Summer Party a festival of rock and roll

  The Tamesis summer party on Saturday 16 June was a festival of rock and roll with Merlins, Lasers and National 18s competing with each other on the dance floor to see who could breach Rule 42 (which bans pumping and rocking) without a protest. The winners, judged by the loudness of the applause from the spectators on the bank of the dance floor, were Club Bosun and Dutyman, Paul Jamieson and his wife Sara. The scene was set by the Hampton Wick Band which activated the dancers with a succession of music from The Who and other pop groups.
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Death of Vivian Burchill

Members of Tamesis were very sad to learn of the death on Monday 13 June of Vivian Burchill, a Tamesis member for many years. He was 90. Vice Commodore in 1988-89, Rear Commodore in 1986-87 and Club Secretary from 1992 1995, Viv, as he was known to his friends, sailed a National 18 called Tinkerbell, and before that an Enterprise. Vivian “Viv” Burchill, beloved husband of Cathie and much loved father of Gillian, Chris and Carrie, passed away peacefully on 13th June at Deer Park View Care Centre. He had been cared for in the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher for the previous few weeks.
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National 18’s Make Good of Light Winds

Saturday 11th June was the day of the 184th Queen Adelaide Cup and the 80th Tamesis Anchor. Congratulations to Barney Smith and G Butler, sailing The Goose Drank Wine (369), who won both the Queen Adelaide Cup (handicap) and Tamesis Anchor (on the water) in a six boat fleet. Charles Fox sailing Geneieve (266), crewed by Mr & Mrs Katz, followed a very close second in both the Queen Adelaide and Tamesis Anchor. Third position goes to Doug Pope sailing 1 over the 8 (349), crewed by Angela Caldara. Conditions for the first two races were tough – force 1
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N18 Class Association Recommended PY Numbers

Class recommended Portsmouth Yardstick Numbers The N18 Class association recommends the PY numbers shown in the table below. The Class believes that based upon experience thus far, the numbers shown above, form 
a fair starting point for club and open events. They should be varied to take account of local circumstances and experience. The PY number (936) currently published in the RYA’s 2016 list is an ‘experimental’ number with the note that: These numbers are published by the RYA based on a new design or development class with a relatively low amount of return data. These numbers are less likely
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New members learn the ropes

Following the success of Push the Boat Out several new members have signed up for RYA training . On Sunday 5 June training had to be fitted in round two pursuit races so knots and points of sailing were taught in the sun on the lawn. Photo by Eric Finlayson, knots by Simon.
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Donald Forbes wins Centenary Cup

Donald Forbes won the Centenary Cup with two barely challenged firsts in a fleet of 26 boats at Tamesis on Sunday 5 June. Sailing Storm, Laser 146120, Donald, the Laser Class Captain, swept ahead of the rest of the fleet to finish the second race with a lead of more than five minutes. His closest challenge in this annual two race inter-class pursuit came from Andrew Harris in Passing Cloud, Merlin Rocket 1079, which was second in the morning and fourth in the afternoon. Race Officer Ian Burnett set a lengthy figure of eight course that took the fleet downstream
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