Monthly Archives July 2016

Hampton Court Trip

On Sunday 24th July several members of Tamesis Club ventured into uncharted water above the Kingston Bridges. Two Wayfarers, two Laser 2000s, two Enterprises, a Laser and a Mirror accompanied by three support boats sailed up to Hampton Court in sunshine with a south westerly just below force three. The Albany pub was busy but we managed to bag a couple of tables and had a pleasant lunch before an easy sail back with wind and current behind us . Needless to say we had many adventures which would put Swallows and Amazons to shame but “What happens up the
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Wednesday Working party saved by split pin

When the main halyard on one of the Laser 2000s gave up the ghost on 27 July the Wednesday Morning Working party sprang into action . Chris Pollard provided a replacement rope and some helpful expertise . Peter and Brian provided the muscle and Eric had a long piece of twine with a split pin on the end . Feeding the split pin down through the mast was a little tricky with the boat tilted against the end of the clubhouse but when it got to the appropriate hole in the mast it very helpfully popped out of the hole of
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Shen Shui sails home

Tony and Leonie Steer stopped off at Salcombe Merlin Week in Shen Shui on their way home from Dartmouth.  The following photos, taken by Leonie, show their yacht leaving Dartmouth, with Tony at the helm, and Oscar, the ship’s cat, watching the Merlins.  
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Salcombe4 – It’s Tough Here!

Not to be outdone by Ken and Joe, Rupert managed an even more spectacular prang on Tuesday, however undaunted and with the help of his support team and carbon fibre expert Phil Scott, he was on the water again  the next day. Some pics below – Not a great day for Tamesis members overall. Andrew in Millie was black flagged, Joe and Ken had a good race finishing 38th and Rupert and Paul eventually got round in the tricky conditions for a 52nd. Overall rankings stand at 71, 100 and 114 respectively……….Hmmmm. Ex Tammy members fared better – Will and
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Salcombe 3

All the latest! Rupert – Ragtime retires in heavy weather on Monday and gets T-boned by a Sigma 38 on Tuesday. Peter Johnson crewing for the day. Wonderman Phil Scott is set to mend broken carbon fibre mast overnight. Yes really. Ken and Joe – Just made it to the line on time after overnight spreader repair. They failed sadly to take the holding tape off the repair and when they tried to hoist the main it stopped at the spreader…….derrrr. Just got it sorted in time. They were doing pretty well today but a knot on the mainsheet mysteriously came undone
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Salcombe2

Sunday 10th July Red and Green, and Black and Blue First day of sailing and it blew like old boots! The Tamesis line up is – 3479 Ragtime  Rupert Fletcher and Paul Jamieson 3606  Take it Easy  Ken Duffell  and Joe Woods 3649  Millie  Andrew Harris and Andrea Downham Ex Tammy members and Tammy members crewing include – 3165  Panatella  David Croft and Abigail Croft  (RYA) 3673  Caroline Croft and Beka Jones  (Blithfield) 3676  Hot Tottie  Phil Dalby and Fran Gifford  (Ranalagh) 3726  The Dark Side  Will Henderson and Mary Henderson  (Salcombe) Local friends from Hampton include  – 3560 Luka
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John Adams wins Restless Trophy

John Adams, crewed by Falcon Compton , won the Restless Trophy at Tamesis on Sunday 10 July in Salterello, Merlin 1602.  Sailed for on the first Sunday of Salcombe Merlin Week, the race attracted a four boat entry which enjoyed a keen contest in a fresh gusty westerly wind.  Vice Commodore Alan Green, who was Race Officer, set a modest course with and east-west dogleg opposite the clubhouse, and shortened the course after seven rounds.
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Salcombe Merlin Week

A select band represents Tamesis at Salcombe this year. Andrew Harris returns in Millie, and  regulars Ken Duffell and Joe Woods in Take it Easy, and Rupert Fletcher and Paul Jamieson in Ragtime. Saturday morning was lovely, but the weather closed in and the pictures show the general misty view in the afternoon as the clouds engulfed the hillsides. The crossing from Batson to Mill Bay was quick enough, but the chilly wait for the trollies to arrive was no joke. Take it Easy is de-powered approaching Mill Bay.     
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Death of Peggy Morris

 The club gave Peggy two cakes to celebrate her 93rd birthday Peggy Morris, one of Tamesis Club’s oldest and much loved members, passed away on Thursday 7 July.  She was 95. Her death followed a heart operation in St. Thomas’s Hospital.  She was active in the International 14 and Merlin Rockets classes in the 1960s and 1970s, and in recent years enjoyed watching the racing from the clubhouse.   An enthusiastic member of the Tamesis Bridge Group, Peggy was the generous donor of the club’s television screen.  She drove to the club almost every Sunday for lunch on her mobility scooter, which she called
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HAMPTON COURT JOLLY Sunday 24th July

A Hampton Court Jolly has been organised by Eric Finlayson, our RYA Chief Dinghy Instructor: Meet 10.30 leave 11.45 (or earlier if no Handicap race ) return 4pm (approx) The plan is to sail up to Hampton Court stopping for lunch at a pub or one of the sailing clubs. Tall boats will be towed through the Kingston bridges with dropped masts or tilted over the safety boat (or boats). Changes of clothes, packed lunches etc may be carried by the safety boat which will also take a few passengers and when needed help stragglers . Anyone wishing to attend
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