Monthly Archives August 2016

Porteous Cup and Southcott Trophy Sat 20 August

With up to 60 mile an hour gusts forecast in parts of the UK, it wasn’t perhaps surprising conditions for the De May Vintage Open Meeting held at Tamesis on Saturday 20th August were going to be lively. Blowing predominantly west south westerly, and gusting from mid to high 20’s +; conditions were challenging to say the least. Officer of the day Brian Southcott with Hugh McLaughlin in the box; opted for the dog-legged course P. International judge, Mr Chris Simon had kindly agreed to be our rule 42 adjudicator and was ready in the dory.  Up for contention, the
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GW Smith Trophy Thurs 18 August

Thursday 18th saw a great turnout of 18 boats for the evening sail, including 5 N18’s, 8 Lasers and even 2 Fireflies as well as an Albacore and a couple of Merlins. An easterly (well some of the time) wind held reasonably well and allowed us to keep clear of a fishing competition on the Surrey bank. Richard Harris was victorious but was chased by Barry on the water and by David Baker in his Albacore and Ros in her Laser on handicap. Overall Barry cannot be caught, but the other podium places are still up for grabs with both David and
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Berry Ritchie wins Porteous Cup

The mysterious decision to change its date from mid-October, concurrent with Tamesis’s Merlin open for the Sondown Cup, may partly explain why no visitors arrived last Saturday, 20 August, to compete for the Porteous Cup, usually one of the best attended events in the de May series for vintage Merlins. However, most blame probably lay with the forecast of gale force winds, which for once proved justified. Only four boats took part in the two morning races, which the combination of ferocious gusts and Teddington Reach’s notorious backwinds turned into a contest for survival. Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris in
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Shen Shui back in Solent

Leonie Steer reports on 20 August that Shen Shui is back in the Solent. “We are safely back in The Solent before these gales arrived which have disrupted the Bournemouth Air Show.  Didn’t our sailors do well at the Olympics. So proud to be part of a nation of skills.”
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Nick Forbes second Laser at Chichester

Nick Forbes raced in the Laser class (full rig) in Chichester Harbour Week from 21 to 26 August. This is supposed to be the biggest dinghy event in the country with over 400 entries spread over 18 classes and using over 40 rescue boats. Race 1 – Nick was going fast but went the wrong way on the complex tides. Finished 11th. Race 2 – going fast and didn’t go the wrong way on the tide! Finished 1st Race 3 – lying 3rd in close company with the leaders when all three of them got the wrong side of a
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James Fox to race in Stockholm RAID

James Fox is to sail a 5.5 metre catamaran in the 2016 Stockholm Archipelago RAID in which 26 teams from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, the United States and Sweden race between 36,000 islands between 25 and 28 August. The race starts and finishes at Saltsjobaden close to Stockholm. There are two races a day, with a stop for lunch, and the competitors will sail between 50 and 100 miles a day, depending on the wind strength. James is sailing with Ben Clothier in one of two British entries.  All the boats are F18 catamarans. They finished 13th
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Death of Kenneth Hampton

Kenneth Hampton, Firefly Class Captain in the early 1960s, passed away on Thursday 11 August. He was 90. He led the Tamesis fleet in the heydays of team racing in Fireflies and the Hampton Trophy was awarded by the class to recognise his extensive work for the club. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann, who had her own Firefly, and raced with the class over several years. They moved to Itchenor in the 1970s where they raced an X-boat. His funeral will take place at Guildford Crematorium on Wednesday 31 August at 3pm. Family flowers only
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Richard Harris second at Salcombe, Toppers 1st, 2nd and 4th

Richard Harris and Jason Stokes were second overall at the Henri Lloyd Salcombe Regatta from Monday 8 to Friday 12 August.  Sailing the National 18 Odyssey  (400) they scored a fourth, first, third, first and a second, with net points of 11. Tamesis helms were first, second and fourth in the Topper fleet.   Harry Harris was first in 40070, Constantin Gerber second in 37597, and Ben Ramage fourth in 36316. Please see www.yachtsandyachting.com for more pictures.
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GW Smith results Thursday 11th August

“After the Thursday evening race on 9th August when the Lasers, led by Nick and Donald Forbes, took the first four places we now have 10 qualifiers and a further 5 who could still do so. While the winner of the series is clear, Barry with three wins and a second, the rest of the podium places are still undecided.  Doug Pope in his National 18 is currently second, but Ken Duffel in his Merlin still has the potential to move up, as does Ros in her Laser, so still plenty of interest left.” resutls attached Results for Thursday evening GW Smith Trophy at 14
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