Monthly Archives April 2017

Death of Yvonne Goldsmith

Almost 70 Tamesis members and other friends attended the funeral of Yvonne Goldsmith at North East Surrey Crematorium on Wednesday 3 May. Yvonne. wife of Mike Goldsmith a keen member of the Tamesis Laser fleet, died on Sunday 16 April.  She was in the same care home in Kingswood, Tadworth as Mike, who had been moved there from Epsom Hospital following treatment for a stroke. Yvonne had suffered from dementia for many years but older members will remember her enthusiastic interest in computer technology in its early days.  She was also a keen participant in the management of the club’s
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Stuart Hudson wins Elizabeth Cup in fireflies

  Sunday 23rd April – Elizabeth Cup Open Meeting for Fireflies (adults) With Sunday morning came the opportunity for the adults to show their stuff in the competition for the Elizabeth Cup at the Tamesis Firefly open meeting. Once again dawn bought with it superb conditions. The wind was up a little (progressing toward a F3, occasionally F1) and direction a little more settled with a westerly. It’s all a bit relative on the Thames though.  Saturday’s protagonists were joined by Lucy & Rachel sailing Willow from Chichester. Again, Tamesis members and visitors were greeted with the club flags up,
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8th Firefly Junior Cup a great success

Saturday the 22nd of April dawned with near perfect conditions, meeting sailors who awoke ready to head to South West London to take on the challenge of sailing Firefly dinghies on the Thames. On reaching the club visitors and home teams alike were welcomed with the excellent site of the club flags flying (all preparations having been excellently orchestrated by Commodore Carolyne Vines and outgoing class-captain Sue Harris), the sun shining and conditions looking generally benign but enticing. The stream in the Thames was light and the breeze similarly a relatively consistent F2 (occasionally F1) northerly. Nine visiting boats were
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Cobblers wins Tamesis Easter pursuit

Further photos by Chris Wade on the following link:     https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9X8mVqpz_X9NHBLUnFGemFoUjA?usp=sharing The Easter Sunday all class pursuit race was won by David Baker and Jim Green in Cobblers, Albacore 6183, in a 14 boat fleet on 16 April. They beat Matthew Peregrine-Jones, sailing Inxsive, Laser 122399, by only a few seconds after he had led for the first three rounds of the one and a half hour race in a moderate to fresh NW wind. Race officer Alan Green, Tamesis Vice Commodore, sent the fleet off on a lengthy course down river to Lensbury, then upstream to the Canbury buoy
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Successful First Trip on Ariel of Hamble

Two intrepid Tamesis members took a trip with our new Yacht Sailing providers (skippered by Tamesis’ Powerboat instructor) for a Solent Cruise.  Beating into a brisk, chilly force 5 Westerly, Ariel of Hamble caused a few nervous looks amongst the dinghy sailors as she heeled to the wind without tipping them into the water.  Visits to Beaulieu river, Lymington and Osborne Bay followed.  Next time France!
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The Steers help to launch 52 yachts in a day

Tamesis members Tony and Leonie Steer, who sailed round Britain last year in their yacht Shen Shui, helped to launch their boat and 51 others after the winter layup at Gosport on Saturday 1 April.  This is Leonie’s account of a a very busy day: “At 7.30 am three very large cranes arrived at our Gosport Club to launch 52 yachts. The first crane lifts the yacht from its cradle in the overflow car park and puts it on a low loader. The low loader transports the boat to a second crane that lifts the boat off and down into the
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Laser Quiz sets challenge for 66

Kaan Yargici was Quizmaster Laser Captain Donald Forbes thanked the question masters, the Rear Commodore (House) and the catering staff Stewart  Colley won the Easter hamper Sixty six Tamesis members and guests spent an equally challenging and frustrating evening at the annual Laser Quiz on Saturday 1 April.  Split into seven teams sitting at seven tables they verged between success and failure as Quiz Master Kaan Yargici bombarded them with a mix of easy and difficult questions. The subjects ranged from politics to poems, Shakespeare to sailing, castles to constitutions and birds and birdsong.  Probably the most difficult was the
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Sat 25 Mar Successful Race Night

Forty two race goers attended the Merlin fleet’s Horse Racing Night to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Hospital.  The filmed horse races included both National Hunt and Flat racing where the ‘punters’ laid bets on which horses would win and very loudly shouting words of encouragement to their favoured mounts.  The evening was organised by Merlin Class Captain Joe Woods and Jim Green, with Joe adding to the flavour of the evening by dressing up as jockey.  They were ably assisted by Bonnie and Brenda as ‘bookies’.  The main event of the evening was the Richard Mourant Stakes where
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