Monthly Archives May 2017

Shen Shui sails to Dartmouth

Tony and Leonie Steer sailed from the Solent to Dartmouth in their yacht Shen Shui on 22 May. Leonie reports “We arrived in Dartmouth after a lovely 9 hour downwind crossing of Lyme Bay, often surfing at 7 knots. Oscar (the ship’s cat) is fine.” On 25 May she added that they hoped to sail on to Newton Ferrers to visit friends. On Saturday 3 June Leonie reported “It was a bit misty around Start Point but cleared enough for Oscar to check the transit into Newton Ferries.  He was very impressed that Falmouth was dressed all over to welcome
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Teddington Scouts visit Tamesis for boat training

On Thursday 25 May Tamesis Club welcomed members and officers of the 1st Teddington Scout Group. After a brief explanation of the basics of sailing the group were given a detailed safety briefing then fitted with buoyancy aids. This was followed by a quick “on shore” demonstration of boat handling. The visitors were then split up between those who wished to take part in the normal Thursday race in a National 18 or to get further instruction with an RYA instructor in a Wayfarer or Laser 2000. Those opting for instruction went on a cruise up river to Kingston Bridge
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Rob and Milly Wilder second at Thames Merlin open

Thames Sailing Club hosted a Merlin Open meeting on Sunday 14 May which is part of the Thames Series in which visitors from Tamesis, Hampton & Fishers Green SC joined the locals. A decent breeze allowed for a beat up towards Thames Ditton Marina and a run back downstream to a leeward mark just off Raven’s Ait. Rob & Milly were leading the first race when on the beat a big gust came and knocked them flat. They didn’t go over but managed to take in a fair bit of water, letting John & Livvy Bell into the lead, but
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Push the Boat Out day a great success

Video above by Kathrin Gerber     More than 100 sailing enthusiasts took part in Tamesis Club’s Push the Boat Out day on Saturday 13 May.  The RYA sponsored event was blessed by near perfect conditions with a light westerly wind and warm sunshine marred by occasional spots of rain from passing clouds. Experienced helmsmen took newcomers sailing in boats of many sizes including the latest design National 18, a Wayfarer, Merlin Rockets, Lasers, Mirrors and Toppers.  They were supervised by three of the club’s safety boats which were occasionally called on to rescue several over enthusiastic teenagers who capsized
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Peter Mason fascinates with talk on the first ‘Victory’

On Thursday 6th April, Peter Mason did a fascinating talk on the sinking of the 1737 version of ‘Victory’ which sank in the Channel in a violent storm in 1744. Peter is involved with Greenwich University and the National Maritime Museum in research into the engineering design of historic naval vessels. The 18th Century was the Age of Enlightenment, which heralded the start of modern scientific engineering. This period produced conflict between early enthusiasts for new “scientific” designs and more cautious traditional thinkers who could see the dangers in untested innovation.  Early adopters of a new “scientific” approach were the
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Death of Angela Norris

Angela Norris, a Tamesis member for many years, passed peacefully away in the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, on Friday 5 May.  Her family were by her side.  She was 88. More than 70 friends and family attended the funeral at the Sacred Heart Church, Teddington on Tuesday 30 May, followed by a reception at Tamesis Club. Angela was an enthusiastic member of the Tamesis Bridge Group, and in her younger days crewed in Merlins and for members of the Offshore Group. Her late husband, Percy, was a diplomat and she travelled the world with him until he was  tragically assassinated
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