Monthly Archives January 2018

Dinghy Instructor’s Course Winter 2018

We are very proud that Tamesis is holding its first Dinghy Instructors’ Course, with the help of Queen Mary SC. Six students – Ben Ramage, Ellen Schwartz, Garry Mallen, Harry Harris, Howard Thatcher and Lucian Schwartz under the tutelage of RYA Chief Instructor Simon Winkley have been learning the RYA method of teaching dinghy sailing.  They all had to undergo an intensive assessment, and are now most of the way through the  instructor’s course.  The strong stream forced them to go up to Queen Mary Reservoir today.  The final day is next Saturday. Photos below are 1) Saturday 27th at
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Brian Saffrey Cooper

Sadly we have to announce the recent death of Brian Saffrey Cooper.  Brian was a longstanding member of Tamesis very successfully sailing two merlins – Buccaneer and then Racketeer.  He joined Tamesis in the 1950s.  His father was also a member and presented the Geoff Cooper Memorial Trophy which is raced for on the last Sunday of the Merlin Winter Series. Brian went on to sail Finns, winning the English Nationals, the Finn Gold Cup, and representing Great Britain in Finn at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. He started offshore racing in the 1970s, competing in the Fastnet Race in
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Fascinating talk on European canal cruise

Cochem on the Moselle in Germany – photo Jennifer Adams Lock on the Seine near Paris – photo Jennifer Adams Jennifer and Mike Adams did an excellent talk on their travels through the canals and rivers of France, Germany, Holland and Belgium last summer.  They keep their 50-year-old Nelson motor boat on the continent, and cruise through France and other European countries each summer, exploring many fascinating places and navigations. Megan and Sophie provided a very tasty supper for 45 people, Jim Green assisted with the technology.
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Christmas at Tamesis

There was no programmed racing on Christmas Eve (Sun 24th December) but a few enjoyed a sail, and more members and friends enjoyed sandwiches and the bar.  Thanks to Clive Mence and Chris in the patrol boat, and Nicky and Peter Johnson for providing food and doing the bar. Eight boats turned out for the fun races on Boxing day and had a great time.  John and Jean Meredith assisted by Clive Mence and Peter Versey.  Members brought down food for a pot luck lunch, and a great time was had by all. Laser Pot 1st Daniel Gerber Firefly Fiddle
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