Posts by Carolyne Vines

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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Fascinating Talk on Kempton Steam Museum

The Kempton Steam Museum can be seen from the A316 Peter Simpson who has volunteered at the Kempton Steam Museum since the 1990s gave a fascinating talk to a very interested audience on Thursday 7th December. This massive steam engine was responsible for pumping water all round London until 1980 when it was shut down and replaced with electric pumps. Peter joined a group of volunteers who have slowly renovated the enormous ‘Triple’ shown below.  The engine is housed in the massive building shown above.  It is now up and running on certain weekends in the year.  The talk was
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Young Stars Topped the Prize Giving

Ed Medcalf – youngest crew Sixty members attended the Annual Prize Giving on Saturday 25th November, which took the form of a three course dinner interspersed with the giving out of the prizes. Sailing Secretary Brian Timbrell had prepared the table beautifully, and was very ably assisted by Rear Commodore Sailing, Chris Pollard who announced the prize winners.  Commodore Carolyne Vines presented the prizes. The proceedings were lightened up at the end by the presentation of the Ambassadors prize to Matthew Dalton, for attending Firefly Open Meetings during the year, Dom Chudleigh for his capsize drill, Constantin Gerber for his
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Help for Heroes Bridge Drive record turnout

The Tamesis Bridge Group held their annual charity drive in aid of Help the Heroes on Sunday 12th November. They mustered 13 tables with 52 players. They had an excellent raffle with prizes donated by players and non players. After all expenses the net total was £791.00 for the charity. This all took into account our their reputation for, always, giving really good prizes and a classy tea – also provided by the members.
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Mason Brothers win the Trowlock Trophy 2017

Peter and Richard Mason sailing Bambusa were convincing winners of the Trowlock Trophy last Sunday 5th November.  The fleet of 18 boats enjoyed a pleasant sunny northwesterly – the course set downstream with the bottom mark being set at the lower end of Trowlock Island.  This year there was a single race in the morning followed by lunch and the prize giving.  Classes included Merlins, Lasers, Fireflies, National 18s, Wayfarers, Albacores, and Toppers. OOD John Storey was ably assisted by Paul Jamieson, Jenny Finlayson, in the box and Robin Lince and Jim Hamilton in the patrol boat. Commodore Carolyne Vines
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Annual Visit of RNLI stall

The RNLI ladies made their annual visit to the club on Sunday 29th October, bringing their copious supply of goodies and Christmas cards.  We spent £515.10 on the stall.  This includes the donation from the racers on the day of £65.  Thank you ladies and thank you to all the members who bought from the stall.    
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Ladies Night a great success

The guests – photo Stewart Colley The team – photo Sue Yargici The chefs – photo Sue Yargici Thirty six​ ladies enjoyed a superb evening on 29th October ​co-ordinated by Alan Green, ​with a supporting cast of ten gentlemen (front of house team in black ties, chefs in whites)​ and two​ young ladies Hannah and Chloe in the bar​ and kitchen.​ We had a beautiful meal​ planned and arranged by Steve Katz and cooked by ​head ​chef Peter Mason ​with ​sous chefs Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson.  We were ​diligently​ waited on by Charles Fox, Stewart Colley, Chris Pollard, Jim Green, Colin Stokes,
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Osprey wins Yates Cup and Braganza Bowl in 2017

Start of the Yates Cup on Saturday 14th Oct Commodore Carolyne Vines presents the Braganza Bowl to the crew of Osprey (left to right) Graham Bartholomew,  helm Paul Browning, and Matt Hanaby. Photo Robin Lince Osprey, Rater number 16 sailed by Paul Browning, Graham Bartholomew and Matt Hanaby from Thames SC won both the Yates Cup and the Braganza Bowl at the two day open meeting for Raters on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October. The meeting attracted eight entries.  On Saturday it was sailed in a light SW wind and the fleet was sent above Stevens Ait  by Race
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GW Smith Handicap Results

Current leader of the GW Smith Thursday evening trophy is Ken Duffel in Avenger, mainly crewed by his grandson Mattie with 10 points from 5 races completed, and looking pretty unassailable. Others still with a chance of qualifying (4  races) include Tim and son Ed Medcalf, Ros Warwick-Haller, Stewart Colley and Chris Taggart, and anyone else who has already sailed 2 races in July/August. Summer is ending so come and enjoy the dying moments in the last two races of the series (17th and 24th) and then see the season out with a final hurrah, and maybe a box of
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