Posts by Carolyne Vines

Constantin Gerber wins Cutty Sark Bolt 2017

  Competitors drifting downstream Sunday 18th June 2017 dawned sunny with ne’er a cloud in the sky, and ne’er a hint of wind.  There was considerable discussion about what to do. The Cutty Sark Bolt was presented by then Commodore Peter Mason as a  tribute to the original races by the Tea Clippers.  The trophy is an actual bolt from the Cutty Sark.  This pursuit race is traditionally longer than the other pursuit races Tamesis holds as the Clipper races were very long. The Cutty Sark was designed to carry tea from China to England, and it was vital to
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Rude Mechanicals Theatre Performance a great success

The Rude Mechanical theatre company visited on Friday 9th June for their third performance at the club. The large audience of circa 175 visitors and members were treated to a spectacular display of acting, singing and musicianship. Luckily the rain stayed away A first timer had the following comment:  We all really enjoyed it. It was something different and the cast were very talented.  It was also fun to have a picnic and we all ate far too much! The audience and cast also enjoyed drinks from the bar, including two draught beers from Rebellion.
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Bank Holiday Monday Pursuit Race 29th May

Four boats took part in today’s pursuit race, which took place in extremely light airs.  Great patience was required by all as the wind was very light and variable. At times the wind died away completely only to reappear from a different direction.     Chris Taggart won by a wide margin in his Laser, Chris Balmbro, crewed by his son William, was second in Merlin Rocket 3062 “Bad Company”.  Alan Green crewed by Pete Kondaris was third in N18 336 “Orion” . Jim Hamilton was close behind Alan in fourth place sailing his Firefly 3179 “Fiasco”.     Many thanks go to everyone
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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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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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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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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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