Posts by Carolyne Vines

Curtis McKay wins Topper 2017 Open – South East Area

The second South East Area Topper Open held at Tamesis and sponsored by Virtual Rigger was held in  brilliant sunshine and a gusty easterly.  The conditions brought thirteen Topper entries, seven visitors and six Tamesis boats. The racing was close, and the standard very high. The first two races took place before lunch. The figure of eight course set to allow a short upwind leg across the river was challenging for visitors and locals alike.  The starts equally challenging as each race had a general recall. Curtis Mackay from Hillingdon spent most of the first race in second with Tamesis
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Record Fund Raising Bridge Drive Sun 13th November

The Tamesis Bridge Group held their biannual bridge drive last Sunday.  The funds raised go to the Help for Heroes charity. The club room was packed out with 15 tables.  Organiser Margaret Stokes directed the efforts in providing all the materials, including the all important home baked cakes and home made sandwiches. The funds were augmented by the raffle – many thanks to all those who donated prizes and bought tickets. The drive raised an amazing and record breaking £1000 which will go straight to Help for Heroes The bridge drives have been going for about twenty five years, and
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Chris Rowsell and Alastair Stewart win Trowlock Trophy

Chris Rowsell and Alastair Stewart at the prize giving. Please see pictures of the racing on the following link provided by Chris Wade https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9X8mVqpz_X9RDlQNGhfT3Noajg Eighteen boats started in fairly testy conditions, a F3 cold NW with rather stronger gusts. The start sequence commenced at 1055 with first boat to start a Topper a little late for its 1105 time setting of downstream to a mark half way to Lensbury. A lone Enterprise, a visitor from Lensbury, set off at 1120 followed one minute later by seven Lasers including some from Lensbury .  At 1120 eight Merlin Rockets joined the race.
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Maddy wins bake off

Eight juniors slaved over their cakes and brought them down on Saturday  to be judged by two very experienced judges – Stewart Colley and Carolyne Vines.  Saturday was the last junior sailing this year. The cakes were displayed beautifully and coded so that we had no idea who the chef was.  They were judged on appearance and taste.  The standard was very high, and the decision making very difficult. The final winner was Maddy Harris – cake pictured below:  
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Very successful RNLI Day Sun 30th October

Sailors were greeted by a flat calm when they arrived at the club on Sunday.  However, the wind came up enough to get racing in for the RNLI Burgees.  The winners will be announced at the prize giving.  Thanks to Charles Fox and the race team for organising. The RNLI ladies set up their plentiful store of christmas cards and gifts, and there wasn’t much left at the end of the day.  Thanks to them both and Liz Haan, the secretary of the Twickenham Branch who arranged it. Jo Carstens cooked up a storm with her fish pies which were
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Tamesis merlins win back Three Burgee Trophy

A Tamesis team led by Merlin Captain Joe Woods successfully defended the team race trophy called the Three Club Burgee.  The Trophy is competed for annually by teams from Tamesis, Thames SC in Surbiton and Minima YC at Kingston.  The clubs take it in turn to host the event.  This year it was Minima’s turn. The team comprising Joe Woods, John Adams, Zoe Adams, Ken Duffell and Ellen Schwartz were towed up first thing on Sunday – the fastest they went all day.  See the photo above taken by Zoe Adams.
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Adventurer convincing winner of Yates Cup/Braganza Bowl 2016

More pictures by Chris Wade – see the link below: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9X8mVqpz_X9MURkUkpnREY3Tzg?usp=sharing   The newest of the historic 10 strong fleet of A Raters that visited Tamesis over the weekend of 15th 16th October, convincingly won both the Braganza Bowl and the Yates Cup. The Raters are one of the oldest dinghy classes in the country, designed specifically to sail on the river.  The boats are based at Thames Sailing Club and Upper Thames Sailing Club and come down to Tamesis every autumn to sail for these equally old trophies. The south easterly wind lent to some exciting sailing, especially on the
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Nat 18s at Southampton Boat Show

The National 18s Ultra ‘Shadow’ nr 412 was displayed on a stand at the Southampton Boat Show this year.  The boat attracted a lot of attention, and it is hoped the 18s will take a stand at the Show next year. Two 18s took part in ‘The Battle of the Classes’  which took place on the Sunday of the show.  Panther (406) with Gregor Davidson, Jess Berney and Ollie Southgate, and Hurricane (401) with Ollie Houseman, Doug Nestor and Jeremy Vines.   A 90 minute pursuit, raced in Westerly 20+ knots with lots of reaching.   Panther was 18th and Hurricane 30th
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Sun shone on Bart’s Bash 2016

Tamesis took part in the 3rd Bart’s Bash on Sunday 18th September.  Nineteen boats took part in the very light northerly winds.  A total of £97 was collected – many thanks to all those who gave so generously. Bart’s Bash is the annual fund raiser for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, founded in memory of Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson who died in a tragic sailing accident on San Francisco harbour.  Bart was an Olympic medal winner.  More details on www.andrewsimpsonfoundation.org
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