Posts by Carolyne Vines

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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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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