Posts by John Dunkley

Andrew Harris wins Trafalgar Trophy

The Trafalgar Trophy, a picture of the Battle of Trafalgar, was won by Andrew Harris and David Solomon sailing Merlin Rocket (3723) 50 Shades on Sunday 22 October. The seven competing boats were battered by the remains of storm Brian as they raced round a modest course near the Clubhouse with an awkward SE-NW dogleg adding to the challenge. Fortunately, there were no capsizes, but two boats retired before the end of this inter-class pursuit race. Results: 1 50 Shades (MR 3723) Andrew Harris & David Solomon; 2 Cobblers (Albacore 6813) David Baker & Jim Green; 3 Phew (Laser 178209)
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Marcus Chavasse wins Laser Barometer

Tamesis Club’s annual Laser open meeting on Sunday 1 October was won by Marcus Chavasse in Laser 197213 with a second and two firsts in the best two out of three races in an 11 boat fleet. Andrew Harris was second in 132359, counting a third and second. Third was Alistair Banks, from Minima YC, in 44761, with a fourth and a third. There were also other visitors from Lensbury and Minima. Race Officer Peter Mason sent the first race on a six lap course to a Canbury mark upstream from Steven’s Eyot, with the downstream mark a short distance
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60 members enjoy Commodore’s BBQ

More than 60 Tamesis members attended the Commodore’s barbecue on Sunday 17 September. Bosun Paul Jamieson was the principal chef and roasted a selection of chicken, sausages and beefburgers, helped by his wife, Sara, who handed out the plates and knives and forks, and Beatrice Russ. The weather was kind, with warm sunshine replacing the few short showers of the morning. Everyone was offered a Pimms or first free drink at the club bar by Commodore Carolyne Vines and strawberries were offered by Jo Carstens to all those who had room left for pudding. Jo Carstens also bought and prepared
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A cold and windy Tamesis Autumn Regatta

21 boats took part in three closely contested races at the Tamesis Autumn Regatta on Sunday 10 September. It started warmer but soon clouded over and turned into a cold, windy day and the gusty north easterly wind caused many capsizes especially among the nine Lasers. The Merlin Cup was won by Rob Wilder and Tom James in Flinkidink (1097), with two firsts and a third. Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts were second in Sublime (1230), the only boat to risk a spinnaker, with two seconds and a first. Kaan Yargici sailed the winning Laser, Road of Bones (203911), in
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Evening sailing ends with choccy challenge

The final Thursday evening’s sail of the summer on 31 August ended with a choccy challenge fun race with chocolate prizes presented by Tamesis Commodore Carolyne Vines to the winning boat in each class. Ten boats took to the water in a light north westerly wind and four were declared winners after four painfully slow rounds of a short Lensbury-Canbury course in which many were lapped. First to finish were John and Zoe Adams in their Merlin Rocket Saltarello (1602). Other winners were Rosalind Warwick-Haller in Dragonfly, Laser 201014, Florian Krueger and David Allan sailing Wayfarer 11032 Midnight, and Alan
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Tamesis rowers

After sailing on Sunday 20 August six Tamesis sailors took to the oars on Stewart Colley’s Thames Watermen’s Cutter Richard Butler and rowed up to Raven’s Ait and stopped off for tea, coffee and ice creams on the way back. They were coxed by Peter Simpson. This photo shows them passing the club on the way back to the cutter’s riverside mooring.
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National 18 Championship

A full report on the National 18 Championship at Hayling Island SC from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July can be seen on both the HISC website at www.hisc.co.uk and on the Yachts and Yachting website at www.yachtsandyachting.com. Both have photos of the racing and full results.
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Tamesis 18s have smashing time at National Championship

Tamesis boats have had a smashing time at the National 18 Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Jeremy Vines’s Hurricane (401), helmed by Olly Houseman, broke its mast when it capsized and had to borrow a spare mast from another competitor. In the Classic fleet. Genevieve (266), sailed by Charles Fox, Chris Pollard and Stewart Colley, capsized so many times in the rough waters of Hayling Bay that it broke its foredeck and forward buoyancy and had to do a temporary repair with ducktape. This photo, taken by Jeremy Vines, shows them waiting for help on a nearby beach. The
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