Posts by John Dunkley

Making a splash!

The new year got off to a much drier if colder start for Tamesis in 2015 than it did in 2014. Remember last year? The attached photo will remind you. The dinghy park, lawn and passageways round the Clubhouse were flooded, on and off, and the river was running so fast that sailing was impossible for 11 weeks. Wellies were worn by all but a brave few who walked across the car park in bare feet or drove home in soaking shoes and socks!
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Boxing Day Races

The first shall be last and the last shall be first. So it was with the Boxing Day races on Friday 26 December. Mike Goldsmith won the Laser race sailing ROB (203911) in very little wind, taking just over 30 minutes to complete one round of a very short course between the recreation ground and the Canoe Club. No other Lasers took part. Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green was the first (and last) National 18 crewed by Pek Konidaris in Orion (336), taking almost 50 minutes round the same course. The Merlins were rumored to be racing with the gee-gees
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Wednesday Working Party Xmas Lunch

Nineteen members of the Tamesis Wednesday Working Party sang “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” to Club Bos’un Ted Neal, one of their colleagues who is in hospital recovering from a stroke, through a mobile phone link set up by Commodore Stewart Colley. The link was pre-arranged with Ted’s wife Doreen who sat at his hospital bedside holding the receiving phone to Ted’s ear.. The lunch, an annual event, was held on Wednesday 17 December at the Adelaide pub in Teddington, where members enjoyed a delicious three course meal that included turkey with all the
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Death of Simon Gunn

Simon Gunn, an enthusiastic National 18 crew, died on Tuesday 9 December. He crewed for Ian Burnett in Zephyr (374) when they won both the Queen Adelaide Cup and the trophy now known as the Tamesis Anchor in 2005. They were lapping the other 18s at the finish of the race. He lived in Thailand in recent years and died in Bangkok. His ashes are being brought back to the UK and will be scattered near a favourite place, a beautiful waterfall in North Wales.
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In memory of Rosemary Green

Rosemary Green, who died on Friday 12 December, was a member of Tamesis for nearly 60 years and a founder member with Jack Tuson, of the Tamesis Offshore Group in 1973. With her younger sister, Jo (Audrey Beeching Green), who died in 2008, aged 87, she was a keen member of the Tamesis National 18 fleet and of the Tamesis Bridge Group. They were also enthusiastic gardeners and spent many years looking after the plants in the Tamesis flowerbeds. Rosemary crewed for Harold and Neil Paul, David Weir, Richard Miles and Richard Howells, and occasionally also crewed in Fireflies. She
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Santa breezed in to Tamesis Christmas Lunch during the carol singing

Nobody told Santa that the Tamesis Clubhouse doesn’t have a chimney. So the 95 members who attended this year’s Christmas Lunch on 14 December were somewhat foxed by the sight of a dishevelled Father Christmas, carrying a sack of presents, who arrived just as Brian Southcott was concluding the carol singing. The singers were in the midst of “On the first day of Christmas” and had just reached the words “and a partridge in a pear tree” for the twelfth time when Santa breezed in. He was clearly confused, as the picture shows, because he thought he had heard “a
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Tamesis Commodore’s Trophy awarded to Club Bos’n in hospital

Ted Neal, Tamesis Club’s Bos’n, who is currently in Kingston Hospital recovering from a stroke, was loudly cheered by 52 fellow Tamesis members and friends at the annual prizegiving on Saturday 15 November when Commodore Stewart Colley awarded him a special trophy in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the Club. The trophy was accepted on Ted’s behalf by his wife, Doreen, who said she would take it to him the following day and felt it would play an important part in assisting his recovery. The Trophies were elegantly presented to winning helms and their crews by Nicola
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Tamesis boats take top three places in Ariel’s Trowlock Trophy

Marcus Chavasse won the Trowlock Trophy in his Laser, RTM (197213) at Ariel SC’s annual two race handicap pursuit at Teddington on Sunday 2 November. He was second to Peter and Richard Mason, last year’s winners, sailing Bambusa (Merlin 847) in the first race and won the second race, in which the Mason brothers did not compete. David Baker and Jim Green were second overall in Cobblers (Albacore 6813), counting a third in the morning and a second in the afternoon. Donald Forbes was third overall in Greylag (Laser 188044) with a fourth in the morning and a third in
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Tamesis RNLI day raises £928

More than £928 was raised for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution at the annual RNLI day at Tamesis on Sunday 26 October. The Twickenham and Teddington branch sold Christmas cards, calendars and Christmas puddings which, together with race entry fees raised a record £814,some £200 more than last year. The RNLI collecting box on the bar produced an additional £113.
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Bambusa wins Trafalgar Trophy

It blew hard before the battle and after the battle was over, but just as at Trafalgar in 1805, the battle for the Trafalgar Trophy at Tamesis on Sunday 19 October took place in much lighter winds. Most of the race was sailed in a light southerly force 3 which gave the 13 competitors a difficult up river beat into the sheltered water beyond Steven’s Eyot. There was enough stream to make the rounding on the Canbury mark a tricky business and the Lensbury buoy, set half way down Trowlock Island, proved equally difficult. The six competing Lasers were the
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