Posts by John Dunkley

Tamesis National 18s looking to the future

Ian Burnett, Class Captain of the Tamesis National 18s, reports that in a well attended meeting at the Club on Sunday 28 September members voted by 18 votes for, none against and one abstention to buy a new Phil Morrison designed National 18 like Odyssey, which was seen at the Club earlier this year, and to launch an appeal for funds among both active and retired class members. Members will have the chance of buying a percentage partnership, making a Gift Aid gift or an interest free loan. Partners and lenders will have proportionate sailing rights but the main thrust
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“Homologous” breeze saves National 18 Inland Championship from becoming a big drift

The National 18 Inland Championship on Saturday 27 September was saved from becoming a big drift by what one onlooker called a “homologous” breeze (ie having the same relative position throughout). His remark was unjustified, however, as the modest one to two knot wind which eventually arrived did shift in direction from SSW to SE during the day. Race Officer Matthew Peregrine-Jones wisely postponed the start of the first race for more than half an hour because of the lack of a breeze. Eventually enough wind arrived to make racing possible and the four competing boats were sent off on
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Braganza Bowl won at Bart’s Bash regatta by Vagabond

The last three of the six races for the Braganza Bowl, the most highly prized of the Thames A Raters’ trophies, were held in conjunction with the Bart’s Bash regatta at Tamesis on Sunday 21 September. Vagabond (13), sailed by Ben Palmer, Mark Laity and Patrick Raynor was the overall winner in a fleet of five Raters. They had won two of the three races on Saturday 20 September and two on Sunday. Second overall was Osprey (16), sailed by Paul Browning, Justin Dunn and Graham Bartholomew, who won the fourth and last races of this six race event. Only
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Scamp wins Thames A Raters Yates Cup at Tamesis

Jonathan Smith won the Yates Cup in Scamp (12) after a closely fought race with Vagabond (13) at Tamesis Club’s annual open meeting for Thames A Raters on Saturday 20 September. He was crewed by Matt Dean and Katy Benson. Vagabond, sailed by Ben Palmer, Mark Laity and Patrick Raynor, had won the first two races for the Braganza Bowl earlier in the day but was compelled to do a 720 penalty turn for a rule infringement early in the third race and was unable to recover in time to challenge Scamp again. Scamp won by a margin of almost
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Stewart Colley arrives in London after sailing across the North Atlantic in a square rigger

Tamesis Commodore Stewart Colley arrived back in London on Friday 19 September after sailing across the North Atlantic in the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s square rigger Lord Nelson. They left Halifax on 20 August bound for Rekjavic but on Sunday 24 August Stewart reported that the captain of the Lord Nelson had decided to change course to avoid a volcanic eruption in Iceland and was now heading for the Azores. He expressed considerable disappointment that he would not now see either Iceland or the Faroes, as had been planned. On Thursday 4 September he reported that the Lord Nelson had arrived
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50 sailors take part in keenly competitive Autumn Regatta

Twenty five boats helmed and crewed by 50 sailors took part in some keenly competitive racing at Tamesis Club’s Autumn Regatta on Sunday 14 September. The Thames A Raters were sent on a lengthy course to Lensbury which gave a beat from a downstream start followed by a reach and beat upriver to a Canbury buoy near Hampton Wick Bridge. The other classes had a shorter course. A moderate to fresh gusty easterly wind provided some exciting sailing, with several capsizes, and the result of the three races for the majestic A Raters had to be postponed pending the outcome
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Mike & Jennifer Adams win Claude Russell Cup Race in Trojan

N18 Trojan (334), sailed by Mike and Jennifer Adams won the National Eighteen’s Claude Russell Cup on Sunday 31 August.   Ocatillo (316) sailed by Charles Fox and Joanna Rand was second; just 24 seconds behind on handicap.  One-over-the-eight (349), sailed by Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte was third. There were five participants in the race,  which must last for a minimum of 1½ hours, was held in a gusty SW wind over a long course which took the competitors on six laps to a Lensbury mark downstream of Trowlock Island and up river to a Canbury mark opposite the Albany.  It
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British Moth Bucket won by Toby Cooper

The British Moth Bucket was won by Toby Cooper from Broxbourne SC sailing To Moth (887) in a seven boat fleet at Tamesis on Sunday 7 September. The races were sailed in a very light northerly wind which gave a beat downstream and an upstream run, changing to an occasional reach in some places where there was a blow back from buildings and trees on the Surrey bank. Cooper won the first and second races of the three race event and all the other competitors decided to retire rather than struggle through a windless final race. Race Officer Jon Redding
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Tamesis Club’s new Wayfarer launched by Secretary of State for Business

A new Wayfarer trainer sailing dinghy to be used ​to introduce​ ​newcomers to sailing, both adults and children, was officially launched at Tamesis Club on Saturday 6 September by the Rt Hon Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and MP for Twickenham. The name of the Wayfarer, funded by Sport England, is Midnight ,​​ chosen in a competition held by the Tamesis Cadet fleet ​. The winning entry was from Tabitha Forbes, who handed over a sealed envelop​e as Dr Cable prepared to pour a glass of champagne over the bow. The Minister was accompanied by
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Tamesis Cadets take part in Source to Sea Relay

Tamesis Cadets took part in the Source to Sea Relay on Saturday 30 August in which a bottle of water from the source of the Thames is carried downstream to the mouth of the river. This is the second year in which they have taken part in the event. They left Tamesis at 13.30 and were towed up to Thames SC where they met the Ditton Skiff Club opposite Ravens Ait to collect the bottle and then sailed it to Teddington Lock where they handed it over to the Lock Keeper.
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