Posts by John Dunkley

Tamesis Club’s new Wayfarer to be launched by Vince Cable MP

The new Wayfarer sailing dinghy which is to be used for training new members how to sail is to be officially launched at Tamesis Club at 15.00 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 and the National Lottery, is to be chosen by the members of the Tamesis Cadet fleet. The Minister will be accompanied by his wife. A privately owned Wayfarer and other club dinghies will be available to offer visitors a sail on the
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Richard Harris wins last of the 2014 Thursday evening races

The last of this year’s summer Thursday evening handicap races for the G W Smith Trophy on 28 August was won by Richard and Sue Harris in Passing Cloud, Merlin 1079. They led the 17 strong fleet throughout, completing four rounds of a Canbury-Lensbury plus north-south dogleg course in 35 minutes in a light to moderate SW wind. The leading Laser, Greylag (188044) was sailed by Donald Forbes. The fleet was made up of four Merlins, five Lasers, three National 18s, two Fireflies, two Toppers and an Albacore.
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Woollen Guernseys

Woollen Guernseys, size M & L; fleeces, all colours, adult and child sizes. Also waterproof jackets and trousers, Jerseys and sailing shoes available in various colours and small, medium and large sizes. Can be inspected and tried on for size at the Club. Phone Dunkley 020 8399 5993 for prices and other details.
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Sailing the Atlantic in a square rigger

Commodore Stewart Colley, who is sailing across the North Atlantic in the Jubilee Sailing Trust’s square rigger Lord Nelson, sent the following progress report on Tuesday 19 August: “Three days in Halifax and one today in lovely Lunenburg (great sea food) and we are finally off tomorrow bound for Rejavik. We plan to skirt round the grand banks to avoid fog and fishing boats. ETA about two weeks time. Our water tanks are full and we just need to top up on diesel first thing. Weather has been mixed but looks good for the next few days at least and
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Rob Wilder raises £1010 for Moorfields Eye Charity

Rob Wilder raised £1010 for Moorfields Eye Charity in the London-Surrey 100 bike ride on Sunday 10 August. The course was shortened to 86 miles because of the bad weather but Rob reports that he was able to get round the course in 5 hours 28 minutes. “I got caught in the storm and the road became a river. We had to get off and walk for a short while just after Ham Gate.” The shortened course meant he did not have to cycle up either Leith Hill or Box Hill. His mother, who is partially sighted, has been a
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Tamesis Merlin at Hampton Wick Fair

Matthew Peregrine-Jones very kindly lent his boat and his dad, and Dana very kindly towed the boat up to the Fair and back again, and even more kindly stayed to help out. Steve and Sue Katz provided teas and coffees, smiles and boat moving. Kaan organised everybody, having completed the cycle race (shortened by 14 miles), and arrived just in time to wheel the boat in the parade helped by Dana, Steve and Stewart. The stars of the show were the two daughters of Sue’s friend, who sat in the boat, smiled and waved throughout the parade. Stewart organised the
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Teddington River Festival

The Teddington River Festival was held on Teddington Lock Island and the Surrey bank of the Thames on Sunday 27 July. Commodore Stewarft Colley towed his Laser and one of the Club’s Mirrors down to the Lock behind the Club launch with the help of Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines, Offshore Group Captain Clive Mence, and Florian, David and Sara Krueger. They were met at the Lock by Adrian, Sally and Rosalind Warwick-Haller, Nicky Chavasse and Sue Harris. The Laser was hoisted up on to Lock Island and taken to an allocated slot at the lower end and the Mirror was
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Tamesis members celebrate Peggy’s 93rd birthday

More than 40 Tamesis members gathered in the Clubhouse after racing on Sunday 20 July to celebrate the 93rd birthday of Peggy Morris, who joined the Club in 1948, sailing an International 14 with her late husband. Commodore Stewart Colley congratulated Peggy on her longevity and wished her a very happy birthday on behalf of all the members. He invited them all to join in a toast and share a glass of champagne and a slice of birthday cake after lunch. Everyone sang Happy Birthday.  
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Jon and Joanna Redding win Cutty Sark Bolt in Pikey

The Cutty Sark Bolt (also known as The Great Tea Race) was won by Jon and Joanna Redding in their Merlin Rocket (3520) Pikey on Sunday 29 June after a race of an hour and 45 minutes in which the 16 starters were sent off at intervals based on their class handicaps. Donald Forbes led for much of the race in Greylag, Laser (188044) but was overtaken by the Reddings in the fourth and final round which took the fleet from Tamesis to a Canbury mark set below Steven’s Eyot, then downriver to a Lensbury buoy close to Teddington weir.
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