Posts by John Dunkley

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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Richard and Harry Harris second at Upper Thames

Richard and Harry Harris sailing Passing Cloud (1079) finished second overall on four points, counting two seconds in the first and third race at the Silver Tiller/Thames Series open meeting for Merlins at Upper Thames SC on Sunday 29 June. They were OCS in the second race but were able to discard that result. There were 20 entries. The races were sailed in sunshine and a good 10-15 mph northerly wind. Richard Mourant and Joe Woods sailing Take It Easy (3606) finished 18th overall on 28 points, counting two 14ths in the second and third races, and a discarded 20th.
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Ken Duffell second at Minima

Ken Duffell and Brian Corking were second overall sailing Harry (3599) in a nine-strong fleet at the Minima YC open meeting for Merlins on Sunday 22 June. The had a third, second and fourth in the three races, and scored five points. Richard Mourant and Joe Woods finished eighth overall in Take It Easy (3606), scoring 15 points from a seventh and an eighth. The event was won by Martin Hunter of Upper Thames SC crewed by his son Jacques in Quiver (774), who had two firsts in the first two races.
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