Posts by John Dunkley

Seventy dance the night away at the Summer Party

Nearly seventy Tamesis members and guests celebrated the Summer Solstice by dancing the night away in fancy dress after enjoying a welcoming prosecco and three-course supper at the Summer Party on a warm sunny evening on Saturday 21 June. The event was organised by John Adams, Rear Commodore House, and members of the House Committee. Commodore Stewart Colley welcomed the revellers and, saying grace before supper, remembered that many members had attended the funeral of Phil England, the Club’s Captain, only the previous day. Phil, he said, had always enjoyed a good party and would be with them in spirit.
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A fond farewell to Phil England

More than 100 old friends and colleagues attended the funeral of Phil England at Mortlake Crematorium and the reception afterwards at Tamesis Club on Friday 20 June. They were welcomed at the Crematorium Chapel by Phil’s sons Adrian and Anthony and daughter Georgina and had responded to their request to wear brightly coloured ties and clothes in memory of their father. The service, which was conducted by the Rev. Ernest Forward, began with the hymn “Lord of all hopefulness” and ended with William Blake’s “Jerusalem”, included moving tributes to their father by Adrian, Georgina and Anthony. At the reception, Brian
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Visitors enjoy Push the Boat Out sailing

“I enjoyed that” was the delighted comment of several visitors as they left Tamesis after a three-hour Push the Boat Out sail on Saturday 14 June. More than 80 people took part in 15 boats in a gusty moderate to fresh northerly wind. Experienced sailors took the visitors, including many children, out for a sail in a selection of the Club’s dinghy classes including National 18s, Merlins, Lasers, Fireflies, Mirrors and an Albacore. There were frequent crew changes and some of the more adventurous adults were allowed to sail single-handed under the careful supervision of two safety boats. The wearing
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Centenary Cup won by David Baker and Jim Green

David Baker and Jim Green sailed Cobblers, Albacore 6813, to a closely challenged victory in the annual two-race class handicap pursuit for the Centenary Cup on Sunday 8 June. Both races were sailed in warm sunshine and a gentle south westerly wind that that gave some good racing. Thirty Tamesis members competed in the event, with 18 boats coming to the line in the morning race, which was won by Jon and Augusta Redding in Pikey, Merlin Rocket 3520. Unfortunaterly, they were unable to sail in the afternoon, and so did not qualify. Cobblers had been fourth with Henry Defries,
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Tamesis Merlins at Bourne End Week

Two Tamesis Merlins were competing in a 20 boat fleet at Upper Thames SC’s annual Bourne End regatta from Saturday 24 May to Wednesday 28 May. Their positions after six races were as follows: 7 Make it So (3556) Jodok Gerber and James Hobern 10, 9, 8, 4, 6, 5 net points 32; 11 Dynamo Humm (3411) Dana Church and Tim Cole, 11, 15, 13, 13,12, 6 net points 55. Please see http://www.utsc.org.uk/ for full results.
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Competitive racing at Spring Regatta

Almost 30 contestants enjoyed some highly competitive racing at the Tamesis Spring Regatta on Sunday 18. The three race event was sailed in warm sunshine and a light to moderate wind that kept shifting between south west and south, giving an upstream beat and a run down river on which spinnakers, although tricky to fly in the flukey wind, were used to advantage. Commodore Stewart Colley, who was Race Officer, sent the fleet on a lengthy upriver course to a Canbury mark set cose to Hampton Wick Railway Bridge with the Lensbury mark just downstream of the southern end of
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Heatwave thrives on the hot weather to win Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup

Rob Wilder and Joe McLaughlin sailed Heat Wave (343) to an undisputed three race victory to win both the Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup at the annual race for National 18s on Saturday 17 May. Thriving on the hot summer weather that perfectly matched the boat’s name, they lapped all the other contestants over a five round course in the last of the races. The light westerly wind made for slow sailing and none of the other 18 crews were able to match the speed and dexterity of Wilder and McLaughlin in tacking across an east-west dogleg near the
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Easter Egg prizes for Easter Sunday pursuit race

Large chocolate Easter eggs were presented as prizes to all the participants in the Easter Sunday pursuit race on 20 April which was won by Peter and Richard Mason in Merlin Rocket (847) Bambusa. The eight competitors needed something to cheer them up as the racing took place in persistent rain and, in spite of the forecast, only light winds. Overall results: 1 Bambusa (MR 847) Peter & Richard Mason; 2 Jabberwocky (MR 1950) Dana Church & Joe Woods; 3 Grey Dove (Laser 171688) Stewart Colley; 4 Make it so (MR3556) Jodok Gerber & Tina Letzinger; 5 Dragonfly (Laser 201014)
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Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl won by Richard and Harry Harris

The Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl were won by Richard Harris and his son Harry sailing Passing Cloud (1079) at the Tamesis Merlin Rocket Thames Series open meeting on Sunday 13 April. Seventeen boats from four clubs, including Thames SC, Wembley SC and Fishers’s Green, took part in the three race meeting, which was held in a light to moderate north westerly wind and warm sunshine over a course which took the contestants on a long down river beat to the northern end of Trowlock Island followed by an upstream run to a Canbury mark set just below Steven’s Eyot.
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Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris win Porteous and Southcott Cups

Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris won both the Porteous and Southcott Cups in a nine boat fleet at the Tamesis De May Series open meeting for Vintage Merlins on Saturday 12 April. The closely fought three race event came to an exciting climax in the third race, in which only seven boats competed. Sailing Crescendo (607), Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris won the first race after completing six rounds in a light westerly wind, with Stuart and Ollie Jenkins of Hampton SC second in Luka (3560). The second race, sailed in a stronger westery wind, was won by Rob Wilder
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