Posts by John Dunkley

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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Back to sailing after the floods

Tamesis members returned to sailing with enthusiasm on Sunday 16 March, the first day in 12 weeks that the heavily flooded Thames had returned to a sufficiently slow pace to make racing possible and the first day’s racing since the Christmas Pudding Race on Sunday 15 December. Four Merlins, four Lasers, a National 18 and a Firefly took to the water in warm sunshine and a light to moderate WNW wind to enjoy the satisfaction of sailing. The six round Merlin race was won by Ken Duffell and Brian Corking in Harry (3599) and the winning Laser was Greylag (188044)
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The Voyage of Wandering Dream

Ed and Genie Webb, two of Tamesis Club’s most accomplished dinghy sailors, began a global circumnavigation in their yacht Wandering Dream, a Rival 38, on Wednesday 16 August 2000. Genie and Ed Webb after arriving at Falmouth (Photo: Ben Vines) They completed a 2,028-mile passage to the Canary Islands on Thursday 26 October and joined 217 other yachts in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, leaving Las Palmas on Sunday 19 November 2000 for the 2,788 mile race to St Lucia. They won the Cruising World Trophy for the fastest couple to make the Atlantic crossing, taking just under 21 days.
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