Posts by John Dunkley

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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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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