Posts by John Dunkley

Pickle penalised in Round the Island Race

Jeremy and Max Vines thought they had won Division 5C sailing Pickle, their Dufour 34 (GBR 9585T), with an all family crew, in the Island Sailing Club’s annual race round the Isle of Wight on Saturday 1 July. However, they were given a 24 minute penalty for being marginally over the line at the start and instead of being second in Group 5 with an elapsed time of 08.25.42 they dropped to sixth. Pickle was 51st overall in a fleet of more than 1340 boats.
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Ken Duffell wins Queen Adelaide Cup

The Queen Adelaide Cup, Tamesis Club’s oldest trophy, was won by Ken Duffell sailing Orion, National 18 336. on Saturday 10 June. He was crewed by Peter Konidaris and Matthew Valentine, his grandson. Normally a Merlin helmsman, Ken had been lent Orion by Vice Commodore Alan Green who was unable to sail because of a temporary health problem. The Tamesis Anchor was won by Chris Pollard, crewed by Caroline Stillwell, in Antedote, National 18 348.
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Tamesis training back with a bang

Eric Finlayson, the Club’s RYA training instructor, reports that weekly training sessions are “Back with a Bang”. Training started again after PTBO with a bang on Sunday 4 June with twelve students on four different courses in nine boats. While both Wayfarers and Laser 2ks were as ever the backbone of the fleet the newly acquired and refurbished Oppies were the hit of the day. “After brief on shore instruction several of our new young members took to the water in them and very quickly mastered the basics of sailing on their own. Other youngsters used Toppers and even managed
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Andrew Harris wins Centenary Cup 2017

The Centenary Cup was won by Andrew and Tom Harris sailing 50 Shades (Merlin Rocket 3723) in an inter-class pursuit race on Sunday 4 June. They beat Charles Fox and Steve Katz in Geniveve (National 18 266) by only seconds in a 14 boat fleet. Race Office Rob Wilder sent the competitors off on a lengthy course in an eight knot west south westerly wind. Results: 1 Andrew & Tom Harris (MR 3723), 2 Charles Fox & Steve Katz (N18 266), 3 Marcus Chavasse (Laser 197213), 4 Peter & Richard Mason (MR 847), 5 Paul Jamieson (Laser 170263). Click on
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Shen Shui sails to Dartmouth

Tony and Leonie Steer sailed from the Solent to Dartmouth in their yacht Shen Shui on 22 May. Leonie reports “We arrived in Dartmouth after a lovely 9 hour downwind crossing of Lyme Bay, often surfing at 7 knots. Oscar (the ship’s cat) is fine.” On 25 May she added that they hoped to sail on to Newton Ferrers to visit friends. On Saturday 3 June Leonie reported “It was a bit misty around Start Point but cleared enough for Oscar to check the transit into Newton Ferries.  He was very impressed that Falmouth was dressed all over to welcome
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Teddington Scouts visit Tamesis for boat training

On Thursday 25 May Tamesis Club welcomed members and officers of the 1st Teddington Scout Group. After a brief explanation of the basics of sailing the group were given a detailed safety briefing then fitted with buoyancy aids. This was followed by a quick “on shore” demonstration of boat handling. The visitors were then split up between those who wished to take part in the normal Thursday race in a National 18 or to get further instruction with an RYA instructor in a Wayfarer or Laser 2000. Those opting for instruction went on a cruise up river to Kingston Bridge
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Rob and Milly Wilder second at Thames Merlin open

Thames Sailing Club hosted a Merlin Open meeting on Sunday 14 May which is part of the Thames Series in which visitors from Tamesis, Hampton & Fishers Green SC joined the locals. A decent breeze allowed for a beat up towards Thames Ditton Marina and a run back downstream to a leeward mark just off Raven’s Ait. Rob & Milly were leading the first race when on the beat a big gust came and knocked them flat. They didn’t go over but managed to take in a fair bit of water, letting John & Livvy Bell into the lead, but
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Push the Boat Out day a great success

Video above by Kathrin Gerber     More than 100 sailing enthusiasts took part in Tamesis Club’s Push the Boat Out day on Saturday 13 May.  The RYA sponsored event was blessed by near perfect conditions with a light westerly wind and warm sunshine marred by occasional spots of rain from passing clouds. Experienced helmsmen took newcomers sailing in boats of many sizes including the latest design National 18, a Wayfarer, Merlin Rockets, Lasers, Mirrors and Toppers.  They were supervised by three of the club’s safety boats which were occasionally called on to rescue several over enthusiastic teenagers who capsized
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Death of Angela Norris

Angela Norris, a Tamesis member for many years, passed peacefully away in the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, on Friday 5 May.  Her family were by her side.  She was 88. More than 70 friends and family attended the funeral at the Sacred Heart Church, Teddington on Tuesday 30 May, followed by a reception at Tamesis Club. Angela was an enthusiastic member of the Tamesis Bridge Group, and in her younger days crewed in Merlins and for members of the Offshore Group. Her late husband, Percy, was a diplomat and she travelled the world with him until he was  tragically assassinated
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