Posts by John Dunkley

Poems end in a rescue at WMWP Xmas lunch

All the members of the Wednesday Morning Working Party do a tremendous amount of work to keep the Clubhouse neat and tidy, the changing rooms, lawn, dinghy park and boat shed and patrol boats in ship shape.  On one Wednesday near Christmas they celebrate with a festive lunch at which they tell amusing stories, often as poems, in which they poke fun at each other’s activities.  This year the fun, enjoyed by 23 members at The  Adelaide pub, was no exception.  However, as everyone knows, Poets Day is on a Friday.  (“Push off early tomorrow’s Saturday”).  But this year the
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Near record number at Tamesis Christmas Lunch

A near record number of 103 members and guests attended the annual Christmas lunch on Sunday 11 December. The meal followed the traditional races for Christmas pudding prizes, which were given out during the meal. 25 boats turned out for the Christmas Pudding Race, sailed in a light westerly wind in full view of the Clubhouse. The glorious sunshine and mild temperature certainly encouraged a good turn out. Helms and crews were complimented on the well decorated boats. The wonderful smells wafting across the water from the cooking whetted everyone’s appetites. Sailing Secretary Stewart Colley opened the proceedings with a
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Message from the lawn mower

Brian Harper-Lewis has sent the following message to Tamesis members:  “I’d like to say a special thank you to the bozo who dumped this length of tube with hawser attached… yes, in the long grass. Where else? “Things got really interesting for a few moments as the tube began to flail round the outside of the mower base like some demented medieval knight. I got out of the way sharpish.” The offending tube was near the car park end of the trailer park.  
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Commodore’s Trophy

Receiving the Commodore’s Prize on behalf of the training team on Sunday 20 November, Eric Finlayson thanked all the instructors and students for a great year .  He said, “Basic training  will start again after an open day in March but the team would also be happy to provide any advanced course members may require on request “.
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Olympic skills identified in young Tamesis Laser sailor

Donald Forbes, Nick Forbes, Sara Jamieson & Cherry Forbes Carolyne Vines presents the Commodore’s Trophy   Rupert Fletcher Chris Pollard and Peter Johnson John Adams Donald Forbes with the Laser Shield Alan Green receives his trophy Laser sailor Nick Forbes was congratulated for showing the qualities of a potential Olympic sailor at the Tamesis Club prize giving on Saturday 12 November. Vice Commodore Alan Green, a former Secretary and Race Director of the Royal Ocean Racing Club, said Nick’s talents were comparable with those shown  by members in the Club’s earlier years like Stewart Morris, who won a gold  medal
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The joy of yachts

Leonie Steer reported on 25 October that she and Tony spent a busy weekend helping to lift 52 yachts and their masts out of the water at Gosport.  “I was a mast Marshall and Tony was on the hull pontoon preparing yachts for lift. All neat and tidy for the winter”, she said
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Strategic sailing wins Trafalgar Trophy

It may be more than 200 years since Nelson won the battle of Trafalgar but fast thinking and equally fast sailing are still major factors in overcoming the opposition. So it was at Tamesis on Sunday 23 October when Rob Wilder and his 10-year-old daughter Milly Chong-Wilder out-sailed 13 other boats in this year’s contest to win the Trafalgar Trophy. The one and three quarter hour inter-class pursuit race was sailed in a cold and gusty north-easterly wind between Steven’s Ait and the downstream end of Trowlock Island. Race Officer Barry Mourant started the contestants from the Smithy at pre-notified
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Rob Wilder wins Sondown Cup

Start of the third race More photos taken by Chris Wade – see link https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9X8mVqpz_X9WmFqYV80SGxFdkk?usp=sharing Report by Joe Woods, Merlin Class Captain Sunday 9 October saw sixteen Merlins take to the water for this year’s Tamesis Merlin Open Meeting, which forms part of the Thames Series. Competitors were to battle it out for the Sondown Cup, awarded to overall winner of the day, and the Elizabeth Bowl awarded to the highest placed vintage boat – both held by last year’s winner Martin Hunter in boat (774) Quiver. Martin wasn’t available to defend his titles this year, but we were gladly joined
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Jon Redding wins Laser Barometer for third year running

Merlin sailor Jon Redding won the Laser Barometer in a borrowed Laser for the third year in succession at Tamesis on Sunday 2 October. In brilliant conditions with the north westerly wind giving long beats and runs Jon Redding may have won all three races for the Barometer Trophy but he didn’t win any of them without a fight.  In race one he and Donald Forbes reached the first windward mark side by side with Donald taking the faster course down wind to gain a lead which he held for the next two and a half laps.  On the final
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Alan Green wins N18 Inland Championship

Commodore Carolyne Vines presents the Maddison Cup to Alan and Peter The over the line start Tamesis Vice Commodore Alan Green won the National 18 Inland Championship at Tamesis on Saturday 18 September after a dramatic last race in which both his boat and the second boat were over the line at the start.  Crewed by Peter Konidaris in Orion (336), Alan did not hear the recall signal from Race Officer Matthew Peregrine-Jones.  Nor did Andrew Royce and Marcus Chavasse in Scorpion (340), who capsized trying to avoid Orion. The gusty southerly wind, with gusts up to 23 knots, made
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