Posts by John Dunkley

Richard Harris second at Salcombe, Toppers 1st, 2nd and 4th

Richard Harris and Jason Stokes were second overall at the Henri Lloyd Salcombe Regatta from Monday 8 to Friday 12 August.  Sailing the National 18 Odyssey  (400) they scored a fourth, first, third, first and a second, with net points of 11. Tamesis helms were first, second and fourth in the Topper fleet.   Harry Harris was first in 40070, Constantin Gerber second in 37597, and Ben Ramage fourth in 36316. Please see www.yachtsandyachting.com for more pictures.
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Hampton Court Trip

On Sunday 24th July several members of Tamesis Club ventured into uncharted water above the Kingston Bridges. Two Wayfarers, two Laser 2000s, two Enterprises, a Laser and a Mirror accompanied by three support boats sailed up to Hampton Court in sunshine with a south westerly just below force three. The Albany pub was busy but we managed to bag a couple of tables and had a pleasant lunch before an easy sail back with wind and current behind us . Needless to say we had many adventures which would put Swallows and Amazons to shame but “What happens up the
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Wednesday Working party saved by split pin

When the main halyard on one of the Laser 2000s gave up the ghost on 27 July the Wednesday Morning Working party sprang into action . Chris Pollard provided a replacement rope and some helpful expertise . Peter and Brian provided the muscle and Eric had a long piece of twine with a split pin on the end . Feeding the split pin down through the mast was a little tricky with the boat tilted against the end of the clubhouse but when it got to the appropriate hole in the mast it very helpfully popped out of the hole of
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Shen Shui sails home

Tony and Leonie Steer stopped off at Salcombe Merlin Week in Shen Shui on their way home from Dartmouth.  The following photos, taken by Leonie, show their yacht leaving Dartmouth, with Tony at the helm, and Oscar, the ship’s cat, watching the Merlins.  
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John Adams wins Restless Trophy

John Adams, crewed by Falcon Compton , won the Restless Trophy at Tamesis on Sunday 10 July in Salterello, Merlin 1602.  Sailed for on the first Sunday of Salcombe Merlin Week, the race attracted a four boat entry which enjoyed a keen contest in a fresh gusty westerly wind.  Vice Commodore Alan Green, who was Race Officer, set a modest course with and east-west dogleg opposite the clubhouse, and shortened the course after seven rounds.
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Death of Peggy Morris

 The club gave Peggy two cakes to celebrate her 93rd birthday Peggy Morris, one of Tamesis Club’s oldest and much loved members, passed away on Thursday 7 July.  She was 95. Her death followed a heart operation in St. Thomas’s Hospital.  She was active in the International 14 and Merlin Rockets classes in the 1960s and 1970s, and in recent years enjoyed watching the racing from the clubhouse.   An enthusiastic member of the Tamesis Bridge Group, Peggy was the generous donor of the club’s television screen.  She drove to the club almost every Sunday for lunch on her mobility scooter, which she called
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Commodore’s BBQ

The Commodore’s BBQ, scheduled for Sunday 3 July, was not so much of a wash out as a choc out.  The Commodore was on safety boat duty and those members looking for an interesting lunch were able to enjoy all the catering staff had on offer  both in the clubhouse and, on what must have been the hottest and sunniest days of the year so far, on the veranda and the riverside tables on the lawn.  The Rear Commodore Sailing was heartily thanked for his generous donation of slices of chocolate cake and a delicious creamy fruit pavlova.
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Moths in the Smithy

Chris Pollard, Paul Jamieson & Peter Johnson had this brilliant idea to upgrade the Smithy race control hooter and add voice to it. The old Claxton wiring is a bit dodgy – we think it dates back pre-1970 and there is 240V on the roof in a wooden box that is rotting. Robin Lince devised a solution which he calls ‘Moths’ and with a lot of help from Peter and considerable head scratching it is now installed. The old hooter system will be kept in service until everyone has had a play with the new system and any teething trouble
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