Posts by John Dunkley

Andrew Harris wins Great Tea Race

Andrew and Tom Harris won the Great Tea Race sailing Passing Cloud, Merlin Rocket 1079, at Tamesis on Sunday 26 June.  They beat 15 other boats in this one and a half hour multi-class pursuit race by more than two minutes in a moderate north westerly wind and warm sunshine.  Vice Commodore Alan Green was second in Orion, National 18 336, crewed by Peter Konidaris. Race Officer Brian Southcott set a straightforward course with a single dogleg which required port and starboard roundings of  Cadet and Club marks in midstream.  Some helms found  this confusing and only eight boats managed to sail the
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Summer Party a festival of rock and roll

  The Tamesis summer party on Saturday 16 June was a festival of rock and roll with Merlins, Lasers and National 18s competing with each other on the dance floor to see who could breach Rule 42 (which bans pumping and rocking) without a protest. The winners, judged by the loudness of the applause from the spectators on the bank of the dance floor, were Club Bosun and Dutyman, Paul Jamieson and his wife Sara. The scene was set by the Hampton Wick Band which activated the dancers with a succession of music from The Who and other pop groups.
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Death of Vivian Burchill

Members of Tamesis were very sad to learn of the death on Monday 13 June of Vivian Burchill, a Tamesis member for many years. He was 90. Vice Commodore in 1988-89, Rear Commodore in 1986-87 and Club Secretary from 1992 1995, Viv, as he was known to his friends, sailed a National 18 called Tinkerbell, and before that an Enterprise. Vivian “Viv” Burchill, beloved husband of Cathie and much loved father of Gillian, Chris and Carrie, passed away peacefully on 13th June at Deer Park View Care Centre. He had been cared for in the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher for the previous few weeks.
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New members learn the ropes

Following the success of Push the Boat Out several new members have signed up for RYA training . On Sunday 5 June training had to be fitted in round two pursuit races so knots and points of sailing were taught in the sun on the lawn. Photo by Eric Finlayson, knots by Simon.
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Donald Forbes wins Centenary Cup

Donald Forbes won the Centenary Cup with two barely challenged firsts in a fleet of 26 boats at Tamesis on Sunday 5 June. Sailing Storm, Laser 146120, Donald, the Laser Class Captain, swept ahead of the rest of the fleet to finish the second race with a lead of more than five minutes. His closest challenge in this annual two race inter-class pursuit came from Andrew Harris in Passing Cloud, Merlin Rocket 1079, which was second in the morning and fourth in the afternoon. Race Officer Ian Burnett set a lengthy figure of eight course that took the fleet downstream
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Nick Forbes wins Bank Holiday Pursuit

  The Bank Holiday Pursuit Race on Monday 30 May took place under grey skies in chilly conditions with a Force 3-4 northerly wind blowing.  Three Lasers and a National 18 took part in the race.  The boats start times were based on their handicap so the slower boats started first.   Chris Taggart started first in his Laser with a radial rig which gave him an advance of 3 minutes (half a lap’s advantage) over Nicholas Forbes and Tom James who were racing their Lasers with full sized rigs.  Due to the handicap timings Doug Pope and his crew Jose
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17 boats compete in Spring Regatta

Seventeen boats took part in the Spring Regatta at Tamesis on Sunday 22 May but, disappointingly, only nine competed in all three races. Of the 10 Merlins which entered, four did not sail in the second race and five did not compete in the third. One of the five Lasers withdrew after the first race. Both National 18s sailed in all three races. With all three races to count, those boats which did not compete in the last two races lost any hope of winning a trophy. Rupert Fletcher won the Merlins in Omega (1605) with only a fifth and
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Tamesis a hive of activity for Push the Boat Out

Tamesis Club was a hive of activity for Push the Boat Out day on Saturday 14 May with 78 people signing in to have a go at sailing. They included both adults and children, some of whom had sailed before and enjoyed the experience. All were required to wear lifejackets, a supply of which was provided by the club, and they were taken out on the river by a team of experienced helmsmen supported by others in safety patrol boats in case of a capsize. The boats used included a Wayfarer, three National 18s, two Merlins, a Firefly, two Lasers
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