Posts by Stewart Colley

More Salcombe 2017

Weather stayed wonderful. Here are a few more pics – Richard and Harry Harris, and Andrew Harris with crew James Warren prepare to launch from Mill Bay. Rupert and Peter, and Ken and Joe (3606) run south past the clubhouse. Zoe in a quiet moment with John, giving crew Neville a day off.         
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Salcombe Merlins 2017

Tamesis arrives in sunny windy Salcombe. Richard and Harry Harris already doing some capsize practice – witnessed but sadly (or happily?) not captured on camera. Camilla and Stewart Colley already broken down trialling the fishmonger’s Dory. The support boat couldn’t get her going so we got towed back ignominiously to Whitestrand. Better luck tomorrow?
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Salcombe4 – It’s Tough Here!

Not to be outdone by Ken and Joe, Rupert managed an even more spectacular prang on Tuesday, however undaunted and with the help of his support team and carbon fibre expert Phil Scott, he was on the water again  the next day. Some pics below – Not a great day for Tamesis members overall. Andrew in Millie was black flagged, Joe and Ken had a good race finishing 38th and Rupert and Paul eventually got round in the tricky conditions for a 52nd. Overall rankings stand at 71, 100 and 114 respectively……….Hmmmm. Ex Tammy members fared better – Will and
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Salcombe 3

All the latest! Rupert – Ragtime retires in heavy weather on Monday and gets T-boned by a Sigma 38 on Tuesday. Peter Johnson crewing for the day. Wonderman Phil Scott is set to mend broken carbon fibre mast overnight. Yes really. Ken and Joe – Just made it to the line on time after overnight spreader repair. They failed sadly to take the holding tape off the repair and when they tried to hoist the main it stopped at the spreader…….derrrr. Just got it sorted in time. They were doing pretty well today but a knot on the mainsheet mysteriously came undone
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Salcombe2

Sunday 10th July Red and Green, and Black and Blue First day of sailing and it blew like old boots! The Tamesis line up is – 3479 Ragtime  Rupert Fletcher and Paul Jamieson 3606  Take it Easy  Ken Duffell  and Joe Woods 3649  Millie  Andrew Harris and Andrea Downham Ex Tammy members and Tammy members crewing include – 3165  Panatella  David Croft and Abigail Croft  (RYA) 3673  Caroline Croft and Beka Jones  (Blithfield) 3676  Hot Tottie  Phil Dalby and Fran Gifford  (Ranalagh) 3726  The Dark Side  Will Henderson and Mary Henderson  (Salcombe) Local friends from Hampton include  – 3560 Luka
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Salcombe Merlin Week

A select band represents Tamesis at Salcombe this year. Andrew Harris returns in Millie, and  regulars Ken Duffell and Joe Woods in Take it Easy, and Rupert Fletcher and Paul Jamieson in Ragtime. Saturday morning was lovely, but the weather closed in and the pictures show the general misty view in the afternoon as the clouds engulfed the hillsides. The crossing from Batson to Mill Bay was quick enough, but the chilly wait for the trollies to arrive was no joke. Take it Easy is de-powered approaching Mill Bay.     
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Tamesis at Teddington Village Fair

On Sunday while the Cutty Sark Bolt and the Kempton Nut were contested at the club, Laser 171688 with a nice crisp new sail went up to Udney Hall Gardens in the centre of Teddington to promote the club. The weather was good but it proved a bit quieter than previous years due to competition from other local events on the day. In spite of that, a number of good contacts were made which wil hopefully bear fruit in the future.  The stand was organised by sailing secretary Stewart Colley, ably assisted during the day by Florian and David Kruger,
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Canoe Rescue at Tamesis

After a thankfully uneventful day in the sun  for the Tamesis patrol boats covering the Traveller series Topper Open meeting, our Dory came in handy to rescue a Trowlock Island resident from the chilly waters of the Thames yesterday. He was recovered from the river, reunited with his partner , and offered the facilities of Tamesis to warm up.  They decided, however, to go merrily on their way – back home to no 7 to thaw out!   
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