National 18

The National 18 was originally an Uffa Fox design from 1936, which was christened the ‘Uffa Ace’. It was tough, with a heavy metal plate, an excellent racer-cruiser on the sea, and fleets sprang up soon after the war at several locations around the coast. There were 18s at Tamesis by the early 1950s, and, largely because of the tall rig, large mainsail and good manoeuvrability, they also proved to be good river boats.

It is a restricted class, thus allowing development as new ideas and materials emerge. It was in 1970 that the first GRP boat emerged, to a design by Ian Proctor, and built for Murray Vines at Tamesis. New hulls are now built on the west coast of Ireland using the Class mould, and are generally equipped with Proctor masts and McWilliam sails. Thus new boats have become virtual one-designs. The new boat hull weight is 200kg, and, equipped with a trapeze, it provides exciting rides.

The annual championship rotates between Cork, Findhorn (near Inverness), the Isle of Man and Tamesis, and attracts about 30 entries. The river is not an ideal venue, so we have to organise it elsewhere e.g. St Mawes in 2001 and Portland in 2005 and 2009. It was at Hayling Island in July 2013.

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  • For sale: New Design Ultra National 18 / 401 “Hurricane”

    Contact: Jeremy Vines +44 (0) 7931 672020 jeremy@picklecorner.co.uk Oliver Houseman +44 (0) 7951 046 022 o.houseman@sky.com
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  • Claude Russell (N18) Postponed

    Please note that the Claude Russell event has been postponed from Sunday, 27th August to Sunday, 17th September.
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  • National 18 Championship

    A full report on the National 18 Championship at Hayling Island SC from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July can be seen on both the HISC website at www.hisc.co.uk and on the Yachts and Yachting website at www.yachtsandyachting.com. Both have photos of the racing and full results.
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  • Tamesis 18s have smashing time at National Championship

    Tamesis boats have had a smashing time at the National 18 Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Jeremy Vines’s Hurricane (401), helmed by Olly Houseman, broke its mast when it capsized and had to borrow a spare mast from another competitor. In the Classic fleet. Genevieve (266), sailed by Charles Fox, Chris Pollard and Stewart Colley, capsized so many times in the rough waters of Hayling Bay that it broke its foredeck and forward buoyancy and had to do a temporary repair with ducktape. This photo, taken by Jeremy Vines, shows them waiting for help on a nearby beach. The Championship runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July.
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  • National Eighteen Championships at Hayling Island

    Two Tamesis National 18s are competing at Hayling Island Sailing Club next week – classic boat nr 266 Genivieve sailed by Charles Fox, Stewart Colley and Chris Pollard, and Ultra Odyssey sailed by Matthew Peregrine Jones, Kaan Yargici and Dana Church. Charles, Stewart and Chris are seen below doing an essential equipment check.  Good luck guys! Information on the whole event can be found on http://www.hisc.co.uk/sailing-racing/open-events/national-18-champs/  
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  • Great weekend for National 18 English Championships on the Blackwater River hosted by the Blackwater Sailing Club

    The 18’s were made very welcome by the Club over the weekend of the 7/8 July. Apart from great hospitality the visitors were provided with excellent weather. Saturday’s light conditions were followed by a solid planing breeze on Sunday. Five races had three different winners, but in the end it was Jess Berney’s Panther that prevailed overall. Results 1st – 406 Panther – Jess Berney, Brett Townsend, Gregor Davidson/ Ben Arnold 2nd – 412 Shadow – Maria Richards, Julian Berney, David Nichols 3rd – 401 Hurricane – Ollie Houseman, Jeremy Vines, Alex Norman/ David Evans 4th – 400 Odyssey – Matt Peregrine-Jones, Kaan Yargici, Dana Church NOTICE!!!!: JEREMY VINES LOOKING FOR 1 CREW FOR N18 CHAMPS AT HAYLING Mon 24th July and Tues 25th, and a crew for Thurs 27th and Fri 28th (the Wednesday is a lay day in the new format). Any takers for either slot welcome! Sleeping space provided.
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  • Sunday afternoon sailing 7th May

    The weather was brilliant, and the wind wasn’t bad too!  See the following link for photos by Chris Wade.  Thanks Chris https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9X8mVqpz_X9YjZCUHlWODZQU2c
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  • Tamesis 18s in 44th Bloody Mary

    Olly, Jeremy and Doug before they set out. James, Kaan and Tom before they set out. Oliver Houseman and Jeremy Vines were 86th overall in National 18 Hurricane nr 401 in an entry of 287 boats from 105 sailing clubs at the 2017 Bloody Mary race organised by Queen Mary SC on the first Saturday of the London Boat Show on 7 January.   James Fox, Tom McLaughlin and Kaan Yargici were 99th in National 18 Odyssey 400. Two other National 18s took part, both of whom are based at Blackwater – Shadow and Panther. The 18s were also sailing in the English National Championship for the National 18 class, which is sailed at a different venue every year.  The Trophy was presented in 2013 by Jeremy Vines and Richard Howells in memory of their fathers’ contribution to the National 18 Class.  The Trophy was presented to the winning crew of  Hurricane Jeremy, Olly and Doug at a celebratory meal in a local curry house. The race, in light winds, was won by Alex Davey and his nine year old son Thomas, both well know as contestants at Tamesis events, from Royal Harwich YC, in Firefly 2649.  Another Firefly also well known at Tamesis, number 3119, sailed by Barney Smith and Trinian Morris, from Papercourt SC, was second. Please see www.yachtsandyachting.com for full results,
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  • Nat 18s at Southampton Boat Show

    The National 18s Ultra ‘Shadow’ nr 412 was displayed on a stand at the Southampton Boat Show this year.  The boat attracted a lot of attention, and it is hoped the 18s will take a stand at the Show next year. Two 18s took part in ‘The Battle of the Classes’  which took place on the Sunday of the show.  Panther (406) with Gregor Davidson, Jess Berney and Ollie Southgate, and Hurricane (401) with Ollie Houseman, Doug Nestor and Jeremy Vines.   A 90 minute pursuit, raced in Westerly 20+ knots with lots of reaching.   Panther was 18th and Hurricane 30th .  Though not deliberately attention seeking, Hurricane had a collision with the Committee boat, and Panther a capsize four minutes before the N18 start and still crossed the line on time.  Hurricane also lost wireman Doug for a while and he showed he had a good front crawl by catching up. Report Jeremy Vines Shadow on the stand with Max Vines attending Shadow and Hurricane blasting across the Solent  
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  • Hot summer weather takes over Autumn Regatta

    Carolyne Vines and Jon Redding The crews of the 33 boats which sailed in the Tamesis Autumn Regatta on Sunday 11 September could be excused for thinking the weather was making a determined bid to have it renamed the Long Hot Summer Regatta.  Warm sunshine, temperatures in the mid-20s and a gentle southerly breeze and later westerly wind combined to make the racing as challenging as it was enjoyable. A fleet of 13 Lasers made the running with Jon Redding, normally a Merlin helmsman, sweeping ahead of all the others with three firsts in (188044) borrowed from Nick Forbes.  Second, in Laser (130773) was Chris Taggart counting a fifth, sixth and third.  Constantin Gerber was third in Buzz (39245) with a tenth, fourth and second. Only one of the five Merlins sailed the required three races.  Rob Wilder crewed by his daughter Milly in Flinkidink (1097) had three firsts.  Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris were second in the first race in Crescendo (607). The race between three National 18s was won after the application of handicaps by Vice Commodore Alan Green crewed by Peter Konidaris in Orion (336), scoring a third and two firsts.  Chris Pollard and Jim Green were second in Antedote (348) with a first, third and second. The Handicap class was won by Alex and David Cane, of Minima, in the Enterprise Alanah (E21439).  There was a six boat turnout of enthusiastic youngsters in Toppers.  The winner was Edward Mayley, from Minima, in Jester (20320), with three firsts. Commodore Carolyne Vines, the OOD, set a modest course, with an east-west dogleg opposite the Clubhouse.  She was assisted by Angela Caldara, Susan Green, Caroline Stilwell and James Berry.  Chris Starr manned the patrol boat and the Club launch was operated by Daniel Gerber and Florian Krueger The regatta was organised by Chris Pollard, Rear Commodore Sailing, who also presented the prizes.  Lunch was prepared and served by Jo Carstens with help from Lauren, Josaphine and Theo in the bar.    
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  • National 18’s Make Good of Light Winds

    Saturday 11th June was the day of the 184th Queen Adelaide Cup and the 80th Tamesis Anchor. Congratulations to Barney Smith and G Butler, sailing The Goose Drank Wine (369), who won both the Queen Adelaide Cup (handicap) and Tamesis Anchor (on the water) in a six boat fleet. Charles Fox sailing Geneieve (266), crewed by Mr & Mrs Katz, followed a very close second in both the Queen Adelaide and Tamesis Anchor. Third position goes to Doug Pope sailing 1 over the 8 (349), crewed by Angela Caldara. Conditions for the first two races were tough – force 1 westerly (ish!) winds – especially for us less experienced sailors but those in the know made good use of the difficult conditions and there was a good amount of position changing. By the third race the wind had picked up adding a little more excitement. There were even reports of some swimming taking place apparently due to the dull conversation offered up by the helm! A big thank you for all those involved on the day: Jo for feeding and watering us, David and his team for arranging the course, spectators, all the helms and crew, and to Angela and Chris for calculating the results.
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  • N18 Class Association Recommended PY Numbers

    Class recommended Portsmouth Yardstick Numbers The N18 Class association recommends the PY numbers shown in the table below. The Class believes that based upon experience thus far, the numbers shown above, form 
a fair starting point for club and open events. They should be varied to take account of local circumstances and experience. The PY number (936) currently published in the RYA’s 2016 list is an ‘experimental’ number with the note that: These numbers are published by the RYA based on a new design or development class with a relatively low amount of return data. These numbers are less likely to be suitable for all clubs than the RYA list however may give an appropriate starting point for boats to get onto a club List. The Class believes that the PN 936 may be based on a mix of results from Ultras and Ultimates and therefore it is not applicable to any category. The RYA have in fact agreed to delete it. Clubs are urged to submit race results in categories to the RYA because in this way only will the PNs become properly established. Competitors are asked to include their category (i.e. 18 Ultra) when entering events, and Clubs are requested to report results in the same way. This approach has been discussed with the RYA and has their full support. Any owner not sure which category to use should contact the Class Captain.
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  • Morrison National 18 Featured in Seahorse

    Grab yourself a copy of July’s Seahorse magazine for a bit of National 18 history and a walk through the new Ultra design in their article A Game of Contrasts.
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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 Ugarte started in their National18 “One Over the Eight” 14 minutes after Chris Taggart.   The boats beat down the river to the bottom mark and then ran back up the river with the wind behind resulting in some exciting sailing.  The race was finished at 12.30 with Nicholas Forbes taking first place and was on his 9th lap when the race was finished; Tom James and Chris Taggart were 2nd and 3rd respectively and were on their 8th lap and Doug and Jose were 4th.   Alan Green, Vice Commodore, and James Berry manned the patrol boat but no rescues were necessary.  Angela Caldara and Race Office Rupert Fletcher managed the starting box and race timings.   Thanks to everyone who took part in the race and also to the catering team who provided an excellent ploughman’s lunch afterwards. (This report was written by Rupert Fletcher. the OOD).               Reply   Forward     Click here to Reply or Forward       13.56 GB (90%) of 15 GB used Manage Terms – Privacy Last account activity: 5 hours ago Details         Rupert Fletcher   Add to circles         Show details
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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 two thirds because Jon Redding, who won the first two races in Pikey did not sail in the third. Ken Duffell was second in Take it Easy (3606) with an eighth, fourth and second. In the Lasers, Donald Forbes scored two firsts and a second in Storm (146120). Peter Johnson won the third race in Zhik (180963) and was second overall with a fourth, second and first. The first two races were held in warm sunshine and a light south westerly wind which had welcome but short lasting gusts every now and again. Officer of the Day Brian Southcott set a double dogleg course with the upstream mark just north of Steven’s Eyot and the downstream mark about a third of the way down Trowlock Island. He was assisted by Cherry Erlich and the patrol safety boats were operated by Ken Thatcher and Joanna Rand. Many spectators enjoyed watching the racing from the Clubhouse, the veranda, and the seats in front of the lawn. The regatta was organised by Tamesis Commodore Carolyne Vines, who also presented the prizes. Results: Merlins 1 Omega (1605) Rupert Fletcher & James Berry/Phil Abbey 11 points; 2 Take it Easy (3606) Ken Duffell & Joe Woods 14 points. Lasers 1 Storm (146120) Donald Forbes 4 points: 2 Zhik (180963) Peter Johnson 7 points; 3 (59700) Emilie Hall 9 points. National 18s 1 Orion (336) Alan Green & Peter Konidaris 4 points; 2 One over the Eight (349) Doug Pope & Jose Ugarte 5 points.
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  • Racing and training Sunday 10th April

    Racing took place in a gusty south easterly (ish) and lots of fun was had by all. Was hard work though! Photos below by Robin Lince   Lot               Racing took place in a gusty south easterly (ish) and lots of fun was had by all. Was hard work though! Photos above Training continued on Sunday when even experienced racer did a bit of capsizing in the morning . Despite force three southerly winds the young students had a great time on and in the water and the adults braved the elements in the Laser 2000s .  Photos below by Robin Lince and Eric Eric     
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  • Hurricane battles roaring winds at the Tiger Trophy Challenge

    The Tiger Trophy Challenge, the last of the GJW Sailjuice winter series, took place on the 6th and 7th February at Rutland Water, superbly hosted by Rutland Sailing Club. Three National 18s were in attendance; Panther (406), the Irish (347), and Hurricane (401). There were 130 entries in total. I was fortunate enough to bag a ride on Hurricane, helmed by Ollie Houseman. Early Saturday morning the wind looked promising but picked up pace quickly, eventually reaching 60 knots. Needless to say the N18ers, in the interest of not wanting to break their new Ultras, decided not to race. A good number of participants did get out on the water but their adventures were short lived culminating in broken masts, booms and countless capsizes, which kept the rescue crew on their toes! Eventually racing was cancelled for the day, in part because the committee boat anchor would not hold in that wind and those waves. Come Sunday morning the wind was blowing up to 35 knots and a decision was taken to run the previous day’s handicap races instead of the scheduled pursuit race. Finally, the race was on! The first race seemed to be over in a blind flash. I say blind because the spray breaking over the bow as we pushed through the waves was relentless. Julie, on the wire, and me as middle man were getting acquainted with Hurricane and the directions coming from the helm. Julie was also getting a good few dunks in the pond when the wind dropped. We soon got used to the boat providing the helm with a reasonable level of support. 58th was our finishing position. Panther and the Irish retired and also sat out the next two races. After a quick comfort break we were straight into the second race. Full of adrenaline and a strong will to perform better than the last race we set off successfully. The wind had picked up and the gusts kept coming. Once again the spray was relentless but this race felt much more controlled and we picked up some serious speed on the fast leg; the wind and speed cause the boat to hum at an almost hypnotic tone adding to the exhilarating experience. We had clearly improved from the last run, finishing 43rd. Tired, exhausted but raring to go we made a great start on the third race only to be held up by an RS400. Fortunately by this point a number of boats had retired so there was more water to sail as we all dispersed around the course. All was going well when we rounded the mark, wind coming over starboard shifting aft as we went around, weight back and out we though we had it nailed but then came a strong gust pushing us to the point of no return and over we went. Needless to say this race was discarded. Overall we came a respectable 57th but, more importantly, had an absolutely amazing time in the Ultra. Experience the thrill of sailing an Ultra by taking out the club boat, Odyssey. A donation of £20 toward her maintenance is requested and she can be booked using the calendar on the N18 notice board or by contacting Michael Vasey on mndvasey@gmail.com or 07860 214489.
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  • National 18s at the Bloody Mary

    Four National 18s took part in the Bloody Mary pursuit race at Queen Mary Reservoir, Staines today, hosted by Queen Mary Sailing Club.  Odyssey – Tamesis own 18′ was helmed by James Fox, Joe McLaughlin was middleman and Kaan Yargici was on the wire.  The others were Hurricane helmed by Ollie Houseman, Jeremy Vines middleman and Steve on the wire.  Hundreds of boats took part.  Fuller report to follow.   Odyssey rounding one of the leeward marks. Hurricane rounding the same mark  
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  • STAR OF STAGE, SCREEN AND Y&Y

    The just published December edition of the Yachts & Yachting has a literally scintillating picture of Odyssey on page 91 along with an article on our N18 UK Inland Championship, courtesy of Paula Irish the Y&Y Clubs and Classes editor. In addition to the 2015 annual A-Z of Dinghies and other articles, the magazine has a good article on Winter Series Weather … just right for our SailJuice Series participants.  It even cites some Rutland water specifics. The Odyssey picture that Y&Y chose was taken by Nicky Chavasse.
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  • ODYSSEY SHOWS THE WAY

      Odyssey, number 400, the prototype of the newly adopted ‘Ultra’ design of National 18, ably sailed by Joe & Tom McLaughlin, won On-the-Water Cup at the well attended UK Inland Championship at Tamesis Club on 26th September by a clear margin … with three bullets. The win, in very light airs, put paid to any questions on whether the fairly flat aft section Ultras could perform well in these light conditions. The Goose Drank Wine, 369, an ‘Ultimate’ design, sailed by Jeremy & Max Vines was second On-the-Water. Another ‘Ultimate’ Zephyr, 374, sailed by Ian Burnett and in turn Anne Bayne and Angela Caldara was third. With four different types of National 18’s since 1938, there is also the National 18 Cup, based on individual ‘Boat & Helm’ handicaps. This cup was closely contested with only three points separating the first four boats, in the ‘three race no discounts’ series. It was won by Zephyr with Odyssey second; The Goose Drank Wine third and Antidote, 348, sailed by Chris Pollard and Konstantin Gritsaenko, fourth. The pictures are by Carolyne Vines & Nicky Chavasse.
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  • Busy Autumn Regatta

    Photos taken at the Autumn Regatta yesterday.  Report to follow       Commodore Stewart Colley presents the Autumn Cup for Merlins to Ben Ramage (crew) and Matt Peregrine Jones (helm).  photo Ian Ramage
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  • NATIONAL 18s IN CORK

    With the jet streams so far South this year we expected summer would not be like last in Ireland and sadly we were right. The Cork Nationals were very breezy – and with a Race Officer determined to run ten good races out at sea there were plenty of thrills and spills. All eleven of the new Morrison designed ‘Ultras’ were there and it is amazing that it was only a year ago that the Class gave a go ahead.  The new fleet looks great with each boat a different colour scheme and already developing a character of its own as 18s have always done. There were thirteen Ultimates and five Classics, making 29 boats in all. On Monday there was a full gale so we all piled in to two large yachts and went to the pub in East Passage. A major boost to their afternoon trade!  That meant three back-to-back races on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was tough! Tamesis representatives were Ollie Houseman, Kahn Yargici and Jeremy Vines sailing the Ultra ‘Hurricane’.  They had lots of downwind thrills and no spills and a mid-fleet result.   Honours went to the Irish in each fleet and overall winner on points count was an Ultimate. Irish hospitality was huge and the final rendering of Paddy M’Ginty’s Goat was in the not so wee hours of Saturday morning. Findhorn next year!
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  • Tamesis bring it home at the National 18 English National Championships

    It was an amazing day’s sailing on Sunday for the National 18 English National Championships at Bosham Sailing Club. Twelve 18s took part including 3 ultras: Odyssey (Tamesis), Hurricane (Lymington) and Panther (Blackwater SC). There was a bit of late start as Jess and Julian Berney (with crew Duncan) were caught on the M25, so the actual start was put back by around 45 minutes. This meant that the 4 races were short and sharp, with 2 laps of the triangle course for each race. The conditions were perfect really, with bright sun, warm water, and lots of wind. In Odyssey was me on the wire, James Fox on helm, and James’s friend Craig. Craig had hardly sailed before in his life, but thankfully was a quick learner. He’s also around 6’2 and heavy, which we think helped. Indeed a slightly different weight to Hurricane’s middle-man, Jeremy! The racing was very close, with Odyssey taking the first race, and Hurricane taking the second. The last two races were even closer, with a slightly quicker spinnaker hoist for Odyssey on the last run giving us an overlap for the last mark, and in the last race spinnakers were touching for much of the run before the final beat for the line. If you look at the results the time differences between Odyssey and Hurricane were 40 seconds, 4 seconds, 15 seconds, and 8 seconds. Very close! So 3 wins to Odyssey, 1 to Hurricane. Odyssey takes it and brings the trophy back to Tamesis… or indeed Kaan’s lounge! But don’t worry, I’ll bring it to the club. A great day of competitive sailing in the sun and warm water of Chichester Harbour. Thanks to Andrew Young and Bosham SC for putting on such a slick show. Lastly, a huge thanks to all those who contributed to making Odyssey a Tamesis boat. James, Craig, and I would never have had as much fun as we did if Odyssey wasn’t available for us to use. We hope we’ve done you proud. Looking forward to sailing Odyssey lots more in the coming months and years.   Kaan Click here to see the full results Click here for the full picture gallery from the event  
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  • Odyssey relaunched at Tamesis 14th June

    sponsors of Tamesis new Ultra National 18'. Left to right: IanBurnett, Peter Simpson, Angela Caldara, Anne Bayne, Jeremy Vines, Cathy Burchill, Viv Burchill, Stewart Colley, Maxine Vines, Graeme Lythe, Eileen Newman, Goerge Barber
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  • Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup won by Rob Wilder and Tom McLaughlin

    Rob Wilder and Tom McLaughlin out-sailed seven other National 18s to win both the Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup at Tamesis Club on Saturday 13 June. They beat both Odyssey and Hurricane, the new Phil Morrison designed 18, which had been brought to Teddington especially for this annual three-race event. Sailing Heatwave (343), a conventional Ultimate design, they took the first race by a margin of three minutes after three rounds of the course, the next by only 10 seconds after five rounds, and the third by 16 seconds after six rounds. Hurricane (401), sailed by Ollie Houseman and Kaan Yargici, was third in the first race, and second in both the middle and last race, in which Ollie was crewed by Brian Corking. Jeremy and David Vines, sailing Rhapsody (375), another conventional Ultimate, were second in the first race and third in the middle and last races. Race Officer Ken Duffell sent the contestants off on an upstream beat to a Canbury buoy just below Steven’s Eyot followed by a reach and beat to a Lensbury mark, with an east-west dogleg opposite the clubhouse. Most of the racing took place in a light westerly wind, and cold overcast skies, but there were a few welcome beams of warm sunshine towards the end of the last race. Results: Tamesis Anchor (on the water finish) 1 Heatwave (343) Rob Wilder & Tom McLaughlin, 2 Rhapsody (375) Jeremy Vines & David Vines, 3 Hurricane (401) Ollie Houseman & Kaan Yargici/Brian Corking. Queen Adelaide Cup (after the application of handicaps) 1 Heatwave (343), Rob Wilder & Tom McLaughlin, 2 Antedote (348) Chris Pollard & Peter Bide, 3 Rhapsody (375) Jeremy Vines & David Vines, 4 Zephyr (374) Ian Burnett & Angela Caldara. The Red Arrows did a low level fly past in honour of the Ultras’ arrival at Tamesis (and the Queen’s Trooping of the Colour a bit further down the Thames). Both Trophies were presented on Sunday 14 June at the official naming ceremony of Odyssey by the Tamesis Commodore, Stewart Colley.    
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  • N18 ‘FIRST BATTLES’ WEEKEND

    The weekend of 13th & 14th June is a very exciting one for the Tamesis National Eighteens. On Saturday 13th June the National Eighteens are sailing for the 1832 Queen Adelaide Cup (handicap) and the 1937 Tamesis Anchor trophy (on-the-water). Always exciting, this club event is especially exciting this year because it is: • the first ‘Battle of the Ultras’ for a trophy ever anywhere. Odyssey, 400, sailed by Peter Adams, will come head to head with Hurricane, 401, sailed by Ollie Houseman, for the first time, and • it is also the first ‘Battle of the Ultras and the Ultimates’: among others Heat Wave, 343, Zephyr, 374, and Rhapsody, 375, will be battling to try and make sure that the Ultras don’t have it all their own way. On their day, the Penultimates could also enter into this particular ‘Battle’ and win (they last won a major Tamesis trophy on-the-water about six years ago). The running order for the Saturday is two races starting at 11 a.m. and 12 noon, a break for lunch at about 1 p.m. and then have the third race start at 2 p.m. Come down and see the action. You can also see typically 20 juniors sail training the afternoon. Indeed there are a couple of opportunities for you to join in the Saturday racing as there are some Eighteens available on loan by their kind owners.  Just call Ian Burnett (07768 697362 or 01372 363020).  As this is a club event, there is no entrance fee. On the catering front, to be individually paid for, the plan is: • Bacon butties for the troops to ‘carb up’ before the first race. • Sandwiches or a ploughman’s at the planned 1 p.m. lunchtime (pretty much as we did at last September’s UK Inland Championship), with Phil’s Bar open. • Simple tea and cake afterwards, probably at about 3.30. p.m. On Sunday 14th June, a good number of Eighteens will racing in the morning Sunday Points Race. So others in the club will be able to see what a decent size Penultimate, Ultimate and Ultra Eighteen fleet can look like. Then at 2 p.m. we will be having a Tamesis Odyssey Re-launch. The idea was that all of the ‘Fab Fifteen’ Odyssey contributors would be there to have their picture taken with Odyssey. Unfortunately only twelve of the ‘Fifteen’ can make it but we will still have a picture. It is envisaged that the Queen Adelaide Cup & Tamesis Anchor Trophy will also be presented after the Re-launch photo. After the picture, any of ‘the twelve’ who wish will have a go in Odyssey as can, afterwards, any other club members who would like a ‘spin’ in an Ultra. Hurricane might well also be available for these ‘Ultra’ fun sales. All told, it should be a great weekend.    
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  • JOIN THE ODYSSEY BALL!

    The N18 Fleet aims to have decent participation in all of three of the National 18 championships, including by our Ultimates.  However, we will fairly shortly have Ultra Odyssey at Tamesis.  In addition to getting new ‘young’ people sailing her at Tamesis, we also want to have her sailing in the N18 championships.  We want as strong a crew as possible for each championship.  We also if possible want to ‘spread the wealth’ with potentially different crews sailing in each championship, given chronologically below: • English National Championship (Bosham Sailing Club) – Sunday 5th July (after Bosham Regatta on Saturday 4th) • British & Irish Championship (Royal Cork Yacht Club) – Starts Sunday 26th to 31st July • UK Inland Championship (On-the-Water & Handicap trophies) – Saturday 26th September – First Race 11.00 a.m. This is an open invitation for crews to apply to sail Odyssey in each of these championships: three person crews for Bosham and Cork and two (or three) person crew for Tamesis.  For all championships, if you are interested in sailing Odyssey, please initially contact Ian Burnett by e-mail, iand.burnett@tiscali.co.uk, telling him: in which championships you would want to sail (& order of preference); who is in your crew; why you think your crew would be the strongest for each championship; what your preparation for the championship would be.  In the event of two crews wanting to go to the same championship, Ian Burnett & Jeremy Vines will be the ‘judges’. Being one of (or related to) the Fab Fifteen who funded the purchase of Odyssey has no bearing on the choice of crews! For information about sailing at Cork, e.g. ferries and accommodation, and/or about accommodation at Bosham, please contact Jeremy Vines; jeremy@picklecorner.co.uk Swiftness in responding to this invitation is urged; particularly for Cork as time is getting short for booking ferries and accommodation. It is noted that membership of the National 18 Association is required for all championship entries, £20 for boat owners and £10 for associate members.
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  • Great article on N18s in Cork

    http://afloat.ie/blogs/sailing-saturday-with-wm-nixon/item/28117-national-18s-take-dinghy-racing-class-onto-a-new-plane
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  • TAMESIS NATIONAL 18 ‘ULTRA’ APPEAL SUCCEEDS

    After five months, the Tamesis National 18 fleet’s appeal for funds to buy one of the new ‘Ultras’ has succeeded. The fleet has raised enough funding to buy the Ultra prototype ‘Odyssey’ … the boat that we have seen at Tamesis both for our trials at the club and when ‘parking between trips’ on her demonstrations odyssey around the UK. This was all made possible by contributions from fifteen far sighted people … the ‘Fab Fifteen’. The deposit has been paid, with the balance due when we have received the boat at Tamesis; after some jib sheeting modifications (potentially at White Formula) to make her easier to sail on the river … not yet certain. One thing is however certain. That is that there will be a celebration of having Odyssey (N18 400) at Tamesis. The idea is that all of the Fab Fifteen will be present and have a group picture taken with Odyssey and have an opportunity for a ‘ride’ or ‘drive’ that day, if wished. Others in the fleet and club will also be able to ‘have a go’. The planned date for this event is 2.00 p.m. on Sunday 14th June. Please put it in your diaries. This is the day after the National Eighteen fleet’s Queen Adelaide and Tamesis Anchor racing and the same day as the Commodore’s Cocktail Party. So the club and the whole 18 fleet, especially the Fab Fifteen, can properly celebrate the fleet’s success. Odyssey is intended to kick start N18 fleet’s modernisation & rejuvenation; in terms of both boats and people. The average age of the active and ‘retired’ contributors to our Ultra appeal was about 74. So, whilst all fleet members are valued, the need for some fresh/young blood is self evident. All credit to the Fab Fifteen for recognising that need and looking to the future. You will be hearing more over the coming months about how the N18 fleet plans to utilise Odyssey in its fleet rejuvenation & modernisation … and be an inspiration to all Tamesis juniors. http://www.national18.com/rya-susuki-dinghy-show-alexandra-palace-28-feb1-march-2015/ For those who didn’t make it to the RYA Dinghy Show, via the above link, you can see part of what you missed and some good shots of Odyssey.
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  • NEW NATIONAL 18 ULTRA AT THE RYA DINGHY SHOW

    The first of the new 50kg lighter National 18 ‘Ultras’ designed by Phil Morrison and built by White Formula will be on stand B24 at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace (in the Pink Zone of the Great Hall) on Saturday 28th February and Sunday 1st March. The boat on show (Number 401 belonging to Jeremy Vines and Ollie Houseman) will be resplendent with her navy blue and white hull; a treat for the eyes. It will be a delight to see the ‘prototype tested and fully engineered’ Ultra in the flesh, particularly noting the intricate inner hull moulding. People from all over our National 18 universe are pulling together to man the stand; always with one or more from Tamesis on duty. Please come along and support the N18/Tamesis effort, and have fun at the show (browse ‘RYA Dinghy Show’ for further information). Please also wear any ‘National 18’ shirt or sweatshirt you might have to the show. Failing that, please wear a Tamesis shirt or sweatshirt. Either way, we would be ‘waving the flag’. This is the first time that the National 18 has had a stand at the RYA Dinghy Show. Jeremy Vines remembers a National 18 appearing once at the National Boat Show at Earls Court in the early seventies (before the RYA Dinghy Show existed). Back then, what we now call a ‘Penultimate’ was the new boat. On the stand, as well as trying to sell complete Ultras, we will be offering partnership percentage shares in Tamesis’ own new Ultra and also two of our Ultimates will be available for full purchase and sailing at Tamesis.
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  • National 18 Progress

    There are two ‘National 18 Progress’ booklets on the Tamesis lounge tables. They are for all to enjoy and update themselves on ‘Things National 18’. They include the latest two newsletters on the development of the new Ultra Eighteen; lots of pictures of the prototype Ultra ‘Odyssey’ having fun off Lymington; a picture of the frames of the new Ultra Hull mould and a bit on Tamesis’ N18 UK Inlands Championship last September (Gloriana, 1: National 18, 0).
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  • Odyssey, 40knot gusts, and a Bloody Mary

    On Saturday 10th January, the Phil Morrison designed National 18 Prototype ‘Odyssey’ took part in the 42nd Bloody Mary at Queen Mary Reservoir. The gales of the night before saw no real sign of abating with wind speed on the raised reservoir blowing constantly above 20 knots and frequently gusting over 40 knots. Usually the hunting ground of International 14’s and Foiling Moths, the Bloody Mary saw neither of these as out of 235 entrants only 69 completed the course. Very windy, very choppy, and as a result pretty cold. In the boat was me on wire, Ollie Houseman middle, and Fred Cudmore at the helm. We launched on the far side of the Queen Mary Reservoir spit and had time to try out a few points of sail before heading to the start on the other side. The wind, to be conservative, was hectic. We started at 47 minutes past the start time (which had already been postponed to allow the wind to die down a little), straight in to a beat, and then just 1 minute in a huge gust turned up and knocked us over. Great start! Apart from getting completely soaked early on, and a little loss of time, it wasn’t a problem as two on the centreboard brought the boat up relatively quickly with Ollie being scooped up inside, he grabbed the helm and once all three were inside off we went again. The sailing was fast with a lot of planning. When reaching 5 or more feet of the hull from the bow must have been held out of the water as the three of us were sat back as far back as possible. Certainly the fastest I’ve ever been in a dinghy and very exciting. Although quick it all felt quite steady and secure. For the second half hour the wind died down a little so we started to plan the use of the spinnaker for some of the longer legs. However, as soon as an hour had passed the wind ramped up again and sent us speeding on a reach to a gybing mark. Gusts were back up to 40 so we chose to double tack only for a bad gust to hit us again and send us over, again. To add to the melee the top batten had also popped out and the mainsail window was split in two. We were also pretty soaked and cold by now and shivers were kicking in quite badly, so we decided to call it a day and joined the procession of other boats sailing back to the clubhouse, passing on the way a collection of capsized boats some with crews sat on their upturned hulls waiting for the rescue boats. One last go at a fast reach and we were back having hot showers and drinking coffee. Very exciting event with fairly extreme wind, but of course never enough for the Bloody Mary organisers to call it off. A quite hairy outing at times at times, but ignoring the cold it all felt pretty steady and comfortable despite the two capsizes. Kaan Tamesis Club
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  • National 18 News #47

    Here is the latest  National 18 News from Julian Berney: National 18 News (click to open) Topics inside include: Progress with National 18 Number 40 Orders for new boats Progress with the Foils Dinghy show 28 Feb/1 Mar at London’s Alexandra Palace Odyssey and the Sailjuice Series National 18 Championships at Cork in 2015 RYA involvement Identifying New National 18s  
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  • Boxing Day Races

    The first shall be last and the last shall be first. So it was with the Boxing Day races on Friday 26 December. Mike Goldsmith won the Laser race sailing ROB (203911) in very little wind, taking just over 30 minutes to complete one round of a very short course between the recreation ground and the Canoe Club. No other Lasers took part. Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green was the first (and last) National 18 crewed by Pek Konidaris in Orion (336), taking almost 50 minutes round the same course. The Merlins were rumored to be racing with the gee-gees at Kempton! Clive Mence and Fiona Bolwell operated the two patrol boats, Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller helped the OOD in the Smithy (no horses there), and Steve Katz served at the bar. Sally presented the Laser Pot (gozunder) to Mike Goldsmith. No presentation was made to Alan Green because non-one could find the Broken Barometer (the National 18 Boxing Day trophy) – something to do with missing keys. Eighteen members brought scrumptious festive leftovers for lunch, and Susan Green kindly did the washing up. Normal racing will resume when the wind blows. Happy New Year.
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  • Odyssey at Datchet Flyer Sunday pursuit race

    Yesterday Odyssey took part in her first SailJuice Series event this year, the Datchet Flyer at Datchet Water. In the boat were Tamesis Club members Rob Wilder on helm (his first sail in Odyssey), Matt Jones in middle (having sailed Odyssey once before at Tamesis Club), and me on wire. When we arrived at Datchet the wind was light and indeed the day before it had been quite calm. So when we launched down the steep sides of Datchet we all thought this was going to be a gentle day out. However as the day progressed the wind continued to rise until mid-race it was a steady 15mph+, gusting to 25mph. That made the rest of the race an exciting learning exercise for three guys who hadn’t sailed as a team before in a boat most had hardly sailed before. Odyssey was forgiving however, with fast reaches and quick tacks. There was some tight competition with a host of other boats, and the noise of the hull while planing was very loud and clear. Odyssey wasn’t completely forgiving however as she gave us a gentle nudge later on with a capsize during a tack in a big gust. Rob and I managed to hop over to the centreboard and bring her upright in just a few minutes. After sailing back to pick up our floating toolbox we rejoined the pursuit. A windy time but a lot of fun and high speeds. Looking forward to seeing how Odyssey handles for the other SailJuice Series events. Next up Oxford Blue 3rd January, and the Bloody Mary on 10th January.
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  • Press release and update – Morrison Designed National 18

    Hi all. See below for the most recent press release on progress with the new National 18 design, which has just gone out to 1300 worldwide magazines and journalists, including 400 in the UK. We also have other related news further below. The National 18 website has also had an update and is where this post originated. Do check it out at www.national18.com. If you have any questions then do feel free to contact the team by using the contact form on the National 18 site. Kaan   Morrison Designed National 18 Overwhelmingly Approved By Class Press Release 4 December 2014 Lymington, UK, 4 December 2014 – The National 18 Class has adopted the exciting new Phil Morrison designed hull and production has started with twelve hulls already on order for 2015 A prototype N18 named ‘Odyssey’ was launched in October 2013 and she has been trialled by upwards of 150 people as she has moved around England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There have been rave reviews. She is sleek, responsive and a joy to sail in all conditions. She is lighter, faster, safer and more comfortable to crew than current 18s. She is easy to launch and bring ashore and capsize recovery is no longer an issue. The N18 remains the only 3 person centreboard dinghy, and the single trapeze allows a wide range of weight, experience and age to be competitive. She is spacious, and while three is the normal racing crew, two can manage or there is room for the whole family. The N18 Class is thriving and has a long history of competition and bonhomie. At the AGM in Abersoch in July 2014 the Class voted overwhelmingly to accept the Morrison design as the new National 18. The Class is now delighted to announce the selection of White Formula of Brightlingsea, Essex, UK as our exclusive build partner. Construction of the tooling for the class moulds has begun with completion expected by the end of 2014. As part of this deal the Class has worked with White Formula to agree attractive pricing for a range of options from bare hull to fully fitted complete boat ready to sail. Current owners will be able to transfer spars and sails, thereby reducing cost. There is also an enormous range of styling options for anyone wishing to apply a splash of colour. In the mean time the development team have been working with Phil Morrison to incorporate all the feedback following the Odyssey trials. She has proved absolutely invaluable in getting us to this point and will continue to serve us well. Our thanks again to all of the private contributors and The Boat Yard at Beer who helped deliver the prototype. She will be hitting the campaign trail this winter in the 2014/15 SailJuice series and the Class welcomes any existing or potential members interested in participating as helm or crew. Moving on to 2015, the first production boat will be launched in early February with a display planned at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace over the weekend 28 Feb/1 Mar. White Formula aim to deliver all currently ordered boats by end of May 2015. A complete boat with carbon spars, foils and sails will be £15995 inc VAT, a complete hull ready to accept current spars and sails will be £9450, and a bare hull £6240. The Class is determined to remain inclusive of all the generations of N18s which started with the classic Uffa Ace of 1938, then the Proctor GRP hull of the 1970s and subsequent lighter, faster derivatives. For further information about the National 18 Class please visit www.national18.com or email info@national18.com For further information about White Formula UK please visit www.whiteformula.com or email info@whiteformula.com ENDS   NOTE FOR EDITORS About The National 18 Class The National 18′ began in 1938 following a design competition organised by the then YRA (now RYA) and Yachting World magazine.The original idea was that of Frank Knowling of Whitstable YC (later to be known as the father of the class) for an 18-foot sailing dinghy, suitable for day sailing, yet fast enough to be of interest to racing sailors and at a reasonable cost. (The first rather hopeful restriction of the original class rules was “Price not to exceed £125 complete with spars, all equipment and designer’s fee but not including sails”). The plan was to produce an affordable national alternative to the many local one-designs of about this size to be found right round the coast of the British Isles. Many of these local estuary classes survive today, for example the Mermaid in Dublin, Thames Estuary OD, Chichester Harbour 18 etc.The well-known designer Uffa Fox won the competition (over the Laurent Giles submitted version) with his ‘Ace’ design for a clinker-built wooden boat. National 18′ number 1, ‘Hurricane’, was owned by Stanley Beale and sailed at Whitstable, with No.2 ‘Gust’ and No.3 Foam”.Initial enthusiasm was held back by the effects of World War II but a good deal of 18′ building got underway soon afterwards, when mahogany was again available for boat-building and the class became active especially in the Thames Estuary area. By 1950, fleets had appeared at clubs dotted all around the British Isles and Ireland, the Class Association having been formed in 1947.Although most boats were built to the ‘Ace’ design, the class had always been ‘restricted’ rather than ‘one-design’ and boats with a reduced number of wider planks were built when glued plywood construction was adopted and even one moulded carvel boat was built (252 ‘Sabon’). Several of the wooden 18’s, now called ‘Classics’ are still in commission, and regularly race, principally at Bosham SC. They include No15 Tinkerbell, built in 1938 and still very competitive. With the advent of GRP and the rising costs of hard woods, the Class asked Ian Proctor in the late ’60’s to design a fibreglass hull that would not outclass the existing boats. In this he was successful and it was some time before a Proctor
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  • Bambusa wins Trafalgar Trophy

    It blew hard before the battle and after the battle was over, but just as at Trafalgar in 1805, the battle for the Trafalgar Trophy at Tamesis on Sunday 19 October took place in much lighter winds. Most of the race was sailed in a light southerly force 3 which gave the 13 competitors a difficult up river beat into the sheltered water beyond Steven’s Eyot. There was enough stream to make the rounding on the Canbury mark a tricky business and the Lensbury buoy, set half way down Trowlock Island, proved equally difficult. The six competing Lasers were the first away on this 91 minute class pursuit race, followed by an Albacore, four Merlins and two National 18s. Donald Forbes established an early lead in his Laser, Greylag (188044) but after the second round of this three round race he was facing some strong competition from David Baker and Jim Green in Cobblers, the Albacore (6813). It was not long before the leading Merlins joined the battle and Peter and Richard Mason, the eventual winners, in Bambusa (847), were soon pressing the Lasers and Albacore hard. Several boats in each class were lapped by the leaders and one Laser gave up in sheer frustration with the awkwardness of the wind shifts and retired. Results: 1 Bambusa (MR847) Peter & Richard Mason; 2 One over the Eight (N18 349) Doug Pope & Jose Ugarte; 3 Greylag (L 188044) Donald Forbes; 4 Limelight (L 42169) Kaan Yargici; 5 Cobblers (A 6813) David Baker & Jim Green. Peter Fryer, the Race Officer, was assisted by Daniel Gerber and the patrol boats were manned by Paul Jamieson, Simon Craig, Chris Pollard and Carolyne Vines. For more picture see The Gallery.  
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  • Tamesis National 18s looking to the future

    Ian Burnett, Class Captain of the Tamesis National 18s, reports that in a well attended meeting at the Club on Sunday 28 September members voted by 18 votes for, none against and one abstention to buy a new Phil Morrison designed National 18 like Odyssey, which was seen at the Club earlier this year, and to launch an appeal for funds among both active and retired class members. Members will have the chance of buying a percentage partnership, making a Gift Aid gift or an interest free loan. Partners and lenders will have proportionate sailing rights but the main thrust was to to get new and younger people into the fleet, whether new or existing Tammy members. The class would “crowd fund” the new boat. It was planned that the first production boat, already being built by White Formula of Brightlingsea, would be at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace next March. The new Tamesis boat was likely to be produced by about August or September 2015. The class also agreed to increase the use of the fleet’s existing boats by boat lending, increasing the number of partnerships and syndicates, or simply by new users agreeing to help with the costs in return for a share of the sailing.
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  • “Homologous” breeze saves National 18 Inland Championship from becoming a big drift

    The National 18 Inland Championship on Saturday 27 September was saved from becoming a big drift by what one onlooker called a “homologous” breeze (ie having the same relative position throughout). His remark was unjustified, however, as the modest one to two knot wind which eventually arrived did shift in direction from SSW to SE during the day. Race Officer Matthew Peregrine-Jones wisely postponed the start of the first race for more than half an hour because of the lack of a breeze. Eventually enough wind arrived to make racing possible and the four competing boats were sent off on a very short course in front of the Clubhouse and dinghy park. Chris Pollard and Geoff Malseed, sailing Antedote (348) worthily won both the Maddison Cup for on-the-water performance and the National 18 Cup for handicap performance after an RYA tie break. Zephyr (374), sailed by Ian Burnett and Anne Bayne, was second in both cups, and The Goose Drank Wine (369), sailed by Rob Cruickshank and Barney Smith, was third. The first two races, sailed back to back, were won by Antedote after two 15 minute rounds, both by just over a minute. Zephyr finished second in the first race and won the third race, in which three rounds were completed in a marginally better breeze.
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  • National 18 English National Championships 2014

    A fantastic day of sailing down in Bosham last Saturday for the N8 English National Championships 2014. There was an excellent turn-out with eleven 18s taking part. 2 boats made it down from Tamesis: Heatwave, sailed by Rob Wilder (helm), Joe McLoughlin(middle) and Jodok Gerber (wire), and Antedote with James Fox (helm), Dana Church (middle) and Kaan Yargici (wire). Jeremy Vines was also there on Rhapsody with Max and Julian Berney for his crew. Winds were very very light when we got there at around 9am, and there was some worry that we wouldn’t get much of a sail. Indeed a few of us had to be towed out to the start which was scheduled for 12noon but we didn’t actually get going until around 12.30pm. However this was not a problem as although it wasn’t fast paced, the first race turned out to be very tactical with positions changing numerous times as Antedote, Heatwave, Rhapsody, and Odyssey (sailed by Ollie Houseman) all circled round each other. However as the race progressed Antedote and Heatwave pulled slightly ahead to finish within 10 seconds of each other. Well done Rob. The wind now started to pick up with the second race going the same way. Interestingly, with the light winds, Odyssey was unable to keep up with the Ultimate division. Rob took the win again. For the third and final race the wind really picked up, and we soon found ourselves hiking with myself and Jodok fully out on the wire. Great fun. This is where Odyssey went up on to the plane and off she went, winning my a mile. Heatwave was second, Antedote third, and Rhapsody just behind, sailed expertly by Jeremy who didn’t have the advantage of someone on the trapeze. A fun hour long sail beating back up the narrow channel to Bosham (with the odd rudder scrape in shallow waters – sorry about that Chris!) completed what was a fantastic day on the water. However for Rob and Heatwave the win was not to be as the wooden classic TouCou, sailed by Brian Hoolahan and crewed by Tim Reynolds, performed very well and was at times right on the transoms of the fibre-class boats, and with this took the overall handicap prize. The National 18 English National Championships are alive and well. Click here to see the full results on the Bosham website.
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  • Odyssey taken out for photo shoot

    On Wednesday 17th September, under Jeremy Vines’s direction, Odyssey was taken out in a strong breeze for a professional photo shoot by Jonathan & Beverley Johns of LPB Aerial Imagery Limited. Helming was Pete Barton (who wrote the Yachts and Yachting article on the Prototype design), in the middle was Genie Webb, and on wire was Kaan Yargici. As you can see from the pictures a good strong breeze made for a really great days sailing. These pictures are just a few teasers (click here) with more to follow including, we hope, the capsize!
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  • 50 sailors take part in keenly competitive Autumn Regatta

    Twenty five boats helmed and crewed by 50 sailors took part in some keenly competitive racing at Tamesis Club’s Autumn Regatta on Sunday 14 September. The Thames A Raters were sent on a lengthy course to Lensbury which gave a beat from a downstream start followed by a reach and beat upriver to a Canbury buoy near Hampton Wick Bridge. The other classes had a shorter course. A moderate to fresh gusty easterly wind provided some exciting sailing, with several capsizes, and the result of the three races for the majestic A Raters had to be postponed pending the outcome of a protest hearing. The Autumn Cup for Merlins (presented by Ken Duffell the Merlin Class Captain in 2005) was won by Richard Harris, with two firsts in Passing Cloud (1079), crewed by his son, Harry. The other first, counting the best two of three races, was scored by Rob Wilder and his young daughter Milly Chong-Wilder in Flinkidink (1097). Ian Burnett won the National 18 Class in Zephyr (374), crewed by Angela Caldara. Donald Forbes in Greylag (188044) fought off some strong competition in the Laser fleet from his grandson Nick Forbes in Storm (146120) and Henry Defries, who won the first of the three races in Phew (178209). The Race Officer, Mervyn Allen, was assisted by Anne Bayne, and the Club launch was operated by Chris Starr and Sara Jamieson. Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines presented the prizes. There were visiting boats from Thames and Upper Thames Sailing Clubs. Results:- Merlin Rockets: 1 Passing Cloud (1079) Richard & Harry Harris, 2 Flinkidink (1097) Rob Wilder & Milly Chong-Wilder, 3 Pikey (3520) Jon & Amanda Redding, 4 Andromeda (3259) Dave Baker & Jim Green; National 18s: 1 Zephyr (374) Ian Burnett & Angela Caldara, 2 Antedote (348) Chris Pollard & Kaan Yargici; Lasers: 1 Greylag (188044) Donald Forbes, 2 Storm (146120) Nick Forbes, 3 Phew (178209) Henry Defries.
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  • Jeremy Vines 11th at National 18 Championships

    Jeremy Vines was 11th overall in Rhapsody (375), crewed by Ollie Houseman and Max Vines, in the Ultimates fleet at the UK and Irish National 18 Championships at Abersoch from Sunday 27 July to Friday 1 August. In the 10 races he scored a 10th, a discarded 15th, a seventh, 11th, 12th, eighth, 11th, 10th and ninth and did not finish in the final race. The entry for the Championships, at South Caernarvonshire YC, was six Classics, 13 Ultimates and one Prototype (Odyssey). At the National 18 Class annual meeting the vote in favour of adopting the new Prototype was 22-2.
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  • Jeremy Vines 11th at National 18 Championships

    Jeremy Vines was 11th overall in Rhapsody (375), crewed by Ollie Houseman and Max Vines, in the Ultimates fleet at the UK and Irish National 18 Championships at Abersoch from Sunday 27 July to Friday 1 August. In the 10 races he scored a 10th, a discarded 15th, a seventh, 11th, 12th, eighth, 11th, 10th and ninth and did not finish in the final race. The entry for the Championships, at South Caernarvonshire YC, was six Classics, 13 Ultimates and one Prototype (Odyssey). At the National 18 Class annual meeting the vote in favour of adopting the new Prototype was 22-2.
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  • Heatwave thrives on the hot weather to win Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup

    Rob Wilder and Joe McLaughlin sailed Heat Wave (343) to an undisputed three race victory to win both the Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup at the annual race for National 18s on Saturday 17 May. Thriving on the hot summer weather that perfectly matched the boat’s name, they lapped all the other contestants over a five round course in the last of the races. The light westerly wind made for slow sailing and none of the other 18 crews were able to match the speed and dexterity of Wilder and McLaughlin in tacking across an east-west dogleg near the Clubhouse. The Tamesis Anchor is awarded to the first on the water finisher and the Queen Adelaide Cup on the handicap results. Heat Wave won the Tamesis Anchor for the second year in succession. Ian Burnett and Anne Bayne were second overall on the water in every race. . The Race Officer was Ken Duffell.
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  • Odyssey 108th in Bloody Mary

    The National 18 Prototype Odyssey finished 108th overall in Queen Mary SC’s 41st Bloody Mary pursuit race in light winds on Saturday 11 January. She was sailed by Alex Barry, Nick O’Leary and Fred Cudmore from the Royal Cork YC. Tamesis boats which took part in the event included the National 18 Rhapsody (375), sailed by Jeremy Vines, Kaan Yargici and Ollie Houseman, which was 182nd, and Merlin Rockets Flinkidink (1097), sailed by Rob Wilder and Dana Church, which was 220th, and Take It Easy (3606), sailed by Richard Mourant and Joe Woods, which was 272nd.. There were 332 entries in 66 classes from 110 clubs. Please see report on Yachts and Yachting website for full results.
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  • Tamesis sailors 8th sailing Odyssey in Oxford Blue

    Ollie Houseman and Kaan Yargici were eighth overall sailing the National 18 Prototype Odyssey in the Oxford Blue, part of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, after two races in unexpectedly light winds on Farmoor Reservoir near Oxford on Saturday 4 January. For full report please click on http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/174069/Blaze-of-glory-at-the-Oxford-Blue.
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  • Aquaholics wins 2009 National 18 Championship at Portland

    Aquaholics (370) sailed by Colin Chapman, Martin Almond and Morgan O’Sullivan of the Royal Cork YC won the 2009 National 18 Championship at Portland by only six points on a hotly competed final day. It was a fight to the finish with any one of four boats in with a chance of becoming overall champion in the last three races. Aquaholics took a seventh and two seconds to top the points table and won the Cork Harbour Trophy for the best overall result from 10 races. Second overall was Happy Days (358), sailed by Colin Barry, Dickie Mac and Dan O’Connell of Monkstown Bay SC, with 26 points from a second, third and a discarded OCS on the last day, when warm sunshine and a light to moderate north westerly breeze gave the best racing of the week. Jafiica (337), Phil Hermiston, Alistair Davis and Martin Cruden of the Royal Findhorn YC took third place with 28 points from two firsts and a seventh to win the Hurricane Cup, Yachting World Trophy and Medway Bowl. Ball n Chain (356), David O’Connell, Kevin Horan and Shane O’Connell, from Monkstown Bay SC, won the last race, with a discarded ninth and a fourth in the two preceding races, to score 29 points. They won the Overland Trophy and Whitford Cup. Only one race was sailed on Thursday 6 August. It began well enough in a moderate to fresh north westerly and cloudy skies but before the finish the heavens opened with thunder, lightning and heavy hailstones and deposited a vast amount of water on the bedraggled competitors. Race Officer Simon Vines took pity on them and sent them ashore to dry out, with the promise of a second race in the afternoon after the storm had passed. When they were recalled to the start line later in the day the wind had gone and all thought of a second race had to be abandoned. Phil Hermiston won all three races on Wednesday 5 August in Jafiica (337) crewed by Alistair Davis and Martin Cruden in a light west north westerly wind and warm sunshine. Leading boat on points at the end of the day was Aquaholics (370) sailed by Colin Chapman, Martin Arnold and Morgan O’Sullivan. There was no racing on Tuesday 4 August because of near gale force winds. David O’Connell was leading after the first three points races on Monday 3 August. Sailing Ball n Chain and crewed by Kevin Horan and Shane O’Connell, he had a stroke of luck when, thinking he had finished in fourth place in the first race, he discovered the three boats ahead of him had all been disqualified for being over the line at the start. A fifth, second and eighth in the following races, were good enough to keep him at the top of the points table at the end of the day. The practice race was sailed in a brisk SSW wind in Portland Harbour on Sunday 2 August and was won by Don’t Worry (344) sailed by Stuart Urquhart, Richard Urquhart and Ross Young of the Royal Findhorn YC. The Championship was organised by Tamesis Club in association with Portland Castle Sailing Club and with the support of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the venue for the sailing events at the 2012 Olympics.  
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