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60 members enjoy Commodore’s BBQ

More than 60 Tamesis members attended the Commodore’s barbecue on Sunday 17 September. Bosun Paul Jamieson was the principal chef and roasted a selection of chicken, sausages and beefburgers, helped by his wife, Sara, who handed out the plates and knives and f ...

A cold and windy Tamesis Autumn Regatta

21 boats took part in three closely contested races at the Tamesis Autumn Regatta on Sunday 10 September. It started warmer but soon clouded over and turned into a cold, windy day and the gusty north easterly wind caused many capsizes especially among the nine ...

Evening sailing ends with choccy challenge

The final Thursday evening’s sail of the summer on 31 August ended with a choccy challenge fun race with chocolate prizes presented by Tamesis Commodore Carolyne Vines to the winning boat in each class. Ten boats took to the water in a light north westerly win ...

Tim Medcalf wins Bank Holiday pursuit

Tim Medcalf won the Bank Holiday Pursuit Race sailing his Merlin, Squirrel (235) single handed. Tamesis Commodore Carolyne Vines was second in her Laser. Eight boats took part in the race on Monday 28 August in a light north westerly wind. ...

Tamesis rowers

After sailing on Sunday 20 August six Tamesis sailors took to the oars on Stewart Colley’s Thames Watermen’s Cutter Richard Butler and rowed up to Raven’s Ait and stopped off for tea, coffee and ice creams on the way back. They were coxed by ...

Phil Plumtree wins Half Ton Cup Cup

Former Tamesis member Phil Plumtree won the Euro Car Parks Classic Half Ton Cup in Swuzzlebubble in the penultimate race at Kinsale YC. Please see http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197900/Half-Ton-Classics-Cup-at-Kinsale-day-4 for full report and photo. ...

GW Smith Handicap Results

Current leader of the GW Smith Thursday evening trophy is Ken Duffel in Avenger, mainly crewed by his grandson Mattie with 10 points from 5 races completed, and looking pretty unassailable. Others still with a chance of qualifying (4  races) include Tim and so ...

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 f ...

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 Joh ...

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 su ...

Tamesis training back with a bang

Eric Finlayson, the Club’s RYA training instructor, reports that weekly training sessions are “Back with a Bang”. Training started again after PTBO with a bang on Sunday 4 June with twelve students on four different courses in nine boats. Whi ...

Bank Holiday Monday Pursuit Race 29th May

Four boats took part in today’s pursuit race, which took place in extremely light airs.  Great patience was required by all as the wind was very light and variable. At times the wind died away completely only to reappear from a different direction.     Chris T ...

Shen Shui sails to Dartmouth

Tony and Leonie Steer sailed from the Solent to Dartmouth in their yacht Shen Shui on 22 May. Leonie reports “We arrived in Dartmouth after a lovely 9 hour downwind crossing of Lyme Bay, often surfing at 7 knots. Oscar (the ship’s cat) is fine. ...

Death of Angela Norris

Angela Norris, a Tamesis member for many years, passed peacefully away in the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher, on Friday 5 May.  Her family were by her side.  She was 88. More than 70 friends and family attended the funeral at the Sacred Heart Church, Teddington ...

Death of Yvonne Goldsmith

Almost 70 Tamesis members and other friends attended the funeral of Yvonne Goldsmith at North East Surrey Crematorium on Wednesday 3 May. Yvonne. wife of Mike Goldsmith a keen member of the Tamesis Laser fleet, died on Sunday 16 April.  She was in the same car ...

Cobblers wins Tamesis Easter pursuit

Further photos by Chris Wade on the following link:     https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B9X8mVqpz_X9NHBLUnFGemFoUjA?usp=sharing The Easter Sunday all class pursuit race was won by David Baker and Jim Green in Cobblers, Albacore 6183, in a 14 boat fleet ...

Laser Quiz sets challenge for 66

Kaan Yargici was Quizmaster Laser Captain Donald Forbes thanked the question masters, the Rear Commodore (House) and the catering staff Stewart  Colley won the Easter hamper Sixty six Tamesis members and guests spent an equally challenging and frustrating even ...

Sat 25 Mar Successful Race Night

Forty two race goers attended the Merlin fleet’s Horse Racing Night to raise funds for the Royal Marsden Hospital.  The filmed horse races included both National Hunt and Flat racing where the ‘punters’ laid bets on which horses would win and very loudly shout ...

Tamesis Club Flag Officers and Officers

Commodore    Carolyne Vines    Vice Commodore    Alan Green   Rear Commodore (Sailing)    Chris Pollard     Rear Commodore (House)    Nicky Johnson     Hon Secretary    Rupert Fletcher Hon Treasurer    Graeme Lythe Hon Asst Treasurer    James Berry Hon Sailing ...

Uffa’s Spoon won by Ken Duffell

Uffa’s Spoon, the highly prized trophy presented by the late Uffa Fox for the biggest gaffe by a Tamesis member during the past year was presented in his absence to Merlin sailor Ken Duffell at the Vice Commodore’s Dinner on Saturday 18 February.   ...

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 Que ...

70 Years of the Merlin Rocket

The latest Winter talk was given on the 5th January by David “Dougal” Henshall (Author of ” Real Magic – 70 years of the Merlin Rocket”). David retired early from BT, travelling the world setting up call centres ! He now devotes h ...

Happy New Year

A very happy New Year to all Tamesis members and to sailors everywhere.  May your hand on the tiller be always firm and the wind in your sails be gentle. ...

Boxing Day racing

               Tamesis members sailing in the Club’s Boxing Day races arrived to be greeted by bright sunshine and a force 2/3 north westerly breeze.  Merlin Rockets, Lasers, a National 18, a Firefly and a Mirror, competed over an up/down river course fo ...

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 ...

Creating Stained Glass – by Ian Ramage

Last Thursday’s Club Supper & Talk saw close to 50 people coming to hear Ian Ramage talk about creating stained glass. We learned about stained glass and how it is produced and what decorative art is and the different materials used. We heard about some of ...

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 interest ...

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 wou ...

Maddy wins bake off

Eight juniors slaved over their cakes and brought them down on Saturday  to be judged by two very experienced judges – Stewart Colley and Carolyne Vines.  Saturday was the last junior sailing this year. The cakes were displayed beautifully and coded so t ...

Robin’s Wood Turning Talk

  This winter’s Thursday evening Club supper and talks began last week with Robin Lince treating all present to a fascinating insight into wood turning with amusing tales and filmed demonstrations. We were also treated to a demonstration of his Tormek T3 ...

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 th ...

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 ...

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 y ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sun shone on Bart’s Bash 2016

Tamesis took part in the 3rd Bart’s Bash on Sunday 18th September.  Nineteen boats took part in the very light northerly winds.  A total of £97 was collected – many thanks to all those who gave so generously. Bart’s Bash is the annual fund ra ...

Commodore’s BBQ was a great success

More than 80 people enjoyed the barbecue lunch.  The meal was prepared by Peter and Nicky Johnson and their son David and daughter-in-law with help from Jo Carstens and the catering team in the kitchen. Peter and David cooked sausages, beef burgers, veggie bur ...

GW Smith Trophy – Final Results

Sadly we have had the last Thursday evening sail of 2016 on 25th August, a drifter with a number of boats unable to finish a lap.  Ken Duffell, relatively speaking, tore away from the rest of us and recorded his first victory  of the series​ on the water and o ...

GW Smith Trophy Thurs 18 August

Thursday 18th saw a great turnout of 18 boats for the evening sail, including 5 N18’s, 8 Lasers and even 2 Fireflies as well as an Albacore and a couple of Merlins. An easterly (well some of the time) wind held reasonably well and allowed us to keep clea ...

Berry Ritchie wins Porteous Cup

The mysterious decision to change its date from mid-October, concurrent with Tamesis’s Merlin open for the Sondown Cup, may partly explain why no visitors arrived last Saturday, 20 August, to compete for the Porteous Cup, usually one of the best attended ...

Shen Shui back in Solent

Leonie Steer reports on 20 August that Shen Shui is back in the Solent. “We are safely back in The Solent before these gales arrived which have disrupted the Bournemouth Air Show.  Didn’t our sailors do well at the Olympics. So proud to be part of ...

James Fox to race in Stockholm RAID

James Fox is to sail a 5.5 metre catamaran in the 2016 Stockholm Archipelago RAID in which 26 teams from Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, the United States and Sweden race between 36,000 islands between 25 and 28 August. The race starts ...

Death of Kenneth Hampton

Kenneth Hampton, Firefly Class Captain in the early 1960s, passed away on Thursday 11 August. He was 90. He led the Tamesis fleet in the heydays of team racing in Fireflies and the Hampton Trophy was awarded by the class to recognise his extensive work for the ...

GW Smith results Thursday 11th August

“After the Thursday evening race on 9th August when the Lasers, led by Nick and Donald Forbes, took the first four places we now have 10 qualifiers and a further 5 who could still do so. While the winner of the series is clear, Barry with three wins and ...

GW Smith results for July

‘We are halfway through the Thursday evening GW Smith Trophy. As we only need 4 races to qualify, 4 boats have already qualified, but anyone ca​n still do so as we have another 4 races to go. To date 20 different boats have  sailed and the 4 that have qu ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...


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