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 Stuart and Anna Jenkins
3652 John and Olivia Bell
The morning race was red and green flights and the afternoon – rather appropriately black and blue!
It was blowing quite hard for the first race and Rupert decided to retire half way through with the boat in one piece, not fancying a blast up to Gerston in those conditions. Ken and Joe persevered but broke a spreader off capsizing and were towed in. Fortunately after much searching they located Dirty Hands Phil Scott who promised an overnight carbon fibre repair. Fingers crossed they’ll be back on the water for Monday afternoon.
The best placed Tammy member was Fran Gifford, 5th with Phil Dalby, and ex Tammy Caroline Croft was just behind at 6th. Will and Mary Henderson were 14th
For the afternoon race the wind had really got up and it was chaotic around the start line with capsizes all over the place. Andrew had a great start from the Salcombe end of the line and eager Tammy spectators were mystified when he failed to appear with the leaders on the run back. Even more disappointed as nearly the whole fleet (at least the select band of successful starters) came past. The story was revealed by Caroline Croft in the bar later, that he was 4th round the first mark, but in their eagerness to get the spinny up the instant they rounded the upwind mark in the fiercesome blow, they capsized spectacularly, and took rather a long time to recover. Shame!
John Bell came 18th in the afternoon and David Croft 27th
With no Tammy boats finishing on Sunday, we are hoping for better luck tomorrow!
Morning and afternoon starts, with Millie 3649 beautifully positioned.