Tamesis Club

Saga Trophy 30th May

Thursday’s westerly wind prompted OOD John Redding to set a PX course with a double dog leg to make sure that we were all alert at the end of the day.


The wind did persist for most of the evening to provide good racing.  Eleven boats took to the water , including 6 boat types and it was good to see juniors joining in the fun with Henry Medcalf, in the Topper and Alden and Esme Horwitz in a Laser 2000.


Ken Duffell and Mattie Valentine  in their Merlin Avenger were the early leaders, stretching out a sizeable lead.  However this is Tamesis and a couple of light patches allowed John and Zoe Adams in turn to head the fleet, only to be pegged back by Barry Mourant and Carolyne Vines in the third Merlin, Fair Kop, which took the lead and held it to the end, far enough ahead to also take the race on handicap.


Behind them Tim and Ed Medcalf in their Firefly Scallywag had been quietly taking advantage of the bursts of wind and avoiding the flat patches to finish fifth on the water but second overall, followed on handicap by the Merlins and then the Albacore, Cobblers, sailed by David Baker and crewed by Barbara Adams.


Class        Sail No.    Name                                Helm                        Crew                                                            Points

Merlin 1212 Fair Kop Barry Mourant Carolyne Vines         1
Firefly 2103 Scallywag Tim Medcalf Ed Medcalf         2
Merlin 1602 Saltarello John Adams Zoë Adams         3
Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Mattie Valentine         4
Laser 208470 Grebe Stewart Colley             5
Albacore 6813 Cobblers David Baker Barbara Adams         6
Laser 167587   Graham King             7
Firefly 1698 Ella Florian Krueger             8
Firefly 3179 Fiasco Jim Hamilton             9
Topper 36323   Henry Medcalf             10
Laser 2000 21207   Alden       Horwitz  Esme  Horwitz         12

For anyone cooled by the evening’s activities, the tasty chilli con carne and trimmings providing a warming supper to round off the day.
To date five boats have completed four races, the usual qualifying mark for the series, with John and Zoë Adams leading on 9 points, Ken Duffel and Matt Valentine second on 16 points, David Baker with various crews third on 23 points, Jim Hamilton fourth on 25 and Graham King fifth on 34.  However  all could change and Charlie Morgan only requires another win to take the lead with four wins, or someone else could join in to add interest to the series.
Either way, its a very good way of starting the weekend.
See you next Thursday.
John Adams