Tamesis Club

Training from Home 18


This week I’m just going to bang on about the fun side of sailing
We usually try to sail up to Hampton Ct about now.
Getting under the bridges is tricky but not as hard as this
Subject: How to Get An 85 Ft Mast Under A 65 Ft Bridge

Take a look at this video on YouTube:


One of the bridges is particularly nasty
Kingston Railway Bridge
When we had a flubber we tried leaning a pair of boats over it and nipping quickly through but with the dory the gunwales get damaged so we revert to towing up with the masts dropped then re-rigging.
One way or another we try to get everyone to the pub at the same time.
There is a nice little beach to land on at the pub.
Lots of keen racers go to Salcome for the various fleet regattas .
In my old club many of us just went for fun.  I took a Topper just to get from Mill Bay to the yacht club for lunch
We also took the Topper to Calshot, but didn’t always get good wind.
Sometimes it’s good to be on your own, sometimes it’s good to be in a crowd.
When Norderney is so crowded you need to raft up with the Grimsby lot.
Don’t forget the Cadets sail at Tammy on a Saturday and we plan to start ladies social sailing on Thursdays.
So big boat or small , coastal or inland , fair wether or foul
Sailing can be fun
Stay safe
Eric Finlayson