Tamesis Club

Training (working from home) 21/5

 Hi all, hope you are well
 Welcome to lesson 5
 We ask students to bring an up to date weather forecast each Sunday .
 These can be found from lots of sources , BBC (other media are available )  papers or on line .
 I mostly use windguru which in addition to wind speed direction etc gives gusts which are the bit you need to watch out for
Richard Edgar (at the time a BBC weather forecaster ) told me that just going outside and looking West was as good a way of telling what’s coming .

He also said that the BBC weather forecasts tended to be out by a couple of hours because the computed programme they used didn’t take account of friction but no-one dared guess a more accurate time. By now you might have had a “trip round the bay” with an instructor but before putting you on the water on a narrow busy river we would do a session of dry land training On how to turn the boat or “tack”

This video is pretty good

Let me know if this doesn’t work
>> I found it by googling how to tack a dinghy and it’s by the RYA
>> we teach it from”reach to reach”  ie sailing across the wind .
>> Here is how we would actually teach you

Like this


That’s Howard another of our instructors, he says sailing is solving problems on the water.
Sailors sayings
I started to reread Master And Commander and came across a typical weather description  “ a two reef topsail breeze rattling the fronds of the palm trees “
Before the Beaufort scale came into use there was a rather cumbersome system relating to what sail a well set up man of war could carry .
I managed to find a chart relating the two systems and thinks this might be a bit contradictory

Yachtmasters Quiz
A2.6 Flying the ensign upside down is not an International distress signal

Q 2.7 In navigation what is the word that describes the effect of the wind blowing the boat sideways?

Incompetent crew
My mate Roger’s home port Grimsby is twinned with Bremerhaven so whenever the Tall Ships are there any Grimsby boat which sails over counts as an honorary  Tall Ship
The approach is quite impressive

One of the benefits is temporary free membership of the rather grand yacht club
Here is Lady in Blue snugly moored

It’s still not clear when we will be able to start training but we are watching the situation as it develops

Stay safe
Eric Finlayson