The onshore easterly made simply launching the boats a test of skill and initiative. The Laser fleet wrestled their recalcitrant craft to the water with varying degrees of success – the challenge proved too much for some while the wily members of the fleet ensured that made it to the start on time by simply using the launch ramp and the jetties.
The Merlin Rockets adopted the full rigged, bow-first, lifeboat-style launch technique which can have heart-in-the-mouth moments but sees the fleet set aside its competitive urges for a moment as many hands guide the precious craft safely to the racetrack.
A brace of N18s also made it to the water, including The Commodore and it was a welcome sight.
The wind posed testing questions with helms needing to select one of a range of multiple choice answers, often to several questions simultaneously. There was a lot of guessing about what was coming next but those with long-time experience of Tamesis Club came through.
Less fortunate was MR596 whose crew had the indignity of being dismasted in full flight – kudos to Junior sailor Flora Laidlow who was crewing a Merlin for the first time and handled the situation with maturity and aplomb.
While the sailing was a lot of fun in a typically Tammy way, the highlight for the returning sailors was to see the now famous Veranda Bar being recommissioned and opening for some socially distanced business – never has a cold drink been more welcome! A big thank you from all at the club to Nicky Johnson and Carolyne Vines for going the extra mile to make the bar a reality again!
Thanks also to our OOD team of John and Jean Meredith and the Ken and Howard Thatcher in the patrol boat.
The pictures below were taken by Jonathan Key.