Tamesis Club

Osprey wins Braganza Bowl for third year in a row

Tamesis welcomed seven Thames A Raters to celebrate the 150th (plus 1) anniversary of the founding of their home club Thames Sailing Club.

The first day of the event proved very disappointing as these magnificent craft drifted around the course. Osprey led almost from the start and opened up a big gap.  Scamp was over the line, but able to catch up into second and Vagabond third.  They decided not to do the second race of the day which should have been for the Yates Cup.

Sunday dawned brighter with a much better wind, though it proved very fitful and flukey in the first race which was started at 1015.  The course was set downstream to Lensbury  to avoid the morning rowing regatta above Stephens Ait. The second and third races which took place after lunch were much better – the course was set above the Stephens Ait where the wind was a southerly giving a great beat and run.

Start of the last race


Wings nr 19
Vagabond nr 13
Osprey Rater nr 16
Lady Jane nr 20
Scamp nr 12


It was all to go for in the final race – Scamp had two firsts and a second, Osprey a first and two seconds.  Osprey clinched it by winning the final race with Scamp in third.

Our own Andrew Harris came fourth overall – first time helming an A Rater.

The Yates Cup was sailed for in the second race on Sunday and won by Scamp closely followed by Osprey and Vagabond.

Mark Laity, now Rater Class Captain has written the stunning ‘One hundred and fifty years of sailing on the Thames’ which includes Tamesis, Upper Thames SC, Minima YC and Henley SC.  Matt Kyte, Commodore of Thames SC presented a copy to Peter Johnson, Vice Commodore of Tamesis at the prizegiving.

Justin Dunn, Paul Browning, Graham Bartholomew, Peter Johnson
Jonny Smith, Adrian Hart, Al Smith and Peter Johnson.

Braganca Bowl

1st   Osprey        Paul Browning, Justin Dunn, Graham Bartholomew

2nd Scamp         Jonny Smith, Adrian Hart, Al Smith (Sunday), Steve Bartlett (Saturday)

3rd  Vagabond  Miles Palmer, Nick Fribbens, Mark Laity

4th  Lady Jane  Andrew Harris, Adrian Dyball, Alec Bond (Saturday) Griff Tanner (Sunday)

Yates Cup

1st   Scamp         Jonny Smith, Adrian Hart, Al Smith

2nd Osprey        Paul Browning, Justin Dunn, Graham Bartholomew

3rd  Vagabond  Miles Palmer, Nick Fribbens, Mark Laity

Huge thanks go to the organising force.  Race teams:  Saturday –  Mal Warner, Alastair Banks, James Berry, Nicola Siebert Patel, John Edmondson and Brendan Hills. Sunday – Marcus Chavasse, Peter Impey, Brian Harper Lewis, Geoff Baylis, Peter Bide and John Kemp.

Great ploughmans and sandwiches and drinks at the bar provided by Nicky Johnson, Carolyne Vines, David Altun, Jan, Beatrice Russ and Nicky Chavasse.