Tamesis Club

Light winds for Centenary Cup 2022/Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

The day dawned grey and somewhat chilly for June.  The wind came from the north and was light and not likely to increase.

Photo: Marcus Chavasse


The event was also part of the Tamesis celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.  To mark the occasion two crews dressed their boats up – Antedote and Cobblers.  Cobblers took the prize for best dressed boat.

Richard Harris set a course starting downstream and then up to a mark upstream of Stevens Ait. As this was a pursuit race the slowest class started first.

The five Lasers set off first to be followed soon after by the Albacore sailed by David Baker and Jim Green.  Merlin Rockets Crescendo sailed by Andrew and Tom Harris and Seven Eye sailed by Josie and Griff  Tanner, and Avenger sailed by Ken Duffell and Joe Woods were next to start.  Lastly N18’ Antedote  sailed by Chris Pollard and Alastair Banks crossed the start line.  The turnout was smaller than previous years, probably due to lots of people being on holiday, and the lack of wind.

Andrew and Tom won by a big margin, Marcus Chavasse and Matty Valentine were second and third respectively in the Lasers.  Matty took the Junior Cup, Josie Tanner was 2nd in the Junior Cup

Full results:

1st  Merlin Rocket Crescendo  Andrew and Tom Harris

2nd  Laser   RTM                          Marcus Chavasse

3rd Laser     Grey Dove                Matty Valentine

4th Merlin Rocket  Avenger       Ken Duffell and Joe Woods

5th Laser   Phew                            Chris Taggart

6th Albacore  Cobblers                 David Baker and Jim Green

7th Laser   Shy Talk                       Jim Hamilton

8th Laser   Flash                             Peter Impey

9th National 18’ Antedote          Chris Pollard and Alastair Banks

10th Merlin Rocket Seven Eye   Griff and Josie Tanner


The race was followed by the prize giving, prizes being presented by the Commodore, Chris Pollard and announced by Rear Commodore Sailing Marcus Chavasse.


Thanks go to OOD Richard Harris and Emma Macdonald in the box, James Berry and Ian Ramage in the Patrol Boat.

photo: Ros Warwick-Haller



Once having finished the on the water activities some 30 plus members were treated to a sumptuous tea of sandwiches (including a Coronation filling of course), scones with jam and cream, meringues and cream, strawberries and finally a delicious Victoria sponge, all prepared by Alaphia  Chloe Florin and Sophie.  They were all given an ovation for their work.

A great day all round.  Thanks to all who contributed to making a great day.

photo: Ros Warwick Haller

Thanks also to Adrian and Sally Warwick Haller for planting up the pots so beautifully.