Tamesis Club

Raters in Braganza Bowl and Yates Cup 2018

We were very pleased to see the six Thames A Raters arrive on Saturday along with blazing sunshine and a strong Southerly gusting 30 knots at times.  The course was challenging – upstream start taking the boats half way up the Canbury reach and down to the bottom mark below Trowlock Island.

All six started in the first race on Saturday, but three retired, due to gear failure or concerns re gear failure.  Osprey won from Adventurer setting up the needle match that lasted all the weekend.

The second race was for the Yates Cup.  Adventurer was clear winner from Osprey.  The wind had not abated, so it made for some very exciting sailing.

Sunday was completely different, pouring rain with a lightish northerly.   The course for the first two races took competitors up past the island then down to a mark just below the club.  Vagabond was clear winner in the first race followed by  Adventurer and Osprey. The rain got worse in the second race causing the wind to drop.  Adventurer led over the finishing line having overtaken Osprey during the second round.  Vagabond was third.

The third race was crucial.  Adventurer had two firsts and two seconds, Osprey a first, two seconds and a win, Vagabond a first, third and a retirement.  Vagaond easily won the last race though Adventurer was apparently closing some of the time. Osprey was third.

Final results

Yates Cup:

1st Nr 24 Adventurer – Martin Hunter, Jock Wishart and Jamie Stewart – Tamesis

2nd Nr 16 Osprey – Paul Browning, Justin Dunn, Graham Bartholomew Thames SC

Braganza Bowl:

1st Nr 24 Adventurer – Martin Hunter, Jock Wishart and Jamie Stewart – Tamesis  6 points

2nd Nr 16 Osprey – Paul Browning, Justin Dunn, Graham Bartholomew Thames SC  8 points

3rd Nr 13 Vagabond – Miles Palmer, Kevin Pearson, Matt Kyte Thames SC 12 points

The prizes announced by Jim Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, presented by Commodore Carolyne Vines.  Martin Hunter graciously thanked the Race teams – OODs Peter Fryer and David Jerram, Time Keepers Pauline Fryer and Andrew Forbes, Patrol Boat drivers and crews Brian Timbrell, Berry Ritchie, Robert Blakebrough, Florian Krueger  Neville Upton, and of course very importantly the catering crew.

Adventurer and Vagabond on Saturday
Start of the first race on Sunday
Beating down to first mark in first race – photo – Peter Johnson
Jock Wishart, Martin Hunter and Jamie Stewart receiving the Braganza Bowl from the Commodore – photo – Jenny Finlayson


Tammy Matters

Dear all

I am writing this after another great weekend.  The magnificent Thames A Raters paid their annual visit to Tamesis and wowed us with their grace and skill.  Report below.

There is still time to sign up for the Ladies Night next Saturday  £20 a head to be fed and entertained by the gents, who take enormous trouble and enjoyment.  Ladies, if you have not already booked your place e mail Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

Other upcoming events

Sunday 21st October – Trafalgar Trophy Handicap Pursuit Race.  The slower classes start first so that that the faster classes aim to catch them up – everyone finishes at the same time.  We are planning on running a shorter race for the Mirrors, Toppers, and juniors in the Laser 2000s.  Times are on the  event page on the website.

Sunday 28th October – RNLI day.  The local RNLI branch bring down their Christmas cards and goodies to sell to all.  The first boat in each class race will receive a racing flag.  All competitors are asked to contribute £5 to the RNLI when they enter.

Sunday 4th November – Trowlock Trophy Handicap Pursuit Race – more details to follow soon.

Powerboat 2 course on Sundays – an opportuntiy to get the RYA qualification – useful when hiring out craft.

See you soon

Carolyne Vines


Tammy Trains

Beautiful autumn weather and gentle Northerly winds made for ideal training conditions on Sunday .
Working round a particularly well attended Merlin open the normal pattern of land based and on the water training allowed three of our beginners to complete their courses whilst the advanced students , sailing half way to Lensbury ,had plenty space for their exercises and got in a lot of good sailing .
Training as usual next Sunday will work round the Raters whilst trying to finish off current courses .

Good sail setting

Good trim

Good fun!

Eric Finlayson


Tammy Matters

Dear all

Thanks to Joe McLaughlin and Sean for organising such a good Merlin weekend.  See reports and photos below.  I have never been so wet without actually falling in!

Ronnie came to visit the club on Sunday and is keen to start crewing.  He has done a lot of big boat sailing but also understands dinghy sailing. Would love to crew next Sunday. He is contactable on ronnie_mezzetti@hotmail.com

Upcoming events:

Early alert:  Sundays 11th and 18th November Powerboat Level 2 Course. Contact Simon Thompson on st599@zepler.net to book.  See poster on the event page.

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October – Rater weekend.  See notice of race on the event page.  There will also be normal Sunday racing bar the early 1030 handicap race.  There will be no meal on Saturday evening.

Saturday 20th October – LADIES NIGHT – LADIES COME DINE AND BE ENTERTAINED BY THE GENTS – great evening. £20 per head. All ladies welcome – members and non members. See the poster on the event post.  Please sign up in the book in the clubhouse.

Sunday 21st October – Trafalgar Trophy – Handicap pursuit race.  Start times to be published soon.

Sunday 28th October – RNLI day – races for race flags with donation to the RNLI.  The ladies from the RNLI will be selling their Christmas cards and goodies.

Sunday 28th October – PM – Tamesis are hosting the Three Club Burgee – three boat team racing in Merlins against Minima Yacht Club and Thames Sailing Club.  It is now likely this event will be on Saturday 27th October due to a Merlin Open at Ranelagh

Sunday 4th November – Trowlock Trophy – Handicap pursuit race. details to be advised.

See you soon

Carolyne Vines


Sunny Sondown & Silver Tiller

Andy and Sara Harris won the Sondown Cup and the Elizabeth Bowl in sunny and light airs. Fifteen boats were racing with visitors from Hampton, Lymington Town and Minima. Thanks to everyone who made it an enjoyable day.




1st – 607 Crescendo, Andy Harris, Sara Harris (3 points)

2nd – 1079 Passing Cloud, Richard Harris, Maddie Harris (4 points)

3rd – 1493 Katy Lou, Alex Jackson, Rachel Alder (5 points)

4th – 3724 Sublime, Joe McLaughlin, Sean Roberts (6 points)



Close racing by the boathouse – Photo by Henry Medcalf
Four in a row – Photo by Henry Medcalf
– Photo by Henry Medcalf
– Photo by Henry Medcalf
photo by Henry Medcalf
– Photo by Henry Medcalf
photo Henry Medcalf



Soggy Porteous Cup

Thirteen hardy vintage Merlin’s  were treated to a solid Northerly breeze and persistent rain delivering a cracking windward-leeward courses. John & Oliva Bell won the first two races convincingly and had the pleasure of watching the windiest and wettest race of the day from the warmth of the clubhouse. This was the largest turnout of Merlin’s for the De May series this season so far. Big thanks to all of the visitors for contributing to a great day and some exciting racing.


1st – 1201 Grand Teton, John Bell and Olivia Bell (2 points)

2nd – 3560 Luka, Stuart Jenkins, Nicola Seaddan (3 points)

3rd – 723 Cindy, Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts (5 points)

4th – 607 Crescendo, Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris (7 points)

The Bells showing the wa1y – photo Sara Jamieson
Andromeda, Cindy & Crescendo in close contention through the island – photo Sara Jamieson
Luka with Bambusa & Emanuelle all in contention – photo Sara Jamieson
John Bell and Oliva Bell being presented the Porteous Cup – photo Sean Roberts
Stuart and Nicola being presented the Southcott Cup for winning the last race – photo Sean Roberts


Tammy Trains

Lighter winds on Sunday allowed our beginners to make real progress even though severe wind shifts made sail setting tricky.
More experienced students honed specialist skills like Man Overboard.
We are making a real effort to finish off existing courses whilst the weather is reasonable and to allow us to organise a Start Racing course .

Eric Finlayson,

Chief Instructor 1.10.18

Tammy Matters

Dear all

I am writing this after we have had another very busy weekend.  Two open meetings – National 18s and Laser, a fun supper on Saturday night, and of course more students learning sailing skills.  Please see all the reports.  Our merlin sailors also went down to the Parkstone Silver Tiller event.

Next weekend is another busy one – PLEASE NOTE THERE IS NO CLASS RACING THIS WEEKEND.

Saturday 6th – Porteous Cup part of the Vintage de May series – we also need a volunteer for Patrol Boat Crew.

Sunday 7th – Sondown Cup – Merlin Open, also part of the Thames Series and significantly a Silver Tiller event. We  need volunteers for  Patrol Boat Driver and Crew.

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th – A Raters weekend.  Worth coming down to watch these magnificent boats in action.

Sunday 14th – Winter series 1 but there will be no 1030 handicap race.

Monday 15th – The RNLI are holding their annual Fish Supper at the Anglers pub, 3 Broom Road.  For details see the poster on the website.

Saturday 20th – Ladies Night. A fun night where we ladies are fed and entertained by the gents.  £20 per person and please sign-up in the clubhouse or Email Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com

Sunday 21st – Trafalgar Trophy – Handicap Pursuit Race – start times to be published soon.

Sunday 28th – RNLI day – winners of class races receive a racing flag.  All competitors are asked to donate £5 to the RNLI.  The ladies from the RNLI will be selling their lovely Christmas Cards and goodies to start your Christmas shop.

Sunday 28th – we will be hosting the Three Club Burgee team races in the afternoon.  To be sailed in vintage merlins.

See you soon

Carolyne Vines


Record Turnout for National 18 Inland Champs

Odyssey sailed by David Vines and Max Vines. photo Susan Green


The Goose Drank … sailed by John Adams and Rupert Fletcher. photo Susan Green
John Adams and Rupert Fletcher. photo Susan Green
Max Vines and David Vines – photo – Susan Green
Alan Green reads out the prize winners – photo Jim Green
The Commodore Max Vines and David Vines – photo – Jim Green


The Commodore and John Adams – photo Jim Green



An excellent day’s sailing was held in bright sunshine and fickle, light wind when an almost-record of eleven N18s took part in the 2018 Inlands at Tamesis.  Race Officer Peter Mason set in front of the clubhouse two short courses that needed no dog-legs to provide at random beats, reaches and runs (with flat bits in between).  Yet despite the challenges the fleet coped well with few boats parked other than momentarily.

Some great new Morrison hardware graced the proceedings, 400 Odyssey (Tamesis club boat sailed by David and Max Vines), 401 Hurricane (Ollie Houseman, Anne Bayne) and 421 Optimus Prime (Kaan Yargici and Matt P-J) always in the top five except in race one when Prime was delayed and missed the start.  But Prime in her first season looked splendid and pulled up to second in race 2 showing promise for her planned touring race season.

Big surprise (not of course to those sailing her) was Barney Smith’s 369 Goose that had laid static ashore for a year and generously loaned to expert Merlin sailors John Adams and Rupert Fletcher.  Goose shot almost to the front of the fleet, often with 348 Antedote (Chris Pollard, Caroline Stilwell) on her heels keeping close company with the new Morrisons.

Welcome new owners in established Tamesis boats were Henry Defries  with Chris Taggart in former N18 class captain Ian Burnett’s 374 Zephyr, and Garrie Mallen who with Jeremy Vines in 375 Rhapsody placed 5th and 6th in races 1 and 2 steered by Garrie on his first outing at the helm – high quality guidance makes a difference.  One over the Eight returned to play, turning in a competent performance with Merlin sailors Ken Duffel (who won the Adelaide Cup in the N18 Orion) and Joe Woods, plus Ken’s grandson Matt Valentine (also an Adelaide Cup winner).

The day was rounded off with an early supper and prizegiving, dinner laid on by the house catering team under R/C House Nicky Johnson and team leader Jo Carstens.

A great effort by Tammy member Ollie Houseman to trail 401 Hurricane all the way over from Bristol for the event and we now expect this re-established event to bring back next year more of the class from other clubs.  We will be ready!


Maddison Cup – first over the line

Odyssey – David Vines and Max Vines

Eighteen Cup – Handicap

The Goose Drank – John Adams and Rupert Fletcher

Open results Race 1

1  Goose, 2 Hurricane, 3 Odyssey, 4 Antedote, 5 Rhapsody

Handicap results Race 1

1 Goose, 2 Antedote, 3 Rhapsody, 4 Zephyr

Open results Race 2

1 Odyssey, 2 Optimus Prime, 3 Hurricane, 4 Goose, 5 1/8

Handicap results Race 2

1 Goose, 2 1/8, 3 Odyssey, 4 Antedote.


Entry list

Opti Prime Kaan Yargici & Matt PJ
Orion Alan Green & Falcon Compton
Trojan Mike & Jenny Adams
Genevieve Charles Fox & Robert Blakebrough
One / 8 Ken Duffell, Joe Wood, Matt Valentine
Antedote Chris Pollard & Caroline Stilwell
Zephyr Henry Defries & Chris Taggart
Rhapsody Garrie Mallen & Jeremy Vines
Hurricane Ollie Houseman & Anne Bayne
Odyssey David Vines & Max Vines
The Goose John Adams & Rupert Fletcher


Alan Green

30 Sept 2018