Tamesis Club

Saga Trophy Thursday 19th May

The forecast looked very light, but the wind filled in beautifully as the race started.  OOD Graham King set the upstream figure of eight course P.  Andy Harris and Matty Key in Crescendo shot away from the start, creating a big lead very quickly.  Matt PJ and Alastair Banks in National 18 Optimus Prime was soon in hot pursuit, but never able to catch them.  The wind did come and go a bit, but overall we had an evening of champagne sailing.  Tom and Ed Low made their first appearance in Tom’s Merlin and were third over the line.  Thanks to John Adams for producing the results after the handicaps were applied – see below.

Thanks to Graham King and Ian Ramage in the box, Paul and Sara Jamieson in the Patrol Boat.

The race was followed by drinks in the bar and meal provided by Alaphia assisted by Chloe in the kitchen and David and Florin and Alice in the bar.

leet

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

PY

5 May 22

12 May 22

19 May 22

Total

Nett

Crescendo

MERLIN-ROCKET

607

Tamesis

Andrew Harris

Nim Harris

980

46.0 DNC

2.0

1.0

49.0

49.0

Piky II

LASER

188044

Tamesis

Jon Redding

1100

46.0 DNC

46.0 DNC

2.0

94.0

94.0

Optimus Prime

N18

421

Tamesis

Matthew Peregrine-Jones

Chris Martin

936

46.0 DNC

1.0

3.0

50.0

50.0

Keyser Sozer

MERLIN-ROCKET

3684

Tamesis

Tom Low

Ed Low

980

46.0 DNC

46.0 DNC

4.0

96.0

96.0

RTM

LASER

188044

Tamesis

Marcus Chavasse

1100

46.0 DNC

46.0 DNC

5.0

97.0

97.0

Seveneye

MERLIN-ROCKET

3520

Tamesis

Griff Tanner

Josie Tanner

980

1.0

46.0 DNC

6.0

53.0

53.0

Zephyr

N18

374

Tamesis

Henry Defries

Carolyne Vines

957

46.0 DNC

7.0

7.0

60.0

60.0

Cobblers

ALBACORE

6813

Tamesis

David Baker

Marcus Chavasse

1040

7.0

4.0

8.0

19.0

19.0

Andromeda

MERLIN-ROCKET

3259

Tamesis

Charlie Morgan

Alexey Anattskiy

980

4.0

5.0

9.0

18.0

18.0

Shy-Talk

LASER

120555

Tamesis

Jim Hamilton

1100

11.0 DNF

9.0

10.0

30.0

30.0

Flash

LASER

154695

Tamesis

Peter Impey

1100

11.0 DNF

11.0

11.0

33.0

33.0

Genevieve

N18

266

Tamesis

Charles Fox

Rob Blakebrough

1010

6.0

3.0

12.0

21.0

21.0

Hispanola

MERLIN-ROCKET

2895

Tamesis

Johannes Wagner

Lucius Wagner

980

46.0 DNC

46.0 DNC

13.0

105.0

105.0

White Sauce er er

MERLIN-ROCKET

3675

Tamesis

Rob Hatley

Izzy Hatley

980

5.0

46.0 DNC

14.0

65.0

65.0

 

Crew names are variable and may not reflect the last race.

National 18 Open Meeting, Blackwater Sailing Club, 14-15 May 2022

Report and photos supplied by Matt P-J

At the crack of dawn on Saturday morning the Optimus Prime crew of Matt PJ, Kaan Yargici and Peter Impey set off from Tammy once again to the River Blackwater in Essex for the first National 18 open meeting of the season, this year held jointly with the Fireball class.

Blackwater Sailing Club makes for an interesting venue to sail from because the estuary is only safely accessible to boats for approximately 2 hours either side of high water and if you are a bit slow getting back to shore then the river will have dried out to thick brown mud!!!

 

After rigging the boat and a welcome bacon sandwich for breakfast we were ready to go for 9.30am. However, despite the glorious sunshine and a ripping incoming tide there was not a breath of wind. So off we launched anyway and after a few supplementary strokes of the paddle we were off to the race course, all 3 National 18s and 20 Fireballs!

 

Fortunately the wind picked up and we had two good races off Osea Island in 5-10 knots of breeze; a perfect shakedown opportunity for a crew that had not raced together since August last year.  Even better, during the 2nd race the wind died and filled in again from the opposite direction so we had the unusual experience of flying our spinnaker on all 3 legs of the race course.  Then it was back to the club at full speed before the river ran dry for cold beers, FA Cup Final and barbecue.

Camping in the dinghy park overnight was very comfortable and convenient. However, when we emerged from our tents on Sunday morning it was damp, grey and very breezy. So off we trotted up the sea wall path towards Maldon to Wilkin & Son’s Team Rooms for a full Tiptree English breakfast with brown sauce and Little Scarlets strawberry jam – any of you real James Bond fan will know what I’m talking about. Now suitably charged, we launched into 20 knots of breeze with a gameplan to sail conservative, stay upright and not stick our mast in the Essex mud. That stood us well for the first three laps of race 3 but two quick gybes just before the final leeward mark almost put paid to that with a very violent death roll when the skipper’s lifejacket got caught up in the spinnaker poles. But recover we did – lost a place but avoided a dunking. And then the wind moderated for races 4 and 5; the last of which turned into a slow drifter against the tide on the very final leg.

Overall a great weekend’s racing on the East Coast that’s only ~90 minutes towing distance from Tammy. And remarkably, this was the first time I’ve ever received a prize for a third place finish in a three boat fleet – but who’s complaining!!! Second place went to Tammy old boys Ollie Houseman, Jeremy Vines and Harriet Sandall. And the winner was multiple catamaran champions Rupert White, Henry White and Matt Green – Rupert and Henry are son of Rob White and grandson of Reg White; founders of the legendary Brightlingsea catamaran, boat building and Olympic racing dynasty. Their business WhiteFormula is famed for previously building the Tornado and now builds the latest Ultra variant National 18 (pictured) along with many other seriously quick racing machines.

 

 

And just in case you were wondering and (unlike Jonathan Keys!) were too afraid to ask, there was no sign of the Essex Serpent all weekend!!!

 

 

A Thursday Evening Saga 12.5.22

The wind looked very promising on Thursday evening as we arrived.  Bit gusty but would give us something to think about.  A mix of Merlins, Lasers, an Albacore and National 18s started upstream in glorious sunshine on our usual figure of eight course.

Andy and Nim Harris in Merlin Rocket Crescendo shot away from the line and were only challenged and eventually overtaken by Matt Jones and Chris Martin in National 18′ Optimus Prime.

The other boats had many changes in fortune as the wind came and went, dropping many into holes not experienced by others.  The racing was close throughout.

 

Thanks go to Peter and Nicky Johnson in the box, Steve Lucas and Johannes and Josefine Wagner in the Patrol Boat for organising the race.

The race was followed by a tasty supper of beef burger, chips and loads of trimmings followed by a selection of ice creams.  Many thanks to Alaphia, Chloe for  for cooking the supper and Florian for running the bar.

Thanks to Steve Vines for the photos.

Results below – thanks to John Adams.

et

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

PY

5 May 22

12 May 22

Total

Nett

Optimus Prime

N18

421

Tamesis

Matthew Peregrine-Jones

Chris Martin

936

43.0 DNC

1.0

44.0

44.0

Crescendo

MERLIN-ROCKET

607

Tamesis

Andrew Harris

Nim Harris

980

43.0 DNC

2.0

45.0

45.0

Genevieve

N18

266

Tamesis

Charles Fox

Rob Blakebrough

1010

6.0

3.0

9.0

9.0

Cobblers

ALBACORE

6813

Tamesis

David Baker

Marcus Chavasse

1040

7.0

4.0

11.0

11.0

Andromeda

MERLIN-ROCKET

3259

Tamesis

Charlie Morgan

Alexey Anattskiy

980

4.0

5.0

9.0

9.0

Samanda

MERLIN-ROCKET

596

Tamesis

Tim Medcalf

Bethan Roberts

980

2.0

6.0

8.0

8.0

Zephyr

N18

374

Tamesis

Henry Defries

Carolyne Vines

957

43.0 DNC

7.0

50.0

50.0

Saltarello

MERLIN-ROCKET

1602

Tamesis

John Adams

Rob Hatley

980

43.0 DNC

8.0

51.0

51.0

Shy-Talk

LASER

120555

Tamesis

Jim Hamilton

1100

11.0 DNF

9.0

20.0

20.0

Barramundi

LASER

182636

Tamesis

Brendon Hills

1100

43.0 DNC

10.0

53.0

53.0

Flash

LASER

154695

Tamesis

Peter Impey

1100

11.0 DNF

11.0

22.0

22.0

Omega

MERLIN-ROCKET

1605

Tamesis

Rupert Fletcher

Jim Green

980

43.0 DNC

43.0 DNC

86.0

86.0

Oozlam

MERLIN-ROCKET

1773

Tamesis

Geoff Bayliss

Tom Bayliss

980

43.0 DNC

43.0 DNC

86.0

86.0

White Sauce er er

MERLIN-ROCKET

3675

Tamesis

Rob Hatley

Izzy Hatley

980

5.0

43.0 DNC

48.0

48.0

Seveneye

MERLIN-ROCKET

3520

Tamesis

Griff Tanner

Josie Tanner

980

1.0

43.0 DNC

44.0

44.0

Sunny start to the Saga series

A good mix of classes set off in the light north easterly for the first of the Saga Trophy Thursday evening races.  The course was set in front of the clubhouse, which is just as well as the wind died shortly after 8pm.  OOD Stewart Colley wisely finished leading Merlin Seveneye sailed by Griff and Josie Tanner who led from the outset.  Everyone finished bar two of the Lasers who determinedly tried to reach the top mark for the last time, but were unable to as the wind had dropped completely.

The sunset was golden – a memorable start to the season.

Thanks to OOD Stewart Colley assisted in the box by Alastair Banks, Patrol boat driver and crew Florian Krueger and Beatrice Russ.  Alaphia treated us to macaroni cheese with smoked ham followed by trifle.  Thanks to David and special thanks to Yann in the bar (his last shift before he goes to Uni), Florin and Sophie in the kitchen assisting Alaphia.

Results below – thanks to John Adams for raising them so quickly.

Thursday Evening Saga 2022

Results are provisional as of 8th May 2022

Overall

Sailed: 1, Discards: 0, To count: 1, Rating system: PY, Entries: 40, Scoring system: Appendix A

Fleet

Boat

Class

SailNo

Club

HelmName

CrewName

PY

5 May 22

Total

Nett

 

Seveneye

MERLIN-ROCKET

3520

Tamesis

Griff Tanner

Josie Tanner

980

1.0

1.0

1.0

 

Samanda

MERLIN-ROCKET

596

Tamesis

Tim Medcalf

Lyra Wade

980

2.0

2.0

2.0

 

Avenger

MERLIN-ROCKET

1004

Tamesis

Ken Duffell

Matthew Valentine

980

3.0

3.0

3.0

 

Andromeda

MERLIN-ROCKET

3259

Tamesis

Charlie Morgan

Alexey Anattskiy

980

4.0

4.0

4.0

 

White Sauce er er

MERLIN-ROCKET

3675

Tamesis

Rob Hatley

Izzy Hatley

980

5.0

5.0

5.0

 

Genevieve

N18

266

Tamesis

Charles Fox

Rob Blakebrough

1010

6.0

6.0

6.0

 

Cobblers

ALBACORE

6813

Tamesis

David Baker

Peter Johnson

1040

7.0

7.0

7.0

 

Antedote

N18

348

Tamesis

Chris Pollard

Caroline Stilwell

957

8.0

8.0

8.0

 

Phew

LASER

198571

Tamesis

Chris Taggart

 

1100

9.0

9.0

9.0

 

 

LASER

159498

Tamesis

Peter Impey

 

1100

11.0 DNF

11.0

11.0

 

Shy-Talk

LASER

120555

Tamesis

Jim Hamilton

 

1100

11.0 DNF

11.0

11.0

Super Drifty May Merrie at Minima YC

Ollie Housemen and Eglė Tumosaitė quickly opened up a big lead

We were all hoping against hope that the forecast 3-5 knot wind would turn out to be at least double that.  However, Peter Impey, Merlin Class Captain  and crew Alison Cooper stuck to their guns and were duly towed up for the race this afternoon.  Seven boats turned out – three merlins and four enterprises coming from a mix of Minima, Tamesis, Chew Valley and Twickenham YC.

The struggle to beat up river

The course is supposed to be run upstream to Hampton Court bridge, but this was impossible in the light easterly.  Ollie Houseman and Eglė Tumosaitė  in the merlin from Chew Valley SC very quickly established a big lead but still took two hours to finish the shortened course.  Peter Impey and Alison Cooper finished fourth, seconds behind the boat in front of them.

Still smiling – Peter and Alison

We towed Peter and Alison up behind Tamesis III and we delighted to be joined by Alistair Banks on arrival.  Thanks to Alistair for taking the pictures of the racing,   Thanks to Minima for hosting a great day out.

Cover photo: Peter Impey.   Robin Broomfield, Commodore MYC,  presents the trophy to Ollie Houseman and Eglė Tumosaitė

 

 

Jolly Japes at the Vice Commodore’s Dinner 2022

A good humoured crowd came to the delayed  Vice Commodore’s Dinner last Saturday.  The first for two years due to Covid.  Numbers were down for the same reason, but those who were there enjoyed the excellent meal prepared by Alaphia.

The diners. Photo: Liz James

 

Vice Commodore Peter Johnson introduced the proceedings and, after the dinner, took us through some of the history of the Uffa Spoon.  He also elaborated on Uffa Fox’s massive contribution to the dinghy sailing world in the year that marks the 50th Anniversary of his death.  Peter also thanked the staff – Alaphia, David, Yann, and Sophie, the waiters for all their hard work in producing the delicious meal.

Then came the nominations for the Spoon – Peter himself together with Paul Jamieson discovering just how far you can take the Dory without the petrol tank.

Charlie Morgan related how his crew Alexey came to almost jump ship from Charlie’s Merlin back in February

and finally the coup de grȃce – the holder Brian Harper-Lewis relating how the Commodore aided and abetted by Peter Bide attempted to rescue Charles Fox in his National 18′ Genieveve after he capsized, and succeeded in towing Genieveve under a tree and knocking the mast down.

Brian Harper-Lewis giving his holder’s speech.
The presentation of the Uffa Spoon. Left to right – the recipient Chris Pollard, the Vice Commodore, Peter Johnson and the previous holder – Brian Harper-Lewis. Photo: Liz James

 

Chris Pollard giving his side of the story

River Thames Boat Project Talk 24th March 2022

The club was very pleased to host a presentation by the River Thames Boat Project last Thursday evening.

Alaphia treated us to an excellent Chicken Curry with all the trimmings, followed by  Poivre Belle Helene.

Kate Dodds, for the charity began the talk, showing us slides including some  of their two boats – the original Dutch Barge Thames Venturer and the newer Thames Discoverer.  She explained their remit –

“River Thames Boat Project’s mission is to make the Thames accessible.  We provide cruises for people of all ages with disabilities and older people as well as environmental education days for primary school children.  The two community boats are wheelchair accessible.  We subsidise the cost of our days on the river through grants, donations and our own fundraising.”

www.thamesboatproject.org

She then handed over to  Trustee Jon Chapman who elaborated on the the educational role – children from schools spending days on Thames Venturer learning about the environment.  He also crews on Thames Discoverer that takes groups from a wide variety of  charities and organisations for day trips on the Thames.  Following Jon, Chris Deavin, the Chair of Trustees, gave a view of the future aspirations of the Project.

Chris Pollard, our Commodore thanked the Project for an inspiring evening.

 

Chilly Santa SUP

A few hardy paddlers donned their festive accessories for the first Tamesis Santa SUP and had a wonderful paddle out.  Using the shelter of Trowlock Island for the journey out, and sailing/surfing back with the wind on the return journey, it was a lovely trip in challenging but fun conditions, and a good chance to practice some skills tackling windy weather.

A very cool Christmas Cake!

 

Once safely back to the warmth of the clubhouse, they enjoyed hot driks and a well earned slice of Christmas cake.

Thanks to our SUP Captain Leah Fraser for organising the trip, for writing the report and the pictures.  Thanks to Tim Medcalf for the cover picture.

 

 

 

Eddy Simmonds

It is with great sorrow we have to report that Eddy Simmonds who collapsed while visiting the Club on Sunday 3rd October, died peacefully on Monday 15th November.  He had been undergoing tests in Kingston Hospital over the intervening weeks.

Eddy was a long-time member and remained a regular at the club after retiring from the National 18 Class sharing Genevieve with long time friend Graeme Lythe.  

He will be remembered with great affection by his friends – his ready smile and huge enthusiasm for life, and his desire to be thoroughly involved and helping out.

Eddy made an enormous contribution to the club over the many years he was a member.  He was Assistant Treasurer for several years, Harbour Master, National 18′ Captain and served on the Management and House Committees.

Eddy’s funeral will be at 1:15 pm on Wednesday 8th December at Randalls Park Crematorium, Randalls Rd, Leatherhead KT22 0AG.  You are warmly invited to join the family at the service and also at Tamesis afterwards.  If you are planning to go to the Crematorium, they have asked that everyone wears a mask.

If you wish to make a donation in Eddy’s memory, please send to Kingston Hospital Charity:

https://www.khc.org.uk/support-us/donate/

Racing Sunday 14th November

The turn out was good this morning despite the low cloud and gentle breeze northerly breeze. The course was set in front of the club.

Nine Lasers crossed the line at the usual start time of 1030.  Matty Valentine led in the first round, to be overhauled by Stewart Colley and then Henry Medcalf.  Stewart won convincingly with Matty chasing Henry.

The Laser fleet led by Stewart Colley

The two minutes silence was observed at 11am, and the Ensign was lowered to half mast.  The Lasers stopped where they were and held station for the two minutes.

The two 18′ Nationals started at 1115.  Charles Fox and Robert Blakebrough  in Genevieve led from the start.  Unfortunately Mal Warner and Beatrice Russ in Orion had to retire.

The merlin start was nail biting – all seven right on the line, but no one over.  Big sigh of relief all round.  Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts in Lady Anne led from the start, Richard Harris and Emma Macdonald in Passing Cloud only nearly overtaking them at the end.  Andrew Harris and Chris Martin in Point Break came an easy third.

Joe and Sean led all the way

 

Richard and Emma creeping up behind Joe and Sean on the last run upriver

 

My thanks to my helpers – Henry Defries in the box and Florian Krueger and Jennifer Falconer Hall in the Patrol Boat.  Thanks also to David, Yann and Jack in the bar.

Photos by the author.

Please also scroll down to the end of the website and look at Chris Wade’s fantastic pictures on the Facebook page.