Tamesis Club

Tammy Trains

Sunday 16th September 2018 – Eric Finlayson reports:

Ten knots of SSW wind no stream and 27 degrees. What’s not to like ?

On Sunday Carolyne our Commodore presented certificates to seven of our students for a variety of courses.

We also welcomed two new members, enjoyed the barbecue and had a great afternoon sailing .
Many of our younger students are now doing stage 4 after which they are eligible to do advanced courses such as Seamanship Skill or Start Racing .

We are considering doing a Start Racing course in October subject to demand.

Commodore’s BBQ

The sun shone down on this year’s bbq which was enjoyed by over 60 members – old and new.  Nicky Johnson organised, aided by bbq chefs Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson, and Sara Jamieson supervised the salad distribution.  Jo Carstens prepared all the salads from scratch helped by Dan, Nick Forbes and Josefine ran the bar.  The house committee baked up a storm of cakes for afters.

I would like to thank them all for a great event.

The bbq followed the morning race – photos below.


Cadet Regatta 2018

On Saturday 15th September the Cadet sailors at Tamesis held their annual regatta, 12 sailors in all, 8 Toppers and 3 Optimists took to the water for a two-race event sailed in a 5 – 10 westerly breeze.  The OOD set a challenging Course P with a short upwind leg across the river, which all of the Cadets negotiated to complete two laps per race.  The winner of the Toppers was Matt Valentine, followed by Tom Harris with Mattie Key in 3rd, the winner of the Oppy class was Sara Krueger, followed by Huw Mclaughlin and Sebastian Hoo in 3rd position.

After the prizegiving, the Commodore Carolyne Vines formally opened the newly renovated Cadet facility cutting the ribbon beautifully designed by Bella McDonald and thanking all those who had been involved in the design and building of the new veranda.  (namely Sue Yargici and Kaan Yargici for the idea, Colin Stokes for design and considerable admin, and last but not least, Charles Fox for such a super building job)

All of the competitors and helpers were then rewarded with lashings of tea and cake.

Andrew Harris

See link for photos  https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipNOQQLoIweHAK_af60DlcTZvjPL8PBbwv8TLLHo

Prize giving photos Jackie Harris

Boat photos Carolyne Vines

Tammy Matters

Dear all

What a great weekend we had at the club.

The Junior Regatta took place on Saturday, thanks to Andrew and Nim Harris helped by brother Richard, Ian Ramage, Brian Timbrell, and OOD Ken Duffell.  The occasion was enhanced by the opening of the Cadet Room.  The tape was cut by the author after a short speech.  Full report on the website.  Thanks to everyone for a great afternoon.

Thank you also to the large team led by Nicky Johnson for organising a great bbq on Sunday.  We were lucky with the weather, and the glass of Pimms and bbq was enjoyed by all.  Report and photos below.  I was also really pleased to see so many of the new members, many of whom received RYA Certificates, having completed their various courses.

I had some lovely chats with many of our new members.  We are delighted to have you and hope you will stay.


A reminder of upcoming events:

SUNDAY 23RD SEPTEMBER – last races of the SUMMER SEASON – worth going out, even if you haven’t qualified.

Saturday 22nd September – Offshore Dinner at Itchenor SC

Saturday 29th September  National 18′ Inland Champs plus supper – contact Alan Green oceanus.gm@gmail.com

Sunday 30th September Laser Open Meeting – contact Chris Taggart chrismtaggart@gmail.com

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October – Merlin Weekend – contact Sean Roberts sean_n_roberts@yahoo.co.uk, or Joe McLaughlin i.joemclaughlin@gmail.com

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October – Rater Weekend

See you soon

Carolyne Vines



Wilders in 2018 Tasar Nationals

Rob and Helen in nr 2635. Photos Peter Hickson

Rob and Helen Wilder took part in the 2018 Tasar Nationals hosted by Hayling Island SC.  They came 20th out of 41 and had a great time in the process.  Full report on the following link:  https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/209889/Tasar-UK-Nationals-at-Hayling-Island

Tammy Trains


The Toppers above Stevens Ait – photo Eric Finlayson
John Edmondson and Lucian Schwartz in the Laser 2000 – photo Eric Finlayson

Eight of our students took part in the regatta racing on Sunday .
Despite a particularly challenging course everyone stuck it out gaining a lot of experience which they enjoyed .
Our newest member Alex was introduced to the joys of Optimist sailing with help from Leon who has started Assistant Instructor training .
We plan to run training as “normal” next Sunday.

Report Eric Finlayson

See main report on the regatta for names.

Blustery Autumn Regatta

Tim and Veronique Medcalf in Cindy rounding the dog leg mark. photo Matthew Dalton
Optimus Prime – photo Matthew Dalton
Albacore Cobblers sailed by David Baker and Jim Green streaking ahead in the Handicap Class – photo Matt Dalton
The third race

We woke up to a blustery south westerly which got stronger as the day went on.  Tamesis welcomed several visitors from Minima YC in the shape of three Lasers and three Enterprises, together with many home grown competitors very new to racing most of whom are taking part in the RYA sailing instruction courses.

Race Officer Alan Green sent the fleet halfway up the Canbury reach.  We had a beat and a run interspersed with several windshifts.  A welcome change from the drifters in recent weeks.  The third race took place in front of the club.

Albacore Cobblers sailed beautifully by David Baker and Jim Green left the rest of the handicap for dust, despite the Enterprises being sailed very well.

The Toppers were won by Henry Medcalf, sailing very well to complete every race.

The two National 18s were unable to compete in the last race, but Optimus Prime’s first outing at Tamesis with Kaan Yargici at the helm crewed by co owner Matt Jones and Zephyr sailed by new owner Henry Defries with Jenny Defries were a welcome sight.

The Merlins started with four boats, but Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris in Crescendo were forced to retire with a considerable leak.  Tim and Veronique Medcalf won two of the races from Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson in Shoestring.  Barry Mourant and Ian Ramage won the first race in Fair Kop.

Link to Chris Starr’s photos:   https://www.flickr.com/x/t/0095009/gp/136048981@N07/762Dyr/

With three out of three races to count the results were as follows:


1st Cindy            Tim and Veronique Medcalf

2nd Shoestring Peter Johnson and Paul Jamieson


1st Marcus Chavasse  Tamesis

2nd Alastair Banks Minima YC

3rd Keith Payne  Minima YC

4th Jim Houstan Minima YC


1st Henry Medcalf


1st Albacore Cobblers David Baker and Jim Green


1st  Two Bees  Robin and Paul Broomfield  Minima YC

2nd  Alanah  Alex and David Cane Minima YC

3rd  Red Ent  Richard Shillito and Carolyne Vines

Novice Handicap Fleet participants

Laser 2000 21207  John Edmundson Lucian Schwartz

Laser 2000 21760  Anton and Alden

Topper  40070  Alex Hoo

Topper  36316  Edward Buss

Topper 29672  Lorenzo de Bilio

Topper 15138  Dianora de Bilio

Topper 37597  Peter

Thanks to Race Officer Alan Green, assisted by Susan Green and Jan Prince, together with Patrol Boat Stewart Colley and Chris Starr, and Howard Thatcher and Ellen Schwartz.  Overall organisation and entry taking/results was handled adeptly by Brian and Caroline Timbrell.  Handicaps were worked out by Chris Pollard


Tammy Matters

Dear all

Well we certainly had a bucket load of wind for the regatta on Sunday 9th.  Well done to al the competitors, especially the first timers.  Thanks also the organisers for providing a fun day.  The report follows on the website.  We have loads of photos which is great and say far more than any words.

The Cadets are holding their regatta on Saturday from 2-4pm.  The event will include the opening of the Cadet Room.  Lots of the training students took part in the Autumn Regatta and it would be great if they joined in the Junior Regatta.  Please email Andrew Harris on andy.harris4@outlook.com who is organising.  Yummy cakes to follow the racing.

Remember remember everyone that the Commodore’s BBQ is on Sunday 16th after the racing.  A glass of Pimms (or non alcoholic version) to be followed by the BBQ from 1230.  All are welcome, especially the newer members.  Please indicate interest by e mailing Nicky Johnson on nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com.

We have a very busy few weeks coming up over and above what I have already talked about:

Friday 14th-Sunday 23rd – Southampton Boat Show – brand new National 18′ Optimus Prime will be on the National 18′ stand.

Saturday 22nd – Offshore Rally and Dinner  – contact Daniel Gerber daniel@thegerbers.ch

Saturday 29th – National 18′ Inland Championships to be followed by a meal in the evening

Sunday 30th – Laser Open Meeting – anyone interested in borrowing a Laser, please e mail Class Captain Chris Taggart on chrismtaggart@gmail.com

Sat 13th and Sun 14th October – Rater weekend – details to follow

A message from Joe and Sean – Merlin Class Captains:

Calling all Merlin Rockets.  Important dates for your diaries!
6th October – Merlin Rockets Porteous Cup – Vintage Open meeting.
7th October – Merlin Rockets Sondown Cup – Silver Tiller & Thames Series Open Meeting
We are hoping for a good turnout of Tammy boats and plenty of visitors on both days so please be there! It’s the first Silver Tiller we’ve hosted for a while so we need to make a good impression to the class.
28th October – Three Burgee Team racing – Please let us know if you’d like to represent Tamesis this year? We need 3x vintage boats & crews to participate.
For any of the above events, if you need a crew or helm or are willing to lend your boat for another Tamesis sailor who might be interested in participating please contact Sean or Joe on; sean_n_roberts@yahoo.co.uk or i.joemclaughlin@gmail.com
See you soon
Carolyne Vines


Tammy Trains

Man plans and God laughs.
On the day we had only a couple of newbies and all the existing students wanted to RACE .
Mal and Eric swapped roles and the race officer kindly agreed to a fifteen minute delay to the notional 11.30 start of the Handicap.
With a lot of help from parents and others we got several Toppers on the water and pointed about in the right direction for the start.
We managed not to sink any of the keen racers so I would like to resurrect the 11.30 handicap as a way to get students into racing and will try to get as many students as possible involved in the regatta.
Big thanks to Peter and Robert for helping out on safety boats and a big thank you to Ros , one of our first in house AIs for looking after a level 1 day 1 student.
The question of numbers for  training isnt much clearer , several of our existing students finished their current courses but want to go on to the next stage!
I am considering extending training to mid October if weather and effort permit.
Thanks all
Eric Finlayson

2018 Classic Boat Revival at Bosham SC

Genevieve on her way down to the racing on Sunday – low tide

The 2018 Classic Boat Revival hosted by Bosham SC was combined with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ian Proctor, renowned boat designer and sailor.

Boats of many classes came from far and wide, including the first Topper, various Ospreys, Wayfarers, Bosun nr 1, Gul nr 1, Tempests, Wanderers, a Mini Sail and so on.  Genevieve was present as the first fibreglass National 18, which was designed by Ian Proctor.  She was the only plastic National 18 competing – the other 18s were all clinker built.

Three Tamesis boats attended – National 18′ Genevieve sailed by Jeremy Vines, Max Vines, Carolyne Vines and Stewart Colley, and two merlins Jabberwocky sailed by Dana Church and Jenny and Emmeline sailed by Tim Medcalf and friend.  Genevieve was 15th overall and Jabberwocky 19th.  Emmeline was sadly involved in a collision and retired after the second race.

The fleet was treated to some champagne sailing on both days.  The south easterly wind meant it was impossible to lay the desired triangular course, so the large fleet of classic boats were treated to an exciting trip round the cans in Chichester Harbour.  Saturday was rounded off by a tasty meal in the clubhouse accompanied by an excellent guitarist.  The prize giving took place on Sunday after

Over 100 guests sat down for the Ian Proctor Centenary dinner on Friday night.  The speech by Ian’s son was a real eye opener to his father’s considerable talent.

Our thanks go to Andrew Young for such fantastic organisation over the weekend.