The Cadets still turned out despite the pouring rain and had a great time. Thanks to Andrew and Nim Harris plus helpers for organising the afternoon, and to Jonathan Key for the photos.
There is still time to sign up for advanced level or inhouse powerboat training.
Business as usual next Sunday.
The Toppers were launched into a bit of a drifter – but they all had a lot of fun. Lots of smiles. Once ashore the sailors were treated to the traditional tea, squash and cakes. Thanks to Andrew and Nim Harris for organising, and to all the other parents, grandparents and relatives for helping out.
Thanks also to Jonathan Key for the fab photos
Six National 18’s were entered for this year’s competition – a good turnout considering the weather forecast, extremely light winds and a flat calm, algae covered course, which made for challenging conditions across the three races. There was plenty of spirited sailing nonetheless, with a close field across the day, even if, at times, it was difficult to keep one’s concentration on the downwind drift!
All honours for the day went to 374 Zephyr ,helmed by Henry Defries, with his crew Carolyne Vines who claimed first place in all three races – 2nd and 3rd places were closely fought for, with 400 Odyssey helmed by Peter Impey and Paul Nebel taking 2nd on the water and 3rd handicapped, and 266 Genevieve helmed by Charles Fox with Robert Blakebrough, 3rd on the water and 2nd handicapped. All in all, an excellent days sailing.
My thanks to our Commodore Chris Pollard for the data collection and calculations, to OOD Peter Johnson Assistant Hugh McLaughlin and Patrol Boat driver Malcolm Warner. Thanks also to Nicky Johnson and the catering team – Jo, Lauren and Josefine for their help and sustenance across the day.
Cover Photo Stewart Colley
Maddison Trophy – first on the water
1st 374 Zephyr Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines
2nd 400 Odyssey Peter Impey and Paul Nebel
3rd 266 Genevieve Charles Fox and Robert Blakebrough
Eighteen Cup – Handicap
1st Zephyr Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines
2nd 266 Genevieve Charles Fox and Robert Blakebrough
3rd 400 Odyssey Peter Impey and Paul Nebel
The Merlin weekend is split into two events – the Vintage De May for the Porteous Cup on Saturday and the Sondown Cup on Sunday for all comers.
The bad weather forecast put some sailors off, but whilst the fleets on both days were smaller than usual, the quality of the competition was not.
Eleven boats turned out on Saturday including the very welcome presence of Sel Shah and Gemma Horwood from Thames SC. Andrew Harris crewed in turn by son Tom and sister Sarah Warren led the way throughout, closely challenged by Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts, with John and Zoe Adams in hot pursuit. The racing took place on a figure of eight course in front of the club.
Thanks to Race Officer Peter Fryer assisted by Pauline Fryer and Hugh McLaughlin, and Marcus Chavasse and Ken Thatcher in the Patrol Boat.
Link to the result https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/results/Merlin_Vintage_Open.htm
Sunday dawned wetter and some of the crews from Saturday felt they had had enough. Race Officer Matt Peregrine Jones sent the fleet above the island for all three races, great for the sailors but not for the spectators (saving the blushes of a few boats who nearly capsized in blustery conditions). Richard Harris took over from brother Andy in vintage Passing Cloud and the match between the two was nailbiting. Richard crewed by Emma Macdonald won the first race of three, but Andy crewed again by Sarah Warren won the second two, slipping through Richard’s lead in the third race.
Thanks to Matt Peregrine Jones, Peter and Pauline Fryer, Chris Taggart and Chris Starr in the Patrol Boat.
Special thanks go to Chris Simon for Rule 42 adjudication
Sondown results on the following link – https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/results/Merlin_Sondown19.htm
The prizes for both events we given out by Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines, with the winner Andrew Harris thanking all concerned for organising the event.
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Chris Pollard our Commodore is away for a few days, so has asked me to do this week’s Tammy Matters.
The Merlins had an exciting weekend sailing for the Porteous Cup on Saturday, and the Sondown Cup on Sunday – see the report further down.
Sean and Joe, the Class Captains have requested that anyone wanting to join the Merlin whats app group should email them on Tcmerlins@gmail.com. The original Whats app address no longer works.
This coming weekend we have the following events:
On Saturday 5th October the UK Inland Championships for N18s – this is an open event. Anyone wanting to crew should contact Class Captain Garrie Mallen on 07793 058630.
On Sunday 6th October, the Laser Barometer Open Meeting. Message from Chris Taggart, Class Captain. All welcome! Club boats available to borrow. Contact Chris Taggart at email@example.com for details.
There will be no 1030 handicap or class racing.
Ladies Night – This was due to be held on Saturday 19th October we have decided to postpone to Saturday 11th January. More details nearer the time.
Sunday 20th October – The Trafalgar Trophy – a handicap pursuit race in which the slowest class starts first. Start times are shown further down. The race commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar. There will be no 1030 handicap race.
Sunday 27th October – RNLI day when we race for RNLI burgees. It is important that we support this charity which is so relevant to us. Competitors in the main races are asked to donate £5 to the RNLI. The racing flags will be presented to the winner of each race. Races will start a the normal time, and we will be holding a 1030 handicap race. More importantly the RNLI will be bringing along their Christmas Cards and goodies – a great way to start the Christmas shopping!
For those who knew her the Memorial Service for Margaret Tholstrup is on Friday 25th October. John would be very pleased to see you at the Memorial Service for Margaret at St Margaret’s Church, Putney, at 1:30pm followed by a Reception at the Roehampton Club on Roehampton Lane.
See you soon
Saturday’s sun and champagne sailing gave way to flukey winds with heavy rain later in the races.
The 1030 race featured a Laser and a Merlin who spent the race glued together!
John Adams sent the fleet right down to Lensbury in the main race.
The first race of the winter series will be on 13th October.
Thanks to Jonathan Key for the great pictures