Tamesis Club

30 members enjoy WMWP Xmas lunch

Thirty members of the Tamesis Wednesday Morning Working Party joined each other in a riotous lunch at The Adelaide pub on Wednesday 20 December organised by Jim Green. He opened proceedings by asking members to stand in silence in memory of former members who have passed away.

They then enjoyed a three course lunch which included soup, turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and brandy sauce.

Nicky Chavasse, by long tradition, opened the hilarious part of the proceedings with an amusing poem. Colin Stokes, Charles Fox and others called upon members to share a glass in recognition of Committee members and all who did unpaid work for the Club, and Commodore Carolyne Vines brought the house down with a story of a marriage of convenience arranged entirely by computers using social media links.

Tamesis Christmas Lunch

About 130 members and guests enjoyed a tasty four course lunch in a snowbound clubhouse on Sunday 10 December. Commodore Carolyne Vines welcomed everybody and called on Stewart Colley, the OOD, to say Grace. Santa gave presents to young and old and Carolyne thanked all who had prepared and served the food and laid the tables. They were all loudly applauded. Christmas pudding prizes were presented to the winners of the morning’s races.
Brian Southcott led the carol singing which he brought to an end with a table by table chorus of On the 12 days of Christmas.

Some more pictures capturing the wintery weather braved by the intrepid sailors and officers on the day, and the well practised carving team at work!


Andrew Harris wins Trafalgar Trophy

The Trafalgar Trophy, a picture of the Battle of Trafalgar, was won by Andrew Harris and David Solomon sailing Merlin Rocket (3723) 50 Shades on Sunday 22 October.
The seven competing boats were battered by the remains of storm Brian as they raced round a modest course near the Clubhouse with an awkward SE-NW dogleg adding to the challenge. Fortunately, there was only one capsize, and two boats retired before the end of this inter-class pursuit race.
Results: 1 50 Shades (MR 3723) Andrew Harris & David Solomon; 2 Cobblers (Albacore 6813) David Baker & Jim Green; 3 Phew (Laser 178209) Henry Defries.
Carolyne Vines was Race Officer and was assisted by Jenny Finlayson and Leonie Steer. The patrol boats were operated by Simon Craig, Rupert Fletcher, Chris Pollard and Daniel Gerber.

Commodore Carolyne Vines presents the trophy to Andrew and David

Marcus Chavasse wins Laser Barometer

Tamesis Club’s annual Laser open meeting on Sunday 1 October was won by Marcus Chavasse in Laser 197213 with a second and two firsts in the best two out of three races in an 11 boat fleet. Andrew Harris was second in 132359, counting a third and second. Third was Alistair Banks, from Minima YC, in 44761, with a fourth and a third.
There were also other visitors from Lensbury and Minima.
Race Officer Peter Mason sent the first race on a six lap course to a Canbury mark upstream from Steven’s Eyot, with the downstream mark a short distance below the upriver side of Trowlock Island. The south westerly wind was moderate in strength but became stronger and gusty in the afternoon, causing several capsizes.
Peter Mason was assisted in the starting box by Joe Woods, and the safety boat was operated by Chris Balmbro and Ken Duffell. Lunch was cooked by Joe Carstens, assisted by Laura.
Prizes were presented by Vice Commodore Alan Green, who also supervised the entries.

60 members enjoy Commodore’s BBQ

More than 60 Tamesis members attended the Commodore’s barbecue on Sunday 17 September. Bosun Paul Jamieson was the principal chef and roasted a selection of chicken, sausages and beefburgers, helped by his wife, Sara, who handed out the plates and knives and forks, and Beatrice Russ.
The weather was kind, with warm sunshine replacing the few short showers of the morning.
Everyone was offered a Pimms or first free drink at the club bar by Commodore Carolyne Vines and strawberries were offered by Jo Carstens to all those who had room left for pudding. Jo Carstens also bought and prepared the food for the barbecue.
Cadet sailing continued well into the afternoon completing another great day at Tamesis.

Paul Jamieson serves members in the queue

Dave Baker was the first to be served

A cold and windy Tamesis Autumn Regatta

21 boats took part in three closely contested races at the Tamesis Autumn Regatta on Sunday 10 September. It started warmer but soon clouded over and turned into a cold, windy day and the gusty north easterly wind caused many capsizes especially among the nine Lasers.
The Merlin Cup was won by Rob Wilder and Tom James in Flinkidink (1097), with two firsts and a third. Joe McLaughlin and Sean Roberts were second in Sublime (1230), the only boat to risk a spinnaker, with two seconds and a first.
Kaan Yargici sailed the winning Laser, Road of Bones (203911), in a nine strong fleet, scoring two firsts and a third. Constantin Gerber was second in Laser(135387) with two seconds and a fourth in the three races.
The Handicap class went to Dave Baker, Bobert Blakeborough and Jim Green in Cobblers, Albacore (6813), with a third and two firsts. Two visiting Enterprises from Minima YC, Alana, (21439) sailed by Alex and David Cane, and Regent (22655) sailed by Richard Shillin and Keith Black, were second and third.
Race Officer Jon Redding was assisted by Adrian and Sally Wawick-Haller and the safety boats were operated by Graham King and John Storey.
Sailing Secretary Brian Timbrell took the entries and Commodore Carolyne Vines presented the prizes. John and Zoe Adams worked out the handicap places. The catering was supervised by Jo Carstens and Anna Finney.

Carolyne Vines presents the Merlin Cup to Rob wilder and Tom James.

Evening sailing ends with choccy challenge

The final Thursday evening’s sail of the summer on 31 August ended with a choccy challenge fun race with chocolate prizes presented by Tamesis Commodore Carolyne Vines to the winning boat in each class.
Ten boats took to the water in a light north westerly wind and four were declared winners after four painfully slow rounds of a short Lensbury-Canbury course in which many were lapped.
First to finish were John and Zoe Adams in their Merlin Rocket Saltarello (1602). Other winners were Rosalind Warwick-Haller in Dragonfly, Laser 201014, Florian Krueger and David Allan sailing Wayfarer 11032 Midnight, and Alan Green in Orion, N 18 336.
Carolyne Vines was race officer and was assisted by Adrian Warwick-Haller.

Photo by Lesley Adams.

Tim Medcalf wins Bank Holiday pursuit

Tim Medcalf won the Bank Holiday Pursuit Race sailing his Merlin, Squirrel (235) single handed. Tamesis Commodore Carolyne Vines was second in her Laser. Eight boats took part in the race on Monday 28 August in a light north westerly wind.

Tamesis rowers

After sailing on Sunday 20 August six Tamesis sailors took to the oars on Stewart Colley’s Thames Watermen’s Cutter Richard Butler and rowed up to Raven’s Ait and stopped off for tea, coffee and ice creams on the way back. They were coxed by Peter Simpson. This photo shows them passing the club on the way back to the cutter’s riverside mooring.

Phil Plumtree wins Half Ton Cup Cup

Former Tamesis member Phil Plumtree won the Euro Car Parks Classic Half Ton Cup in Swuzzlebubble in the penultimate race at Kinsale YC. Please see
http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/197900/Half-Ton-Classics-Cup-at-Kinsale-day-4 for full report and photo.