Large chocolate Easter eggs were presented as prizes to all the participants in the Easter Sunday pursuit race on 20 April which was won by Peter and Richard Mason in Merlin Rocket (847) Bambusa.
The eight competitors needed something to cheer them up as the racing took place in persistent rain and, in spite of the forecast, only light winds.
Overall results: 1 Bambusa (MR 847) Peter & Richard Mason; 2 Jabberwocky (MR 1950) Dana Church & Joe Woods; 3 Grey Dove (Laser 171688) Stewart Colley; 4 Make it so (MR3556) Jodok Gerber & Tina Letzinger; 5 Dragonfly (Laser 201014) Rosalind Warwick-Haller; 6 One over the eight (N18 349) Doug Pope; 7 Buzz (Laser 39245) Daniel Gerber; 8 Precious (MR 3333) John & Zoe Adams.
Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green was the race officer and the prizes were presented by Commodore Stewart Colley.
The Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl were won by Richard Harris and his son Harry sailing Passing Cloud (1079) at the Tamesis Merlin Rocket Thames Series open meeting on Sunday 13 April. Seventeen boats from four clubs, including Thames SC, Wembley SC and Fishers’s Green, took part in the three race meeting, which was held in a light to moderate north westerly wind and warm sunshine over a course which took the contestants on a long down river beat to the northern end of Trowlock Island followed by an upstream run to a Canbury mark set just below Steven’s Eyot. Passing Cloud won all three races.
The fight for second place was, however, hotly contested and led to a protest following a collision in the final race, as a result of which Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris in Crescendo (607) moved up from third to second and Matthew Peregrine-Jones and Eddie Lowe in Masquerade (995) dropped to fourth overall. The upward adjustment of all other places led to a tie-break for fifth place.
Richard and Harry Harris won the first race by a clear margin of three minutes, with Charlie Morgan and Fiona Cotteril second in Lady Anne (1978), Rob and Helen Wilder third in Flinkidink (1097), Matthew Peregrine-Jones and Eddie Lowe fourth in Masquerade (995), and Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris fifth in Crescendo (607)
In the second race Flinkidink was second, Masquerade third, Crescendo fourth and Ken Duffell and Brian Corking fifth in Harry (3599).
Overall results: Sondown Cup and Elizabeth Bowl (for first Vintage Merlin) 1 Passing Cloud (1079) Richard & Harry Harris, Tamesis; 2 Flinkidink (1097) Rob & Helen Wilder, Tamesis; 3 Crescendo (607) Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris, Tamesis; 4 Masquerade (995) Matthew Peregrine-Jones & Eddie Lowe, Tamesis; 5 Lady Anne (1978) Charlie Morgan & Fiona Cotteril, Tamesis.
Commodore Stewart Colley presented the prizes and thanked John Harris and Margaret Stokes for serving as Race Officers, Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines and Merlin Captain Richard Mourant for organising the event, Henry Defries and Marcus Chavasse for manning the Patrol Boat, and Nicky Chavasse and Rhiannon Jones for preparing and serving lunch and tea, and Tom Brennan for serving behind the bar. Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, chaired the Protest Committee.
Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris won both the Porteous and Southcott Cups in a nine boat fleet at the Tamesis De May Series open meeting for Vintage Merlins on Saturday 12 April. The closely fought three race event came to an exciting climax in the third race, in which only seven boats competed.
Sailing Crescendo (607), Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris won the first race after completing six rounds in a light westerly wind, with Stuart and Ollie Jenkins of Hampton SC second in Luka (3560). The second race, sailed in a stronger westery wind, was won by Rob Wilder and his young daughter Milly in Flinkidink (1097). Unfortunately, they were unable to stay for the third race, so were placed third overall.
Race Officer Charles Fox set a popular Tamesis course with an upstream start to Canbury, a downstream reach to Lensbury and an east-west dogleg mid-stream near the clubhouse. In the final race Luka got away to a clean start, leaving Crescendo hemmed in by other boats, and the first time round Canbury the order was Luka in the lead with former Tamesis member Steve Bartlett, now Thames SC, crewed by Constantin Gerber, second in Wishbone (908). By the time they reached the dogleg Crescendo had pulled through to second and after closing on Luka in the approach to Canbury slowly sailed into the lead to finish just over two minutes ahead.
Results: Porteous and Southcott Cups: 1 Crescendo (607) Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris, Tamesis; 2 Luka (3560) Stuart & Ollie Jenkins, Hampton SC; 3 Flinkidink (1097) Rob & Milly Wilder, Tamesis.
Commodore Stewart Colley presented the prizes and thanked Richard Mourant, Tamesis Merlin Class Captain, for organising the event and for calculating the handicap results. Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, thanked Bill Brookbank for being the on-water umpire. The Club launch was operated by Doug Pope. Speaking on behalf of the visitors Stuart Jenkins thanked Nicky Chavasse and her helpers in the kitchen and bar, Rhiannon Jones and Jo Carstens for preparing lunch and tea.
Tamesis members returned to sailing with enthusiasm on Sunday 16 March, the first day in 12 weeks that the heavily flooded Thames had returned to a sufficiently slow pace to make racing possible and the first day’s racing since the Christmas Pudding Race on Sunday 15 December. Four Merlins, four Lasers, a National 18 and a Firefly took to the water in warm sunshine and a light to moderate WNW wind to enjoy the satisfaction of sailing. The six round Merlin race was won by Ken Duffell and Brian Corking in Harry (3599) and the winning Laser was Greylag (188044) sailed by Donald Forbes.
Ed and Genie Webb, two of Tamesis Club’s most accomplished dinghy sailors, began a global circumnavigation in their yacht Wandering Dream, a Rival 38, on Wednesday 16 August 2000.
Genie and Ed Webb after arriving at Falmouth (Photo: Ben Vines)
They completed a 2,028-mile passage to the Canary Islands on Thursday 26 October and joined 217 other yachts in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, leaving Las Palmas on Sunday 19 November 2000 for the 2,788 mile race to St Lucia.
They won the Cruising World Trophy for the fastest couple to make the Atlantic crossing, taking just under 21 days.
After a relaxing Christmas cruising in the Grenadines, they sailed on to Panama and passed through the Canal on Monday 9 April 2001.
Wandering Dream reached the Marquesas, the French Polynesian islands almost half way across the Pacific on Tuesday 5 June 2001, having covered the 2,961 miles from the Galapagos Islands in 24 days.
They sailed from Bora Bora, near Tahiti, on Saturday 29 September 2001 on passage to New Zealand via the Cook Islands and Tonga, and arrived in New Zealand on Wednesday 21 November 2001.
After spending six months in NZ they sailed back to Tonga in May 2002 and spent the summer exploring the western Pacific islands of Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu.
They arrived in Australia on 20 November 2002. After spending nearly a year in Australian waters they left Darwin on 10 July 2003 and completed their 5,369 mile crossing of the Indian Ocean at the Comoros Islands on 30 September 2003.
Wandering Dream sailed from Mayotte in mid-October, and spent nearly a month in Madagascar before crossing the Mozambique Channel to reach Richard’s Bay, South Africa, on 20 November.
Ed and Genie sailed from Cape Town on 10 February 2004 to begin the 2,000 mile passage from South Africa to St Helena, where they spent a week anchored in a sheltered bay, and stopped briefly at Ascension Island early in March, following a 700 mile crossing of the mid-Atlantic ridge in six days.
They arrived at Trinidad early in April following a 25 day, 3,100 mile passage from Ascension, crossing their outward track from when they had previously been in the Caribbean in 2001.
Wandering Dream sailed from Trinidad to Antigua, via Guadaloupe, in April 2004 and then on to Bermuda in June.
They reached the Azores after a 2,000 mile passage on Thursday 24 June 2004.
Wandering Dream left the Azores on the final leg of the homeward Atlantic crossing on Tuesday 27 July and arrived safely in Falmouth on Sunday 8 August.
They had covered 43,000 miles in almost exactly four years – a tremendous achievement!