A full report on the National 18 Championship at Hayling Island SC from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July can be seen on both the HISC website at www.hisc.co.uk and on the Yachts and Yachting website at www.yachtsandyachting.com. Both have photos of the racing and full results.
Tamesis boats have had a smashing time at the National 18 Championship at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Jeremy Vines’s Hurricane (401), helmed by Olly Houseman, broke its mast when it capsized and had to borrow a spare mast from another competitor.
In the Classic fleet. Genevieve (266), sailed by Charles Fox, Chris Pollard and Stewart Colley, capsized so many times in the rough waters of Hayling Bay that it broke its foredeck and forward buoyancy and had to do a temporary repair with ducktape.
This photo, taken by Jeremy Vines, shows them waiting for help on a nearby beach.
The Championship runs from Monday 24 to Friday 28 July.
Jeremy and Max Vines thought they had won Division 5C sailing Pickle, their Dufour 34 (GBR 9585T), with an all family crew, in the Island Sailing Club’s annual race round the Isle of Wight on Saturday 1 July. However, they were given a 24 minute penalty for being marginally over the line at the start and instead of being second in Group 5 with an elapsed time of 08.25.42 they dropped to sixth. Pickle was 51st overall in a fleet of more than 1340 boats.
The Queen Adelaide Cup, Tamesis Club’s oldest trophy, was won by Ken Duffell sailing Orion, National 18 336. on Saturday 10 June. He was crewed by Peter Konidaris and Matthew Valentine, his grandson. Normally a Merlin helmsman, Ken had been lent Orion by Vice Commodore Alan Green who was unable to sail because of a temporary health problem.
The Tamesis Anchor was won by Chris Pollard, crewed by Caroline Stillwell, in Antedote, National 18 348.
Eric Finlayson, the Club’s RYA training instructor, reports that weekly training sessions are “Back with a Bang”.
Training started again after PTBO with a bang on Sunday 4 June with twelve students on four different courses in nine boats.
While both Wayfarers and Laser 2ks were as ever the backbone of the fleet the newly acquired and refurbished Oppies were the hit of the day.
“After brief on shore instruction several of our new young members took to the water in them and very quickly mastered the basics of sailing on their own.
Other youngsters used Toppers and even managed not to capsize (yet).
Adult beginners had the benefit of onboard instructors whilst others with ‘big boat experience’ were going so fast it was difficult to catch them up for some fine tuning instruction.
Although the wind was as ever flukey, everyone coped well and a good time was had by all.
Regular racers watch this space.”
The Centenary Cup was won by Andrew and Tom Harris sailing 50 Shades (Merlin Rocket 3723) in an inter-class pursuit race on Sunday 4 June. They beat Charles Fox and Steve Katz in Geniveve (National 18 266) by only seconds in a 14 boat fleet.
Race Office Rob Wilder sent the competitors off on a lengthy course in an eight knot west south westerly wind.
Results: 1 Andrew & Tom Harris (MR 3723), 2 Charles Fox & Steve Katz (N18 266), 3 Marcus Chavasse (Laser 197213), 4 Peter & Richard Mason (MR 847), 5 Paul Jamieson (Laser 170263).
Click on the following link to view photos by Chris Wade including some from the sailing instruction in the afternoon.
Commodore Carolyne Vines presents the Cup to the winners
Rob was helped in the box by his daughter Milly and Sara Jamieson. Sean Roberts and Phil Abbey operated the patrol boats, and Anna, Jo and Lauren prepared and served lunch.
Tony and Leonie Steer sailed from the Solent to Dartmouth in their yacht Shen Shui on 22 May. Leonie reports “We arrived in Dartmouth after a lovely 9 hour downwind crossing of Lyme Bay, often surfing at 7 knots. Oscar (the ship’s cat) is fine.”
On 25 May she added that they hoped to sail on to Newton Ferrers to visit friends.
On Saturday 3 June Leonie reported “It was a bit misty around Start Point but cleared enough for Oscar to check the transit into Newton Ferries. He was very impressed that Falmouth was dressed all over to welcome him in! We are tucked up here.”
On Thursday 25 May Tamesis Club welcomed members and officers of the 1st Teddington Scout Group.
After a brief explanation of the basics of sailing the group were given a detailed safety briefing then fitted with buoyancy aids.
This was followed by a quick “on shore” demonstration of boat handling.
The visitors were then split up between those who wished to take part in the normal Thursday race in a National 18 or to get further instruction with an RYA instructor in a Wayfarer or Laser 2000.
Those opting for instruction went on a cruise up river to Kingston Bridge gaining experience in sail setting and helming.
The weather could not have been better, although the wind was particularly fickle.
On returning to the club the visitors were eager to jump into the river whilst the instructors put the boats away before enjoying a well deserved pint.
The visitors seemed to have enjoyed the experience and the instructors gained useful experience dealing with a large and high spirited group.
Tamesis is an RYA approved training centre offering a variety of courses for all ages and experience and has recently added Start Racing to its extensive range of courses.
The club welcomes new members whether experienced sailors or absolute beginners.
Thames Sailing Club hosted a Merlin Open meeting on Sunday 14 May which is part of the Thames Series in which visitors from Tamesis, Hampton & Fishers Green SC joined the locals.
A decent breeze allowed for a beat up towards Thames Ditton Marina and a run back downstream to a leeward mark just off Raven’s Ait.
Rob & Milly were leading the first race when on the beat a big gust came and knocked them flat. They didn’t go over but managed to take in a fair bit of water, letting John & Livvy Bell into the lead, but they still finished second.
The second race was held back to back in similar conditions, with John and Livvy & Rob and Milly breaking away from he rest of the fleet. John managed to win having the edge on upwind wind speed.
The third race started in less breeze, which seemed to build through the race. Rob and Milly lead from start to finish.
!st 1222 John & Livvy Bell – Hampton SC
2nd 1097 Rob Wilder & Milly Chong-Wilder – Tamesis Club
3rd 1742 Jon & Annabel Steward – Fishers Green SC