Tamesis Club

70 Years of the Merlin Rocket

The latest Winter talk was given on the 5th January by David “Dougal” Henshall (Author of ” Real
Magic – 70 years of the Merlin Rocket”). David retired early from BT, travelling the world setting up call centres !
He now devotes his time to writing, giving lectures and acting as a Race Officer. He also gives the keynote
talk at the Boat Show.
Prior to the talk about fifty members and guests, some from Ranelagh and Hampton, chatted and sipped (a little)
and were then treated to a delicious meal of shepherds pie and apple strudel with ice cream.
David launched into his talk, while some strudels were still being consumed, and regaled us with a potted
history of the Merlin, its personalities and the effect the boat, as a Restricted Design and as the first
Class Association, has had on yachting and dinghy design over the past 70 years.
He was easy to listen to, a master of his subject and had a rapt audience. After about an hour there was a question or two followed
by a well earned round of applause and a word of thanks from Jim Green (who should, also, be thanked
for providing all the technical gizmos for projecting the pics !). A very enjoyable evening.

Creating Stained Glass – by Ian Ramage

Last Thursday’s Club Supper & Talk saw close to 50 people coming to hear Ian Ramage talk about creating stained glass. We learned about stained glass and how it is produced and what decorative art is and the different materials used. We heard about some of the projects undertaken – ranging from unique designs to restoration and on site repairs. Ian brought along a completed panel and demonstrated building the second panel to match. A fascinating evening much enjoyed by all. Many thanks Ian for creating such an enjoyable evening for all of us.

Rhi with help from Chloe and Beth cooked a delicious lasagne and salad with apple, ice cream and caramel sauce to follow.

Robin’s Wood Turning Talk



This winter’s Thursday evening Club supper and talks began last week with Robin Lince treating all present to a fascinating insight into wood turning with amusing tales and filmed demonstrations. We were also treated to a demonstration of his Tormek T3 sharpening tool and nearly all present had brought kitchen utensils and tools for sharpening. Robin also brought with him many examples of his work from wooden pens to bowls turned in many different types of wood. All sales of Robin’s work were very generously donated by Robin to the RNLI. Supper was a delicious Moroccan chicken dish prepared by Rhi with help from Chloe and Jemima.
Thank you Robin for an extremely interesting and enjoyable evening.