Tamesis Club

New Tamesis Club National 18, 421 Optimus Prime, takes to the West Mersea Champs

Tamesis Club’s new National 18 is now alive! Matt and I went to White Formula UK Ltd in Brightlingsea on Saturday morning to receive her, and then Matt and Pete Impey sailed her round to West Mersea Yacht Club so that the three of us could sail her in this week’s National 18 Championships (I had the pleasure of driving the trailer round).

Optimus Prime is N18 number 421 (prime number?!) and is co-owned by me and Matt. She will likely be based at Tamesis for the time being, with occasional expeditions to open meetings and sailing hot spots.

We’re having a brilliant time here in West Mersea, and we have fantastic hosts in West Mersea Yacht Club (who’ve been hugely welcoming). Their bar certainly seems happy to receive us.

The racing has been ‘champagne’ like so far, with remarkably warm water – I thought the water was supposed to be very cold here?! – excellent sea breeze, and close finishes, although Matt, Pete and I are currently caressing the back of the fleet as a way of being fair on all the others(!).

Pete’s now done his middleman duty, and we’ve Stewart Colley joining us for Wednesday’s sailing, then Matt’s friend Joe for Thursday and Friday.

If you’re passing West Mersea swing by. It’s like the Caribbean here currently, although with a lot of extra sea weed.

Will provide more pictures next week.


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Optimus Prime was given a short naming ceremony on Wednesday Night before the Class Dinner.  Optimus was taken onto the club lawn and our Commodore did the christening followed by a few words from Kaan and Matt.

Update from the Commodore

Dear all,

We had a good turnout for the Centenary Cup on Sunday, with close racing right up to the finish. Have a look at the report on the website. Congratulations to Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris sailing vintage merlin Crescendo for winning this prestigious trophy.

We were able to open the balcony door on the newly refurbished Cadet Room on Sunday. Members were able to sit on the balcony for the first time. It looks fantastic. Many thanks again to Colin Stokes for the design and to Charles Fox for the build. We will be able to use the balcony for seating for the performance on Friday night – for more details please see the events below.

A few notices from me:

  • Thursday 7th – Jon Redding would like to swap his duty – jon.redding@gunnercooke.com
  • Thursday 7th – those wishing to eat please e mail Jo Carstens on joanna_carstens@hotmail.co.uk.  Selection of salads followed by dessert. £10 pp. Available from 7pm onwards.
  • Thursday 7th – Tallullah Harris (new member) is looking for a crewing job in the handicap race starting at 7.15pm.
  • Saturday 9th June – Alan Green is looking for a crew in his National 18′ Orion for the Adelaide Cup and Tamesis Anchor
  • Saturday 9th June – any volunteers to help in the race box and as Patrol Boat crew please e mail Jim Green on  jimgreenhcr@gmail.com

See you at the club.

Carolyne Vines, Commodore