Tamesis Club

Tamesis 18s have smashing time at National Championship

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.

National Eighteen Championships at Hayling Island

Two Tamesis National 18s are competing at Hayling Island Sailing Club next week – classic boat nr 266 Genivieve sailed by Charles Fox, Stewart Colley and Chris Pollard, and Ultra Odyssey sailed by Matthew Peregrine Jones, Kaan Yargici and Dana Church.

Charles, Stewart and Chris are seen below doing an essential equipment check.  Good luck guys!

Information on the whole event can be found on



Great weekend for National 18 English Championships on the Blackwater River hosted by the Blackwater Sailing Club

The 18’s were made very welcome by the Club over the weekend of the 7/8 July. Apart from great hospitality the visitors were provided with excellent weather. Saturday’s light conditions were followed by a solid planing breeze on Sunday. Five races had three different winners, but in the end it was Jess Berney’s Panther that prevailed overall.

Results 1st – 406 Panther – Jess Berney, Brett Townsend, Gregor Davidson/ Ben Arnold
2nd – 412 Shadow – Maria Richards, Julian Berney, David Nichols
3rd – 401 Hurricane – Ollie Houseman, Jeremy Vines, Alex Norman/ David Evans
4th – 400 Odyssey – Matt Peregrine-Jones, Kaan Yargici, Dana Church

Mon 24th July and Tues 25th, and a crew for Thurs 27th and Fri 28th (the Wednesday is a lay day in the new format).
Any takers for either slot welcome! Sleeping space provided.

Tamesis 18s in 44th Bloody Mary


Olly, Jeremy and Doug before they set out.


James, Kaan and Tom before they set out.

Oliver Houseman and Jeremy Vines were 86th overall in National 18 Hurricane nr 401 in an entry of 287 boats from 105 sailing clubs at the 2017 Bloody Mary race organised by Queen Mary SC on the first Saturday of the London Boat Show on 7 January.   James Fox, Tom McLaughlin and Kaan Yargici were 99th in National 18 Odyssey 400.

Two other National 18s took part, both of whom are based at Blackwater – Shadow and Panther.

The 18s were also sailing in the English National Championship for the National 18 class, which is sailed at a different venue every year.  The Trophy was presented in 2013 by Jeremy Vines and Richard Howells in memory of their fathers’ contribution to the National 18 Class.  The Trophy was presented to the winning crew of  Hurricane Jeremy, Olly and Doug at a celebratory meal in a local curry house.


The race, in light winds, was won by Alex Davey and his nine year old son Thomas, both well know as contestants at Tamesis events, from Royal Harwich YC, in Firefly 2649.  Another Firefly also well known at Tamesis, number 3119, sailed by Barney Smith and Trinian Morris, from Papercourt SC, was second.

Please see www.yachtsandyachting.com for full results,

Nat 18s at Southampton Boat Show

The National 18s Ultra ‘Shadow’ nr 412 was displayed on a stand at the Southampton Boat Show this year.  The boat attracted a lot of attention, and it is hoped the 18s will take a stand at the Show next year.

Two 18s took part in ‘The Battle of the Classes’  which took place on the Sunday of the show.  Panther (406) with Gregor Davidson, Jess Berney and Ollie Southgate, and Hurricane (401) with Ollie Houseman, Doug Nestor and Jeremy Vines.   A 90 minute pursuit, raced in Westerly 20+ knots with lots of reaching.   Panther was 18th and Hurricane 30th .  Though not deliberately attention seeking, Hurricane had a collision with the Committee boat, and Panther a capsize four minutes before the N18 start and still crossed the line on time.  Hurricane also lost wireman Doug for a while and he showed he had a good front crawl by catching up.

Report Jeremy Vines


Shadow on the stand with Max Vines attending


Shadow and Hurricane blasting across the Solent


Hot summer weather takes over Autumn Regatta


Carolyne Vines and Jon Redding

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The crews of the 33 boats which sailed in the Tamesis Autumn Regatta on Sunday 11 September could be excused for thinking the weather was making a determined bid to have it renamed the Long Hot Summer Regatta.  Warm sunshine, temperatures in the mid-20s and a gentle southerly breeze and later westerly wind combined to make the racing as challenging as it was enjoyable.

A fleet of 13 Lasers made the running with Jon Redding, normally a Merlin helmsman, sweeping ahead of all the others with three firsts in (188044) borrowed from Nick Forbes.  Second, in Laser (130773) was Chris Taggart counting a fifth, sixth and third.  Constantin Gerber was third in Buzz (39245) with a tenth, fourth and second.

Only one of the five Merlins sailed the required three races.  Rob Wilder crewed by his daughter Milly in Flinkidink (1097) had three firsts.  Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris were second in the first race in Crescendo (607).

The race between three National 18s was won after the application of handicaps by Vice Commodore Alan Green crewed by Peter Konidaris in Orion (336), scoring a third and two firsts.  Chris Pollard and Jim Green were second in Antedote (348) with a first, third and second.

The Handicap class was won by Alex and David Cane, of Minima, in the Enterprise Alanah (E21439).  There was a six boat turnout of enthusiastic youngsters in Toppers.  The winner was Edward Mayley, from Minima, in Jester (20320), with three firsts.

Commodore Carolyne Vines, the OOD, set a modest course, with an east-west dogleg opposite the Clubhouse.  She was assisted by Angela Caldara, Susan Green, Caroline Stilwell and James Berry.  Chris Starr manned the patrol boat and the Club launch was operated by Daniel Gerber and Florian Krueger

The regatta was organised by Chris Pollard, Rear Commodore Sailing, who also presented the prizes.  Lunch was prepared and served by Jo Carstens with help from Lauren, Josaphine and Theo in the bar.



National 18’s Make Good of Light Winds




Saturday 11th June was the day of the 184th Queen Adelaide Cup and the 80th Tamesis Anchor.

Congratulations to Barney Smith and G Butler, sailing The Goose Drank Wine (369), who won both the Queen Adelaide Cup (handicap) and Tamesis Anchor (on the water) in a six boat fleet.

Charles Fox sailing Geneieve (266), crewed by Mr & Mrs Katz, followed a very close second in both the Queen Adelaide and Tamesis Anchor.

Third position goes to Doug Pope sailing 1 over the 8 (349), crewed by Angela Caldara.

Conditions for the first two races were tough – force 1 westerly (ish!) winds – especially for us less experienced sailors but those in the know made good use of the difficult conditions and there was a good amount of position changing. By the third race the wind had picked up adding a little more excitement. There were even reports of some swimming taking place apparently due to the dull conversation offered up by the helm!

A big thank you for all those involved on the day: Jo for feeding and watering us, David and his team for arranging the course, spectators, all the helms and crew, and to Angela and Chris for calculating the results.


N18 Class Association Recommended PY Numbers

Class recommended Portsmouth Yardstick Numbers

The N18 Class association recommends the PY numbers shown in the table below.

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The Class believes that based upon experience thus far, the numbers shown above, form 
a fair starting point for club and open events. They should be varied to take account of local circumstances and experience.

The PY number (936) currently published in the RYA’s 2016 list is an ‘experimental’ number with the note that: These numbers are published by the RYA based on a new design or development class with a relatively low amount of return data. These numbers are less likely to be suitable for all clubs than the RYA list however may give an appropriate starting point for boats to get onto a club List.

The Class believes that the PN 936 may be based on a mix of results from Ultras and Ultimates and therefore it is not applicable to any category. The RYA have in fact agreed to delete it.

Clubs are urged to submit race results in categories to the RYA because in this way only will the PNs become properly established. Competitors are asked to include their category (i.e. 18 Ultra) when entering events, and Clubs are requested to report results in the same way. This approach has been discussed with the RYA and has their full support.

Any owner not sure which category to use should contact the Class Captain.