Tamesis Club

Topper Open a bit of a drifter

The start of race 1

Commodore Carolyne Vines presents the first prize donated by Rooster to  overall winner Leo Wilkinson

Matt Ramage – first non squad sailor receives his prize from Carolyne Vines (kindly donated by Rooster).

The third fun ‘race’. Almost anything goes!

Having experienced sunshine and strong winds the last couple of years, the Toppers this year were greeted by grey skies and an almost flat calm with the odd bit of interest being shown by the light south easterly.

The courses were short – a loop in front of the club.  Most of the seventeen strong fleet completed the one round of the first race and only four completed the half lap of the second race.  After the break for a very necessary hot lunch of spag bol, the competitors headed out on the river for the third race.  It was obvious as soon as they got on the water that a conventional race was unrealistic.  So we opted for a fun race in which any means of propulsion could be used apart from swimming, paddling or pushing along the bank.

Visitors came from HOAC, Island Barn SC, CMYC, Felpham SC, Hampton Pier SC, Silver Wing SC, Chipstead SC, NSBC, Datchet Water SC, Maidenhead SC, which is fantastic.

Winner Leo Wilkinson graciously thanked the Race team – Carolyne Vines, Sue Harris in the box Richard Harris, Ian Ramage and Ken Duffell in the patrol boat, together with the catering team – Lauren, Josefine and Grace

My thanks to Graham Evans from the SE Topper Area for organising the event from the Topper side, together with sending the report to Yachts and Yachting,  and to Rooster for the great prizes for the first three boats, and the non squad and first Tamesis prize.

See the following link for the Yachts and Yachting report:  http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/203428/Rooster-South-East-Topper-Travellers-at-Tamesis?source=email




1st Leo Wilkinson – Maidenhead SC

2nd Aaron Evans – Silver Wing SC

3rd Bill Hudson – NSBC

4th Oliver Watham – Felpham SC

5th James Smageasdale – HOAC

First Non Squad – Felix Sproehnle

First Tamesis boat – Matt Ramage

1st in the fun race – James Crossley

See the following link for all the results:               Tamesis Topper Traveller Results 2018


Curtis McKay wins Topper 2017 Open – South East Area

The second South East Area Topper Open held at Tamesis and sponsored by Virtual Rigger was held in  brilliant sunshine and a gusty easterly.  The conditions brought thirteen Topper entries, seven visitors and six Tamesis boats. The racing was close, and the standard very high.

The first two races took place before lunch. The figure of eight course set to allow a short upwind leg across the river was challenging for visitors and locals alike.  The starts equally challenging as each race had a general recall.

Curtis Mackay from Hillingdon spent most of the first race in second with Tamesis sailor Constantin Gerber leading for the first three rounds.  Finley Swanton from Felpham climbed up the fleet from fourth to finish 2nd.  Constantin was third.

Finley won the second race with Curtis in third, with Lily Barret from Island Barn Sailing Club in second.

The third race after lunch was on a longer course taking the sailors above Steven’s Ait towards Kingston Bridge.  The wind had steadied slightly swinging further to the north.  Again it was hard fought but Curtis showed his quality and won by a four minute margin, with Lily Barret second, and Finley third.

Overall placings as follows:

1st Curtis Mackay *

2nd Finley Swanton

3rd Lily Barret

4th Constantin Gerber

1st 4.2 Cameron Sword – Papercourt*

1st Tamesis Boat – Constantin Gerber*

Asterisks indicates winners of £20 voucher from Virtual Rigger

Race Officer Carolyne Vines assisted by Sue Harris.  On the water team led by Richard Harris included Ken Duffell, Ian Ramage, Florian Krueger, Tobias Sproehnle, Daniel and Catherine Gerber

Congratulations to the other Tamesis Topper sailors, for most of whom this was their first open meeting:  Harry Harris, Philip Russ, David Altun, Jay Dosh, Mathew Valentine

Link to video of the day by Kathrin Gerber – many thanks     https://youtu.be/eZWFJLANTtw

Winner Curtis McKay presented the Murray Vines Cup by Commodore Carolyne Vines

photo Stewart Colley


Topper Open Meeting 2nd April

Link to video by Simon Thompson – with thanks   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dnfF7ZSomg

Fourteen competitors from eight clubs enjoyed a challenging day’s racing in the sunshine at Tamesis today in strong stream and variable wind.

As well as Tamesis, we were delighted to have visitors from Papercourt, Island Barn, Chipstead, DSWC, Rye Harbour, Blue Circle and Silver Wing clubs.

Congratulations to Coco Barrett of Island Barn who won the event.

Thanks go to Carolyne Vines (Race Officer,) Barbara Adams (timekeeping in box), Daniel Gerber, Stewart Colley, Florian Krueger and Ian Ramage for running the patrol boats and Eric Finlayson and star cameraman Simon Thompson for running the press boat.

Jo Carstens and Theo did a sterling job in the kitchen and bar.

The following report was by Coco Barnett – the winner:

Thank you to Tamesis Club and everyone who participated in the Traveller and well done to Coco (1st), Annabel (2nd) and Liam (3rd).  Below is a race report by Coco Barrett.

On the 2nd April, the second South East Traveller was hosted at Tamesis Sailing Club. It was a great day with three races and a mixture of results.

The conditions were very challenging; not very much wind and a lot of stream. All 14 sailors sailed really well in the light winds and we had some good races that were very competitive. The last race was the most challenging of them all as the wind dropped and we were slowly moving backwards with the stream, well done to everyone who persevered during that race and kept going. After three races with mixed results, the top three were Coco Barrett, Annabel Summary and Liam Schiess.

Overall, it was a fun day in some very, very difficult conditions that the team at Tamesis did well to sail us in. I’d like to thank the sponsors for the event, Virtual Rigger for the generous prizes and RRS London for the continuous support. I’d also like to thank the Commodore and Race Officers at the club for a great day in difficult situations and everyone who helped out throughout the day. I’d also like to thank Tamesis Sailing Club for hosting the event. And finally I’d like to thank my parents for taking my sister and me to the event.

tamesis 2016



Full report to follow.

Harry at Salcombe Yacht club regatta 2015

We arrived at Batson Boat Park for 10am on Saturday. After rigging the boats Ben and I sailed them over to Mill Bay ready for the race the following morning.

Race 1: The wind was a good strong 14 mph

As we approached the start line waiting for the start gun the wind died. I was a good 20ft from the line and had an average start whereas for Ben he was on the line and had a good start as you can see in the photo. The boat to the right is Ben.

As the race started the wind picked up and I caught up Ben and worked my way into first place. Which I managed to hold until the end of the race so I finished in 1st with Ben in 2nd. There were 8 toppers in the fleet but only 6 in that race.


Race 2: Very very windy

Before the start of the race I capsized 3 timed before the race. Ben capsized a few times before the race as well so decided to retire. As the race started we were sent up to mark number 1. I rounded the mark in second behind George (a local sailor) after capsizing 3 times on the beat up. The next mark was number 7 and it was a long run and reach up the bag. Outside the yacht club it was very windy and I turtled 4 times on the run one of them included a nose dive. However I remained in 2nd and rounded number 7 in second. By the time I had rounded it George was a good 400m ahead of me and Oli 100m behind. (Oli is a friend of mine who was also sailing a Topper) The next mark was number 2 then 3 then across the line. After rounding number 3 I realised George was quite close to me and after crossing the line on a windy beat against the tide George beat me by 45 seconds, despite me capsizing 8 times!

Race 3: light winds, strong tide

The course was 3,2,3,2. As the start gun went off it was a light beat up to 3. I rounded the mark in 2nd place. The run down to 2 was very light and I lost my position to George who took 2nd place. As I rounded 2 in 3rd it was another light beat against the tide. I caught George and Oli to take 1st place and rounded number 3 in 1st. Unfortunately on the run down Ollie and George both came past me holding those positions round number 2 and on the short beat to the finish. The results were Ollie 1st George 2nd Harry 3rd Ben 4th.




Race 4: windy 15mph tide strong. Course 7,2,3,2

It was a windy start and Ben decided to retire. We were beating up to 7 and I rounded 7 in 3rd. Oli who was in 2nd place capsized in front of me, unfortunately as it was low tide I ran aground up at 7 and got stuck in irons causing me to lose Oli. I capsized 6 times and crossed the line in 3rd place.

Race 5: light winds, course 5,2,3,2, tide very strong

Ben decided not to sail this race as gales were predicted. The start was very light but picked up closer to mark 5. I followed the local boats up the inside of the pontoons. Oli the 3rd boat decided not to go inside the pontoons and lost a lot of ground on us (George and I ) I rounded number 5 in 2nd place and held on to it to the line so I finished in 2nd place.

There was 1 race left and my results were 1,2,2,3,3

My friend Oli’s results were 8,1,2,2,3. So with a discard we had the same results. It was all down to the last race to see who finished 2nd and who 3rd.

Race 6: light winds, strong tide, course 7,2,3,2 but shortened to 7,2

As the wind was so light and the tide so strong I jumped out my boat and held it until the start. As the start gun went I jumped in my boat and had an okay start. As we were heading up to number 7, Ben sailed very well and left George, Oli and I far behind. I rounded number 7 in 2nd place 200m behind Ben.

This photo shows George Oli’s and my run back down from 7

As we got closer to the harbour we got closer to Ben. Unfortunately George and Oli overtook me near Snapes point were the wind had got very light and fluky. By mark number 2 Ben had been overtaken by Oli and George and was in 3rd place. On the beat to the line from number 2 I overtook Ben as he capsized and finished 3rd with Ben in 4th. The results were George 1st, Oli 2nd, Harry 3rd, Ben 4th.

We all attended the prize giving, Oli and I had exactly the same results but as he beat me on the last race he claimed 2nd place behind George who took 1st and in front of me who took third, Ben came 5th.

I had to go up in front of everyone to claim 3 prizes which included first race win trophy, 3rd place cup and a Henri Lloyd spot prize.

Harry Ben prize giving

Harry Harris

16 August 2015

Harry Harris and Ben Ramage at Salcombe

Harry and Ben supported by their families had a successful week with the Tamesis Toppers at the Salcombe Yacht Club Regatta last week, in challenging conditions which favoured the locals. Overall Harry was 3rd and Ben 5th.

Congratulations on flying the Tamesis flag. Full report to follow.

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Cadets Get Going

The Club buzzed with excitement today as 15 eager Cadets prepared their boats and took to the water after the winter break. Conditions were ideal with bright sunshine and a nice westerly breeze. Three short fun races were run and  one Cadet who was sunning herself on the foredeck of a topper actually went for a swim. Was she completely Mad(die)? After the initial shock, she pronounced the water ‘not too cold at all’

The Cadet Clubroom was sparklingly clean and tidy thanks to the hard work of Falcon and the Wednesday Working Party. Lets hope the Cadets keep it that way!

Welfare Officer Jackie Harris was in attendance as usual, serving delicious tea and home made cakes.