Tamesis Club

Samanda wins Minima Merlin Open

‘Samanda’ sailed by Tim Medcalf and Valerie Hamill won both the Chindit Trophy and Eric Archer Memorial Trophy at Minima YC on Sunday.

Conditions were typically variable and spiced up by a large dose of racing canoes.

The Merlin Rocket DeMay and Thames Series have a number of races across the rest of the summer and it would be great to see more of the Tamesis fleet on the start line.  Dates can be found on the fixtures page of the Merlin Rocket owners association website.

Tim Medcalf

Tammy Trains

What a great day we had on Sunday with a light offshore breeze and a bit of sunshine.
The river was closed till about 1.30 for a canoe race but this didn’t affect our normal shore based training.

Including capsize drill

And sail setting on the Oppies

There was lots of good sailing in the afternoon including plenty  capsizies ,some of which were deliberate !

Thanks again to all the family “helpers”

Please check out Howard Thatcher’s photos of the day on the following link – expires in 6 days

https://wetransfer.com/downloads/973d90138fac6881cbda50353292f5a420190609154726/a4979dff5407f1258c293000bcd3de7a20190609154726/b240b4

See you next Sunday
Eric Finlayson

Saga Trophy 6.6.19

 

 

 

 

 

 

Griff and Josie in the RS400

The first of the June Thursday’s probably provided the best weather and turnout of the Saga series so far, with a south westerly which lasted the race, but not much more, and a turnout of 16 boats including 6 different classes. Of these the Merlins were the most numerous with 5 boats and including a first race for the Geoff Bayliss in his beautifully restored Merlin 1773, sailing with his son Tom.

With so many boats the start line was a little crowded, not helped by a substantial header as the gun went causing a few incidents as helmsman tried to find clear wind.  However Ken Duffell and Mattie in Avenger took an early lead, only to be overtaken by the Tanners in the RS400 who stretched out their lead as the race went on and eventually finished far enough ahead of the chasing Merlins to save their time and win on handicap.  The Merlins had a good battle with Charlie Morgan crewed by new member Humphrey Dorrell eventually overtaking Ken and Mattie who managed to keep ahead of the Adams recovering from self-induced chaos on the start line, and with the Bayliss team ever threatening behind them.  Behind them, Graham King sailed a tidy race the take third on handicap and the Fireflies raced in close formation around the course with Jim Hamilton eventually finishing 20 seconds ahead of Tim and Ed Medcalf with the Daltons a further 30 seconds behind.

Class

Sail no.

Name

Helm

 

Crew

 

Points

RS400

650

Griff

Tanner

Josie

Tanner

1

Merlin

1978

Lady Anne

Charlie

Morgan

Humphrey

Dorrell

2

Laser

167587

Graham

King

3

Merlin

1004

Avenger

Ken

Duffell

Mattie

Valentine

4

Merlin

1602

Saltarello

John

Adams

Zoë

Adams

5

Albacore

6813

Cobblers

David

Baker

Sue

Harris

6

Merlin

1773

Oozlam

Tom

Bayliss

Geoff

Bayliss

7

Merlin

1136

Shoestring

Peter

Johnson

Paul

Jamieson

8

Firefly

3179

Fiasco

Jim

Hamilton

9

Firefly

2103

Scallywag

Tim

Medcalf

Ed

Medcalf

10

Firefly

3841

Genesis

Matt

Dalton

A

Dalton

11

Laser

208470

Grebe

Stewart

Colley

12

N18

266

Genevieve

Charles

Fox

Robert

Blakebrough

13

Laser

135612

Peter

Impey

14

Laser

Matulim

John

Edmondson

15

Topper

28137

Tim

Ginn

16

This last round now means that 8 boats have qualified with Charlie Morgan taking the lead with 5 points, the Adams relegated to second with 9 points, but mathematically capable of catching Charlie if they win all three of the next races, as are the Tanners and Barry Mourant.  In third place is Ken Duffell on 15 followed by David Baker on 18, Stewart Colley on 21, Jim Hamilton on 25, Graham King on 26 and Chris Taggart on 34.  We still have three races to go and plenty of points to play for, or just the opportunity of a very nice way to end a Thursday.

Thanks to the hard work of the catering team, the conversation flowed during supper with talk of what might have been if the right wind shift had been seen,  an a diverse array of subjects totally unrelated to sailing.

So  for a good sail and a convivial evening, see you next Thursday.

Samanda success at Ranelagh SC

The prizewinners – photo Richard Jarvis

Tim Medcalf crewed by Valerie Hamill in Samanda  (nr 596) took part in the Craftinsure Silver Tiller event at Ranelagh SC last Sunday 2nd June, coming 5th against stiff competition.

For full report and more photos please see the Y&Y report

https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/218193/Merlin-Rockets-at-Ranelagh

Photos:  Richard Jarvis

Tammy Trains

That was some wind on Sunday!
Thank goodness Paul had managed to fix the Wayfarer

With several new members plus many existing students we had a busy day with a strong Westerly wind causing a fair number of lee shore incidents but only one accidental capsize .

The Oppies were great as ever , crash helmets came in handy !

The Toppers had a good workout and the 2k with Mirror sail also did well .

We are still getting training enquires from the Push the Boat Out Open Day and are planning a stage 3/4 course shortly so it’s great that we have recently recruited some volunteer Assistant Instructors.

Eric Finlayson

Centenary Cup won by Richard Harris

Photos: Jonathan Key

 

Competitors for the Centenary Cup Pursuit Race were greeted by lots of sunshine and a blustery southwesterly wind.  The course was laid above Stevens Ait which provided a good beat upstream, and a spinnaker run back for those who used them.

Fifteen boats took part.  The first to start – a new member Mark Gardner in his Mallard together with three Toppers – Henry Medcalf, Mattie Key and Edward Buss were eventually caught by the fleet with Richard Harris and David Baker in their merlins passing the Laser sailed by Kaan Yargici.  The National 18′ sailed by Henry Defries was reeling them in, but not fast enough.

It was great to see the Toppers out, and also the very interesting Mallard who did very well. The Toppers were neck and neck until the end.

Thanks to OOD Charlie Morgan and crew for running the race and Sophie and team for feeding us.

Results:

1st Merlin               1079  Passing Cloud  Richard Harris and Emma Macdonald

2nd Merlin             1357   Chimp  David Baker and Jim Green

3rd  Laser               203911             Kan Yargici

4th National 18′  374       Zephyr  Henry Defries and Carolyne Vines

5th Merlin              3333  Saltarello   John Adams and Maisie Key

6th Merlin              3479  Ragtime     Rupert Fletcher and James Berry

7th  Mallard            2                             Mark Gardner

8th  Merlin             3520  Frogmarch Peter Impey and Suzy Impey

9th  Laser                           Matulin  John Edmundson

10th  Topper            36323                Henry Medcalf

11th   Topper           15138                  Matty Key

Saga Trophy 30th May

Thursday’s westerly wind prompted OOD John Redding to set a PX course with a double dog leg to make sure that we were all alert at the end of the day.

 

The wind did persist for most of the evening to provide good racing.  Eleven boats took to the water , including 6 boat types and it was good to see juniors joining in the fun with Henry Medcalf, in the Topper and Alden and Esme Horwitz in a Laser 2000.

 

Ken Duffell and Mattie Valentine  in their Merlin Avenger were the early leaders, stretching out a sizeable lead.  However this is Tamesis and a couple of light patches allowed John and Zoe Adams in turn to head the fleet, only to be pegged back by Barry Mourant and Carolyne Vines in the third Merlin, Fair Kop, which took the lead and held it to the end, far enough ahead to also take the race on handicap.

 

Behind them Tim and Ed Medcalf in their Firefly Scallywag had been quietly taking advantage of the bursts of wind and avoiding the flat patches to finish fifth on the water but second overall, followed on handicap by the Merlins and then the Albacore, Cobblers, sailed by David Baker and crewed by Barbara Adams.

 

Class        Sail No.    Name                                Helm                        Crew                                                            Points

Merlin 1212 Fair Kop Barry Mourant Carolyne Vines         1
Firefly 2103 Scallywag Tim Medcalf Ed Medcalf         2
Merlin 1602 Saltarello John Adams Zoë Adams         3
Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Mattie Valentine         4
Laser 208470 Grebe Stewart Colley             5
Albacore 6813 Cobblers David Baker Barbara Adams         6
Laser 167587   Graham King             7
Firefly 1698 Ella Florian Krueger             8
Firefly 3179 Fiasco Jim Hamilton             9
Topper 36323   Henry Medcalf             10
Laser 2000 21207   Alden       Horwitz  Esme  Horwitz         12

For anyone cooled by the evening’s activities, the tasty chilli con carne and trimmings providing a warming supper to round off the day.
To date five boats have completed four races, the usual qualifying mark for the series, with John and Zoë Adams leading on 9 points, Ken Duffel and Matt Valentine second on 16 points, David Baker with various crews third on 23 points, Jim Hamilton fourth on 25 and Graham King fifth on 34.  However  all could change and Charlie Morgan only requires another win to take the lead with four wins, or someone else could join in to add interest to the series.
Either way, its a very good way of starting the weekend.
See you next Thursday.
John Adams

Tasar Nationals/Hayling Island SC Regatta 25th 27th May

Photo Peter Hickson
Rob Wilder crewed by Constantin Gerber sailed in some fantastic conditions to take 12th place in the Tasar Nationals which were hosted by Hayling Island SC over the Bank Holiday weekend. Eight races were held over the three days.  Rob and Constantin finished 12th overall out of a fleet of 27 boats with the best result being a 5th.
Rob and Constantin plan to sail in the world championship being held at the end of July at HISC, where around 60 boats are expected from all over the world, Austrailia, Japan, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland.
Report: Rob Wilder
Photos:  Peter Hickson
The following was placed on Facebook by Colin Chapman – Chairman of the National 18′ Association

Super weekend at Hayling Island for the Whitsun  two day regatta with 200 boats on the water. Three N18s competed fiercely finishing 2, 3 and 10th overall on fast handicap. That also included Ace port tacking the fleet in one race start…!

2nd overall Ace – Ollie Houseman, Jeremy Vines and Steve – Tamesis

3rd overall – Jess Berney, Hugo Berney Stephan Peritti – Blackwater  SC

10th overall – Odyssey – Tom Low, Inga Lovric and Peter Impey – Tamesis