Tamesis Club

‘Samanda’ wins the Minima YC May Merrie

‘Minima YC staged their annual May Merrie on bank holiday Monday 6 May.  This is a long distance race from Kingston bridge to Hampton Court and back.  A dozen boats took to the start line including Tim and Edward Medcalf in their Merlin Rocket ‘Samanda’.
150 tacks and an hour and 20 minutes later, Tim and Ed reached the turn at Hampton Court in first place and then, navigating through some typically contradictory ‘river winds’, consolidated their advantage on the way back finishing almost 15 minutes ahead of the next boat and winning on handicap.
Prizes were presented by the Mayor of Kingston Thay Thayalan and Minima YC’s Commodore.’

Tammy Trains

photo Ellen Schwartz


photo Ellen Schwartz



Whilst many of the students and instructors took a well earned break some of us were around to  welcome Alexi a new member to the club .
After a typical mornings shore based training we had planned to get on the water after lunch.
However the arrival of the Quest on loan from the Sea Cadets for appraisal prompted a change of plan. Carolyne Vines joined me for the first sail .

This was interrupted by a problem with the centre board so we had to “ lay to “ whilst doing a bit of jury rigging . Students please note !

This done other members of the training team got a chance to have a go.

Meanwhile trainee instructors Alden and Leon took Alexi out in the 2k for an enjoyable and instructive sail .

Push The Boat Out Open Day on Saturday and “business as usual “ on Sunday

Thanks to Ellen for photos.

Eric Finlayson

Thursday Evening Racing

As the evenings are getting longer and the weather more like summer (we hope!) it is time to join the weekly Thursday evening handicap racing.  The summer is split in to two series and both allow all classes of boat to race together with the final positions being determined by a handicap calculation.
So, if you sail a Laser, Merlin, Mirror, Topper or any other class you can take part.  If you don’t have your own boat then club boats are available to borrow.  The Fireflies will also compete for their fleet trophy as part of this race.
The first start will be at 1915 so make sure you are on the water in plenty of time.  The 18′ Nationals start at 1917
An added feature of this series is that a hot meal is served after racing and the bar is also open.  Non-racers can therefore watch the on- the-water action and then enjoy a river-side drink and dinner with the competitors.  If you would like the meal, please sign up in the book in the clubhouse or email Nicky Johnson nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com
This is a fantastic way to spend summer evenings and we look forward to seeing the usual enthusiastic turn out and some new faces too!’

Tammy Trains

A brisk  North Westerly made sailing conditions tricky on Sunday but at least it was a change from on shore winds.
To stay upright we reduced sail on the Oppie and the 2000 but as advised by the Mirror class association “you shouldn’t need to reef a Mirror “

Working round the Firefly Open Meeting we did a second on shore session including capsize drill which our young students really got into .
Weather permitting we might do this on the water next Sunday.

Eric Finlayson

Firefly Open – Elizabeth Cup – Results

What a great day we had on Sunday contending for the Elizabeth Cup at the Tamesis Firefly open meeting following the cancellation of the Junior Cup on Saturday (the result of squally conditions in the middle of Storm Hannah). But the Elizabeth Cup enjoyed amazing conditions – a fairly consistent (yes, for the river it really was!) F3-F4 North / North-westerly (under grey skies with the occasional outbreak of sun!) to test the abilities of helms and crews alike. Three visiting boats were in attendance along with four from the home fleet.


  1. Roger Morris & Finian Morris in “Horror” – representing Papercourt
  2. Nigel Wakefield & Pippa Wakefield in “Flo” – representing Spinnaker
  3. Tim Medcalf & Ed Medcalf in “Scallywag” – representing Tamesis

The deserving winners – Roger Morris and son Finian presented with the Elizabeth Cup by Carolyne Vines.

A huge thank you to the duty team for the day led brilliantly by Carolyne Vines.

We’d also like to thank Ronstan who sponsor the Firefly class open meetings for the additional prizes – wonderful!

Further reporting to follow – along with lots of pictures! Check back for updates on the Tamesis website – www.tamesisclub.co.uk.

Matthew Dalton – Firefly Class Captain

Tammy Trains

Except just for once we didn’t.
Instructors and students alike having struggled against on shore winds for the last four or five weeks took a break on Sunday.
However Sandra and Phillip a couple of potential new members turned up for a taster sail so I took the chance of light winds to have a great sail in the Enterprise.
Zoe, Peter and Sam having more or less completed their respective courses also took advantage of a nice breeze to have a “jolly “ in the afternoon.
Eric Finlayson


Glorious Easter Sunday

photo Henry Medcalf
Stewart Colley romping round the course


Easter Sunday brought glorious sunshine, a cheeky easterly breeze, and a good turnout of 15 boats competing in the annual Easter Pursuit Race.
A number of different classes were represented and it was fantastic to see three Topper take to the start line.  Well done to all of you for joining in and we look forward to seeing you developing your racing skills every Sunday by competing in the Topper class race that starts at 11.10.
Stewart Colley in his Laser sliced through the fleet and was un-catchable winning in fine style.  Ken Duffell and Joe Woods finished in second place well ahead of the other Merlins.  David Baker and Jim Green came third on their return to the water after a couple of months away.  Tim and Ed Medcalf came fourth in their Merlin ‘Samanda’, just ahead of Barry Mourant and Jon Medcalf, also sailing a Merlin ‘Fair Cop’, who rounded out the top five.
Chocolate Easter Eggs were awarded to the all boats, congratulations to everyone who took part and enjoyed the fun on the river.
There will be several more handicap and pursuit events this year, in addition to the regular Sunday morning and Thursday evening handicap races, and they are a great way to get involved in racing for the first time – any class can enter, bring your own or borrow one of the club’s fleet.  Keep reading Tammy Matters or looking at the calendar on the club website for more details.
A big thank you to Peter Johnson, Carolyne Vines, Paul Jamieson and Jim Hamilton for running the race, and to Jo Carstens together with the kitchen and bar team for producing a delicious roast lamb lunch as well as the usual soup and tasty sandwiches.’
Report Tim Medcalf
Final Results:
Position Class Boat number Boat Name Helm Crew
1st Laser 208470 Grebe Stewart Colley
2nd Merlin 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Joe Woods
3rd Albacore 6813 Cobblers David Baker Jim Green
4th Merlin 596 Samanda Tim Medcalf Ed Medcalf
5th Merlin 1212 Fair Cop Barry Mourant John Medcalf
6th National 18′ 374 Zephyr Henry Defries Mark
7th Laser 201014 Dragon Fly Rosalind Warwick-Haller
8th Laser 130775 Chris Taggart
9th Merlin 3333 Precious John Adam Zoe Adams
10th National 18′ 336 Orion Alan Green Susan Green
11th Merlin 3686 Lovebite Chris Balmbro William Balmbro
12th Merlin 2686 Broad Scoter David PJ Fleur Moree
13th Topper 15138 Ted Matt Key
14th Topper 37597 Matt Valentine
15th Topper 29672 Maisy Key

Tammy Trains

With Push the Boat out looming the training team concentrated on helping the students complete their current courses .
This involved encouraging the adults to progress from 2ks to Toppers !
After some land drill and despite yet another onshore wind students had an “interesting “ first solo sail .

Many past students have said this was the best part of the course .
One student might agree ( nice trim!)

Others found getting back to the 2k  almost relaxing .

Students are encouraged to come next Sunday when training could be available subject to demand

Eric Finlayson

Easter Egg Race


Sunday 21 April is Easter Day and also the Tamesis Club annual Easter Egg pursuit race.  This race is always a lot of fun and the weather looks like it is going to be beautiful.

There is no class racing but lunch will be served in the clubhouse as usual.

The Easter Egg race is a handicap pursuit, any boat can join in and club boats are available for crews who would like to borrow one.  Slower boats start first with the theory being that everyone finishes together at the end of the race.

The first start will be at 11.00 so please be at the club in plenty of time so that you can rig and get on the water.  The race will finish at 12.30 and positions will be recorded by both the race box team and a group on the patrol boat; to make this process easier, once the finish gun has sounded please remember to hold your position on the course until it has been noted.

There will be chocolaty prizes galore so there is a very good chance that you will go home with a tasty treat!

This is an eggcellent event which is ideal for people who are new to racing so please come along and have a crack.’