Tamesis Club

Boxing Day Races

The first shall be last and the last shall be first. So it was with the Boxing Day races on Friday 26 December. Mike Goldsmith won the Laser race sailing ROB (203911) in very little wind, taking just over 30 minutes to complete one round of a very short course between the recreation ground and the Canoe Club. No other Lasers took part.

Rear Commodore Sailing Alan Green was the first (and last) National 18 crewed by Pek Konidaris in Orion (336), taking almost 50 minutes round the same course.

The Merlins were rumored to be racing with the gee-gees at Kempton!

Clive Mence and Fiona Bolwell operated the two patrol boats, Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller helped the OOD in the Smithy (no horses there), and Steve Katz served at the bar. Sally presented the Laser Pot (gozunder) to Mike Goldsmith. No presentation was made to Alan Green because non-one could find the Broken Barometer (the National 18 Boxing Day trophy) – something to do with missing keys.

Eighteen members brought scrumptious festive leftovers for lunch, and Susan Green kindly did the washing up.

Normal racing will resume when the wind blows. Happy New Year.

Patrol Boat operation changes

A big thank-you to everyone who took part in our patrol boat training/practice sessions and to everyone who mans the patrol boats!


At its meeting on 8th December, the Management Committee decided to change the roles of our two patrol boats: from now on, the dory (Tamesis IV) will be the primary “safety” boat, and the launch (Tamesis III) will be used for mark laying.


The main reason for the change is to take advantage of the low freeboard of the dory to recover someone from the water. The dory is also faster, more manouverable, and her low freeboard makes it easier to handle the rigs of capsized boats.


The Patrol Boat Panel would like to take this opportunity to remind duty crew of the value of staying afloat with the racing boats, and of checking immediately with each capsized boat that they are ok to continue.


Alan Green


Chairman Patrol Boat Panel, 8th December 2014

Wednesday Working Party Xmas Lunch

Nineteen members of the Tamesis Wednesday Working Party sang “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year” to Club Bos’un Ted Neal, one of their colleagues who is in hospital recovering from a stroke, through a mobile phone link set up by Commodore Stewart Colley. The link was pre-arranged with Ted’s wife Doreen who sat at his hospital bedside holding the receiving phone to Ted’s ear..

The lunch, an annual event, was held on Wednesday 17 December at the Adelaide pub in Teddington, where members enjoyed a delicious three course meal that included turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding.

Alan Green, Rear Commodore Sailing, opened the festivities with an alarming poem called “The Yarn of the Nancy Bell”, about 10 shipwrecked sailors who turned to cannibalism to survive.

Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines found it hard to blow up her balloon while Acting Bos’un Paul Jamieson produced a lot of hot air for his. Crackers were pulled and the jokes inside recounted to a chorus of groans. As the meal progressed members told a selection of old and new jokes which added to the overall festiveness of the occasion.

The lunch was organised by Jim Green who opened the proceedings with a toast to absent friends including Club Captain Phil England and former Harbour Master Richard Howells, both of whom have died since last year’s lunch.

He particularly asked members to wear something bright and/or gaudy for the event in memory of absent WWP friends who would expect nothing less.

Alan Green tells the yarn of the Nancy Bell
Alan Green tells the yarn of the Nancy Bell
Clive Mence wears a gaudy hat
Clive Mence wears a gaudy hat
The starboard side crew go ballooning
The starboard side crew go ballooning
Lunch is served
Lunch is served
The port side crew
The port side crew
The starboard side crew
The starboard side crew
Santa Johnson finds a stronger wind than bearded Paul
Santa Johnson finds a stronger wind than bearded Paul

Death of Simon Gunn

Simon Gunn, an enthusiastic National 18 crew, died on Tuesday 9 December. He crewed for Ian Burnett in Zephyr (374) when they won both the Queen Adelaide Cup and the trophy now known as the Tamesis Anchor in 2005. They were lapping the other 18s at the finish of the race. He lived in Thailand in recent years and died in Bangkok. His ashes are being brought back to the UK and will be scattered near a favourite place, a beautiful waterfall in North Wales.

In memory of Rosemary Green

Rosemary Green, who died on Friday 12 December, was a member of Tamesis for nearly 60 years and a founder member with Jack Tuson, of the Tamesis Offshore Group in 1973.

With her younger sister, Jo (Audrey Beeching Green), who died in 2008, aged 87, she was a keen member of the Tamesis National 18 fleet and of the Tamesis Bridge Group. They were also enthusiastic gardeners and spent many years looking after the plants in the Tamesis flowerbeds.

Rosemary crewed for Harold and Neil Paul, David Weir, Richard Miles and Richard Howells, and occasionally also crewed in Fireflies. She was also an active member of the National 18 Foot Class Association.

The Tamesis ensign was flown at half mast on Sunday 14 December in her honour.

A beautiful memorial service took place in St Peters Church, Petersham on Monday 12th January.  Rosemary attended St Peter’s for many years.  Moving tributes were paid by Anne Casson, her god daughter, Kathy Cunliffe, helper and friend and her relative Tim.

The parishioners were joined by several members of Tamesis.  The wake was held afterwards at the Dysarts, just up the road.

The family would prefer people to donate to either:

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey GU9 8BL


St Peter’s Church, Petersham, Surrey, TW10 7AB

Please send cheques to c/o Frederick Paine, Undertakers, 182 High Street, New Malden, Surrey KT3 4ES

Santa breezed in to Tamesis Christmas Lunch during the carol singing

Nobody told Santa that the Tamesis Clubhouse doesn’t have a chimney. So the 95 members who attended this year’s Christmas Lunch on 14 December were somewhat foxed by the sight of a dishevelled Father Christmas, carrying a sack of presents, who arrived just as Brian Southcott was concluding the carol singing. The singers were in the midst of “On the first day of Christmas” and had just reached the words “and a partridge in a pear tree” for the twelfth time when Santa breezed in. He was clearly confused, as the picture shows, because he thought he had heard “a parsnip in a pear tree”. Buy one, get one free!

The lunch is usually preceded by the annual Christmas Pudding race but this year the contestants were given the choice of the traditional pudding prizes or boxes of chocolates. Even Santa got one and he didn’t even arrive by water. Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris won the Merlins in Crescendo (607) “by miles”, Henry Defries in Phew (178209 ) just beat Marcus Chavasse in the Lasers, and Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte were the first National 18, sailing One over the Eight (349).

Commodore Stewart Colley presented the prizes and then opened the proceedings with an appropriate grace thanking all those who dedicate their lives to helping those in peril on the sea.

Thanks were given to the House Committee for organizing the event and those members who generously gave up their time to prepare the room (tree by Bonnie Green, table laying and decorations by Bonnie and Jim Green, Adrian and Sally Warwick-Haller, Lesley Adams and Zoe Jeffra-Adams, Colin and Margaret Stokes, Chris Pollard, Stewart Colley, Carolyne Vines and Peter Johnson) and prepare the food under the watchful eye of Steve Katz (Lesley Adams, Nicky Johnson, Nicky Chavasse, Sue Katz, Sue Harris, Sara and Paul Jamieson. Tasty starters and sauces were prepared by Pauline Leach, Debbie Baker, Marie Simmonds and Sara Jamieson.

The magnificent meal of turkey, ham, sausages, vegetables, Christmas pudding with brandy and other sauces, cheeses and biscuits, and a tasty variety of starters, masterminded by Steve Katz, was cooked and presented on the day by Anna and Laura together with the Tamesis crew of Karina, Milly, Ami with Tom and Rhi on the bar and helping out where necessary. Wielding their carving knives with a flourish were Paul Jamieson, Marcus Chavasse, Pater Johnson and Rupert Fletcher with Rosalind Warwick-Haller helping to distribute the food to the starving hordes. Thanks, reinforced by a some liquid refreshment were also given to Nicky Chavasse, David Baker and Steve Katz for their immense contribution to the Tamesis social life throughout the year, and to Santa and his reindeer!

After a spirited rendition of favourite carols, led by Brian Southcott, Santa presented gifts to most of the people who had helped to organize the event and to the Cadets who joined in.

Replete and cheerfully looking forward to Christmas the happy crowd slowly dispersed to leave the club house quiet and still in the night awaiting the next event.

Brian Southcott leading the carol singing
Brian Southcott leading the carol singing
Commodore Colley welcomes Anne Bayne
Commodore Colley welcomes Anne Bayne
Marcus Chavasse, Peggy Morris and Angela Norris with the Christmas tree
Marcus Chavasse, Peggy Morris and Angela Norris with the Christmas tree
Nicky Chavasse celebrates her present from Santa
Nicky Chavasse celebrates her present from Santa
Santa proposes a toast for a Merry Christmas
Santa proposes a toast for a Merry Christmas
A parsnip in a pear tree
A parsnip in a pear tree

Odyssey at Datchet Flyer Sunday pursuit race

Yesterday Odyssey took part in her first SailJuice Series event this year, the Datchet Flyer at Datchet Water.

In the boat were Tamesis Club members Rob Wilder on helm (his first sail in Odyssey), Matt Jones in middle (having sailed Odyssey once before at Tamesis Club), and me on wire.

When we arrived at Datchet the wind was light and indeed the day before it had been quite calm. So when we launched down the steep sides of Datchet we all thought this was going to be a gentle day out. However as the day progressed the wind continued to rise until mid-race it was a steady 15mph+, gusting to 25mph. That made the rest of the race an exciting learning exercise for three guys who hadn’t sailed as a team before in a boat most had hardly sailed before. Odyssey was forgiving however, with fast reaches and quick tacks. There was some tight competition with a host of other boats, and the noise of the hull while planing was very loud and clear.

Odyssey wasn’t completely forgiving however as she gave us a gentle nudge later on with a capsize during a tack in a big gust. Rob and I managed to hop over to the centreboard and bring her upright in just a few minutes. After sailing back to pick up our floating toolbox we rejoined the pursuit.

A windy time but a lot of fun and high speeds. Looking forward to seeing how Odyssey handles for the other SailJuice Series events.

Next up Oxford Blue 3rd January, and the Bloody Mary on 10th January.

Wet day out
New sailors to Odyssey getting used to the rigging.
The winners of the day’s pursuit
Windy Datchet and Windsor Castle

Press release and update – Morrison Designed National 18

Hi all.

See below for the most recent press release on progress with the new National 18 design, which has just gone out to 1300 worldwide magazines and journalists, including 400 in the UK. We also have other related news further below.

The National 18 website has also had an update and is where this post originated. Do check it out at www.national18.com.

If you have any questions then do feel free to contact the team by using the contact form on the National 18 site.



Morrison Designed National 18 Overwhelmingly Approved By Class

Press Release
4 December 2014

Lymington, UK, 4 December 2014 – The National 18 Class has adopted the exciting new Phil Morrison designed hull and production has started with twelve hulls already on order for 2015


A prototype N18 named ‘Odyssey’ was launched in October 2013 and she has been trialled by upwards of 150 people as she has moved around England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. There have been rave reviews. She is sleek, responsive and a joy to sail in all conditions. She is lighter, faster, safer and more comfortable to crew than current 18s. She is easy to launch and bring ashore and capsize recovery is no longer an issue.

The N18 remains the only 3 person centreboard dinghy, and the single trapeze allows a wide range of weight, experience and age to be competitive. She is spacious, and while three is the normal racing crew, two can manage or there is room for the whole family. The N18 Class is thriving and has a long history of competition and bonhomie.

At the AGM in Abersoch in July 2014 the Class voted overwhelmingly to accept the Morrison design as the new National 18. The Class is now delighted to announce the selection of White Formula of Brightlingsea, Essex, UK as our exclusive build partner.

Construction of the tooling for the class moulds has begun with completion expected by the end of 2014. As part of this deal the Class has worked with White Formula to agree attractive pricing for a range of options from bare hull to fully fitted complete boat ready to sail.

Current owners will be able to transfer spars and sails, thereby reducing cost. There is also an enormous range of styling options for anyone wishing to apply a splash of colour.


In the mean time the development team have been working with Phil Morrison to incorporate all the feedback following the Odyssey trials. She has proved absolutely invaluable in getting us to this point and will continue to serve us well. Our thanks again to all of the private contributors and The Boat Yard at Beer who helped deliver the prototype. She will be hitting the campaign trail this winter in the 2014/15 SailJuice series and the Class welcomes any existing or potential members interested in participating as helm or crew.

Moving on to 2015, the first production boat will be launched in early February with a display planned at the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace over the weekend 28 Feb/1 Mar. White Formula aim to deliver all currently ordered boats by end of May 2015.

A complete boat with carbon spars, foils and sails will be £15995 inc VAT, a complete hull ready to accept current spars and sails will be £9450, and a bare hull £6240.

The Class is determined to remain inclusive of all the generations of N18s which started with the classic Uffa Ace of 1938, then the Proctor GRP hull of the 1970s and subsequent lighter, faster derivatives.

For further information about the National 18 Class please visit www.national18.com or email info@national18.com

For further information about White Formula UK please visit www.whiteformula.com or email info@whiteformula.com




About The National 18 Class

The National 18′ began in 1938 following a design competition organised by the then YRA (now RYA) and Yachting World magazine.The original idea was that of Frank Knowling of Whitstable YC (later to be known as the father of the class) for an 18-foot sailing dinghy, suitable for day sailing, yet fast enough to be of interest to racing sailors and at a reasonable cost. (The first rather hopeful restriction of the original class rules was “Price not to exceed £125 complete with spars, all equipment and designer’s fee but not including sails”). The plan was to produce an affordable national alternative to the many local one-designs of about this size to be found right round the coast of the British Isles. Many of these local estuary classes survive today, for example the Mermaid in Dublin, Thames Estuary OD, Chichester Harbour 18 etc.The well-known designer Uffa Fox won the competition (over the Laurent Giles submitted version) with his ‘Ace’ design for a clinker-built wooden boat. National 18′ number 1, ‘Hurricane’, was owned by Stanley Beale and sailed at Whitstable, with No.2 ‘Gust’ and No.3 Foam”.Initial enthusiasm was held back by the effects of World War II but a good deal of 18′ building got underway soon afterwards, when mahogany was again available for boat-building and the class became active especially in the Thames Estuary area. By 1950, fleets had appeared at clubs dotted all around the British Isles and Ireland, the Class Association having been formed in 1947.Although most boats were built to the ‘Ace’ design, the class had always been ‘restricted’ rather than ‘one-design’ and boats with a reduced number of wider planks were built when glued plywood construction was adopted and even one moulded carvel boat was built (252 ‘Sabon’).
Several of the wooden 18’s, now called ‘Classics’ are still in commission, and regularly race, principally at Bosham SC. They include No15 Tinkerbell, built in 1938 and still very competitive.

With the advent of GRP and the rising costs of hard woods, the Class asked Ian Proctor in the late ’60’s to design a fibreglass hull that would not outclass the existing boats. In this he was successful and it was some time before a Proctor hull won the championships. The first new Proctor, ‘Genivieve’ was exhibited at the Crystal Palace Dinghy Show of 1970 when a bare hull cost £153. Since then the Class has progressively reduced minimum hull and centreboard weight, and introduced a single trapeze. Also a restriction which requires all new hulls to come from the class mould so they are in effect one-design. Rigs have been optimised and more recently carbon spars introduced.

These changes produced a boat known in the Class as an ‘Ultimate’ which is fast and exciting to sail and which has provided close and competitive racing for fifteen or so years, both locally and at the annual National Championships. The Royal Cork Yacht Club has the largest fleet.

The Morrison prototype was financed by supporters of the Class and built at The Boatyard at Bere in 2013. Named ‘Odyssey’ and trialled extensively, she ticks all the boxes, is a pleasure to sail and has proved a great success. This development will undoubtedly give the Class a new lease of life, and production of new boats is already under way at White Formula in Brightlingsea.

For more information please visit www.national18.com

About White Formula UK

White Formula UK is one of the UK’s leading producers of Hi-Tech Fibre Glass, Kevlar and Carbon mouldings. They have over 40 years experience in moulding composite materials. Their mouldings have reached the depths of the oceans on military submarines and the limits of the skies on British made Helicopters.

The company has an extensive knowledge of the marine sector. It has an entire division dedicated to Boat Building, Research and Development, Modifications and Refurbishing.

White Formula manufacture boats on behalf of many well known companies in the UK. They also sell complete packages, some of which have been designed and developed by their in-house marine team. These classes include the Challenger, Brightlingsea One Design, SB20, SL16, SL5.2, Sprint 15, Dart 18, Spitfire, Shadow, Shockwave, Alto, Breeze 6.0, Vortex, Blaze, ISO and Buzz.

For more information please visit www.whiteformula.com

The class strives to be inclusive in providing heathy competition for all generations of 18s through handicaps and separate starts. Thus though the major trophies at National Championships are awarded in the Ultimate class, there are trophies also for the Pen-ultimates (heavy GRP) and the Classics.

In 2012 the class mould was declared unservicable, and there was much debate about what to do next. This culminated in a request to Phil Morrison to design a hull that was sleeker, lighter, faster and safer, and in so far as reasonably possible within the existing measurement restrictions.

Charity Bridge Drive 9th November

For the past fourteen or fifteen years the Tamesis Bridge Group has held, twice a year, a Charity Bridge Drive. Often these have been for either our chosen charity, the “Shooting Star”, or the Club.

For the past four years we have held our November Drive in aid of “Help For Heroes” – once or twice actually on the 11th November.

The most recent one had 14 tables and raised just over a thousand pounds which, after expenses (prizes, etc.) realised £870. Some £350 of that came from the raffle – we sold £80 worth of tickets to club members prior to the event.

A very nice tea was provided for all participants and it should be noted that all the food for the tea and all the raffle prizes were donated by the Bridge Group. So, a big thank you to all raffle ticket buyers, sandwich and cake makers and prize donors.

Margaret Stokes

Tamesis Commodore’s Trophy awarded to Club Bos’n in hospital

Ted Neal, Tamesis Club’s Bos’n, who is currently in Kingston Hospital recovering from a stroke, was loudly cheered by 52 fellow Tamesis members and friends at the annual prizegiving on Saturday 15 November when Commodore Stewart Colley awarded him a special trophy in recognition of his long and dedicated service to the Club.

The trophy was accepted on Ted’s behalf by his wife, Doreen, who said she would take it to him the following day and felt it would play an important part in assisting his recovery.

The Trophies were elegantly presented to winning helms and their crews by Nicola Colley, the Commodore’s wife, during the annual prizegiving supper organised by John Adams, the Rear Commodore House.

Commodore Colley thanked John’s wife, Lesley, for cooking an excellent three-course meal and all her helpers in the kitchen and bar. He also thanked Sailing Secretary Brian Timbrell for arranging the prizegiving and assembling the trophies and all the members who had worked hard through the year and on the day to make the event a great success.

Attire was billed as ‘Smart Casual’ which produced different interpretations reflecting the individuality of our membership – from more Smart Smart – Black Tie, to more Casual Casual – checked shirts and relaxed slacks!

Doreen Neal accepts the Commodore's Prize on behalf of her husband Ted.
Doreen Neal accepts the Commodore’s Prize on behalf of her husband Ted.


Prize Giving Dinner 2014
Prize Giving Dinner 2014
Stewart Colley accepts the Saga Trophy from his wife Nicola
Stewart Colley accepts the Saga Trophy from his wife Nicola
Nicola Colley with Trophy winners Richard Mourant and Joe Woods
Nicola Colley with Trophy winners Richard Mourant and Joe Woods
Trophy winner Rosalind Warwick Haller with Nicola Colley
Trophy winner Rosalind Warwick Haller with Nicola Colley