Ken Duffell and Brian Corking were second overall sailing Harry (3599) in a nine-strong fleet at the Minima YC open meeting for Merlins on Sunday 22 June. The had a third, second and fourth in the three races, and scored five points. Richard Mourant and Joe Woods finished eighth overall in Take It Easy (3606), scoring 15 points from a seventh and an eighth. The event was won by Martin Hunter of Upper Thames SC crewed by his son Jacques in Quiver (774), who had two firsts in the first two races.
Nearly seventy Tamesis members and guests celebrated the Summer Solstice by dancing the night away in fancy dress after enjoying a welcoming prosecco and three-course supper at the Summer Party on a warm sunny evening on Saturday 21 June.
The event was organised by John Adams, Rear Commodore House, and members of the House Committee. Commodore Stewart Colley welcomed the revellers and, saying grace before supper, remembered that many members had attended the funeral of Phil England, the Club’s Captain, only the previous day. Phil, he said, had always enjoyed a good party and would be with them in spirit.
Music for dancing was played by the Jacuzzi Brothers.
Thanking all those who had helped in the organisation of the party, John Adams said the members of the House Committee and others who had been involved were Anne Bayne, Lesley Adams, Nicky Chavasse, Sue Harris, Sara Jamieson, Barbara Adams, Nicky Johnson, Steve Katz, Peter Mason, Sally Warwick-Haller, Stewart Colley and Carolyne Vines. Supper had been cooked and prepared by Steve Katz with help from Barbara Adams (salmon starter), Anne Bayne, Peter Mason and Paul Jamieson. Charles Fox set up the gazebos and lights on the lawn and others who had helped with the preparations included Sara Jamieson, Lesley Adams, Peter and Nicky Johnson, Adrian Warwick-Haller, Carolyne Vines, Stewart Colley and Sue Harris. Drinks on the lawn were served by Paul Jamieson and Zoe Jeffra-Adams and those helping in the Clubhouse bar and kitchen were Rhi, Karina, Tom and Paul.
More than 100 old friends and colleagues attended the funeral of Phil England at Mortlake Crematorium and the reception afterwards at Tamesis Club on Friday 20 June. They were welcomed at the Crematorium Chapel by Phil’s sons Adrian and Anthony and daughter Georgina and had responded to their request to wear brightly coloured ties and clothes in memory of their father. The service, which was conducted by the Rev. Ernest Forward, began with the hymn “Lord of all hopefulness” and ended with William Blake’s “Jerusalem”, included moving tributes to their father by Adrian, Georgina and Anthony.
At the reception, Brian Southcott, who had joined Tamesis some 10 years before Phil, and his late wife, Jean, recalled that at that time the club had no working toilets, only Elsans. He and Phil were each given a weekly task to do before the members arrived for sailing. Brian drew the more pleasant job of trundling several tanks of fresh water from Carter’s Boathouse. Phil was made responsible emptying the Elsans from the ladies’ changing room which was then in a gypsy caravan on the lawn!
When Carter’s Boathouse and lands were put up for sale Phil agreed with BP, the eventual buyer, not to attend the auction, leaving BP as the sole purchaser at a cheap price. BP then installed running water and electricity to Tamesis as an extension of their own supply.
In those days the Tamesis buildings were on an island surrounded by a stream running from the backwater next to Ariel to the stream surrounding Trowlock Island. The land was also engulfed by a mass of willow trees which had to be felled to create a car park and new entrance. One old member, Dick Marshall, an ex-Burma Chindit, could fell a tree in the time it took 20 other members to do the same.
Phil’s next enthusiastic development was to replace the tumbledown men’s changing rooms and camp shedding along the river frontage. As chairman or the RYA’s Sailing and Racing Committee Brian was able to arrange for Phil to meet the Sports Council members to discuss funding for sailing clubs and Phil charmed them into funding new changing rooms and a boat shed, the original building of which had given birth to Uffa’s Spoon, presented by Uffa Fox, for the biggest gaffe of the year. Phil also persuaded the members of the Council that Tamesis, which had the strongest Cadet fleet in the country, needed a new boat shed in which to build and keep their boats, and they agreed to meet half the cost.
Phil then turned to re-designing the old clubhouse and the replacement of the old kitchen and bar. He founded the Wednesday Working Party to harness the skills of retired members in maintaining and repairing the club buildings, retiring for lunch at a local pub. After 12 gruelling weeks at various hospitals in May and June, Phil finally showed us what he was made of by going to just one more lunch before taking up his final mooring.
Brian concluded by reading an Ode to Phil before proposing a toast to the memory of the club’s much loved Captain.
Tamesis Commodore Stewart Colley thanked Brian for his moving address and all those who had helped to organize the reception.
Phil’s tremendous contributions to the rebuilding of the Clubhouse were also recognized by a decision to call the new bar after him. Phil’s Bar was officially opened on 15 February 2009.
Rob and Helen Wilder won the Thames Challenge Cup at Thames SC’s open meeting for Vintage Merlins on Saturday 14 June. Sailing Flinkidink (1097) they got the best of an upstream running start and won the first and third races in a 12-strong fleet.
Crewed by his daughter Milly on Father’s Day, Sunday 15 June, Rob was second overall finishing second and third in the first two races, which were sailed back to back in a decent breeze, and sat out the last race. The winners were Alex Jones and Jack Deung from Cookham Reach SC sailing Snorter (3627). The 12 entries included visitors from Tamesis, Cookham Reach and Wembley SC.
Dana Church and Tim Cole were ninth in Jabberwocky (1950)
“I enjoyed that” was the delighted comment of several visitors as they left Tamesis after a three-hour Push the Boat Out sail on Saturday 14 June. More than 80 people took part in 15 boats in a gusty moderate to fresh northerly wind. Experienced sailors took the visitors, including many children, out for a sail in a selection of the Club’s dinghy classes including National 18s, Merlins, Lasers, Fireflies, Mirrors and an Albacore. There were frequent crew changes and some of the more adventurous adults were allowed to sail single-handed under the careful supervision of two safety boats. The wearing of lifejackets was compulsory for all but the most experienced sailors.
A barbecue lunch was served under the shelter of a marquee, although many chose to eat in the Clubhouse when an early shower of rain dampened the proceedings, but the leaden skies were soon replaced with warm sunshine.
The event was organised by Tamesis Vice Commodore Carolyne Vines with the help of Rear Commodores Alan Green and John Adams, Susan Green and Zoe Adams. The barbecue was operated by Paul Jamieson and Phil Abbey, and the food was served by Sue Harris, Sara Jamieson, Riannan Jones and Jo Carstens, and Milly Colley and Tom Brennan served in the bar. Others helping with the organisation and preparation included Commodore Stewart Colley, Charles Fox, Sue Harris, Donald Forbes, Brian Harper-Lewis and Ted Neal. Boat owners who took visitors sailing included Chris Pollard, Ian Burnett, Peter Mason, David Baker, Kaan Yargici, Jodok Gerber, Ken Duffell, Rupert Fletcher, Florian Krueger, Alan Fisher and Eddy Lowe. The safety boats were operated by Florian Krueger, Chris Balmbro, Joanna Rand and Peter Simpson.
Read how Christian Harper raced round the Isle of Wight in Maynard, his Wayfarer dinghy on Saturday 14 June. Please click on Maynard – IOW – June 2014.
Sue Harris, flew out to Dallas in early June to visit her son, Andrew, who is working for the Schlumberger oil company. Andrew, one of the leading Merlin helms at Tamesis, is presently sailing with the Rush Creek YC on Lake Ray Hubbard, which is about fifty minutes drive from Dallas. He has bought an MC Scow, a 16ft single hander, on which crews can also be taken, especially if it is windy. He races in a very competitve fleet at the weekends. Sue sailed with him in a Friday evening race, which she greatly enjoyed.
David Baker and Jim Green sailed Cobblers, Albacore 6813, to a closely challenged victory in the annual two-race class handicap pursuit for the Centenary Cup on Sunday 8 June. Both races were sailed in warm sunshine and a gentle south westerly wind that that gave some good racing. Thirty Tamesis members competed in the event, with 18 boats coming to the line in the morning race, which was won by Jon and Augusta Redding in Pikey, Merlin Rocket 3520. Unfortunaterly, they were unable to sail in the afternoon, and so did not qualify.
Cobblers had been fourth with Henry Defries, sailing Phew, Laser 178209, third in the morning race. However, Henry was also unable to sail in the afternoon. Donald Forbes in Greylag, Laser 18044, had two good results to gain third place overall. He beat the National 18, Antedote, sailed by Charles Fox and Chris Pollard, into fourth position by a tie break. Second place overall went to Peter and Richard Mason in Bambusa, Merlin Rocket 847, which was second in the afternoon and sufficiently well placed in the morning to ensure a top result.
It was pleasing to see four different classes in the top four positions, indicating that the handicaps worked well overall.
Race Officer Ian Burnett set a challenging course that took competitors on a three round circuit between two buoys set well upstream of Steven’s Eyot, with the Canbury mark not far short of Hampton Wick Railway Bridge. This was followed by a two round circuit between Albany and a Lensbury mark set a third of the way down Trowlock Island.
The Cup, given to the Club in 1985, its centenary year, by the late Louis Derham, Tamesis Commodore from 1985 to 1988, was presented to the winners by his son, Simon, who is himself a former winner of the Cup.
Overall results: 1 Cobblers (Albacore 6813) David Baker & Jim Green; 2 Bambusa (MR 847) Peter & Richard Mason; 3 Greylag (Laser 188044) Donald Forbes; 4 Antedote (Nat 18 348) Charles Fox & Chris Pollard.
Ian Burnett was assisted in the starting box by Angela Caldara and in the safety boat, from which the finishes were announced, by Florian Krueger, Onursal Soyer, and Joanna Rand.
David Croft and his daughter Caroline sailing Panatella (3165) came second in the Merlin Rocket Thames Series open meeting at Ranelagh Sailing Club on Saturday 7 June.
After over two hours of racing, which saw the 20 strong fleet run/reach down to Battersea Power Station and then beat back to Putney, and at least four boats hold the lead on the return leg, it was a photo finish for first place between Panatella and Hot Totty (3676) sailed by Fran Gifford and Alex Warren of RSC. Panatella had a late surge to take the lead just metres from the finish line, only for the wind to reach Hot Totty and take them over the line in first place, winning by just half a boat’s length and only one second..
Richard Mourant crewed by Sarah Elliott (a Laser helm from RSC) came a bit further down the fleet in 16th, sailing Take It Easy (3606).
Next on the Thames Series circuit is Thames SC next Sunday 14 June, preceded on the Saturday by the De May Series open meeting also at Thames SC.
Please click on the following link to see a photo of Panatella and Hot Totty battling it out on the return beat upriver to Putney
Two Tamesis Merlins were competing in a 20 boat fleet at Upper Thames SC’s annual Bourne End regatta from Saturday 24 May to Wednesday 28 May. Their positions after six races were as follows: 7 Make it So (3556) Jodok Gerber and James Hobern 10, 9, 8, 4, 6, 5 net points 32; 11 Dynamo Humm (3411) Dana Church and Tim Cole, 11, 15, 13, 13,12, 6 net points 55. Please see http://www.utsc.org.uk/ for full results.