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.
The annual Tamesis Offshore Race, Jack’s 40th Trip, on Saturday 24 May was won by David and Rosemary Croft and Peter Johnson sailing Demi Sec (GBR4490), the Croft’s Gibsea 76. They beat Sereia of Mersea (K6167), a Hustler 25.5, sailed by David Gibson and Michel Budd, by only 15 seconds on corrected time over a nine mile course from Portsmouth to Chichester, but after the application of handicaps Cicada (K6509), a Contessa 28, sailed by Stewart Colley, David, Ellie and Andy Brook, was second and Sereia third.
First boat to finish was Pickle (9585T), Jeremy and Max Vines’s Dufour 34, which completed the course in just over one hour and 32 minutes but was placed fourth after the application of handicaps. Her six-strong crew were Jeremy, Max and Carolyne Vines, Kaan Yargici, Ali Budjanovcanin and Milo Simmonds.
Sailed in a moderate to fresh southerly wind and some welcome sunshine, the race began at 14.00 with a gate start at Gleeds, near Spit Sand Fort off Portsmouth, with Chaika (6653T), Clive Mence’s Scanmar 35, as the Committee Boat. Clive, Captain of the Tamesis Offshore Group, was crewed by Ted Neal and Steve Osgood.
The course took the fleet between Horse Sand Fort and No Man’s Land Fort, past Horse Elbow, Winner and a cluster of smaller buoys in Hayling Bay, with the finish near Chichester Bar. The east going tide combined with a fast reach aided the competitors on their way and there were some minor disputes afterwards about whether all the boats had left Winner to starboard!
Twenty eight members attended the Rally supper at Chichester YC, where, after thanking David Gibson for working out the results, Commodore Stewart Colley presented the Offshore Cup to David Croft. The group observed a minute’s silence in memory of the four crew of the Cheeki Rafiki who were lost in the Atlantic the previous week.
Results: 1 Demi Sec (GBR4490) David & Rosemary Croft, Peter Johnson; 2 Cicada (K6509) Stewart Colley, David, Ellie & Andy Brook; 3 Sereia of Mersea (K6167) David Gibson & Michel Budd; 4 Pickle (9585T) Jeremy, Max & Carolyne Vines, Kaan Yargici, Ali Budjanovcanin & Milo Simmonds; 5 Murena II (K5663) Martin & Barbara Adams, David Baker.
Almost 30 contestants enjoyed some highly competitive racing at the Tamesis Spring Regatta on Sunday 18. The three race event was sailed in warm sunshine and a light to moderate wind that kept shifting between south west and south, giving an upstream beat and a run down river on which spinnakers, although tricky to fly in the flukey wind, were used to advantage.
Commodore Stewart Colley, who was Race Officer, sent the fleet on a lengthy upriver course to a Canbury mark set cose to Hampton Wick Railway Bridge with the Lensbury mark just downstream of the southern end of Trowlock Island. Seven Merlin Rockets, seven Lasers, three National 18s and a solitary Albacore were given several rounds in the first two races before a much shorter course in view of the spectators in and outside the Clubhouse was set for the third race.
There was close competition in the Merlins between Rob and Helen Wilder in Flinkidink (1097) and Peter and Richard Mason in Bambusa (847), with Flinkidink winning the first race and Bambusa the second. The Wilders took overall victory with a clear win in the third race. The contest for third went to a protest following a collision between two boats in the final race. Dana Church and Tim Cole in Dynamo Humm (3411) finally took third place.
Donald Forbes won all three races in his Laser (18044) Greylag, with Henry Defries second in the first race in Phew (178209) and third in the next two races. Kevin Seebaluck, of Lloyds YC, was second in the last two races in Laser (198928) and took second place overall, with Henry third.
In the 18s, Doug Pope and Jose Ugarte took first place overall with two firsts in One over the Eight, National 18 (349).
After presenting the prizes, Commodore Stewart Colley thanked Brian Timbrell, the Sailing Secretary, for organising the event Nicky Chavasse and her helpers in the kitchen and bar for arranging lunch and tea, Rupert Livesey in the box, and Ken Thatcher and Peter Finch for operating the safety boat.
Rob Wilder and Joe McLaughlin sailed Heat Wave (343) to an undisputed three race victory to win both the Tamesis Anchor and Queen Adelaide Cup at the annual race for National 18s on Saturday 17 May. Thriving on the hot summer weather that perfectly matched the boat’s name, they lapped all the other contestants over a five round course in the last of the races. The light westerly wind made for slow sailing and none of the other 18 crews were able to match the speed and dexterity of Wilder and McLaughlin in tacking across an east-west dogleg near the Clubhouse.
The Tamesis Anchor is awarded to the first on the water finisher and the Queen Adelaide Cup on the handicap results. Heat Wave won the Tamesis Anchor for the second year in succession.
Ian Burnett and Anne Bayne were second overall on the water in every race. .
The Race Officer was Ken Duffell.
Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Spasci from Frensham Pond SC won the Munster Cup on a day of difficult weather at the Tamesis open meeting for Cadets on Saturday 10 May. Sailing Hot Rocks (8845), they outmanouvred fellow Frensham members Henry Marsh and Tess Watling in Nitro (9240) to win the first two races of the three race meeting and were able to discard their result in the final race, which was won by Nitro.
The weather, although not as wet and windy as forecast, provided some challenging sailing with a gusty light to fresh west south westerly wind, and occasional heavy rain showers between welcome periods of warm sunshine. There were some spectacular capsizes and Richard Harris, Tamesis Cadet Captain, who organised the event and operated one of the two patrol launches, was called on to rescue several overturned boats.
Race Officer John Harris sent the eight Cadets which competed in the first race on a long upriver course to a Canbury mark above Steven’s Eyot. The competitors were sheltered from the worst of the wind by the high trees on the Teddington bank of the river and it was only on the downstream leg of the course that they had to cope with the stronger gusts as the wind accelerated across the recreation ground and dinghy park. Two races, each of two rounds, of this course were sailed before lunch and a shorter course set in the afternoon provided better viewing for spectators as it included an east-west dogleg in the windiest section. Several boats hit the Club mark as they tried to round it and had to re-round it before beating upstream.
The prizes were presented by Tamesis Commodore Stewart Colley.
Results: Munster Cup: 1 Hot Rocks (8845) Megan Ferguson & Yasmin Spasci, Frensham Pond SC, 2 points; 2 Nitro (9240) Henry Marsh & Tess Watling, Frensham Pond SC, 4 pts; 3 Touch Wood (9047) George & Henry Bridge, Frensham Pond SC, 6 pts.
Marcus Chavasse gave the Laser sailors and even the Merlins something to think about when he sailed his new RS100 in the Saga Trophy handicap race at Tamesis on Thursday evening 8 May. His new boat has a similar sail area to that of a Laser, as can be seen from the following photos taken by Nicky Chavasse.