Tamesis Club

Tammy Matters

Summer Series 1.  A chilly day with light winds. Plenty of Merlins entered though there were fewer Lasers and 18s.  This was the first Sunday for Topper racing as part of the main series, there were two entries, and it is hoped that this series will grow and attract new young sailors into racing.

Racing Rules of Sailing.  A Presentation on some of the more pressing aspects of the Racing Rules of Sailing was given by Chris Simon of the RYA.  This was well attended by a good cross-section of the Club’s membership, including a number of our new and young members. See the fuller report by Tim Medcalf on the website.

Thursday Club Supper and Talk. This was the last of this season and featured a well attended talk on the history and work of the River Thames Boat Project.  It was amazing to find out how large a boat could be purchased for £1, 30 years ago. See the fuller report by Carolyne on the website.

Officer of the Day Training. On Saturday, Jim Green and David Baker ran the first of their OOD/Box training courses for six members. This was aimed at familiarising potential OODs and Box members with the duties and tasks involved.   Of particular importance, since the Thames Boat Project occupied the Sailing Secretary’s office, is where items which used to be stored there have been relocated.  This is all in the OOD Brief which is sent to OODs by Dutyman – please take note of it when you are reminded of your duty.

The next course will be on the morning of Saturday 27th April – EMail: jimgreenhcr@gmail.com to book your place.

Peter Simpson’s Funeral.  Peter’s funeral will take place at Mortlake Crematorium on Tuesday 9th April at 2.40 pm, followed by refreshments at Tamesis.

This coming Saturday 13th April.  Two events of note:

The Topper Open.  Tamesis is again hosting a round of the South East area series of Topper meetings and it would be good if we have some Tamesis entries.

Laser Quiz.  A final call for people to enter for this Great annual event.  Teams of 8 or so are ideal but if you’re a bit over or under that will be alright. Email: nickyjohnsontamesis@gmail.com to book

Looking Further Forward:

Easter Sunday, 21st April.  The Easter Egg Challenge will be a Pursuit race with the first start at 11.00am.

Chris Pollard


Kraft Bier stuns members’ taste buds

Florian and Sylvia  Bollen, friends of Florian Krueger brought a keg of their bier down to the club on Thursday and we all had a taste or two, and it was exceedingly drinkable.

We were told how the brewery was started, which made for fascinating listening.  Their brewery is in Elephant and Castle and well worth a visit.

The Bollens made a special effort to bring the bier down as it normally only sold from the brewery premises.  Our thanks to them both for a great evening.

Prize Giving 2018


photo – Zoe Adams
photo Zoe Adams
The catering crew – photo Zoe Adams
60 members attended our annual Autumn Dinner and Prize Giving last Saturday.  The prizes were presented to the winners by our Commodore, Carolyne, during breaks between courses at the dinner.  Many thanks to Brian Timbrell for organising all the splendid cups, trophies and prizes and to Caroline Timbrell for her invaluable assistance.
Thanks also to Nicky Johnson and members of the House Committee for organising the three course dinner and setting up the Clubhouse for the occasion.
Zoe Adams designed the poster and took photos (keep a look out on the website) and Chris Pollard designed and printed the menus and table plan.
Dinner was cooked by Joanna de Courcy with help from Caroline and Chris.  Tamesis staff were Sophie, Harry, Dylan, Josefine and Amy.
A super evening much enjoyed by all.
Nicky Johnson
Rear Commodore House, Tamesis Club

Chindit Trophy at Minima YC 16th June 2018

The (Vintage) Merlin Rocket Chindit Trophy was sailed at Minima YC on Saturday 16 June.
The fleet was smaller than usual as a wedding among the Merlin fraternity meant that a number of DeMay series regulars were missing.
Competitors were set a simple, long, upwind/downwing course but the strongly gusting wind, significant changes of wind direction, and the tree and building-lined banks added more than a little challenge.
Tim Medcalf crewed by Tallulah Harris took Mervyn Allen’s vintage Merlin Rocket ‘Cindy’ and finished mid-fleet having had three close races.
If you would like to take part, the next round of the Merlin Rocket DeMay series event is at Frensham Pond (just south of Farnham) on 1 July.
The full vintage Merlin Rocket calendar can be found here:  | Fixtures | Merlin Rocket Owners Association

Glorious weather for May Bank Holiday Pursuit 2018

Competitors were treated to bright sunshine and a fresh northerly today.  A good mix of Merlins, Lasers, Fireflies, an Albacore and a National 18 enjoyed close racing, the result was down to the last few seconds.

1st   Merlin 607 Berry Ritchie and Sue Harris

2nd Merlin 847 Bambusa Peter Mason and Tallulah Harris

3rd Albacore David Baker and Jim Green

4th Nat 18 248 Antedote – Chris Pollard and Carolyne Vines

Thanks to OOD Rupert Fletcher, Box person James Berry, Patrol boatmen Alan Green and Clive Mence for organising the race.  Thanks also to Chris Pollard for pumping out Tamesis 111 yesterday morning after the deluge on Saturday night.