Topic : Welsh Harp

I am considering getting back into Merlins and having recently moved to London I am looking at my options for the nearest/best club to join. I was wondering if someone could tell me what the fleet was like at Wembley? Is there good club racing for Merlins or would I be better going to Tamnmy?

Thanks for your help

Posted: 30/07/2008 12:56:17
By: anon
This one is simple, if you're sailing a modern wide boat (Winder Tales etc) then Wembley, more classic wooden NSM2 or earlier then Tammy (huge and active Merlin fleet) or Hampton (smaller Merlin fleet than Tammy but better sailing conditions,...usually,..relatively).

No doubt Tammy, Hampton and Wembley members will have differnet opinions (shortly to be voiced) but this is mine.


Posted: 30/07/2008 13:18:05
By: Alex
Have a look at the current Yachts and Yachting issue - there is a  profile of Hampton.

Posted: 30/07/2008 14:58:09
By: River Rules
Anon, why not visit the clubs concerned during their respective open meetings and see what you think?  Hampton 13th/14th Sept, Wembley 28th Sept, Tamesis 11th/12th October.  Just so you're aware, Tammy race all year round Sunday mornings at 11.15am and have a 10.30am handicap warm-up.

Posted: 30/07/2008 15:38:17
By: Richard (3233)
See also:

Posted: 30/07/2008 15:53:16
By: River Rules
Dear Anon,

Richard Mourant gives good advice come and visit all the clubs - HAmpton, Tamesis, Minima, Welsh Harp Renelagh, etc. Each club is different; they all have their own unique feel and have their own individual benefits.

At Hampton we generally sail on Sundays, with social sailing on Wednesdays.

There is a healthy rivalry between Hampton and Tamesis, but also, a healthy respect for each club.

I am sure both clubs would be delighted for you to visit.

Posted: 30/07/2008 16:53:48
By: Richard
great thanks for your replies guys

Posted: 30/07/2008 17:17:22
By: anon
the fleet is going well at wembley will be down sunday if you would like to look

we race against the mrxs also which sharpens us up

Posted: 31/07/2008 13:27:02
By: megan
the fleet is going well at wembley will be down sunday if you would like to look

we race against the mrxs also which sharpens us up

Posted: 31/07/2008 13:27:13
By: megan
How you can say Hampton is better sailing water that Tamesis I'll never know... in point of fact they are all as bad as each other, but nice if the wind is in the right direction.

Posted: 31/07/2008 15:15:23
By: Ranelagh Member
Hampton 1 Tamesis 0

Posted: 31/07/2008 16:41:29
By: Hamptonian
As stated it is in my opinion, having sailed at both clubs on numerous occasions I have found that on average the conditions at Hampton are better than Tammy.

Posted: 31/07/2008 16:48:33
By: Alex
And if you can't be doing with tides and all that, Wembley is by far and away the best! I sailed there for nearly 2 years and I loved it. It certainly does have more of the new Winder CT boat.

To be honest all of the clubs are great and the sailing is great at all of them as all sailing generally is, it just depends what you want.

Posted: 31/07/2008 19:10:43
By: Kelly
Yes and I found that sea a mile down the coast from Shoreham has better conditions than Shoreham my humble opinion ;-)

Posted: 01/08/2008 08:27:01
By: IO
Hampton and Tamesis are in the non-tidal part of the Thames above Teddington Lock, so don't have race time limitations dictated by low tide that Ranelagh experiences (and please, that isn't a pop at Ranelagh, as it has a wider reach with arguably freer wind conditions).  However, HSC and TC do get a bit of stream on the odd occasion which just adds its own challenges! ;)

Posted: 01/08/2008 09:09:06
By: Richard (3233)


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