Results / Thames Circuit

Tamesis Club
19/05/2024 - 19/05/2024
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Thank you Rob Cage for the report.

Following a successful Vintage Merlin Open on the Saturday, newer Merlins were invited to join the fleet for the Sunday Open meeting, part of the Merlin Thames Series

Bright sunshine and a 5 – 8knt breeze, all be it with the holes in the wind you would expect on the Thames, greeted the 12 boat fleet.

The Race team had the additional challenge of a Royal Waterman fleet due to come through the race at the scheduled start time, luckily these guys struck to the Surrey bank as the Merlin’s short tacked up the breezier Middlesex side.

With the Thames still running fast from winter floods upstream, taking the boats over the line, coupled with some first race over-enthusiasm, it was no surprise to see a couple of boats called ‘over’ on the start. Race 1 ended as a Harris family battle with Andy in 607, Crescendo crewed by Lyra Wade taking the gun from Richard, crewed by Sarah Warren, in 1079, Passing Cloud, a Tamesis 1, 2.  Third was Olly Houseman and Egle Tamosa in 3560, Luka from Chew Valley SC. Further down the fleet the puffy breeze generated a lot of overtaking opportunities, leading to place changing all the way to the finish line.

Race 2 got off in a similar 5knt breeze and again the stream caught out some on the start, even race 1 winner had to restart, but such was his speed he was back in the leading pack by the end of the first lap. As the fleet bunched up in the light patches it was good to have on the water judge Chris Simon only a few boat lengths away, suppressing that urge to throw in one too many roll gybes.  There was significant place changing throughout the race and on the finish line 1692, Hullabulo Rob Cage and Alison Copper from Thames SC who came through from the back of the leading pack to the gun by half a boat length from Richard Harris with Andy Harris in third.

The wind had dropped for Race 3, The maths said any of the leading 4 boats could take the event and with it all to play you would expect a little caution on a start line with a strong stream pushing the Merlins over, but no, 2 of the contenders for the overall win were called over and had to return. Richard Harris pulled clear on the first run and was never seen again, but behind 1097 the chasing pack of 5 boats were never more than a few boat lengths apart making for some great spectator sport from the gathering crowd on the river bank. A couple of minutes after Richard and Sarah had taken the win and the meeting, the bulk of the fleet finished, overlapped as in the previous races. This time it was Stuart Jenkins and Nicola Scaddan in 1097, Flinkidink 2nd and Olly Housemen and Egle Tamosa in 3rd .

The volunteers at Tamesis Club turn out in force to enable a superb day of river racing at its best with close competition throughout the fleet. Craftinsure, Merlin Class insurers provided prizes.

Whilst the Vintage Open had been the day before, the light winds made it an old boat day, with the newer wide boats not getting much of a look in. The newest boat in the top 3 being 60 years old.

The next event on the Thames Series is at Upper Thames Sailing Club on 8th September.



Rank SailNo Boat HelmName CrewName Club R1 R2 R3
1st 1079 Passing Cloud Richard Harris Sara Warren Tamesis (2) 2 1
2nd 607 Crescendo Andy Harris Lyra Wade Tamesis 1 3 (6)
3rd 1692 Hullabalou Rob Cage Alison Cooper Thames SC 4 1 (5)
4th 3560 Luka Ollie Houseman Egle Tumosaite Chew Valley Lake SC 3 (4) 3
5th 1097 Flinkidink Stuart Jenkins Nicola Scaddan Hampton /UTSC (5) 5 2
6th 1978 Lady Anne Joe McLaughlin Huw McLauglin Tamesis (6) 6 4
7th 1004 Avenger Ken Duffell Matt Valentine Tamesis 7 (8) 7
8th 847 Bambusa Peter Mason Richard Mason Tamesis 8 7 (12 DNS)
9th 3677 Indecision Tim Barr Peter Impey Tamesis (12 OCS) 9 8
10th 3520 Seven Eye Maurice Joseph Henry Joseph Tamesis 9 11 (12 DNS)
11th 3333 Precious John Adams Zoe Adams Tamesis (12 DNF) 10 12 DNS

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