Tamesis Easter Regatta 2007

Warm sunshine and a light but unpredictable north westerly wind provided an enjoyable holiday background for Tamesis Club's traditional Easter Regatta, which attracted an entry of 26 boats, 11 of them Merlins, on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 April. The wind, although good at times, was fitful and there were some unexpected shifts which kept the competitors guessing throughout.


The Surrey bank was the favoured side of the river but there was a good deal of place changing as, one by one, helmsmen and crews were becalmed in flat spots and overtaken by rivals who found a better wind in the middle or on the opposite bank. The upstream mark at Canbury was the most difficult of the buoys to round, and there were some fraught moments as boats vied for the inside slot often to find that those on the outside had caught a better breeze and rounded ahead of them. The fast-running stream swept several boats on to the buoy and they had to re-round it to comply with the rules and avoid disqualification.

The Merlin Trophy was won by John Harris and Margaret Stokes sailing Passing Cloud (1079), with Mike Stephens & Oscar Addis second in Luka (3560), and David Baker & Jim Green third in Andromeda (3259). Commodore Peter Mason presented the prizes on the club lawn in the late afternoon sunshine.

Report: John Dunkley
Photos: Chris Morris

1 Passing Cloud (1079) John Harris & Margaret Stokes
2 Luka (3560) Mike Stephens & Oscar Addis
3 Andromeda (3259) David Baker & Jim Green
4 Shoestring (1136) Tom McLaughlin & Becky Sampson