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Enterprise Tideway Race at South Bank Sailing Club

by Paula Southworth 7 Jun 2006 09:34 BST 4 June 2006
Racing on the Thames during the Enterprise 50th Anniversary Tideway Race © Janice Bottomley /

Enterprise 50th Anniversary Tideway Race South Bank and Ranelagh Sailing Clubs

On 4th June 2006 47 Enterprise dinghies raced down the River Thames from Putney to Westminster in light wind conditions, a marker buoy was dropped just before the Houses of Parliament – all competitors successfully rounded this mark but then found it difficult to do the return leg until the tide turned at 3 00 pm. The Fleet lost the wind under Vauxhall Bridge and became becalmed for awhile but the wind picked up and all of the fleet returned to the finish at South Bank Sailing Club. The Enterprise was designed by Jack Holt at Putney in late 1955 as a boat for the people; over 23000 Enterprises have been built to date and are now sailed in 17 countries worldwide. The rich, bright blue sails instantly identified the Enterprise Dinghy in this very memorable, historical event.

History states: ‘True to the design brief outlined by the News Chronicle, the boat is suitable for any level of sailing, from family cruising to club racing, National and International competition. The boat is sailed and raced on rivers, lakes and reservoirs with many coastal events taking place around the UK’.

For the Thames race, there were three sequential starts at five- minute intervals, which means the boats were spread out over quite a large area of the River. This provided a spectacular sight for Londoners and visitors as they witnessed Enterprise Dinghy Sailing at its best. Spectators were able to access the riverbank for viewing for the majority of the race.

The racing was organised by South Bank and Ranelagh Sailing Clubs and other London river clubs provided additional safety boat support (Twickenham were very prominent in their support for this event). The first start took place at 1 00 pm which was carefully calculated on wind and tide condition, with the critical factor being the estimated time to the turning mark near Westminster and best match for the state of the tide. The Committee did a brilliant job – every competitor rounded the mark and had the view of the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. This was a magical event which was created by a very enthusiastic Enterprise Team from Southbank , Ranalagh and the Enterprise Association - a memorable event for the 50th Anniversary – a thank you to everyone involved plus our sponsors Fullers London Pride who have also supported the Thames Valley Bowl Events for the last two years.

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewSail NoClub
1Russell ShortKaty Fry22453Rotherham
2David HodgsonSue Whitehill18266Papercourt
3Martin DaviesLaurence Davies22320Rugby/Daventry
4Adam WickendenJack Mann21104Silverwing
5Alan BeaneyJess Holley23048LCSC
6David BeaneyAlex Beaney20234Broadwater
7Phil WilsonChris Bridge4394Ogston
8Martin WestonCelia Hamblin22851British Airways
9Philip ChambersEwan Gittins22559Hampton
10Paul YoungAlison Torrens22901Midland
11Paul EngelmanKaty/Jenny Engelmann22469Silverwing
12Dick LankesterAnn Lankester22547Weir Wood
13Andrew TaylorKathryn Hayfield22715Delph
14James Sinclair TaylorUnknown21804LCSC
15Richard ThorpeJane Thorpe13719Toddbrook
16Una HodgkinsWilliam Hodgkins22464LCSC
17Alison PayneKevin Law22564Toddbrook
18David AckroydClaire Ackroyd21853Silver Wing
19John ParkeBob Jackson19481SBSC
20Nick GallweyJack Gallwey22085Bewl
21Alex JohnsonIan Johnson20567Frensham Pond
22Richard JacksonPat Jackson22353Sussex Yacht
23Richard GossMary Daniels22071Burghfield
24Don HendersonSara Bennett19659SBSC
25Christopher GrangerDenise Granger21547Papercourt
26Martin BottomleyRay Ball23159Emberton Park
27Alistair EdwardsGraemeStoten20902Twickenham
28Chris RowsellTeresa Burton21979Lensbury
29Gary MarshallArmand Attard21078SBSC
30Glen ColeNegla Salem20378Island Barn
31Karen TaylorAnita Cropper22893Delph
32Louis MouldenDorri Moulden23007Delph
33Paul ElliottJeremy Kahn16660SBSC
34Andrew ShortSarah Morton22921Rotherham
35Allan Munro-FaureRory Munro-Faure22563SBSC
36GraemeEckleyDavid Mackay16343SBSC
37James StrotherRebecca Hill21885Aldenham
38Joseph HelmGordon Haycock21545Ullswater
39Paul HoldsworthLydia Cole22131Killington
40Roger FultonDavid Hannay21086Aldenham
41Matthew MarquesRebecca Scott20588SBSC
42Les SmithAlex Smith22857Aldenham
43Greg DaviesJason Glasgow22560Aldenham
44Roger DelpechClaire Delpech22547SBSC
45Anthony ColeNatalie Hawes23094Aldenham
46Roger MorsePeter Scott22662Aldenham
47Jeremy ClarkeMargaret Orgill22463LCSC

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