Please select your home edition
September 2022

Thames Sailing Club Tuesday Night Racing

by Susan Pryde 23 May 2021 20:52 BST 18 May 2021

What weather didn't we have? No wind, then rain, then sun, and then the wind returned all in the space of an hour - who'd be a river sailor! And the flow, no idea of speed but boats were going backwards...

One boat lined up in the handicap fleet, an Albacore followed by five Thames A Rater's (Adventurer, Bonito, Osprey, Strait Dealer and Vagabond)

Vagabond, helmed by Miles and crewed by two elderly gentlemen, Kevin and Nick, got off to the perfect start at the race box end of the line. They were somewhat taken aback to find that Osprey, helmed by Paul and crewed by the elegant Sue and inelegant Bart had snatched the lead from the pin end. Adventurer lay third, helmed by the redoubtable Ossie and crewed by two further Stewarts (There has to be a collective noun for Stewarts?).

Strait Dealer lay fourth helmed by Mark and crewed by Ed & Mark. Bonito had decided to explore the furthest reaches of Ravens Ait and was a little way behind as the gun went.

A minor misjudgement at the top mark saw Vagabond have the merest of touches of the buoy and dutifully re-rounded leaving Osprey to sail a near perfect race unmolested by other boats to win the race.

On numerous occasions Adventurer threatened to catch Vagabond before falling back time and again.

This left Bonito and Strait Dealer to sail their own races. These positions remained until Adventurer took pity on the lonely Albacore and decided that as the class was named after a fish it was fair game to hook it!

This reprehensible behaviour was noted and retribution was duly meted out as they performed a spot of gardening in the hope of currying favour with Albacore.

Neither Strait Dealer nor Bonito were able to take advantage of Adventurer's misfortune and sailed manfully on to finish.

No fish were hurt in making of this wonderful spectacle.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelm
116OspreyP. Browning
213VagabondM. Palmer
324AdventurerO. Stewart
418Strait DealerM. Heather
523BonitoS. Dunn

Related Articles

Merlin Rockets at Minima and Thames
A double-header open meeting weekend on the river One of the great things about sailing vintage Merlins is visiting vintage clubs. Thames, founded in 1870 is the oldest on the river and its dark timbered clubhouse is brimming with mementos from that long history. Posted on 6 May
End of April, where is the warmth?
Thames A Rater Tuesday evening racing Four Thames A Raters were back out after the dramatic scenes last week for the Tuesday evening series at Thames Sailing Club, Surbiton, SW London. Posted on 27 Apr 2017
Kissing the Queens Promenade
Thames A Rater Tuesday evening racing Four A Raters took to the River Thames at Thames Sailing Club, Surbiton for the 3rd Tuesday evening of the season. The boats and teams didn't quite know what they had let themselves into that evening as it turned into carnage. Posted on 23 Apr 2017
Classics at Thames SC preview
All pre-1985 dinghies welcomed The Thames Sailing Club Vintage and Open Regatta is run annually in conjunction with the Classic and Vintage racing Dinghy Assoc and is aimed at all racing dinghies built pre-1985 in wood or plastic. Posted on 15 Jul 2011
Merlins at Thames
New dawn for the class at the club For many years the Merlin fleet at Thames had remained minimalist. However this year, a new dawn has arrived. For the first time in more years that anyone can remember Thames Sailing Club held a Merlin Open. Posted on 16 Jun 2011
Thames vintage dinghy regatta
CVRDA event When the cyclists on the Thames Tow Path are stopping to watch you know that something exciting is going on. Well, thanks to the ever energetic Thames Sailing Club Small Fleet Captain Ben May has put the club firmly on the map with vintage sailing craft. Posted on 28 Jul 2009
Classics at Thames SC preview
Vintage dinghies to race this weekend The next CVRDA meeting is the Vintage Regatta at Thames Sailing Club and is the premier annual sailing event for the club. Thames Sailing Club was established in the 1870s and is the oldest river racing club in the country. Posted on 15 Jul 2009
Firefly Thames weekend
A rather quirky event Eighteen Fireflies competed in a challenging series of races around Kingston on the River Thames over the weekend of 14/15 April. Posted on 16 Apr 2007
Fireflies at Thames
Craftinsure Vines Trophy event The first dinghy Open meeting at Thames SC for 20 years saw 18 Fireflies come to the start line on day 1 of the Craftinsure Vines Trophy Travellers event, shared with Tamesis Club. Posted on 22 May 2006
Three Club Burgee Team Race
Held at Thames SC First sailed for the 1930s this event is hotly contested between the Thames based clubs near Kingston, Thames SC, Minima SC and Tamesis SC. Posted on 8 Jul 2004