Topic : Tideway

Let me be the first to thank Ranelagh for an excellent event. I think everybody enjoyed themselves and the organisation was first class. Every one at Ranelagh is so friendly.

Posted: 18/06/2006 20:06:22
By: Alan F
but did you use your praddle?

Posted: 18/06/2006 20:32:10
By: john
I would also like to congratulate anyone involved in the coception and implementation of the Tideway event.  The race was testing and enjoyable, the organisation smooth and efficient.  When's the next one?

Posted: 18/06/2006 21:04:55
By: JohnA
I had a traditional wooden paddle, and I didn't need to use it.

Posted: 18/06/2006 21:21:14
By: Alan F
Please can this be a regular event it was so much fun, it was great to race on such a testing bit of water and maybe next time I can pause to see some of the sights

Posted: 19/06/2006 00:52:29
By: Hugo
It was great to sail a 60year old boat in this event - very enjoyable - and without any problems too.
Thanks to all those who had helped to run the day so well. Looking forward to the next one!
Chris, Merlin 6, 507 .

PS Don't forget that any merlin over 25 years is welcome to join in the Classic and Vintage Racing Dinghy Association events . Frensham Pond 15/16 July Clywedog (main event of the year) 26,27,28August. details (graded py for age and condition of boat)

Posted: 19/06/2006 09:06:09
By: Chris
Just like to add my thanks to everybody concerned in organising this event, but obviously Ranelagh in particular. I had a great day out. Many thanks.

Posted: 19/06/2006 10:44:26
By: Rich
The race organisation was great but I was disgusted with the food and catering organisation. Having paid £5 for food afterwards all we were given was one measly sandwich identical to those being sold to others at considerably less!

Posted: 19/06/2006 13:48:15
By: Pat
Poor old Pat doesn't seem to find much to smile about does he. We had a good time anyway, and thanks to RSC & MROA.
By the way RESULTS???

Posted: 19/06/2006 14:48:54
By: Tideway Competitor
I agree the food was rather disappointing. But at least it was an excuse for a nice curry instead.  Great day, plenty of bruises to show for it.  It would be nice to see the results and a few photo's....

Posted: 19/06/2006 16:18:47
By: The Minx
We had a great day too - thanks. I would like to see the results - our fault for leaving early (I had to get daughter back so she wouldn't be to tired for school).

Posted: 19/06/2006 16:33:32
By: Tom(2605)
On  board the good ship Gurn and in between an excellent picnic washed down with a nice Australian Riesling I managed to take just over 100 snaps of the top of masts, closeups of the beach, the undersides of bridges and the occasional boat racing. The old email went into meltdown when I tried to send them to the WEbmaster so I am loking at Plan B. SO hopefully in the not too distant there will be some snaps to view.
All in all a very pleasant day out - and judging by the level of perspiration on the brows of some helms once every ten years would be about right!!

Posted: 19/06/2006 16:48:36
By: Scotty
I have to agree with Pat. A good day on the water - but then the anticlimax. Didn't see anything of the food - nor the beer! - and after a 2 hour wait still no full set of results.
Did the committee take more prizes than the sailors?

Posted: 19/06/2006 17:05:01
By: Peter
An excellent day's sailing was had.  Full results will be posted by Ranelagh SC, with I am sure, apologies for the delay for the prizegiving.

Key results (from Memory, apologies if erroneous) were:
Red Group
3rd Richard Whitworth & Ellie
2nd John Bell & GGGGGG
1st Rob Wilder & Rachel C

Blue Group
3rd Mike Stephens & Andy Douglas
2nd Dan & Jon Alsop
1st Andy Jones & Jilly Blake

Green Group
3rd Richard & Lizzie Page
2nd John Harris & Duncan Bell
1st Andy Harris & Sarah

Winner of the Triton Trophy; Andy Jones & Jilly Blake

I would mention Phil Plumtree & crew, who were second on the water in the Green Group, but were knocked to 4th when the Old Boat handicaps were applied. Good character building stuff!

Well done and many thanks to all concerned.


Posted: 19/06/2006 17:09:11
By: Chairman GGGGGGG
Fantastic day thanks to all who worked so hard for both events Tammy on saturday and Ranelagh on sunday, great race throughly enjoyed myself but both Rach and I were gutted to find out we lost out by 8 seconds!! 

Group B.
2nd Joe McLaughlin & Bryan Evans

Posted: 19/06/2006 17:16:09
By: RobW
Official Results

Group A

1st Rob Wilder and Rach
2nd John Bell and Graham
3rd Alan Warren and Liam

Group B

1st Andy Jones and Jilly
2nd Joe McLaughlin and Brian
3rd Mike Stevens and Andy

Group c

1st Andy (Bomber) Harris and Sister
2nd Phil Plumtree and James Warren
3rd Mike and Pauline Hamilton

Overall winners (greatest time difference between 1st and 3d place in own flight) were Andy and Jilly.

Reports are being written and should be on a website near you soon, please be patient though, it is only Monday and we have paying jobs to do tha sadly take precedence.

Posted: 19/06/2006 17:24:49
By: Alex
Ignore Alan and Liam's position, it appears that Ranelagh have made a mistkae with their results.

Posted: 19/06/2006 17:40:49
By: Alex
...which is why it took so long....


Posted: 19/06/2006 17:52:46
By: Chairman GGGGGGG
Had a good day out too, despite the massive hangover!! (thanks Tammy, great night).

Well done Andy and Jilly, wondered where you had gone!!

Have to agree with Pat, that is the first (and last) time i have paid £10 for 4 sausage rolls!!!

Posted: 19/06/2006 19:58:31
By: Jeremy3550
To the sad foodies

even if there was no no food at all I cannot think of a better value venue/event in the sporting calendar I'd rather of been there than a £50.00 golf round (Ihate golf any way), wimbledon final or a world cup match £500+.

The phrase which comes to mind is get a grip and see the bigger picture

Pound for pound of fun we have an absolute bargain with or without a sausage roll

Thank you ranelagh look forward to the next one

Posted: 19/06/2006 20:16:00
By: Toshface
We had a great day - it was absolutely excellent!!
So many old friends and new friends.
Merlins are WONDERFULL!! and well done Ranelagh

by the way I am not the grumpy Pat in previous posts - I had enough to eat and it was good! £5 isn't much these days and £10 entry fee for such an event was extreemly reasonable - enough said on that subject.

Posted: 19/06/2006 20:20:50
By: Pat Blake
That said the Bacon roll i had just before we went out was good!

I had agood sail but there was a couple of moments where i wished i was up on one of the bridges watching the fleet coming up the river, must have been some site! Anyone get a pic from a bridge?

Posted: 19/06/2006 22:19:02
By: Jeremy3550
I'm not grumpy about the event. The race was superb, shore marshalling and starting was clockwork and safety cover excellent. It was just that having come off the water tired and hungry and having forked out an extra tenner to be fed, we got a measly sandwich, given with a didn't care attitude and a bar that was out of beer (tinned) which let the whole team down. It so contrasted with the day before we'd had such a well organised ploughman's and meticulously kept real ale at Tamesis!

Posted: 19/06/2006 22:32:30
By: Pat
had a great day too!! BUT!! our results have been screwd up, i see they have scored us as RTD!! I believe we finished a few seconds behind "Shes A Cracker" jeremy3550 and right infront of 2 other boats. the three of us finished within seconds. our sail number was 3465 and it was confirmed by Mr Price before we hit the water! pls could some one adjust the results to reflect our true position!!

Posted: 19/06/2006 23:03:23
By: Shane (1018)
And Alan Warranens result is still wrong, see the finnishing time and group, should be about 10 places lower?

Posted: 20/06/2006 07:25:34
By: results
Come on children.

We all had a nice afternoons play. thank you to those who at Ranelagh SC who had the inspiration to put the event on and invite us to come and join in. we had a wonderful time and hope that we dont have to wait another sixty years to do it again.

I thought that in these modern times it was youngsters who were not appreciative, but no, it is actually the old farts of the MR fleet. shame on you.

Posted: 20/06/2006 08:17:06
By: me me me me meeee
what's all the problem with the food? There was a massive buffet to greet everyone when they came back, you must have all known it was there as it was already there when you signed in. It's common sense that it's going to dissapear quickly so get in there quick, pack the boat up later or let the tide float it away!

Posted: 20/06/2006 13:14:57
By: Dave
now we know who ate all the food while we were still on the banks of the Thames !!

Posted: 20/06/2006 13:37:51
By: The Minx
I would like to add my thanks to the clubs and the Merlin Rocket fleet who put on a fantastic event.
I was asked if I would like to sail Chris Barlows Sprite Full (507) a couple of months ago and jumped at the chance. Then as time went on the fear started to set in. What was I thinking of Chris & Lois prized possesion under bridges in tides? and the Merlin fleet how were they going to treat me? I had heard they were very competetive.
I have to say all my fears were unfounded. The atmosphere on the embankment was fantastic and you guys were all so very friendly. The racing was challenging and exciting and the sportsmanship under the bridges was great.
I missed my dinner too but that was my own fault for nattering to all you friendly people on the bank. If you do it again can I come please.
Merlin 507
Normally Hornet 140, 2070, GP4380

Posted: 20/06/2006 15:52:40
By: roger
Of course you can Roger, all new comers are more than welcome. Maybe you maybe persuaded to buy a MR?!

I can vouch that Shane was right behind me, but if i were you Shane i would keep quiet and tell everyone you where well up and had tech failure!! I just have to admit i am rubbish!!

Posted: 20/06/2006 19:10:50
By: Jeremy3550
Full results including corrected times for Vintage fleet now available at link below. 

Very many thanks to all the safety boats & people from other clubs that helped us run the event!


Posted: 21/06/2006 09:19:49
By: Nick Price
Why does Splatter & Omega have different handicaps when they are both Adur 7's?

Posted: 21/06/2006 09:34:54
By: confused
Handicap cutoff is at 1616 for the Vintage boats.

Posted: 21/06/2006 10:04:47
By: Nick Price
The whole weekend was bloody marvellous - nuff said!!!!  PS You'd be about a tenner for a boat trip from Tate Britain to Tae Modern so out 2 hour plus jaunt was some value.

Posted: 21/06/2006 10:33:14
By: Garry R
Good comparison! Entry could've cost more so a tenner was good value, there must have been plenty of stress caused on the day as no matter how much preparation you do it all comes down to the event there and then! Thanks very much all those who helped and a great turn-out by all. No grumbles here apart from self-infliction!

Posted: 21/06/2006 11:18:26
By: Bryn
On what basis were the two top prizes awarded?  It seems Andrew Harris had the lowest elapsed time in an old boat yet won the Vintage section only.  On a handicap basis this would have been an even bigger margin.  It might have been fun to have seen the results of the whole fleet worked out on an age related handicap basis!!

Posted: 21/06/2006 13:00:01
By: Curious
Its always going to be a hard race to get the times correct, as Flight A had to sail against the tide for longer than the others, while flight B had a big mix of boats inlcuding some fast modern boats and some older NSM2's.. 
I think that everyone who competed throughly enjoyed the event..

Posted: 21/06/2006 13:15:06
By: confused
We were about 62nd (or somewhere thereabouts) and fought the tide for a while but just enjoyed participating and being part of it.  Historical day, great to be part of such an exciting fleet.

Posted: 21/06/2006 15:12:40
By: The Minx
I have placed 114 images of the Tideway Race on the website linked below.
High resolution prints and jpgs available.

Such a good day!

Posted: 21/06/2006 17:02:27
By: Richard Gaunt
still no report on Y&Y etc.. Or are we in for a double page spread that alex is keeing up his sleeve???

Posted: 05/07/2006 21:17:59
By: mmmm
A double page spread in Y&Y would be fantastic and i'm sure Alex has it all in hand.

As for a report being posted on the Y&Y website, well I think the opportunity has come and gone i'm afraid as the Tideway was yesterday news.

Onwards and upwards.

Posted: 06/07/2006 08:53:17
By: Richard Battey
Sorry, I held onto this for a few days in case it would be combined with the main report.

Posted: 06/07/2006 16:30:12
By: Mags
Jackson's dropped the ball.....

Posted: 07/07/2006 12:15:58
By: :)


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