Ranelagh Downriver Race - September 6th - Thames and de May Open
Getting a great response by whatsapp and email. (And on here but that mysteriously vanished, thank you Tim M, look forward to seeing you again). It is appreciated and helps with the planning. Many thanks, Fran
Hi everyone, It’s looking like being a good turnout next Sunday - looking forward to seeing everyone. I’ll update further re. exact race instructions/briefing etc and how we will manage to keep people distanced and safe within the clubhouse. It would help if those that are able to manage to arrive in their kit etc can do so, but there will be changing facilities and toilets available. They’re not very big changing rooms, so those that can arrive changed - it’s recommended. Hopefully it will be shorts and t-shirts.... There’s no entry limit but the emails and WhatsApp’s are very useful, I’m compiling a list of intended attendees so that we can plan accordingly. Hopefully see many of you on Sunday 6th. Fran [email protected] 07810446377
Hi everyone, We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow. Thanks to everyone that has let me know they’re coming, it’s very helpful. A few details about the race, timings and the clubhouse and changing facilities etc.... The race will start no earlier than 11.30. It may be 11.45. There will be a briefing at 11am on the foreshore in front of the club. But a few points to digest beforehand. We will sail downriver, with a buoy before Chelsea Bridge. The start sequence is 10, 4, 1, go. You must be afloat by the 4 minute. There will be tide taking you down over the line. We will round the buoy to starboard and finish on the club line. Spinnakers must not be hoisted after the start until you have cleared Putney rail bridge. This applies at the beginning of the race, when returning to finish there is no restriction. Social distancing The forecast is good so it should be possible to spend most of the day outdoors. Entries will be taken outside. Please bring £10 cash if possible. This covers your entry and your food for the day for two people. The changing rooms will be open but we would appreciate it if people try not to use them. Come changed if you can. I will be wearing shorts and maybe waterproof trousers. This is a highly recommended combo for river racing. And doesn’t require changing rooms. The showers are also available but ideally only for people that have actually fallen in the river or have open wounds etc.... The changing rooms are pretty small so the less people that use them the better, and for short periods if necessary. Lunch will be served after the race. Beef rendang and rice followed by chocolate brownies. The bar will be open. Please don’t loiter in the bar. It will be nice outside. If eating inside please try to stick to government guidance re. who you share a table with. We’re suggesting 4 per table. Really looking forward to it. See you all tomorrow. Fran 07810446377
I’ll second that, a most enjoyable event and lovely atmosphere of boating on the South bank. It was great to see so many very well looked after boats from seemingly all ages of the class being raced on equal terms. This was our first time sailing at Ranelagh and great fun; the beat home was awesome. Thanks again to Fran and the Ranelagh team for all their great efforts. Richard and Peter 2037 Lady Hyperion
Chris M, TSC.