Ranelagh Open 20 Oct
Dont forget the fickle winds at Ranelagh... followed by a slap up lunch.
Arrive and register 12:30
I'll be there. Pretty sure it won't be fickle, we always get a good sail late October at Ranelagh.
Am I not right in thinking this is actually the Royal Thames YC Merlin Open - hosted by Ranelagh? Though how much they know about this I don't know...
You're right Mark - it is. They do know about it, they provide the glassware and Mike Jackson often appears to present the prizes. Pretty sure he has some Royal Thames links as well as Ranelagh ones.
Don't worry Fran, the Thames Series points add up if you include the results from Minima's open meeting. They were there when I emailed them to Mags this morning.
We did the numebers and there will be 15 Ranelagh Merlins in the water on Sunday and one from SouthBank next door. With 16 boats it can already get a little crowded on the start line. During our Mid-week series races in the Summer it's getting really tight with 30 boats on the start line - at least that's my impression.
Windforecast is southerly force 4. That means a deep spinny reach down to Hammersmith and short tacking back to Putney. Wind also has time to settle on the river. Very exciting. Fingers crossed the forecast remains unchanged.
I am sure I can be talked into opening on Saturday night..... Okay so it doesn't need much.
Just received confirmation of the ONLY Belgian Merlin Rocket making it across the channel to do the Ranelagh Open.
Thought I would lay out the menu for Sunday..
For Merlin Sailors coming from far away and looking a place to sleep:
Further to the last couple of comments:
Looking forward to this! (I will try and remember to bring the Thames Series trophy along as well!)
Thank you Ranelagh for a memorable end to the Thames Series. Generous welcome and hospitality - as ever, every type of weather during the race and with 31 boats a great opportunity to catch up. Look forward to racing with you next year!
Thanks for coming Duncan and everyone else. It really was fantastic to have so many visitors and home boats as well!
The report's up on Y&Y. I think the best photo is this one which takes a bit of finding..... So here's the link:
Great write up! - nice job Fran.
I agree. Excellent right up Fran. Tells the story of that tricky windward mark rounding brillaintly!! I too would like to give a big thanks to everyone was at Ranelagh for making it such a fun/interesting afternoons racing :-)
P.S. will anymore photos be appearing online??
Nick Price (diabolo 214)
There are now pictures on Ranelaghs web pages. Click on the thumbnails to see larger image.
Mark & Lou
Looks like some on board Belgium footage as Duncan & Harriet sail by!