Minima Open 2005

Merlins from Cookham Reach to Brightlingsea converged on Kingston Bridge for Minima's Merlin open meeting, part of the Thames Valley series.

They found a steady north wind, the most straightforward experienced by visitors to the club for some time, but the racing was pretty sedate with the gleaming carbon craft of Tamesis consistently leading pretty evenly-spaced processions.

It was the first time the Minima's new Merlin cup, the Eric Archer Memorial Trophy, had been awarded, and Eric's son Ben generously launched it with a case of champagne for the winners, which unfortunately did not include himself. But then again Jonathan Reuben brought his Chindit all the way from Essex not to win the Chindit trophy, for veterans over 30 years old.

Report: John Forbes


1st 	Rob Wilder, Tom McLaughlin 	(Wild Card, Tamesis)
2nd 	Mike Stephens, Andy Douglas 	(Aloha, Tamesis)
3rd 	Ken Duffell, Brian Corking 	(Sorcerer's Apprentice, Tamesis)

Chindit Trophy: Ben Marshall (Minima)