Ranelagh Open 2005

Andrew Harris and Sara Warren of Tamesis won the Merlin Open at Ranelagh on Sunday 23 January in a moderate northeasterly wind that gave near perfect conditions.

With an 11.30 start and beat towards Hammersmith, Lawrence Tosh and Chloe sailing Headcase (3650) set the early pace rounding the windward mark in 1st Place followed closely by William Warren and Jilly Blake (3643) and Andrew Harris and Sara Warren (3599). With a 1.5 mile run back against the tide the 20 boat fleet split, with 19 boats choosing the Surrey bank and Harris/Warren singularly electing the Middlesex shore. Having made good ground Harris/Warren gybed back at Fulham FC to find themselves 100 yards in front by the leeward mark.

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Showing rare nerve Harris/Warren sailed the rest of the race leading the field, despite increasing pressure from Warren (2nd), Duncan Salmon and Ian Garwood (3rd) and Colin Brockbank and Martin Hughes (4th). Further down the field Rob Wilder and Berry Ritchie showed some canny river sailing technique to move through the fleet to finish 6th behind Lawrence Tosh in 5th.


Andy Jones


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