Ranelagh Vintage Open 2005

Vintage Merlins, but Plonk for wind!

With the wind in Putney forecast to shift from North to South via East during the day it didnít need a rocket scientist to see that there could be trouble ahead. What wasnít expected was that it would shift through that range every 15 minutes or so!

With 6 home boats and 4 visitors the plan was to have two races, the second a pursuit race based on the earlier results.

In the event the first race started 5 minutes late with what could have been a run but was also a reach and a beat. Despite being caught by the fleet at one point Berry Ritchie & Sue Harris led Christopher & Alison Edwards to the first mark and these two rounded first from Mervyn Allen, Nick Price and Victor West The second lap was completed in much the same order by 5 boats and the rest were called in for tea after a while spent stemming the tide, but little else, before the main pursuit race.


For the second race a longer course was set, over a mile down to Crabtree with a counter clockwise 1 mile loop in better wind before a taxing beat back, to finish in front of the Club House.

The 5 boats who hadnít finished the first race led the field away with Les Sables 3 minutes later, Mojo 4 and Kate 5 leaving the 2 hotshots to start 10 minutes after the pack. With the wind somewhat better apart from a dead area in front of Craven Cottage two loops were completed relatively easily by everyone with Phantom Spinner and Joker from the home club using their local knowledge to good effect to hold off Bambusa and Anarchy who could only reduce the deficit by half and finished 3rd and 4th on the water. Old boat handicaps were applied which changed some of the minor positions but not the podium places. Freya Dargavel (age 10) did well to complete the course in tricky conditions.

Report: Nick Price
Photos: Nigel Edwards

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    full results
    vintage wing programme and details