Ranelagh (second) Open Meeting 2006

Competitors were greeted with a clear crisp morning with light winds for this years Autumn Trophy on Sunday 19th, also the the last in the River Thames Series. The fleet got away to a clean start, with the tide pushing them up to the line, and the first beat upstream to Hammersmith Bridge. Rob Wilder moved through the fleet to take the lead and pull away from Tosh and Pat Blake, with Mike Stephens chasing hard.

The leading group stretched out through the second lap and broke away from the rest of the fleet. With the tide slackening going into the third lap the leaders began to close up, with Pat Blake taking Tosh on the final leg up the river, and all boats closing up coming back past Fulham football ground. Wilder seemed comfortably in the lead, however Blake was closing hard and managed to find some wind in the middle of the river to pip Wilder on the line and take the day's trophy. However, Wilder had done enough this year to win the overall River series.

Another great days racing was rounded off with customary Ranelagh hospitality, and the prize-giving for both the Autumn Trophy and River Thames Series.

Report: Andy Jones
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