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Merlin Open - Summary of Thames Navigation Rules

The attached PDF contains a very rudimentary summary of navigation rules for the Thames and for Thames bridges. Worth a read BEFORE the race!!!

Merlin Open - Risk Assessment for Downriver Races

Please find our generic risk assessment for downriver races, which contains plenty of information regarding the challenges of sailing at low water on the Thames.

Merlin Open on Sunday 26 April 2015 @ 14:00

After a cancelled Merlin Open last year - due to a lack of wind - conditions look good for the upcoming Merlin Open with westerly and south westerly winds of force 3-4 forecast.

The race will be sailed on a DOWNRIVER course from Putney to a turning mark close to Battersea Power Station and back to Putney. The full course is slightly less than 10 miles, and with current wind forecasts the return leg will be one long beat. The fleet will have to go 16 times under a bridge.

Documents posted for the AGM

The accounts for fiscal year 2013/14, the directors report and last year's minutes have been posted in the Members/Documents section.

The AGM is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 27th January 2015 at 19:00 in the club house. All members are welcome to attend.

Brave Sailing and Galette des Rois

Despite a massive squall before the start of the race and 55mph gusts recorded in the morning, one Merlin, three Solos and three Lasers braved the elements and launched their boats on January 10th.

For safety reasons, however, the scheduled downriver race towards Battersea Power Station had been converted into a short course in front of the club house. There were also two rescue boats out, each with two experienced sailors on board. Many capsizes, the strong current, a jammed mainsheet and a lost rudder kept the safety boat crews busy but everyone had great fun.

Winter - Spring programme released

Here is the Winter-Spring programme for the first half or 2015.

We have slightly reduced the number of downriver races as they take longer than normal races, and put them into their own series (with Trophy). There will be one Powder Monkey Race per quarter now, with the aim of given the young sailors more opportunity to get involved as helm. Otherwise there is the usual mix of club and trophy races, open meetings, work days and club nights. Of course there is also the mid-week series again.

125th Anniversary Tideway Race - Details

Start September 14th at 12:15

As many of you have heard already, the plan for a BIG Tideway Race this coming Sunday had to be abandoned due to a bout of pronounced risk aversion by the PLA. Still, we will go ahead with a mini-Tideway Race towards Vauxhall Bridge with South Bank joining us and a few others potentially too.

Start is at 12:15, low water at Chelsea Bridge at 13:05, the turning mark will likely be reached when the Tide turns at about 13:30. By about 14:30, we should be back – in time to grab some food and a drink.

Trafalgar Battle on the Thames

In accordances with historic facts, the French speaking fleet at Ranealgh was convincingly destroyed by the English column.

Photo Finish at the RSC Merlin Open

After heavy rainfall in the morning, conditions improved for an almost perfect Tideway race for more than 20 Merlins. A long Spinnaker run downriver to Battersea Power Station was followed by a demanding beat back to Putney. The lead changes at least 15 times during the race and much depended on catching the right shifts on the way back. After more than 2 hours racing Fran Gifford won with less than a quarter boatlength in a true photo finish.

CORRECTED: Summer and Autumn Programme Released

CORRECTION: CHRISTMAS PARTY IS ON DECEMBER 6TH. ATTACHED PDF HAS BEEN UPDATED.
Here is finally the full Summer and Autumn programme, covering the rest of 2014. The full PDF programme is attached to this post. The online calendar will be updated with all the details in the next few days.

Notable events include the Steward Morris Trophy Race in July, followed by the N12 Open, also in July.

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