Nick in his old Merlin in the Spring Sun

Nice picture of the oldest Merlin currently at Ranelagh.

(Credits to Henri for the shot.)

A sparklingly clean boathouse....

Another burgee bites the dust......

Good turnout at today's Workday at 9:30. We cleaned out all the boatsheds, which had become quite muddy form the many high tides recently coming across the road.

Sail bags, boat covers and old sails were being sorted and organised. Greg, Chris I. and Nick L. fixed club boats, while Chris E. was in charge of cleaning out the trailer park. Una finished her plastering work in the men's changing room and a new hosepipe was also installed. Una and Nick also cut an old trolley into handy pieces that could go into the dump.

Champagne Reception for Ranelagh's 125th Birthday

Ranelagh celebrated its 125th Birthday in style!

The 60 odd guests were greeted by their first glass of Champagne before they had even taken off their coats. And the junior members were all over the place with little trays to serve finger-food, which Brian had been cooking all afternoon.

Downriver race moved forward to Sat 25th

The downriver race was originally scheduled for Sunday 26th January but the strong rain and flood delays implies that the tide would turn late, potentially after sunset. The race has therefore been moved forward to Saturday 25th at 13:15.

The actual start may get delayed by a few minutes depending on flood conditions.

Winter sun for the RNLI Trophy race

For the first trophy race of the year, 10 boats went out for three short laps in light winds and beautiful winter sunlight. As the sun set the wind disappeared and only Henri, Chris and Una made it to the last turning mark and finished the race before the outgoing tide became too strong.

AGM Invitation for January 28th

Notice is hereby given that the 125th Annual General Meeting of the Ranelagh Sailing Club Ltd. will be held at the Clubhouse, The Embankment, Putney, London, SW15 1LB on Tuesday 28th January 2014 at 19.30 hours. Relevant documents can be found in Membership/Documents section of this website. Nominations for 2014, including a proposed nomination of Nick Price as Honorary Captain are the main business. We also need to vote on proposed changes of the Articles of Association relating to directorship structure and family memberships.

First downriver race in 2014: Fully powered up on the beat back

It was a nice downriver race today with 12 boats on the water. Chris established a good lead on the way to Chelsea but the whole fleet compressed at the turning mark in front of Battersea Power Station. After multiple attempts to clear the mark against the tide, which was slow to turn with all the rainwater coming down the river. Eventually fleet found some speed on the way back and the same order quickly emerged as on the way to the mark. Chris established a commanding lead followed by Henri and Neil. The wind picked up notably as the next low pressure area approached London.

2014 Season Opened with a Wild Ride

The 2014 Ranelagh sailing season started with "interesting" weather conditions on January 1st. While three determined sailors battled the elements in a southerly force 5-6 gusting to force 8!

With southerly winds blowing straight up the river from Putney Bridge a short triangular course was set to maximise the chances of crossing the river in planing conditions. The plan worked out with all boats blasting through the reaching legs.

Winter/Spring programme 2014 released

The programme for the first half of the year has been finalsied. There are a few special events and changes, which are worth highlighting:

Thanks to Wendy and Sonia for the Christmas Dinner

The Christmas Dinner was a resounding success with many members sending their thanks to Sonia and Wendy after the splendid event. The Club was packed with more than 80 members and guests. Lots of juniors and kids attended, having fun at their own long table. After the dinner and the price giving, many stayed for more drinks in the bar and christened the new carpet with a few drops of ale. A spontaneous "blind wine tasting competition" was the late highlight of the evening - though nobody managed to identify all the reds!