New Members

It was a bit of a surprise but throwing a prospective member into the Thames proved to be a success. A great surf in a Merlin, followed by a death roll, followed by a swim convinced Grace Q to race her dad's vintage Merlin at Ranelagh. Please welcome Grace to the club!

We are also happy to welcome Chris W and his Lark back to Ranelagh after some time in he West Country. No doubt Chris will be seen right at the front of the fleet again after having won the 2013 Lark Inland Championship.

Saturday 16/11 Club Race CANCELLED

Due to rowing activity for the Vesta Scullers Head and a related river closure, our club race has to be cancelled. Sorry for the short notice.

The Club race on Sunday 17th is going ahead at 12:45.

More than 80 Reservations for the Christmas Dinner

It has been a long time since we last ran out of seating capacity at Ranelagh! However, with more than 80 reservations for this year's Christmas Dinner we already need to find a few extra chairs and tables. Almost 30 youngsters and kids will come.

In addition to the dinner, we will have the usual distribution of club trophies.

The party will continue after dinner for those who like to carry on until late.

Antarctica Presentation at 28/11 Club Night

Tim Barker (who learned to sail at RSC) visiting Antarctica

Tim Barker will be coming to Ranelagh on the 28th November (7.00 for 7.30) to give a talk and slide/video show about his trip to Antartica on the 100th Anniversary of the death of Laurence Oates. Tim is the son of Hugh & Noel Barker, honorary Ranelagh members. A couple of photos are attached. Also if anyone has a projector that could be borrowed for the slides and video clips, that would be great!

Race on Sunday (3/11) going ahead

Some eventful racing today with plenty of capsizes but good fun nevertheless. Pretty strong gusts and some nice surfing towards Hammersmith.

Congrats to Dennis Long for being the only one who finished the race without going for a swim. Well done!

Pictures from the Ranelagh RTYC Merlin Open 2013

A good fleet of 31 Merlins flying their spinnakers...

Downriver (!) Race on Sat 26th, Sun 27th Race cancelled

Quick highlight that we have changed the schedule for the upcoming weekend.

Contrary to what was pointed out in the schedule, there is only one downriver race on Saturday. Weather forecast for Sunday is pretty bad and two downriver races on one single weekend is a bit time consuming anyway.

The start on Saturday 26th will be at 13:00, low water at Chelsea Bridge is at 13:27
The race on Sunday 27th is cancelled.

(Winter time starts on Sunday morning. Clocks go backwards to GMT.)

31 Entries at the Merlin Rocket Open and Monsoon

(For more pictures click HERE)

With 15 Ranelagh Merlins and 16 visitors, the Putney hard was packed with boats before the race. Condition looked great with decent southerly winds allowing a almost perfect downwind/upwind course and sunny conditions. Francois and Benoit had brought the only Belgian Merlin across the channel to sail her at the birthplace of the Merlin Rocket class.

Merlin Rocket Open on Sunday 20th October

We have confirmation of 15 club Merlins planning to attend this Sunday's RTYC Merlin Open. There is one visitor coming from Belgium and word about 10 more turning up. Looks like a good fleet! Start at 14:00 with coffee and bacon rol beforehand, cassoulet afterwards. Bar will be open on Saturday night for those in need of a pre-event drink and to get the latest tips on how to sail the shifty winds at Ranelagh.