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.

A full race report can be found here: http://www.yachtsandyachting.com/news/176801/Merlin-Rocket-Downriver-Rac...

Thanks to Paul for the nice pictures.

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