Summer Series Results Uploaded

The Summer Points Series approaches its final few races in September and with most members back from vacation the race entries are rising again.

The July/August races sheets have just been uploaded to the Results section.

After 16 races, Chris Edwards is leading the table, followed by Vic West and Greg Brougham. Full table has been published as well.

Mid-week race DELAYED by 30mins on Thu 23rd

The start at 18:00 is too early. We have therefore decided to delay the start to 18:30 and sail past high water at 19:00

With good wind forecasts there should be no problem finishing the race even when the ebb tide starts to kick in from about 19:20 onwards.

John Stokes Funeral Arrangements - Tuesday July 21st

The family has managed to secure the large chapel at Mortlake Crematorium, which means that everybody is invited to attend the ceremony at 12:00. In fact, the family would be very happy to see everyone.

After the ceremony, we expect to come back to Ranelagh at about 13:00. There will be plenty of finger food, sandwiches and drinks.

In the club, a Book of Condolences will be laid out to collect and share memories.

John Stokes has passed away

John Stokes ringing the final bell in the Ranelagh race box.

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that John Stokes has suddenly passed away.
He joined Ranelagh Sailing Club in 1951.

Nobody has done more for Ranelagh than John.
And nobody has been more attached to the club than John.

Sadly, Ranelagh will now have to survive without him, his advice, his experience and his memories.

Our thoughts go to Margaret, Emma, Kevin and the family.

Results updated

The latest tables of the Midweek Series and the Summer Points Series have been posed in the results section.

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.