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

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.

Work in Progress - Changes to Calendar

Nick W. and TS are currently experimenting with calendar synchronisation. This may cause some temporary double entries for events in June. Apologies for any confusion.

The plan is to synchronise our calendar to a public Google calendar, which can be linked into personal calendars. We will give more instructions on how to do this when we have tested the new feature.

RSC Midweek Series #3 on Wednesday

We are well into this year’s RSC Midweek Series but unfortunately a change in email distribution lists has left quite a few people out of the loop. Apologies for those who have missed the first two races as a result.

Anyway, the next race is scheduled for Wednesday night (21/5) starting at 18:45.

The forecast is for a busy sky with dark clouds and sun. Force 3 winds from the east may freshen up under the clouds.

Club race on May 17th is cancelled due to rowing activity

The river will be very busy during the Putney Town Regatta rowing race and the slipway even more crowded. No chance we can get our boats out. We have to cancel our race.

Club Race on Sunday the 18th is scheduled to go ahead as planned.

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.