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!

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...