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.

However, keeping the boat upright was not easy. Only Chris avoided a swim and won the race. Thomas capsized four times, including once in full speed - fast enough to rip one of Brian's action cameras off the boom (if you find it at low tide, let him know!). The highest points for artistic impression were accorded to Nick for a beautiful double flip capsize.

Comment of the day: "I'm always hoping for more wind at Ranelagh and now that I got it I ran out of kicker!"