Please select your home edition
Edition
Plas Menai 2015

Merlin Rocket Open Meeting at Ranelagh Sailing Club

by Nick Price on 17 Nov 2011 13 November 2011
18 boats take to the Thames at Putney © Nick Price

On a beautiful November day 18 boats took to the Thames at Putney for the 61st RTYC Merlin Open. 9 home boats were joined by 9 visitors from 7 other Clubs, for the final race of the 2011 Thames series which had started at Ranelagh back in April.

With a F2 ESE wind, the start was the usual Ranelagh running start towards Hammersmith to a mark on the Surrey bank opposite Crabtree. With some congestion and a light wind at the leeward mark, there was an opportunity for places to be gained but the first 4 boats were round and clear before the rabble arrived.

With 2 loops of the course to complete on that stretch of the river and then a return to the Putney, changes were occurring throughout the fleet, as first one boat would get some wind then another. At the front, Elusive, Birthday Suit and General Lee were fighting hard, these 3 pulling out a gap from Flying Wild, Tiersel and Flinkydink. In the fleet places were also changing constantly, hitting a mark and re-rounding could cost you 6 or 7 places, if the wind dropped at the wrong time.

After nearly 90 minutes of sailing, last year’s winners, David Vines and Fran Gifford, took the bell to be followed home 3 minutes later by Ranelagh Rear Commodore Christopher Edwards and Una Hodgkins. Andy Dalby and M Gray were less than a minute behind while Mike Stephens and Nicky Erskine Tulloch took 4th from Michael Gifford and Rebecca Johnson, who held off a charging Pat & Jilly Blake by just 19 seconds.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatHelm / CrewClubTime
13347ElusiveDavid Vines / Fran GiffordTamesis15.13.55
23073Birthday SuitChris Edwards / Una HodgkinsRanelagh SC15.17.32
33690General LeeAndy Dalby / M GrayHampton SC15.18.8
41097FlinkydinkMike Stephens / NickyTamesis15.24.23
51944Flying WildMJ Gifford / Rebecca JohnsonRanelagh SC15.26.39
6901TiercelPat & Jilly BlakeCookham Reach SC15.26.58
73702Salmon en CrouteDuncan Salmon / Harriet SalmonWembley SC15.28.34
82744Phantom SpinnerTim Harrison / Anna MarriottRanelagh SC15.31.2
92406Merlins MoonJon Ibbotson / Nikki BanksRanelagh SC15.35.30
103637DeliriumAlan Broadbent / Russell HallWembley SC15.41.3
112997Cream CrackerJon Steward/ Nick YannakoyorgosFishers Green SC15.42.27
123422Just PractisingMartin Wollny & NatalijaRanelagh SC15.45.26
131993JokerChris Whitehouse / Dennis LongRanelagh SC15.50.33
14214DiaboloNick Price / Paolo WollnyRanelagh SC15.53.2
151189PoohBen Marshall / Sel ShahThames SC15.58.6
163106EurekaBrian Clarke / James HaywardRanelagh SC16.1.29
rtd3316Hurricane BettyAllan Munroe Faure / Calum MFSouth Bank SCrtd
rtd2848AnarchyChris Gould / Sophie PickfordRanelagh SCrtd

Related Articles

Merlin Rockets at Pwllheli
Craftinsure Silver Tiller at National venue In readiness for the National Championship in August, a select fleet of Merlins made the trip to Pwllheli for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller event to get a preview of what was to come. Posted on 14 May
Merlin Rockets at Ranelagh
For Craftinsure Silver Tiller series event 16 Merlins gathered on Putney Embankment for the first Thames Series event of the year, which was also counting for Silver Tiller points. Free bacon baguettes and tea and coffee had everyone primed ready for a briefing that required some concentration. Posted on 9 May
Next spots for the ilovesailing calendar
Tony Ketley's & Will Heritage's photos chosen Tony Ketley from Marlow, Bucks and Will Heritage from Cowes, Isle of Wight have secured the next two spots on the 2018 ilovesailing calendar. Posted on 8 May
Merlin Rocket Owners' Association seeks sponsors
For NSSA Youth Sailing Initiative The Merlin Rocket Owners' Association and the National School Sailing Association are delighted to announce a new initiative to introduce younger sailors to the Merlin Rocket fleet. Posted on 4 May
One month to go until Carnac 2017
Early entry deadline fast approaching... There is now just over 1 month left until 5 UK fleets reconvene in sunny France for a long weekend of sailing and holidaying. Posted on 26 Apr
Paignton Sailing Club's PODD preview
Event for doublehanded dinghies to be held on 20-21 May 2017 will be the 6th year of Paignton Sailing Club's iconic flagship event for double-handed dinghies: PODD. This is the only BIG double hander event in the south-west for all double-handed mono-hull single handers with a PY of 1200 or lower. Posted on 21 Apr
Merlin Rockets at Salcombe
For Craftinsure Silver Tiller series event The weekend of 8th and 9th April saw a magnificent 51 Merlin Rocket dinghies attend the Salcombe Yacht Club Silver Tiller event over what was to prove to be a glorious weekend of champagne sailing despite low spring tides and forecast easterly winds. Posted on 11 Apr
Is the F In Fun going to be lacking in the future?
David Henshall discusses what's gone wrong Thanks to the amazing golden efforts in the 470 of Hannah Mills crewed by Saskia Clark and Giles Scott in the Finn, the UK, via the RYA, could once again claim to be the 'most successful nation' at the Rio Olympics. Posted on 10 Apr
Merlin Rockets at Chichester
Top three tied on points Chichester YC Meeting held on Saturday 1 April was blessed with magnificent Spring sunshine and winds ranging from Force 3-4. 27 Merlins came to the line for a three race series run by Race Officer Peter Harrison. Posted on 6 Apr
Interview with Team Allen's Megan Pascoe
Reigning 2.4mR World and European Champion We recently spoke with Team Allen's Megan Pascoe, the reigning 2.4mR World and European Champion, about the diverse 2017 season she has lined up, having the support of Allen Brothers, Paralympic sailing, and steps to increase participation in the sport. Posted on 3 Apr