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Merlin Rocket Open Meeting at Ranelagh Sailing Club

by Chris Whitehouse 2 Mar 2010 09:06 GMT 28 February 2010
The first Silver Tiller open meeting of the season © Nick Price

The first Silver Tiller open meeting of the season, hosted by Ranelagh SC, was held on a blustery river Thames. The Thames Barrier had been shut, allowing 22 enthusiastic boats – representing 9 clubs – a competitive sail in the comparatively slack tidal stream.

After a brief postponement to allow the rowing eights to clear the race track, the officer of the day – Margaret Stokes – got the fleet away first time. Quickest out of the blocks were the Dalby brothers sailing the ‘General Lee’ who led the fleet up river towards Hammersmith Bridge. However, by the first turn at Crabtree, it was Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis in ‘Two Pints of Lager’ who had seized the initiative.

These two sailed impeccably, stretching out their lead at the front of the fleet for the remainder of the race to record a comfortable victory.

Those further down the order found the racing a little trickier. There was some impressive tactical duelling for the places from 2nd to 5th – with Duncan Salmon and Ian Garwood sailing ‘Salmon en Croute’ eventually taking the runners up spot and Alex Jackson and Chris Downham in ‘Monkey Business’ finishing third.

The rest of the fleet were kept on their toes by the gusts rolling down the Middlesex bank. A few were caught out – taking impromptu dips. The five Ranelagh boats enjoyed plenty of jostling for position, with Phil Plumtree and Liam Dempsey sailing ‘Shenandoah’ achieving home honours in eighth place.

The meeting was rounded off with beef stew and chocolate brownie/ice cream dessert in the club house. A good time was had by all.

Overall Results:

PosSail No BOATHELMCREWCLUBRound 1 PosRound 2 PosRound 3PosRound 4 PosFinish Pos
13705Two Pints of LagerMatt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield SC11111
23702Salmon en CrouteDuncan SalmonIan GarwoodWembley SC44422
33707MonkeyAlex JacksonChris DownhamShoreham55533
43690General LeeAndy DalbyPhil DalbyHampton SC22354
53649MillieAndy HarrisFran GiffordRanelagh SC33245
63563-Paul HollisRichard ElliottBlithfield SC66666
73650HeadcaseLaurence ToshA MaddisonBanbury87777
81631ShenandoahPhil PlumtreeLiam DempseyRanelagh SC78888
93583Back to the FutureChris MartinBen HendonBlithfield SC9101099
103571Hakuna MatataAndy JonesMaddie JonesParkstone11991010
113637DeliriumAlan BroadbentRussell HallWembley SC1312111211
123555Light FantasticTim HarridgeBen HarridgeHampton SC1011121112
133480Sweet InspirationJon StewardNick YannakoryogosWembley SC1214131113
143599HarryKen DuffellBrian CorkingTamesis1918141414
153288AtlantisChristopher EdwardsRachel MorrisRanelagh SC1517161615
161993JokerEllie BremerChris WhitehouseRanelagh SC1615151516
173368Urban WarriorMark SmithJemma HorwoodWembley SC2121201817
182444ScoobeedooThomas StolperAnton StolperRanelagh SC2020191718
192406Merlin's MoonChris GouldSophie PickfordRanelagh SC1716211919
203579Mango TangoChas MorganRichard MourantTamesis1819182020
Rtd3697Too Dark n StormyRichard Page?Hampton SC141317RtdRtd

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