Please select your home edition
Edition
Sunsail 2018 January Leaderboard

Merlin Rocket Open Meeting at Ranelagh Sailing Club

by Nick Price 17 Nov 2011 07:38 GMT 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 Rocket Class Training at the WPNSA
To be held on 20th/21st April 2019 It is a busy time in the Merlin Rocket world. As well as recently opening their Aspire 2019 Championship website and entry, 2018 Merlin National Champion, Christian Birrell, has also announced details of this year's Merlin Rocket Training weekend. Posted on 10 Jan
Aspire Merlin Rocket National Championship preview
Enter now for August event at Looe The Aspire 2019 Champs website is now open for entries. Our thanks are due to Aspire, Looe SC and to all of our associate sponsors for their early confirmation. I am pleased to say that our social programme is already well developed. Posted on 9 Jan
Craftinsure continue sponsorship of Silver Tiller
Merlin Rocket open meeting series throughout 2019 The Merlin Rocket Class is delighted to announce that Craftinsure and Magic Marine will be continuing their support of the class Silver Tiller in 2019, with Craftinsure as the title sponsor and Magic Marine as clothing partner. Posted on 18 Dec 2018
From Theory to Practice
The Hard Route to Ultimate Boatspeed We speak to Hyde Sails' Nigel & Jack Grogan. It has been noticeable that their strategy for the last four years has been to concentrate on specific dinghy and small keelboat classes, making sure they are getting it right. Posted on 14 Dec 2018
Merlin Rocket 'Extension' at Lymington
Winner-takes-all race as a re-run of October's cancelled event Sunday 2nd December saw the Merin Rocket Lymington Silver Tiller Extension, one race where the winner takes all for the glassware from the cancelled class event back in October due to lack of wind. Posted on 4 Dec 2018
Merlin Rocket Downriver race at Ranelagh
Thames Series finale from Putney Sunday 28th October saw the Merlin Rocket Thames Series finale take place at Ranelagh Sailing Club. In the days preceding the event, it became apparent that no-one was coming. A full money back guarantee was offered if the day was not enjoyed. Posted on 1 Nov 2018
Merlin Rocket Inlands at Cardiff
Last event of the Merlin Rocket class 'Grand Slam' series At last the long-awaited Nautilus Yachting Merlin Rocket Inland Championship took place at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, after a postponement due to adverse weather. Posted on 31 Oct 2018
Hampton Sailing Club Merlin Rocket Open
Vintage day and Craftinsure Silver Tiller weekend Over the weekend of 13th and 14th October 2018 Hampton Sailing Club hosted their annual Merlin Rocket Open Weekend on the River Thames near Hampton Court. Posted on 18 Oct 2018
Merlin Rockets at Blithfield
A particularly wet and bleak day greets competitors A particularly wet and bleak day greeted competitors as they arrived to Blithfield SC for the Craftinsure Silver Tiller event. The forecast was for a light to medium breeze from the Northwest with the afternoon brightening up a little. Posted on 17 Oct 2018
Saxton and Lewis reign supreme
At the 2018 Endeavour Trophy Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis have won the 2018 Endeavour Trophy for the fourth time in succession with an impressive scoreline of six wins writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 15 Oct 2018