David Croft and his daughter Caroline sailing Panatella (3165) came second in the Merlin Rocket Thames Series open meeting at Ranelagh Sailing Club on Saturday 7 June.
After over two hours of racing, which saw the 20 strong fleet run/reach down to Battersea Power Station and then beat back to Putney, and at least four boats hold the lead on the return leg, it was a photo finish for first place between Panatella and Hot Totty (3676) sailed by Fran Gifford and Alex Warren of RSC. Panatella had a late surge to take the lead just metres from the finish line, only for the wind to reach Hot Totty and take them over the line in first place, winning by just half a boat’s length and only one second..
Richard Mourant crewed by Sarah Elliott (a Laser helm from RSC) came a bit further down the fleet in 16th, sailing Take It Easy (3606).
Next on the Thames Series circuit is Thames SC next Sunday 14 June, preceded on the Saturday by the De May Series open meeting also at Thames SC.
Please click on the following link to see a photo of Panatella and Hot Totty battling it out on the return beat upriver to Putney