Great turnout at sailing club

Youngsters are Ripon Sailing Club. (S)
Youngsters are Ripon Sailing Club. (S)

RIPON Sailing Club hosted a well attended meeting of the Yorkshire and Humber Sailing Association on Saturday, September 17.

The event saw a great turnout with 25 boats entering the race compromising 12 Laser Radials, eight Tera dinghies, three Toppers, one Laser and one Feva and gave the race officer quite a challenge on the start line.

Conditions also played a huge role with wind swinging just before the start of the race allowing some of the fleet, who had picked the right end of the line, to lay the first mark very easily.

Even with the conditions in their favour the Lasers were not able to gain a substantial lead over the large Ripon Sailing Club Tera contingent, and when the handicaps were applied Max Nicholson’s Laser, competing for Ulley Sailing Club, was closely followed by Ana Paterson and Alistair Scott, both from the home club and sailing RS Tera Sport dinghies.

Oliver Groves, also sailing a Laser and competing for Beaver Sailing Club, came in fourth.

After the lunch break, the race officer moved the start line to the northern end of the lake resulting in a fantastic line across the wind, with a great beat to the western extermity of the water.

The Lasers made the most of the breeze, with Chris White, sailing for Beaver Sailing Club, taking line honours from Nicholson and Em Stevenson, sailing a Laser and competing for Pennine Sailing Club, coming in third.

The third race of the afternoon followed much the same course with Nicholson getting the gun, followed home by White and Stevenson.

The event was sponsored by Mills Garages.