Season off to a flyer for Ripon Sailing Club’s new members

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Ripon Sailing Club’s 2012 season got off to a flying start at the weekend.

Saturday saw the traditional New Members Day, a chance for members who have recently joined the club to come along, meet the committee and sign up for the programme of training events.

This year the event was augmented with a ‘covers off’ session run by David Graham, with Racing Coach Richard Benson sharing top tips on Laser sailing too.

The day was rounded off with a successful and ‘Fitting Out Supper’.

Sunday was the first day of racing for the 2012 season and saw a fantastic turnout of over 30 boats.

As predicted, the Medium Handicap fleet had the largest numbers with the Streaker and Solo fleets both turning up in great numbers.

The big questions on everyone’s minds was how the change in the Solo Handicap would affect the results and unofficial number crunching was under way within minutes of the first race ending.

Roger and Alison Dooley (Graduate) were the only double handed representatives but sailed well in the light conditions.

The fast fleet was made up of six completely different boats.

Tim Coleman (Supernova) leads currently but the results show a good spread of firsts, seconds and thirds making for interesting racing in weeks to come.

It was great to see the Slow Handicap fleet also showing an increase in numbers with a welcome return to club Topper racing for Katy Phillips, who had some great racing against James and Georgie McKenzie.

Two younger members of the club, who had learnt their racing skills in 2011, joined in the main fleet racing, Maddie Wylie and Ellie Clark enjoyed racing their Tera Sport dinghies in the sunny conditions.