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Slow Handicap Fleet

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Slow Fleet Rep: Rachael Thompson

The slow fleet includes all boats with a PY>1200

Hi, I'm a relatively new member to RSC having joined two years ago with my family to learn to sail. My boys both have Toppers and late last season I got an old Mirror and after quite a bit of work over the winter, I'm looking forward to sailing her this season. Last year I participated in Kickstarter, the start to race series and I'm looking forward to getting out there again in my own boat.

If you are new to sailing like me, it all feels a bit daunting but don't worry, it all eventually starts to make sense! I was very surprised when the committee asked me to take on the fleet captaincy but I am really pleased to be getting more involved. If you have a question, please get in touch. I know other members of the fleet will be able to help us and we'll learn together! I look forward to seeing you on the water soon. Rachael.


The Slow Handicap fleet is for all abilities of sailor who sail boats which have a PY<1200 for the slow fleet.

We sail any of the following: Optimist, RS Tera Sport, RS Tera Pro, Mirror, Heron, Topper, Laser Pico, RS Quba Sport, RS Q'BA, RS Fusion, RS Feva XL

The boats may be slower than the other fleets at Ripon but the competition is anything but and with many of our expert junior helms racing their Toppers, Optimist, Mirrors, Tera and Feva dinghies in this class you need to have your wits about you. Our fleet sailors often give the other fleets a run for their money in the RNLI pursuit races and general handicap events at the club so don't dismiss us (or we'll show you our transom!). You are very welcome to join in the slow fleet racing regardless of your experience, we are a friendly bunch and we have a great depth of knowledge amongst the regular sailors so don't be afraid to ask questions.

Many of our fleet enjoy pottering about leisure sailing and this is just great too. A few boats had a Coot Club adventure on the Norfolk Broads in 2018 and many boats are seen out on sunny Saturdays and mid-week taking advantage of the quieter waters.

The fleet is ideal for family sailing, either all together in the great all rounder Mirror or in junior specific boats such as the Optimist or RS Tera. As they get bigger the Topper offers more affordable fun too. We are proud to have the youngest member regularly sailing in our fleet (2.5 years) and the oldest two (82 & 83 years respectively) as well.

The club has some Optimist, Toppers. RS Fusions and RS Teras within the club hire fleet if you fancy having a go before you invest and owners are always keen to show you their pride and joy so do ask to have a spin. The club also looks after the Mirror Class Association Demo Boat which is a brand new Winder GRP Mirror. If you would like to have a go in this to see how versatile the Mirror is as a family all-rounder, please contact us and we can arrange this.

Slow fleet boats are out and about at the club and on the open meeting circuit regularly. Join us!

Class Association Websites: Optimist Mirror RS Feva RS Tera Topper

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Last updated 12:45 on 10 April 2020

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