Slow Handicap Fleet
Slow Fleet Rep: VACANT POSITION
The Slow Handicap Fleet is for all abilities of sailor with boats which have a Portsmouth Number greater than 1200.
We sail the following: Optimist, RS Tera Sport, RS Tera Pro, Mirror, Heron, Topper, Laser Pico, RS Quba Sport, RS Quba Pro, 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. Our fleet sailors often give the other fleets a run for their money in the RNLI Pursuit Series 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 dinghy or in junior-specific boats such as the Optimist or RS Tera. As children get bigger the Topper offers 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!
Last updated 16:48 on 1 February 2021