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Fast Handicap Fleet

Fast Fleet Rep: Martin Barrett

Martin will be keeping this area of the website up to date so if you have any contributions please e-mail them to him here.

Martin Barrett

Class Association Websites: Enterprise Laser Phantom Supernova RS200 N12

To qualify for the fast handicap fleet, a boat needs to have a Portsmouth Number (ie handicap) of 1136 or less. Listed below, you will find some information about various classes that are frequently sailed at Ripon. Other classes will appear from time to time, but if you are thinking of buying a boat to sail in this fleet, you should discuss its suitability with club members. One of the attractions of the fleet is there is invariably a boat to meet your individual needs, from fast and challenging (tippy or unstable) for the experienced to stable and rewarding for the novice. There are boats suitable for individuals or couples, lightweights or those of more ample proportions.

Some of the boats actively sailed in the fleet at the moment include:


This two man dinghy was designed in the 1960's and with 23000+ boats built it is the most popular of two man boats. Easily identified by its blue sails and constructed of wood or glassfibre it is an affordable boat which lends itself to family sailing. Prices for a competitive boat start at about £1200 although you could pick up a serviceable example for much less. There are about 35 Enterprises at Ripon and the class is well suited to our waters. The fleet captain is Richard Pryke and he's happy to talk to any prospective or existing members and offer advice on what to buy, how to rig and sail the Enterprise. He even often has a few nice Enterprises for sale. Feel free to contact him for an informal chat anytime 0780 264 5781.


This very popular sailing dinghy has a choice of three sail plans to suit different individuals. The Standard rig is the only one to qualify for our Fast Fleet and it is currently an Olympic class. The Laser is a versatile and simple boat that is fun for sailors of all abilities. Its strict one design and worldwide popularity mean that there is a good second hand market, and plenty of class-specific books and websites to help you improve your sailing skills. Wherever you choose to sail there will be other Laser sailors to chat with or race against. There has been a Laser fleet at Ripon SC for many years and although numbers have fluctuated in this time there are generally Laser sailors around most weekends prepared to chat about the class and provide hints and tips.

National 12

This is a class with a long history at Ripon, a development class now over 60 years old. There are boats sailing at RSC that show how the class has developed in that time. These range from a recently purchased, modern Feeling Foolish design with a winged rudder to boats spanning several decades including a clinker wooden 12 from the 60's, a Design 8 from the 80's and a double bottom Final Chapter from the 90's. The club holds an open meeting for N12s in October which attracts entrants from all over the country. Tim Hampshire regularly races his 12 at the club and would be delighted to talk to prospective 12 sailors.


This relatively modern design is a double hander with an asymmetric spinnaker. It's fast, it's fun and probably not for a beginner but we have some very good RS200 sailors at the club who would be delighted to share their views with potential 200 sailors.


Another single-handed class along the lines of the Laser but capable of carrying a heavier crew. Older boats can be purchased second hand for a very reasonable price.


Usually sailed with 2 crew, it is smaller than an Enterprise but is well suited to sailing at Ripon.

I sail an Enterprise and a Supernova currently and have a reasonable knowledge of the various classes, so if you are thinking of joining us, come along for a chat.

Martin Barrett (E23249 and S/N1121)

Last updated 12:45 on 10 April 2020

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