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Fast Handicap Fleet

Fast Fleet Rep: Tim Hampshire (N12 3330)

Tim with his prize winning crews

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

Tim Hampshire

Class Association Websites: Enterprise Laser Phantom Supernova RS200 N12

The fast handicap fleet is made up of a variety boats. Some have been fleets in their own right in the past and still have fleet captains. These include Enterprise, Laser and RS200. You can find out more about them on this page. Other classes range from one-off boats to well recognised national classes. One of the attractions of the fleet is there is invariably a boat to meet your individual needs, from fast and challenging (tippy/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:

Enterprise

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. 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/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.

Laser

This very popular sailing dinghy has a choice of three sail plans to suit different individuals. The Radial and Standard rigs are current Olympic boats. The Laser is a versatile and simple boat that is fun for sailors of all abilities. Its strict one design and worldwide popularity means 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.

Merlin Rocket

Another development class with more than 50 years history and in keeping with many clubs the are several Merlin Rockets in the boat park. Some are sailed recreationally and Chris Mark races a more modern one regularly.

Phantom

Not a boat for the lightweight sailor, the Phantom has a large and powerful rig. Newer boats have a carbon hull, mast and boom. Rob Paterson has been the man to beat for the last few seasons though the recent changes to the PY handicap may make it more of a challenge for him now.

RS200

This relatively modern design is a double hander with an asymmetric spinaker. It's fast, it's fun and we have some very good RS200 sailors at the club. Mike Saul, James Ricketts and Katy Phillips are all ace RS200 helms who'd be delighted to share their views with potential 200 sailors.

Last updated 21:26 on 21 April 2017

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