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Racing & Competition

Racing & Competition

Racing is a key part of sailing at Ripon Sailing Club, and is probably the most effective way of building sailing skills and confidence.

Club racing

Club racing takes place on most Sundays throughout the year, with limited sailing from mid-December to mid-March. The racing is split into various series and the details for each series can be found here. The majority of boats sailed by youth & junior members sail in the slow handicap class, however Y&J members can sail any club approved boat & are often seen in the other class starts. Club racing also takes place on Wednesday afternoons and evenings in the summer.

The club also holds a number of trophy events throughout the season. The majority of these are one day events held on Sundays, though some are weekend events and the Youth & Junior Trophy is sailed on a Saturday.

Youth and Junior members are always welcome to join in with club racing, and during the summer the club provides a one-lap race option for novice sailors. Club members on duty in the race box will be able to help with any questions on how and where to sign on for races on any given day & will be able to tell you which start flags to look for.

Club trophies and series prizes are handed out at the annual prize giving, however the Towers Cup is awarded at the Youth & Junior Day


The club supports the NEYYSA youth traveller series and regularly hosts an event for Y&J sailors across the region as part of this. Events in the youth traveller series take place on Saturdays from May to September at venues around Yorkshire and the North East. Details of the individual events and dates can be found here.

All events in this series are handicap races, which means that they can be sailed in any boat. Each event has supported and coached racing in the regatta fleet as well as main fleet racing. The venues range from small sheltered inland lakes to coastal and sea venues. The series organisers and the Y&J sailing secretary will be happy to provide information about the venues and to advise on the best events to try for your first travel adventures.

RYA Regional Junior Championships

The RYA Regional Junior Championships is an annual event open to all the RYA recognised Y&J classes sailed in the region. This event brings young sailors together from across the region with main fleet racing and coached regatta fleet racing for each class, as well an an OnBoard fleet for anyone not yet at regatta fleet standard. #teamripon normally attend this event, and it is one of the few events that the club allows members to take training fleet boats to. Details of the event can be found via the RYA website, and via the Y&J newsletters.

Last updated 18:03 on 6 September 2023

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