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Ocean Safety 2021 - LEADERBOARD

National 12 Dinghy Shack Open at Ripon Sailing Club

by Tim & Ali Hampshire 6 Oct 06:23 BST 3 October 2021

Dire wind forecasts, unseasonal temperatures, heavy rain and a national fuel crisis did not stop the smiles at this year's National 12 Open at Ripon.

The 9th event in the Dinghy Shack series started with a steady Southerly blowing down the lake and a clean start for the fleet. Ian & Alex Gore set the theme for the day and pulled ahead of the fleet to get a solid win. Places were traded behind them with Philip & Em taking the 2nd spot after a hard fight with Paul & Isobel who had their best finish of the day with a 3rd spot.

After lunch the fleet headed out into the heavy rain and blustery winds for two more races back-to-back. With some interesting wind shifts Phil & Em found themselves on the wrong side of the first mark and had to wear round. Ian & Alex once again pulled ahead to get the win and Phil & Em worked hard to make up for the start to get 2nd. The battle for 3rd looked to be going the way of John & Alison until the last beat when Tim & Chris managed to get more speed to just pull ahead.

In race three Ian & Alex were once again ahead but Tim & Chris were closing down the lead as the wind picked up. A slight drop in wind and a few mistakes let Ian & Alex relax for their third win and allowed Philip & Em to get ahead on the last run down and then cover all the way up the beat to get the 2nd spot for the third time. John & Alison stayed ahead of Paul & Isobel to replicate the previous finishing positions. Tony, now crewed by AJ's dad, was never far behind but Steve and Ethan spent too much time swimming and the unseasonal cold sent them home for an early shower in the last race.

Sailing for the first time at a Ripon National 12 event were juniors AJ, Ethan and Isobel. The cold got through to a couple of them, not least for the several swims that Ethan had, but Isobel's smile warmed everyone up at the prize-giving. We had juniors in the race office too with Lucy Priest being ably assisted by her two helpers, Katie & Calum, and by AJ for the afternoon races.

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewSail NoClub
1stIan GoreAlex Gore3525Up River Yacht Club
2ndPhilip DavidEm Hampshire3499Yorkshire Ouse & Ripon Sailing Club
3rdTim HampshireChris Hampshire3330Ripon Sailing Club
4thPaul KeelingIsobel Keeling3285Blithfield Sailing Club
5thJohn CheethamAlison Cheetham3209Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club
6thTony DuftonAJ Gregory/Patrick Gregory3283Yeadon Sailing Club
7thSteve JacksonEthan Wild3505Ripon Sailing Club

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