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24/09/2016
Ripon open meeting Ripon Sailing Club

Eighteen Streakers assembled at Ripon Sailing Club on 24 September, with five visitors joining 13 local boats. The forecast was for a 18 or 19mph southerly wind with gusts of 30 plus, which may have influenced the decision of some whether to travel and take part or not.

In the morning race it seemed for the most part as if the forecast was not going to be accurate, with a wind that was rarely much above the mid-teens. But it was shifty, despite southerlies being a fairly reliable direction for RSC. After a general recall the fleet was away at the second attempt when the wind stabilised.

It's fair to say that beats were subject to a certain amount of randomness. You might get a lift if you went left or you might get one on the right, but next time you tried that you were just as likely to encounter a header or a hole. Local knowledge counted for little, other than on the early runs when visitors soon discovered that a dog leg to the down wind mark was quicker than the more direct route. Sadly, for the local sailors, the visitors soon sussed it out.

Alan Gillard (Sheffield Viking SC) won the first race with Steve Blackburn (West Lancs SC) making a late charge when the pack was shuffled on the closing lap to take 3rd behind Richard Brook (Ripon SC).

After lunch, despite a forecast for the wind strength to ease, it actually increased. Again the wind direction was uncooperative on the start line and up the first beat, with shifts and holes aplenty. A gust of 30mph plus in the closing stages was probably the culprit for more than one capsize in the lower orders of the fleet.

Again it was Alan Gillard who won, ahead of Steve Blackburn in 2nd and Ian Priest (Scaling Dam SC) 3rd.

With Alan Gillard counting two first places he didn't need to sail the final race, which was just as well! Part way through the race a roll gybe turned into a roll capsize. Due to water in his ears he probably failed to hear the commiserations of the chasers, along the lines of "oh that's unfortunate, Alan" and "oh dear what a shame" as he struggled to get upright before he was blown onto the pontoons.

The race, and an eventual podium position, was very, very closely contested between Ian Priest and Peter Robinson (Ripon SC) with Ian Priest taking lead on the final tack.

Pos

Sail No

Club

Helm

R1

R2

R3

Pts

1st

1951

Sheffield Viking SC

Alan Gillard

1

1

(DNF)

2

2nd

1933

Scaling Dam SC

Ian Priest

-5

3

1

4

3rd

1881

West Lancs YC

Steve Blackburn

3

2

-4

5

4th

1772

Ripon SC

Peter Robinson

-4

4

2

6

5th

1656

Ripon SC

Richard Brook

2

-10

8

10

6th

1846

Ripon SC

Mike Eggleston

-8

7

3

10

7th

1821

Ripon SC

Tim Coleman

-6

5

5

10

8th

1950

Ripon SC

Chris Wright

7

-8

6

13

9th

1790

Ulley SC

Alan Ward

-9

6

7

13

10th

1863

Ripon SC

Charlie Tebbutt

-11

9

9

18

11th

1814

Ripon SC

Tony Dallimore

10

11

(DNC)

21

12th

1683

Rotherham SC

Peter Cogill

13

(DNF)

10

23

13th

1602

Ripon SC

Dianne Barnes

-12

12

11

23

14th

1236

Ripon SC

Peter Smith

-15

14

12

26

15th

1586

Ripon SC

Alastair Hall

16

15

(DNC)

31

16th

1665

Ripon SC

Alan Cage

(DNC)

13

DNC

33

17th

1406

Ripon SC

Karen Thomas

17

16

(DNC)

33

18th

1967

Ripon SC

Andy Hague

14

(DNF)

DNC

34

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