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National 12 Dinghy Shack Open Meeting – Ripon Sailing Club

1st October 2022

With a strong wind coming from the West, this year’s open gave some challenging conditions for the 9 boats taking part. A summer of sun and little rain also added the hazard of significant weed, floating and rooted, to Ripon.

The fleet off the line

There was little drama at the front of the fleet with the Ian & Alex heading off in 3525 to take the win in every race and securing the overall win. Behind them Philip & Em started the day well taking 2nd in the first race ahead of the local paring of Bernard & Grace. However resuming racing after lunch, they were pushed back to 4th with Bernard & Grace in 2nd and John & Alison in 3rd. The strong winds and gusty conditions resulted in John deciding to sit out the last race despite a softening of the wind strength. Philip & Em put on a solid performance to take 2nd in the final race, however the weeds and a dying wind mixed up the remaining fleet and Alan & Jonathan had their best result of the day with a 3rd.

Glistening conditions

Further down the fleet, having changed from last years Design 8 to a Numinous, Paul & Isobel found the wind strength and gusts more than they were ready for. Tim & Chris spent most of the day fighting with the weeds and going for a spectacular swim when a toe strap parted company. Steve celebrated his best open yet by finishing all 3 races without capsizing and managed to finish 1 point ahead of Tony & Martin.


Overall results


Ian Gore

Alex Gore


Up River Yacht Club


Philip David

Em Hampshire


Yorkshire Ouse & Ripon Sailing Club


Bernard Clark

Grace Stockdale


Ripon Sailing Club


John Cheetham

Alison Cheetham


Yeadon Sailing Club


Tim Hampshire

Chris Hampshire


Ripon Sailing Club


Alan Mason

Johnathan Bradley


Redesmere Sailing Club


Steve Jackson

Ethan Wild


Ripon Sailing Club


Tony Dufton

Martin Parish


Yeadon Sailing Club


Paul Keeling

Isobel Keeling


Blithfield Sailing Club

Write up by Tim & Ali Hampshire
Photos by Tony Dallimore