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Wednesday, 25 November 2009


Our Laying Up Supper starts at 7pm prompt on the 4th December at Yarnbury Rugby Club.

If you haven't yet ordered your tickets please contact me or any committee member

This will be a fabulous evening with great food by Cranberries of Adel and entertainment from professional magician Peter Greenwood and a superb disco by DJBZ Entertainment - naturally we will be celebrating the success stories of 2009 too.
Tim Hattersley - 07770 554498

Monday, 16 November 2009

Eric Twiname's 'Start to Win' re-published

Earlier this year, the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust was generously assigned the author's copyright of 'Start to Win', written by Eric Twiname in 1973. Out of print for over 20 years, Adlard Coles (now Adlard Coles Nautical, part of A & C Black Publishers) have recently republished this classic - now in its 3rd Edition and substantially re-designed, with a Foreward by Ben Ainslie and an updated Rules section by Bryan Willis to accord with the 2009-2012 ISAF Rules.

Despite the passage of time 'Start to Win' has undoubtedly retained its position as the book on simple racing principles, written as it was specifically for the benefit of the ordinary dinghy sailor. As such it manages to remove much of the mystique of racing sailing and assists helmsmen to improve their skills and tactical ability. There is arguably nothing else that sets out the techniques of sailing in such a clear, understandable and straightforward manner. 'Start to Win' has been welcomed back by its many followers, and will no doubt be read for the first time by many more. This classic, which complements 'The Rules Book' also written by Eric Twiname and revised by Bryan Willis for the 2009-2012 rules, is set to help sailors achieve their racing best for many years to come.

Royalties from 'Start to Win' go to the Eric Twiname Memorial Trust, which was set up in 1980 in order to perpetuate Eric’s memory and to enable his many and diverse sailing interests to continue. It became a registered charity in 1991 with the primary objective of providing funding or equipment that will assist those in full-time education at schools and universities in the United Kingdom to sail or yacht race, with the emphasis being directed towards youth. Purchase of this book will therefore assist the Trust with its invaluable support for youth racing sailing, which includes bursaries for juniors on starter courses, the on-going provision of support RIBS for all eight national youth classes, the funding of dinghies for training purposes for sailing associations and clubs, and the financing of national championship events. For further information please visit http://www.erictwinametrust.org/.

'Start to Win' is available from Adlard Coles Nautical (discount price £15.29) and through most nautical booksellers.

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Frostbite Series actually starts

This week, after the false start of the previous week, the Frostbite Series started properly. 14 boats enjoyed 2 races in the November sunshine and light Northerly breezes. Denis, Jo and Peter set courses using the entire Tarn and that kept everybody on their toes.

The Frostbite Series runs with 2 races every Sunday until 13th December, one race at 12.00 and the other at 14.00, and generally a social lunch break between the races. Even if you don’t sail in the races themselves come down and join in with the social spectating.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Yeadon Junior Squad Successes

Following on from the various Summer events and the Zone Championships in September the winter junior squad selections are now out. Congratulations are due to a number of Yeadon Juniors who have been selected for various training squads.

This is a great list and it reflects the efforts and commitment they all, and their parents, have put in over the year. So while the rest of us keep warm over the winter they, and their support crews, will be driving and sailing all over the country improving their sailing and racing !

The selected Juniors are :-
Matthew and Benjamin – RYA National Junior Squad – Mirror
Luke – ITCA Junior Development Squad – Topper

Also congratulations are due to William and Callum who although they sail and race predominately at other local Clubs ( Ripon and Yorkshire Dales) they are also members at Yeadon and sail with us just on Tuesday Nights.

William – RYA National Junior Squad – Mirror
Callum – RYA North Zone Squad – Topper

The RYA (and ITCA) Squads aim to nurture junior sailors, across the country, refining their boat handling and racing techniques and turning them into skills and to develop their ability to analyze and improve their own performances. The Squads form essential part of the RYA Pathway Scheme to develop sailors of the appropriate age and ability to go on over time and win medals at major regattas.

Basically young sailors under the age of 14, sailing Optimists, Toppers, Cadets and Mirrors who show promise can get selected for Regional (Zone) Squads and even National Squads. The Squads operate over the winter months between November and May and they have, typically, 6 training weekends. These weekends involve land and classroom sessions as well as a lot of on the water training and are run by top coaches. As well as being fairly intensive the squads weekends are good fun and the young sailors form long lasting friendships which helps develop the social side of sailing as well as the racing side. The parental support teams also get involved and it becomes a whole family event.

At the end of a winters training the improvements are dramatic, the junior’s sailing is vastly improved, as is their general confidence on and off the water and it is excellent to see the progress made. Adam Simms went through the various Squads a couple of years ago and this year all those efforts paid off when he won the competitive YHYSA Series. This is a series of eleven regattas from April to July and attracts junior sailors from all over Yorkshire. This is one of the best attended junior race series in the country and Paul Goodison, Olympic gold medallist, has been a previous winner of the series.

So on behalf of the all the Clubs involved congratulations to Matthew, Benjamin, Luke, William and Callum in gaining Squad Selection and thanks to their parents for their continuing support and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you all on the water next season.

(With thanks to www.fotoboat.com for the Mirror pictures, YDSC and Andrew Cowling for the Topper pictures)

Friday, 6 November 2009

Mike Saul's End of Season Sale 8th Nov

Mike Saul will be holding his annual end of season sale at Ripon SC on Sunday 8 November. The sale usually starts about 10.30am and ends about 3.30pm and there always plenty of bargains to be had. Anyone from local Clubs are more than welcome to come along.

Ripon's Frostbite series, which is open to all, got off to a fine start last weekend - why not come and join in - for a day or for longer? Small entry fee for non-members, first race 11am with 3 races per day during November and 2 per day during December. The series finishes on Sunday 13 December but on Sunday 20 December we have a one off 'Icicle' event which is once again open to visitors.

Happy sailing
Ripon Sailing Club

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

80th Annual General Meeting


  1. To approve the minutes of the 79th AGM held on 27th November 2008.
  2. To receive the Hon Sailing Secretary’s Report.
  3. To receive a report on training activity.
  4. To receive and approve the Accounts and Hon Treasurers Report for the year ending Oct 31st 2009.
  5. To receive the Secretary’s Report.
  6. To receive the Commodore’s Report.
  7. To elect a Commodore.
  8. Hand over to the New Commodore.
  9. To elect the other Officers.
  10. To elect 3 Members of the Committee.
  11. To appoint an Auditor for the financial year 2008-2009.
  12. To determine the fees for the year 2010.
  13. Close of formal AGM and presentation of discussion document regarding the future options for the club building and opening of informal discussion period.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Frostbite Start ?

1st November heralded the start of the Frostbite series for 2009.

Officers for the day, David and Peter dutifully prepared the Club for the day’s racing but, unfortunately, with the wind gusting 30 knots (and more!) with torrential rain any sailing was looking very unlikely. The baked potatoes went in the oven for lunch so people were committed to stay with the hope that things would improve !

Well the rain stopped, the sun came out but the wind continued to increase in the gusts, this time blowing spray off the wave tops ! The tarn was at it’s fullest for a long time with a good flow going out over the spillway and the tarnside path was flooded in places with all the water running off the land.
The baked potatoes were good, but there wasn’t any sailing !

Hopefully next week will be better !!!
The Frostbite Series on every Sunday until 13th December, with 2 races each Sunday, one at 12.00 and the other at 14.00, and generally a social lunch between the races. Even if you don’t sail in the races themselves come down and join in with the social spectating.