Verne Ridgeway Yacht Club

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Verne Ridgeway Yacht Club - ' About one-third of the 200 members who Join...
' About one-third of the 200 members who Join the RA Yacht Ghib every year have had little, if any, previous sailing experience. Before long, however, they are ready to become crew or skippers and then, after a little extra training, they can take part in the regular weekend races. Of those on the club executive nearly all are relative A Report On RA Activities ByJackVinokur newcomers who have been with the club less than three years. The new Commodore Is Verne Ridgeway, who was bora in Omaha, Nebraska, but lived In New York City for 14 years, before coming ' to Ottawa to accept a position of designer with the Archltecural Branch of the Department of Public Works. Mrs. Ridgeway never owned a boat but became Interested in sailing when a friend in New York took him for a ride In his sail boat Although handicapped through the loss of a leg, Mr. 'Ridgeway is amazingly adept in every aspect of sailing. THE PHOTO HERE shows Mr. Ridgeway (centre) getting one of the RA boats ready for launching. Helping out are, left to right: Muriel Ellis. Bob McGee, Bemie Downie and Betty Lindsay. Dow's Lake Skippers All Set I VI AVIV Iff y, mmm i , 'I vv7 Tf f x yv & The RA fleet consists of 12 14-foot fibreglass racing dinghies called "Frying Terns." Launching will take place as soon as the water is let Into Dow's Lake. The club aims to have most of its members fully trained as skippers before the regatta and tournament season starts in July. The tests are quite stiff to ensure both saftety. A knowledge of procedure in case of capsize, getting into the protection of a lee shore -Except for Water! in a hard blow, picking up a map overboard all these must be demonstrated as well as the handling of the boats, on all points of sail' in a good wind. Knots and splicing form another part of the system. The basic nautical terms for the parts of the boat and the methods of sailing, derigging and a general knowledge test make up the qualifying examination for sailing skipper. When a member has gone this far. he or she can then take a boat out any time and help train newcomers. Once a member is a racing skipper, Saturday afternoon races are open to him without restriction, as well as regattas with the RCN Sailing Association, the National Capital Regatta at Britannia and home - and home racing against other yacht clubs, such as the one at Deep River. 1 -

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  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 23 Apr 1966, Sat,
  3. Page 43

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