All the competitors at the Alassio European Champioships enjoyed a very productive meeting where we discussed plans for the major events for 2018 and 2019, and also a number of other important matters about the future of the class.

Since some of these matters relate the Devoti Sailing's support of the class, Chris Sallis summarised the meeting in a letter to Devoti Sailing supported by all those present. This is attached below. We will of course share the response and any decisions when they are received.

The letter can be downloaded at: devoti_email.pdf

Circolo Nautico Alassio 20th – 24th September
foto alassio podium d one 960x63020 D Ones from 6 nations gathered at the beautiful coastal town of Alassio on the Italian Rivera for the 2017 European Championships. The 8 race event was sailed in light and variable conditions with the sea breeze struggling to establish itself.

This lead to a pattern of enjoyable mornings spent in the beach front cafés or catching up with friends in the boat park followed by lunch at the marina before heading out in the afternoon sun for a couple of races.

The lighter breezes made for close racing throughout the fleet with constant decision making about shifts and pressure. Gains and losses were made in every race with many photo finishes to decide placings!

c brits4 Imgp8364Nick Craig proved adept at managing the conditions and delivered a consistent series of 1st and 2nd places. He also generously gave a seminar on how sail a D-One properly, which was hugely appreciated – and very effective, since Chris Sallis and Giles Chipperfield won the next two races, while Enrico Ciferri also won a race and led a couple more.

However, everyone except Nick also managed to accumulate some high scores in the tricky conditions. Congratulations to a great champion.

2017 Attersee 4With seven races in just two days, this year’s edition of the D-One Attersee Trophy held at Union Yacht Club Attersee provided an excellent opportunity to (im-)prove one’s sailing skills whilst admiring the beautiful scenery of lake Attersee and enjoying the tasteful Austrian food and beer, which was served at the social events of the regatta.

In 2017, the Austrian D-One fleet grew by four boats therefore the event management was optimistic to break last year’s competitor record (16 boats). Unfortunately, some Austrian sailors were absent due to their well-earned family holidays and Belgian sailor Phillipe Bogaerts suffered a knee injury just two days before the event. Nevertheless, we welcomed a nice fleet of 10 boats at lake Attersee.

The weather on Thursday (the day before the event) was rainy and cold, but on Friday the sun and a consistent thermal breeze of force 2 came through and so the fleet went out after the opening ceremony and completed four races in a row. Event Manager Felix Hofinger scored a bullet in the first race, closely followed by Marek Bachtik from Czech Republic and local sailor Jakob Lindner. In races two and three Bachtik dominated the starts and offered no passing lanes for the rest of the fleet following closely behind.

gwtc jan 2015A select group of D1’s joined the 2 local boats to contest the next round of the traveller’s circuit held within the fast fleet of the Lymington regatta.

Saturday morning was a bit of a shock as boats were rigged in drizzle but this soon cleared as launch time approached, conditions were somewhat lively on the way to the start line with that awkward chop you only seem to get on the Solent.

Race 1 & sharing a start line with RS800’s, 700’s & other assorted skiffs and trapeze boats made finding clear air a priority, something that Locals Dave Gorringe & Giles Chipperfield made look easy as they battled their way up the first beat, followed Tyler Harmsworth and Sat Nav (Tim Garvin) rounded together with Paul Birbeck on their transoms.

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