AUT D-ONE Class Association

AUT D-ONE Class Association

Welcome to the home of the AUT D-ONE Class Association where you will be able to find all the latest news & chat about this exciting single hander from Devoti Sailing.

The AUT D-ONE class operates through the D-ONE International Association, which has a representative from each country. The international committee member for Austria is Felix Hofinger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

We also operate a Facebook group called "D-One Austria", where you will find all the latest updates and discussion about D-One sailing and events in Austria.

AUT 0113The D-One Austrian Open 2017 Wolfgangseepreis took place at Union Yacht Club Wolfgangsee. A remarkable fleet 14 D-Ones from three nations, including a record number of 10 Austrian boats, gathered at lake Wolfgangsee for a practice day, followed by three days of racing.

Practice day offered perfect sailing conditions with beautiful weather and a thermal breeze of Force 3. Five Boats including our guest from Germany, who travelled for almost 12 hours to take part in the event, enjoyed a nice training session out on the lake.

Day one of the championship started calm but around 2 p.m. the expected cloudy front, accompanied by strong and very gusty winds from the west arrived and the fleet went out for race number one. The gusty gradient wind, which is also influenced by the surrounding mountains, guaranteed some exciting racing but also caused numerous spectacular capsizes from everybody in the fleet. Nevertheless, three fair but very exhausting races were completed on day one before we retired to the club restaurant for some lasagne accompanied by free beer, sponsored by Austrian D-One sailor Toni Eigenstuhler.   

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16 D-Ones gathered at the beautiful setting of Lake Attersee (UYCAs) for three days of racing. Sailors from Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, England, Czech Republic and local sailors of Lake Attersee, Lake Wolfgangsee and Lake Neusiedlersee made up the fleet.

On practice day seven D-Ones enjoyed a nice training session in Force 2-3 conditions in the afternoon thermal breeze. With an excellent weather forecast sailors retired after some wonderful Austrian food and local Zipfer beer.

The first day of racing was a patient wait as the morning southerly breeze fought against the thermal "Rosenwind". Eventually later in the day the fleet launched and started race one in a light force 2. Sadly, at the windward mark, the wind died, forcing the race officer to abandon the race. The fleet retired to the Yacht Club bar for some refreshment and lovely Wiener Schnitzel provided by the host Union Yacht Club Attersee.

Day two started calm and very hot. all the signs were good for the classic thermal breeze and whilst it came later than expected three good races were held in Force 2-3 conditions. Felix Hofinger (AUT) lead the fleet away from the committee boat and immediately tacked into a lift which gave him a commanding lead. Marek Bachtik (CZK) and Al Hall (GBR) battled for the minor places with Bachtik just getting the edge downwind to secure second. The bias had changed for the second start, something which Hall was quick to take advantage of although the first three places were very close rounding the windward mark. A tight downwind leg saw Hall, Bachtik and Hofinger pull away from the remaining fleet with barely a few seconds between them. Up the final beat Hofinger dropped back leaving Bachtik chasing Hall down to the finish, they finished a few seconds apart with Hall holding out just.

DSC 1034Race three saw many place changes after a right wind shift on the first beat. Some new names lead by Toni Eigenstuhler were now in the top three places. However Bachtik and Hofinger had very good race pace and after the final windward mark they had re-established a one two position. Meanwhile Hall who had found himself on the wrong side of the first beat shift fought back to third place, overtaking five boats on the final downwind leg to secure third.

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holds a one point lead, from Hofinger, and then Hall a further point behind. For the second day the host club provided a wonderful Austrian meal and free beer all evening. Some local "Schnaps" and dark rums were sampled on a beautiful evening on the club's terrace nearby the lake. Sunday unfortunately did not allow any more racing and the race committee ended the day after ohne starting attempt in the dying southerly morning breeze.

Winner of the D-One Austrian Open 2016 is Marek Bachtik from CZE, followed by local sailor Felix Hofinger, securing the Austrian Class Champion title and third place goes to Al Hall from England. Second place in the Austrian Championships goes to August Schram (4th overall) and third to Georg Schöffegger (6th overall) from Lake Wolfgangsee.DSC 0979DSC 1064

We want to thank the race committee, the restaurant team and especially all the international sailors who made their way to Austria. We hope you enjoyed your stay and we are looking forward to see you again in 2017. Finally, we wish good luck for all our D-One friends competing at the Gold Cup at Garda next weekend.

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The first Austrian D-One event in 2016 took place on lake Wolfgangsee this weekend (2.-3.7.2016).  A fleet of 10 boats, eight Austrian and two from Czech Republic took part in the regatta. Four of the Austrian sailors already competed in the 2016 D-One Europeans at Lipno CZE and were highly motivated to show their skills on home waters.

On the first day nice weather and strong winds with 4-6bft allowed two beautiful races to be completed before a storm with lots of rain forced the race committee to finish the day. On Sunday the weather unfortunately did not allow any more races and therefore the result from Saturday became the final result.

IMG 20160704 WA0003Marek Bachtik (CZE) was able to win the series with a start to finish win in the first race and a very close second place in the second race. Second place goes to Matthias Böckl (UYCWg) with a win in the second race, and third place with a second place in race 1 to Felix Hofinger (UYCAs).

Many thanks to the event authority and race committee from UYCWg and especially to our friends Marek Bachtik and Libor Hosek from Praha - Czech Republic for joining us here in Austria!  

DSC 1886The next Austrian event the D-One Attersee Trophy takes place on lake Attersee from 09.09.-11.09.2016, the weekend before the Goldcup at Garda, so perfect for training. We already received entries from Germany, Czech Republic and Great Britain and would be very pleased to welcome many more international guests from Hungary, Italy, Switzerland or any other country! If you have any questions related to the Attersee event, please contact national representative Felix Hofinger or have a look at our detailed event description at D-One Attersee Trophy.

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