GBR: National Championships, Royal Torbay YC

torbay 2016 yandy150671The final day's racing brought full on conditions with a strong south westerly gusting into the mid 20's. The RO and his team set a good sized windward leeward and the fleet got away into a proper heavy-weather beat. A tight group rounded the top mark with Martin Browne and Al Hall featuring, everybody was fully lit up on the downwinds and as speeding D One's approached the port lay line it was becoming a case of 'who gybes wins'!

It wasn't long before normal service was resumed and Nick found his way to the front to take his 6th bullet – 1 to go for 7 straight. Al Hall had his best result of the week with Giles grabbing 3rd on the line as Martin Browne and Humphrey Carter dealt with various management issues!

The wind increased for the final race and conditions were now at the upper limit with virtually nobody else left on the bay. Nick clearly had a mainsheet problem but was still cruising upwind alarmingly quickly! Chris Sallis rounded first and set his kite for a blistering run out to the lay-line followed by Nick, Dave Gorringe and Giles.

As the race went on Dave and Giles pulled through and Nick had an uncharacteristic capsize whilst gybing in a massive gust. By the finish Dave had won taking the 'Lymington honour' with Giles second and Chris third.

 yandy150672Nick had easily retained his title and set a high bar for the fleet showing just why he is one of the best sailors in the UK sailing smartly with good speed and strong tactical awareness.

Chris finished second overall with Giles upgrading to 3rd on the last day, both of these qualify for the master's category showing the D One is a versatile boat for a wide range of sailors. Dave Gorringe finished 4th and Martin Browne rounded out the top 5.

The championship was a great success and thanks must go to Royal Torbay Yacht Club for hosting the event and providing excellent race management and Suntouched Sailboats for their continued support providing a range of prizes which were awarded right the way through the fleet.

This was the 5th National Championship for the D One and the class has really come of age with tight racing throughout the fleet and great a great crack on the shore. The fleet now has various summer regattas on the schedule before assembling at the legendary Riva Del Garda in September where Nick will be looking to retain the Gold Cup against Italian, Czech, Hungarian, Austrian and UK competition.

photos © Jean Border / www.borderphotos2010.com

 

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoatHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1 5 HARKEN SANDILINE Nick CRAIG 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 6
2 410   Chris SALLIS 2 5 15 3 4 4 3 21
3 411 AND1AMO Giles CHIPPERFIELD 3 6 10 4 5 3 2 23
4 409 DAZ BOOT David GORRINGE 7 13 4 2 6 10 1 30
5 202   Martin BROWNE 10 2 2 10 3 5 15 32
6 309   Humphrey CARTER 4 7 3 11 2 6 15 33
7 2   Laurence MILTON 5 8 6 7 9 8 6 40
8 316   Al HALL 11 11 5 9 7 2 7 41
9 112 KARTOFFEL Ben FALAT 8 3 7 6 8 15 15 47
10 402   Terry BROOKS 9 9 8 8 10 9 5 48
11 420   Paul BIRBECK 15 10 9 5 11 11 9 55
12 72 MERLIN Tim GARVIN 6 4 15 15 15 7 15 62
13 414 HATS ON Don ONIONS 13 14 11 15 12 12 8 70
14 502   Steve GRAY 12 12 12 12 13 15 15 76
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