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There were dramatic conditions for the opening day of the D-One Gold Cup. Competitors from 9 nations woke up to a sunny morning and the breeze built throughout the morning of Day1 in the beautiful backdrop of Alassio Bay.

During the day there was a great deal of chopping and changing at the front of the high calibre fleet. GBR's Nick Craig led the fleet overnight tied with Peter Fiala CZE on 4 points. Uberto Visconti ITA finished off the top 3 after just claiming the 49er Italian nationals.

 day1 image2 croppedThursday night saw the D- One fleet attend the championship dinner at a local restaurant hosted by Luca Devoti. Lots of pasta and fantastic fish dishes were consumed finished off by a metre tall jug of Grappa.

 Day 2 was very different. The first race was started in 8kts in a challenging sea state left over from the overnight gale. Nick Simmons sailed a good first beat and run to round the bottom mark in 3rd just behind Nick Craig. With dying breeze the race officer shortened us and finished us at the top mark. Simmons found all the holes in the last beat and ended up swamped whilst Craig held on and took 3rd.

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With the breeze completely shutting off the Race Officer raised AP over A and sent us ashore to wait further instructions. With the second race looking unlikely many returned to the club house to commence an evening on the pasta and beer, only for the breeze to switch 180 degrees and fill in to 15kts.

With impeccable timing the RO managed to squeeze in the second race in a gentle evening breeze with the big waves now in the right direction for surfing downwind. Humphrey Carter sailed well working his way through the fleet to 6th at the last windward mark claiming second GBR with the every consistent Craig also pulling through the fleet to take 3rd

Day 3 dawned hot and sunny with no wind. After the race officer finished his bottle of wine and spritz racing for the day was cancelled and everyone went for a very pleasant gelato. 

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Day 4 ws perfect: clear blue skies and gentle breezes greeted the competitors. It was a great day to conclude the Gold Cup with a Brit, a Czech and an Italian making up the top 3. The first race was sailed in 6-8kts. With shifty conditions some new faces made it to the front of the tightly packed fleet. Alessandro Novi was doing some good corner banging up wind and sailed well downwind finishing second. Peter Fiala won the race excelling in these conditions showing the rest of us how to spot every shift and change gears when needed. With Nick Craig finishing down the pack everything was to play for in the final race with Nick and Peter now tied on equal points and Uberto in sniffing distance.

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 For the second and final race the breeze increased in pressure with building waves. Peter CZE and Uberto ITA nailed the first beat getting around the top mark in good order with Nick rounding mid fleet giving himself some loud "verbal encouragement" which obviously worked well as by the end of the run he was back in contention. In a tense final lap the contenders tussled for the lead of the championship. Peter got boxed out downwind leaving Nick to gybe away to clinch second from Tamas Szamody HUN and take the 2014 D-One Gold Cup.

In the tightly contested masters category GBR's Giles Chipperfield sailed a consistent week beating previous champions to bring the trophy to UK shores for the first time. Well done Nick Craig!

 

 

 

Position Country Sail Num Name Boat name/Sponsor Points R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 GBR 5 Nick Craig Sandiline 10 3 1 3 1 14 2
2 CZE 203 Peter Fiala   14 1 3 8 3 1 6
3 ITA 402 Uberto Crivelli Visconti Hi-Fun 14 4 2 1 4 4 3
4 ITA 19 Alessandro Marege White Magic 27 7 dns 4 2 7 7
5 CZE 414 Viktor Teply   31 2 8 7 5 11 9
6 ITA 204 Francesco Gabbi asbekema 34 21 5 6 10 9 4
7 ITA 149 Michele Mennuti Tabo 41 12 4 5 11 10 11
8 ITA 135 Mario Rabbo Gioia 43 9 25 2 22 5 5
9 ITA 101 Alessandro Novi Red Bullo 47 13 11 13 16 2 8
10 HUN 10 Tamas Szamody   51 19 20 12 13 6 1
11 ITA 224 Francesco Rebaudi Kinnor 52 11 6 11 6 18 18
12 ITA 404 Giuseppe Pontremoli Barca Killa 58 5 13 8 15 17 26
13 ITA 403 Riccardo Pontremoli Neftall 60 6 7 dns 7 23 17
14 ITA 25 Raolo Rossi Mia 60 17 17 10 8 15 10
15 GBR 411 Giles Chipperfield AnD1amo 65 15 10 18 14 8 21
16 ITA 207 Camillo Colombo Non ho idea 69 18 25 15 21 3 12
17 CZE 40 Mareik Bachtik Vana 76 22 12 17 12 19 16
18 GBR 410 Nick Simmons   77 25 9 16 19 13 20
19 GBR 112 Ben Falat Kartoffel 80 10 15 21 20 29 14
20 GBR 34 Humphrey Carter   82 16 22 25 9 22 13
21 GBR 9 Jon Hammond   96 8 21 30 24 24 19
22 POL 120 Piotr Machel   99 23 19 14 23 20 29
23 ITA 212 Furio Patrizio Monaco Billo Baccani 105 14 14 27 27 27 23
24 GBR 119 Chris Sallis   109 26 dns 22 dns 12 15
25 ITA 22 Giandomenico Boglione Stramuo 109 26 dns 22 dns 12 15
26 GBR 202 Martin Browne Enzo 117 24 16 23 dns 30 24
27 CZE 205 Vladislac Ptasnik Blue Breeze 119 20 18 26 28 28 27
28 ITA 107 Fabio Toccoli Audace 128 dns dns ocs 17 21 22
29 ARG 20 Fernando Vallmitjana Cacilya 128 dnf 27 19 26 25 31
30 HUN 17 Gyula Gemesi   133 28 24 29 29 26 26
31 FRA 406 Remi Perrin Idefix 144 29 dns 20 dns 31 30
32 GBR 409 Dave Gorringe Daz Boot 155 dns dns 28 25 dns dns
33 ITA 24 Tommaso Buzzi Allibo 166 dns dns dnf 30 dns dns

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