GBR D-ONE Class Association

GBR D-ONE Class Association

Welcome to the home of the GBR 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 GBR D-ONE class operates through the D-ONE International Association, which has a representative from each country. The committee member for Great Britain is Ben Falat

IMG 0360With a poor forecast and several regular D One sailors on 'other duties' a small fleet assembled at Oxford SC on the 1st and 2nd of April for the first event of the 2017 Travellers Trophy.  Contrary to the forecast of light wind and rain the fleet headed out into a sunny force 3 on Saturday afternoon. 

Race one got under way with Oxford local Terry Brookes nailing the first beat to round ahead of Paul Birbeck and Nick Crickmore.  As these 3 took off downwind Chris Sallis gybe-set to hook up some good pressure on the left and pulled through to lead at the leeward buoy. Terry continued to chase but some loose covering saw Chris take the win.  Race two started in similar conditions with a tight first beat and downwind, this time Terry led at the bottom buoy  followed by Nick and Chris.  With the wind starting to swing left and right Chris found a passing lane on the upwind and managed to pull ahead into a comfortable lead with Terry taking second and Paul third.  Race three saw Terry going quickly on the first downwind and then extend his lead over Chris and Paul. 

So at the end of a great afternoons sailing Chris and Terry were separated by 1 point with Paul rounding out the top three.

d1 dag2The D-One fleet descended on Lymington Regatta, hosted by the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and shared with Lymington Town SC.

Saturday dawned with a slightly overcast weather and light winds. The Sea Breeze was to be delayed until much later in the day, which gave some interesting results in the first two races.

Race 1, local lad Giles Chipperfield showed the fleet the way round the course closely followed by Tim Garvin and Terry Brooks. Places were changing regularly and the racing was extremely close, as appears to be the norm for this class.

Race 2, saw the fleet set off in a dwindling wind as the sea breeze was trying hard to come through. Chipperfield  was clear ahead closely followed by Paul Birbeck. Garvin managed to overtake Birbeck on the second lap and got close to Chipperfield when the breeze completely died off and the race was cancelled. Results being taken from the previous lap.

Race 3, was sailed in a building sea breeze and was best race of the day. Chipperfield got off to a great start but he didn’t have it all his way as Garvin and Brooks were permanently challenging throughout the whole race. As the breeze built to a considerable speed Chipperfield managed a capsize at the final leeward mark to let Garvin in for the win, closely followed by Brooks, and Dave Gorringe, showing his turn of speed in the windy stuff.

After a long day on the water, tea and doughnuts were waiting, and afterwards the fleet adjourned to the bar where the food and drink was most welcome.....as was an early bed!

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.

The Inland nationals and UK end-of-season event held in light conditions was a 3-horse competition between Tyler Harmsworth (ex Phantom Champion) making his first appearance on the circuit, Ben Falat and Tim Garvin; these three were then joined by Paul Birbeck when it was a touch windier on Sunday;  newcomer to the class and sporting that famous Pink Number-9 Gordon Davies, learned a lot about how to sail a D-One.

LTSC 1 1Lymington’s up & coming Dinghy Regatta was held 18/19th July with a 100-boat entry – a truly premier event with sun, wind, steep waves and doughnuts.  With the sun & wind and one-sided tactics of head for the beach it was just like Lake Garda, but much nearer.

The Lymington Town D-One fleet, recently augmented by John Fitzsimmonds (GBR 501), were joined by visitors from Queen Mary, Castle Cove and Lyme Regis making a tight D-One class sharing a coure with RS400, Merlin Rocket and fast handicap fleets - and some very big waves.

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