Lymington, England 7- 8 July

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With entries from Switzerland, France and Italy 20 D Ones gathered at Lymington Town Sailing Club on the 5th of July for the 2018 National Championship.  The event opened with a day of on-the-water coaching followed by a video review in the bar at LTSC. 

 

Racing commenced on Friday in perfect sea breeze conditions with wall-to-wall sunshine and 15 to 18 knots of breeze.  Rob Jones opened his first D One nationals with a perfectly executed port tack start as the fleet headed inshore for tidal relief.  Current D One World, European and National champion Nick Craig soon made his way to the front of the pack and led to the finish.  With Tim Garvin and Chris Sallis rounding out the top 3. 
 
The breeze and sea state built a little for the next race and the whole fleet enjoyed some fantastic downwind rides.  Nick continued to control the racing with another win this time with Giles Chipperfield taking second and Chris pic
king up another 3rd.  racing was tight throughout the fleet with every boat length being gained or lost on the smallest of margins.  2 more races were sailed in the superb conditions with Nick taking a perfect scoreline Chris in 2nd and Giles in 3rd.  the fleet returned from an epic days sailing to enjoy a meal and a few beers at LTSC.
 
08.07.18 Lymington Dinghy Regatta 2018 East HR 1161Day 2 saw similar conditions with slightly less wind; everybody had worked out the tidal flow which made starting near the committee boat and taking an early tack a premium.  Another 4 races were sailed in the superb conditions Nick continued to control the racing although a rare slip up saw him roll in at the leeward mark allowing Rob Jones through to take the win.  Giles continued to be super consistent seeing him move up to 2nd and Rob move ahead of Chris into 3rd.  A few more beers were enjoyed in the evening and LTSC hosted an excellent regatta dinner.
 
Sunday was on an earlier schedule for the last race of the regatta and the RO called the fleet out around midday as the sea breeze began to settle.  This was the lightest race of the series and most were happy to consolidate their positions and not take too much risk.  Nick once again took the bullet with Howard Farbrother and Giles fighting it out for 2nd and 3rd.  The final results saw Nick adding another national championship to his long list of wins, Giles was a convincing 2nd and Rob took 3rd.  our friends from Europe; Patrick, Etienne and Tommaso all enjoyed the fantastic British conditions and the Italian was even heard to say 'it is quite warm!'
 
LTSC hosted an excellent championship and thanks must go to Giles and Heather Chipperfield for all their efforts in organising the event.  The class now looks forward to the European Championships in the Gulf of Liguria this September and championships in the champagne region of France and Lake Biel in Switzerland with a feeder event in Lake Como.       
 

Video by Alex Barnes @ abvideography.co.uk
Photos by Peter Fothergill @ fothergillphotography.com

Results

2018 nats results


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The 2018 D One Gold Cup hosted by Union Yacht Club, Wolfgangsee, saw a record entry of 43 boats from 9 nations. Based in the picturesque Austrian town of St Gilgen the championship saw challenging conditions and a competitive fleet including Nick Craig, champion in multiple classes and a 3 times Gold Cup winner; Viktor Teply, Czech 2- time Olympian in the Laser class, Ondrej Teply, a previous winner of the Finn Junior Worlds and 5-time Olympian / 6 time winner of the Finn World Masters Championships, Michael Maier.

gc image2Day one saw tricky conditions with the first race which was led by Tim Garvin being abandoned due to a thunder storm warning. The experience of the race team showed as they quickly re-set the course and managed to run 2 races. Viktor scored 2 bullets with Nick 2nd and Giles Chipperfield showing good form with a 3rd and a 6th.

Day 2 saw more good race management as the RO anticipated the thermal wind and set up the race course perfectly. 3 races were completed with Nick picking up 2 wins and a second to move into the lead. Day three saw 2 races sailed in a shifting wind with changing pressure across the course. This saw several changes on the leader board. However Nick delivered a strong performance in the conditions taking 2 more bullets. Victor and Giles consolidated 2nd and 3rd places. The final race on Sunday saw the fleet out in the afternoon thermal with Nick once again demonstrating his mastery of the conditions with a clear win over Chris Sallis who finished 2nd and Michael Maier rounding out the top 3.

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The final results saw Nick taking the title ahead of Viktor and Giles, with Giles taking the Masters title ahead of Michael Maier and Chris Sallis.  Devoti Sailing and Harken both generously provided prizes which were spread throughout the competitors.  Union Yacht Club and the Austrian D One fleet, in particular Felix Hofinger and Georg Schofegger, did an excellent job of organising the event with social events every evening and a good supply of free beer sponsored by club members!

The ethos of the D One class is to travel to new and interesting places, meet with old friends and make new ones whilst enjoying competitive, exciting sailing and great social events and this event certainly lived up to that. With the largest championship fleet to date everybody enjoyed battles on the water and sharing a beer or two afterwards. The UK fleet now has the Nationals at Lymington early in July before heading to one of our favourite venues Santa Margherita Ligure in Italy for the European champions ships in September.

With growing fleets across Europe the class has outlined the international championship programme for the next 2 years with the Gold Cup in France and the Europeans in Switzerland in 2019 and Europeans in Northern Spain and the the Gold Cup coming to the UK in 2020.

 
Pictures courtesy of Union Yacht Club, Wolfgangsee, Austria
 

IMG 0350Lake Lipno, Czech Republic 25-26 June

The D-one is very active in Europe, and this year we decided to make life easier by holding events on consecutive weekends so that travellers can get two for the price of one journey.

With the record-breaking Gold Cup happening next week in St Gilgen, Austria, last weekend saw the fleet gather just across the border in Lipno, Czech Republic. 17 boats from the Czech, Austrian, and British fleets enjoyed a fantastic weekend alongside the Compotech Cat Championship.

Impeccable race management gave us seven races in a warm 5-15 knot wind, with copious food and drink ashore in a beautiful setting. As with all good lake sailing, the continuous shifts and puffs meant that everyone could have a moment of glory, usually shortly followed by a period of ignominy. Most races ended with 3-4 boats overlapped, with one memorable finish of 8 overlapped D-Ones making the line look a little short.

lipno evening 2018Worthy Champion was Viktor Teply, Czech Laser representative at the Rio Olympics, closely followed by Giles Chipperfield then Jakub Hucek.

Lipno proved once again to be a marvellous place to sail, a spectacular area to visit and offered a very very warm Czech welcome. We will certainly be back, but next up ….the Gold Cup on the Wolfgangsee near Salzburg. Now doesn’t that sound like a good trip?

All photos copyright Adela Cerna, Kemp Jestrabi

event locations mapAfter some excellent racing in 2017, we are delighted to have a full circuit organised for 2018, which is as we agreed at the Europeans at Alassio this year. 
We hope that sending these dates out early will mean that even more sailors can come and join our great racing. This should also help to ensure that National events can avoid clashes with the major international events.
We agreed this year that the major European events have an associated event close to the location on the  previous weekend, to allow travelling sailors to sail in two events for just one trip. What more could you want?
The dates are as follows:
Czech Open National Championship : Lipno, CZE.
26/27-May 2018
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D-One Gold Cup: Wolfgangsee, AUT
31-May / 3-June 2018
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UK Open National Championship: Lymington, GBR
5/8-July 2018
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Italian Open National Championship : Santa Magherita Ligure, ITA
15/16-September 2018    Please note: this event will now be held at Santa Margherita Ligure before the Europeans. There will also be training at Sanat Margherita 17/18/19 September for anyone interested.
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D-One European Championships : Santa Margherita Ligure, ITA
20/23-September 2018
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Thank you to everyone who has helped put this together. More details will be added to the links above as the details are confirmed.
There will obviously be many other D-One events around the world, in great places, and with tight racing. Details will be published as they become available on the website at: 
http://www.d-oneassociation.org/events/events-calendar
If you want to include these events in your own phone or PC calendar, use the link:  
http://www.d-oneassociation.org/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&extmode=cal&format=ical

If you have any questions or comments please contact the names above, and please forward this information to anyone who may be interested.