day2 r1 fleet spinnakers cropped bannerThe D-One class continued its tour of the glamour locations of Europe with a trip to the elegant resort of Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, where we sailed from the bars and restaurants of the inner harbour to a windward mark among the sterns of the superyachts moored off Portofino.

The circuit has been arranged to make it accessible to our remarkably international travelling membership, and included a weekend Italian Nationals, followed by a pause for proper holiday (or proper work, if you really had to), before the 4-day Europeans starting on Thursday.

The holiday aspect brought a large number of partners and family to a truly glorious area, and boats came from Poland in the North, Hungary in the East, Newcastle in the West and from the South we were delighted to see again a large and extremely competitive Italian fleet after a few years of less activity. It is also great to see new faces from our growing French and Swiss fleets, with particular respect to David Bremond (FRA), who got married on the Friday and still sailed both days of the Italian Nationals before enjoying the area even more for his honeymoon.

The Italian Nationals were won by Enrico Ciferri with a combination of great upwind speed and bold tactics in the swinging breeze, giving us a clue how difficult this venue could be, and beating Alessandro Novi and Giando Boglione into 2nd and 3rd. There was clearly much to be learned by visitors on what is known locally as the Golfo dei Nesci – helpfully translated for us into English as “from ‘nescio’, ‘I don’t know’, meaning ‘Gulf Of Idiots’ “. We all felt like that at some point over the next few days.

Racing for the Europeans was expected to be tight with 29 boats from nine nations. International arrivals included Viktor Teply, Czech Laser representative at London and Rio Olympics, Giles Chipperfield, who showed bursts of speed at the Gold Cup in Austria and Marek Bachtik who showed a rapid ability to grasp the local intricacies of the Italian Championships.

day4 r2 perfectRace Day 1 started in a 6-8knot breeze in baking sunshine on indigo-blue waters. Howard Farbrother showed a cavalier disregard for the pack of Italian boats heading for the expected right shift around the Portofino headland, hit the left hand corner and took the race win by a large margin. In the next race, the exact opposite tactic worked, but not for Howard, while Giles Chipperfield showed remarkable downwind speed to take the lead at the last mark. Viktor Teply  posted two seconds, and looked the most solid performer as well as holding the overnight lead.

Day 2 started in very similar conditions, and the start line became considerably more active as everyone realised the critical need both to get away in the front line and to gain a position with enough room to take the shifts as they came. The game was further complicated by a line where the favoured end changed every couple of minutes as the shifts arrived. Giles proved to have both the tactics and the speed in these conditions, and took a pair or wins while Viktor struggled to get clear of the pack to end with 8th and 3rd. Giles had the overall lead but the next day’s discards would eliminate this, while Alessandro Novi was now a threat to both leaders with faultless tactics and excellent upwind speed. Interestingly, the weight and size of the different helms in the fleet seemed to make very little difference in the lightish winds, with similar speeds for all and boathandling and tactics being far more important.

Day 3 was different. Very different. A bit more windy – 12-15kts, but with a massive rolling swell from a scirocco off Corsica, overlaid by a random short chop generated by the weekend power yachts cruising the bay. At least the chop died down for a while when the yachts stopped for lunch at Portofino, but the swell made for a proper workout upwind and some spectacular surfs downwind. The windward mark was set somewhere off Sardinia to give a full length race, and it was Viktor’s turn to show that a professional laser sailor can hike harder than anyone while also demonstrating impressive ability to work the boat through the confused sea state. With two emphatic wins, Viktor was now tied with Giles on points, with Alessandro and Howard close behind. The last day was looking rather tense.

day1 r 1 spinnakersFor Day 4 the scirocco had gone and the wind was back to 8-10kts, but the yacht chop was even more evident and there were some new techniques to learn to keep the D-One driving through the chop upwind and then to work the unusual surfs downwind. Unsurprisingly, Viktor and Giles never went very far from each other in an epic covering battle from start to finish of race 7. At the first mark both were down in mid-fleet, while Enrico came roaring back into contention with extraordinary upwind speed for a long lead. Alessandro and Howard were also obviously concentrating on each other, and well down the fleet, leaving Jorg Deimling and Riccardo Pontremoli to lead the pack after Enrico. In an action-packed last run normal tactics were abandoned as the dice were rolled and those needing a big move headed for the corners. At the finish Enrico was still unchallenged, but Giles had reached second while Viktor was fifth. This left one more match race to decide the championship.

The final race provided a proper grand finale, with a massive square rigger making the photographers’ day near the windward mark and a repeat of the intense match races throughout the fleet. While most had become more comfortable with the conditions, Enrico remained supreme and scored a second convincing win which jumped him the fourth overall. Alessandro confirmed his third overall with solid tactics to gain clear wind and good speed once there. Giles and Viktor battled all the way round, and in the end were separated by just one place. So Giles is the new D-One European Champion.

The D-One has evolved into a highly international class with a very friendly family of sailors, and we have been to some wonderful places this year. Santa Margherita was a fabulous place to sail, a memorable holiday destination, and the Lega Navale could not have been more helpful and hospitable. Special thanks to Italian Class Secretary Tommaso Buzzi, who organised the whole event.

The international circuit for 2019 is looking great for the class 10th anniversary year, with the Gold Cup in Champagne, France 7-10 June and the Europeans at Lac Biel, Switzerland 12-15 September. For more information go to or

For those who wish to remember, or regret missing it, there are wonderful photos courtesy of Bianca Roccatagliata at

All photos copyright Bianca Roccatagliata



No Country Number Surname Name Points 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 GBR 411 CHIPPEFIELD GILES 13 (4) 1 1 1 4 2 2 2
2 CZE 81 TEPLY VIKTOR 17 2 2 (8) 3 1 1 5 3
3 ITA 101 NOVI ALESSANDRO 30 8 3 2 7 3 3 (9) 4
4 ITA 315 CIFERRI ENRICO 42 6 12 (OCS) 2 11 9 1 1
5 ITA 10 DEIMLING JORG 47 3 7 4 8 (20) 13 3 9
6 ITA 324 REBAUDI FRANCESCO 58 (23) 15 3 6 7 7 14 6
7 ITA 44 PONTREMOLI GIUSEPPE 59 9 4 13 (16) 5 8 6 14
8 BEL 122 FARBROTHER HOWARD 60 1 11 (OCS) 9 8 4 10 17
9 CZE 40 BACHTIK MAREK 60 7 8 10 5 6 (OCS) 17 7
10 ITA 207 WARD KEN 63 12 14 7 4 (DNS) 10 11 5
11 ITA 41 PONTREMOLI RICCARDO 65 14 5 16 (21) 2 5 4 19
12 POL 120 MACHEL PIOTR 75 17 6 12 10 9 11 (22) 10
13 ITA 109 BOGLIONE GIANDOMENICO 85 16 (18) 11 15 17 6 8 12
14 AUT 20 HOFINGER FELIX 93 (22) 16 9 12 14 16 18 8
15 ITA 111 GASPARINI ALESSANDRO 99 18 (DSQ) 6 18 16 15 13 13
16 POL 101 KUGACKI MICHAL 104 5 9 18 11 18 14 (DNS) DNS
17 SUI 7 RUFENACHT PATRICK 107 (24) 19 14 17 15 12 12 18
18 GBR 8 CRICKMORE NICHOLAS 114 15 13 (20) 19 19 18 19 11
19 SUI 101 VONARX ANDREAS 116 (25) 21 5 20 22 20 7 21
20 HUN 18 MATYASOVSZKI GEZA 121 11 17 17 14 26 ,dnf' 16 20
21 SUI 316 TRUEBL JOERG 127 13 20 19 (22) 21 19 20 15
22 GBR 409 GORRINGE DAVID 135 19 23 15 (24) 10 22 23 23
23 ITA 102 BUZZI TOMMASO 141 20 24 (OCS) 25 12 OCS 15 16
24 MON 40 VALLMITJANA FERNANDO 144 21 10 (OCS) 23 24 21 21 24
25 GBR 314 FAVELL NICHOLAS 151 26 22 22 (26) 13 17 25 26
27 FRA 29 ABORD EMMANUEL 171 (27) 25 21 26 25 23 26 25



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 @
Photos by Peter Fothergill @


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