Since the D-One was launched 10 years ago, it has been sailed in a huge variety of conditions, from calm alpine lakes to full-on sea sailing, and by all shapes and sizes of competitor. We are fortunate to have a very wide base of friendly international sailors.
The boat has always had a fairly crude form of weight equalisation, whereby sailors below 86kg are allowed slightly wider wings. As with all classes, there has been occasional discussion as to whether this is adequate. We were fortunate at the Gold Cup this year to have very clearly defined windy and light days, and a full international fleet weighed in for the event. This gave a perfect opportunity to crunch the numbers, as shown in the graph, which reads from first to last place left to right.
As with all previous analyses, the stand-out fact is the wide range of effective weights. The top five ranged from 79kg to 97kg. The lightest competitor was 10th, the heaviest 19th. There is no discernible pattern which could show that results were distributed by weight, or by weight band. So the rest of us just have to accept that the best sailors won, which is hardly a surprise. Congratulations again to Nick Craig and Viktor Teply.
There is some evidence that the heavier sailors did better on the windy days, and the lighter sailors later in the event. This is hardly a surprise either - although some of the heaviest sailors put in top-5 results in the lightest conditiions - but the test is that on average, over a range of conditions, pretty much anyone between 70kg and 125kg can get a decent result. Neither is there any evidence, despite French protestations, that any of the seven nations represented are fundamentally heavier as a result of worse national cuisine than the hosts.
What a great 2018!
The D-One has had a great year, with the biggest Gold Cup ever in Austria, a rejuvenated Italian fleet among the 9 nations at the Europeans in Liguria, and international travelling D-One sailors made very welcome at events in Czech Republic, Great Britain, Switzerland and France.
It was wonderful to join such a friendly circuit in such great places, and thank you again to those who put the events together.
...so here is the Calendar for 2019!
The same great people - and some new ones - have put together a set of events for 2019. We have tried to make sure they do not clash dates, and, obviously, are in fantastic sailing locations.
The main events are the Champagne Gold Cup on the Lac de Der in France in June, and the European Championships in Switzerland's best wine region in September. Fantastic sailing and excellent wine locations, we should have said.
Many sailors in 2018 visited D-One regattas in other countries, often as part of travel to the major championships or just to make a good holiday. We hope that this will continue, and every event has a contact address you can use to find out anything you need to plan your trip.
For details of all these events click the event name (in the panel to the right of this article) on https://www.d-oneassociation.org/
..with Training (optional...)
Training days were popular in 2018 for those at every level, and many of our 2019 events will have an optional training day beforehand.
For those who cannot wait for their sun and sailing, Stefan Hess is organising winter training at Palamos in Spain, which will be a good start for those already thinking of the Gold Cup in Palamos...in 2020.
....and charter boats will be available
We are delighted to confirm that Devoti srl will once again be offering and supporting up to four charter boats for the international events. First reserved, first served, but this is a very good way to join in without too much time travelling, or to bring your friends to try it out without buying a boat first. Why not invite a friend?
Full details of events will be updated here and on https://www.facebook.com/DOneAssociation/ as they become available.
Please do send us details of any more events you are aware of and want to support, and please share this information with anyone who may be interested.
Happy Christmas - buon Natale - Frohe Weihnachten -
Boldog Karácsonyt - veselé Vánoce - joyeux Noel
The 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.
Race 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.
For 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 https://www.d-oneassociation.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/DOneAssociation
For those who wish to remember, or regret missing it, there are wonderful photos courtesy of Bianca Roccatagliata at https://www.d-oneassociation.org/gallery/photos
All photos copyright Bianca Roccatagliata
Lake 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.
Worthy 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
The dates are as follows:
31-May / 3-June 2018
UK Open National Championship: Lymington, GBR
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.
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:
If you want to include these events in your own phone or PC calendar, use the link:
If you have any questions or comments please contact the names above, and please forward this information to anyone who may be interested.
All the competitors at the Alassio European Champioships enjoyed a very productive meeting where we discussed plans for the major events for 2018 and 2019, and also a number of other important matters about the future of the class.
Since some of these matters relate the Devoti Sailing's support of the class, Chris Sallis summarised the meeting in a letter to Devoti Sailing supported by all those present. This is attached below. We will of course share the response and any decisions when they are received.
The letter can be downloaded at: devoti_email.pdf
2017 Gold Cup Lake Balaton, Hungary - Video report
2018 GBR Open Nationals - Highlights
2016 Gold Cup Riva del Garda - Video report
2017 Rapallo Training - Video report
2016 European Championships - Overall
2016 Austrian Open (National Championship) - Video report
2016 Austrian Open (National Championship) - Video report
2016 European Championships - Day 1
2016 European Championships - Day 3
2016 European Championships - Day 2
Tom Slingsby Skills
Pimp Your D-One !
Volvo Gup Lerici and Luca Devoti interview
Tacking and gybing in Palma
The D-One fleet enjoyed a fantastic European Championship at Camp Jestrabi, Lake Lipno in the Czech Republic. 11 Czech boats were joined by good numbers of Hungarian, Austrian and British boats to make a strong 25-boat fleet.
Congratulations to Tomai Balazs (HUN119) on the win, closely followed by Petr Fiala (CZE203) and Tamas Szamody (HUN10).
The last day started with a tie-break for 2nd, 3rd and 4th, so commiserations to Humphrey Carter (GBR309) who just missed the podium.
An entirely appropriate image of the results shown right, but the full results are also at D-One European Championships Results . Camp Jestrabi took some excellent photos which have been posted on Facebook and are now on this website as well at http://www.d-oneassociation.org/gallery/photo-galleries
There is also now a video from Camp Jestrabi available at: D-One Europeans 2016
The 2015 D-One GBR Travellers Series is being supported by North Sails One Design Europe and Suntouched Sailboats, with the kind permission of Devoti sailing :
- they have provided a New Black Gennaker for the winner
- the winner to be decided by a race-entry based raffle drawn after the last event of the year;
- this means that everybody who starts a race in the series has a chance of winning this fantastic £600-prize!
The full competition rules are available on the website here: TravellersRaffle.pdf- the more races you enter the greater the chance of winning!
This year's 2015 D-One GBR Travellers Series visits some great venues, starting with Paignton POSH on 9/10 May. Click Read More to see the full circuit, and come and join the fun.
update: We now have some additional prizes provided by Spinlock. In support of the launch of their exciting new range of 50N PFDs this season, Spinlock will be supplying a number of WINGS as prizes for key events.
Already the choice for team BAR, the WING offers the performance sailor a fresh approach to PFD design, focusing on the speed, athleticism and high agility of the new generation of sailors in a compact minimalist design. https://www.spinlock.co.uk/en/categories/wing-and-foil-pfds
For each regatta in the traveller series we have a Spinlock "Wing" PFD to give away. Spinlock will also be supporting us at this years National champs with some prizes. A fitting
prize to have "Wings" for those who sail the boat with wings!