3 D-Ones gathered in Bruinisse together with 50 other skiff boats for the Dutch Open Skiff Trophy. The event was hosted by Aquavitesse, in the marina of the town. They offered perfect launching conditions for the fleet, very good and clean facilities in the marina and a very good race officer in the form of Bob Wainwright (Arky) taking the right decisions. There was a friendly and relaxed atmosphere amongst the sailors showing no boundaries between the different classes. Like many times, the D-Ones caught a lot of attention with many people taking pictures while rigging.
After the skippers meeting, the fleet launched from the nearby beach and headed out of the marina to sail 3 races. The first 2 races, Al achieved good starts on a busy start line at the pin end which gave him free wind. Both times he made good gains at the left middle side of the course reading the wind very well. As everybody saw him going fast on the left, the 3rd race more people tried to start at the pin, but still Al showed the quickness of the D-One on upwind legs still arriving in top 5 position at the windward mark. This resulted in a tight battle with some ISO toppers and an incredibly quick RS Vareo (sailed by Nik Crickmore who has been seen in a D-One earlier this year at Lipno). After day 1, Al would end up 2nd in the provisional general ranking.
More in the back of the fleet, Vanessa and Philippe were fighting out a duel for 2nd and 3rd D-One. Vanessa managed to stay ahead of Philippe in 2 of 3 races but in the provisional ranking they ended up on equal points. In the evening, all sailors enjoyed a lovely meal at the sailors dinner in the marina restaurant.
On the next day in lighter airs, Al suffered a bad day having difficulties finding the pace he had showed the day before finishing with two 6th places. This resulted in him losing one place and dropping to 3rd overall. Philippe on the other hand seemed much quicker than he was on Saturday after he had some cracking starts. In the final ranking, Al took the bronze medal home to the UK. Philippe ended 16th, showing the small rig being competitive amongst the other skiffs. Vanessa took 18th place.
On Sunday afternoon, all sailors went back home after a beautiful event which was held on a fantastic location. Next year, we hope to welcome even more D-Ones at this great event with excellent value for money.
Full race results are available for download here.
16 D-Ones gathered at the beautiful setting of Lake Attersee (UYCAs) for three days of racing. Sailors from Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, England, Czech Republic and local sailors of Lake Attersee, Lake Wolfgangsee and Lake Neusiedlersee made up the fleet.On practice day seven D-Ones enjoyed a nice training session in Force 2-3 conditions in the afternoon thermal breeze. With an excellent weather forecast sailors retired after some wonderful Austrian food and local Zipfer beer.
The first day of racing was a patient wait as the morning southerly breeze fought against the thermal "Rosenwind". Eventually later in the day the fleet launched and started race one in a light force 2. Sadly, at the windward mark, the wind died, forcing the race officer to abandon the race. The fleet retired to the Yacht Club bar for some refreshment and lovely Wiener Schnitzel provided by the host Union Yacht Club Attersee.
Day two started calm and very hot….
The first Austrian D-One event in 2016 took place on lake Wolfgangsee this weekend (2.-3.7.2016). A fleet of 10 boats, eight Austrian and two from Czech Republic took part in the regatta. Four of the Austrian sailors already competed in the 2016 D-One Europeans at Lipno CZE and were highly motivated to show their skills on home waters.
On the first day nice weather and strong winds with 4-6bft allowed two beautiful races to be completed before a storm with lots of rain forced the race committee to finish the day. On Sunday the weather unfortunately did not allow any more races and therefore the result from Saturday became the final result.
Marek Bachtik (CZE) was able to win the series with a start to finish win in the first race and a very close second place in the second race. Second place goes to Matthias Böckl (UYCWg) with a win in the second race, and third place with a second place in race 1 to Felix Hofinger (UYCAs).
Many thanks to the event authority and race committee from UYCWg and especially to our friends Marek Bachtik and Libor Hosek from Praha - Czech Republic for joining us here in Austria!
The next Austrian event the D-One Attersee Trophy takes place on lake Attersee from 09.09.-11.09.2016, the weekend before the Goldcup at Garda, so perfect for training. We already received entries from Germany, Czech Republic and Great Britain and would be very pleased to welcome many more international guests from Hungary, Italy, Switzerland or any other country! If you have any questions related to the Attersee event, please contact national representative Felix Hofinger.
Circolo Nautico Alassio 20th – 24th September
20 D Ones from 6 nations gathered at the beautiful coastal town of Alassio on the Italian Rivera for the 2017 European Championships. The 8 race event was sailed in light and variable conditions with the sea breeze struggling to establish itself.
This lead to a pattern of enjoyable mornings spent in the beach front cafés or catching up with friends in the boat park followed by lunch at the marina before heading out in the afternoon sun for a couple of races.
The lighter breezes made for close racing throughout the fleet with constant decision making about shifts and pressure. Gains and losses were made in every race with many photo finishes to decide placings!
Nick Craig proved adept at managing the conditions and delivered a consistent series of 1st and 2nd places. He also generously gave a seminar on how sail a D-One properly, which was hugely appreciated – and very effective, since Chris Sallis and Giles Chipperfield won the next two races, while Enrico Ciferri also won a race and led a couple more.
However, everyone except Nick also managed to accumulate some high scores in the tricky conditions. Congratulations to a great champion.
A select group of D1’s joined the 2 local boats to contest the next round of the traveller’s circuit held within the fast fleet of the Lymington regatta.
Saturday morning was a bit of a shock as boats were rigged in drizzle but this soon cleared as launch time approached, conditions were somewhat lively on the way to the start line with that awkward chop you only seem to get on the Solent.
Race 1 & sharing a start line with RS800’s, 700’s & other assorted skiffs and trapeze boats made finding clear air a priority, something that Locals Dave Gorringe & Giles Chipperfield made look easy as they battled their way up the first beat, followed Tyler Harmsworth and Sat Nav (Tim Garvin) rounded together with Paul Birbeck on their transoms.
When witnessing a masterclass in championship fleet sailing one can either simply ‘Wow !’ or look for those very few fleeting moments which might be criticised; Nick Craig discarded a ‘first’ in the three-day, seven-race series run at Gorleston this last weekend, while just tuning up his brand-new D-One.
But that didn't stop everyone else having a fantastic time with every type of weather, tight racing and varied results. Gorleston beach added its own traditional brand of excitement when the breeze came up, and the club's hospitality and welcome were quite extraordinary.
Many thanks from the D-One fleet to virtually the entire GYGSC membership who helped us out.Read more for results and details...
The D One Rooster Gold Cup was held on Lake Balaton from the 24th to the 28th May, hosted by the Hungarian D One fleet and Balatonfured Yacht Club.
Competitors from Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland and the United Kingdom enjoyed a fantastic championship with superb sailing conditions, excellent race management and a very warm welcome from the hosts.
Eight races were sailed in conditions ranging from 5 to 25 knots against the stunning backdrop of Lake Balaton.
Day one was sailed in top end conditions and from the start Hungarian sailors Tomai Balazs (current European Champion) and Tamas Szamody showed great speed and excellent boat handling to finish 1,2.
The 2nd race saw the wind increase with D One's launching themselves in all directions on the long fast downwinds. Tomai had some spinnaker issues and capsized leaving Tamas to take the win with Giles Chipperfield and Dave Gorringe (both of Lymington Town SC) taking 2nd and 3rd.
The 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!