Circolo Nautico Alassio 20th – 24th September
foto alassio podium d one 960x63020 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!

c brits4 Imgp8364Nick 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.

gwtc jan 2015A 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.

nick1craig 1When 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...

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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.

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