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.

d1 dag2The 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!

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