Santa Margherita Ligure: 19-20 September 2015.
It took place in the enchanting setting of Santa Margherita and the entire Gulf of Tigullio Nucci Novi Trophy 2015, from this year's competition for the class D-One.
The fleet enjoyed 2 races on Day 1 in a 15knt northerly Pela wind. Mario Rabbo ITA and Tomai Balazs HUN made the break away with Mario winning and Nick Craig GBR moving up to second after Tomai made a mistake at the finish. The wind was shifting more for the second race and the first beat saw gains and losses on either side. This time Nick and Mario moved ahead with Nick taking the bullet and Mario second. Tim Garvin GBR rounded out the top 3. With close racing throughout the fleet and some classic Lake Garda down wind rides everyone returned to shore to share their stories from the day over a beer and a plate of pasta at the club.
Nick Craig took 6 out of 7 line honours to win the 2015 D-One Gold cup in Travemunde, 23rd – 26th July. The town of Travemunde pulled out all the stops with fireworks, laser light shows, beach bars, and of course the compulsory sausage and beer stalls that come with such a prestigious German regatta. The weather was a mixed bag of flat calm, 30deg sunshine, to 40kt squalls with electrical storms.
Lymington’s up & coming Dinghy Regatta was held 18/19th July with a 100-boat entry – a truly premier event with sun, wind, steep waves and doughnuts. With the sun & wind and one-sided tactics of head for the beach it was just like Lake Garda, but much nearer.
The Lymington Town D-One fleet, recently augmented by John Fitzsimmonds (GBR 501), were joined by visitors from Queen Mary, Castle Cove and Lyme Regis making a tight D-One class sharing a coure with RS400, Merlin Rocket and fast handicap fleets - and some very big waves.
This Years Suntouched D-one National championship took the class to Highcliffe Sailing club. 18 contestants rolled up to the first start on Friday 19th June.
The conditions couldn’t have been more perfect for the first race with full south coast sunshine and a 15 + kt sea breeze building from the southwest having fought off a gusty northwest gradient. With the pre race nerves pumping adrenalin to maximum levels all helms were eager to test each other’s finely honed fitness and intelligent boat handling skills as the starting gun went.
12 D Ones gathered at Grafham over the weekend of 13th and 14th of June for a pre-nationals warm-up regatta. Saturday served up a light breeze for race one and Simon Hawkes read the shifts well to take the race. The race officer attempted to get the second race away but the breeze died completely and the fleet headed for the bar and an excellent evening meal serveed up by the sailing club.
The weather forecasters predicted 'Dogs off chains' at the start of the week running up to the 2015 POSH event (Paignton Open for Single Handers) but as the week went on, the predictions eased and on the day Torbay served up another weekend of fabulous sailing. The D-One fleet returned to this ever popular event for the 3rd time and their first open of the year sponsored in 2015 by Spinlock, supplying their new “Wing“ buoyancy aid as prizes.