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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.


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The 2018 D One Gold Cup hosted by Union Yacht Club, Wolfgangsee, saw a record entry of 43 boats from 9 nations.

Based in the picturesque Austrian town of St Gilgen the championship saw challenging conditions and a competitive fleet including Nick Craig, champion in multiple classes and a 3 times Gold Cup winner; Viktor Teply, Czech 2- time Olympian in the Laser class, Ondrej Teply, a previous winner of the Finn Junior Worlds and 5-time Olympian / 6 time winner of the Finn World Masters Championships, Michael Maier.

Day one saw tricky conditions with the first race which was led by Tim Garvin being abandoned due to a thunder storm warning. The experience of the race team showed as they quickly re-set the course and managed to run 2 races. Viktor scored 2 bullets with Nick 2nd and Giles Chipperfield showing good form with a 3rd and a 6th.

Lymington, England 7- 8 July

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With entries from Switzerland, France and Italy 20 D Ones gathered at Lymington Town Sailing Club on the 5th of July for the 2018 National Championship.  The event opened with a day of on-the-water coaching followed by a video review in the bar at LTSC. 

Racing commenced on Friday in perfect sea breeze conditions with wall-to-wall sunshine and 15 to 18 knots of breeze.  Rob Jones opened his first D One nationals with a perfectly executed port tack start as the fleet headed inshore for tidal relief.  Current D One World, European and National champion Nick Craig soon made his way to the front of the pack and led to the finish.  With Tim Garvin and Chris Sallis rounding out the top 3. 

The breeze and sea state built a little for the next race and the whole fleet enjoyed some fantastic downwind rides.  Nick continued to control the racing with another win this time with Giles Chipperfield taking second and Chris pic
king up another 3rd.  racing was tight throughout the fleet with every boat length being gained or lost on the smallest of margins.  2 more races were sailed in the superb conditions with Nick taking a perfect scoreline Chris in 2nd and Giles in 3rd.  the fleet returned from an epic days sailing to enjoy a meal and a few beers at LTSC.

IMG 0350Lake 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

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