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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.

IMGP5527JPGAfter 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.

The pictures of this event could be found in the photo gallery.
Full race results are available for download here.

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FB IMG 1474210053174The 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.

Day 2 of the Gold Cup was an early start to make the most of the strong northerly Pela wind.  Today's races developed into a battle between the current champion Nick Craig and the Italian champion Mario Rabbo with Nick taking a 3,1 and Mario a 1,2 putting them level on points and setting things up nicely for the final day tomorrow. European champion Tomai Balazs moved up to 3rd after a good day with Chris Salliis and Beppe Pontremoli rounding out the top 5.  After racing the annual meeting was held and plans made for events in Hungary next May and Italy next Autumn.

The final 2 races of the 2016 Gold Cup were sailed in a strong and shifting  northerly, in race one the fleet split with the Torbole side paying and big gains and losses downwind in the bands of pressure. Nick Craig won, with Mario Rabbo second and Tomai Balazs 3rd.  The final race was a show down for the Gold Cup between Nick and Mario.  At a shortened finish Tamas Szamody HUN was first with Mario second and Nick 3rd. This left Mario and Nick equal on points with Mario winning the Gold Cup on count back.  Tamas moved up to 4th overall and Chris Sallis rounded out the top 5 and won the Masters trophy.

With a fleet of 25 D-Ones from 6 nations and close racing throughout the fleet the 2016 Gold cup was a memorable event with everyone looking forward to meeting again in Hungary next May.

The pictures of the event can be found in the photo gallery,
the video report of this event can be found in the video gallery.

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.

DSC 1032The 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. all the signs were good for the classic thermal breeze and whilst it came later than expected three good races were held in Force 2-3 conditions. Felix Hofinger (AUT) lead the fleet away from the committee boat and immediately tacked into a lift which gave him a commanding lead. Marek Bachtik (CZK) and Al Hall (GBR) battled for the minor places with Bachtik just getting the edge downwind to secure second. The bias had changed for the second start, something which Hall was quick to take advantage of although the first three places were very close rounding the windward mark. A tight downwind leg saw Hall, Bachtik and Hofinger pull away from the remaining fleet with barely a few seconds between them. Up the final beat Hofinger dropped back leaving Bachtik chasing Hall down to the finish, they finished a few seconds apart with Hall holding out just. DSC 1034Race three saw many place changes after a right wind shift on the first beat. Some new names lead by Toni Eigenstuhler were now in the top three places. However Bachtik and Hofinger had very good race pace and after the final windward mark they had re-established a one two position. Meanwhile Hall who had found himself on the wrong side of the first beat shift fought back to third place, overtaking five boats on the final downwind leg to secure third.

After three races Bachtik....

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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