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...

AUT 0113The D-One Austrian Open 2017 Wolfgangseepreis took place at Union Yacht Club Wolfgangsee. A remarkable fleet 14 D-Ones from three nations, including a record number of 10 Austrian boats, gathered at lake Wolfgangsee for a practice day, followed by three days of racing.

Practice day offered perfect sailing conditions with beautiful weather and a thermal breeze of Force 3. Five Boats including our guest from Germany, who travelled for almost 12 hours to take part in the event, enjoyed a nice training session out on the lake.

Day one of the championship started calm but around 2 p.m. the expected cloudy front, accompanied by strong and very gusty winds from the west arrived and the fleet went out for race number one. The gusty gradient wind, which is also influenced by the surrounding mountains, guaranteed some exciting racing but also caused numerous spectacular capsizes from everybody in the fleet. Nevertheless, three fair but very exhausting races were completed on day one before we retired to the club restaurant for some lasagne accompanied by free beer, sponsored by Austrian D-One sailor Toni Eigenstuhler.   

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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.

IMG 0360With a poor forecast and several regular D One sailors on 'other duties' a small fleet assembled at Oxford SC on the 1st and 2nd of April for the first event of the 2017 Travellers Trophy.  Contrary to the forecast of light wind and rain the fleet headed out into a sunny force 3 on Saturday afternoon. 

Race one got under way with Oxford local Terry Brookes nailing the first beat to round ahead of Paul Birbeck and Nick Crickmore.  As these 3 took off downwind Chris Sallis gybe-set to hook up some good pressure on the left and pulled through to lead at the leeward buoy. Terry continued to chase but some loose covering saw Chris take the win.  Race two started in similar conditions with a tight first beat and downwind, this time Terry led at the bottom buoy  followed by Nick and Chris.  With the wind starting to swing left and right Chris found a passing lane on the upwind and managed to pull ahead into a comfortable lead with Terry taking second and Paul third.  Race three saw Terry going quickly on the first downwind and then extend his lead over Chris and Paul. 

So at the end of a great afternoons sailing Chris and Terry were separated by 1 point with Paul rounding out the top three.

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