2017 Attersee 4With seven races in just two days, this year’s edition of the D-One Attersee Trophy held at Union Yacht Club Attersee provided an excellent opportunity to (im-)prove one’s sailing skills whilst admiring the beautiful scenery of lake Attersee and enjoying the tasteful Austrian food and beer, which was served at the social events of the regatta.

In 2017, the Austrian D-One fleet grew by four boats therefore the event management was optimistic to break last year’s competitor record (16 boats). Unfortunately, some Austrian sailors were absent due to their well-earned family holidays and Belgian sailor Phillipe Bogaerts suffered a knee injury just two days before the event. Nevertheless, we welcomed a nice fleet of 10 boats at lake Attersee.

The weather on Thursday (the day before the event) was rainy and cold, but on Friday the sun and a consistent thermal breeze of force 2 came through and so the fleet went out after the opening ceremony and completed four races in a row. Event Manager Felix Hofinger scored a bullet in the first race, closely followed by Marek Bachtik from Czech Republic and local sailor Jakob Lindner. In races two and three Bachtik dominated the starts and offered no passing lanes for the rest of the fleet following closely behind.

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...

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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