GBR: 2022 National Championships, Lymington
The D-One fleet joined many, many other dinghies over the weekend to enjoy the combined hospitality of Royal Lymington Yacht Club and Lymington Town Sailing Club for their annual dinghy regatta. The organisers kindly arranged an extra race on each day and dedicated prizes.
The D-Ones are a very international class, with popular annual events in glam locations on the med and across central Europe and although most travelling fleets are suffering post-Brexit, post covid, post-fuel hikes, it was encouraging to see new boats starting to appear in the UK once again as Messrs Nick Favell and Nick Crickmore sported VERY shiny new boats. Game on!
AUT: D-One Attersee Trophy UYCAs - 2022
A fleet of 9 D-One sailors from Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary spent a beautiful weekend on lake Attersee in Upper Austria for this years edition of the Attersee Trophy. On sunday the weather conditions were unstable with a westerly gradient fighting againts some thermal gusts from the south and north. The fleet went out for a short training run but no racing was possible. Nevertheless we enjoyed a delecious outdoor-dinner and some Austrian beer under the almost neverending evening sun.
On sunday we were greeted with bright sunshine and high temperatures which caused the famous "Rosenwind" to come up from the north-east - the patience of the sailors was rewarded with three great races in the early afternoon!
This years event winner with three race wins ist our Czech friend Marek Bachtik, followed by Felix Hofinger (UYCAs) and Jörg Deimling (SCA).
2022 Gold Cup - Gravedona, Lago di Como, ITA
The D-One has always specialised in great championships in beautiful European locations, so, after two years of very little international sailing, D-One sailors from all over Europe are delighted to have finished a fantastic Gold Cup on Lake Como, hosted by Centro Vela Alto Lario at Gravedona.
A warm-up event was held with the Yacht Club Dervio, on the opposite side of the lake, the weekend before, and showed the 15 boats attending that this was going to be a cracker. The baking sunshine brought 15-18 knots of thermal southerly, with a continuous range of shifts and gusts meaning that no particular route was a certain winner either upwind or down.
Alessandro Novi (ITA) showed tremendous pace to win the event. Marek Bachtik (CZE), Patrick Rufenacht (SUI) and Nick Crickmore (GBR) also found a way to the top of a fairly high-scoring event, but all had some erratic results when caught out by the shifts, or just an out-of-practice capsize. These top four awaited the arrival of the rest of the Gold Cup fleet with more or less confidence in their mastery of the lake conditions.
2022 GBR and European Circuit
There is a great year ahead for the UK D-One Class!
2022 is shaping up as a strong one for the UK D-One fleet with an open event calendar comprising an exciting mix of inland, sea and foreign venues.
The UK circuit kicks off in early April at Oxford Sailing Club before moving on to Burghfield Sailing Club in late April. The National Championship will return to the heart of UK D-One sailing at Lymington Town Sailing Club in July. For the Inland Championship, the Class heads north to Leigh and Lowton Sailing Club in September. The ever popular, Warsash Sailing Club will again bookend the season in October.
A UK circuit travellers series will include the Nationals, Inlands plus one other open event.
For those wishing to travel further afield, the European circuit includes the Gold Cup at Gravedona, Lake Como, Italy in May with the European Championship at Lake Balaton Hungary in September.
More details of the events can be found on our website www.d-oneassociation.org Other events may be added as they are confirmed. If anyone would like to add an event, please let us know.
There is plenty to prepare for as we look forward to welcoming the back the travelling fleet for some great competition at fantastic venues.
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