International Events for 2021
We now have planned dates for the main international events for 2021, as well as numerous national events, and fuller details are in the right side panel at d-oneassociation.org
We are also asking that you help us to plan these events by completing our survey of which ones interest you. The survey is at: d-oneassociation.org/en/events/event-survey. Please help us to organise what you want.
Championnat des Alpes, Gravedona, ITA, 24-27 June
Lago di Como has a similar thermal wind to Lago di Garda, but rather less strong and much more shifty. Gravedona have run many championships over the years, and will welcome us splendidly to their beautiful medieval town by the lake.
This event will be preceded by a weekend event at UYCAS Attersee, AUT, where we enjoyed a memorable Gold Cup some years ago.
Gold Cup, Gdynia, POL, 22-25 July
The Polish fleet is growing and offered at tthe Lipno Gold Cup to host a D-One championship within Gdynia Sailing Days. This is Poland's most prestigious regatta week, and incorporates many major championships. The conditions are proper sea sailing similar to Kiel and Travemunde, and a lively scene ashore.
European Championships, St Gilgen, Wolfgangsee, AUT, 1-4 September
St Gilgen ran a wonderful Gold Cup in 2018, the largest yet, and the Austrian fleet continues to grow. This event will be preceded by an weekend event at Lake Lipno, CZE, just three hours away, where we hugely enjoyed the Gold Cup 2020.
We hope you agree that these locations look exciting, and that you are now able at east to think about where you would like to travel in 2021....all being well with the world, of course.
And we still plan to vsit Sardegna in spring 2022 (postponed from 2021), and to host our first GBR Gold Cup in the summer of 2022. The future is very good.
Events Survey for 2021 - Plans and your ideas
As it appears now that we may be able to travel and sail normally in 2021, we have been considering options for events to make 2021 a great year for the D-One.
Viktor Teply ran a skippers' meeting at the Gold Cup in Lipno, but since then Palamos has withdrawn, so we have had to reach out to others, and we have had a great response. The full list is on the website at d-oneassociation.org/
This looks like a fantastic set of events, but we are unsure how many events will be popular in 2021,and are anxious to avoid organising events which may not be as well-supported as we would hope.
So...we ask you to complete our very quick survey to indicate which events you are thinking you might attend, and also to suggest any other events which you think are good to consider. With all the current uncertainty, we appreciate that this may change, but at least it will help us to decide where to focus.
The survey is at : d-oneassociation.org/en/events/event-survey
The results will be updated immediately and are at event-survey-results, and of course individual names will not be shown. Help us to plan exavctly what you want!
2020 Gold Cup, Lake Lipno CZE
It was a welcome return to Lake Lipno in the Czech Republic for the D One fleet, this time competing for the Gold Cup, again at Kemp Jestrabi venue for the European Championships back in 2016. The event superbly conceived and managed by Victor Teply and generously sponsored by Devoti and Harken.
Lake Lipno’s sub-alpine setting provided a stunning backdrop for the event and is so remote that we had more chance of catching a sheep than the corona virus despite Czechia recently moving onto the red list.
With travel restrictions etc in place the fleet of 15 was not unexpectedly smaller than usual, but made up for this with some high quality sailors including 4 Czechs (two from the Olympic squad) and 11 visitors from all corners of Europe, one representing Argentina as befitting the nearly world championship status of the event. The competitors weighed in with a range between 65kg and 100kg with the boats dual wing settings providing equal racing across all conditions.
New D-One Training Video
There have not been many racing events in 2020, so we were very grateful in the UK to be able to gather for some informal racing and training in July, in place of the cancelled Lymington Regatta.
We are also very grateful to Liam Willis for capturing some high quality footage of key moments, and have spliced this into a video which we hope will provide long enough shots of all the key parts of a race to be useful to new sailors in the class.
The event covered a range of wind and tide conditions, and it is also clear that different sailors sail ...differently, so remember that you will need to adapt your technique to your own conditions, weight and fitness. Best of all, come and sail with D-Ones near you!
Our next event is the Gold Cup at Lipno (CZE), preceded by the open event at Wolfgangsee (AUT). Both wonderful places, and both actively sailing already after the lockdown earlier this year. Our next UK event is at Warsash in October.
Comments are welcome. If anyone has better video editing skills then I have please feel free to get in touch and improve on this, but I hope it is is interesting, and in places, amusing....
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