First race for the “Tour de Australia” series was on 4th October up at Richmond River Sailing and Rowing Club in Ballina (coastal town in northern NSW) for their “What is a wetsuit” open regatta. We had 2 D-One at the regatta, local boy Mark Pierce. Plus myself, Peter Ineson, who made the journey up from Sydney.
The Batemans Bay ANZAC Memorial regatta was held on the weekend of 25/26 April. Batemans Bay being a seaside town located 4 hours to the drive south of Sydney.
Now well into autumn the weather has cooled down and the summer seabeezes have finished and replaced with unpredictable winds and cooler temperatures. It will not be long before the water temperature dives below an icy 20°C.
Si è svolta durante un bellissimo week end di fine marzo la prima tappa del circuito nazionale D-One italia, quindici barche in acqua, con la gradita presenza di atleti stranieri frai quali due ungheresi e uno svizzero. La giornata di sabato, molto soleggiata ma con poco vento non ha permesso lo svolgimento delle regate, anche se il comitato di regata ha provato in tutti modi ad attendere le condizioni per dare il via alla competizione.
Happy New Year to all sailors. 2014 had proven to be another successful sailing season for the D-One class and 2015 looks set to be even better.
In 2014 both the Europeans and Gold Cup were sailed in a variety of tricky sailing conditions at Brightlingsea, UK and Alassio, Italy. Both were won by Nick Craig, positioning himself as the man to beat in 2015. Throughout the fleets close battles were won and lost on the tightest of margins showing the competitiveness of the class. The D-One International Association would like to thank all competitors and supporters over the last year for their contribution in helping the D-One family grow and prosper.
The 2015 season is hotting up to be another fun packed year. For those who can travel we have our first Gold Cup organised in Germany, during the renowned Travemunde Week regatta. The action should be exhilarating both on and off the water and a fantastic opportunity to show case the class at a large event of this kind. It can only push the class to bigger and greater things. For the Europeans we return to Lago del Garda, a spiritual home of the D-One, for what we hope will be a classic regatta in the stunning location. This event is sandwiched between the Czech nationals in Lipno and Austrian Nationals at Attersee. The UK nationals will be held in June this year at Highcliffe on the south coast, a popular training ground for many Olympian.
For a full list of events please visit our event calendar. We actively encourage people to support all events they can. We will to help point you in the right direction if transport shares or charter boats are required through Devoti dealers or various national associations.
All the best for the new season,
D-One International Association Communications.
A couple of D-Ones from East Anglia chose this closer event over a timing clash with the re-scheduled P.O.S.H. The lake at Bruinisse (salty with jellyfish pods!) covers an area at least 5-times as large as Rutland, and hence provided ample space for large courses to true winds and relatively little worry about sea-like waves.
Northerly winds were fairly shifty all week-end putting a premium on reading the clouds and compass-work both to windward and of course offwind which is the Skiffs' forté; Saturday started light-ish F3, but then increased to the top of F4 and F5 on Sunday.
Last weekend the D-One Austrian Open were held on Lake Wolfgangsee (UYCWg in St. Gilgen).
13 boats from 3 countries participated in the regatta and 5 races were sailed in very good conditions.
The atmosphere was really, really good.
On Friday evening we drove from St. Gilgen to St. Wolfgang by using the clubs RIBs.
There I greeted the sailors with a web beer before the sailmaker.
Then there was a tour of the sailmaker and later we had dinner at a great restaurant.
Saturday night there was another nice dinner at the Yacht Club restaurant.
2013 D One International Class Association (ICA) AGM minutes
Attersee Yacht Club, Austria
13 September 2013
Meeting chaired by: Jon Hammond, GBR, acting International Class Secretary
Minutes by: Charlie Chandler, GBR
Number of sailors present: 27
- Tim Garvin, GBR
- Rodney Cobb, GBR
2. International Class Association Constitution:
The draft Constitution document was circulated to sailors before the event and a paper copy was available to read by the sailors before the AGM.
Several small amendments were proposed by sailors present. These amendments were generally spelling or grammar mistakes, but also amended the Constitution to allow proxy voting to allow a larger sample of the class to vote on matters.
There was discussion on what the ‘majority’ vote should be to allow any rule changes to be passed. Charlie Chandler, GBR, proposed 60%of those that voted as being the minimum majority required to pass any changes. This was seconded by Jon Hammond, GBR. The sailors present voted on this proposed majority, all agreed - AGREED.
The amended Constitution was then proposed by Dave Gorringe, GBR, and seconded by Nick Craig, GBR. When the sailors voted, all were in favour of the proposed Constitution - AGREED.
The Constitution document will be amended to reflect the changes agreed and will be circulated to all sailors and displayed on the new International Class Association website.
3. Honouree Class Association Members:
As part of the formation of the official International Class Association Jon Hammond, GBR, proposed the following Honouree Members, seconded by Charlie Chandler, GBR:
- Phil Morrison – designer
- Luca Devoti – Devoti Sailing
- Roman Teply – Devoti Sailing
- Martin Sova – Devoti Sailing
The sailors present all agreed with the proposed Honouree Members - AGREED.
4. Class Association Committee Members:
The following Class Association Officers were elected by the sailors present:
- Chairman: Luca Devoti, Devoti Sailing
- Vice Chair: Martin XXXX, Devoti Sailing
- Hon. Secretary: Jon Hammond, GBR
- Hon. Treasurer: Nick Craig, GBR
- Communications Officer: Mike Korneszczuk
General committee members:
- Florian Raudaschl – AUT
- Matteo Iula – ITA
- Marek Bachtik – CZE
The price of D One sails was raised by the sailors present at the European Championships at Campione, Garda, earlier in 2013.
It has been reported that North Sails are to raise their prices further for 2014.
The GBR class association have been investigating if there is the possibility of a group buy discount if say 5 or more suits of sails were bought at one time. North Sails are not able to offer this discount but the GBR supplier, Suntouched Sailboats, are able to offer a 15% discount on a group buy this winter. North Sails will not be offering winter discount this winter.
There was a long discussion between the sailors present. The following key points were raised:
- The current sailors enjoy there being no need to measure sails when arriving at an event. This makes the events more fun.
- Sailors want to avoid cheque book sailing.
- Currently there are two sail maker producing sails for the D One – Hyde and North Sails. Both manufacturers produce a slightly different shape of sail. Despite this there seems to be little or no performance benefit of either manufacturer.
- The current sail designs are owned by North sails and Hyde, not Devoti Sailing.
- In the UK, several of the biggest classes allow multiple sail makers. This creates extra interest in the class and each sail maker helps promote the class through promoting their own product.
- Most sailors present bought the boat for fun but competitive close one design racing but with a product at a reasonable price. Many feel that the North Sails prices are too high for the product offered.
- Within AUT, ITA and the GBR there have been sail makers enquiring about making D One sails. This could lead to extra boat sails.
- It was raised that most classes within GBR that have multiple sail makers use ‘in-house certification’ which is where the sail maker measures and approves his own sails. Different classes ensure that the sail makers are sticking to the rules in different ways. There are two main options:
- 1. all sails are measured at every class championship;
- 2. a random sample of sails are selected at championships where key measurements are checked. This is generally the quicker method but still maintains a high level of rule observance.
Following the long discussion the following four proposals were put forward by the sailors:
Option 1 – The class have a set design produced. The manufacturing rights are then let through a competitive tender process. The tender process is re-run at regular intervals to ensure the best value is achieved.
Option 2 – The class moves to completely open rules allowing any sail maker to make a sail to a loose set of rules.
Option 3 – The class moves to multiple sail makers but where the sail makers have to first organise a license or similar with Devoti Sailing and the manufacturing tolerances are minimal.
Option 4 – The class does nothing and remains with the two current manufacturers, North Sails and Hyde.
The class voted on the four proposals above and the results were as follows:
Option 1: 3 sailors for.
Option 2: 3 sailors for.
Option 3: 19 sailors for.
Option 4: 1 sailor for.
One sailor did not vote for any of the four proposals above. Total sailors present: 27.
The sailors present voted that in principal they would like to see the sails being manufactured by more sail makers, but in a tightly controlled manner.
A technical committee was formed. The technical committee are to draft a set of rules that meet the proposal agreed by the sailors present – Option 3.
The technical committee are to report back to the International Class association with their proposed rules by 15 October 2013.
The draft rules will then be circulated to all members of the International Class Association for a vote November/December 2013.
The technical committee consists of the following sailors:
- Roman Teply – Devoti Sailing
- Paco Rebaudi – ITA
- Charlie Chandler – GBR
- Florian Raudaschl – AUT
6. Any Other Business (AOB):
Future international events: The following international venues are proposed:
2014 Europeans – Brightlingsea Sailing Club, GBR – June 2014
2014 Gold Cup – Allassio, ITA – October 2014
2015 Europeans – TBC
2015 Gold Cup – Valencia, ESP
2016 Europeans – TBC
2016 Gold Cup – Poland
No further business was raised. The meeting was closed.
Dear D-ONE sailors,
First of all, a Happy New Year and all the best. 2014 is a very important year for our beloved boat, the Class and all D-ONE sailors who year by year are playing a more important role. The D-ONE is a magic boat but the biggest asset of the class are its members, they are truly passionate about the sport, a real group of friends. Somehow, we have to manage to become a really big class, what about 100 D-ONEs racing together? To get there, we need you to join the international association, to support class events at home and abroad, to help develop the class….your input is key to making sure that our rules truly represent what you need to make the D-ONE a lot of fun….
Well, we have an important season in front of us, the Euros in the UK, where the class is growing fast and THE GOLD CUP in Alassio…. see you all there.
Chairman International D-ONE Association