GBR D-ONE Class Association

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The GBR D-ONE class operates through the D-ONE International Association, which has a representative from each country. The committee member for Great Britain is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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'Not the Lymington Regatta' 11/12 July 2020

 

 Robust, energetic and exciting single-handers like the D-One are the perfect escape vehicle from recent troubles, so we were delighted to be able to co-ordinate 10 boats for a great weekend's sailing at Lymington, in complete compliance with all regulations and with visitors taking advantage of the recent re-opening of B&Bs in the beautiful New Forest area.

Even most mark roundings kept 2 metres between boats, although it did get a bit noisy at times, mostly with helms cursing themselves as they tried to remember how to sail.

With Keith and Liam Willis providing an excellent family race team from their own yacht, we ran 5 races in a chunky sea breeze running against the tide on the Saturday, followed by a 6-mile single-lap to Hurst and back home for those who did not hurt enough already.

On Sunday a lighter and shifty sea breeze gave some respite, albeit with a lot of place changing as the tide and wind confused everyone, and another 5 races.

iceberg wikipedia largeSome of the D1 fleet arrived bright and early at Oxford Sailing Club to find a good breeze blowing from behind the club, luring us all into a false sense of security, while two had made the mammoth effort to travel down from South Shields (hosts of this year's nationals) other more local were on family duties, some chasing Wizards. It was good to see some newcomers to the fleet, welcome Paul & Liam.  

Sharing the event with the Contenders and K6's and starting third it gave the fleet a chance to get their heads around the local conditions. Well that was the theory. Tyler Harmsworth made the best of it and rounded first closely followed by Giles Chpperfield and local Terry Brookes, after this it all became a bit of a blur as we all hooked into the large gusts travelled down the bottom of the lake. Positions remained the same for the first lap, then Giles made his way passed on the next downwind, the fleet was starting to separate as one by one they tested the water, Giles and Tyler stretched away form the others until the third leeward mark, whilst dealing with dropping kites, a large gust and avoiding the back end of the Contender fleet left them both upside down and locked together, much to the amusement of the committee boat stationed 40 yards away. By the time these two had separated and got upright the majority of the fleet had done another lap, having two boats hove too below the finish area caused even more confusion as first Terry Brookes blasted across the line with his kite still up, to be told he had another lap, capsizing on the drop. Two others also thought it was over and stopped, leaving Howard Fairbrother to take the win, Terry recovered for 2nd and Ken Ward one of our North East contingent to take third.

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South Shields Sailing Club, 9th – 11th August
Supported by Rooster & Diamond Drilling Ltd

 Prologue:  Before any major D-One event there is always something that sets the tone for the weekend, bizarrely it appears to always come from the same person. The tone for this event soon became apparent on the training day (8th August). The post goes out “the camper has failed (again)”.

Many offers of support were provided by the ever friendly D-One sailors and with the poorly camper safely ensconced in a nearby garage the wayward sailor once again began his journey with the knowledge that alternative accommodation had kindly been provided by local lad Ken Ward.

Several hours later and whilst the normal greetings were being had there was an almighty shriek I’ve got no clothes”! Answers on a postcard please stating where you think they were…. you may win a camper! A quick trip to a local store and several t-shirt purchases (albeit a little snug in great colours) later, a must have trip to the curry mile was much needed and appreciated by those that chose to partake. As you can imagine the training session was not high on the agenda.

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.