D One Gold Cup Competitor Analysis

Since the D-One was launched 10 years ago, it has been sailed in a huge variety of conditions, from calm alpine lakes to full-on sea sailing, and by all shapes and sizes of competitor. We are fortunate to have a very wide base of friendly international sailors.

The boat has always had a fairly crude form of weight equalisation, whereby sailors below 86kg are allowed slightly wider wings. As with all classes, there has been occasional discussion as to whether this is adequate. We were fortunate at the Gold Cup this year to have very clearly defined windy and light days, and a full international fleet weighed in for the event. This gave a perfect opportunity to crunch the numbers, as shown in the graph, which reads from first to last place left to right.

santa croppedWhat a great 2018!

The D-One has had a great year, with the biggest Gold Cup ever in Austria, a rejuvenated Italian fleet among the 9 nations at the Europeans in Liguria, and international travelling D-One sailors made very welcome at events in Czech Republic, Great Britain, Switzerland and France.
It was wonderful to join such a friendly circuit in such great places, and thank you again to those who put the events together. 

...so here is the Calendar for 2019!

The same great people - and some new ones - have put together a set of events for 2019. We have tried to make sure they do not clash dates, and, obviously, are in fantastic sailing locations.

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The D-One class continued its tour of the glamour locations of Europe with a trip to the elegant resort of Santa Margherita on the Italian Riviera, where we sailed from the bars and restaurants of the inner harbour to a windward mark among the sterns of the superyachts moored off Portofino.

The circuit has been arranged to make it accessible to our remarkably international travelling membership, and included a weekend Italian Nationals, followed by a pause for proper holiday (or proper work, if you really had to), before the 4-day Europeans starting on Thursday.

IMG 0350Lake Lipno, Czech Republic 25-26 June

The D-one is very active in Europe, and this year we decided to make life easier by holding events on consecutive weekends so that travellers can get two for the price of one journey.

With the record-breaking Gold Cup happening next week in St Gilgen, Austria, last weekend saw the fleet gather just across the border in Lipno, Czech Republic. 17 boats from the Czech, Austrian, and British fleets enjoyed a fantastic weekend alongside the Compotech Cat Championship.

Impeccable race management gave us seven races in a warm 5-15 knot wind, with copious food and drink ashore in a beautiful setting. As with all good lake sailing, the continuous shifts and puffs meant that everyone could have a moment of glory, usually shortly followed by a period of ignominy. Most races ended with 3-4 boats overlapped, with one memorable finish of 8 overlapped D-Ones making the line look a little short.

Worthy Champion was Viktor Teply, Czech Laser representative at the Rio Olympics, closely followed by Giles Chipperfield then Jakub Hucek.

Lipno proved once again to be a marvellous place to sail, a spectacular area to visit and offered a very very warm Czech welcome. We will certainly be back, but next up ….the Gold Cup on the Wolfgangsee near Salzburg. Now doesn’t that sound like a good trip?

All photos copyright Adela Cerna, Kemp Jestrabi

event locations mapAfter some excellent racing in 2017, we are delighted to have a full circuit organised for 2018, which is as we agreed at the Europeans at Alassio this year. 
We hope that sending these dates out early will mean that even more sailors can come and join our great racing. This should also help to ensure that National events can avoid clashes with the major international events.
We agreed this year that the major European events have an associated event close to the location on the  previous weekend, to allow travelling sailors to sail in two events for just one trip. What more could you want?
The dates are as follows:
Czech Open National Championship : Lipno, CZE.
26/27-May 2018
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D-One Gold Cup: Wolfgangsee, AUT
31-May / 3-June 2018
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UK Open National Championship: Lymington, GBR
5/8-July 2018
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Italian Open National Championship : Santa Magherita Ligure, ITA
15/16-September 2018    Please note: this event will now be held at Santa Margherita Ligure before the Europeans. There will also be training at Sanat Margherita 17/18/19 September for anyone interested.
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D-One European Championships : Santa Margherita Ligure, ITA
20/23-September 2018
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Thank you to everyone who has helped put this together. More details will be added to the links above as the details are confirmed.
There will obviously be many other D-One events around the world, in great places, and with tight racing. Details will be published as they become available on the website at: 
If you want to include these events in your own phone or PC calendar, use the link:  

If you have any questions or comments please contact the names above, and please forward this information to anyone who may be interested.

All the competitors at the Alassio European Champioships enjoyed a very productive meeting where we discussed plans for the major events for 2018 and 2019, and also a number of other important matters about the future of the class.

Since some of these matters relate the Devoti Sailing's support of the class, Chris Sallis summarised the meeting in a letter to Devoti Sailing supported by all those present. This is attached below. We will of course share the response and any decisions when they are received.

The letter can be downloaded at: devoti_email.pdf

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2017 Gold Cup Lake Balaton, Hungary

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IMG 7645The D-One fleet enjoyed a fantastic European Championship at Camp Jestrabi, Lake Lipno in the Czech Republic.  11 Czech boats were joined by good numbers of Hungarian, Austrian and British boats to make a strong 25-boat fleet.

Congratulations to Tomai Balazs (HUN119) on the win, closely followed by Petr Fiala (CZE203) and Tamas Szamody (HUN10).



The last day started with a tie-break for 2nd, 3rd and 4th, so commiserations to Humphrey Carter (GBR309) who just missed the podium.

An entirely appropriate image of the results shown right, but the full results are also at D-One European Championships Results . Camp Jestrabi took some excellent photos which have been posted on Facebook and are now on this website as well at http://www.d-oneassociation.org/gallery/photo-galleries

There is also now a video from Camp Jestrabi available at: D-One Europeans 2016

D One Day4 014 croppedThe 2015 D-One GBR Travellers Series is being supported by North Sails One Design Europe and Suntouched Sailboats, with the kind permission of Devoti sailing :

-  they have provided a New Black Gennaker for the winner

-  the winner to be decided by a race-entry based raffle drawn after the last event of the year;

-  this means that everybody who starts a race in the series has a chance of winning this fantastic £600-prize!

The full competition rules are available on the website here: TravellersRaffle.pdf-  the more races you enter the greater the chance of winning!

This year's 2015 D-One GBR Travellers Series visits some great venues, starting with Paignton POSH on 9/10 May. Click Read More to see the full circuit, and come and join the fun.

update:   We  now have some additional prizes provided by Spinlock.  In support of the launch of their exciting new range of 50N PFDs this season, Spinlock will be supplying a number of WINGS as prizes for key events.

Already the choice for team BAR, the WING offers the performance sailor a fresh approach to PFD design, focusing on the speed, athleticism and high agility of the new generation of sailors in a compact minimalist design. https://www.spinlock.co.uk/en/categories/wing-and-foil-pfds

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For each regatta in the traveller series we have a Spinlock "Wing"  PFD to give away.  Spinlock will also be supporting us at this years National champs with some prizes.  A fitting
prize to have "Wings" for those who sail the boat with wings!