The D-One Austrian Open 2017 – “Wolfgangseepreis” took place at Union Yacht Club Wolfgangsee. A remarkable fleet 14 D-Ones from three nations, including a record number of 10 Austrian boats, gathered at lake Wolfgangsee for a practice day, followed by three days of racing.
Practice day offered perfect sailing conditions with beautiful weather and a thermal breeze of Force 3. Five Boats including our guest from Germany, who travelled for almost 12 hours to take part in the event, enjoyed a nice training session out on the lake.
Day one of the championship started calm but around 2 p.m. the expected cloudy front, accompanied by strong and very gusty winds from the west arrived and the fleet went out for race number one. The gusty gradient wind, which is also influenced by the surrounding mountains, guaranteed some exciting racing but also caused numerous spectacular capsizes from everybody in the fleet. Nevertheless, three fair but very exhausting races were completed on day one before we retired to the club restaurant for some lasagne accompanied by free beer, sponsored by Austrian D-One sailor Toni Eigenstuhler.
With 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.
The 2017 Gold Cup will take place at the wonderfull Lake Balaton in Hungary. We are very pleased to be welcomed by the Balatonfüred Yacht Club for the biggest event of the year. You are all welcome to enjoy 5 days of sailing at this great venue.
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In exactly 100 days, the French Open Skiff Trophy 2017 will take place at the "Lac du Der" at the UFOLEP sailing centre. The pre-registrations for this mayor skiff event opened yesterday, filling in quickly. In the past, there have always been some D-One sailors enjoying this great mix of sailing, training, eating, ... and showing good results.
Apart from the sailing, it is a beautiful venue where you can enjoy "La douce France". More information on the event could be found in the race calendar.
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Rapallo, 22 to 23 October.
Also the last race of the season ended with a beautiful event organized by the local Yacht Club which offered great hospitality and awards to respectable draw.
3 D-Ones gathered in Bruinisse together with 50 other skiff boats for the Dutch Open Skiff Trophy. The event was hosted by Aquavitesse, in the marina of the town. They offered perfect launching conditions for the fleet, very good and clean facilities in the marina and a very good race officer in the form of Bob Wainwright (Arky) taking the right decisions. There was a friendly and relaxed atmosphere amongst the sailors showing no boundaries between the different classes. Like many times, the D-Ones caught a lot of attention with many people taking pictures while rigging.
After the skippers meeting, the fleet launched from the nearby beach and headed out of the marina to sail 3 races. The first 2 races, Al achieved good starts on a busy start line at the pin end which gave him free wind. Both times he made good gains at the left middle side of the course reading the wind very well. As everybody saw him going fast on the left, the 3rd race more people tried to start at the pin, but still Al showed the quickness of the D-One on upwind legs still arriving in top 5 position at the windward mark. This resulted in a tight battle with some ISO toppers and an incredibly quick RS Vareo (sailed by Nik Crickmore who has been seen in a D-One earlier this year at Lipno). After day 1, Al would end up 2nd in the provisional general ranking.
More in the back of the fleet, Vanessa and Philippe were fighting out a duel for 2nd and 3rd D-One. Vanessa managed to stay ahead of Philippe in 2 of 3 races but in the provisional ranking they ended up on equal points. In the evening, all sailors enjoyed a lovely meal at the sailors dinner in the marina restaurant.
On the next day in lighter airs, Al suffered a bad day having difficulties finding the pace he had showed the day before finishing with two 6th places. This resulted in him losing one place and dropping to 3rd overall. Philippe on the other hand seemed much quicker than he was on Saturday after he had some cracking starts. In the final ranking, Al took the bronze medal home to the UK. Philippe ended 16th, showing the small rig being competitive amongst the other skiffs. Vanessa took 18th place.
On Sunday afternoon, all sailors went back home after a beautiful event which was held on a fantastic location. Next year, we hope to welcome even more D-Ones at this great event with excellent value for money.
Full race results are available for download here.