Dave Woods GBR175 reports:
Too much water and not enough wind. A combination that sadly reduced the anticipated eight D-Zeros to only four.
Of the four of us present Arran Holman was taking his maiden voyage in a D-Zero. Being a somewhat accomplished young sailor, a youth champion in multiple classes, he is just the sort of person the class wants to see sailing the D-Zero. Or so I’m told. Personally a few more incompetent aging fatties to compete with wouldn’t go amiss… but far be it from me to be contrary.
Having given some thought on how to put a positive spin on the race I find it beyond my creative ability. It was awful. Although one moment of light amusement came as we, the back of the fleet, drifted towards the spreader mark. An RS200 helm providing detailed instructions to his crew on exactly what to do during the roll gybe they would perform. However, it all got very impromptu after the helm dropped the tiller extension before the crew had even moved.
Anyway, in the end Arran Holman was first D-Zero over the line followed by David Summerville, Dave Woods and Mick Green.
Unfortunately the wind dropped off entirely during lunch and the second race was cancelled. Many of us then headed down the A1 to Grafham in hope of better conditions if not in expectation of a better result.
As usual Yorkshire Dales SC proved excellent hosts and, other than the elements, the organisation was everything we’ve come to expect from a great club.
The full results can be found by clicking here.
It’s worth noting that Arran Holman won 3 prizes at the event, 10th overall, 1st singlehander and 1st in the B (Medium handicap) fleet. Very well sailed for his first time in the boat.
From here the fleet moved on to the Grafham Grand Prix on the following day, a full report, results and D-Zero Winter Series positon update are to follow.
The next event on the calendar for the D-Zero fleet is the Oxford Blue which is round 6 of the D-Zero Winter Series 2015/2016 and round 5 of the GJW SailJuice Winter Series 2015/2016.