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January Sales! Save £1,000 off the price of a new D-Zero!

Following the brilliant success of the D-Zero sales promotion, we are able to extend this offer from today until the 14th January 2018, or the first 20 new boats sold during this period.

We know some people missed out on the original promotion and are pleased to able to offer a second chance. This is positively the last chance, this will not happen again!

 
A recent delivery of new D-Zeros arriving from Devoti, with more on the way.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join the vibrant and nationally active D-Zero fleet! From to-day until the 14th January 2018, Suntouched are offering £1,000 (one thousand Pounds) discount from the list price of a new D-Zero, including any trolleys, covers and upgrades.

The D-Zero is recognised as being one of the most exciting of the new generation dinghies with appeal to all, from beginners to the most discerning experienced racers. With a choice of the standard sail or the smaller blue sail, a very wide weight range is covered for competitive sailing.

With fleets country wide, from Cornwall to Scotland, and a comprehensive regatta program, the racing sailor can enjoy the D-Zero experience.

For D-Zero offer order form http://www.suntouched.co.uk/suntouchedsailboats_065.htm
email: info@suntouched.co.uk Tel: 0208 133 0104 or 07734 251033


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Suntouched Sailboats Seasonal Offers

Suntouched Sailboats announce their amazing seasonal offers!

Don’t miss the chance to join the vibrant and nationally active D-Zero fleet!  From to-day until the 30th November 2017, Suntouched are offering £1,000 (one thousand Pounds) discount from the list price of a new D-Zero, including any trolleys, covers and upgrades.


Photo Copyright Sarah Desjonqueres

The D-Zero is recognised as being one of the most exciting of the new generation dinghies with appeal to all, from beginners to the most discerning experienced racers.  With a choice of the standard sail or the smaller blue sail, a very wide weight range is covered for competitive sailing.

With fleets country wide, from Cornwall to Scotland, and a comprehensive regatta program, the racing sailor can enjoy the D-Zero experience.

Visit our website or the D-Zero Class Association website for more information:

Suntouched: www.suntouched.co.uk
D-Zero Class Association: www.d-zerosailing.org

The keep you warm and comfortable this winter, Suntouched are offering great seasonal prices on a range of products.


Photo Copyright Robert Deaves

Having introduced the Sandiline range to the UK six years ago, Suntouched are the major supplier of Sandiline sailing products in the UK and also now supply the range throughout the world.  Sandiline clothing is recognised for their range of Hiking Pants which are considered to be the best on the market by a majority of world class sailors including many Olympic medal winners.  As well as offering these superb hiking pants Sandiline have a significant range of other, similarly high quality products, to make your sailing more pleasurable and comfortable.  Take a look at our Sandiline shopping page – http://www.suntouched.co.uk/suntouchedsailboats_002.htm

Suntouched are partnering with North OD on their annual seasonal discount offers.

Suntouched have been dealers for North OD for the past 15 years and have gained expertise in many of the classes on North’s portfolio. Of course, as you may guess, our special areas of expertise are in the Finn, D-One and D-Zero.

Offers on all classes including, for the first time, the Devoti D-One and D-Zero

Please give us a call to discuss your requirements and ask about the seasonal pricing deals – +44 (0) 7734 251033 or email us – info@suntouched.co.uk   

Dinghy Show 2017 Report


The D-Zero stand in a quieter moment. Photo Copyright Wendy Horton

The 4th and 5th March 2017 saw the largest non-sailing dinghy event in the UK take place at Alexandra Palace. With a stand staffed by friendly and enthusiastic owners ready to greet people the D-Zero class were ready to meet and greet an extol the virtues of the boat and the class. With the current UK National Champions new boat on the stand with a custom coloured deck moulding there were plenty of question about colours and what colours were available.

Also on display was the new lifting rudder assembly. Launched late in 2016 in response to comments from both boat owners and potential boat owners this was developed by Suntouched Sailboats and Devoti Sailing as a direct replacement for the standard cassette rudder. it is available as an option on a new boat and as a separate assembly for existing boats.


D-Zero lifting rudder assembly

Saturday was the busier of the 2 days and included Nigel Austin collecting prizes for the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series events where he was 2nd in the Most Improved category. Nigel also received a special award which was awarded by GJW Direct, Sailjuice and Tim Olin for his achievement of attending every event (one of only 2 competitors to do so) and having a positive and enthusiastic attitude (even when things were not going his way). He also collected the Class Winners prize on behalf of Ian Morgan who was first D-Zero but who could not attend the show on Saturday. Then Mandy Sweet, the class secretary, was interviewed by VR Sport Media for their Dinghy Show video.

Nigel Austin collecting the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series prizes. Photo Copyright Stewart Holford

On Sunday the show was much quieter but the stand was still very busy for most of the day with the team taking enquiries for demo sails and answering questions as well as catching up with friends and fellow D-Zero owners and finding a little time to do some shopping and look around the show.

So on the whole it was a successful show for the Class with lots of interest in the boat and secondhand demand particularly high at present prompting a few current owners to trade up to new boats. If you are thinking on joining the class then do take a look at the class website by clicking here or find us on social media we have an active Facebook group and twitter feed (@DevotiZero).

The class would also like to pass their thanks on to those who were involved in organising the stand for the show:

Neil Washington for doing all the legwork, working with the RYA and their event management company during the run up to the show and for setting up the stand on Friday.

Mandy Sweet for organising the stand staffing.

David Summerville for arranging the polo shirts.

Rodney and Sue Cobb (also known as Suntouched Sailboats) for their generous sponsorship of the class stand, supplying a new boat and stand as well as providing a TV for our promotional presentation

Devoti Sailing for their generous sponsorship of the class stand

SmoothSigns for their loan of a display dongle and access to their presentation software in order for the class to build a great presentation comprising of videos, photos and information pages.

All the D-Zero owners and Class Association members who gave up their time to staff the stand.

Suntouched D-Zero Nationals 2016 – Video Gallery

During 24th – 26th June the D-Zero 2016 National Championships was held at Highcliffe Sailing Club.

Days 2 and 3 of the championships were filmed by VR Sport Media.  You can now re-live all the action and interviews from the 2016 National Championships!

Day 2-

 

Day 3-

 

Suntouched D-Zero Inland Championships 2016 – Report and Results

Thanks to Neil Washington – GBR 71 for writing this report:

After a week of watching the forecast struggle to make its mind up 15 visiting D-Zeros joined the 13 home boats at Grafham Water Sailing Club, for the Inland National Championships, over the weekend of the 10th/11th September. On arrival on the Saturday morning competitors were met with wet and miserable weather but spirits remained high. Most managed to rig their boats in between the showers and settle down for something to eat in the cafe whilst we waited for the briefing and the racing to follow at 1pm.

The fleet launched into a steady southerly breeze of around 10 kts. The outer-loop trapezoid course, featuring a downwind gate and a reaching finish, was set and race one was underway with a clean getaway for all. The breeze remained stable creating a cracking environment for some very close racing. Ian Morgan secured the bullet with a predictably solid performance closely followed by local man David Summerville and Daniel Wigmore doing particularly well to place 3rd , despite having tipped it in on the second downwind leg.

The first attempt at a start for race 2 ended in a general recall and the subsequent restart resulted in black flags for both Rob Lennox and John Aston. Morgan once again managed to show the rest of the fleet round the course but with never a dull moment as local helms Wigmore and Summerville finished close behind. Further down the rankings Graeme Tumber went right on the final downwind, taking advantage of breeze he’d spotted and made up a significant number of places finishing 5th much to the dismay of others who’d stayed more to the middle of the leg.

On to the final race of the day, race 3. All seemed well until about half way up the first beat when the wind shifted 90 degrees to the right in a handful of seconds, the race officer quickly abandoning the race. There followed a 50 minute on the water postponement whilst the race officer waited for the conditions to stabilize and the competitors got to enjoy the afternoon rainfall. Finally the new course was set and the start sequence was underway. With the vast majority of the fleet at the committee boat end Summerville had no competition for the pin end and was soon crossing the fleet on port. Wigmore tagged Mandy Sweet’s boat at the start and had to do his turns before heading out to the right looking for clear wind. Summerville held on to the lead all the way round only to find he was UFD at the finish leaving Wigmore to take the bullet, having recovered well from his start line misdemeanour, with Morgan in 2nd and Nick Miller in 3rd.
With boats packed away for the night a good number of competitors enjoyed a very pleasant social evening the GWSC bar.

Sunday dawned a very different day with beautiful sunshine and very light breeze. A good number of hot air balloons could be seen on arrival at the club which was perhaps not such a good sign though Ben Ratcliffe did seem to be enjoying the weather reclining in his deck chair next to his van.

The race officer was keen to get out on the water and see what could be made of the conditions and the fleet were encouraged to launch in case the scheduled 10:30 start went ahead. As it turns out there was an hour long postponement on the water but the conditions were perfect for just being out on the water in a boat!

Finally the wind settled enough to set a course and the fleet were away for race 4. Rob Lennox got away well in shifty and patchy conditions closely followed by John Aston. Aston managed to pass Lennox on the first downwind and the battle continued onto the following beat with Lennox once again taking the lead, which he held on to the finish, with Wigmore managing to get through to 2nd and Aston 3rd.

Race 5 and the shifty and unpredictable conditions continued to dominate the racing. The wind went right on the first beat leaving those on the left of the course losing out badly. With the wind staying to the right the second beat was almost possible on one tack and the lead boats enjoyed a reaching downwind leg for over half the leg before the wind swung back allowing Wigmore to extend an already comfortable lead down to the leeward gate. For many though the final downwind was a painful experience with those on the left barely moving whilst others were planing in tight patches of breeze. Paul Murphy had an exceptional downwind leg managing to hold onto a puff for a good deal of the leg, gybing several times to stay in it and arrive at the leeward gate in 3rd place. Wigmore took the bullet with a leg of water between him and 2nd place Morgan then Paul Murphy in 3rd with the rest of the fleet following in very close racing right to the line.

Race 6 and it was pressure on for Morgan who needed to place 3rd or higher and beat Wigmore, in order to take the trophy home. Another tricky race with significant changes of direction and patchy pressure. The wind went left at the top of the first beat with the lead boats in a tight group as they entered the first downwind leg. On the second beat the wind again swung left with those on the left gaining on the lead pack and Aston leading around the weather mark. Aston’s downwind skills were no match for the charging pair of Summerville and Wigmore with Summerville bagging the final bullet of the series, Wigmore in 2nd and Aston taking 3rd.

After a mixed weekend of sometimes very challenging conditions, certainly more so than we’d normally expect at Grafham, Wigmore was 1st overall with Morgan 2nd and Summerville 3rd.

With the usual generous supply of prizes from Suntouched Sailboats providing a reward for the efforts of the top 10 sailors there were plenty of smiling faces at the prize giving. Special thanks also to Nigel and Fiona Denchfield for a first class job as race officers in such testing conditions.

The D-Zeros meet again for the Northern Tour event at Rossendate Valley SC on 24th September with the next Southern area event taking place at Burghfield SC on the 29th October.

The date for next year’s Inlands is set for 16 and 17th September 2017 again at Grafham Water Sailing Club.

For full results click here.

Flip Up Rudder Update

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Flip up rudder progress report! Although slow there is some progress on this product. Devoti Sailing have commissioned the moulds to be CNC’d and are planning to send two flip up rudders to Suntouched for testing around wk 3, August. We will get these rudders onto a couple of boats on arrival and get some comprehensive testing carried out in all conditions. Hopefully, if all goes well, we will be able to start a roll out of product late September. Apologies to all for the delays but Olympic years are always very demanding for Devoti and their dealers. We will hopefully have some pricing later this week 🙂

Suntouched D-Zero Nationals 2016 – Photo Gallery

See below a photo gallery provided by Sarah Desjonqueres from Highcliffe. All images are copyright to her so please ensure she is credited if you use them. High resolution copies are available from the class association, please contact the Webmaster by completing this form and giving the event name and image url.

Suntouched D-Zero Nationals 2016 – Report and Results

The long weekend of the 24th to 26th June saw an entry of 41 D-Zeros gather at Highcliffe Sailing Club for their 2016 National Championships. With the weather forecast seeming to be all over the place right up until the eve of the event it was not clear whether the conditions would favour the pondies or the sea sailors in the fleet.As Friday dawned and competitors started to arrive and populate the green there was the usual fleet banter and people casting their eyes over the latest rigging tweaks with particular attention being paid to traveller tension and the variations that people have adopted. All too soon it was time for briefing. Our PRO Alan Tarrant advise we would be sailing a 15-20 min sail to the west of the club out in Christchurch Bay and we would have course A (triangle – sausage – triangle).

As launch time approached it was clear the forecast of F4 gusting F5 was pretty accurate much to the sea sailors delight as, with wind over tide, there were definitely waves. In conditions that many of the fleet were describing as epic the 40 boats that launched were keen to get going. A little too keen it would seem and 2 general recalls later out came the black flag and race 1 finally got underway.

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Packed start line. Photo Copyright Sarah Desjonqueres

Race 1

With the black flag having the desired effect race 1 finally got underway. It was clear from the off that those with sea experience were going to have a significant advantage. Ian Morgan from Hill Head gave the fleet a wave sailing masterclass and won by a big margin from Gaz Henshall from Shotwick Lake also showing his sea sailing credentials with Iain Horlock from Exe SC completing the podium.

Throughout the fleet it was a tale of snakes and ladder for many people. with multiple boats capsized and sailors sampling the warm waters of Christchurch Bay there was an opportunity for a good result if you could keep the boat upright. Sadly your roving reporter was one of the many to take an extended swim shortly after hitting warp 9 on the top reach with the boat singing happily and absolutely flying. Definite massive grin factor.

The conditions did take their toll though with 5 boats not finishing and a few deciding to save their energy for for the following day and 1 heading for shore with a broken traveller.

Race 2

Race 2 got underway in similar conditions and with the tide in full ebb the waves had built even more. Ian again managed to sneak out in front and had a good lead when he too showed that even the wave masters make mistakes and had a swim himself. Unfortunately for Gaz it was too short to enable him to get ahead and Ian took the bullet followed by Gaz and Paul Scullion from Restronguet SC.

The conditions were taking their toll on the fleet with the rescue teams having their hands full as the flat water contingent wishing they had put in more practice or were fitter. With more sailors heading for shore during the race there were 25 finishers to race 2. As the fleet headed home and recovered a small mystery presented itself. Why was Class Sec Russ Hopkins sailing Jon Copwers boat and where was his own boat and where was Jon? It turned out that Russ had an issue with his rudder and Jon had become too tired to sail in having had an extended swim so Russ was dropped in Jons boat to sail it ashore and Jon in Russ’ with the words ‘We will come and get you shortly’ from the rescue team. Unfortunately shortly turned out to be a bit longer than expected and Jon found himself on the beach and safe but about 2 miles from where the trollies were. I am sure he was pleased when the rescue RIB came to get him and bought him safely home.

With the fleet safely back ashore there were many tales of awesome reaches, scary gybes and just trying to keep the boat from running into the back of waves on the run, definitely a day that rewarded technique.

The fleet then gathered in the Highcliffe clubhouse for the free pint that was laid on by Suntouched Sailboats followed by an excellent evening meal. With that the fleet retired wearily to bed.

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Photo Copyright Sarah Desjonqueres

Saturday dawned and with a much lighter forecast slowly building through the day and Christchurch bay looking flatter people were keen to get going. The course of the day was a 2 lap trapezoid course and VR Sport Media were on site to film alongside the club own photographer. The green was busy with those who had issues the day before getting sorted. Thanks to the efforts of Suntouched Sailboats and the generosity of other people in the fleet 40 boats made their way out for the start of day 2.

Race 3

Race 2 started in light conditions and the leading pack elected to go left with a small contingent electing to go right to try and minimise the tide effect. 3/4 of the way up the first beat the wind shut down almost completely as a large black shower cloud approached. This left those who went left a little stranded as the tide was still flooding and those on the right sitting pretty as the wind filled back in.

As the race progressed it was clear that the overnight leader was not going to have things all his own way as Paul Scullion took the bullet followed by Stuart Jones from Datchet in his patched up boat following a collision in race 1 and John Aston from Grafham completing the podium spots.

Race 4

Race 4 got under as the tide was turning and the wind building. This led to waves starting to build again and were clearly to the liking of Ian who had a much better race but could not overhaul Paul who took his second bullet of the day with Rob Lennox from Barnt Green completing the podium spots.

With the wind building and the water still being relatively flat this meant that the pond sailors of the fleet were showing much better. Would this remain the same for Race 5 with the tide now ebbing and the wind picking up even more?

Race 5

As race 5 got underway it was clear that the wave pattern was starting to establish itself again meaning conditions would again favour the sea sailing contingent. So it proved to be with Ian getting himself out in front and taking his 3rd bullet of the event. With Rob lennox coming home second and Iain completing the podium. Paul could only manage 4th which blunted his challenge to Ian a little meaning he would have to have a perfect final day with Ian hitting issues. All was to play for with the final podium spot with any one of Gaz, Rob and Iain able to take it and several others close behind who could sneak in if they had a good day.

With the racing over the fleet gathered in the clubhouse at Highcliffe for another welcome pint courtesy of Suntouched Sailboats followed by another excellent meal and the class AGM.

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Photo Copyright Sarah Desjonqueres

Sunday dawned and there were many weary sailors on the green after 2 days of hard racing. The question is would the wind be as forecast or would it be stronger? Could Paul have a good day and overhaul Ian? Looking out across the bay and standing on the shore it was clear to many that the wind was stronger than the forecast. With a 10.30 start for race 6 the fleet launched and headed off out in to the bay.

Race 6 

Race 6 started cleanly and it was clear that going right was the way to go up the first beat as the leading pack emerged. Some of those more used to being in the mid fleet found themselves up amongst the leader. None more so than Dave Woods from Rossendale Valley who found himself in 3rd for much of the race only slipping back to 6th towards the end of the race. Stuart Jones showed his face at the front of the fleet again showing that the temporary hull repair was not slowing him down in any way at all as he took the bullet followed by Dan Wigmore from Grafham who was getting to grips with the boat and showing some great speed. Ian came home 3rd to boost his title winning chances and with Paul only managing a 7th a good result in Race 7 would see Ian win the title with a race to spare.

Race 7

Race 7 started as the wind shifted round to the north. This led to a general recall and the appearance of the black flag, no second chances today! With the wind building more and the waves starting to establish themselves there were some very tired legs as the fleet set off for the penultimate race. Iain Horlock showed the fleet the way round to take the bullet with Ian and Paul fighting it out to complete the podium. Paul got the better of Ian with them finishing second and 3rd but this was enough for Ian to secure the event with a race to spare. Gaz Henshall posted a 4th and with Iains race win this meant the final podium spot was still up for grabs.

Race 8

With a couple of people heading for shore it was a slightly depleted fleet that started the final race. Ian elected to stay out though as the waves had now built along with the wind meaning conditions were definitely to his liking. he duly delivered and wrapped up his race series with a win. With Gaz coming home second this was enough secure him the final podium spot with Paul coming home 3rd and Iain managing 4th.

Overall this meant Ian Morgan is the Suntouched D-Zero National Champion for 2016 and has earned the right to use number 1 for the next 12 months.

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Photo Copyright Sarah Desjonqueres

At the prize giving newly elected Class Chair Paul Jefferies thanked Highcliffe for putting on a great event for the class and keeping the fleet fed and watered and for their help in with weeks and months leading up to the championships. Thanks also went to Suntouched Sailboats for their excellent support of the class, not just in sponsorship but in getting everyone who has issues on Friday back on the water. Finally to Harken Poland who supplied a generous box of prizes meaning no one went away empty handed and to the guys from VR Sport Media who have done an excellent job filming days 2 and 3.

Ian went on the thank the club for running a great event, the class for their hard work, Suntouched Sailboats for their excellent support and all the sponsors for the generous prize pot.

Next up for the D-Zero class is the Lord Birkett at Ullswater on the 2nd/3rd July which is part of the D-Zero Northern Tour followed by a Training and Open Meeting at Hill Head on the 23rd/24th July with the next big class event being the Inland Championships at Grafham Water on the 10th/11th September 2016 where a large entry is expected partly down to the large home fleet and partly down to people already indicating that they will be travelling.

For the full results please click here, a summary is shown below:

Rank SailNo HelmName Club Nett
1st 156 Ian Morgan Hill Head SC 9.0
2nd 105 Paul Scullion Restronguet SC 15.0
3rd 185 Gareth Henshall Shotwick lake SC 20.0
4th 9 Iain Horlock Exe SC 23.0
5th 195 Rob Lennox Barnt Green SC 30.0
6th 136 Stuart Jones Datchet SC 31.0
7th 192 David Summerville Grafham Water SC 39.0
8th 2 Steve Bolland Bristol Corinthian YC 41.0
9th 3 John Aston Grafham Water SC 50.0
10th 184 Gordon Bennell Shotwick Lake SC 51.0
11th 186 Tim Weeden Emsworth Slipper SC 64.0
12th 119 Russ Hopkins Tewkesbury SC 66.0
13th 7 Dan Wigmore Grafham Water SC 73.0
14th 178 Tom Southwell Hill Head SC 75.0
15th 179 Mike Corney Queen Mary SC 77.0
16th 71 Neil Washington Grafham Water SC 79.0
17th 143 Mike Pridham Isle of Man SC 93.0
18th 139 Ed Dyer Royal Southern YC 98.0
19th 175 Dave Woods Rossendale Valley SC 99.0
20th 66 David Valentine Emsworth Slipper SC 109.0
21st 104 Richard Argall Restronguet SC 123.0
22nd 188 Paul Jefferies Hunts SC 124.0
23rd 208 James Edmund Queen Mary SC 129.0
24th 172 Ben Stevens Grafham Water SC 134.0
25th 42 Jon Cowper Hunts SC 136.0
26th 141 David Bartlett Starcross SC 138.0
27th 174 Graham Cooper South Cerney SC 142.0
28th 110 Toby Peacock Chew Valley SC 143.0
29th 181 Gordon Stewart North Herts & East Beds SC 143.0
30th 114 Simon Hindley Restronguet SC 144.0
31st 191 Nigel Austin Cransley SC 148.0
32nd 202 Jeremy Cooper Shotwick Lake SC 149.0
33rd 124 Paul Murphy Grafham Water SC 151.0
34th 190 Robert Campbell Cransley SC 168.0
35th 170 Seb Prowse Queen Mary SC 171.0
36th 182 Mick Green Rossendale Valley SC 186.0
37th 121 Scott Derham Emsworth Slipper SC 214.5
38th 193 Kevin Moll Hunts SC 216.0
39th 177 Alistair Hill Grafham Water SC 220.0
40th 194 Stewart Holford Cransley SC 238.5
41st 53 Rodney Cobb Bosham SC 335.0

Day 2 video from the Suntouched D-Zero National Championships 2016

VR Sport have released the video footage taken on Day 2.

Suntouched D-Zero National Championships Day 1

Day 1 of the 2016 Suntouched D-Zero Nationals saw conditions that could only be decribed as epic. With a good F4 from the south west the fleet of 40 D-Zeros headed out in to Christchurch Bay for 2 races.

2 back to back races followed with some revelling and some struggling. 

None mastered the conditions more than Ian Morgan from Hill Head who won both races with reasonable margin followed in both by Gaz Henshall from Shotwick Lake SC. Iain Horlock from Exe SC completed the podium in race 1 with Steve Bolland coming 3rd in race 2.

After the welcome pint provided by Suntouched Sailboats the attention was turned to the results.

No surprise with Ian Morgan holding the overnight lead with Gaz second and Iain Horlock completing the overnight podium.

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