So Christmas 2019 has come and gone, we hope that you all got some nice D-Zero goodies in your Christmas stockings this year.
The Christmas and new year period were busy in terms of the current winter series with rounds 3 and 4 taking place. A short report from each is below…
Winter Series Round 3 – The Brass Monkey
With 3 hardy D-Zero sailors heading north, including current series leader Andrew Spencer, it was a chance for him to extend his series lead. unfortunately for Andrew and young upstart by the name of Arran Holman was keen to come out and play. Following some frantic messaging for David Valentine of Dzero.co.uk asking for a boat as he was out of the country a loan boat was secured. Many thanks to D-Zero Membership Secretary Jon Cowper for the loan of his boat.
As seems to be traditional Arran headed north and delivered the good by coming 3rd in the only race that took place. This seems to be a bit of a D-Zero tradition with sailing legend Nick Craig having borrowed a boat the previous years and placed it second on his first competitive outing. Nick went on to join the class, will Arran follow suit?
Arran wasn’t the only D-Zero sailor to go well, Mick Green coming out of Winter hibernation for the day rounded out the top 10 with Andrew not too far behind in 14th.
Winter Series Round 4 – The Grafham Grand Prix
A couple of days after the Brass Monkey the D-Zero were out in force at Grafham being the second biggest class with 12 entries it was going to be a competitive day on the water.
Unfortunately for us mere mortals Arran had held on to Jons boat for the event and showed us all a clean pair of heels in all 3 races. He did so well that he won the medium fleet, definitely a good effort given the D-Zero is one of the slowest boats in the medium fleet! After only managing a 17th in the first race he followed that up with a 3 – 1 to take the spoils.
Behind Arran the racing was much closer with those who were able to manage the traffic best getting the best results. Neil Washington from Grafham managed this the best and placed 35th overall with Andrew Spencer taking 3rd on the class podium and 40th overall.
In the winter series this means Andrew has a commanding lead over Nigel Austin with Arran currently in 3rd but unlikely to sail any more events. Looking at the entries going forward it is by no means all cut and dried, anyone who has done 1 race can still challenge Andrew to the Winter Series title.
Full series standings can be found by clicking here.
The Scots are taking over….
Looking ahead to 2020 the D-Zero Scottish fleet are definitely on a mission. With 2 new sponsors on board already for the Largs Nationals in June and promises of a good level f entries already it could that that going north will be ‘en vogue’ this year….
The more eagle eyed of you may have noticed they have even taken over the class website with a tartan twist….