Due to a senior moment by the learned Class Chair there were 2 rounds of the Winter series on the 25th and 26th Janaury 2030, the Steve Nicholson Trophy on the 25th and the King George Gallop on the 26th.
This meant entry to the Steve Nicholson Trophy was down on previous years. 2 D-Zeros made the Journey to Pitsford with Gavin Fleming from Hunts attending his second event and Nigel Austin from Cransley looking to capitalise on the absence of current series leader Andrew Spencer and close the gap.
On the day it seems that Nigel was on fire taking class honours from Gavin to record his first class win of the series.
Moving on to the following day at the King George Gallop and Nigel was joined by Kevin Moll from Hunts who has been making great strides in his D-Zero recently and is now mixing it with the fleet at home.
Unfortunately for them both Nigels arch nemesis and D-Zero poster boy Tom Southwell decided he fancied and play and duly lead Nigel home in all 3 races to take class honours with Kevin rounding out the top 3. Kevin did later admit he was somewhat hampered by poor rigging and really must remember to rig his kicker correctly next time…..
So overall in the D-Zero Winter Series this means Nigel sneaks ahead of Andrew in the overall standings but Tom is looking menacing in 3rd counting 3 first places but also carrying a DNC. With 2 events left Tom can still take the crown if he can drag himself to Rutland for the Tiger Trophy or Oxford for the Oxford Blue.
Full D-Zero Winter Series standings can be found by clicking here.
In the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series the D-Zero is currently holding 4th place in the Sailing Chandlery Top Class rankings ahead of many other, much larger classes.
In the individual rankings Andrew Spencer in 16th still holds sway over Nigel Austin in 18th with Tom Southwell down in 46th but only having attended 3 events so far.