Nigel Austin braves the cold at the Datchet Flyer Photo Copyright Tim Olin

The weekend of the 9th and 10th December saw the D-Zero fleet assemble at Datchet Water Sailing Club  for round 2 of the D-Zero Winter Series 2017/2017.

Unperturbed by the forecast of sub zero temperatures on Saturday and and heavy snow on the Sunday all but one of the pre-entries arrived and set out to race.

Race 1 saw current series leader Ian Morgan show the rest of the D-Zeros the way round the course posting a 27th overall. Some distance behind him D-Zero poster boy Tom Southwell came home second followed by Sebastian Prowse and the ever present Nigel Austin.

Some close racing at the mark roundings Photo Copyright Tim Olin

Race 2 saw little change in the conditions but a much improved performance by Ian who posted a 7th who had Tom hot on his heels in 8th and Sebastian only a short distance back in 11th with Nigel again bringing up the rear.

Video highlights courtesy of Ian Morgan

Race 3 and it was more of the same from Ian who posted an 8th. Tom couldn’t quite match his previous race exploits posting a 15th with Nigel having his best race yet and posting a 22nd. Sebastian probably made the best call though deciding to take and early shower.

Sebastian Prowse before his early shower Photo Copyright Tim Olin

With a good performance on Sunday Tom could get ahead of Ian with Nigel and Sebastian not too far apart for 3rd and 4th. Unfortunately the Met office got the forecast right for once. The heavy snow meant launching and recovery was nigh on impossible on the icy slopes of the reservoir and there was no more sailing to be had.

This means after 2 rounds of the 2017/2018 Winter Series that defending Champion Ian Morgan is leading ahead of Tom Southwell with Rob Lennox in 3rd and Nigel Austin in 4th. For full series results click here.

The next round of the D-Zero Winter Series 2017/2018 is the Yorkshire Dales Brass Monkey on the 27th December. This is closely followed on the 30th December by the Grafham Grand Prix. These events are also rounds 3 and 4 of the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series.

There will be a further announcement on the Winter Series events shortly as the Steve Nicholson Trophy has been cancelled.