After missing a year in 2018 due to low water levels at Northampton SC the popular Steve Nicholson Trophy made a welcome return to the winter sailing calendar.

3 D-Zeros made the journey to deepest darkest Pitsford Reservoir and were greeted with a gusty F3-5 wind blowing from the dam end of the lake.

The first race Gavin Fleming from Hunts SC showed Nigel Austin Cransley and Kevin Moll, also from Hunts, the way around the course. This was despite Gavin going the wrong way up the first beat (I thought we all knew the trick at NSC was to go left..well until it is time to go right). Luckily, with the D-Zero being a bit of a rocket ship in those conditions there were plenty of places to be made up on the offwind legs. At the finish Gavin had made his way through to finish 17th (once the spreadsheet had done its work) with Nigel and Kevin somewhat further back in 39th and 42nd respectively.

Race 2 was all about action on the start line. Gavin found himself on the receiving end of a port tack boat who couldn’t get out the way and there was a heavy collision. Gavin elected to give it a go though despite the damage which didn’t look too bad from the boat. Nigel on the other hand decided to have a chat with the committee boat managing to hit it no less than 5 times. The details here gets a little lost but Nigels wife, watching from the shore, remarked that the person doing that was ‘a right numpty’. What she said when she realised it was her husband we do not know. In the race Gavin learned from his mistake in race 1 and stayed to the left on the beats to come home 12th in the race. Nigel and Kevin seemed tied together on a piece of string in this one coming home 37th and 38th respectively.

Overall this meant Gavin took the D-Zero class honours and placed a respectable 12th overall at the event. Nigel (despite his adventures) and Kevin placed 40th and 41st overall. Full results for the event can be found by clicking here.

So in the D-Zero winter series Nigels 2nd in class means he jumps above Andrew for 2nd with 2 more events to go. Full winter series result can be found by clicking here.

From here we move on to Rutland SC for the Tiger Trophy an event that has lived up to its name in the previous few years with strong winds meaning it is not for the faint of heart. Andrew Spencer and Nigel are renewing their rivalry whilst series leader Tom Southwell looks to be sitting this one out. There is still time to enter online by clicking here.