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D-Zeros at the Aberdeen and Stonehaven YC Ragatta

Niel Ritchie gives a short report on the event:

Two visiting D-Zeros joined the local boat at the annual ASYC regatta on the 11th & 12th of August. The event was attended by 42 boats with starts for RS400, Laser, Laser Radial, D-Zero, Blaze, Solo & Handicap.

Due to the fleet size the 3 D-Zeros were combined with the 5 Blazes into a single start, which worked well with the close PY numbers of both boats making them well matched to start together.

On the Saturday, a light southerly breeze appeared in time for the first race. Race 1 saw Niel Ritchie take the early advantage by going into the shore with using what he thought was his local knowledge of the tide, only to find he got his tide timings wrong and it was the rare occasion of banging a corner actually paying off. Jon Bassett showed great boat speed to slowly hunt down Niel and pass him on the final lap to take the first bullet of the weekend.
Race 2 saw Martin Latimer first out the blocks but his navigational error of heading to Norway and over standing the first mark, saw Jon pull through. Staying clear of traffic and getting a clear lane was the name of the game in the building breeze and Jon got tangled up in traffic only to see Niel pass and take the bullet in race 2.

Race 3 saw normal serviced resume for Jon who was fast off the start and lead the race from start to finish.
A BBQ was held after racing on the Saturday evening with a great atmosphere in the bar and plenty of banter around the day’s proceedings. There was much interest in the Zero over the weekend with some of the other fleets trying the boat after racing on Saturday and we hope to have more Scottish converts soon.

Overnight the breeze had filled in and Sunday looked like being a livelier affair, as had been promised to the visiting boats! As the fleet launched the breeze dropped and left a short swell with a strong rising tide. 3 races were run with quick turnaround to ensure the 6-race series was completed, making the best of the conditions. Jon took all three bullets on the Sunday, with the fleet having good close racing in the light shifty breeze.

Overall results were:
1. Jon Bassett Largs SC
2. Niel Ritchie Aberdeen & Stonehaven YC
3. Martin Latimer Largs SC

Huge thanks to the visiting boats for making the journey North, for a fun social event that I hope will become a regularly feature on the Scottish circuit for the Zeros.

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