The D-Zero class exhibited at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show 2015 for the first time as a class association. This followed on from it’s launch a mere 12 months previously at last years dinghy show. Conveniently perched on the edge of the Devoti/Suntouched Sailboats stand, with a completely open layout, allowing people to wander between the 2 stands and see both the production D-Zero sporting the standard grey sail of 8.1m2, a second boat in a custom colour that was sporting the D-Zero Blue rig which is 6.9m2 and the boat the started it all off the Punk.
The stand was very busy both days and was well staffed by D-Zero owners who were happy to answer any and all questions that people have about the boat. Dan Holman, designer of the Punk was also on hand on Saturday to talk about the Punk and how it developed into the D-Zero by Dan and Devoti. For anyone wishing to place an order staff from Suntouched Sailboats were on hand to assist.
The dinghy show was also the first public viewing for the D-Zero Blue rig which was exhibited on a ‘custom colour’ D-Zero hull. The D-Zero Blue rig smaller sail and shorter bottom mast giving 6.9m2 of sail area rather than the 8.1m2 for the standard grey sail. This is aimed at the lighter/smaller sailor however, some people think the little lady pictured above might need to grow a bit before she places her order. The custom colour was certainly eye catching and drew a lot of attention. Your new D-Zero can be custom built in the colour of your choice for an additional charge.
The class would like to extend their thanks to all the D-Zero sailors who gave their time to staff the stand and a special thanks to Dan for being on hand on Saturday to talk about the Punk and how it evolved to become the D-Zero.