On the 22nd October 8 D-Zeros gathered at Hunts SC in Cambridgeshire for the penultimate meeting in the travellers series. 6 locals were joined by 2 visitors from Stewartby and Grafham. The day dawned bright and with the promise of a good breeze.

Photo copyright Helen Bailey

 PRO David Cronk set a course that used the majority of the lake giving 2 good beats, a mix of reaching angle and a long run.

Race one saw locals Paul Jefferies and Jon Cowper show the fleet a clean pair of heels up the first beat with Colin Clasper rounding in 3rd. The gap between the top 2 fluctuated a bit but Paul extended away slowly to have a good lead by the finish with Jon coming home second and Colin keeping his nose clean for 3rd.

Photo copyright Helen Bailey

After a break for lunch and chat in the sunshine it was back out for 2 more races back to back. The wind was holding up nicely but a few holes were appearing to catch out the unwary. At the front it was business as usual with Paul and Jon leading round the windward mark with a gaggle of boats a short distance behind. The slightly lighter winds seemed to favour Jon and he was fighting hard for the lead for the first lap and a half until Paul slipped away to hold a handy lead by the gun with another local Ed Deacon completing the podium. 

Photo copyright Helen Bailey

Having sealed the meeting Paul could have taken an early shower but decided to stay out for the 3rd race to enjoy the fun. With the wind starting to drop as forecast it was a chance for others to challenge at the front. The start was keenly contested with Paul being the furthest down the line but hitting the line at speed soon had him moving ahead. The race settled into a familiar pattern with Jon and Paul escaping off the front leaving a 4 way scrap behind between Colin, Ed, Gary Tompkins and Joe Constable for 3rd. Whoever out of Colin and Ed took 3rd would take the final podium spot at the meeting. Colin sailed a great final beat to just sneak over the line in front of Ed handing him 3rd place overall.

Photo copyright Helen Bailey

In the final race Rachael Clubb (1st Lady overall), sailing her new boat, was in touching distance of the fleet and seems to be getting up to speed nicely with Kath Gerighty not too far behind in her first outing in a borrowed boat, the usual D-Zero grin was clearly in evidence!

At prize giving Paul thanked all the volunteers who made the event possible and the D-Zero sailors for supporting the event.

The next event is this coming weekend at Ogston and is the final event on the calendar for the class with the Sailjuice Winter Series starting in a few weeks.

Full Results:

1stGBR74Hunts SCPaul Jefferies(1.0)
2ndGBR42Hunts SCJon Cowper(2.0)
3rdGBR152Stewartby WatersportsColin Clasper3.0(6.0)3.06.0
4thGBR122Hunts SCEd Deacon(5.0)
5thGBR158Hunts SCGary Tompkins4.0(5.0)5.09.0
6thGBR8Grafham Water SCJoe Constable(9.0 RET)
7thGBR359Hunts SCRachael Clubb6.0(7.0)7.013.0
8thGBR115Hunts SCKath Gerighty(9.0 DNC)