Since the end of the traditional sailing season hardy D-Zero sailors have been busy breaking out their winter sailing kit and braving the elements to keep on sailing.
Zippy has been out, braving the frost and the ‘skills’ of her owner (you can read Zippys latest blog and Christmas message here).
North of the border, and at the venue for the 2020 National Championships, D-Zero sailors have been putting in some serious practice with D-Zeros taking the top 5 spots at the Harken Largs Winter Series. Jon Bassett narrowly edging out Alistair ‘Storky’ McLaughlin in the short fleet on countback in the 18 race series with Alan Henderson completing the podium. You can read more on this by clicking here.
Down south the D-Zero Winter Series kicked off with rounds 1 and 2 of the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series. For the first event, the Draycote Dash, 4 D-Zero made the trip. With a reasonable breeze on Saturday Andrew Spencer from Burton SC showed the fleet the way around the course over the 4 handicap races and being 46th overall prior to the double point pursuit race. Nogel Pybus was not too far behind in 52nd with Nigel Austin 61st and class newcomer Robin Freeland in 86th Sadly the wind gods didn’t come to play Sunday and the race was cancelled leaving the overnight results as the final results.
A couple of weeks later the Datchet Flyer took place. Historically this event has served up wind in spades, enough to tempt class poster boy Tom Southwell away from the south coast for the weekend. Tom duly delviered and led the 3 D-Zeros home and was 39th overnight on Saturday with Andrew 60th and Nigel 74th. The winds decided that they would again influence the Sunday racing but this time with too much wind. With well over 30kts recorded across the racecourse racing was abandoned leaving the Saturday results to stand.
From here the series moves on to Yorkshire Dales for the Brass Monkey on the 27th December followed by Grafham Water for the Grafham Grand Prix on the 29th December.
Entry for all the Winter Series events except the Steve Nicholson Trophy can be found on the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series website. The Steve Nicholson Trophy can be entered by clicking here. Please note the winter events do tend to fill up so get your entry in sooner rather than later!