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Notice of AGM – 21st August 2021 at Largs SC

The D-Zero Class Association AGM will be held on the 21st August 2021 at Largs SC. It will be after the class dinner so should start around 20:00. If you have anything you would like to raise at the AGM please let the Class Chair know.

Current Agenda:

  1. Welcomes
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Approval of 2019 AGM minutes
  4. Class Chair Report
  5. Membership Report
  6. Treasurer Report
  7. Technical Report
  8. Builder Representative Report
  9. Nationals and Inalnds 2022 – Venue announcement
  10. Nationals and Inlands 2023 and beyond
  11. AOB

The 2020 AGM Minutes can be found below:

Class AGM 12th November 2020 @ 8pm

The D-Zero Class Association AGM will be held via Zoom this year.

All Class Association members should have an email advising on how to join the meeting along with the important link. If you are a paid up member and did not get an email please check your junk folder, If it still isn’t there then let the Chairperson know and we will send it individually.

The full agenda will be published on the 6th November 2020, if you have anything you wish to bring up ensure the Chairperson knows before the 5th November. You can contact the Chairperson by clicking here.

D-Zero Class Association AGM – 22nd June 2019 20:00

The D-Zero Class Association AGM will take place at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy at 20:00 on the 22nd June 2019. A draft agenda is given below, if you have anything to add please complete the contact form for the class chair by clicking here.

Please note if you have rules changes/suggestions these need to be sent to the Technical representative who can make the required enquiries with the Builder. You can do this by clicking here.

Draft Agenda

  1. Welcome – Paul Jefferies
  2. Review of the last 12 months – Paul Jefferies
  3. Treasurers Report – Neil Washington
  4. Membership report – Jon Cowper
  5. Rules updates/clarifications – Rodney Cobb/Paul Jefferies
  6. Class Committee – All
  7. Nationals 2020 update – Martin Latimer
  8. Nationals and Inlands Venues going forwards – All
  9. AOB – All

AGM Item – Class Rules Amendments

The following amendments to the class rules will be tabled before the AGM. If you have any comments please use the Class Chair contact form before Thursday 21st June 2018. Bold italic text denotes the amendments/additions:

In the introduction:

D-Zero hulls, hull appendages, rigs and sails may, after having left the manufacturer, only be altered to the extent permitted in Section C of the class rules.  It is the responsibility of the owner to ensure that any changes from standard specification are adequate and suitable for the purpose. Neither the manufacturer or the class association(s) accept responsibility for failure of equipment not conforming to standard, ex-factory, specification.

In C9.2:

Add new d) as below, all exiting are moved 1 letter further on:

d) Kicking Strap (vang) must use, minimum, 4mm Dyneema ® or equivalent specification rope. Strop can be replaced with, minimum, 4mm Dyneema ® or equivalent specification rope and must be routed as the standard strop arrangement.

Amend g) as follows (was f):

One gybing strop may be added, defined as a length of rope, of maximum 6mm diameter, attached to the aft kicking strap (vang) deckeye on the top of the boom. The length of the gybing strop, measured from the underside of the boom and including any block or ring, shall not exceed 40cms. The gybing strop shall only be used during the gybing manoeuvre.

Amend j) to read:

Traveller may be modified with the addition of a tensioning system consisting of cleat, thimble/s and control line but purchase must not exceed the factory 2:1. This is to replace the standard knot and will be in approximately the same position. The incorporation of a cleat will not alter the traveller in any way apart from facilitating ease of tensioning/locking off. In addition the central stainless steel eye may be mounted on a separate length of rope that is completely independent of the main traveller rope. This rope may only use the existing traveller holes without any modification. A length of shockcord may be used to hold the eye in line. All traveller ropes must be at least 4mm in diameter.

Harken D-Zero Nationals 2018 – Saturday evening sponsorship by Dzero.co.uk

Please see the press release below from Dzero.co.uk:
Hayling Island, UK – June 15, 2018 – DZero, the UK exclusive dealer for Devoti D-Zero & Optimist sailing dinghies are pleased to announce their sponsorship of the Devoti D–Zero Nationals at Mountbatten Centre Plymouth over the weekend of 22–24 June 2018. With a recent surge of new and used D-Zero dinghies, and many new owners entering the Class, DZero will be driving AGM attendance by offering refreshments, keen to gain D-Zero owners views, opinions and ideas to keep pushing the Class forward.
The Class Association and DZero have amongst other events, revitalised their websites including a new spares e-comm page launching June 18, ensuring dealer and association representatives at every D-Zero event, offering demonstration sails, and seeking greater engagement with the owners to ensure the fun and enjoyment of sailing the D-Zero to continue through the post-sail discussions and socials.
For more information, please contact DZero via their website www.dzero.co.uk, email – david@dzero.co.uk, Facebook @dzero.co.uk or via Instagram #dzero

2018 AGM Announcement

The D-Zero Class will hold their AGM at 7pm on Saturday 23rd June 2018 at the Mount Batten Centre in Plymouth (or once we have finished our evening meal). This is the Saturday Evening of the 2018 National Championships. The current agenda is given below. If you have anything you wish to raise or wish to send your apologies please use the D-Zero Class Secretary contact form that can be found by clicking here.

The current Agenda is as follows:

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies for absence
  3. Election of Officers for 2018 (please contact the Class Secretary if you feel you can give some time to help run the class)
  4. Class Chair Report
  5. Treasurers report
  6. Membership report
  7. Dealer/Builder report
  8. Nationals Venues going forward
  9. Rule Changes
  10. A.O.B

Suntouched D-Zero Nationals Day 2

Ready to launch. Photo Credit Suntouched Sailboats

After the epic conditions of day 1, day 2 dawned with a much lighter breeze and Christchurch Bay looking much smoother much to the delight of the pond sailor contingent of the fleet.

With Suntouched Sailboats and generous fleet members did a great job with helping to get those who managed to break things yesterday back on the water (that won’t buff out but some gelcvoat filler and liberal sanding with do for now for 1 sailor and a new bottom mast and loan sail will do for the other). Aside from that the was the usual bimbling and tweaking to kill the time between breakfast and the first race of the day.

With VR Sport Media and the official Highcliffe photographer both out on the water today there was nowhere to hide for the fleet. More on this later on…..

Race 3 saw a change at the sharp end of the fleet with Paul Scullion from Restronguet SC showing the fleet the way home followed by Stuart Jones with John Aston from Grafham showing some good speed to complete the podium. Overnight leader Ian Morgan could only manage 7th so perhaps he may have to work harder to stay out the front.

Race 4, and with the breeze building Ian found his form again to finish second to Paul with Rob Lennox from Barnt Green making an appoearance at the fron the complete the podium.

Race 5 and with the breeze building more and the waves getting bigger as we had wind over tide it was set to be the hardest of the day for many. Ian now revelling in the conditions posted another bullet with Rob coming home second and Iain Horlock completing the podium. Overnight second place man Gaz Henshall had an indifferent day by his standards from Day 1 and slipped down the leaderboard.

So the overnight top 3 is now Ian Morgan, Paul Scullion and Gaz Henshall. The top 2 seem to be pulling away from the fleet with the final podium position up for grabs between Gaz, Rob and Iain who are separated by 2 points.

Forecast for tomorrow is for similar conditions to today but with wind with tide the sea state should be flatter than today.

At the time of writing the fleet is gather at the clubhouse for dinner followed by the AGM.

Rules Changes – Announcement

A gbying handle example

As Class Association members will recall the class conducted an email vote on some rule changes with a view to allowing some by dispensation until the next AGM.

We have now managed to get the rule wording back from the Technical Authority and are pleased to announce that JC Straps and Gybing handles are allowed by dispensation until the AGM which is scheduled to be held at the Nationals in June. At the AGM a formal vote will be conducted and the rules changes adopted if they are accepted. The full wording of the 2 rules in question are given below for reference:

Gybing Handles:

One gybing strop may be added, defined as a length of rope, of maximum 6mm diameter, attached to the aft kicker (vang) deckeye on the top of the boom. The length of the gybing strop, measured from the underside of the boom and including any block or ring, shall not exceed 40cms. The gybing strop shall only be used during the gybing manoeuvre.

JC Strap:

A “J.C” strap may be fitted to pull the boom forward whilst sailing downwind. The maximum unstretched elastic diameter permitted is 8mm.

Grafham Training and Open weekend report

On the 28th and 29th November the D-Zero fleet gathered at Grafham water for a Training Day, sponsored by Suntouched Sailboats, followed by an open Meeting which was also Round 2 of the D-Zero Winter Series 2015/2016.

As people gathered at Grafham, chatting and helping to play musical boats with the weekend delivery there was much talk about how much sailing would actually be possible given the forecast.

Coach for the day, and D-Zero fleet front runner, David Summerville was ably assisted by local sailor and 2020 Olympic hopeful Karyna Manuel. After running a shore based session looking at rigging the fleet broke for lunch with the promise of some on the water action in the afternoon as the wind gods appeared to be being kind and the conditions looked to be sailable.

In the end 9 sailors took to the water and a great time was had by all. After a variety on the water exercises the fleet retired ashore for a video de-brief with many happy faces to be seen amongst the fleet.

Sadly the wind forecast for Sunday was all too accurate and the Open Meeting was cancelled early on the Sunday.


It is hoped to run the Open as part of the upcoming Grafham Grand Prix and extrapolate the results out so the excellent trophies made by Phoenix Marine can be awarded.

As a result of this event being cancelled the D-Zero Winter Series now drops to 8 events from 9. Still with 5 to count for the over all series.

The class AGM will also be re-scheduled and an announcement made shortly by the class committee.

As always there is plenty of chat taking place about the weekend events on the D-Zero Class Facebook group with some videos of the sailing uploaded to YouTube by Tom Southwell.

Grafham Event Announcement

D-Zero Open Weekend at Grafham Water this weekend Nov 28th- Nov 29th

Having looked at the weekends forecast and following discussions between the Class Association and GWSC flag officers, it’s been decided that we will press on with the event. Should the water be closed, owing to the conditions, the club will refund any sailing fees paid. David Summerville has alternate land based plans for the training on Saturday and we could also run a sailing fitness session with our resident personal trainer, Karyna Manuel. So, it’ll certainly be possible to keep Saturday entertaining. Moving on to the Open on Sunday, if the weather is fit then we will go and it’ll be up to individuals to decide whether they feel up to the conditions on the day! If the water remains closed and there is no racing, then any entry fees paid will be refunded.

In addition, given the likely limited numbers attending, it has been decided to reschedule the Class Association AGM to a later date.

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