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Suntouched D-Zero Nationals 2015 Report and Results

23rd – 25th May 2015 saw the New Devoti D-Zero fleet descend into Calshot sailing centre for their Inaugural national championships. In total 27 competitors made the journey, despite several challenges including a late venue change and challenging weather forecasts.

Running up to the event the class had enjoyed some very well attended open events and racing had proved very close. Dan Holman, the boat designer and former Laser and International 14 hot shot, had shown blistering pace however had been troubled at the recent Emsworth Slipper open by Stuart Jones (Of Contender fame) and David Summerville. David himself had put plenty of time into training for the nationals and had just peaked in time for the recent POSH regatta at Paignton.

Busy Start line on day 2 Photo Credit Wendy Horton

The fleet awoke on Saturday morning to very light winds, with a forecast not promising much more and the wind direction due to swing halfway through the day. The conditions were perfect for a Sea Breeze, sadly this never transpired. PRO David Henshall expertly managed to fit in 2 out of the 3 scheduled races Dan Holman taking the first Bullet in some fashion closely followed by Ian Morgan and Neil Coussouard. The second race saw winds drop even further which saw the PRO shorten the course. David Summerville sailed the shifts fantastically tacking on the pressure and took the win. Holman was buried in the fleet after the first beat but managed to sneak up to second piping Ian Morgan again into third. So after Day One Dan Holman took ownership of the Wave Clothing Yellow Jersey www.waveclothing.co.uk , luckily the bright yellow jersey fitted him like a glove as it looked likely to stay with him for the event. The fleet the retired to the bar and enjoyed an excellent BBQ put on by Calshot, whilst watching the cruise ships head off to much more glamorous locations!

A few starry eyed competitors (some were drowning their sorrows following a slight misunderstanding around the course) made their way early for Breakfast and were greeted with a droopy windsock! Luckily this was short lived and following a briefing by David Henshall the wind filled in as promised so the fleet were sent out across Southampton water to the race area. The wind built steadily to a satisfying F3 with gusts up to 17knts. The D-Zero revelled in these conditions making easy work of the Solent chop and traffic induced wave pattern. Dan Holman was rampant again and enjoyed 3 bullets; he really was displaying a master class in how to pull together a regatta series. Ian Morgan was Bridesmaid again with only Stuart Jones upsetting the order. So Holman retained ownership of the yellow jersey for the second day!

Closr racing at the D-Zero Nationals Photo Credit Wendy Horton

Monday arrived and yet again the wind gods were playing ball with a gentle but workable F2 again the fleet set out. Hangovers not helped by the glare of Dan’s yellow jersey. PRO David Henshall was determined to make up for the lost race in day 1 (Thank the Lord as your reporter was looking likely to carry a BFD) So really close racing was seen across the fleet, Holman yet again showing blistering pace right out of the gate. Some highly tactical tussles were seen between David Summerville and Stuart Jones who were both very close on points heading in to the final day. David’s downwind ability and time spent in the boat paid off he took third place overall and the much coveted Masters title. Ian Morgan secured second place behind Dan Holman retaining the yellow jersey and securing his name not only as the class designer but as the first national champion.

Dan clearly pleased with his leaders rash vest Photo Credit Wendy Horton


National Championship

1st Daniel Holman
2nd Ian Morgan
3rd David Summerville
Masters Champion David Summerville
Ladies Champion Kerry Morgan

The Fleet would like to Thank Suntouched Sailboats for all of their support as both suppliers and title sponsors, as well as Wave Clothing for sponsorship of the yellow jersey. Special mention must also be made to Sail Racer and GJW insurance for help and sponsorship of the first D-Zero National championships. It was an event to remember!

Results overall:


Dan Holman wins the inugural Suntouched D-Zero Nationals

Congratulations to Dan Holman winning the inugural Suntouched D-Zero UK National Championship.

With a dominant display discarding a 1st and 2nd from his 8 results Dan gave a great display on boat handling.

Top 3

1st Dan Holman

2nd Ian Morgan

3rd David Summerville

Full report and results to follow.

Suntouched D-Zero Nationals 2015 Day 2 Results

Dan Holman extends his lead with 3 bullets on day 2. Showing the fleet aclean pair of heels with a great display of boat handling in the breeze and a confused Solent chop.


1st Dan Holman

2nd Ian Morgan

3rd Stuart Jones


Suntouched D-Zero Nationals 2015 day 1 Results

Day 1 results from the D-Zero Nationals at Calshot after 2 races in light winds.

1st Dan Holman

2nd Ian Morgan

3rd David Summerville


Suntouched D-Zero Nationals 2015 – Runners and Riders

With just a few days to go and pre-entries now up to 27 the inaugural Suntouched D-Zero Nationals is looking like being a great success. So we thought giving a run down of the people to watch out for would be in order:

1/ Dan Holman

The designer of the D-Zero, and formerly Laser UK National Champion and Olympic squad member, Dan ensures that the bar is set very high for the inaugural D-Zero UK National Championship.

2/ Mandy Horton

A primary school teacher by day, Mandy is the current Europe Ladies National Champion and a fiercely competitive sailor at the light end of the Grey rig weight range. Has been known to mix it with the bigger boys at Grafham Water, when sailing her Blue rig in breeze.

3/ Stuart Jones

A former Laser sailor, Stuart has more recently been dangling from a wire at the front of the Contender fleet.

4/ Russ Hopkins

During the week Russ can be seen at the sharp end of a keyboard, but at the weekend he takes that message out onto the race course. Fiercely competitive he will undoubtedly be in the mix come the end of the Championship.

5/ Mike Pridham

Twice runner up in the Laser Masters World Championships in recent years, Mike hails from the Isle of Man and will always be a threat, despite his lack of competition experience in the class.

6/ David Summerville

A former Laser and Masters regional champion, David has also taken line honours as helmsman in the RORC Dubai to Muscat Race. Now in his twilight years he’s lost count of the number of grandchildren he has waiting to be introduced to sailing.

7/ Ian Morgan

A sailmaker by trade, Ian has won the Laser South Coast Travellers Trophy several times in recent years. Based at Hill Head Sailing Club, Ian will have very good local knowledge of the racing area and is firmly expected to be near the front of the fleet.

8/ John Aston

Another experienced Laser sailor from the large Grafham Water fleet of D-Zeros, John tied with David Summerville on points for the inaugural Grafham Water Open at the end of 2014. A Cambridge graduate in Mathematics, John is not averse to taking the odd risky punt on the upwind legs.

9/ Tim Weeden

Spearheading the entry from the Southern D-Zero stronghold of Emsworth Slipper, Tim knows how to make the D-Zero go fast and will bring some good local knowledge to the table.

10/ Jon Cowper

One of the entries at the Nationals from Hunts SC, picked up a race win at the inaugural D-Zero Open at Oxford, clearly not one to be ignored as long as he keeps the boat upright.

Aside from the rock stars at the front the mid fleet is expected to be fiercely competitive with any one of a number of other sailors capable of giving the guys at the front a hard time.

Suntouched Sailboats D-Zero Nationals 2015 Preview

The Winners Trophy

With just over a week to go the D-Zero fleet are eagerly anticipating their inaugural UK National Championships that are taking place alongside SailFest 2015 at Calshot over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend.

So far 23 eager sailors have signed up with several looking to enter once they have checked the forecast and obtained weekend passes from their nearest and dearest. Several of these entries are from people who have either chartered boats from our friends at Suntouched Sailboats, Devoti’s UK Distributor, or have managed to borrow a boat from a D-Zero owner who cannot make the event.

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Who will be wearing this (kindly donated by our friends at Wave Clothing)?…..

At the sharp end of the fleet Dan Holman, the boats designer, looks to be facing some stiff competition from the likes of Stuart Jones (of Contender fame), Ian Morgan (of Laser fame) and David Summerville (formerly of Laser fame and the D-Zero Midlands sales agent). Although if the recent open meeting at Emsworth Slipper is any indication then there are several sailors from the mid-fleet who could find themselves mixing it with the leaders.

There are also rumours that Adrian Brunton (of Finn fame) and Rodney Cobb (also of Finn fame and owner of Suntouched Sailboats) will be seen out on the water and enjoying the racing. Will Adrian be able to show the form he showed at the Grafham Open meeting and challenge the leaders? Can Rodney show the young upstarts in the fleet a trick or 2?

There is also a Prize Draw taking place for all D-Zero entries where you could win 4 days of 1 to 1 coaching and accommodation for the winner and their partner at Vila Real de Santo António in Southern Portugal. Our friends at Suntouched Sailboats have also generously agreed to donate up to £100 towards the cost of flights.

Still sitting on the fence? Then perhaps the class dinner on the Sunday evening might tempt you, this is included as part of the entry fee. So why not come and join the rest of the D-Zero class for their Nationals at Calshot over the Whit bank holiday weekend and see what the buzz is all about?

2015 D-Zero Nationals Prize Draw


During the 2015 D-Zero National Championships at Calshot from 23rd to 25th May, all competitors will be entered into a prize draw. The winner, to be drawn at the prize-giving, will be awarded 4 days of D-Zero coached training in Southern Portugal during the winter of 2015/2016, including airport transfer from Faro, boat charter, 1-to-1 coaching and accommodation for the sailor and a partner.

Additionally, Suntouched Sailboats have generously agreed to contribute a maximum of £100 towards a return flight to Faro from a UK airport.

The sailing will take place on the sheltered Guadiana estuary at Vila Real de Santo António, and on the Atlantic Ocean when conditions permit. The venue is a World Class sailing area and as recently as 2014 hosted the ISAF Youth World Championships.

The lucky winner will receive personal coached training in the D-Zero in areas such as boat preparation and set-up, boat handling, boat-speed, tactics, wave sailing and tides, in addition to basic wind strategy and meteorology, fitness and diet. The coaching will take place in a relaxed and informal environment, and will include adequate opportunity for discussion, video review and de- brief at the end of each daily session.

Total value of this prize package is £800.

Full details / dates to be confirmed subsequent to the prize-giving.

To enter the 2015 Suntouched D-Zero Nationals click here!

D-Zero early season events preview

The D-Zero 2015 event season kicks of this coming weekend where several D-Zero sailors have indicated they will be attending the Bala Sailing Club Easter Regatta (Club website: http://www.balasc.org.uk NOR: http://www.balasc.org.uk/NOR/2015/2015EasterRegattaNOR.pdf).  Good luck to those travelling and there is still time to enter if you are at a loose end this coming weekend. Bala SC D-Zero sailor John Cheslett will be there and he is hoping to put on a good show for the class to raise interest among Bala SC members who may be tempted to join the class.

The class then heads off the Emsworth Slipper SC for the first class open meeting of 2015. With 7 local boats down at Emsworth and Thorney Island and several people indicating they will be travelling. More information can be found here: http://www.emsworthslippersc.org.uk/articleone.php?a=1532. This is an excellent opportunity to get some pre-nationals practice in on the salty stuff for the inland sailors amongst us.

From there we move on to the POSH regatta at Paignton on the 9th and 10th May. This is not a D-Zero specific event but several D-Zero sailors have indicated that they will be attending. This will be the last chance for the inland contingent to get some salt water practice in prior to the inaugural Suntouched D-Zero Nationals which take place as part of SailFest ’15 at Clashot Activities Centre over the Whit Bank Holiday weekend. With pre-entries up in the teens the class is hopeful for a great turnout for the inaugural event. More details and entry are here: http://events.sailracer.org/eventsites/new.asp?eventid=198184.

More updates to follow, 2015 is looking to be a very busy year for the class both on and off the water.

D-Zero Nationals – Do you have what it takes?

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Wave Clothing will supply the ‘Yellow Jersey’

This year’s inaugural Suntouched Sailboats D-Zero Nationals will have a little Tour de France twist. Our D-Zero apparel supplier, Wave Clothing, have kindly agreed to print and donate a Yellow Jersey which will be worn by the regatta leader each day.

So the only question is:

Do you have the mental strength, stamina and skill to claim the yellow jersey and once you have it, can you retain it and be crowned D-Zero Nation Champion 2015?

Want to enter? Then surf on over to the Nationals microsite that is hosted by our friends at SailRacer: http://events.sailracer.org/eventsites/new.asp?eventid=198184
Wave Clothing D-Zero page: http://www.waveclothing.co.uk/association-kit/d-zero-class-association
Suntouched Sailboats: http://www.suntouched.co.uk

Suntouched D-Zero Nationals 2015 22nd-25th May 2015


The D-Zero class are pleased to announce that entry to the Suntouched D-Zero 2015 Nationals is now open. We are partnering up with our friends at SailRacer and the Nationals are part of SailFest ’15. Do be assured that we will be having our own start from the common start line with a separate course so we will not have our racing compromised by other events that are part of SailFest ’15.

Friday 22nd May will be a training and familiarisation day so, if you want to steal a march on your rivals then try to get there early to take advantage of this (there may be a small extra fee payable to cover launch fees, this will be confirmed closer to the event).

The actual National Championships will be run from 23rd-25th May. Race format is currently being planned but we are currently looking at 3 races Saturday and Sunday with an alternative format on the Monday and also allowing D-Zero sailors to take part in the SailFest match racing event if they wish to. More details to follows on this.

Your entry fee also includes the Class dinner on the Sunday evening. Extra tickets will be available for this should you be bringing the family.

Accommodation is available on site with either a B&B option (working out at just under £29/person if you get a triple room for 3 nights) or you can camp from £10/person and purchase breakfast separately. There is also limited campervan parking but no electric hookup. All of this can be booked from the event website by clicking on the ‘Order Extras’ option at the right hand side of the menu.

To enter simply surf on over the the event website:


Please note due to an issue with the SailFest/D-Zero entry page any extras/accommodation booked prior to 24th Feb 2015 may not have booked correctly. Please check with SailRacer or the venue directly to ensure they have your booking.

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