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The World According to David

DZero.co.uk main man and official UK dealer gives us an update on the class, the boat and fashion

David, thanks for taking the time to update us, how is the UK DZero market given the Coronavirus restrictions?

New D-Zero’s have continued to sell, albeit at a significantly slower pace than 2019, not surprisingly due to various lockdowns, clubs being closed etc etc. However used D-Zero’s have been going great guns and several have been sold via brokerage, and higher than 2019, so work that out… What is good to see is that as many sailors as possible are using their D-Zero’s and getting this word out to all is key for us all to promote the Class, not just for the few but for the many…

Is this consistent with what you are seeing in other classes, Devoti boats and the market in general?

From what I hear and see via various industry forums and news, it’s been a very challenging year for the marine industry. Some haven’t survived already (two major builders this year alone), and sadly I’m sure it won’t be the last. Many boat businesses are run as hobbies, which is great for sailors, but not good for business. Margins are tiny compared to everything but software markets, and as some of you may see, every time a small business gets a sale, they do a little jig. If we can get through the winter and Q1’21, then it should all be good, however we all have Corporation Tax and PAYE to pay early next year so that could be a crunch time for many. Sadly it may not be just the high street that suffers…

The factory have been broadening their horizons to ensure stability also, so hopefully 2021 could be a good year! As I write, more discussion and news on vaccines, so lets get out sailing, show the D-Zero off to all, and I cannot wait till Largs 2021!

During the Olympic class selection trials we saw some potential changes to the boat design: deck extenders, new sail shape… Are any of these still being considered? Why?

The trials were a good time to gain feedback from elite level sailors, so some new ideas were tried out to see if there were any benefits – hiking extenders, which seemed to be more of a pain to build into the boat than the benefit gained (though you never know till you try), sail materials were tested as the grey and blue materials are brilliant for longevity, several times over a dacron sail, and value is a major point of discussion. Seems price is better in some eyes than value – strange world !? There were some other ideas tried; feedback and development was useful.

Devoti always are keen to look at ideas as to how a boat can be improved – look what they did with the Finn through the years and ended up with the Finn Fantastica – a class leading boat that 99% of elite sailors demanded; however for now, the D-Zero was so well designed in the first place, things work when you pull them, though development ideas will never cease – just look at the Pimps & Bimbles page.

What was amazing were the comments about mainsheets going out the back of the boat (as it’s sternless), having to reach in to get to the controls – and yet the majority sailed Lasers or Finns where you have to lean in. I believe our friends at RS were equally frustrated on some feedback, and they had a great proposition as did Devoti.

Are there any new developments planned?

We are looking at sail materials as above, check cover materials for wear and UV (that sun is such a pain !), and we’ve looked at gelcoat colours (standardising on white and grey, though also mindful of UV when needing to repair), though nothing else currently.

What do you see as being the realistic future of the DZero in crowded single-handed market?

I believe sailors will know the best single-hander, and it’s good to have competition; I am sure more will come from those who want to fly. However, whether you can use it in all weathers and conditions is the key point.

It’s down to us all to market the D-Zero and show why it’s great, whether it’s in waves, or flat water (let’s get those pictures out there !), the fun ole’ bunch we are, we can get Tunnocks (and Gin companies) to sponsor us, the boat just works, its built well (yes we have some issues, as does every builder, but it’s how you deal with it in customer service), and let’s make noise and disrupt the media so everyone knows what stupid grins we get ! You can see those owners that really work at it, as they build their fleets, get out sailing in groups – it’s not easy, doesn’t always last, but let’s tell people why !

How big is the DZero fleet in the UK and internationally?

Germany and Netherlands are growing fast, and there are many users across Eastern Europe, Italy, Belgium are building all the time, and we have more owners in the US. Classes in some countries have other challenges as clubs and countries have to adopt the Class, so its not just down to the sailor thinking I want that boat. What is great to see is the way the UK Class Assoc have led the way and many of our non-UK friends look in to see what’s happening, so this will build as we progress. 6 years is very short in sailing terms…

The class has a single builder which ensures uniformity, but that builder has recently been awarded an ILCA build contract. Given Devoti’s pedigree in building boats if their ILCA becomes as popular with the Olympic elite as their Finns will this ‘high end client’ demand effect the supply of the DZero?  

Devoti are unlike many other builders, they support and continue to support all their classes they build, and have stated they will keep supplying the D-Zero builds, and will work closely with me and the other European dealers.  The benefit is that if the ILCA does provide more numbers, this makes the builder stronger financially, and therefore will have better and bigger facilities than it already has, as well as keeping their quality employees to ensure high level boat quality – no robots used at Devoti. Devoti have also worked with some of the key suppliers used on the D-Zero to supply ILCA parts, so its strengthening the whole supply chain.

The price differential between a DZero and ILC is only £103 in the UK (according to your website!) so what assurances can Devoti and DZero.co.uk offer to us as a class that they will continue to supply and support us?

Both Devoti, myself and other dealers have worked hard through this year to ensure both of our financial status, diversifying and being prudent where possible. Just shows that the D-Zero is extremely good value, for the technology you gain, and the build quality. The ILCA is a different market and enables diversification to support the factory and dealerships around the world. Devoti are very keen to support the D-Zero, and have supported in many ways, whether that is getting parts to me extremely quickly to keep you sailing, ensuring full stocks of parts at my yard, the factory and at their suppliers.

Look at the ILCA as a supporter of the D-Zero and not a challenger.

Feedback we get from club members is that the boat is expensive. How can we get around this as a fleet? You can pick up an old Laser for under £500 and get club racing but we don’t have that age legacy of boats.  

Hmm, I have to think about this, as I do get people playing the “it’s expensive card”, and I answer honestly, “yes, you can always get older, cheaper boats, however let’s compare accurately”. At Shows and at Events, or talking when sailors have demo’d the D-Zero and then I run them around the D-Zero – high quality vinylester foam sandwich build, high quality carbon spars throughout with less than 1% breakages, North Sails Kevlar laminate sail lasting years on a competitive basis, Harken blocks and cleats throughout – quality, just quality. Then let’s discuss the feel good factor, ask any sailor who’s sailed it (except some of the Olympic trailers, hahahaha).

Then you get onto the depreciation – D-Zero’s keep 90% of their value after a year, and still have nearly 60% of their value after 6 years. Compare that to other boats ? I hate to compare with other boats as I don’t think you can do a straight comparison, however looking at the market, several other single-handers are more expensive than the D-Zero @ £6950, so I don’t fully understand – maybe I need to put the prices up !!.

Let’s run through some prices as I’m not sure where it’s expensive, especially when you say about the ILCA (that was designed in 1970, so our prices will be interesting in 50 years ??), however here we go, all taken as Dec 2020 prices from builders website –

RS Aero £7,860 (start at £7330 plus a 9m2 sail, Harken parts, side cleats, carbon tiller); Hadron H2 £10,295; Solo £6,595; Phantom £9,750; Waszp £10,243; OK £8,350; Solution £6,700; VX Evo £13,995 and a Musto Skiff £12,580 (lots of boat but still £12k+) shall I go on…

I’m happy with the pricing, would love it to be higher, though think its about right.

As a dealer you are personally very active on the racing circuit and a fan of the boat. What would you say to anyone trying to decide between a DZero and the other boats on the market?

Just go sail it! I’ve sailed hundreds of boats up to 70ft, and over 50 years, yes I’m that old, and nothing has given me the buzz I get from the D-Zero.

The DZero tends to have quite a devoted following with few people leaving the class. The smile factor when people come off the water is universal. What makes it such an appealing boat?

It’s easy to sail, quite fast, accelerates well, doesn’t seem to have an ideal sailor weight (thank goodness for those larger boned !), its rewarding – you tell it to do something and it does, its relatively stable (I’ve capsized the D-Zero less times in 6 years less than my previous single-hander in a season), and I try hard on capsizing sailing regularly in 25-30knots, its simple to use and learn with, and we’re a great similarly minded fun load of sailors, that I really enjoy sailing with !

What can DZero.co.uk offer to CA members?

Continued support, we’re financially stable, always parts in stock ready to ship, sound advice from someone who sails the D-Zero, plus 10% discount. You just have to put up with my sense of humour and competitiveness…

Chrome rubber clothing was your fashion tip for 2019. What can we expect to see you sporting in 2021?

The chrome was fantastic – I use the excuse I nearly became an ice cube at Rossendale and then the chrome rubber warmed me at the Dales, though I’m just checking out the colour trends and styles currently (covid lockdown ideas are just emerging in Vogue Runway), it’s hard being a D-Zero fashion icon (and obviously a god to Zippy), though watch this space, though I think back on what Rihanna told me – “They can beat me, but they cannot beat my outfit”  

I think it’s best if we end there.

2019 Harken D-Zero UK National and Open Championships – Report and Results

The D-Zero class held their 2019 UK National and Open Championships at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the long weekend of 21st to 23rd June 2019. This was a milestone event for that class as we celebrated not only our 5th anniversary but we also had the largest ever entry of 46, getting tantalisingly close to the coveted ’50’ club. Unfortunately a few had to withdraw due to injury meaning 43 boats took to the water over the weekend. With an enthusiastic Class Association, a lot of new faces and boat sales increasing the only way is up!

Most of the entrants had arrived on Thursday a few people went out to sample the waters of the harbour and there was an impromptu social organised at The Boat that Rocks just a short walk up from the academy. A great evening was had by all and the banter started (this was set to be a theme over the entire weekend).

Weymouth serves up Champagne on Day 1

The class was also looking to go green and reduce the use of single use plastics, especially drinks bottles. To help with this My Pinnacle Nutrition, a sports nutrition company part owned by a member of the fleet, stepped up and sponsored a bio-plastic based drinks bottle for every competitor. Thank you to them for stepping in and supporting the class in this initiative.

Day 2 and some bucks fizz to chase down the champers from day 1

2018 National Champion Steve Bolland (GBR11) takes up the story:

43 competitors, 8 races, 3 days of racing, 1 winner. 1 very clear winner.

‘It’s like going on holiday with 42 of your best mates’. Perfect weather, for 2 of the 3 days at least, and all wonderfully hosted by the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy from 21-23 June made for a wonderful event atmosphere.

Day 1 and the conditions were absolutely perfect – cloudless skies and 18-20 knots from the SW. If there’s one reason for going to Weymouth it’s for the waves out in the Bay and we had those in abundance. There were only two dangers to the almost unlimited enjoyment opportunities on offer, a race officer keen on brandishing flag U and the large number of jellyfish lurking just below the surface that could ruin your whole day if you hit one at speed. I imagine the jellyfish weren’t enthralled either.

The most high-profile transgressor of flag U in race 1 was pre-tournament favourite Dan Holman (Netley SC). He did, however, redeem himself with two bullets in the next two races, using his downwind pace to maximum effect. But there was no redemption for Gavin Fleming (Hunts SC). UFDd in race 2 he went on to capsize in front of the majority of the fleet at the first windward mark in race 3. I stand corrected, there were three dangers to the almost unlimited enjoyment opportunities.

At the end of day 1 and three super enjoyable races the overall leader was Niel Ritchie, making the epic journey down from Aberdeen & Stonehaven worthwhile, with a 1, 2, 3 scoreline, a little way ahead of Tom Southwell (Netley) and Ian Horlock (Exe). However, all this was forgotten as the fleet decamped en masse to the Cove Inn and subsequently the curry house. And back to the Cove again if you happened to be sharing a table with Christian Smart, gang leader of the Welsh contingent.

Conditions had moderated somewhat for day 2, the wind having swung to the SE and dropped to 11-12 knots, but still with a backdrop of wall-to-wall sunshine. Although Steve Bolland (Bristol Corinthian) briefly led Holman in race 3 it was an exclusive Holman benefit after this as he posted three more race wins. By this time the fleet had concluded that he was quite useful and it was looking increasingly likely that the mortals in the fleet would be fighting for the minor placings. To whit, Bolland celebrated his two 2nd places as races wins as he moved into 2nd place overall ahead of a gaggle of boats separated by only 3 points – Iain Horlock, Stacey Bray (Porthpean), Ritchie and Southwell. All to play for on the final day…

Which dawned bright and breezy if you’d managed to sidestep Smart’s offer of a taxi ride to the bright lights of Weymouth following the BBQ, AGM and general frivolity of the previous evening.

Despite the wind dropping, going left, dropping some more, then going right it didn’t prevent Holman wrapping up the regatta with another two race wins, this time inside Portland Harbour. But not before David Valentine (Emsworth Slipper) had surprised the fleet as much as himself, by leading to the windward mark in the penultimate race. Holman was soon past though, aided by Valentine looking around to ensure his moment of fame had been captured by the video boat. Also going well in the lighter winds were Tim Weeden (Emsworth Slipper) in race 7 and Christian Smart (Pembrokeshire YC) in race 8, showing excellent recovery skills from the previous night’s entertainment. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was it for another year. Sponsored by Harken, the 5th anniversary D-Zero Nationals included the largest fleet ever assembled in the short history of the class. Dan Holman was the clear winner with Steve Bolland and Iain Horlock completing the podium. Next year we’re in Largs and we’ll all need to learn how to sail downwind if we’re going to challenge Dan.

Day 3, in the harbour on a grey day with light, shifty winds

In addition to the on the water action the class organised beach clean on Chesil Beach just over the road from the centre. This was supported by Surfers Against Sewage and the Dorset initiative Litter Free Coast and Sea. The pickers collected an impressive amount of waste which was duly disposed of by Dorset Waste Partnership. As a thank you to all who took park the UK D-Zero dealer, dzero.co.uk, bought everyone a drink upon our return to the centre.

What a load of rubbish….

At prize giving thanks were extended to the Race Officer, his team and all the staff at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy who ran a superb event with results posted by the time we came ashore along with the event sponsors Harken and Devoti Sailing. Sally Reynoldson from WPNSA thanked the class for choosing them as our host venue. The class is keen to return and plans have been pencilled in for the 10 year anniversary event already. Dan was crowned D-Zero National Champion for the second time having taken the inaugural Championship back in 2015 with Steve Bolland taking second and Iain Horlock coming 3rd. Liz Potter was the first lady and the other lady in the fleet, Emily Britton took home the youth prize as well as the coveted Lanterne Rouge. Richard Le Mare and Mike Corney were crowned Best Buddies (an ironic prize as it turned out they had not realised they were buddies). 2 special prizes were awarded to those D-Zero sailors who did something inexplicably silly over the weekend. The first went to Gavin Fleming for his superb capsize in race 3 making the windward mark much larger than it should have been. The second to Paul Murphy who thought the change of course signal in Race 7 was the end of the race so stopped, relaxed and had a drink before realising that everyone else was still going.

Steve also announced the results of a D-Zero fantasy league. With most people choosing Dan after his UFD in race one it was which 2 other sailors would make the difference. Gary Tompkins got it right and was a clear winner and took home the cash pot.

Full results can be found by clicking here and we know the class are eagerly awaiting the next blog from Zippy Zero (also known as Slippy Zippy).

Harken D-Zero UK Open and National Championships Preview Part 2

2018 National Champion Steve Bolland Photo Copyright VRSport.tv

Last week we brought you what has been planned for off-the-water activities at the forthcoming Harken D-Zero National Championships at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (21-23 June). While we like to stress the importance of everyone having fun there’s also the small matter of who will be crowned National Champion come next Sunday.

While there’s always an unfancied dark horse lurking somewhere, ready to bolt out of the stables to put in a great run, on paper at least, the following are likely to be the main contenders.

Class Chair Paul Jefferies, apparently one to watch… Photo Copyright Paul Hargeeaves
  • Dan Holman. Where do we start with Dan? This will be his first time back in the boat he designed since winning the first National Championship in 2015. A former Laser National Champion he was 2nd in the recent 505 Nationals as well as 6th in the International 14 Worlds last year. If he can remember how to hike he’ll definitely be there or thereabouts.
  • Steve Bolland. Current National and Inland Champion and RS300 Champ. Nothing more than a one trick pony he has at least worked out how to make a single sail dinghy go fast. He’ll need to stay off the beer if he’s to emulate last year’s result.
  • Alistair ‘Storky’ Mclaughlin. If there’s any boat this man has never sailed, from International Moth to Flying Dutchman, I’ve yet to see it. Came a close 2nd at the 2018 Championship after only a week in the boat so he’s unlikely to be any slower this time round. Amazingly slippery in light airs he’s not too shabby when the breeze is up either.
  • Paul Jefferies. Class Chair, he pulled a rabbit out of the hat by coming 2nd at the recent Inlands, particularly excelling in the lighter airs on the second day. He’s taken delivery of a new boat since then so no pressure. One of the select band who’s competed in every Nationals so far.
  • Tom Southwell. A product of the youth academy, poster boy and another one who’s a perennial entrant, Tom won the winter series and has twice podiumed at the Inlands. Looking to make the breakthrough on the rough stuff and it’ll come as no surprise if he does.
  • Stacey Bray. A former top Tasar and Contender helm, 5th at last year’s Championship and looking to go even better this time round. If we sail out in the bay he’ll be one to watch especially.
  • John Aston. Another of the 100% club, John was a race winner at the Champs last year and was very quick in the medium breeze of the middle day. His green/azure/teal (delete as appropriate) hull is likely to be seen at the sharp end of the fleet.
  • If it’s windy then we know Gavin Fleming and Niel Ritchie can sail a bit. They were both swift in the strong winds at the Inlands and Gavin followed this up with a 4th at the Scottish Champs. Gavin won the Rossendale open in April (another windy one).
  • Dark horse. Could it be triple world champion Nigel Austin? Or one of the Cornish fleet who are rumoured to be considering a late entry. They are leaving it very late though. Or Tom Whitehead from the other end of the country who had some top results at the Scottish champs before calling it a day.
The (in)famous Zippy Zero. Photo Copyright Paul Hargeeave

Others to watch include UK Dealer, David Valentine, who’ll be resplendent in his bacofoil wetsuit if it’s a bit nippy, and probably even if it isn’t he loves it that much. Also watch out for Liz Potter, owner of ‘Zippy Zero’ who is going quicker all the time and the owner of a brand new mast. If you do anything remotely idiotic in her sight you know you’re going to be in the papers the following morning. https://www.d-zerosailing.org/category/zippy-zero-blog/

January Sales! Save £1,000 off the price of a new D-Zero!

Following the brilliant success of the D-Zero sales promotion, we are able to extend this offer from today until the 14th January 2018, or the first 20 new boats sold during this period.

We know some people missed out on the original promotion and are pleased to able to offer a second chance. This is positively the last chance, this will not happen again!

 
A recent delivery of new D-Zeros arriving from Devoti, with more on the way.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join the vibrant and nationally active D-Zero fleet! From to-day until the 14th January 2018, Suntouched are offering £1,000 (one thousand Pounds) discount from the list price of a new D-Zero, including any trolleys, covers and upgrades.

The D-Zero is recognised as being one of the most exciting of the new generation dinghies with appeal to all, from beginners to the most discerning experienced racers. With a choice of the standard sail or the smaller blue sail, a very wide weight range is covered for competitive sailing.

With fleets country wide, from Cornwall to Scotland, and a comprehensive regatta program, the racing sailor can enjoy the D-Zero experience.

For D-Zero offer order form http://www.suntouched.co.uk/suntouchedsailboats_065.htm
email: info@suntouched.co.uk Tel: 0208 133 0104 or 07734 251033


© Sarah Desjonqueres

Day 2 video from the Suntouched D-Zero National Championships 2016

VR Sport have released the video footage taken on Day 2.

Suntouched D-Zero Nationals Day 2

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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.

2016 Dinghy Show Report

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The D-Zero sporting a custom carbon fibre deck plate and compass bracket

On the weekend of the 5th and 6th March 2016 the D-Zero Class were at the Suzuki RYA Dinghy at Alexandra Palace. The Class Association stand was manned by volunteers from the class and going by the social media chatter the Class stand was very busy with a lot of enthusiasm for the boat and several expressions of serious interest that were passed over to Suntouched Sailboats who were exhibiting directly opposite us.

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D-Zero in light blue and sporting a blue rig certainly got a lot of attention

Exhibited at the dinghy show this year were 2 colour combinations, one of which is to be a limited edition run and features a carbon fibre deck plate for the mast and the other showing how a subtle colour can really show the boat off. In the case of the show boat it was also paired with the blue rig sail and definitely got peoples attention!

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The prototype D-Zero lifting rudder was also on display

Also on show was the new D-Zero lifting or flip up rudder. With a stock made by Allen and a blade that is the same section as the standard cassette rudder just different at the head to allow it to pivot. We are told by the builder that this will soon be available as an option on new boats and will be available to purchase separately should any existing owners wish to change to it and it is a direct replacement with no modification required.

Russ Hopkins, D-Zero Class Secretary says:

Great to catch up with many of you over the weekend. Reminded me just what a great selection of people we have in the class and how passionate you all are! Fantastic.

Just wanted to share some thanks to Rodney and Sue Cobb for all their efforts! I know they worked tirelessly under tight time constraints enforced by the show organizers to turn the stands around. Also not forgetting Mike Woodhead, again selfless in his efforts!

The 2016 season is now full steam ahead, I met with the race officer for our nationals at the show as well as a charming man whom organise’s the Endeavour Trophy he seemed keen for us to be part of the event….Time will tell.

The show didn’t seem as busy this year, but there was rarely a chance to catch a breath and there was plenty of interest in the D-Zero and the “Celebration Edition” I believe there will be some new faces joining the class over the next few months to build upon our steady growth in numbers.

Thank you all – See you on the water soon…Just as soon as I remember where I left my boat….

Wendy Horton, D-Zero Owner and Stand Volunteer says:

We really enjoyed our 2 hour slot on the stand. It went really quickly as there were so many people taking an interest in the boat.

A prospective D-Zero owner says:

Really enjoyed chatting to you guys on the stand about the D Zero, it looks like great boat, and I can’t wait to try one out

South Cerney SC Demo Event 22nd August 2015

Suntouched Sailboats, the UK distributor for all Devoti Sailing dinghies, will be holding a demonstration day for the D-Zero single-hander at the club on Saturday 22nd August.

Adrian Brunton of Suntouched will be at the club for demos from 10am through to 4pm. Club member Graham Cooper will be about during the day and, when not keeping people company on the water, will be happy to talk about the D-Zero from his ownership experience. Also Chris Jeffries is expecting to receive his D-Zero at the club same day!

It is planned to have 2 demo boats available, one for people who have reserved a slot via Suntouched and one for any lucky sailors who want to just turn-up and try.  You can book a test slot by emailing Suntouched, contact information below!  The demo boats can be tried with either the standard 8.1M2 rig, recommended for sailors from 72 Kgs upward, or the smaller Blue 6.9M2 rig for lighter sailors.

An impressive video of the D-Zero in action called ‘Flying in Valencia’ can be found on You Tube or on the website d-zerosailing.org, not quite as challenging as lake conditions of course

Suntouched contact details (Rodney Cobb):

Website: http://www.suntouched.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8133 0104

Mobile: +44 (0) 7734251033

E-mail:  info@suntouched.co.uk

Facebook: Suntouched-Sailboats

Testing times for the D-Zero

Book yourself for a trial sail in the D-Zero, the exciting singlehander from Devoti Sailing. You can try the boat with either the standard 8.1M2 rig or the smaller 6.9M2 Blue rig. Check out the D-Zero’s build quality, equipment level and attention to detail as well as experiencing one of the most exciting new dinghies on the market. Come and try the D-Zero at one of the events below and see what all of the fuss is about. With fleets developing throughout the UK, this is a great time to join this active and friendly class.

Hayling Island SC – Chichester Harbour Race Week – 17th-21st August – http://chichesterharbourraceweek.sailevent.net/
South Cerney SC – Demo day – 22nd August
Bala SC – August Regatta – 29th – 31st August – http://www.balasc.org.uk/opens.php?eventNo=9

Trial sails in the D-Zero are also available, by arrangement, at Hayling Island, Grafham Water SC and Yorkshire Dales SC.

For more information go to http://www.suntouched.co.uk or to book a trial sail please contact – info@suntouched.co.uk or phone 07734 251033. Class Association – https://www.d-zerosailing.org

D-Zero goes down under…..

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One of the Australian D-Zero demo boats Photo Credit: Devoti Sailing

 The D-Zero has now made it about as far from it’s place of birth as possible. Recently a demo fleet arrived in Australia. If you know anyone who is down under who is champing at the bit to give the D-Zero a try then get them to contact Devoti Australia by either surfing on over to http://www.devotisailing.com.au/ or by giving Danny a call on 0412 180 596 (Australian phone number).

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Who wouldn’t be jealous of these sailing conditions? Photo Credit: Devoti Sailing

Once Devoti Australia release a demo event schedule we will publish it here. Good luck guys, if I ever make it back down under I will give you a call even if it is only for a jolly!

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