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Merry Christmas 2021

It is that time of year again, the D-Zero Class would like to wish all D-Zero owners and the wider sailing community a very Merry Christmas and (hopefully) a very Happy New Year.

I think we can all agree that 2021 has been a very strange year. We all started off in another lockdown but there was optimism for the sailing season with the vaccine rollout.

Unfortunately the Winter Series events didn’t take place with the exception of the Draycote Dash where our poster boy Tom Southwell took the honours and with it the W that goes with being the Winter Series Champion.

Poster Boy and current Winter Series Champion Tom Southwell

As we moved towards the start of the traditional sailing season it was clear that events early in the year were unlikely to take place with many events either being postponed or called off. Our own Nationals, scheduled for June, were no exception and the Class along with Largs sailing club took the early decision to push the event back to August to give it the best possible chance.

We had a very successful event with the class joining the 50 boat club for the first time and our designer, rapid sailing and all around good guy Dan Holman obliged us with his presence and duly took the title. He didn’t have it all his own way though especially on the first day where he was pushed hard by the likes of Nick Craig, Arran Holman and Gavin Fleming.

Yours truly giving it some at the 2021 Nationals at Largs

Our thanks go to Largs and our event sponsors RSK and Tunnocks for sticking with us despite the delay.

Unfortunately the Nationals being later in the season had a knock on effect for the Inlands which were only a couple of weeks later at Burton SC. Tom Southwell became Inland Champion just pipping 2020 Inland Champion Gavin.

From there the final major event was the Northern Championships at a D-Zero class favourite Yorkshire Dales. A newcomer to the fleet, Will Hitchman, overcame his day 1 race 1 woes where his sail was ripped during a capsize to take the title.

Will Hitchman trying to sail on at the Northern Champs

At the time of writing we have had 2 events on the 2021/2022 Winter series with the 3rd event due to take place at Burghfield. The Brass Monkey and Grafham Grand Prix have been postoned.

Looking forward to 2022 we are just putting the finishing touches to the calendar and will have it published very soon. We have a couple of new venues on the calendar at clubs where D-Zero fleets are starting to form so please do support them if you can.

Finally from me, I am stepping down as Class Chair at the 2022 AGM so this is my last official Christmas message. It has been a pleasure to represent you as D-Zero owners with Devoti as well as organise events and help the class grow. We do need a new Class Chair so if you think you can help do get in touch. I will happily advise and guide from behind the scenes.

Merry Christmas to you all and a very Happy New Year, I look forward to see you on or off the water in 2022.

D-Zero Winter Series 2020/2021

Current D-Zero Winter Series Champion Nigel Austin

Following on from the announcement that the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series will be running the D-Zero class are pleased to announce that we will be running our Winter Series in parallel for the chance to have the prestigious W on your sail.

As you are no doubt aware the current Covid-19 situation means that this year you will need to pre-register should you wish to take part. The pre-entry link can be found by clicking here. Available numbers of spaces are expected to be reduced to make sure you get your pre-entry in sooner rather than later so you do not miss out!

The current events are as follows, please note some of them are down as TBC due to the rapidly changing situation and clubs being ready to accommodate travellers:

21 & 22 November 2020 – Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash (TBC),  Draycote Water Sailing Club
5 & 6 December 2020 – Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club
27 December 2020 – Burghfield Brass Monkey, Burghfield Sailing Club
3 January 2021 – Grafham Grand Prix (TBC), Grafham Water Sailing Club
9 January 2021 – Bloody Mary (TBC), Queen Mary Sailing Club
23 January 2021 – King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club
6 & 7 February 2021 – John Merricks Tiger Trophy (TBC), Rutland Sailing Club 
13 February 2021 – Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club 

D-Zero Winter Series 2019/2020 Round 8 – the Tiger Trophy

The first weekend in February traditionally means it is time for the UK sailing circus to descend on Rutland Water for the John Merricks Tiger Trophy. In recent years it has almost meant winds on the nuclear scale and 2020 was to be no exception.

With winds gusting to 35kts you could have been forgiven for staying at home with your boat safely tied down. This was the case for one of the hardy D-Zeros who was also ill. The other 2 turned up and rigged but then decided, along with a large contingent or of sailors, to stay on shore and enjoy the show.

Sunday dawned, with the wind having moderated a good fleet took to the water to contest the pursuit race. Having not contested Saturday the overall positions were of little importance, what matter to Nigel and Andrew was who beat who for their Winter Series placings.

Nigel got the better or Andrew by 1 place in the pursuit which handed him a 1st in class for the winter series. this means Nigel remains ahead of Andrew overall with 1 round to go.

Full D-Zero winter series standings can be found by clicking here.

D-Zero Winter Series 2018/2019 Results and Roundup

As the summer sailing season drew to a close in 2018 it seemed that some hardy D-Zero sailors still wanted more. So after a discussion the class decided to once again run the D-Zero Winter Series with the Series champion winning the kudos of being the hardiest D-Zero sailor and getting to carry the coveted ‘W’ on their sail for the next 12 months.

With people only needing to attend 4 out of the 8 events, the weather being kind the early signs were looking good for anyone to take the title. Especially as the previous Winter Series champ was sitting it out in the warmth of his lounge.

Round 1 – The Draycote Dash

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In round 1 class poster boy Tom Southwell renewed his rivalry with Nigel Austin. They were joined by class newcomer Andrew Spencer. Unfortunately for Nigel Tom showed both him and Andrew a clean transom and sailed off to take class honours. Andrew also got the better of Nigel.

Round 2 – The Datchet Flyer

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The 3 sailors from round 1 were join by 2 other, Seb Prowse and James Gerwat. On the Saturday the brutal conditions saw many non finishers including Seb who was ejected from his boat causing some minor damage in the process. The Sunday was much lighter and Tom duly led Andre and Nigel home with both James and Seb calling it a day and staying on shore.

Round 3 – The Brass Monkey

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For round 3 a new face to the D-Zero and sailing royalty in the form of Nick Craig who had borrow the Class Chairs boat for the event. Unfortunately the weather meant only 1 of the 2 scheduled races could be sailed. Nick duly delivered and posted 2nd overall with the ever consistent Andrew coming home second and Mick green 3rd. Nigel had entered but was unwell and could not travel.

Round 4 – The Grafham Grand Prix

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Grafham saw Tom return after missing out on the Brass Monkey. Could he keep up his perfect scoreline or would others have something to say? The answer is yes. Grafham local Joel Walker managed the traffic best and led the fleet home with Gavin Fleming from nearby Hunts SC taking second Tom only managing third.

This meant Tom was not as invincible as he had seemed and gave a glimmer of light to his challengers.

Round 5 – The Bloody Mary

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Round 5 saw the return of Nick Craig. this time he had borrowed the UK Dealers personal boat whilst awaiting delivery of his own from Devoti. Steve Bolland also came out of hibernation to compete along with the usual suspects. Some of them may have wished they had stayed asleep though with the weather looking cold and windy. On the say conditions ranged from ‘nice’ to ‘a bit full on’. Nick carried on where he left off at the Brass Monkey and led the fleet home with Steve second and Tom only managing a third. The good news for Tom was that his series rivals were all behind him and with Steve and Nick unlikely to do any more events in the series the title was looking to be heading his way.

Round 6 – The Steve Nicholson Trophy

Tom elected to skip this event so it was an opportunity for Nigel to try and make up some ground. Unfortunately for him Gavin Fleming was also out meaning Nigel was relegated to second and the returning Kevin Moll chasing Nigel around for 3rd.

Round 7 – The Tiger Trophy

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With Tom making a late entry to the Tiger all 3 of the series contenders were on the water. It was typical tiger conditions on the Saturday a cold, fresh breeze blowing across Rutland Water. Tom made the best of them to lead the class overnight with Kevin and Andrew giving race 3 a miss in the freezing conditions.

Sunday dawned cold and frosty and lighter winds. After defrosting it was Tom who again got away from the rest giving him class honours with Nigel getting the better of Ed Deacon to take second and third in class respectively.

With Toms class win he duly took the Winter Series with 1 event to spare.

Round 8 – The Oxford Blue

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The final event of the series saw 8 D-Zeros on the start line. Could Tom, having already secured the title, take class honours and count a perfect score or would one of the others get in on the act? Nigel still had a slim chance of taking second in the series from Andrew but needed to take the class win to do so.

Tom was pushed hard by Paul Jefferies who was making his first appearance in the winter events. However, a costly swim and lack of youth and fitness from Paul meant Tom took the class win, Paul second and Nigel third.

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Overall this meant Tom counted a perfect scoreline of bullets to be crowned D-Zero Winter Series Champion with Andrew pipping Nigel to second by a single point.

Full series standings can be found by clicking here.

In the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, which made up 7 of the events, Tom Southwell was the leading D-Zero in 25th overall, Andrew Spencer not too far behind in 32nd and the ever present Nigel Austin in 38th. Full series standings can be found by clicking here. In the Sailing Chandlery Top Class rankings the D-Zero came home 4th behind the Laser, Blaze and Aero 7 with not many point separating all 4 classes so a great achievement there.

D-Zero Winter Series 2018/2019 Round 8 – The Oxford Blue

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With the forecast looking to be mild and with a reasonable wind a good fleet of 8 D-Zeros made their way to Farmoor reservoir for the final round of the D-Zero winter series.

There were 3 starts and with the PY cutoff being 1030 the D-Zeros were pretty much the fastest boats on the startline which definitely gave us an advantage. Your roving reporter actually made it to this event so this report is more of a personal account of the day….

Race 1

For the first race of the day we had the pleasure of watching the faster boats from start one make their way up the beat. With a rapid fire sequence of 3-2-1-Go for the following starts we only had 6 minutes to wait until we were off. With the Aeros going the same way up the first beat it seemed that middle to left was the way to go. Your roving reporter found himself in a gap on the front row and shot off the start line and headed out left. Despite boats further down the line tack back the lift on starboard seemed to the holding firm with small twitches that were not worth tacking on (despite the protestations of a GP14 who had to tack off under me). When the shift came it was obvious and held all the way up to the windward mark leaving a very short tack to round and off on to the reach.

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Looking back the rest of the D-Zeros were still busy playing in the pack and there was just 1 boat in front of me. All looking good for a top result then as the lead i had over the rest of the chasing pack seemed to grow and the small breakaway group of leaders i was in sailed off. Things got a little more complex as we quickly found ourselves in the Aero fleet and having to pick our way through them, sometimes compromising ultimate strategy over keeping out of trouble.

A small scare on the last lap where I found a big hole and watched Tom Southwell ctching me rapidly but it was not to be for tom as the wind duly filled in for me and i sailed away to take class honours with Tom a little way back then a big gap back to Nigel who has got the better of the rest of the fleet to complete the class podium.

Race 2

Could I do the same again in race 2? This time the fleet seemed to favour the committee boat but watching the starts ahead of us there was still a good port shift up near the windward mark. Start almost furthest down the line in the fleet it was another good start in clear air. Approaching the windward mark it was initially not looking so good until the trusty port shift push the people coming in from starboard in to tacking leaving a clear way through.

3rd boat this time, the rest of the D-Zeros looking to be buried in the pack I allowed myself a wry smile which lasted for a fee seconds when I promptly binned it in to windward. I can tell you Farmoor is not warm at this time of year! At least my fleet mates didn’t laugh too much on the way past with a couple of familiar voices asking if I was OK.

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Time for damage limitation but by the time I got the boat back up most of the fleet were past. in to recovery mode and work hard mode to warm up. All seemed to be going well until a call for room illicted no response from an errant 420. Leaving me nowhere to go I had to barge in and then take a penalty dropping back most of the good work I had done.

Still by the finish I had got past the rest of the D-Zeros except Nigel and Tom. Tom had done a horizon job so no chance of catching him but Nigel seemed unaware of how quickly I was gaining. At the final mark he elect to round up and carry on. Having nothing to lose and feeling that port was the headed tack I did the opposite of Nigel and drove for the pin end of the finish. Not looking to see where he was just concentrating on boat speed. Heard a hoot, looked up and I had pipped Nigel by a couple of feet on the line. Much to my delight and his disappointment.

Between races it was commented to Dave Valentine that his mast looked a lot more raked than the rest of us. A quick bit of consultation revealed he had his mast mast in opposite to the rest of us. Dave, not being someone to shy from a challenge, elected to try and flip it on the water. All was going well until a gust caught the rig and flipped him in. Luckily there was a rescue boat on hand and he managed to get back upright and rig in position for race 3.

Race 3

With a pause whilst the course was rest due to the wind shifting would the same tactic still play? finding another gap on the line heading middle left seemed to be paying until a large right shift, followed by a left shift bought the fleet together at the windward mark. Still well up and still the first D-Zero round the mark things were going well. this time Tom and Nigel were both pretty close (as was the rest of the D-Zero fleet) so protecting positions seemed the way forward. Working on the old tactic of keep yourself between them and the mark seemed to pay until I inexplicably decided to go right to skirt a large hole. Tom and Nigel both went left. It looked like curtains for me until the wind gods smiled and shifted to carry me just across them. unfortuately on the reach an overzealous laser sailor decided to luff hard pushing me up to windward and almost to a halt letting both Nigel and Tom through. The joys of handicap racing!

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Now in chase mode the wind seeming to build towards the promised 15kts and my legs crying no more after the chilly dip earlier I wondered if I could catch the pair of them. Luckily for me Nigel came across an equally over zealous Solo sailor who took him right up to windward on the bottom reach allowing me through having gone low to stay on the wind. Unfortunately for me Tom used his youth and fitness to slowly get away upwind (not that I am bitter about that at all) but then seemed to put the brakes on offwind allowing me to close up. Traffic played its part again though with Tom managing to sneak through ahead of a bunch of Aeros and me left trying to navigate my way through them on the bottom reach to the final mark. At the finish line Tom was only 21 seconds ahead so a good result for me and what might have been without the energy sapping swim in race 2!

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Overall this meant Tom took class honours coming home 46th overall with your roving reporter in 52nd and Nigel a little way further back in 72nd.

In the Winter Series standings it meant that Tom is the 2018/2019 Winter Series Champion and may carry the ‘W’ on his sail for the next 12 months. Andrew Spencer to 2nd by a single point from Nigel Austin. Kevin Moll from Hunts SC climbs up to 4th with James Gerwat dropping to 5th. A more detailed round on this and the SailJuice winter series will follow shortly.

From here the class moves on the the traditional season start of the UK Dinghy racing with the RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra Palace. The class will be there on stand F12 and you can get a discount by using the discount code on this page.

D-Zero Winter Series Round 5 – The Bloody Mary

As the 12th January approached the hardy D-Zero sailors who had signed on for the 2019 Bloody Mary were watching the forecast with much trepidation. It looked like there might be a repeat of the event in 2015 when it was extremely windy. However, on the day the conditions were ‘nice to a bit full on at times’ rather than the wind apocalypse that was feared by most. The other big news was that Nick Craig, after his success at the Brass Monkey in light conditions, had returned for another go. This time he borrowed the UK D-Zero dealers personal boat for the event whilst waiting to take delivery of his own. Nick needs no introduction and already has some of his own ideas on making the D-Zero go fast despite his short time in the boat.  The current UK National Champion Steve Bolland also came out of hibernation for the day to test his mettle and enjoy some winter racing.

Photo Copyright Tim Olin

With some 242 entries for the event and the race being a pursuit it was always going to be about managing the traffic and passing the slower boats without losing too much time to them and getting involved in luffing matches. Nick showed the rest of the D-Zero fleet a clean pair of heels and managed to make his way through the traffic to finish 40th overall and take the D-Zero class prize. Steve Bolland took 2nd in class and 88th overall with Tom Southwell completing the class podium in 132nd overall.

Photo copyright Tim Olin

There were grins all round on the day especially from class stalwart Nigel Austin who was asked by Nick to check he had rigged the boat correctly. Nigel, being the fine upstanding fellow that he is, fulfilled his task admirably and nothing went awry.

So overall in the D-Zero Winter series the top 3 remain unchanged with Tom still topping the pile but the gaps are closing with Nigel and Andrew now tied on points for second place with the latter taking it on countback at present. Nick shoots up the standings to 4th place but is unlikely to do any more events in the series in a D-Zero as he has other commitments (including flying off to New Zealand for the OK World Championships, we wish him luck and fair winds).  There are a number of other D-Zero sailors who could get involved with the top 3 and with 3 events still to go anyone who has done at least 1 event can do enough to not carry and DNC scores. for full results please click here.

Photo Copyright Mark Jardine

In the Selden SailJuice Winter series overall standings Tom is now the leading D-Zero in 18th overall climbing 4 places with Andrew Spencer in 25th dropping a whopping 16 places Nick moves up to 45th climbing 40 places and Nigel is in 57th climbing 14 places.

In the Top Class standings the D-Zero remains in 5th place within reach of the classes in front. With 2 events still to go there is still all to play for.

From here the D-Zero Winter series moves on to the Steve Nicholson Trophy at Northampton SC. This event is not part of the Selden SalJuice Winter Series and you must enter online. This can be done by clicking here, do not leave it too late though as this event is always full before the entry deadline arrives.

D-Zero Winter Series Rounds 3 and 4

The busy Christmas period saw rounds 3 and 4 of the D-Zero and Selden Sailjuice Winter Series take place at Yorkshire Dales and Grafham Water respectively. A short report for each and the series results update can be found below.

Nick Craig hiking just a little bit. Photo Copyright Tim Olin/Sailracer

The Brass Monkey

On the 27th December we had 4 entries for this event including a new face in a D-Zero in no other than Nick Craig. Nick had tried the D-Zero when on holiday and liked how the boat sailed and was keen to try the boat out in a competitive environment. Up stepped class chair Paul Jefferies with the offer of his boat for the day. Happily the boat was on the route up and back for Nick so all he had to do was stop, hitch on and go.

Unfortunately the wind decided not to play ball. Combined with fog this meant a long postponement and an early lunch. Luckily Yorkshire Dales SC is set in a very pretty part of the world so once the fog had cleared the competitors had something nice to look at.

The ever consistent Andrew Spencer at the Brass Monkey. Photo Copyright Tim Olin/Sailracer

After lunch the wind had picked up enough to allow a race to be attempted. Nick showed his pedigree by doing a horizon job on the rest of the single handed fleet and had looked good for the win until the race team spotted they had got his start time wrong. Once the results were recalculated Nick placed second overall. Still a pretty good result for the first competitive sail in a boat he didn’t know.  Combine this with the fact that he was the only boat in his fleet to do 5 laps so combine that with a dying breeze and I think we can all see just how well Nick sailed.

For the other D-Zero sailors Andrew Spencer was second home in his class and a very respectable 13th overall and Mick Green was 3rd overall in class with an equally respectable 21st overall. Unfortunately class perennial traveller and flag flyer Nigel Austin didn’t show due to illness.

The Grafham Grand Prix

Sunday 30th December saw the second of these 2 quick fire events. In all 9 D-Zeros were entered with 5 of those coming from the home club. At Grafham it is all about traffic management with the D-Zero being the slowest boat in the large medium fleet which this year was 74 boats. Some managed this better than others with Grafham local Joel Walker coming out on top of the pile class wise. He was followed home by Gavin Fleming from Hunts SC with series leader Tom Southwell only able to manage 3rd.

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The mark roundings were very busy at times with up to 8 wide and the first beat almost a write off unless you got lucky and managed to stay in clean wind. Very difficult when the slower boat in a fleet.

Overall this means there is no real change in the overall results with Tom holding on to 1st overall and the ever consistent Andrew in 2nd and Nigel staying 3rd. There are still 4 events to go though and with only 4 to count someone could come in and shake the order up. The overall results can be found by clicking here.

D-Zero winter series leader Tom Southwell. Photo Copyright Tim Olin/Sailracer

In the Selden Sailjuice Winter series the D-Zero class is currently sitting 5th overall in the Class rankings. Andrew Spencer is flying the class flag in the Overall rankings sitting just inside the top 10 with Tom Southwell next in 22nd (although Tom has only done 3 events).

The next event on the Winter Series calendar is the Bloody Mary at Queen Mary SC on the 12th January. For more details and a link to online entry see the Events page for 2019.

Oxford Blue 2018 and D-Zero Winter Series final standings

Nigel ‘the Traveller’ Austin Photo Copyright Tim Olin

The 17th February saw the hardy winter sailors from all classes gather at Oxford SC for the Oxford Blue. This included 3 hardy D-Zero sailors to decide who would be crowned as the D-Zero Winter Series champion for 2017/2018 and earn the right to carry the coveted ‘W’ on their sail. Netley SC club mates Ian Morgan and Tom Southwell were the only 2 in contention for the title with Nigel ‘I have been to all the events’ Austin having secured 3rd place already.

Ian Morgan take the D-Zero Winter Series title. Photo Copyright Tim Olin

The forecast leading up the the weekend looked favourable at the start of the week but as that week wore on the wind seemed to drop off more and more. On the day the winds were light which favoured the slower hiking boats but led to a lot of traffic. This may explain why Ian posted an 84 in race 1 and Tom managed a 71. If Tom could keep this up then he could steal the title from under Ians nose.

In race 2 normal service was resumed by Ian leaving Tom some distance behind to post a 15 to Toms 34. Ian duly sealed the deal posting a 39 in the final race to Toms 58. Nigel Austin (the D-Zero serial traveller) posted a 77, 61, 64 and will now surely rename is boat the Morgan beater having beaten Ian in race 1…

D-Zero posterboy Tom Southwell  has to settle for 2nd. Photo Copyright Tim Olin

So in the overall standings this mean Ian secured the D-Zero Winter Series title for 2017/2018 (and can leave the ‘W’ on his sail) but was pushed all the way by Tom this year with Nigel completing the podium. For full D-Zero Winter Series standings click here.

In the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series this left Ian in a respectable 6th overall (full series standings can be found here) . With the D-Zero class finishing 4th in the Dinghy Rope Top Class competition and could easily have topped the rankings with a few more entries.

From here the D-Zero class moves on to the Suzuki RYA Dinghy Show at Alexandra palace on the 3rd/4th March. Come and see us and the new D-Zero dealer dzero on stand G6.

Tiger Trophy 2018 – D-Zero Winter Series Update

On the 3rd/4th Febraury 2018 2 hardy D-Zero sailors gathered at Rutland Water to compete in the Tiger Trophy. this event was round 6 of the D-Zero Winter Series 2017/2018. With series leader Ian Morgan unable to attend Tom Southwell could take advantage to close the gap if he could beat Nigel Austin in his (now infamous) Southwell Beater. Despite the forecast looking good for most of the week Saturday dawned with very little wind. So little that the RO kept the fleet ashore until deciding to abandon for the day at 2pm. Before the fleet departed a consultation was held as to the format of racing for the Sunday. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of running the 3 fleet races instead of the scheduled pursuit race.

Sunday dawned with a gusty and chilly northerly wind. With the wind strength high enough for the fast boats so really use their extra power it was always going to be a difficult day for the single sail boats. This proved to be the case with Tom posting 46, 59 before calling it a day and Nigel sticking out out for all 3 races to post 88, 80, 60. overall this left Tom in 66th overall and Nigel 82nd.

Overall this means the D-Zero slip down the order in the GJW SailJuice Winter series with Tom Dropping to 8th, Nigel to 15th and Ian down to 24th.

In the D-Zero Winter Series Rankings this means it is between Tom and Ian for the title. Tom has a tall order though as it means he will need to beat Ian in order to secure the title. Full series standings can be found by clicking here.

King George Gallop 2018 – Winter Series Update

Video highlights courtesy of Ian Morgan

On the 6th January 2018 the D-Zero Winter Series resumed at a new event on the calendar the King George Gallop. This event was a replacement for the much loved Bloody Mary which had to be cancelled due to very low water levels at Queen Mary sailing club.

Photo Copyright Tim Olin

4 D-Zeros gathered on the start the. The usual suspects of Ian Morgan, Tom Southwell and Nigel Austin were joined by Queen Mary refugee Seb Prowse to do battle for class honours. The event was in the same format as the Bloody Mary in that it was a pursuit race so the start line was far from crowded but working hard for the entire races was definitely on the cards.

Photo Copyright Tim Olin

After Ian and Tom nearly tripped over each other at the start they showed Seb and Nigel a clean pair of transoms. Ian managed to pull through to 20th at the finish put some distance between himself and Tom (32nd) at the finish. Seb (50th) got the better of Nigel (56th) in the class honours.

Photo Copyright Tim Olin

So this means little has changed in the overall D-Zero Winter Series standings. Tom maintains a slim lead over Ian with Nigel just a couple of points back in 3rd. Seb moves to 4th having now done 2 events and could still do enough events to not count any DNC results if he goes to the Tiger Trophy and the Oxford Blue now that the Steve Nicholson Trophy is off the calendar due to low water levels at Pitsford reservoir.

You can find the full D-Zero Winter Series standings if you click here. With full results for the King George Gallop full if you click here.

In the GJW Direct/SailJuice Winter Series standings the D-Zero is currently sitting pretty with 3 boats in the top 10 (Nigel in 5th, Tom in 6th and Ian in 8th). You can view more about the GJW Direct/Sailjuice Winter Series bu clicking here.

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