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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 Round 7 – The Tiger Trophy

The first weekend in February can only mean 1 event for the hardy winter sailors, The Tiger Trophy. Traditionally this event is the coldest and windiest on the calendar. The Saturday of the event certainly lived up to that with temperatures around freezing and a gusty force 5 to 7 wind blowing.

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Undeterred by this 5 D-Zero sailors ventured out including the current series leader Tom Southwell who had put in a late entry just before the deadline.

Tom seemed to be a little rusty in race 1 only coming home 3rd in class with Andrew Spencer and Ed Deacon both getting the best of him. He made no mistake in race 2 leading the fleet home (this is despite several reported capsizes, probably to examine the condition of his hull and to allow the chasing boats to catch him. For race 3 Andrew and Kevin decided enough was enough and headed for an early shower leaving the hardier Tom, Ed and Nigel to fly the class flag. Tom duly delivered leading them home giving him a handy lead in the class honours overnight.

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Sunday dawned cold and frosty but with a distinct lack of wind and sailors from all classes frantically working out how to defrost their frozen boats. By the start time for the non-discardable pursuit rolled around temperatures had risen, the sun was still out and a nice breeze was blowing.

Then conditions seemed to suit Tom nicely as he carved he way through the fleet to lead the D-Zeros home by a big margin and take 19th in the race. Nigel got the better of Ed in the lighter winds with the pair of them 59th and 63rd overall respectively. Andrew was next in 71st and the improving Kevin in 82nd.

Photo Copyright Tim Olin

Overall this meant Tom took class honours and was 35th overall. Ed and Nigel were next coming home 56th and 57th and separated by a single point. Andrew was 64th and Kevin was 85th.

In the D-Zero Winter Series standings it means that Tom has sealed the title with 1 event to go with Andrew sneaking back ahead of Nigel by a single point to complete the podium. All of the top 3 are booked to attend the final event of the series the Oxford Blue so there could be a showdown between Andrew and Nigel to decide the final podium placings. Full Winter Series class standings can be found by clicking here.

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In the Selden Sailjuice Winter Series Tom is flying the D-Zero class flag in 19th overall followed by Andrew in 24th and Nigel in 33rd.

In the Sailing Chandlery Top Class the D-Zero remains in 5th overall with a chance to improve and potentially even make the podium placings should the people going have a good event. There is still time to enter at
https://selden.sailracer.org with 7 D-Zeros entered at the time of writing.

D-Zero Winter Series 2018/2019

Photo Copyright Tim Olin

People have asked if we will be running the D-Zero Winter Series again this year. The answer is YES. The overall winner of the series gets to carry ‘W’ on their sail to denote that they are the Winter series champion (if they wish). The series this year will encompass all the events on the Selden SailJuice.com Winter Series along with the Steve Nicholson Trophy at Northampton SC.

The series will consist of a total of 8 events with your 4 best scores to count.

Entry for the Selden SailJuice events can be done online by clicking here.

Entry for the Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy will be available by clicking here (when they open it).

The full list of events:

17th/18th November 2018 – Draycote Dash, Draycote Water SC
8th/9th December 2018 – Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water SC
27th December 2018 – Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales SC
30th December 2018 – Grafham grand Prix, Grafham Water SC
12th January 2019 – The Bloody Mary, Queen Mary SC
26th January 2019 – Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy, Northampton SC
2nd/3rd February 2019 – Tiger Trophy, Rutland Water SC
16th February 2019 – Oxford Blue, Oxford SC

D-Zero Winter Series 2017 update after round 7

Last weekend saw the 2 day Tiger Trophy contested. 4 D-Zeros travelled and their placings have had en effect on the standings. Rob Lennos has secured 2nd in the series with Ian already crowned as champion.

3rd place is still very much open for grabs though. Nigel managed to get the ‘Southwell Beater’ back in action and relegated Tom to 3rd place. This ties them on points in the standings with Nigel moving back in to 3rd on count back having travelled to Yorkshire Dales for the Brass Monkey.

Just 1 event is left in this years series, the Oxford Blue on the 18th February. With 8 entries at present and all the contenders going it looks like the final podium spot battle will do down to the wire. Can Nigel hold Tom off? Can Mandy complete her late run with a good result and spoil the party for Nigel and Tom?

For full series standings please click here.

D-Zeros at the Tiger Trophy 2016

Ian Morgan winds the D-Zero Winter Series 2015/2016. Photo Copyright Jess Austin

As the D-Zero Winter Series 2015/2016 and the GJW Direct Sailjuice Winter Series 2015/2016 both drew to a close it was clear that mother nature was going to continue with her windy theme. All of the Winter Series events have been windy to the point of extreme at times aside from the Brass Monkey which was the polar opposite. With the final podium place still up for grabs and any one of 3 sailors able to claim it the Tiger Trophy weekend was sure to be hotly contested.

As mentioned above mother nature threw a hissy fit on Saturday and as a result (and not before a B14 mast was snapped) racing on Saturday was called off. What next for the fleet? Several of them were subsequently seen trying their hand at land yachting (there is evidence on the D-Zero Facebook page). Then a surprise announcement from Rutland that Sunday would see 3 fleet races (weather permitting) and no pursuit. Word soon spread and the fleet reconvened at Rutland on Sunday morning.


Rob Lennox leads the D-Zero class at the Tiger Trophy. Photo Copyright Jess Austin

Nigel Austin GBR191 reports on his weekend:

Saturday – forecast was for 50mph winds, but like sailors the world over that wasn’t going to stop lots of the entries rigging and heading for the start line like lambs to the slaughter!!!, unfortunately the start sequence never got underway before we headed for any shelter possible before returning to the shore where the new D-Zero trolley dolly, Ian Morgan helped us in!. (Of course he swore he knew it would be cancelled….). So the was that, apart from Ian, Tom and I tried a little land yachting on a local recreation ground, later in the afternoon just to keep our hand in!

Sunday saw a slightly less breezy forecast, and with the race officer taking a straw pole of the remaining sailors and deciding on 3 fleet races (slow and fast) back to back, we screamed out to the start in less time than the rescue ribs. The trapezoidal course was perfectly designed to provide those viewing from the lakeside church with a capsize carnival, and many of the other boats obliged, however I am pretty sure that most D-Zeros survived the first race relatively unscathed with Rob Lennox leading from Ian Morgan, Tom Southwell, myself, Gordon, Alistair, Rob Campbell and Graham Cox (in the Blue), although perhaps the last two didn’t quite survive right to the end!

The 2nd race saw it still blowing a Force5 constantly with some gusts (well quite a few touching 6), and tiredness was starting to creep in, with capsizes increasing and the fleet sizes decreasing. Ian had bad gybe whilst in the lead, and Rob L had an upwind capsize in front of the committee boat but even having spent a while in the water he managed to motor though the fleet to win from Tom, myself and Gordon with Alistair hanging in their despite capsize showboating for the churchgoers on the run leg!!. Ian and Alistair decided enough was enough, as had Rob C after a nasty capsize in the 2nd, so that left 4 of us, Rob L, Gordon, Tom and myself. Rob led up the first beat but the first broad reach was ferocious and both Gordon and Rob gravitated gracefully into the choppy waters.

For about a minute yours truly led, but “he who dares wins” was never truer when Tom and Gordon gybed on the third mark in a squall, while I practiced granny tacking!

The last lap saw the largest squall of the weekend and have to say Gordon and Tom pushed their D-Zeros to Mach 10, I have never sailed in such a sustained and angry wind. A shortened course saw myself and Rob L doing a lap or 2 less than Gordon and Tom, but it was a blessed relief really!

All in all the boats stood up to a battering and so did all the helms who I am sure will have learnt from their experiences! Big time

Tom Southwell making it look easy at the Tiger Trophy. Photo Copyright Jess Austin

So a fitting conclusion to what has been a windy end to 2015 and a windy start to 2016. Overall the D-Zero results looked like this:

1st Rob Lennox (49th)
2nd Gordon Stewart (52nd)
3rd Tom Southwell (53rd)
4th Nigel Austin (55th)
5th Alistair Hill (61st)
6th Ian Morgan (69th)
7th= Robert Campbell (75th)
7th= Graham Cox (75th)

Graham and Rob C both get a mention as they did travel and did go out on the water, kudos to them for giving it a go!

How these results affect the over GJW Direct/Sailjuice standings remain to be seen, more on that in the coming days.

The D-Zero Winter Series is now completed, you can find out all the details by clicking here.

There is also a great photo album taken by Jess Austin on the class Facebook group including a great capsize sequence, click here to see it.

D-Zeros at the Tiger Trophy 2015

D-Zeros at the 2015 Tiger Trophy

Report by Dave Woods GBR105:

Wet and wild at the Tiger Trophy 2015 Photo Copyright: Tim Olin 

Day One.

Despite the grim forecast three D-Zeros arrived nice and early for the 2015 Tiger Trophy. During rigging it appeared the wind was more moderate than forecast but the snow negated any increase in enthusiasm that this caused.
Once the fleet had gathered for the start the forecast wind arrived making for tricky conditions.

Race 1

With a reasonable start by all three boats at different parts of a lengthy and busy line the first windward mark was rounded with the D-Zero’s within a few lengths of each other. David started to pull out a lead on Nigel during the offwind legs with Dave following closely behind. The most tactical part of the first lap was trying to stay far enough left on the downind leg to avoid the assortment of upside down boats, and accompanying ribs, to the right.
On the second lap the wind had picked up even more and on the downwind leg David and Nigel decided to wear round during a particularly gusty approach to the mark. Dave saw his chance to make a considerable gain and went for a brave, some might say heroic, gybe. Once the idiotic gybe, and subsequent capsize recovery, had been completed it was difficult to judge exactly the loss or gain made as David and Nigel were now making their way up the beat nearly out of sight. Probably a loss.
The race finished with David as first D-Zero followed by Nigel with Dave a distant third.

Hiking hard Photo Copyright: Tim Olin

Race 2

After the carnage of the first race the line was considerably more spacious as the fleet had reduced from eighty boats in the first race to just over half that for the second.
A theme was developing as David lead up the first beat, followed by Nigel then Dave. Unfortunately for Nigel the boom attacked him during a gybe, thankfully with no resulting injury, which cost him second place. Although once recovered he appeared to be gaining on Dave during the following offwind legs. David was showing good technique upwind in the now extremely short choppy conditions which led to a comfortable victory over Dave with Nigel in third.

Race 3

After another uneventful start in a now even smaller fleet David lead once again at the windward mark with Dave five boat lengths back followed closely by Nigel. During the first downwind leg Dave threw it in again whilst under pressure from Nigel, but a quick recovery meant his race wasn’t over just yet.
On the subsequent beat David and Nigel went left, which most had done during the course of the day, whilst Dave decided to take a chance to the right to try and salvage something. Luckily this paid which meant Dave made considerable gains on the leading pair. David was still in the lead at the windward mark but Dave had squeaked back into second.
Once David, followed by Dave, passed through the start finish line on the next lap the finishing flag was raised a few moments later. This meant that the Race Officer finished Nigel when he crossed the line some 40 second behind Dave. Some may think this made Nigel a winner no matter what happened as he’d be the first back on shore thawing out his hands and feet.
It also meant that the pressure was on David and Dave as any serious mistake would be punished due to the average lap time scoring system. Dave duly obliged by not concentrating on the bear away at the windward mark and going for a brief swim. He assured the nearby safety boat crew of his well being by some voluble swearing at the elements as he dragged his weary limbs back into his D-Zero once again.
David was once again lead D-Zero and as it transpired Dave just beat Nigel into second.

Ducking for cover Photo copyright: Tim Olin

Nigel was unable attend the pursuit race the following day and headed home that evening.
The camaraderie amongst the D-Zero fleet was highlighted as David and Nigel pushed Dave’s car out of the mud that it was bogged down in. Just what was needed after four exhausting hours on the water…

Day Two

The two remaining D-Zero’s decided against taking part in Sunday’s non-discardable pursuit race. The wind appeared even stronger than the previous day and with aches and pains a plenty it was deemed the sensible decision was to give it a miss and head home early.

A quick word of thanks to the whole race and safety team for their work in some pretty trying conditions.


Rank Sail No Name Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Pursuit Total Nett
41st 132 David SUMMERVILLE -45 35 28 119 DNC 227 182
43rd 105 Dave WOODS -60 36 35 119 DNC 250 190
45th 128 Nigel AUSTIN -51 42 36 119 DNC 248 197

Full Results can be found here: Tiger Trophy Results

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D-Zero day 1 news from the Tiger Trophy

After a cold and windy day it looks like some pretty close racing in the D-Zero fleet again.

David Summerville sits in 33rd, Dave Woods in 38th and newcomer to the fleet Nigel Austin in 41st.

Good luck today, looks to be windier but not quite so cold.

Tiger Trophy at Ruland SC this weekend

2 D-Zeros are signed up for the Tiger Trophy this weekend. A few others have been considering entering too. Don’t leave it too late or you might miss out!

For more details see: http://events.sailracer.org/eventsites/entries-multix.asp?eventid=195890&eid=196408&event=John%20Merrick%20Trophy

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