Please select your home edition
Noble Marine 2012

D-One Eastern Championships during the Gorleston Beach Regatta

by Ben Falat 2 Jul 2015 08:01 BST 27-28 June 2015
D-One Eastern Championships during the Gorleston Beach Regatta © Kevin Rollesby

The D-One Eastern Championship-2015 was held at Gorleston over 27/28 June as part of the Gorleston Beach Regatta. This mixed regatta has huge history, evidenced in club correspondence with The Admiralty, who annually used to lay twelve special flagged Race-Cans in circular compass-configuration, 1½-mile diameter, around a central one. Those were the days!

D-One sailors had had over two weeks of intense lead-up training at their Grafham Open, and then their Suntouched Championships at Highcliffe.

Saturday's conditions bode well initially with a reasonable wind-strength, but before the start a classic sea-breeze battle ensued, such that some competitors could not even find a way through the 'Dead Zone' to the start-line. Race Management got fed-up waiting and progressed a start-sequence anyway which most boats managed, though Ben Falat's D-One only crossed many, many minutes later.

During this quasi-windward-leeward race (sausages anyway!) at one stage there were spinnakers charging towards each other on opposite legs and courses with game of 'chicken' being played as to who would leave it latest before the new wind hit them on the nose; the lesser the number of sails carried, the better the control, so Phantoms, Laser and Tasar did well.

Gradually conditions settled and another two regular races could be held in absolutely champagne conditions; bullets went to Chris and Angie Sallis twice in their Tasar, and to Ben Falat.

Sunday appeared to be on track for some cracking racing in a fine SW F3; Martin Browne eagerly joined in with Sallis reverting to his D-One, however shortly after the first start the wind veered further to the west making the race extremely one sided and favouring spinnaker boats on a long open fetch back towards the 'gate'.

D-One lead on the tighter leg alternated between Sallis & Falat for who might take a brief gust best to drive off against a strong tidal current. Meanwhile Browne was consistently keeping speed and driving low; this latter policy paid handsomely as the front two over-stood their mark (following more of a bent-sausage-course!) and finally Browne took 2nd place with Sallis just hanging-in-there.

In front overall, Richard Fryer and David Houghton had a dogged (reach-in-breeze & screw-in-lull) battle in their RS400s.

After two completed rounds of this everyone was pretty fed-up with the general non-racing and the plug was pulled; by now any strength in breeze was starting to fail as forecast as well as some huge apparent shifts in direction.

Race management persisted for some while trying to lay any sort of course but by then most of the fleet had self-elected to head home. Eventually any hope of racing for the day was abandoned and results were governed hugely by Saturday's efforts.

Overall Sallis (Tasar) was 1st, Falat (D-One) 2nd and Favell (Phantom) was 3rd.

Related Articles

D-Ones at Oxford
Sharing the race course with the Contender and K6 fleets Some of the D1 fleet arrived bright and early at Oxford Sailing Club to find a good breeze blowing from behind the club, luring us all into a false sense of security. Posted on 8 Apr
D-One Calendar of Events for 2019
Including training dates and charter boat details The main events are the Champagne Gold Cup on the Lac de Der in France in June, and the European Championships in Switzerland's best wine region in September. Fantastic sailing locations with excellent wine, we should have said. Posted on 5 Dec 2018
Staying atop the Singles Chart
David Henshall looks at the future - and history - of the singlehander Singlehanders are such a part of the sailing scene today, but what does it take to stay at the top of the Singles Chart? If there is one bellwether that gives us a indication as to the health of the sport, it has to be the singlehanded scene. Posted on 17 Oct 2018
Saxton and Lewis reign supreme
At the 2018 Endeavour Trophy Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis have won the 2018 Endeavour Trophy for the fourth time in succession with an impressive scoreline of six wins writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 15 Oct 2018
Saxton and Lewis annihilate Endeavour fleet
Four straight wins for reigning champions at opening day On the breezy opening day of the 58th Endeavour Trophy, Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis managed to lead at the top mark and win all four races by a considerable margin writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 13 Oct 2018
Big winds arrive for Endeavour Trophy training day
League of legends prepare for battle at Burnham-on-Crouch The effect of Storm Callum currently sweeping across the country has done little to affect proceedings at the opening day of the Endeavour Trophy weekend (12-14 October) writes Sue Pelling. Posted on 12 Oct 2018
Stakes are high for 2018 Endeavour glory
The best of the best head for Burnham on 12-14 October The Endeavour Trophy takes place at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-On-Crouch, from 12-14 October. It is the only event of its type in the dinghy sailing calendar. Posted on 5 Oct 2018
D-One Europeans at Santa Margherita
Another glamourous location for class The D-One class continued its tour of the glamour locations with a trip to the elegant resort of Santa Margherita, where we sailed from the bars and restaurants of the inner harbour to a windward mark among the sterns of the superyachts. Posted on 27 Sep 2018
D-One British Open National Championships
Nick Craig wins at Lymington With entries from Switzerland, France and Italy 20 D Ones gathered at Lymington Town Sailing Club on the 5th of July for the 2018 National Championship. The event opened with a day of on-the-water coaching followed by a video review in the bar at LTSC. Posted on 23 Jul 2018
Lymington Dinghy Regatta 2018
"It's like the Mediterranean - but the sailing is so much better" Lymington Town Sailing Club and the Royal Lymington Yacht Club hosted the annual Dinghy Regatta on 7/8 July, which was attended by over 100 boats and sailors from five nations. Posted on 10 Jul 2018