Please select your home edition
Edition
Trident-UK 2012 May
Product Feature
RS Aero
RS Aero

D-Zero Open at Hunts Sailing Club

by Paul Jefferies 10 May 2018 07:09 BST 5 May 2018

On the 5th May the D-Zero fleet gathered at Hunts SC. The sun had decided to come out and play, unfortunately the wind decided not to and could best be described as variable in both strength and direction. This did not deter the 17 boats, 9 visitors and 8 locals, that headed out to the start line for race 1.

Race 1

At the start, south coast visitors Ian Morgan and Tom Southwell seemed to show the rest of the fleet a clean pair of heels and it looked like they would be battling it out for the top spots. However they were to discover that what the wind gods giveth, the wind gods could just as easily take away with the Hunts locals using their local knowledge (a.k.a luck) to close them down and make it a five-way fight for the lead. Local sailor Jon Cowper thought he had it made when he managed to sneak away in his own personal little puff of wind, however the wind gods in their infinite wisdom decided to stop him at the third mark from home and allow the rest of the chasing pack to sneak past.

Ian made the best of the opportunity with local sailor (and your roving reporter) Paul Jefferies sneaking through to second with another local Graham Cox coming through first in the gaggle of boats to complete the minor placings.

After the excitement of race 1 the fleet retired to shore for lunch in the sunshine and the inevitable discussions and lamentations (from some).

After lunch the wind lulled us all into a false sense of security and had filled in a little and seemed to be steady.

Race 2

At the start it was Richard Major from Grafham who came flying off the line (relatively speaking) to build what appeared to be an unassailable lead by the end of the first lap. A battle royal was taking place behind between Ian, Tom, Paul, Jon, Harry Moffat (in a demo boat), Graham, Nigel Austin and Will Deutsch. Once again the wind gods decided to have some fun and Richard's lead evaporated slowly as the chasing pack managed to find some pressure. First Ian got off the front of the pack and passed him. the rest of the pack still jockeying for position. With 2 marks to go Richard and Tom were in close company with your roving reporter a little way further back. Using his local knowledge (and a healthy slice of luck) Paul decide to go to windward of the anchored committee boat with Richard and Tom going to leeward. The wind gods smiled and Paul slipped past both Tom and Richard by the final mark (much to their disgust) and almost caught Ian on the line.

The finishing order was Ian, Paul, Tom and Richard.

Race 3

It was that man Richard again who flew off the line and again built himself a huge lead. This time the wind gods let him have his moment of glory and and left him alone to take the gun. In the chasing pack it was Ian, Tom, Nigel and Harry. Paul decided enough was enough when the wind decided to die off completely and took an early bath leaving Jon and Graham to try and chase down the pack. Graham got away from Jon but didn't catch the pack in front. At the line it was Richard with Ian getting the best of the pack to take second with Tom in 3rd.

Overall this meant Ian finally got the Hunts monkey off his back - his last trip to the club in similar conditions was not great. Paul took runner up spot for the 3rd time with Tom taking 3rd. The positions below were close with 3 places being decided on countback just behind the leading trio. With prizes going down to 7th place thanks to and extra boost to the prize pot by class distributor dzero.co.uk and North Sails there were a even more smiles on faces at prize giving.

In the Hunts vs. Grafham challenge (open to any Hunts or Grafham sailor who competes in both events) Paul Jefferies (2nd) is just ahead of Richard Major (3rd), and graham Cox (5th) so there is still all to play for at Grafham when the return fixture takes place in September.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st250Ian MorganNetley SC11‑22
2nd188Paul JefferiesHunts SC22(DNF)4
3rd169Richard MajorGrafham Water SC‑7415
4th217Tom SouthwellNetley SC‑5336
5th108Graham CoxHunts SC3‑10.569
6th191Nigel AustinCransley SC‑6549
7th66Harry MoffatHunts SC4‑959
8th181Gordon StewartNorth Herts and East Beds SC‑96814
9th42Jon CowperHunts SC‑88715
10th158Gary TompkinsHunts SC‑127916
11th8Joe ConstableGrafham Water SC10‑121121
12th122Ed DeaconHunts SC1110.5‑1221.5
13th119Will DeutschHunts SC‑14131326
14th193Andrew EverittNorth Herts and East Beds SC(DNF)DNF1028
15th Dave ValentineEmsworth Slipper SC1614(DNF)30
16th183Abby FreeleyHunts SC13(DNF)DNF31
17th3John AstonGrafham Water SC15(DNF)DNS33

Related Articles

Harken D-Zero Nationals at the WPNSA
A milestone event for that class 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. Posted on 1 Jul
Harken D-Zero Nationals preview part 2
Who's going to be crowned champion on Sunday? 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). Posted on 17 Jun
Harken D-Zero Nationals preview
40 boats already entered for Weymouth, and still time to join in The 5th D-Zero National Championship, sponsored by Harken, will be hosted by the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy from 21-23 June. With over 40 competitors already entered, and more to come, this will be the class' largest ever event. Posted on 9 Jun
D-Zero Scottish Championship at Largs
A local 14 year old lad shows the old guard how it should be done With a continuously expanding Scottish fleet and with the D-Zero Nationals in Scotland in 2020 the fourth Largs SC D-Zero Open was designated as the "Scottish Championships" and as a result attracted 17 boats. Posted on 22 May
D-Zero Inlands at Yorkshire Dales
Storm Hannah vents her fury across the country The last weekend in April saw the D-Zero fleet gather at Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club for their 2019 Inland Championship which were sponsored by the UK D-Zero dealer dzero.co.uk and Chichester Harbour Gin. Posted on 30 Apr
D-Zeros at Rossendale
The Adventures of Zippy Zero: Zippy scuba dives in Lancashire Yippee from Zippy!! I got taken out to my first Open Meeting with my new Owner this week! I was super excited to meet up with some kindred souls and compare notes on Zero fashion and speedy accessories. Posted on 17 Apr
Four dinghies put through their paces in Valencia
D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero at Sea Trials From 11-15 March 2019, the D-Zero, Laser, Melges 14 and RS Aero were put through their paces at Sea Trials for the Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition. Posted on 22 Mar
MNAs invited to host sea-trials for Paris 2024
Selection of Equipment for the One Person Dinghy Events World Sailing is inviting Member National Authorities to bid to host the Sea-trials for the selection of Equipment for the Paris 2024 Olympic Sailing Competition Men's and Women's One Person Dinghy Events. Posted on 24 Nov 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
D-Zero Northerns at Yorkshire Dales
High winds and cold temperatures for the 14 boat fleet Fourteen D-Zeros from Aberdeen to Emsworth plus the demo boat turned out for the eternally popular Yorkshire Dales Northern Open joined by nine Contenders and six Catapults in expectation of some wet and blustery sailing. Posted on 16 Oct 2018