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Helming to Win by Nick Craig
Helming to Win by Nick Craig

D-One British Open National Championships at Lymington Town Sailing Club

by Chris Sallis 23 Jul 2018 16:32 BST 7-8 July 2018
Nick Craig wins the 2018 D-One British Open National Championships at Lymington © Peter Fothergill /

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. Racing commenced on Friday in perfect sea breeze conditions with wall-to-wall sunshine and 15 to 18 knots of breeze.

Rob Jones opened his first D One nationals with a perfectly executed port tack start as the fleet headed inshore for tidal relief. Current D One World, European and National champion Nick Craig soon made his way to the front of the pack and led to the finish. With Tim Garvin and Chris Sallis rounding out the top three.

The breeze and sea state built a little for the next race and the whole fleet enjoyed some fantastic downwind rides. Nick continued to control the racing with another win this time with Giles Chipperfield taking second and Chris picking up another third. racing was tight throughout the fleet with every boat length being gained or lost on the smallest of margins. Two more races were sailed in the superb conditions with Nick taking a perfect scoreline Chris in second and Giles in third. the fleet returned from an epic days sailing to enjoy a meal and a few beers at LTSC.

Day 2 saw similar conditions with slightly less wind; everybody had worked out the tidal flow which made starting near the committee boat and taking an early tack a premium. Another four races were sailed in the superb conditions Nick continued to control the racing although a rare slip up saw him roll in at the leeward mark allowing Rob Jones through to take the win. Giles continued to be super consistent seeing him move up to second and Rob move ahead of Chris into third. A few more beers were enjoyed in the evening and LTSC hosted an excellent regatta dinner.

Sunday was on an earlier schedule for the last race of the regatta and the RO called the fleet out around midday as the sea breeze began to settle. This was the lightest race of the series and most were happy to consolidate their positions and not take too much risk. Nick once again took the bullet with Howard Farbrother and Giles fighting it out for second and third. The final results saw Nick adding another national championship to his long list of wins, Giles was a convincing second and Rob took third.

Our friends from Europe; Patrick, Etienne and Tommaso all enjoyed the fantastic British conditions and the Italian was even heard to say, "it is quite warm!"

There is great video of the event at and more photos at

LTSC hosted an excellent championship and thanks must go to Giles and Heather Chipperfield for all their efforts in organising the event. The class now looks forward to the European Championships in the Gulf of Liguria this September and championships in the champagne region of France and Lake Biel in Switzerland with a feeder event in Lake Como.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelm Name:ClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1st5Nick CraigFrensham Burghfield1111111‑218
2nd411Giles ChipperfieldLTSC452322‑63324
3rd11Rob JonesWarsash SC52454‑641530
4th410Chris SallisGYGSC3332‑133213433
5th72Tim GarvinQueen Mary SC24986‑1177750
6th122Howard FarbrotherQueen Mary SC6106(RET)5858250
7th405Tyler HarmsworthShoreham SC865475‑99650
8th48Jason PykeBurghfield SC128879734‑1458
9th409David GorringeLTSC77763‑151361160
10th402Terry BrooksOxford9910‑138485861
11th8Nicholas CrickmoreWaveney & Oulton Broad11(RET)1111111312121394
12th502Steve GrayGYGSC101214914141115(DNC)99
13th401Lobert EtienneCVLM1513121215101716(DNC)110
14th420Tommaso Buzzi 141415(DNS)10161410DNC114
15th309Robert Clarke ‑171513141717151410115
16th7Patrick RüfenachtYCB(RET)DNSDNSDNS16910119118
17th703Ken WardSouth Shields1311(RET)DNS1212DNCDNCDNC132
18th9Gordon DaviesQueen Mary SC1616161018(DNC)16RETDNC134
19th501David OsborneLTSC1817(DNS)DNS191818RET12144

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