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D-One UK National Championship at Royal Western Yacht Club

by Michelle Collier-Brooks 9 Jul 13:17 BST 28-30 June 2024
D-One UK National Championship in Plymouth © Paul Gibbins Photography

The D1 Nationals were held jointly with the 4000s and ISOs at the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth from 28th-30th June. Many boats arrived on the Thursday and set up in bright summer conditions although still a little cold for the time of year. This historic naval setting had ideal scenic views and a perfect area for some great sailing. We were greeted by a very friendly, enthusiastic and helpful team at the Royal Western with Sam Hannaford running the overall event.

Friday brought ideal sailing conditions, with a good breeze, sunshine and relatively flat water. The first few races set the pace for the weekend with Nick Craig winning all four races, Stuart Halman recording four seconds, Jason Pyke with three thirds and Michelle Collier-Brooks with two fourths and a fifth.

Saturday was a little lighter breeze which made for a few positional changes, however Nick still coming home first in all three races but Martin Spencer recorded two seconds and a fifth, with Michelle getting two thirds and a fourth.

Saturday evening all the competitors were treated to a very tasty three course meal in the Royal Western which was much needed after two days of hard racing.

The wind had swung to an offshore breeze and was up again on Sunday. A very long course was set but with just two laps.

The first two races were run and then we had a long delay whilst a naval ship passed through and eventually moored up. Again Nick won the first two races, with Stuart getting two seconds.

The last race saw Nick retire with some boat issues allowing Stuart to get the first, with Michelle coming second and Martin third.

Thank you to all the race, rescue, beach teams, Sam Hannaford, John & Ollie from the 4000 fleet for their organising and to all the bar and kitchen volunteers.

More great photos are available at paulgibbinsphotography.pixieset.com/doneplymouth2024

Overall Results:

PositionSail NoNameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1st5Nick Craig‑111111111‑98
2nd906Stuart Halman22222‑5‑422115
3rd907Michelle Collier‑Brooks445‑7343‑63228
4th908Jason Pyke33‑6343535‑929
5th901Martin Spencer‑55455225‑6331
6th1101Nick Favell6634‑766‑74439
7th8Nick Crickmore777667747‑951
8th502Steve Gray‑98‑9889888966
9th76Vanessa Weedon‑Jones‑10‑10101098910101076

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