One On One – The Test
We promised you an in-depth report on the new Devoti D-One singlehander a couple of weeks ago, and as usual, we’re late! We had a couple of things get in the way, like 780 NM sailed on the world’s longest freshwater yacht race, but thanks for your patience…we know quite a few of you are interested in the new breed of singlehanders, and we hope you’re not disappointed. The builder’s site is here, and there is a long thread about the boat here.
We first saw the D-One on a short trip to Palma, Mallorca. The conditions weren’t great for sailing, especially for cold weather-averse nancy boys like me, but I did get to take one of three prototypes out a few times, and found the boat to be easy, fast, and fun. We didn’t have enough time to really dig into the boat, but the most impressive part of the experience was the approach that Luca Devoti was taking with his new baby. You see, Devoti knows EVERYBODY in dinghy sailing, and he’d recruited what seeemed like every top Finn, Laser, and Musto Skiff sailor along with piles of sailmakers from all the major lofts to make sure that his final product was flawless. These days, it’s hard to imagine anyone building five prototypes and trialing them at this level to get it right, but that’s exactly what he did. When we left Palma, we were excited to see what the final D-One would look like, and when we got to Torbole in Lake Garda to cover the Volvo Cup earlier this month, we saw what we’d hoped for: A sweet, simple, fast, and cool looking dinghy, already gaining traction amongst the speed-loving Italians