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from One comes many

Our conversations with Luca Devoti about his idea of ‘bringing fun back’ with his D-One dinghy seem so long ago, but it was just last year – and Luca’s been busy!  The D-One is now part of Italy’s best-known sailing series – the Volvo Cup – and two weeks ago, 16 of the quick carbon singlehanders were on the line in Scarlino despite a number of owners being unable to make it, thanks to Iceland’s toxic fart.  Here’s some good video of the event and the boat, and here’s a report from Scarlino. 

A wonderful day with a 12-14 knot north westerly breeze marked the conclusion of the first event of the Volvo Cup 2010 Circuit.  The first race of the day, third in the series, was held with 7 knot breeze from 050° and victory went to Andrea Magni, the creator of the Volvo Cup circuit. Second Spaniard Agustin Zabalua and third Marco Valentini. By the time the second race of the day got under way, Maremma’s classical thermal breeze had kicked in. The 13 knots from the northwest truly enhanced performance of the D-One ensuring a fun-filled day for all competitors. The fourth race overall had particular format designed by Luca Devoti: double scoring and not included discardable results. The race was therefore going to determine the winner of the event.

Italian Andrea Giammarino (LNI Porto San Giorgio) dominated the fleet from start to finish, beating Zabalua on the finish line. On the podium Giammarino was first, Agustin Zabalua second and Michele Tognozzi third.  “The D-One combines fun and the challenge of good technical skills," Giammarino said after he collected his award in La Piazetta la Marina di Scarlino, with the Islands of Elba and Montecristo serving as a breathtaking backdrop.  "This is one of the best places to race in all of Italy," he added.

This nice shot from Francois Richard, full gallery is here.