11 December 2018 - Off to the Factory to see more in build stage and discuss 2019
1 October 2018 - Finance - its a challenge for us all ! Many ask how they can budget a D-Zero or Optimist, when there are so many other financial needs. Pegasus Finance work closely with us to provide the best finance option for you ! Well respected, highly recommended (Trustpilot), let them see how they can get you into a Devoti !
24 September 2018 - Brokerage started. Many people ring or email and ask what boats are available or do we know the history of D-Zero xxx, so we have set up a brokerage for very reasonable rates. We will check the boat over, give it a good polish, check all ropes, blocks, spars, foils and make recommendations to repair/replace, then advertise on our website and social media, and host inspections and arrange the sale. Where possible we will stock the boats at Hayling for easy sale. 2 days in and we have 3 boats listed and more to follow...
14 September 2018 - Southampton Boat Show. DZero have taken the plunge and gained a stand in the Arena of the Boat Show, and will be exhibiting the D-Zero and the Devoti Optimist on new raised stands to show off the hull designs and finish. Come and see us on A033 & 34. We're there all 10 days so could do with some friendly faces...
13-17 August 2018 - Chi Harbour Race Week. An ideal time to see the DZ in action, and then test the D-Zero and Devoti Optimist. We'll be racing 2 boats and will have demos after sailing. Contact us for more information and to book a slot
26 July 2018 - Front cover needs an update, so here's new owner Chris racing GBR303 at Shoreham. Great start for the second race ever in the D-Zero, and certainly giving those other single handers and asymmetrics a run for their money.
If you want to have a go in the D-Zero, give us a call...
If you want to have a go in the D-Zero, give us a call...
13 July 2018 - D-Zero shortlisted for Olympic class. According to Scuttlebutt, the D-Zero has been shortlisted as part of the tender process for the 2024 Paris Olympic Sailing Competition, along with the Laser / Radial, Melges 14 and RS Aero. Further evaluations continue with yard visits ... www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2018/07/13/evaluating-one-person-dinghy-equipment-paris-2024/
30 June - Less than 24 hours from demo to delivery ! Shoreham sailor Chris demo'd the D-Zero at Emsworth on the Friday, ordered and paid on there Friday evening and had his new white D-Zero delivered to Shoreham on Saturday afternoon. The F3-4 was fantastic to show how stable and rewarding the D-Zero is ! Chris words whilst we blasted downwind "I cannot believe how stable and forgiving this is !" - Something all owners know about all too well.
22-24 June 2018 - D-Zero Nationals at Plymouth Mountbatten. After 3 days of a mix of sea breeze and light airs, plenty of sun, some waves and challenging conditions, the demo boat sailed by Matt "Waffle" Whitfield in his first ever D-Zero sail came 22nd out of 43 sailors. David the dealer came 20th just keeping ahead of the demo boat in a continually changing places and challenging sail. Matt said afterwards that the D-Zero was "a very stable and rewarding dinghy to sail", and has now gone away working out his finances and what to do with his Streaker ! More info at https://www.d-zerosailing.org/harken-d-zero-uk-national-championships-2018-report-and-results/
3 June 2018 - DZero's local club Open at Emsworth Slipper SC. DZero, the UK dealer for Devoti D-Zero & Optimist sponsored an Open Meeting at their own club, as part of the Morgan Sails sponsored Southern Series. 18 sailors met a sea breeze induced wind, giving some challenging conditions. The demo boat sailed by Adam Humphrey, whose wife Jo had purchased a D-Zero the week before, sailed into 1st place in the 1st race, and came 2nd overall. David the dealer came 12th.
19-20 May - Largs Open & Demo Races. The demo D-Zero was back out in action, with several signing up to have a go at one race each, whilst also assisting with mark laying and safety crew. One racer scored an easy 1st showing the others how to do it, however also had time for a quick roll-up ciggie afterwards whilst others finished. Those Scottish sailors were good as all finished in the top 10 out of 18 sailors. David the dealer took 2nd overall, using the good F4 breeze and increasing to show how the boat could be sailed in breeze and relished in the waves. Largs was so well-liked, it is now the venue for the 2020 Nationals !
18 May 2018 - Demo day at Largs SC. 5 sailors came for an afternoon and evening of sailing the D-Zero in light airs, though enough to show the boats worth, with several owners also coming down to have a sail and join the fun. One sailor "Storky" Mclaughlin went on to purchase a D-Zero 2 weeks later and then sailed to 2nd overall in the D-Zero Nationals - an impressive start and one to watch !
24 March 2018 - First Demo Day at Grafham Water Sailing Club. Thanks to all 9 who had a demo sail, including a well-known sailing holiday company - hopefully the D-Zero will be one of their 2019 dinghy range ! Thanks also to GWSC for helping co-ordinate, publicise, and keep an eye on the water. Pete McCoy also held a training session in the lightest of airs !
2 May 2018 - DZero sign up for the Southampton Boat Show. This is a first for Devoti and the D-Zero, and hoping for the 110,000 visitors to walk past the D-Zero during the week in September and admire its great looks, and hopefully stop by and see why so many sailors are moving to the D-Zero. Stand A033 and A034
6 March 2018 - The winner of "Win a Days Training in a Devoti D-Zero" is Jo Norrington of Herne Bay. Jo is really looking forward to it, and we'll be heading up there soon to give Jo a day to remember and hopefully some D-Zero demo's to other potential D-Zero owners.
4 March 2018 - RYA Dinghy Show completed, with hundreds of enthusiastic and keen to demo sailors in both the Optimist and D-Zero. First D-Zero was purchased in ten minutes after opening - in fact david Summerville was on the stand just before show opening with credit card in hand 1 Thanks David. We were also lucky enough to have Saskia Clark, Dan Holman and the Optimist European Champion India Page-Wood visit the stand. Saskia loved the D-Zero design, Dan talked of sailing at the Nats, and India loved the Devoti Oppie and wished she had one !
23 February 2018 - Only one week to go till the RYA Dinghy Show, and we have a fantastic eye-opening stand with 2 D-Zero's and an Optimist, as well as the Class Association with plenty of friendly sailors to chat to, and see why they love to sail the D-Zero. www.rya.org.uk/programmes/dinghy-show/Pages/hub.aspx
20 February 2018 - DZero partner with Pegasus Marine Finance. Further to several current owners and potential owners when on the circuit last year, DZero have searched for the right finance partner to work with, whom are very knowledgeable of the sailing market, and have good experience, with 5 star Trustpilot ratings. Click on the Pegasus images on the D-Zero & Optimist pages for more information and a quotation
20 February 2018 - First Demo Event announced. DZero are very keen to provide as many demonstration sails as possible around the UK, showing why we love the D-Zero and why you would love to be sailing one ! First event is at Graham on 24/3 - please visit the Demos & Training page to book an hours slot, or see where we will be demo'ing next.
7 February 2018 - Team Rider Peter McCoy joins the team. Former British Sailing Team Finn sailor, and training partner to Giles Scott joins the team to help demo the boats, be involved with the Class training, and show how to get the best out of the D-Zero. Pete will be sailing as many events as possible including the Nationals, and campaigning a J70 team. We cannot wait to go sailing with Pete !
29 Jan 2018 - New DZero website goes live ! In readiness for the formal new business launch on Feb 1, the new website has gone live and will be kept bright and up-to-date, with blogs, news, plenty of graphics, and a new ecomm store in time for the show. Check out our new Facebook page - dzero.co.uk, and also our Instagram under the same name.
26 Jan 2018 - Going to the RYA Dinghy Show on 3-4 March ? The D-Zero & Optimist will be there ! Come and meet us & the D-Zero Class Association ... www.rya.org.uk/programmes/dinghy-show/Pages/hub.aspx
16 Jan 2018 - Having fun at the photoshoot. Behind the scenes at our photoshoot, taking shots that the marine industry do not usually go for ! The D-Zero meets Top Gear, with the latest LED lights, lasers and smoke, all shot in the dark. Mike Austen & Toby Adamson working their magic with long exposures and light-washing, whilst Mark Covell brought in his tech know-how with lasers and smoke ! All we needed was the music, which Mark nearly brought also !!
4 Jan 2018 - Howwhatwhere Ltd announced as the new exclusive UK dealer for the D-Zero & Optimist. David @ Howwhatwhere says "the D-Zero is an amazing dinghy to sail with a fantastic class association, and with Devoti's passion and exceptional build quality, I believe the D-Zero and D-Optimist have only just started. Find out more ... www.suntouched.co.uk
14 Dec 2017 - We visit the Devoti Sailing factory in Poland. Only Finns were in build mode as a run of D-Zero's for the Jan/Feb sales had just been completed, however it was great to meet the team, other European dealers, and get to see how much passion and experience goes into each and every dinghy. The team were very excited to show off how they built, using state of the art ceiling-filtered dust-free build areas, discuss feedback from sailors and how the manufacture process can be improved to give an even higher quality boat. The traditional brick-built factory was in renovation, though the inside was absolute cutting edge. I could have spent hours talking to the build teams though the Finn build is busy, and delaying that build would only hold the next D-Zero run ! Watch this space as I will be out for the next build ...