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Suntouched have been dealers for North OD for the past 15 years and have gained expertise in many of the classes on North's portfolio.
Of course, as you may guess, our special areas of expertise are in the Finn and D-One.
Please give us a call to discuss your requirements
and pricing - +44 (0) 7734 251033 or email us - email@example.com
We are proud to have introduced Sandiline sailing products in the UK six years ago. Suntouched are the major supplier of
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Olympic medal winners. As well as offering these superb hiking pants Sandiline have a significant range of other, similarly
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Devoti D-Fantastica Finn
The Fantastica Finns are now recognised, in the international and Olympic fleets, as being the only
choice for an Olympic campaign. This is also true of the highly competitive Finn Masters fleet where speed and performance are
The downside of this amazing success is that the order book is now stretched well into mid 2018.
This is great for Devoti but not so good for those who are anxious to get their hands on a new Fantastica. Having said that
we can report, from personal experience, that the Fantastica is worth the wait.
The British D-One fleet have enjoyed some great sailing in 2017 with the highlights being the British Nationals, the D-One Gold Cup
and the D-One Europeans.
The Nationals were held at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club in July and attracted 20 entries
from 11 different sailing clubs. The event was won by Nick Craig, sailing for Reading S.C.
Nine GBR boats made the journey to
Allasio for the European Championships. The event attracted entries from six different countries and was sailed in light and
shifty conditions. Nick Craig again won the event with Giles Chipperfield, also GBR, in second place.
We are pleased to announce that we will soon have our Superstiff Finn booms available. These are based on the original
Finn booms but with more control over consistancy of product characteristics to ensure that all ouput is of equally high specification.
We can supply the booms as blank sections, machined and ready for fittings or fully fitted. As always most of the
fittings are Harken and we offer options of stainless steel or rope hangers for mainsheet block and tie off. All outhaul lines
are high quality Dyneema. Availability from March 2018.
Also available are our Carbon vang levers with optional 13mm or
16.2mm holes for pivot pins.
The Gold Cup (World Championships) was held in May on Lake Balaton in Hungary. The event was won by local sailor Balazs Tomai with Giles Chipperfield (GBR) in third place.
Howwhatwhere Ltd are now Devoti's exclusive UK dealer for the D-Zero & D-Optimist
We (Suntouched Sailboats) first spotted the Punk, the concept boat designed by Dan Holman at a regatta that we had organised
for the members of the yachtsandyachting.com forum. Dan won the event with 6 wins in 6 races showing us all the potential of his innovative
single hander. That was in 2012 and we would, at the time, have found it hard to believe the journey that was to follow over the next
5 1/2 years. In late 2012 and early 2013 there followed discussions with Dan and proposals from us to Devoti that a production version
of the Punk would be a great addition to Devoti's portfolio of boats. In 2013 we took the Punk to Gavermeer in Belgium for onward
transport to Devoti's factory in Poland in order that they could analyse the Punk and appreciate the possibilities. Of course Roman
Teply, MD of Devoti Sailing sro, was impressed and after a full analysis of the Punk they moved it to the Dinghy Academy in Valencia,
Spain for extensive testing (including by a number of Olympic sailors) with Dan in attendance to explore potential changes
from concept to production boat.
Toward late 2013 and early 2014 the development continued with input from Devoti, Dan Holman, Luca Devoti, North
Sails, Harken, Compotech and, of course, us. The intense effort from all involved resulted in the launch of the Devoti D-Zero at the
London Dinghy Show in March 2014 where we took orders for a surprising number of boats on our stand. The performance and sailing qualities
of the D-Zero are, in my opinion, second to none in its class. The owners are a great bunch of people who have unrivalled
linked to intense competition. Having said that, the class has a significant following from sailors of all levels and experience,
from beginners to experts they all love their D-Zeros. It's fantastic that we have D-Zero fleets across the UK from Scotland to the
far South West of England.
The D-Zero story has been quite a journey for us over the past 5 1/2 years and, in many ways, we will miss
the close involvment. Having said that, who knows, maybe Rodney will get his feet wet from time to time in a D-Zero in the future.
We are so pleased to know that both the D-Zero and the D-Optimist dealership will be in the safe hands of David Valentine, Howwhatwhere
Ltd, website http://www.dzero.co.uk
Apart from the Devoti D-Zero and D-Optimist dealerships passing over to Howwhatwhere Ltd we are BUSINESS AS USUAL!
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