Int OK Dinghy National Championships off to great start in Scotland

International OK Dinghy National Championships 2011 at Largs - Day 1
International OK Dinghy National Championships 2011 are being held at Largs Sailing Club in Largs, Scotland between 19th and 21st July.

Racing got under way today with great conditions for the 42 competitors to enjoy. The UK boys were joined by 16 foreign sailors here early to warm up for next week’s World Championship.

A north westerly breeze of around 10 knots meant that the Race management Team could set a full championship course in the race area to the north of Great Cumbrae Island.

Race one kicked off after a short postponement to give the competitors time to reach the starting area and the breeze built steadily through the race peaking at around 15 knots. First out of the trap was Ian Harris (UK), closely followed by Nick Craig, Kiwi Greg Wilcox and Aussie Andre Blasse. Craig (UK) took the lead showing great downwind speed and used his experience to hold the rest of the fleet at bay to take the bullet. Wilcox (NZ) maintained second from Blasse (AUS) with Martin Von Zimmerman (GER) sailing consistently to finish fourth. Shortly after the last boats finished Race 1 the wind backed a little and the course was reset quickly.

Harris (UK) has shown sparks of brilliance over the last few years but this was the first time he had led a quality fleet. When asked what the experience was like he commented 'I had an amazing start after spotting a sag in the line and went for it. It’s a great feeling to be leading four OK World Champions at the first mark'.

Race two started without delay. The breeze stayed consistent although there were plenty of minor shifts around that meant the sailors had to keep their heads out the boat if they were to maximise their chances of getting to the front. They also had to watch for the occasional gust which resulted in a few sailors taking an unexpected dip in the Firth of Clyde. Blasse (AUS) took the gun from Craig (UK) sailing consistently. Former World Champion Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) improving on his sixth place in race one finishing third with Wilcox (NZ) fourth and young Bartek Rakocy (POL) in fifth.

Race three started immediately after the fleet returned to the starting area as the wind was now well established and was a solid force four. The conditions provided the sailors with great tactical sailing and the downwind experts had some good waves to exercise the fine art of catching the surf to maximum effect. Those observing enjoyed the spectacle of 42 OKs snaking their way down the run while trying to stay on the waves. The race was dominated by Hanson-Mild (SWE). After nailing the start he then stretched his lead on every leg to take the win in convincing style. Craig (UK) had to fight his way through to finished in second after an unusually mediocre start with Wilcox (NZ) again in the mix in third and Von Zimmerman (GER) fourth. Rakocy (POL) is only 19 years of age and established himself as a real prospect when winning the European Championships last year in Medemblik. Scoring three fifth places today, he will surely be in the mix for next week’s World title.

Results:

Rank

Tally

Nat

Sail No

Helm Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

Total

Nett

1st

29

GBR

2134

Nick Craig

Frensham

1.0

2.0

2.0

5.0

5.0

2nd

40

NZL

522

Greg Wilcox

 

2.0

4.0

3.0

9.0

9.0

3rd

36

SWE

100

Thomas Hansson-Mild

 

6.0

3.0

1.0

10.0

10.0

4th

39

POL

19

Bartek Rakocy

 

5.0

5.0

5.0

15.0

15.0

5th

37

GER

693

Martin Von Zimmerman

 

4.0

8.0

4.0

16.0

16.0

6th

38

DEN

1388

Stepan Myraif

Hellerup

12.0

6.0

6.0

24.0

24.0

7th

23

GBR

2118

Terry Curtis

Weymouth

9.0

7.0

8.0

24.0

24.0

8th

2

NZL

542

Alistair Deaves

Wakatere

15.0

10.0

7.0

32.0

32.0

9th

11

DEN

1340

Christian Olesen

Hvidovre

10.0

14.0

9.0

33.0

33.0

10th

26

GBR

2124

Tony Woods

Glossop

7.0

18.0

12.0

37.0

37.0

11th

28

GBR

21

Richard Burton

W Oxford

16.0

12.0

11.0

39.0

39.0

12th

8

AUS

750

Peter Robinson

Drummoyne

11.0

13.0

16.0

40.0

40.0

13th

10

DEN

1335

Mogens Johansen

Solrod Strand

19.0

11.0

13.0

43.0

43.0

14th

1

SWE

1100

Hans Elkjaer

Varberg

21.0

15.0

10.0

46.0

46.0

15th

5

AUS

729

Andre Blasse

Black Rock

3.0

1.0

43.0 DNC

47.0

47.0

16th

7

AUS

739

Mark Roberts

Adelaide

18.0

17.0

15.0

50.0

50.0

17th

18

GBR

2084

Keith Byers

Morecambe

13.0

21.0

19.0

53.0

53.0

18th

19

GBR

2085

Gavin Waldron

South Staffs

20.0

19.0

14.0

53.0

53.0

19th

25

GBR

2123

Andy Turner

Overy Staithe

24.0

16.0

18.0

58.0

58.0

20th

14

GBR

2125

Neil Goodhead

South Staffs

22.0

20.0

17.0

59.0

59.0

21st

6

AUS

732

Tim Davies

 

14.0

9.0

43.0 DNC

66.0

66.0

22nd

35

GBR

2068

Tom Lonsdale

W Oxford

25.0

29.0

20.0

74.0

74.0

23rd

24

GBR

2119

Martin Bower

Blithfield

23.0

30.0

22.0

75.0

75.0

24th

9

DEN

1265

Malte Pederson

Royal Danish

28.0

23.0

24.0

75.0

75.0

25th

4

AUS

724

Glenn Yates

Wangi ASC

26.0

28.0

23.0

77.0

77.0

26th

41

GBR

2107

Darren Prior

Morecambe

33.0

26.0

21.0

80.0

80.0

27th

34

GBR

2139

Robert Campbell-Gray

Overy Staithe

29.0

27.0

25.0

81.0

81.0

28th

31

GBR

2137

Simon Shaw

Deben

30.0

25.0

27.0

82.0

82.0

29th

21

GBR

2096

Chris Perry

Glossop

17.0

24.0

43.0 DNC

84.0

84.0

30th

42

GBR

2031

DaveCooper

Overy Staithe

31.0

31.0

26.0

88.0

88.0

31st

32

GBR

2141

Simon Davis

Upper Thames

27.0

22.0

43.0 DNC

92.0

92.0

32nd

33

GBR

2142

Ian Harris

Bristol Corinthian

8.0

43.0 DNC

43.0 DNC

94.0

94.0

33rd

15

GBR

2062

Brian Quayle

Manx

32.0

32.0

33.0

97.0

97.0

34th

30

GBR

2135

Bill Bradburn

South Staffs

35.0

33.0

30.0

98.0

98.0

35th

27

GBR

2129

Alan Atkin

Burghfield

34.0

36.0

29.0

99.0

99.0

36th

22

GBR

2104

Paul Pike

Covenham

38.0

34.0

28.0

100.0

100.0

37th

3

AUS

692

Bill Tyler

Drummoyne

36.0

35.0

31.0

102.0

102.0

38th

20

GBR

2088

Richard Gadsby

Upper Thames

37.0

37.0

32.0

106.0

106.0

39th

 

GBR

2118 L.Blue

Oliver Burrows

W Oxford

40.0

38.0

34.0

112.0

112.0

40th

13

GBR

2012

Teddy Arrowsmith

Brancaster

41.0

43.0 DNF

35.0

119.0

119.0

41st

16

GBR

2065

Bob Austin

Milton Keynes

39.0

43.0 DNC

43.0 DNC

125.0

125.0

42nd

17

GBR

2067

Matthew Bates

South Staffs

42.0

43.0 DNF

43.0 DNC

128.0

128.0


International OK Dinghy National Championships 2011 at Largs - Day 1

International OK Dinghy National Championships 2011 at Largs - Day 1


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