OK Dinghy European Championship - Fleet heads for Steinhude

An unprecedented entry of 116 have registered for the 2014 OK Dinghy European Championships, which is due to start this weekend at Steinhude, Germany.

The OK Dinghy European Championship is only traditionally held when the World Championship is outside Europe. The 2014 World Championship is Melbourne, Australia, this December, so for many sailors unable to travel down under the Europeans is the main focus of their season. The very large entry is testament to the recent growth in many nations, with a lot of sailors attending their first international championship.

The sailing will take place on Steinhuder Meer, a 30 square km lake in the Lower Saxony region of Germany, approximately 30 km north-west of Hanover. At about 6km long and 4km wide, it is the largest lake in north-western Germany, but also very shallow. It is at the heart of the Steinhuder Meer Nature Park, a popular tourism and recreational area. The lake has two small islands, both artificial, one of which, Wilhelmstein, was built in the 18th century as a military fortress. There is a mid-week sailors trip to explore Wilhelmstein Island.

The championship is hosted by two clubs on the lake's southern shore. Segler-Verein Großenheidorn and Yachtclub Steinhuder Meer are both experienced in organising large events. The majority of the sailors are expected to camp in the club grounds, which is providing breakfast, dinner and some beer as part of the entry fee.

In total there are sailors from 11 nations entered, including Australia, New Zealand and Ukraine, a new nation for the class. OK Dinghies were very popular in Eastern European countries in the 1960s and 1970s, mainly as a training class for the Finn, and in recent years there has been some interest again in the region.

With so many boats attending, predicting the form guide is always going to be a gamble. There are five former world champions in the fleet and three former European Champions, including the defending champion Bo Petersen (DEN), who has shown some form this year already with a win at Kiel Week in light winds. From the current World Ranking 14 out of the top 20 European sailors are competing, including eight out of the top 10. The world number one is Greg Wilcox (NZL), who recently dominated Warnemünde Week, but in very different conditions.

Ten years ago Jim Hunt (GBR) was the first British sailor to win the OK Dinghy World Championship. He's back for his first major OK Dinghy event since then, having won the Spring Cup in Medemblik earlier this year. A multiple champion across many classes he is one of the main favourites next week.

The largest entry is, unsurprisingly, from Germany. Perhaps more than any other nation they excel at light wind lake sailing so there is a whole raft of sailors capable of picking up race wins, though the 2012 World Champion Andre Budzien (GER) will be hard to beat.

A betting man would most likley bet on Petersen, Wilcox, Hunt or Budzien to lift the title, based on form this year. But throw in the vagaries of a German lake in summer, and the reality could be very different. The long range weather forecast for the region is for very high temperatures over the weekend, leading to 25-28 degrees next week with 8-12 knots of wind most days. Not trying to tempt fate, but if that prediction is correct, it is going to be fabulous sailing conditions.

A warm up regatta is being held over the weekend of 19-20 July, before measurement and registration start. Ten races are scheduled for the European Championship from Tuesday 22 July to Saturday 26 July. If the confirmed entry is more than 100 boats then the fleet will be split into two separate starts sailing on the same course. The fleets will be split based on the latest OK Dinghy World Ranking list, released this week, and adjusted each day based on the overall positions at the end of each day. On the fourth and fifth days, the fleet will be split into gold and silver fleets.

Entry List

Country

First Name Helm

Last Name Helm

Abbr. Helm

ClubHelm

POL 1

Tomasz

Gaj

MOS 2 Warszawa

MOS 2 Warszawa

BEL 1

Rod

Andrew

SNEH

Société Nautique Eau ...

POL 4

Radoslaw

Drozdzik

LOK GRYF Kety

LOK GRYF Kety

POL 5

Darek

Kras

MOS2

MOS-2 Warszawa

POL 7

Marek

Bernat

Poland

KKS Warmia Olsztyn

UKR 8

Mykyta

Bushtian

BSYC

Black Sea Yacht Club

POL 10

Janusz

Stobinski

AZS Poznan

AZS Poznan

POL 14

Pawel

Pawlaczyk

JKW Poznan

JKW Poznan

POL 16

Marek

Jarocki

Poznan

ZLKS

POL 21

Waldemar

Czyz

HORN

Klub Zeglarski HORN K...

BEL 29

Johanna

Andrew-Becker

SNEH

Société Nautique Eau ...

POL 31

Antoni

Pawlowski

AZS POZNAN

AZS POZNAN

GER 35

Jessica

Finke

SKM

Segel-Klub Minden e. V.

POL 40

Robert

Swiecki

MOS 2

MOS 2 Warszawa

POL 58

Michal

Gaj

FIR Warszawa

FIR Warszawa

SWE 99

Hans

Elkjaer

Varbergs Sailing Club

Varbergs Sailing Club

BEL 151

Paul

Bouts

R Y C M Liege

Royal yacht club de l...

POL 201

Darius

Heinemann

AZS POZNAN

AZS POZNAN

BEL 203

Joost

Rommelaere

Belgium

KLYC

BEL 214

Paul

Verrijdt

KLYC

KLYC Antwerpen.

BEL 220

Ronny

Poelman

KLYC

KLYC Antwerpen.

POL 333

Mieczyslaw

Poplonyk

AZS POZNAN

AZS POZNAN

GER 539

Uli

Borchers

SCST

Segel-Club Stevertals...

NZL 544

Greg

Wilcox

PSV

Potsdamer Seglerverei...

NZL 553

Finn

Gheury

DWSC

Datchet Water SC

GER 567

Jan

Beckmann

SVPB

Segler-Verein Paderbo...

GER 576

Ute

Witke

BSC

Bautzener Segel-Club ...

GER 595

Daniel

Groeschl

ENSFR

Entdecker- und Seefah...

GER 596

Jan

ten Hoeve

ZSK

Zwischenahner Segelkl...

GER 606

Katharina

Huß

SCFR

Segel-Club Friedrichs...

GER 607

Christian

Heinze

SCV

Segel-Club Ville e.V.

GER 630

Norbert

Petrausch

TSVS

Turn- und Sportverein...

GER 633

Cornelia

Wirbeleit

SWS

Sächsischer Wasserspo...

NED 638

Robert

Bancken

WVB

WV Braassemmermeer

GER 640

Sven

Marchot

SGSP

Sportgemeinschaft Seg...

GER 642

Claus

Stockhardt

SSCP

Surf- und Segel-Club ...

GER 643

Jürgen

Illers

SCO

Segelclub Otterstadt ...

GER 649

Kai

Wehmhörner

SSCRA

Seesportclub Rangsdor...

GER 651

Heinz

Ridder

SVPB

Segler-Verein Paderbo...

GER 653

Susanne

Mackmann

SCST

Segel-Club Stevertals...

GER 662

Gerd

Breitbart

SCÖ

Segelclub Övelgönne

NED 664

Peter

van der Schaaf

1929

KW Sneek

GER 665

Peter

Stephan

SCST

Segel-Club Stevertals...

GER 688

Ronald

Foest

DRS

Deutscher Regatta Seg...

GER 690

Carsten

Saß

ZSK

Zwischenahner Segelkl...

GER 693

Martin

v. Zimmermann

SCOE

Segel-Club Oevelgönne...

AUS 694

Peter

Milne

BRYC

Black Rock Yacht Club

GER 695

Erik

Bork

SSCRA

Seesportclub Rangsdor...

GER 697

Jörg

Posny

SCST

Segel-Club Stevertals...

GER 715

Sven

Beye

SSC

Segeberger Segel-Club...

GER 726

Jörg

Sylvester

SSC

Segeberger Segel-Club...

GER 727

Frank

Strelow

WSVRH

WSVRh Duisburg e. V.

GER 731

Thomas

Glas

SSC

Segeberger Segel-Club...

GER 735

Dirk

Gericke

SGE

SG Einheit Brandenbur...

GER 740

Gunter

Arndt

FYC

Flensborg Yacht Club ...

GER 747

Christian

Hartmann

SSCRA

Seesportclub Rangsdor...

GER 748

Wilhelm

Kath

SVN

Segelverein Neptun vo...

GER 749

Jens

Wehmeier

SGH 1978

Seglergemeinschaft Hö...

GER 750

Dirk

Dame

SVM

Segler-Vereinigung Ma...

GER 755

Yves

Kaminski

SVEW

Seglervereinigung Ein...

GER 757

Falk

Hagemann

SWS

Sächsischer Wasserspo...

GER 761

Stefan

Rassau

DYC

Düsseldorfer Yachtclu...

GER 762

André

Hennings

CKA

Club der Kreuzer Abte...

GER 765

Rainer

Pospiech

YCBG

Yachtclub Berlin-Grün...

GER 766

Gunnar

Goronzi

SCST

Segel-Club Stevertals...

GER 767

Juliane

Hofmann

PSV

Potsdamer Seglerverei...

GER 769

Volker

Paatz

SVB

Seglervereinigung Bru...

GER 771

Ralf

Mackmann

SCH

Segel Club Haltern am...

GER 772

Oliver

Gronholz

SSC

Segeberger Segel-Club...

GER 774

Michael

Wolf

SSCP

Surf- und Segel-Club ...

GER 775

Jörg

Rademacher

SCST

Segel-Club Stevertals...

GER 777

Andreas

Pich

LYC

Lübecker Yacht-Club e...

GER 778

Sönke

Behrens

SCOE

Segel-Club Oevelgönne...

GER 782

André

Budzien

SYC

Schweriner Yachtclub ...

GER 783

Karsten

Kath

SVN

Segelverein Neptun vo...

GER 787

Ralf

Tietje

SVG

Segler-Verein Grossen...

FRA 1053

Francois

Podevyn

C.V.D. (Belgium)

Cercle de Voile de Dave

DEN 1265

Jesper Stig

Andersen

Tsk

Thurø

DEN 1315

Bo

Reker Andersen

Hellerup Sejlklub

Hellerup Sejlklub

DEN 1324

Nicklas

Heide

SSS

Svendborg Sunds Sejlklub

DEN 1335

Mogens

Johansen

Solrød Strand

Solrød Strand

DEN 1354

Peter

Heide

SSS

Svendborg Sunds Sejlklub

POL 1361

Zbigniew

Dryzner

JK KOTWICA

JK KOTWICA Tarnobrzeg

DEN 1369

Christian

Hedlund

Hellerup yachtclub

Hellerup

DEN 1393

Rene Sarabia

Johannsen

VSK

Vallensbæk Sejlklub

DEN 1396

Stig

Frandsen

Kaløvig Bådelaug

Kaløvig Bådelaug

DEN 1397

Henrik

Kofoed Larsen

HS

Hellerup Sejlklub

DEN 1407

Malte

Pedersen

Royal yacht club

2860 Søborg

DEN 1410

Jens

Lauge

HS

Hellerup

DEN 1420

Jørgen

Lindhardtsen

HvS & HS

Hvidovre Sejlklub & H...

DEN 1421

Jesper

Strandberg

HSS

Herslev Strand Sejlklub

DEN 1423

Stefan

Myrälf

Hellerup Sejlklub

Hellerup Sejlklub

DEN 1427

Jørgen

Svendsen

Hellerup Sejlklub

Hellerup

DEN 1431

Bo

Petersen

HS

Hellerup Sejlklub

DEN 1432

Ralph

Eriksen

Soenderballe Baadelaug

Soenderballe Baadelaug

FRA 1820

Raymond

Dodard

AVA

Association Voile Ail...

FRA 1823

Guillaume

De Kervenoael

ABC Voile

ABC Voile

GBR 2080

Paul

Pike

Covenham SC

Covenham SC

GBR 2084

Keith

Byers

MHYC

Morecambe & Heysham Y...

GBR 2123

Andy

Turner

ossc

Overy Staithe

GBR 2139

Kenneth

Carroll

AWSC

Alton Water Sailing Club

GBR 2141

Simon

Davis

UTSC

Upper Thames SC

GBR 2142

Ian

Harris

Bristol Corinthians

BCYC

GBR 2145

Tony

Woods

Glossop S.C.

Glossop Sailing Club.

GBR 2147

Tom

Lonsdale

WOSC

West Oxford sailing club

GBR 2154

simon

cowood

NSC

northampton sailing club

GBR 2155

Robert

Bourne

URYC

Up River Yacht Club

GBR 2156

Robert

Deaves

WSC

Waldringfield SC

GBR 2158

John

Ball

BSC

Brightlingsea sc

GBR 2160

Alex

Scoles

OSSC

Overy Staithe Sailing...

GBR 2162

Jim

Hunt

BSC

Blithfield Sailing Club

GBR 2163

Gavin

Waldron

MHYC

Morecambe & Heysham Y...

GBR 2165

Simon

Cox

WSC

Waldringfield SC

GBR 2167

Lee

Child

Dabchicks

Dabchicks

GBR 2169

Will

Turner

DSC

Dabchicks

SWE 2741

Ulf

Dagerbrant

USS

Umeå Segelsällskap

SWE 2775

Johnny

Billström

SSV

Segelsällskapet Vikin...

SWE 2788

Magnus

Gillgren

GESS

Getskärs Segelsällskap

SWE 2790

Ulf

Sahle

GeSS

Getskärs Segelsällskap

SWE 2796

Bengt

Larsson

SS Kaparen

Segelsällskapet Kaparen

SWE 2803

Mårten

Bernesand

SSV

Segelsällskapet vikin...

SWE 2804

Per

Jaensson

SSV Kalmar

Segelsällskapet Vikin...

SWE 2810

Johannes

Dagerbrant

USS

Umeå Segelsällskap

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