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Jørgen Svendsen rises to the top of the OK Dinghy World Rankings

'Jørgen Svendsen'    Robert Deaves

Following an incredible year of OK Dinghy sailing, Jørgen Svendsen (DEN) has stormed to the top of the World Ranking List. In doing so he becomes only the fifth sailor – and the first who hasn't been a world champion – to hold the number one slot in the seven years since the ranking list was created.

This last release for 2012 includes the Danish pre-worlds regatta, the world championship in Vallensbaek, Denmark and national championships from Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden, France and Poland. The Belgian Nationals should have been included as well but there was no wind.

Six former world or European champions occupy the slots immediately below Svendsen while current world champion Andre Budzien (GER) rises to 19th, though has only sailed four ranking regattas so far after only joining the class earlier in 2012.

Svendsen has risen to the top, from sixth in April's release, after excelling all year. He has sailed almost all the counting regattas, winning the Danish nationals and picking up a useful seventh place at the 145 boat world championship. More than anything else it perhaps goes to show that consistent event sailing can get you into the lead when combined with good worlds results. He leads a sizeable group of Danes who benefited from a home world championship this year, with six making it in to the top 20.

Former world champion Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) took the Swedish championship, while Svendsen picked up a third place. The British Nationals was won by Lee Child (GBR) in his first counting regatta and he enters the list at 167, while the French Nationals was won by Olivier Hontanx (FRA) who also enters the list this time at 221.

Encouraging for the class was that the Polish nationals was won by a Junior. Fifteen year old Dawid Kania (POL) took both the senior and junior titles convincingly, with three races wins out of the six race series.

The next list will be published in February 2013 after the New Zealand and Australian Nationals and just before the next class world championship, due to be held in Pattaya in Thailand in April 2013. It would be an massive understatement to say that the class is looking forward to this event with eager anticipation. Containers are being prepared from UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia for what is hoped to be the largest non-European OK Dinghy world championship for a long time.

OK Dinghy Class website

OK Dinghy World Ranking List – November 2012

(Best 5 results to count)

Rank

Name

Country

Sail no.

Points

Events sailed

1

Jorgen Svendsen

DEN

1411

1016.88

11

2

Greg Wilcox

NZL

544

1006.34

13

3

Nick Craig

GBR

2150

988.34

10

4

Thomas Hanson-Mild

SWE

100

986.31

9

5

Martin von Zimmermann

GER

693

973.69

11

6

Jorgen Lindhartdsen

DEN

1364

964.33

11

7

Bartosz Rakocy

POL

19

933.85

5

8

Stefan Myralf

DEN

1408

926.56

14

9

Gunter Arndt

GER

740

918.23

10

10

Alistair Deaves

NZL

542

900.10

9

11

Rene Johannsen

DEN

1393

882.34

10

12

Tomasz Gaj

POL

1

848.51

11

13

Terry Curtis

GBR

2118

839.01

6

14

Jens Lauge

DEN

1410

834.01

8

15

Sonke Behrens

GER

778

803.79

7

16

Hans Elkjaer

SWE

99

787.23

15

17

Jon Fish

GBR

2151

782.03

6

18

Christian Hedlund

DEN

1398

773.40

10

19

Andre Budzein

GER

762

769.00

4

20

Rudiger Prinz

GER

773

755.15

8

21

Roger Blassé

AUS

678

754.25

5

22

Christian Olesen

DEN

1340

749.41

5

23

Alex Scoles

GBR

2147

739.92

8

24

Bo Petersen

DEN

2

739.25

4

25

Christian Midtgaard

DEN

1304

736.84

7

26

Thomas Glas

GER

731

735.89

6

27

Mogens Johansen

DEN

1335

725.47

11

28

Radoslaw Drozdzik

POL

4

701.44

10

29

Ralf Tietje

GER

750

692.50

9

30

Bo Teglers

DEN

1402

671.32

5

31

Andreas Pich

GER

777

655.64

8

32

Tony Woods

GBR

2145

651.63

7

33

Jorg Rademacher

GER

775

650.96

6

34

Rainer Dr Pospiech

GER

765

645.71

7

35

Jens Makholm

NOR

471

642.51

7

36

Andreas Deubel

GER

760

626.79

8

37

Jorgen Holm

DEN

1377

616.62

5

38

Andre Blasse

AUS

729

597.58

6

39

Malte Pedersen

DEN

1407

585.20

17

40

Oliver Gronholz

GER

772

574.09

7

41

Darek Kras

POL

5

569.71

5

42

Andre Hennings

GER

752

565.58

5

43

Mark Jackson

AUS

735

562.17

4

44

Pawel Pawlaczyk

POL

14

551.14

5

45

Richard Burton

GBR

2042

549.71

6

46

Mark Roberts

AUS

747

542.88

6

47

Robert Deaves

GBR

2138

539.60

3

48

Hakan Tornqvist

SWE

2786

536.92

5

49

Adrian Coulthard

NZL

531

532.57

6

50

Jake Weeks

NZL

490

528.10

4

51

Juliane Hofmann

GER

767

525.46

5

52

Bjorn Allansen

SWE

2796

508.88

2

53

Lennart Hansson

SWE

88

507.18

6

54

Dirk Dame

GER

688

490.88

9

55

Rob Hengst

NZL

533

488.10

4

56

Heinz Ridder

GER

651

485.80

8

57

Keith Byers

GBR

2084

473.09

4

58

Peter Wibroe

DEN

1344

469.50

3

59

Janusz Stobinski

POL

10

468.21

4

60

Simon Davis

GBR

2141

462.23

6

61

Mats Caap

SWE

2797

459.81

2

62

Ralf Mackman

GER

771

458.25

7

63

Carsten Sass

GER

539

445.83

7

64

Martin Bower

GBR

2149

442.59

7

65

Jens Christian Jurlander

DEN

1385

439.00

3

66

Stefan Haage

GER

761

432.26

7

67

Antoni Pawlowski

POL

31

430.50

5

68

Lars Hultgren

SWE

2795

427.68

5

69

Peter Robinson

AUS

750

427.58

8

70

Jesper Petersen

DEN

1356

420.65

5

71

Ben Morrison

NZL

530

405.62

4

72

Marten Bernesand

SWE

511

403.90

5

73

Dirk Gericke

GER

735

403.17

8

74

Thorsten Schmidt

GER

737

395.45

8

75

Paul Rhodes

NZL

517

383.68

4

76

Mike Williams

AUS

730

382.47

4

77

Ask Askholm

DEN

1315

381.80

4

78

Luke O'Connell

NZL

511

381.80

4

79

Brad Douglas

NZL

539

378.30

4

80

Andrew Baker

AUS

744

365.48

4

81

Simon dan Petersen

DEN

1375

361.45

5

82

Tim Davies

AUS

739

359.51

5

83

Ingmar Janson

SWE

2772

358.61

7

84

Joe Schubert

RSA

31

350.70

7

85

Mathias Fisker

DEN

1345

350.28

3

86

Tim Normann

DEN

1392

343.02

4

87

Gavin Waldron

GBR

2085

334.02

4

88

Eddie O'Donnell

AUS

734

333.91

5

89

Sam Jedig

DEN

1388

325.18

4

90

Mads Brockhuss

DEN

1390

323.07

5

91

Johanne Dagerbrant

SWE

2741

312.50

1

92

Per Sorensen

DEN

1350

310.28

4

93

Don Williams

AUS

727

310.15

7

94

Anders Andersen

DEN

1346

310.00

1

95

Erik Bork

GER

695

299.38

4

96

Mark Perrow

NZL

541

289.93

4

97

Mark Skelton

AUS

736

289.06

3

98

Jakub Kania

POL

27

285.77

5

99

Anders Widding

SWE

2792

285.58

4

100

Lars Andresen

DEN

1403

283.92

2

101

Paul Verrijdt

BEL

214

278.40

10

102

Chris Perry

GBR

2148

277.24

6

103

Magnus Gillgren

SWE

2750

273.38

4

104

Carl Hultgren

SWE

2794

273.04

2

105

Ivan Pedersen

DEN

1256

271.63

3

106

Bengt Larsson

SWE

2752

270.99

5

107

Neil Goodhead

GBR

2125

268.10

4

108

Russell Wood

NZL

526

267.59

3

109

Claus Sparre

DEN

1397

265.90

2

110

Jonny Billstrom

SWE

2775

262.25

2

111

Deryck Lovegrove

GBR

2130

257.41

5

112

Ronny Poelman

BEL

220

256.37

6

113

Raymond Dodard

FRA

1820

254.73

4

114

Tom Lonsdale

GBR

2068

253.21

4

115

Bengt Stromberg

SWE

11

250.15

2

116

Ian Harris

GBR

2142

248.06

3

117

Peter Norborg

DEN

1374

246.58

4

118

Sven Beye

GER

715

246.47

5

119

Andy Turner

GBR

2123

245.58

4

120

Falk Hagemann

GER

757

239.73

4

121

Jan-Dietmar Dellas

GER

680

239.03

5

122

Kacper Jarocki

POL

16

238.90

3

123

Gary Lokum

AUS

741

238.73

5

124

Robert Swiecki

POL

40

233.31

4

125

Brett Graham

RSA

32

227.23

4

126

Joe Porebski

NZL

523

224.94

3

127

Jesper Strandberg

DEN

1302

224.75

3

128

Ed Bradburn

GBR

2116

223.76

2

129

Gert Breitbart

GER

662

222.50

1

130

Soren Rugaard-Larsen

DEN

1384

217.05

2

131

Anders Buhl

DEN

1347

215.00

1

132

Chris Fenwick

NZL

509

214.43

3

133

Trent Pryce

NZL

502

211.94

4

134

Chris Visick

AUS

708

210.99

3

135

Soren Sigurdsson

DEN

1313

210.76

3

136

Olle Albrektsson

SWE

2787

205.00

1

137

Kay Nickelkoppe

GER

747

202.04

4

138

Gerd Breitbart

GER

662

201.92

4

139

Julian Burnham

GBR

2101

201.02

3

140

Peter Kirkegaard

DEN

1316

199.92

2

141

Tim Goodbody

IRL

10

199.35

1

142

Marty Weeks

NZL

479

198.85

4

143

Bruce Ashton

AUS

728

197.73

3

144

Hamish Fenwick

NZL

500

194.33

2

145

Egon Petersen

DEN

1318

193.62

4

146

Mads Terkelsen

DEN

1401

192.59

2

147

Fritz Banner Pedersen

DEN

1331

190.00

1

148

Bill Tyler

AUS

751

184.67

6

149

Johnny Leif Hansen

DEN

1342

184.66

3

150

Freddy Ottosen

DEN

1395

179.81

3

151

Gunnar Goronzi

GER

766

175.77

2

152

Mathieu Chenuil

FRA

723

174.48

4

153

Stig Frandsen

DEN

1396

174.40

5

154

Daen Dorazio

AUS

715

172.99

2

155

Kai Wehmhoerner

GER

745

171.38

6

156

Yves Kaminski

GER

755

170.96

3

157

Peter Rudblom

DEN

2782

169.04

2

158

Glenn Williams

AUS

719

168.26

3

159

Poul Christiansen

DEN

1405

166.87

5

160

Marek Barnat

POL

7

164.04

4

161

Mathew Hix

NZL

524

162.69

2

162

Lars Hansson

SWE

22

162.50

1

163

Jan Dissel

GER

225

161.55

2

164

Jono Clough

NZL

498

159.63

3

165

Martin Werdermann

GER

770

158.98

4

166

Glenn Yates

AUS

684

155.99

5

167

Lee Child

GBR

2152

155.00

1

168

Henrik Larsen

DEN

1413

154.89

3

169

Teddy Arrowsmith

GBR

2012

152.36

4

170

Dawid Kania

POL

27

151.02

2

171

Karl Purdie

NZL

531

150.99

2

172

Miles Addy

NZL

482

150.04

2

173

Krzysztof Dabkowski

POL

58

148.95

1

174

Antony Rich

GBR

2121

147.81

2

175

Jan Eric Nystedt

SWE

66

147.56

2

176

Lasse Hansson

SWE

2775

145.82

3

177

Arne Lindemann

GER

752

145.80

1

178

Peter Stephan

GER

665

145.60

2

179

Peter Lynch

AUS

726

145.56

4

180

Claes Heyman

SWE

2763

145.39

5

181

Marek Jarocki

POL

16

142.65

1

182

Claes Ahlstrom

SWE

2780

142.13

2

183

Jorg Posny

GER

697

139.94

3

184

Frederic Lamarque

FRA

1764

139.20

2

185

Peter Scheuerl

GER

618

137.38

2

186

Julien Dejugnat

FRA

1269

136.05

2

187

Thomas Christensen

DEN

1336

131.52

3

188

Alain Renoux

FRA

1824

130.65

2

189

Philippe De Kervenoael

FRA

2133

129.75

2

190

Paul Pike

GBR

2104

128.20

4

191

Henrik Kogoed

DEN

1413

128.06

2

192

Brian Quayle

GBR

2062

123.38

3

193

Mieczyslaw Poplonyk

POL

333

122.62

2

194

Bill Bradburn

GBR

2135

121.03

3

195

Andrew Pardington

NZL

528

120.52

2

196

Christian Huss

GER

742

119.67

6

197

Michael Jorgensen

DEN

1330

119.03

3

198

John Skjoldby Petersen

DEN

1303

118.54

2

199

Dave Ketteridge

AUS

725

118.14

2

200

Adrian Walker

GBR

2126

117.09

3

201

Lynge Thang Jorgensen

DEN

1391

114.89

4

202

Jonas Quist

SWE

33

114.55

1

203

Lars Jorgen Andresen

DEN

1381

113.13

2

204

Jan Bechmann

GER

567

112.66

4

205

Simon Shaw

GBR

2137

112.16

4

206

Dan Ager

GBR

2120

110.40

2

207

Troels Lykke

DEN

1330

110.00

1

208

Peter Nielsen

DEN

1334

109.91

2

209

Jonathon O'Donnell

AUS

660

109.65

4

210

Jorg Sylvester

GER

726

108.58

2

211

Christian Heinze

GER

607

108.42

3

212

Jakub Dworniczak

POL

24

104.85

3

213

Michael Wolf

GER

774

103.71

3

214

Simon Hoult

GBR

2140

103.69

2

215

Maxine Manca

FRA

1336

102.52

3

216

Kim W Holm

DEN

1389

102.50

1

217

Richard Furneaux

AUS

694

102.42

3

218

Knut Ramin

GER

751

102.02

3

219

Torsten Albrecht

BEL

691

100.49

3

220

Michael Morrison

NZL

501

100.24

3

221

Olivier Hontanx

FRA

1779

100.00

1

222

Hendrik Kjeldsen

DEN

1371

98.94

2

223

Brent Williams

AUS

754

98.46

1

224

Ralph Eriksen

DEN

1159

96.91

3

225

Tobias Willmann

GER

746

96.30

2

226

Mikael Nielsen

DEN

1337

95.85

1

227

Todd Hughes

AUS

500

94.62

1

228

Robby Werdermann

GER

577

93.66

4

229

Karsten Kath

GER

748

92.16

5

230

Didier Soulies

FRA

794

91.50

2

231

Guillaume de Kervendael

FRA

2133

91.15

2

232

Piotr Falczynski

POL

45

90.73

2

233

Justin Barr

AUS

721

90.35

2

234

Chris Hall

AUS

758

89.67

3

235

Jakob Christensen

DEN

1326

89.49

4

236

Henrik Kjeldsen

DEN

1371

87.93

2

237

Alan Atkin

GBR

2129

87.86

4

238

Katharina Huss

GER

606

85.79

6

239

Jean Claude lidon

FRA

1810

85.20

2

240

Bjorn Westergaard

DEN

1321

85.00

1

241

Darren Prior

GBR

2107

84.63

2

242

Bartosz Parzuchowski

POL

55

83.26

2

243

Peter Rudholm

SWE

2782

82.37

2

244

Brad Johanson

USA

1010

80.94

4

245

John Burnham

GBR

2101

80.00

1

246

Jacub Christensen

DEN

2119

79.96

1

247

Marina Dellas

GER

724

79.73

6

248

Yann Rialland

FRA

1663

78.40

1

249

Zbigniew Drtzner

POL

1361

78.08

2

250

Rolf Wahlqvist

NOR

444

76.85

2

251

Lasse Lante

SWE

2494

76.85

3

252

Will Turner

GBR

2045

76.73

1

253

Henning Biering Neilsen

DEN

1357

76.23

1

254

Jacques Boizard

FRA

1067

75.30

2

255

Patrice Rovere

FRA

1709

74.80

1

256

David Bourne

GBR

2107

73.33

1

257

Erik Thompson

AUS

706

72.77

5

258

Norbert Petrausch

GER

630

72.38

4

259

Eric Kopka

FRA

1257

71.20

1

260

Rafal Kranciszewski

POL

80

70.47

2

261

Jonas Andersson

SWE

2770

69.31

2

262

Jurgen Splieth

GER

727

66.02

2

263

Douglas Parker

AUS

752

65.81

3

264

Sven Marchot

GER

640

64.91

3

265

Uwe Bohm

GER

599

64.89

1

266

Simon Cox

GBR

2122

63.33

1

267

Bertil Eliasson

SWE

111

63.01

2

268

Nick Frampton

GBR

2027

63.01

2

269

Matt Steven

NZL

519

62.86

1

270

Thomas Allansson

SWE

2796

62.27

1

271

Jan-Erik Engholm

SWE

2782

62.12

1

272

James Case

GBR

2096

62.00

1

273

Per Hansen

DEN

1341

61.96

2

274

Tim Smith

AUS

740

61.46

2

275

Jurgen Illers

GER

643

60.75

1

276

Bernard Coursieres

FRA

1117

60.00

2

277

Erik Dubreuil

FRA

1044

58.65

2

278

Steve McDowell

NZL

525

58.57

1

279

Bartosz Przbysz

POL

47

57.50

1

280

Jan Siebe de Vries

NED

555

57.37

3

281

Toby Ramsay

GBR

2100

56.67

1

282

Svend Erik Molbech

DEN

1404

56.60

1

283

Stephen Schmidt

AUS

745

55.13

2

284

Przemyslaw Drozdzik

POL

21

53.85

1

285

Graham Pearce

AUS

737

53.59

2

286

Folkert Janssen

AUS

610

52.31

1

287

Kaspar Andresen

DEN

1369

52.14

1

288

Magnus Bager

SWE

2217

50.21

2

289

Matt Stechmann

NZL

524

50.00

1

290

Bjorn Lindvall

SWE

2121

50.00

2

291

Jean-Claude Willecomme

FRA

1239

49.60

1

292

John Douglas

NZL

535

49.01

1

293

Phil Coveny

NZL

475

48.81

2

294

Robert Jarocki

POL

116

46.54

1

295

Nigel Mannering

NZL

500

45.71

1

296

Stephan Veldman

NED

500

44.96

2

297

Stephen Moore

AUS

755

44.62

1

298

Henrik Bohm Jensen

DEN

1339

44.34

1

299

Peter Wallace

AUS

716

43.73

1

300

Nigel Comber

NZL

510

43.40

3

301

Yannick Laumans

BEL

205

43.08

1

302

Mike Walker

AUS

655

42.63

2

303

Nick Gray

AUS

711

42.50

1

304

Ed Goodey

NZL

472

42.48

2

305

Per Westlund

SWE

2750

41.36

1

306

Yan Rialland

FRA

1562

41.00

1

307

Robert Davis

AUS

735

40.94

1

308

Gareth Wells

AUS

742

39.38

1

309

Pawel Nowicki

POL

11

39.23

1

310

Noel Masseron

FRA

29

38.80

1

311

Jonas Borjesson

SWE

60

37.88

1

312

Philippe Thomieres

FRA

820

37.50

2

313

Thomas Augustesen

DEN

1324

37.41

1

314

Owen Anderson

NZL

469

37.14

1

315

Jake O'Donnell

AUS

660

36.92

1

316

Dave Cooper

GBR

2031

36.73

2

317

Marc Boizard

FRA

1734

36.50

1

318

Robert Cambell Grey

GBR

2139

36.38

1

319

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