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Magnificent sailing for the OK dinghies at Nationals in Adelaide

by Mark Roberts on 6 Jan 2012
Mark Roberts during the practice race Mark Roberts
The past two days has seen some of the best sailing conditions seen for some time in an OK National Championship.

With temperatures finally abating from the 40 degree oven-like conditions experienced earlier in the week, the first day of racing brought tough 20-25 kt sailing.


While some of the fleet found the steep southerly waves extremely challenging, sailors from Black Rock and Adelaide Sailing Clubs, more used to the big surf, appeared to relish the conditions. With the neither side being favoured, Andre Blasse was able to best master the conditions to record his first win for the championship over Mike Williams, Mark Jackson and Brent Williams.

By the start of race two, the left had become heavily favoured and those able to get to the pin were able to take full advantage. With the wind also reducing to a more manageable 17-22 kts, Mark Jackson was proving to be extremely quick, as was fellow former Australian Champion from 1979, Bruce Ashton. While deep early in the race, by the final windward work Andre Blasse had managed to work his way back through the fleet to finish a very respectable third. Mister consistency, Mike Williams, again finished third, with the win going to Mark Jackson.

Day two of the championship brought similar conditions to day one, with one exception - better surfing conditions! With a second day of gradient southerly breezes, the OKs were loving the 15-20 kt. With friendlier conditions, the racing was also much closer with the top ten shadowing each other at times around much of the course. Ultimately though Mike Williams proved to the be quickest and was a well deserved winner of race 3, followed very closely by Mark Jackson, Tim Davies, Andre Blasse, Brent Williams and Mark Roberts.

The second race of day two of the championship saw an increase in the wind to 17-22 kts. Again Mike Williams proved to be untouchable at the front with only Andre Blasse truly able to challenge. The racing immediately behind was extremely close with Mark Jackson, Tim Davies and Mark Roberts swapping regularly positions for third, fourth and fifth with those 3 ultimately finishing the day in the same order.

The racing continues today with a further scheduled 2 races albeit with the conditions proving very uncertain at the time of writing this report.

Current positions after 4 races:

1 730 Time Machine Michael Williams BRYC 6.0 1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
2 735 TBA Mark Jackson BRYC 9.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 3.0
3 729 Knot 4 Sail Andre Blasse BRYC 10.0 2.0 4.0 3.0 1.0
4 732 Dune Buggy Tim Davies WASC 17.0 4.0 3.0 4.0 6.0
5 754 Gunboat Diplomat Brent Williams ASC 25.0 11.0 5.0 5.0 4.0
6 750 Broken Arrow Peter Robinson DSC 27.0 8.0 8.0 6.0 5.0
7 747 Jumbo Mark Roberts 31.0 5.0 6.0 13.0 7.0
8 739 Dont Poke the Bear Todd Hughes ASC 33.0 9.0 7.0 9.0 8.0
9 741 Turkish Delight Gary Lokum BRYC 34.0 6.0 11.0 7.0 10.0
10 719 Dilligaf II Glenn Williams BRSC 39.0 10.0 9.0 11.0 9.0
11 725 Joan's Respite David Ketteridge 51.0 13.0 12.0 14.0 12.0
12 727 Tight Squeeze Donald Williams BRYC 52.0 14.0 13.0 12.0 13.0
13 734 Cracked Pecker Edward O'Donnell WANGI 56.0 7.0 28.0F 10.0 11.0
14 694 Diogenes Richard Furneaux BRYC 61.0 16.0 15.0 15.0 15.0
15 728 Bowfinger Bruce Ashton BRYC 62.0 12.0 14.0 8.0 28.0F
16 610 Oops Folkert Janssen SGYC 70.0 15.0 10.0 28.0F 17.0
17 744 Bonecrusher Andrew Baker BRYC 77.0 28.0F 18.0 17.0 14.0
18 25 Purple Patch Kevin Knott 79.0 18.0 17.0 28.0F 16.0
19 752 Mercury Douglas Parker BRYC 84.0 19.0 21.0 16.0 28.0F
20 660 The Wife Jake O'Donnell WANGI 85.0 20.0 19.0 18.0 28.0F
21 755 Grey Matter Stephen Moore SYC 93.0 21.0 16.0 28.0F 28.0F
22 640 Danish Blue Peter Neilsen 101.0 17.0 28.0F 28.0F 28.0F
23 751 True Blue William Tyler DSC 104.0 28.0F 20.0 28.0F 28.0F
24 672 Fossil Fuel Michael Collins 112.0 28.0C 28.0C 28.0C 28.0C
24 684 Bilbo Glenn Yates WASC 112.0 28.0C 28.0C 28.0F 28.0F
24 508 d'accord William Villet HYC 112.0 28.0F 28.0F 28.0F 28.0F
24 706 Smoke on the water Erik Thompson BRYC 112.0 28.0F 28.0S 28.0F 28.0F
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