OK Dinghy World Rankings - Wilcox remains on top
by Robert Deaves on 13 Jul 2012
For the OK Dinghy World Rankings for July 2012, Greg Wilcox (NZL) has maintained his world number one status from current World Champion Nick Craig (GBR) as the fleet prepares for the 2012 World Championships, due to be sailed in Vallensbaek, Denmark from 21-18 July.
Greg Wilcox retains World Number 1 status Robert Deaves/Finn Class http://www.finnclass.org
The recent event at Warnemunde Week produced one of the most competitive events of recent times with 11 of the top 20 ranked sailors competing. This gave them valuable points and caused some changes to the list. It was won by class newcomer André Budzie (GER), a three times Finn World Masters champion, who is also sailing the worlds later this month.
Wilcox picked up second place in at the Medemblik Spring Cup, third in Kiel Week and a fifth in Warnemunde Week, which was also the German nationals. He extends his points lead at the top and now has the second highest points ever after Craig's 1033 points from 2005.
This year Craig won the Spring Cup in Medemblik, placed second at Kiel Week and took third at Warmemunde Week. In an unusual turn of events Craig actually scored some good points outside the worlds and will be looking for good results at the upcoming pre-worlds at Hvidovre, Denmark, and the World Championship to reclaim his no one spot.
Third ranked Martin von Zimmerman (GER) has also had a good season so far, boosted by his runner up position at last year's worlds to rise to third overall while the 2009 World Champion Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) in in fourth after winning Kiel Week and the Nordics.
Former world number one Jorgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) is back again with a second place at the Nordics and a fourth at Warnemunde to climb to 14th.
With some 150 boats entered for the 2012 OK Dinghy Worlds, which was made open to celebrate the classes 50th world championship, the next list could see some substantial changes. The Pre-Worlds is being sailed this weekend and will provide a good indicator of form as most of the top sailors are competing.
OK Dinghy World Ranking List - July 2012
[Top 20 out of 412]
1 Greg Wilcox NZL 522 1027.53 13
2 Nick Craig GBR 2150 998.01 9
3 Martin von Zimmermann GER 693 958.16 10
4 Thomas Hanson-Mild SWE 100 946.59 8
5 Alistair Deaves NZL 542 931.14 9
6 Jorgen Svendsen DEN 1411 888.45 9
7 Bartosz Rakocy POL 19 879.59 5
8 Roger Blassé AUS 678 816.11 5
9 Terry Curtis GBR 2118 810.73 6
10 Gunter Arndt GER 672 809.04 8
11 Tomasz Gaj POL 1 805.61 11
12 Sonke Behrens GER 690 770.35 7
13 Christian Hedlund DEN 1398 743.62 10
14 Jorgen Lindhartdsen DEN 1364 707.45 8
15 Hans Elkjaer SWE 99 693.17 12
16 Stefan Myralf DEN 1408 667.80 11
17 Rudiger Prinz GER 773 661.76 7
18 Tony Woods GBR 2145 649.70 7
19 Mogens Johansen DEN 1335 648.19 9
20 Ralf Mackman GER 771 630.71 6
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