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OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemünde - Day 1

by Robert Deaves 10 Jul 15:13 PDT 10-14 July 2018
Jan Kurfeld on day 1 of the OK Dinghy World Championship © Robert Deaves

The 2018 OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemünde, Germany got underway Tuesday with two races in a solid 12-18 knots. Jan Kurfeld is the early leader from André Budzien and Lars Johan Brodtkorb. Each won a race in their groups, while the other race win went to Fredrik Lööf.

Various weather forecasts threatened wind, rain, sunshine and numerous windshifts, but the day started sunny and warm with light winds. The opening race was scheduled for 14.00, and by then the weather had changed with a building north-easterly providing fairly stable winds, great waves and fantastic Warnemünde sailing conditions.

The Yellow fleet contained two of the main favourites, Lööf and Kurfeld. Lööf dominated the first race with a win over a fast approaching Kurfeld, while in the second, Kurfeld built a nice lead on the first beat and was never really threatened. Lööf was second for a while but ended up third after being passed by Thomas Hansson-Mild.

The Blue group was arguably the toughest with Budzien, Brodtkorb, Charlie Cumbley, Jim Hunt and Bo Petersen fighting it out at the front. Budzien took first blood with a confident win from Petersen and Brodtkorb, while in the second race Brodtkorb threw down the gauntlet with a win from Budzien and Petersen.

Of course all this means the points at the top are very close with just two points separating the top six boats. For today the groups were assigned based on world ranking position. For Wednesday's races the groups will be reassigned based on positions today, so this should mix up the groups some more.

Kurfeld was delighted with his day on the water. "I really enjoyed it today. We had perfect conditions with 5-6 Beaufort, sunshine all the time, nice waves, north-easterly wind so I guess everybody is really satisfied with today and it was just a brilliant start to the worlds."

After a second and first places, "I am very happy with my day. I am looking forward to racing tomorrow. I hope there is not too much wind."

Budzien was also a happy OK sailor. "Very good sailing conditions with a not to shifty wind. I am really happy with my results today. It was hard of course. My group was a tough group and it was a hard fight, especially on the downwind and reach course courses it was really tight."

Petersen placed second and third to sit in sixth overall. "It was one of those days where you had a really good time out there. The wind was nice, the waves were nice and it was stable but shifted a little bit and the course was laid out perfectly. It was really good fun."

"I made a second and third and I think it was OK. I am happy and satified. I lost Budzien on the last upwind but that's OK. It's a tough fleet and you have to use all your energy just to keep on and not lose metres. You really have to be on it."

On the influx of new sailors over the past year. "I think it's very good for the class. I think the class a value that has really brought in all those new faces and that's good for the OK Dinghy class. Hopefully there will be more youngsters coming in as well, and there are."

Racing in the opening series is scheduled to continue at 12.00 Wednesday with two more races. After three days, or a minimum of five races, the fleet will be split in gold and silver groups for the final series of up to four races.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2Pts
1 GER 18Jan KURFELDYCW 61213
2 GER 71Andrè BUDZIENSYC123
3 NOR 428Lars Johan BRODTKORBHORT314
4 SWE 69Fredrik LOOFksss134
5 SWE 100Thomas HANSSON‑MILDSS Kaparen325
6 DEN 1507Bo PETERSENHellerup Sejlklub235
7 GBR 6Charlie CUMBLEYWarsash SC549
8 GER 77Sönke BEHRENSSCOE4711
9 GBR 11Jim HUNTSouth Staffs sailing Club6511
10 AUS 768Mark JACKSONBlack Rock Yacht Club6612
11 NZL 582Greg WILCOXBERND.eV8513
12 POL 1Tomasz GAJ05‑0905914
13 SWE 797Mats CAAPVarbergs SS7714
14 GER 792Lars HAVERLANDSYC11415
15 GBR 2183Richard BURTONWest Oxfordshire SC9615
16 GER 803Martin V ZIMMERMANNSCOE8816
17 GER 2Gunter ARNDTFYC91019
18 NZL 573Luke GOWERDatchet Water41721
19 GBR 69Terry CURTISCastle Cove SC13821
20 POL 14Pawel PAWLACZYKJKW P101323
21 DEN 22Ask ASKHOLMSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub15924
22 GER 5Ralf TIETJESVG151126
23 GBR 17David BOURNErya141327
24 DEN 12Morten ANDERSENMiddelfart Sejlklub131528
25 GER 81Jan‑Dietmar DELLASSLRV101929
26 GBR 13Alex SCOLESOvery Staithe171229
27 GER 775Jörg RADEMACHERSCST161430
28 GER 789Ingo BALLERSTEINSCOE141630
29 SWE 59Lars EDWALLLBS112031
30 SWE 139Hans BÖRJESSONVarbergs SS191231
31 DEN 10Jens LAUGEHellerup Sejlklub211132
32 DEN 1477Jørgen HOLMSejlklubben Ebeltoft Vig191433
33 AUS 754Brent WILLIAMSAdelaide Sailing Club72734
34 DEN 1510Jan Hempel SPARSØMiddelfart Sejlklub181735
35 DEN 1509Peter WIBROESolrød Strans Sejl Klub171936
36 AUS 719Glenn WILLIAMSBig River Sailing Club231538
37 DEN 1487Henrik KOFOEDHellerup Sejlklub241640
38 DEN 1431Joe SCHUBERTHorsens Sejlklub311041
39 SWE 2846Jonas BÖRJESSONKSSS182341
40 SWE 99Hans ELKJAERVaSS162642
41 GBR 2179Tony WOODSGlossop S.C251843
42 GER 75Dirk DAMESVM222143
43 GER 11Rainer POSPIECHVSW202444
44 GBR 2176Keith BYERSMorecambe Sailing Club222345
45 GER 823Karsten KRAUSWUW262147
46 GER 715Sven BEYESSC232548
47 DEN 1433Henrik KIMMER PETERSENAAHBB272249
48 GBR 95Duncan ELLISOvery Staithe SC203050
49 GER 690Carsten SASSZSK332053
50 GER 731Thomas GLASSSC262753
51 POL 44Przemyslaw DROZDZIKPL302454
52 GER 7Andreas PICHLYC342256
53 GER 225Jan DISSELSGSP282856
54 NED 673Stephan VELDMANWVA312657
55 GER 12Stefan RASSAUDYC273158
56 GER 79Frank STRELOWSLS352560
57 POL 7Marek BERNATKKSWO253863
58 GER 781Stefan HAAGEWYC303363
59 AUS 740Richard FURNEAUXBlack Rock YV343165
60 AUS 741Steve WILSONBlack Rock Yacht Club323567
61 AUS 735Daen DORAZIOBlack Rock Yacht Club392968
61 GER 695Erik BORKSSCRA392968
63 GER 22Dirk GERICKESGE293968
64 NZL 565Simon PROBERTWakatere Boating Club323668
65 GER 9Andreas DEUBELHSC294069
66 GER 809Axel FISCHERRCTT373269
67 AUS 692Bob BUCHANANHuon Yacht Club333669
68 GBR 28Anthony OSMANParkstone yacht club413071
69 GER 757Falk HAGEMANNSWS383371
70 GER 21Holger KRASMANNYCH373471
71 GER 111Rainer HAACKSFSD363571
72 AUS 77Shane SMITHSYC353873
73 POL 19Grzegorz SALAMONK2 Horn Krakow433477
74 DEN 1508Thomas Olufsen MEYERHaderslev Sejl‑Club364278
75 GER 777Jörg SYLVESTERSSC413778
76 GER 8Ronald FOESTDRS522880
77 AUS 727Donald WILLIAMSBlack Rock Yacht Club404181
78 DEN 1482Tim NORMANNHerslev Strand Sejlklub424082
79 GER 3Wolfgang HÖFENERSVH127183
80 GBR 44Chris TURNERLyme Regis SC127284
81 NED 669Sybren HORNSTRAKWVS434184
82 GER 821Jochen LOLLERTYCH533285
83 DEN 1392Poul VINCENTSHerslev Strand Sejlklub473986
84 GER 746Julius RAITHELSVWS513788
85 DEN 1442Peter HEIDESvendborg Sunds Sejlklub711889
86 GBR 8Tom LONSDALEWest Oxford SC464591
87 GBR 2188Ian HOPWOODNantwich217192
88 AUS 767Glenn YATESSouth Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club444892
89 DEN 1505Peter PLESNERSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub454994
90 DEN 1407Malte PEDERSENRoyal Danish yacht club247195
91 AUS 759Elizabeth WILLIAMSSouthport Yacht Club494695
92 GER 820Heinz RIDDERSVPB484795
93 DEN 1458Søren SIGURDSSONHerslev Strand Sejlklub534396
94 GER 751Knut RAMINCKA524496
95 GER 607Gerd BREITBARTSCOE475198
96 SWE 2809Tomas SKEPPMARKKBS287199
97 NZL 569Phil COVENYWakatere Boating Club5053103
98 GBR 68Rodney TIDDOvery Staithe Sailing Club5152103
99 AUS 706Erik THOMPSONSouthport Yacht Club5550105
100 GER 812Michael MÖCKELASVZR3871109
101 DEN 1463Lars ANDRESENHerslev Strand Sejlklub4071111
102 FRA 1820Dejugnat JULIEN160024271113
103 SWE 2791Roine ERICSONKSSS4471115
104 SWE 55Ulf SAHLEGeSS4571116
105 GER 686Jaroslaw SOLTYSHSC4671117
106 GER 178Axel PROPPRSC4871119
107 GER 784Claus STOCKHARDTSSCP4971120
108 DEN 1484Olof STENSTRÖMHellerup Sejlklub5071121
109 GER 539Uli BORCHERSSCST5471125
110 GBR 63Brian QUAYLEMS&CC5472126
111 GBR 2080Paul PIKECovenham SC5672128
112 DEN 1419Henri SKOUHorsens Sejlklub7171142
112 DEN 142Jørgen LINDHARDTSENHellerup Sejlklub7171142
112 DEN 1424Henrik HAMANNBirkerød Sejlklub7171142
112 DEN 15Stig FRANDSENKBL7171142
112 DEN 3Jørgen SVENDSENHellerup Sejlklub7171142
112 DEN 666Peter ZEILERSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub7171142
112 DEN 77Jesper STRANDBERGHerslev Strand Sejlklub7171142
112 GBR 2130Deryck LOVEGROVEBurghfield7171142
112 GER 36Klaus ROCHOLLLYC7171142
112 GER 4Lutz BOGUHNFSC7171142
112 GER 567Jan BECKMANNSVPB7171142
112 NED 638Sipke HOEKSTRAwsvw7171142
112 POL 4Radek DROZDZIKDRYF7171142
112 SWE 2849Sverker HÄRDUpsala SS7171142
112 SWE 60Per WESTLUNDNorrköpings SS7171142
127 DEN 1417Ingo GRIEMKBL7272144
127 DEN 1485Johan BJØRLINGHellerup Sejlklub7272144
127 DEN 1499Anders GERHARDT‑HANSENSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub7272144
127 DEN 2Jens Christian JURLANDER457272144
127 DEN 20Jesper HOEJERHellerup Sejlklub7272144
127 GBR 59Andy OSMANParkstone Yacht Club7272144
127 GER 10Christian HEINZESCV7272144
127 GER 13Frederik ROENTGENSSC7272144
127 GER 24Karsten KATHSCGMS7272144
127 GER 767Juliane HOFMANNBERND7272144
127 GER 788Jessica FINKESKM7272144
127 NED 667Hessel HOEKSTRAkwv Langweer7272144
127 SWE 15Mats HOVDEGKSS7272144
127 SWE 7Bengt LARSSONSSKA7272144
127 SWE 80Arne MALM20187272144

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