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OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemünde - Day 4

by Robert Deaves 13 Jul 2018 11:13 PDT 10-14 July 2018

Fredrik Lööf moved to the top of the OK Dinghy World Championship in Warnemünde, Germany after two more races were sailed on Friday in near perfect conditions. He took a first and a second to lead the fleet by two points with just two more races to sail on Saturday. Jan Kurfeld and Andre Budzien are locked together in second and third, but with only 12 points between first and eighth, the world title is still wide open.

The two races on Friday means the opening series is completed, so for Saturday the fleet will be split into gold and silver groups. There were 141 entries for the championship, but with only 126 boats taking part, the gold fleet is expected to be the larger of the two fleets.

After Thursday was lost because of no wind, Friday produced the conditions that everyone loves to come to Warnemünde to experience: westerly winds, big seas and challenging racing.

Yellow fleet was dominated by Lars Johan Brodtkorb and Charlie Cumbley. Richard Burton was fastest out of the blocks in Race 5, holding a nice lead at the top, but Brodtkorb was not far behind and was soon challenging the lead. It was a very tight finish with Bo Petersen closing fast, but Brodtkorb took the bullet from Petersen and Cumbley.

In the second race Cumbley found his own wind and sailed way for a huge win from Brodtkorb and Budzien.

Two sailors also dominated the blue fleet. Lööf found the front in the first race to win from Thomas Hansson-Mild and Kurfeld, but in the next race it was Jim Hunt finding the best shifts on the left to round ahead. Lööf and Kurfeld were having their own battle behind him, and held each other up, which let Hunt escape to win. A second for Lööf gave him the overall lead for the first time, while Kurfeld had to settle for third.

Brodtkorb didn't have the best day on Wedneday, but is now right back in the mix.

"I was struggling because I was really not ready for sailing, but today I felt better and I think that showed in the results because I felt much better on the course."

"I had really good starts near the pin end in both races and tried to play the shifts, They were quite big I thought, but they were quite long, so you didn't really have a choice to stay on the tack. In the second race Charlie had a little bit of leverage on me from the start, so he had the better path to the mark and it was all over from there so he just won it by miles."

"But the first one was really tight. I managed to take the lead near the gate but it was really tight so I didn't have a comfortably lead. On the last downwind I was third and then Budzien and Charlie started fighting on the last reach and I went to leeward of them and then up to the finish I tried to control both of them. Then from the right Bo Petersen comes out of nowhere and it was really tight. I crossed by half a boatlength and and on the finish line I was on the right side and crossed by maybe two boatlengths. It was really nothing."

"I was behind him but I was finishing on the favoured side because I had crossed him. It was so tight; I think maybe five boats finished in ten seconds. That one felt good. I really needed it to get back in to contention."

Speaking on the fleet and the competition. "It's great racing. The conditions were great, so we couldn't really ask for more. The fleet is really nice and I didn't really get this experience last year, but I kind of prefer this kind of racing, but the shifty part is also kind of fun. I am looking forward to tomorrow and the finals."

Former world champion, Hansson-Mild, also had a better day with a second and a fourth.

"It was a good day but not good enough unfortunately. I had a second and a fourth. In the first race I was up there leading, going well on the downwind as I usually do. I got a good gap but this was the first time I was in blue fleet, and I was still in the yellow mindset, so I started beating when there was still one reach to go. I lost both Lööf and Kurfeld, but on the last beat up to the finish, I got back to second."

In the second race, "I did an average start in the middle, worked my way up to fourth after fighting myself around the course. It was a hard struggle. There are many guys that are really, really good."

He commented on the high level and the health of the class, "I love competing in Warnemünde, with the big waves; they remind me of the days up in Umeå. And Warnemünde is always nice as a venue and with 140 boats with two fleets it's magnificent. The level in the class is just getting higher and higher, so for me I have to step up every year, and that's not easy."

With just two races to go, former Olympic champion, Lööf, has a small but useful lead.

"We had nice races today. It was paradise sailing with 10-14 knots, small shifts, nothing major, On the downwind you just had to find a good track but once you got that it was easy, so a good day."

Speaking about the OK Dinghy fleet, "This is a really nice fleet with good competitors. The guys really know the boat and they are helping me out a bit, so I am getting around the course quite nicely. So I'm very happy."

He indicated he would like to carry on sailing the OK Dinghy. "I want to sail in a class where you don't need to train too much but still need to keep fit, and I enjoy this kind of sailing, like the Star and the Finn, but the OK is a lighter and easier boat to sail, but in a way is more technical so your body movements are really important, so I really enjoy it."

While the top three have a slight points advantage, the title is still wide open, at least down to eighth place. One mistake by anyone is likely to prove costly at the end of Saturday's racing. Within that group there are far too many world, European and national titles to possibly count, as well as some Olympic medals, so when they all meet together for the first time in the gold fleet on Saturday, it is going to be a fascinating conclusion to another great OK Dinghy world championship.

Racing is scheduled to start on Saturday at the earlier time of 11.00.

Results after day 4:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1 SWE 69Fredrik LOOFksss1-321127
2 GER 18Jan KURFELDYCW 612112-339
3 GER 71Andrè BUDZIENSYC1212-439
4 GBR 6Charlie CUMBLEYWarsash SC-54213111
5 NOR 428Lars Johan BRODTKORBHORT316-111213
6 DEN 1507Bo PETERSENHellerup Sejlklub23332-413
7 SWE 100Thomas HANSSON-MILDSS Kaparen32-842415
8 GBR 11Jim HUNTSouth Staffs sailing Club653UFD4119
9 GER 77Sönke BEHRENSSCOE47855-1129
10 NZL 582Greg WILCOXBERND.eV85-967531
11 POL 1Tomasz GAJ05-09059468-1132
12 GER 803Martin V ZIMMERMANNSCOE88-1146733
13 SWE 797Mats CAAPVarbergs SS77578-934
14 AUS 768Mark JACKSONBlack Rock Yacht Club666-3610634
15 NZL 573Luke GOWERDatchet Water4-175971035
16 GBR 44Chris TURNERLyme Regis SC12-721036738
17 GBR 69Terry CURTISCastle Cove SC-1384813538
18 DEN 10Jens LAUGEHellerup Sejlklub-21117513642
19 GER 792Lars HAVERLANDSYC1149-25121349
20 GER 2Gunter ARNDTFYC91012-1891252
21 SWE 139Hans BÖRJESSONVarbergs SS191277-241055
22 POL 14Pawel PAWLACZYKJKW P1013151311-2062
23 GBR 17David BOURNErya1413161010-1863
24 GBR 2183Richard BURTONWest Oxfordshire SC96-72365965
25 GBR 13Alex SCOLESOvery Staithe1712-2411111566
26 GER 5Ralf TIETJESVG15111010-322369
27 GER 3Wolfgang HÖFENERSVH12-721212152071
28 DEN 1487Henrik KOFOEDHellerup Sejlklub-2416241512875
29 DEN 1510Jan Hempel SPARSØMiddelfart Sejlklub181718-1914875
30 AUS 719Glenn WILLIAMSBig River Sailing Club231514-4291475
31 DEN 22Ask ASKHOLMSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub159-2214201775
32 DEN 1477Jørgen HOLMSejlklubben Ebeltoft Vig1914-2614161376
33 SWE 2846Jonas BÖRJESSONKSSS18-231120151478
34 GBR 28Anthony OSMANParkstone yacht club-41301412161284
35 AUS 754Brent WILLIAMSAdelaide Sailing Club727-3219231894
36 DEN 12Morten ANDERSENMiddelfart Sejlklub1315-2822271794
37 POL 7Marek BERNATKKSWO25-38168212797
38 GER 7Andreas PICHLYC-34222016192198
39 GBR 2179Tony WOODSGlossop S.C25181713-722699
40 GER 823Karsten KRAUSWUW-262119242215101
41 GER 775Jörg RADEMACHERSCST1614272719-39103
42 DEN 1431Joe SCHUBERTHorsens Sejlklub3110-33311716105
43 GER 11Rainer POSPIECHVSW202418-262024106
44 GBR 2176Keith BYERSMorecambe Sailing Club222313-452533116
45 DEN 1509Peter WIBROESolrød Strans Sejl Klub1719253025-41116
46 NED 673Stephan VELDMANWVA-312621173121116
47 GER 75Dirk DAMESVM2221-41173423117
48 GER 225Jan DISSELSGSP282817-442422119
49 AUS 741Steve WILSONBlack Rock Yacht Club32-3515291430120
50 GBR 95Duncan ELLISOvery Staithe SC20-3028232329123
51 SWE 59Lars EDWALLLBS1120139-7272125
52 GER 789Ingo BALLERSTEINSCOE14163727-4331125
53 GER 690Carsten SASSZSK3320252622-34126
54 DEN 1407Malte PEDERSENRoyal Danish yacht club24-7221281836127
55 GER 81Jan-Dietmar DELLASSLRV1019-45401842129
56 SWE 99Hans ELKJAERVaSS162623-433529129
57 GER 715Sven BEYESSC232519-443033130
58 GER 12Stefan RASSAUDYC2731-42163819131
59 DEN 1433Henrik KIMMER PETERSENAAHBB272231-362924133
60 DEN 1442Peter HEIDESvendborg Sunds Sejlklub-721837282625134
61 GER 731Thomas GLASSSC26272331-3228135
62 GER 9Andreas DEUBELHSC29-4030212635141
63 SWE 2809Tomas SKEPPMARKKBS2830.82729-3730144.8
64 GBR 2188Ian HOPWOODNantwich21-7233421732145
65 FRA 1820Dejugnat JULIEN1600243-7229252919145
66 AUS 77Shane SMITHSYC35-3830213328147
67 GER 111Rainer HAACKSFSD-363520303334152
68 POL 44Przemyslaw DROZDZIKPL30244033-4527154
69 AUS 735Daen DORAZIOBlack Rock Yacht Club3929-43233925155
70 NZL 565Simon PROBERTWakatere Boating Club323639-412726160
71 GER 22Dirk GERICKESGE2939391836-47161
72 DEN 1508Thomas Olufsen MEYERHaderslev Sejl-Club36-4226343732165
73 GBR 8Tom LONSDALEWest Oxford SC-464522323039168
74 GER 21Holger KRASMANNYCH3734314721-72170
75 POL 19Grzegorz SALAMONK2 Horn Krakow-433436342840172
76 GER 809Axel FISCHERRCTT3732352449-72177
77 GER 777Jörg SYLVESTERSSC-413735383535180
78 GER 8Ronald FOESTDRS-532834354638181
79 GER 746Julius RAITHELSVWS-523736373938187
80 AUS 692Bob BUCHANANHuon Yacht Club333638-484241190
81 GER 781Stefan HAAGEWYC303338-494545191
82 GER 812Michael MÖCKELASVZR38-7241324042193
83 GER 757Falk HAGEMANNSWS3833-48393848196
84 SWE 7Bengt LARSSONSSKA-727258203416200
85 DEN 1482Tim NORMANNHerslev Strand Sejlklub4240-48464131200
86 AUS 740Richard FURNEAUXBlack Rock YV343144-514450203
87 SWE 55Ulf SAHLEGeSS46-7240384140205
88 GER 821Jochen LOLLERTYCH5432444536-72211
89 DEN 1424Henrik HAMANNBirkerød Sejlklub-727243223144212
90 GER 607Gerd BREITBARTSCOE47-5146334343212
91 AUS 759Elizabeth WILLIAMSSouthport Yacht Club-494647434737220
92 AUS 727Donald WILLIAMSBlack Rock Yacht Club404153-544246222
93 GER 767Juliane HOFMANNBERND-727229374837223
94 NED 669Sybren HORNSTRAKWVS44415040-5149224
95 DEN 1419Henri SKOUHorsens Sejlklub-727242394036229
96 GER 695Erik BORKSSCRA3929-72724743230
97 DEN 1392Poul VINCENTSHerslev Strand Sejlklub48394947-5149232
98 DEN 1463Lars ANDRESENHerslev Strand Sejlklub40-7272722822234
99 GER 820Heinz RIDDERSVPB48473453-5453235
100 GBR 68Rodney TIDDOvery Staithe Sailing Club51-5249484446238
101 DEN 1505Peter PLESNERSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub454952-534648240
102 GBR 18Deryck LOVEGROVEBurghfield424255-564854241
103 AUS 767Glenn YATESSouth Lake Macquarie Amateur Sailing Club4448524652-54242
104 GER 751Knut RAMINCKA5244475049-53242
105 DEN 1458Søren SIGURDSSONHerslev Strand Sejlklub5343-55545047247
106 GER 178Axel PROPPRSC49-7250515644250
107 DEN 1484Olof STENSTRÖMHellerup Sejlklub51-7251525345252
108 NZL 569Phil COVENYWakatere Boating Club5053-54495250254
109 GER 784Claus STOCKHARDTSSCP50-7251525051254
110 AUS 706Erik THOMPSONSouthport Yacht Club55504555-5751256
111 SWE 2791Roine ERICSONKSSS45-7256585552266
112 GBR 63Brian QUAYLEMS&CC54-7254555352268
113 GER 79Frank STRELOWSLS3525-72727272276
114 NED 667Hessel HOEKSTRAkwv Langweer-727232417272289
115 DEN 1417Ingo GRIEMKBL-727256565455293
116 DEN 666Peter ZEILERSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub-727246357272297
117 GBR 2080Paul PIKECovenham SC56-7257575572297
118 GER 567Jan BECKMANNSVPB-727253507272319
119 GER 686Jaroslaw SOLTYSHSC47-7272727272335
120 GER 539Uli BORCHERSSCST55-7272727272343
121 DEN 142Jørgen LINDHARDTSENHellerup Sejlklub-727272727272360
121 DEN 1485Johan BJØRLINGHellerup Sejlklub-727272727272360
121 DEN 1499Anders GERHARDT-HANSENSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub-727272727272360
121 DEN 15Stig FRANDSENKBL-727272727272360
121 DEN 2Jens Christian JURLANDER45-727272727272360
121 DEN 20Jesper HOEJERHellerup Sejlklub-727272727272360
121 DEN 3Jørgen SVENDSENHellerup Sejlklub-727272727272360
121 DEN 77Jesper STRANDBERGHerslev Strand Sejlklub-727272727272360
121 GBR 59Andy OSMANParkstone Yacht Club-727272727272360
121 GER 10Christian HEINZESCV-727272727272360
121 GER 13Frederik ROENTGENSSC-727272727272360
121 GER 24Karsten KATHSCGMS-727272727272360
121 GER 36Klaus ROCHOLLLYC-727272727272360
121 GER 4Lutz BOGUHNFSC-727272727272360
121 GER 788Jessica FINKESKM-727272727272360
121 NED 638Sipke HOEKSTRAwsvw-727272727272360
121 POL 4Radek DROZDZIKDRYF-727272727272360
121 SWE 15Mats HOVDEGKSS-727272727272360
121 SWE 2849Sverker HÄRDUpsala SS-727272727272360
121 SWE 60Per WESTLUNDNorrköpings SS-727272727272360
121 SWE 80Arne MALM2018-727272727272360

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