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Thomas Hansson-Mild stays on top of OK Dinghy World Rankings

by Robert Deaves 27 Mar 05:13 PDT 27 March 2020
Thomas Hansson-Mild sailing in Marstrand in 2019 © Robert Deaves

Thomas Hansson-Mild, from Sweden, stays at the top of the first OK Dinghy World Ranking list of the year, the third list in a row that the 2009 World Champion tops the list, after reaching the number one spot in July 2019 for the first time ever. Fredrik Lööf, also from Sweden, is second with Tomasz Gaj, from Poland in third.

This release includes the four southern hemisphere events over the past four months. The top seven boats all stay the same with the only climber into the top 10 being Luke O’Connell, moving up from 11th to eighth.

In December 2019, Shane Smith won Sail Brisbane in his brand new Damien Widdy wooden built boat, from Glenn Williams and Kelvin Holtd. Next up was the Australian Nationals in Adelaide, in January, which was cut short by two days because of extreme weather at both ends of the wind range. Rob McMillan dominated the championship to win from Mark Jackson and Tim Davies.

The focus then moved to New Zealand with the National Championship being won by Andrew Phillips, taking a close series and his first national title ever, at Worser Bay in Wellington, from Steve McDowell and Luke O’Connell. At the infamous Turangi International in March, Eric Rone won three out of four races to take the title from McDowell and Rod Davis.

What this season brings has yet to be seen, but we hope the first OK Dinghy World Ranking List of the year is also not the last. With all events in the first half of the European season already cancelled due to COVID-19, results from 2018, with half points, and results from 2019, with full points, will stand until 2021 when hopefully these events will take place again.

Top 20 from 538 entries: (the complete list can be downloaded here)

PosHelmNatSail NoNo. of events
1Thomas Hansson‑MildSWE10011
2Fredrik LööfSWE698
3Tomasz GajPOL114
4Greg WilcoxNZL59516
5Luke GowerNZL5738
6Jan KurfeldGER187
7Ask AskholmDEN2211
8Chris TurnerGBR447
9Bo PetersenDEN150711
10Steve McDowellNZL5796
11Luke O'ConnellNZL5786
12Jesper HøjerDEN208
13Mark JacksonAUS7688
14Ralf TietjeGER511
15Rod DavisNZL5927
16Henrik Kofoed LarsenDEN148710
17Gunter ArndtGER26
18Ben MorrisonNZL5805
19Andrew PhillipsNZL5594
20Brent WilliamsAUS7755

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