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OK Dinghy World Championship 2024 at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Brisbane - Day 1

by Robert Deaves 26 Feb 06:24 PST 26 February - 2 March 2024

Nick Craig led a British clean sweep of race wins on the opening day of the 2024 Tan Lines OK Dinghy World Championship at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, in Brisbane, Australia.

Craig won both his group races, while Andy Davis and Chris Turner won the other group races to sit in the top three places after the first day of racing.

It was a blisteringly hot day on Waterloo Bay, off Manly, Brisbane, and the light winds in the opening race made for a fiery start to the day with just 6-8 knots of breeze for most of the race. Turner led at the first mark and extended on every leg for a huge win from Davis and Australia's Gary McLennan. Craig also led his group from start to finish, winning from New Zealand's Steve McDowell and Denmark's Henrik Kofoed.

A shifting and increasing wind produced a lot of restarts for Race 5 with 10 boats pulled out under the blag flag. New Zealand's Rod Davis led the first group from Craig. The Brit moved ahead downwind, only for Davis to regain the lead on the second upwind, but as the breeze increased to 12-13 knots, Craig retook the lead on the second downwind and held to the finish, with Australia's Rob McMillan recovering well to snatch second from Davis on the line. In the second group Andy Davis was second at the top, but then extended on the fleet to take the win from Australia's Mike Williams and David Clark.

Craig, "Very tricky day with the wind all over the place. We had tide under us upwind so I think we had some good starting practice with probably 7 or 8 starts, but actually it was a little bit like sailing at home on Burghfield with the wind all over the place so I think the Brits all did well today. We do a lot of that sort of sailing.

"It was tricky upwind because there was convergence on the left and a generally a lift as you got towards the windward mark, but more tide on the right so I was generally reckoning to get right early and get in the tide and then get out left but that didn't always work and you had to play the shifts as well. Very tricky day to call the upwind.

"Couldn't be a better start, but a long way to go."

Davis said, "My best day in the OK ever with a two and one. Nice to start the week off like that.

"It was a bit shifty and tricky trying to tie up the tide against the pressure and today all seemed to be about pressure and shifts. In the first race a lot of the fleet went for the tide and the pressure, and the shift came in on the left, so I ended up a bit deep but crawled back to second. Then the second race was quite shifty, perfect pond sailing, and I took the shifts up the middle and worked to the left and came out well and then extended downwind, which was nice."

On the venue, "It's gorgeous here, I mean what a venue. It's sunny, hot, a bit too hot for me you know but we have to whinge about something, but cracking facilities."

The opening series continues Tuesday with slightly more wind forecast. Racing continues until Saturday.

Results after Day 1:

PosBow NoSail NoHelmBoat NameClubQ1Q2Pts
1st19GBR 2261Nick Craig'‑ ‑111
2nd30GBR 11Andy DavisHD Sails ‑211
3rd35GBR 44Chris TurnerMerakiLRSC1(SOP)1
4th108AUS 825Mike WilliamsElmo's FireIHYC‑522
5th84AUS 2Rob McMillanNB SailsportsRQYS‑822
6th49NZL 11Steve McDowellSchismWBBC2‑62
7th94AUS 15David ClarkStaccatoCYCA‑533
8th28NZL 592Rod DavisDeviceWBC‑633
9th39AUS 694Gary McLennansmOKinBRYC3‑353
10th37DEN 61Henrik Kofoed‑LarsenJ diller MYMCASC3(BFD)3
11th93NZL 17Paul RhodesSolitary ConfinementWBBC‑3144
12th99NZL 561Brett DanielBlueWBC(UFD)44
13th73AUS 791Mark Skelton791SLMASC4‑74
14th22GER 5Ralf Tietje. 4‑184
15th46AUS 1Roger BlasseTBABRYC‑1055
16th26SWE 73Patric MureSWE73 (UFD)66
16th9DEN 6Johan BjoerlingSara (UFD)SOP6
18th15AUS 8Mark JacksonGlory DaysBRYC6‑216
19th25AUS 9Andre BlasseNeinBRYC‑2977
20th90AUS 776Grant WakefieldSpace MonkeyDSC7‑237
21st103NZL 564Sefton PowrieFossil 2WBC7‑287
22nd74AUS 833Scott OlsenSlingshotFSC(SOP)88
23rd4AUS 752Ben SharpLily ‑3088
24th31NZL 620Sean ClearySean ClearyWBC8‑108
25th17NZL 623Marc GriseDog Box ‑2099
26th43AUS 10Tim DaviesRhythm StickWASC‑2299
27th45AUS 4Peter RobinsonSmokin' HotDSC9‑169
28th96AUS 800Steve GuntherNo Name ‑291010
29th80SWE 63Jonas Langner'‑WYC10‑1910
30th104AUS 5Brent WilliamsGrumpy ‑131111
31st8DEN 22ask askholmSington ‑151111
32nd41AUS 793Mark RutherfurdSplinterDSC11‑2111
33rd86AUS 735Matt JohnsonThink PositiveBRYC11‑2311
34th20NZL 60Gordon SimsDelinquentWBC‑121212
35th47AUS 828Brett WhitbreadNo Stingrays 12(BFD)12
36th105AUS 815Andrew NorthcottUTHRQYS‑161313
37th21AUS 47Brendon GreenYIPPIEE KI‑YAYFSC‑421313
38th117GER 81Jan‑Dietmar DellasLe Rêveur III 13‑2013
39th12SWE 58Tomas FranzénVaadåådååWYC‑191414
40th29NZL 4Mark PerrowRecidivist ‑221414
41st16NZL 15Greg WilcoxTurtle Sails 14‑1514
42nd68GER 77Sönke BehrensBleibmallogga 14‑3114
43rd75AUS 811David MeehanBaselineFSC‑171515
44th51AUS 826Peter LynchSpookWASC15‑2715
45th95NZL 584greg salthouseSunset SamWBC‑271616
46th27NZL 55Simon ProbertShow Pony 16‑2716
47th13AUS 823Steve WilsonKnot SpecifiedBRYC‑201717
48th18AUS 708Kelvin HoldtGreen Eggs and HamRQYS‑251717
49th77AUS 830Rhyss EdwardsOK GooogleFSC17‑2517
50th79AUS 754Peter RoyleRun Forrest Run ‑391818
51st109GER 8Ron FoestAgathe B. 18‑2618
52nd102NZ 568Dean ColemanGrey Matter 18‑3218
53rd44GBR 999Simon DavisZymWSC‑231919
54th81AUS 797Peter WallaceNatural Selection IIISLMASC19(SOP)19
55th78AUS 790Jonathan WardBank Robber ‑252020
56th40DEN 25Søren SigurdssonQueen Mary 21‑2921
57th11AUS 813Steven ShaleMinervaRQYS21(BFD)21
58th58AUS 734Rhys LlewellynCracked PeckerDSC‑302222
59th34AUS 771Claus EjlertsenOK WAKARQYS‑452222
60th83AUS 773David KetteridgeThe Vid aka Joan’s SuperASC‑242424
61st32AUS 827Duncan LockTruck Stop ‑382424
62nd116DEN 1407Malte PedersenGreenpeace SOP‑3624
63rd66AUS 780David HaseldineOKasionallyDSC24‑4424
64th110AUS 798Folkert JanssenHoly GuacamoleBRYC‑282525
65th89AUS 14Christopher VisickMonkey TrunksBRYC(UFD)2626
66th24AUS 763Chris Mason.DBYC26‑3726
67th14NZL 7Phil CovenyNZL 7WBC26‑5126
68th1AUS 737Richard FurneauxDiogenesIHYC27(BFD)27
69th69AUS 805Lachlan HornsbyEmuLMYC‑332828
70th62AUS 702Jackson BlackFat Dog (Jnr)RQYS28‑4028
71st88NZL 611Oscar PaulichWaterrat (UFD)2929
72nd115AUS 792Steven HumphrisHoudiniRQYS‑323030
73rd38AUS 764Wayne GreenwoodTan LinesRQYS(UFD)3030
74th23AUS 6Bob BuchananBundyPCSC‑393131
75th65AUS 725Jordan BarneyJoan's RespiteRQYS31‑3331
76th118AUS 740Andrew BakerKalinda IVSYC‑343232
77th55AUS 822Don WilliamstheboatwithnonameBRYC32‑4132
78th100AUS 810Jay HarrisonRUVA12SC33‑3733
79th91DEN 1481Nils TrolandRAL5012 (SOP)3434
80th111AUS 13Ashley ParkinsonEternal BlueBRYC‑373434
81st101NZL 574Philip RzepeckyKotuku ‑40SOP34
82nd5NZL 604Tony BierreBuzzWBC34‑4334
83rd85AUS 112Jonah ParryFootrock Flats (Jnr) ‑383535
84th33AUS 772Simon PaulOllieRQYS35‑3635
85th107GER 809jessica finkeZart am Limit 36‑5336
86th67AUS 3Grant DurranCatalina Wine MixerRGYC36(BFD)36
87th71AUS 762Anthony JohnstonRustyDSC37‑3937
88th57AUS 787Sean HomanFineASC‑413838
89th70AUS 748Pam JohnstonPocket RocketDSC‑483838
90th53AUS 546Kevin KnottTequilaASC‑40SOP40
91st52AUS 33Jamie BennettPrestige WorldwideIHYC‑434040
92nd113NZL 475Graham Anthony LambertRough RedRNZYS‑444141
93rd50AUS 759Rik ThompsonShades of GrayRQYS41‑4541
94th76AUS 781Andrew ThyrdLionDSC‑474242
95th64AUS 750Blake RussellAjaxDSC‑514242
96th59AUS 7Glenn WilliamsRum RunnerASC42(BFD)42
97th114AUS 744Michael HorvathMax PowerIHYC‑454343
98th63AUS 703Nelson MorseValkyrie (Jnr)RQYS43‑4843
99th82AUS 732Tim AlewoodBarelyDSC‑504444
100th48AUS 693fraser spencerPale RiderRQYS44(BFD)44
101st56AUS 818Jim DwyerTokyo Drift ‑484545
102nd42NZL 600Brendan SneddonCharbeauWBC‑494646
103rd36NZL 560tim mcdowell560WBC46‑4946
104th54AUS 715Luke CromieThink BigBRYC46‑5246
105th7NED 690Sybren Hornstra'‑ 47(BFD)47
106th106AUS 761paul richardsRacing in the Street 49‑5049
107th112AUS 753Bruce SchofieldAUS 753WASC50(BFD)50
108th60AUS 760Steven WyattVoodoo ChildDSC(DNF)5454
109th98AUS 779Brett MorrisSlakeWSC(DNC)DNC57
109th2AUS 808Mark PhillipsCosmos FactoryDSC(DNC)DNC57
109th61AUS 785Anthony GalanteBellaFSC(UFD)BFD57

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