European Championship 2003
08 - 13 July
This Europeans was sailed from wednesday to sunday, as is was part of the Warnemünde Week.
Except one day, the Regatta was dominated by mid to strong winds and nice waves.
Wind, Waves, (Women) : WARNEMÜNDE!
Or the whole truth about the EC 2003...
by Bart Bomans
The first major championship for the OK class ‘new style’ saw the further carbonisation of the OK fleet: After Haltern and Madine, where carbonmast sailors had felt a bit guilty for bringing a new mast now about 50% of the fleet were sporting magic black sticks from all different builders.
Thomas (the President) had recovered from a poor result at Kiel Week to convincingly win Warnemunde Woche with his newly acquired WB sail. At least 6 months of hard work for developing and testing had gone into the hands of the concurrents in only 1 week!!
But let’s start with the beginning: Tuesday: Measurement!
51 boats were measured and declared as being OK-dinghies (sometimes after some work) in only one day! Cool. Most attention went to the new masts of course, although glueing a pencil on the top of a sail to turn it into an OK sail was also fun (thanks Charlie!)
Wednesday & race 1:
A steady force 4 was waiting us on course Alpha. Wind & waves for powersailors! The new British secret weapon – Jim Hunt - seemed to work well in these conditions, showing very agressive & good upwind speed to take the gun in his first international race. Promising for GBR & frightening for the rest of us.
Thursday & races 2-3:
Force 4-5 on course Bravo this time, where there seemed to be a little less tide but even bigger waves. For me this was just ‘one of those days’. Finally getting over the initial nerves and scoring 2 bullets, just ahead of the great Dane.
Friday & race 4:
Strange day of racing. In an ever decreasing wind only 13 boats made the cruel time limit set by featherweight Juliane Hofmann. Even 5 of the final top 10 were made to blush. Some others (Jim, Neil & me) showed a lack of card reading ability when they wrongly rounded the wing mark of the adjacent course Charlie. Probably Juliane’s sudden performance jump had something to do with the Kiwi ‘input’ she had received before
Saturday & races 5-6:
Why are the 2 race-days always the windiest? When Jan-Dietmar shows up at the front at the first mark one does not need to say more Although the force 5-6 + huge waves did even wear him out during the 2nd race of the day. Where sailors of all other classes had an early night after such intense efforts – some OK sailors got challenged to demonstrate their huge physical abilities and show off their impressive bodies in the basement of Hotel Neptun. This was where the third characteristic of Warnemunde was put to the forefront (+49177287... – wow; I didn’t know one could have piercings on that spot as well ).
Sunday & race 7:
We woke up to be confronted once again by the same monotonous weather pattern: Northwesterly winds, sunshine and blue skies. First place was decided already, but 3 boats (Jim, Jørgen and Thomas) were going to fight it out for 2nd and 3rd. After a very intense race where just like the days before downwind speed showed to be desicive Thomas got the silver medal and Jørgen the bronze. Jim had to settle for fourth, but has unmistakably made his intentions clear for next years Worlds in Parkstone – GBR.
|1||BEL 44||Bart Bomans||3||1||1||3||1||1||1||6||C|
|2||SWE 2746||Thomas Hansson-Mild||2||4||3||12||3||4||2||18||C|
|3||DEN 1280||Jørgen Lindhartsen||4||2||2||DNF||6||2||3||19||C|
|4||GBR 2109||Jim Hunt||1||5||4||6||5||3||4||22||C|
|5||POL 14||Pawel Pawlaczyk||5||3||7||DNF||8||6||6||35||C|
|6||NZL 522||Greg Wilcox||7||8||5||7||7||DNC||5||39||C|
|7||GER 717||Oliver Gronholz||12||6||8||DNF||2||10||11||49||A|
|8||GBR 2101||Terry Curtis||6||10||10||DNF||9||8||8||51||C|
|9||DEN 1324||Jesper Petersen||8||7||6||DNF||17||7||9||54||C|
|10||SWE 99||Hans Elkjaer||13||13||12||2||12||9||10||58||C|
|11||GER 693||Martin von Zimmermann||10||9||9||10||14||16||28||68||C|
|12||GER 724||Jan-Dietmar Dellas||16||12||13||DNF||4||12||22||79||A|
|13||GBR 2045||Will Turner||21||16||23||9||10||11||18||85||C|
|14||DEN 1304||Christian Midtgaard||14||11||11||DNF||DNC||5||7||100||C/A|
|15||GER 718||Peter Scheuerl||11||17||17||DNF||11||15||29||100||A|
|16||GER 632||Fabian Gronholz||18||22||16||DNF||16||20||13||105||A|
|17||GBR 2085||Gavin Waldron||19||26||15||DNF||13||13||20||106||C|
|18||GBR 2083||Andy Turner||23||18||20||13||DNC||21||19||114||C|
|19||GER 665||Peter Stephan||29||14||19||DNF||15||23||17||117||A|
|20||GER 449||Sönke Behrends||22||20||14||DNF||19||17||30||122||C|
|21||GER 670||Hinnerk Ries||9||24||28||DNF||21||26||16||124||A|
|22||GBR 2081||Robert Deaves||27||35||29||8||24||19||21||128||A|
|23||GER 539||Carsten Saß||25||23||26||DNF||18||14||24||130||A|
|24||GBR 2108||Neil Goodhead||28||28||33||4||23||25||35||141||A|
|25||DEN 1303||John Texas Petersen||24||25||18||DNF||28||22||26||143||A|
|26||POL 65||Janusz Stobinski||20||27||27||DNF||27||24||27||152||A|
|27||GBR 2007||Anthony Rich||35||38||35||11||29||28||31||169||A|
|28||DEN 1322||Ivan Boris Petersen||17||15||22||DNF||DNC||DNC||15||173||C|
|29||GER 624||Thomas Glas||15||21||24||DNF||DNC||DNC||12||176||A|
|30||SWE 2752||Ingemar Janson||36||36||32||DNF||25||27||32||188||C|
|31||GER 698||Karsten Kath||26||19||21||DNF||DNC||DNC||25||195||C|
|32||GBR 2067||Jonathan Fish||30||DNF||DNC||DNF||26||18||23||201||A|
|33||GER 725||Christian Hartmann||31||30||25||DNF||DNC||DNC||14||204||C|
|34||GER 695||Dirk Gericke||40||32||34||DSQ||20||DNC||33||211||A|
|35||GER 570||Christian Senst||34||34||36||DNF||22||DNC||34||212||A|
|36||SWE 2750||Jonas Lindahl||37||31||37||5||DNC||DNC||DNC||214||C|
|37||GER 694||Gunnar Specht||41||45||39||DNF||31||30||38||224||A|
|38||GER 640||Sven Marchot||50||44||42||DNF||32||29||41||238||A|
|39||GER 645||Arne Lindemann||32||DNF||38||DSQ||30||DNC||36||240||A|
|40||GER 699||Juliane Hofmann||42||DNF||DNC||1||DNC||DNC||DNC||251||A|
|41||SWE 2756||Per Jaensson||38||29||30||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||253||C|
|42||GER 621||André Hennings||33||33||31||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||253||A|
|43||GER 651||Heinz Ridder||39||37||40||DNF||DNC||DNC||37||257||A|
|44||BEL 214||Paul Verrijdt||45||41||41||DNF||DNC||DNC||39||270||A|
|45||GER 630||Norbert Petrausch||49||42||43||DNF||DNC||DNC||40||278||A|
|46||DEN 1319||Peter West||44||39||DNC||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||291||A|
|47||GER 606||Katharina Pape||43||40||DNC||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNF||291||A|
|48||GER 607||Christian Heinze||46||43||DNC||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||297||A|
|49||DEN 1159||Michael Ostergard||47||46||DNC||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||301||A|
|50||GER 696||Jürgen Dieris||51||47||DNC||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||306||A|
|51||GER 710||Dieter Senst||48||DNF||DNC||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||308||C|