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Mediterranean Championship 2017

Société Nautique de Bandol from 5-7 May

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The Mediterranean OK Dinghy revival

In 2013 a very old OK Dinghy was rescued from the bottom of a garden in the South of France and after lots of cleaning, repairing and painting, was restored to racing condition. It was the beginning of a revival in OK Dinghy sailing on the Mediterranean coast of France.

The old OK Dinghy had been built by, and was in the garden of, the former top French OK Dinghy sailor, Daniel Dahon, later a Finn and Star coach to some of France’s top sailors. The boat was renovated by Henri Berenger of the Société Nautique de Sanary, which is located about half way between Toulon and Marseille. Another OK Dinghy appeared soon after and there were now two boats sailing at Sanary. By 2017 this number had grown to around 15 OK Dinghies sailing in the area, now mainly based at Bandol because of public works in Sanary harbour.

As is often the case with a revival, enthusiasm and competitiveness grows fast and many of the old boats were soon replaced with newer and better equipment. The fleet now consists of mainly new boats with carbon masts, and enjoys some very competitive and close racing.

Such was the growth of the fleet that in May 2017 they decided to run the a Mediterranean Championship at the Société Nautique de Bandol from 5-7 May.

A pleasant 12-15 knot easterly on the opening day enabled all 16 sailors, young and old, to enjoy some great racing just off the island of Bendor, where the 1969 OK Dinghy World Championship was held. Julien Dejugnat led after the first day from Alain Renoux and Jean Louis Petetin.

The wind had switched to the west for Saturday’s racing with Dejugnat sailing well again in his new Synergy Marine boat to maintain the lead from Renoux, while Tim Petetin moved up to third place overall.

Unfortunately the final day was abandoned with a strong mistral keeping everyone on shore, so Dejugnat won the 2017 OK Dinghy Mediterranean Championship.

The OK Dinghy Mediterranean revival continues…

Mediterranean Championship 2017 - Results
1FRA 1820Julien DejugnatC V Angouleme7121126
2FRA 1824Alain RenouxV Lacanau Guyenne8212251
3FRA 828 Timothe PetetinS N Bandol15553313
4FRA 1837Jean Christophe MorinY C Sablettes18394542
5FRA 1836Jean Louis PetetinS N De Sanary2343673DNF
6FRA 1828Laurent PetetinS N Bandol26747474
7FRA 1838Pierre ArrighiS N Bandol348129665
8FRA 1810Jean-Claude LidonS R Rochelaises36975987
9FRA 1472Henri BerengerS N De Sanary451081089DNF
10FRA 1833Fabien CapeilleresS N Bandol54668DNFDNFDNF
11FRA 1769Remi BlandureauC N Beauvais70121311DNFDNFDNF
12FRA 1756Gerard BonnetS N Bandol71DNF10DNS10DNFDNF
13FRA 8281Louis PorezY C Toulon731111OCSDNFDNFDNF
14FRA 1959Xavier BeckiusS N Bandol781314DNSDNFDNFDNF
15FRA 325Pierre GaryS N De Sanary79DNF1513DNFDNFDNF
16FRA 1547ChristophebouvierY C Mauguio Carnon80DNFDNF12DNFDNFDNF