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Germany, Warnemünder Woche 2005

July 08th - 10th

report by Robert Deaves

OKs at Warnemünder Woche

Without winning a race, Nick Craig (GBR) won Warnemünder Woche in the OK Dinghy adding the win to the Medemblik Spring Cup and Kieler Woche to dominate the International OK scene so far in 2005. Going down to the last race, Craig's second place was enough to move ahead of the series leader from day one - Greg Wilcox (NZL) - who could only manage a 5th to finish in the runner up slot.

The regatta opened on Friday 8th July in light and sometimes quite variable winds. Martin von Zimmerman (GER) got away in race 1 to score the first of a consistent series while Wilcox started an excellent day with a 2nd after taking 15 places on the final offwind legs of the inner loop trapezoid course. Wilcox rounded up the day with two emphatic wins in the very tricky conditions. Craig recovered from a mediocre 5th in race 1 to score two seconds. Occasional race leader Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) suffered from the vagaries of the wind to dramatically drop out of the three in two races to post a 20-4-12 scoreline for the day.

Saturday's racing was the traditional and expected conditions that sailors travel to Warnemünder for - big waves and solid winds up to force 5. The left side was consistently the way to go and Oliver Gronholz found the right track to lead throughout with Lindhardtsen 2nd and Craig 3rd. Lindhardtsen, who turns 60 this year, then revelled in the fantastic sailing conditions in race 5 to hold off Craig to win. Wilcox's overnight lead had diminished to two points after placing 7th and 3rd.

With all to play for on the last day, Nick Craig set the pace in the light but strengthening breeze although Thomas Glas (GER) overtook briefly on the run. Wilcox was back in 8th. Craig led until the final offwind legs when Johansen Mogens (DEN) showed exceptional offwind pace to take the lead and extend it to win comfortably. Craig held onto second, which was just enough - with Wilcox unable to climb higher than 5th - to take the event by one point.

Next weekend the fleet moves on to Bisserup in Denmark for the Danish Nationals before the World Championships in Skaelskør the week after.

1GBR 2116Nick Craig52232211
2NZL 522Greg Wilcox21173512
3GER 693Martin v.ZimmermannSCOE112344719
4DEN 1335Johansen Mogens475611123
5DEN 1280Jorgen LindhardtsenHv.S2041221625
6GER 690Sönke BehrensSCOE8541671337
7GER 717Oliver GronholzSSC9227151638
8DEN 1Frank Hansen1586106939
9GER 624Thomas GlasSSC7179914342
10GER 424Rainer RehbehnTSVS113814101143
11GBR 2110Jonathan Fish19161758450
12GER 656Andreas PichLYC661813182261
13GER 645Arne LindemannPSCWOCS15101222867
14GER 725Christian HartmannVSaW18111911131467
15GBR 2081Robert Deaves122415892468
16GER 659Falk HagemannSWS391625231869
17GER 665Peter StephanSCST14261320161275
18GER 699Juliane HofmannSWS17201118271581
19GER 666Jan HartmannBSV21102021211082
20GER 688Dirk DameSVM10192117192085
21GER 599Uwe BöhmSCST1321261912DNC91
22GER 710Christian SenstUSV POTS22142322171792
23GER 694Gunnar SpechtPSCWOCS181415252698
24GER 695Dirk GerickeSGE302522241519105
25GER 576Ralf TietjeWVE251325262025108
26GER 606Katharina HußSCFR243024232623120
27GER 640Sven MarchotSGSP16293232DNF21130
28GER 630Norbert PetrauschTSVS232727282830133
29GER 651Heinz RidderSVPB272329273028134
30GER 691Wolfgang FeierabendWYC28282834DNF31149
31GER 698Karsten KathSVN29DNCDNC292427150
32GER 714Christian HußSCFr313233312929152
33GER 71Jens BockSCSTDNC3334333132163
34GER 485Uwe RademacherSCPS32313030DNCDNC164
35BEL 604Mark Geboers26DNF3135DNCDNC174