World Championship 2004
Poole, Great Britain
July 25th - 30th
Report by Robert Deaves
With a massive 32 point margin, Jim Hunt from Great Britain won the Dean & Reddyhoff OK Dinghy World Championships in Poole Bay sailed from 25 to 30 July from Parkstone Yacht Club with a maximum fleet size of 81 OKs. In winning the event, Jim Hunt has become the first ever British sailor to lift the title in its 40 year history, and has done so in one of the deepest fields of talent ever present at a World Championship.
Leading from race one, Hunt only once fell outside the top 5 and on the way to victory calmed placed consistently in front of the defending World Champion Nitin Mongia (IND), the winner of the previous week's National Championship, Nick Craig (GBR), double world champion Karsten Hitz (GER), current European Champion Bart Bomans (BEL) and former world champions Greg Wilcox (NZL) and Jørgen Lindhartdsen (DEN).
Two races were sailed on Sunday and Monday in probably the most stable conditions of the week, with Hunt, Bomans, Hitz and Craig taking a win each. A solid westerly wind made for some great sailing conditions, but it was obvious from early on that this was going to be a high scoring regatta with Bomans scoring OCS in race 3, Hitz picking up a 51st in race 4 and the other challengers all adding a high score to their results.
For the next two days, the haze prevented any sea breeze building and all races were abandoned, although the fleet was at sea for 5 hours on Wednesday waiting for the wind to build.
On Thursday the race officer was determined to get three races in and kept the fleet afloat for some ten hours. Craig won the first race of the day in light winds to close the gap on Hunt who started badly and played catch-up to finish fifth. Hunt then led the next race by a large margin to take a second win and stretch his lead. In a very patchy and variable wind, Andrew Rushworth (GBR) went on to win the final race of the day with Hunt failing to recover from a large wind shift on the first beat to finish 28th. A 6th place for Craig moved him up to second overall.
The final day proved somewhat of a challenge for some. Race 8 was started in very light winds and saw several changes of pressure and wind direction. On the first reach the wind died completely and the sea breeze started to build turning it into a beat and at the bottom on the second reach - now a run - the windward mark was moved 100° seawards. Those who figured out what was happening made great gains moving from the 70s up to the top 20. Those who got it wrong, or were just plain unlucky, fell from the top 10 to the back. At the finish Rudiger Prinz (GER) led his fellow German Ralf Machmann across the finish. The ever consistent Hunt came third.
Anxious to complete the series of 10 races, the race officer started race 9 soon after but then postponed it at the last minute. By the time it was restarted the race officer was running out of time so it was no surprise that this was the final race. Again characterised by large shifts, Joe Porebski led all the way to win by a large margin and take the massive race trophy home to New Zealand. Craig and Hunt rounded off a successful week with a 2nd and 3rd.
Two fourth places on the final day lifted the 2003 World Champion, Nitin Mongia into third place, while a relatively poor 13th and 19th, dropped pre-event favourite Bart Bomans out of the medals. With seven nations in the top 10 and six different races winners over nine races, the 2004 OK Worlds was perhaps one of the toughest in recent years, but the one with also the clearest winner. One of the UK's top dinghy sailors, Jim Hunt, kept his head and his consistency to become a worthy world champion.
Daily Reports by Valerie from the organizers
The OK Class World Championship hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club, got underway in Poole Bay on Sunday in brilliant sunshine and 11 knots of westerly breeze.
With the first race being a Practice Race PRO Peter Drake set a shortened course ending with the second beat. Provisional Results showed New Zealander Mark Perrow (an ex-Laser sailor) winning with two Brits Nick Craig and Jim Hunt in second and third places.
Championship Race 1 followed after some delay due to wind shifts and a dragging anchor. After one General Recall the PRO exercised his authority with the Black Flag and the fleet of about 85 boats got away in a smart 12 knots wind which helped the more heavy weather sailors. GBR 2059 went for a leeward end start whilst Karsten Hitz seem to pop out of the middle of the line like a cork.
Results Race 1:
- GBR 2109 Jim Hunt
- SWE 2746 Thomas Hansson-Mild
- NZL 517 Paul Rhodes
Championship Race 2 started soon after with just one General Recall with a Black Flag, unfortunately 3 boats infringed the 1 minute rule and would be disqualified at the finish. At the start of the race the wind had dropped to 6 knots but it soon increased back to 12 knots and shifted enough for the PRO to swing the course at the appropriate time in the middle of the race. Once again those favouring heavy weather seemed to benefit although there was a fair amount of place changing especially on the runs.
Results Race 2:
- BEL 44 Bart Bomans
- NZL 520 Russell Wood
- GBR 2109 Jim Hunt
Championship Race 3: The second day of the Championship started in cloudy conditions with a somewhat erratic offshore wind below 10 knots. PRO Peter Drake had to contend with shifts between 270° and 310°. After several postponements, followed by a general recall the fleet finally got away with four boats disqualified under the Black Flag rule. Danish sailor Joergen Lindhardtsen led for much of the race but was finally beaten into second place (by 15 seconds) by Karsten Hitz from Germany. Third and fourth places went to Nick Craig and Jim Hunt from Great Britain who had both pulled their way up through the fleet.
Results Race 3:
- Karsten Hitz
- Jørgen Lindhardtsen
- Nick Craig
Race 2 of the day (Championship Race 4) got under way, in a moderate breeze, with only one Black Flag start and no disqualifications.
The first beat saw the interesting scenario of son and father sailors, Will and Andy Turner, rounding the windward mark in first and fourth places respectively. They didn't manage to hold these positions although Will only lost his lead on the final beat to Nick Craig and Belgian Bart Bowans. Father Andy finished in twelfth position. The PRO had to react to a late wind shift when laying the finishing line.
Results Race 4:
- GBR 2110 Nick Craig
- BEL 44 Bart Bomans
- GBR 2045 Will Turner
The third day of the Championship proved very frustrating. With light variable winds and cloudy conditions there was very little prospect of a sea breeze developing. The PRO held the competitors ashore whilst he went out into the Bay with two support boats to monitor conditions.
After a total postponement of 4 hours he decided that, with very little hope of a reasonable sailing breeze coming in, there would not be any racing that day.
Another day with light variable winds made it impossible to sail.
Day 5 brought wind at last starting with a SEly 8 to 9 knots, this was forecast to veer to SW later in the day. With the PRO intending to get 3 races in during the day all 81 competitors and the all the Club boats were out on the course early. Everything looked promising with the first race away on schedule. The Black Flag was flying from the first start and only one boat was disqualified. Nick Craig in GBR 2110 led all the way but after some position changing 2nd and 3rd places went to SWE 2746 (Thomas Hansson-Mild) and BEL 44 (Bart Bomans). IND 1 Nitin Mongia (reigning World Champion) lost places right on the finishing line when he had to take a 720° penalty for an infringement.
The second race of the day was dogged by a wind which, when the PRO started setting up the line, was 140° and finally settled into 210° at 8 knots for a start 3 hours later - most frustrating for competitors and management team alike. Seven boats suffered penalty under the Black Flag rule. Jim Hunt in 2109 led at the first windward mark and held this place to the end.
By the start of the third race (at 1730) the wind had settled to 260° with 12 knots, all competitors had a clear start. The Kiwis seemed to come into their own in the stronger winds although Andy Rushworth of Christchurch SC (compensating for his Black Flag in the second race) showed them that the Brits could also sail in these conditions as also did the Germans.
So ended a very long day for everyone with competitors sailing back into Parkstone after 7.30p.m. to be greeted at the slipway with very welcoming "hot dogs" and a beer.
For the final day of racing the high pressure system still seemed to be maintaining its position over Poole Bay.
With the Black Flag in operation immediately only one boat infringed for the first race of the day. Gunter Arndt (GER 672) got away to a good start but went too far to the left and a gaggle of British arrived at the windward mark first. By the time the fleet got to the gybe mark the wind had backed to a 190° about 7 knots and the PRO quickly set up a change of course from the leeward mark (where half the fleet seemed to arrive together in a raft!) to a new windward mark. Rüdiger Prinz (GER 711) took the lead, followed by fellow countryman Ralf Mackman (GER 723) and held these places to the finish. The fickle conditions gave good results to sailors who had not been up with the leaders earlier in the week. The only girl competitor, Juliane Hofmann (GER 699), finishing 7th.
- Rüdiger Prinz (GER 711)
- Ralf Mackman (GER 723)
- Jim Hunt (GBR 2109)
With Race 9 most probably going to be the last one, Jim Hunt was looking to be favourite for the World Championship. However, the next places were being keenly contested by Nick Craig (GBR 2110), Bart Bomans (BEL 44) and last year's Champion Nitin Mongia from India.
The wind had steadied to around 190° with a mean of 12 knots. The Black Flag start gave three boats OCS and two of these - NZL 520 and GER 672, were up with the leaders for the whole race, it was a frustrating moment for them when they crossed the finishing line to silence. Joe Porebski (NZL 509) proved a popular winner.
- Joe Porebski (NZL 509)
- Nick Craig (GBR 2110)
- Jim Hunt (GBR 2109)
Jim Hunt had sailed consistently to become a comfortable World Champion for 2004 - the first from the UK. With his discard being 28th he had 2 firsts, 3 thirds, 1 fourth and 2 fifths.
At the prize giving in the Club Cruiser Shed, Commodore Tom Lock thanked all those who had worked so hard to make the Championship a success. He made a special mention of Mary Reddyhoff who had worked on the project for nearly two years, the major sponsors Dean and Reddyhoff Marinas and PRO Peter Drake, to whom the weather conditions had given a hard time. IOKDBCA Chairman Terry Curtis reiterated with thanks from the Association giving mention to the International Jurors who had come from as far away as Australia.
With Jim Hunt the first british sailor ever won the OK Worlds, "breaking the rule" of never a british sailor winning the worlds title.
The OCS, DNC, DNS and DNF scores are guessed as the original results stated "82o" "82d" "82n" and "82r"
Results source: British OK page
|1||GBR 2109||Jim Hunt||SSSC||1||3||4||5||5||1||28||3||3||25|
|2||GBR 2110||Nick Craig||FPSC||16||12||3||1||1||20||6||16||2||57|
|3||IND 1||Nitin Mongia||OKDAI,NSC||4||10||14||35||8||5||20||4||4||69|
|4||BEL 44||Bart Bomans||KLYC||6||1||OCS||2||3||9||19||13||19||72|
|5||NZL 509||Joe Porebski||WBBC||29||8||7||70||11||7||18||6||1||87|
|6||DEN 1280||Joergen Lindhardtsen||HSS||7||13||2||8||51||8||8||54||5||102|
|7||GER 727||Karsten Hitz||SSC||11||4||1||51||21||43||4||18||14||116|
|8||SWE 2746||Thomas Hansson-Mild||USS||2||7||15||22||2||29||25||15||28||116|
|9||NZL 519||Steven McDowell||WBBC||18||22||24||14||4||25||2||49||8||117|
|10||NZL 517||Paul Rhodes||WBBC||3||28||21||39||7||10||9||30||9||117|
|11||NZL 501||Matt Stechmann||WBBC||15||5||8||6||28||48||3||OCS||7||120|
|12||GBR 2106||David Carroll||FFSC||20||27||32||11||10||2||29||19||16||134|
|13||NZL 522||Greg Wilcox||WBBC||43||26||9||10||17||14||22||25||11||134|
|14||NZL 521||Mark Perrow||WBC||5||20||5||40||13||6||33||50||20||142|
|15||GBR 2113||Andrew Rushworth||CSC||17||11||29||23||35||OCS||1||29||6||151|
|16||NZL 511||Ben Morrison||WBC||12||24||6||15||46||OCS||13||28||13||157|
|17||GER 693||Martin von Zimmerman||SCOe||48||15||30||24||12||30||10||21||17||159|
|18||GBR 2101||Terry Curtis||UTSC||13||OCS||41||13||9||17||36||17||25||171|
|19||NZL 490||Craig Pryce||NSC||21||39||38||20||66||3||11||41||12||185|
|20||NZL 504||Adrian Mannering||NSC||9||6||25||37||38||49||42||23||15||195|
|21||GBR 2081||Robert Deaves||DSC||10||23||16||36||15||11||58||33||64||202|
|22||NZL 520||Russell Wood||PCSC||38||2||22||32||19||23||5||62||OCS||203|
|23||DEN 1324||Jesper Petersen||SSS||14||18||OCS||19||43||31||21||40||26||212|
|24||SWE 99||Hans Elkjaer||VSS||25||44||37||21||47||27||38||9||18||219|
|25||GBR 2085||Gavin Waldron||SSSC||24||42||17||42||53||12||39||10||37||223|
|26||GER 717||Oliver Gronholz||SSClub||53||14||12||18||44||36||32||64||23||232|
|27||NZL 484||Michael Inwood||WBC||59||32||11||16||30||45||7||46||51||238|
|28||GER 672||Gunter Arndt||FYC||27||OCS||19||9||34||16||15||42||OCS||244|
|29||GER 711||Rüdiger Prinz||SCST||71||45||40||34||20||15||31||1||59||245|
|30||GER 690||Sönke Behrens||SCOe||23||30||43||33||29||47||30||22||36||246|
|31||DEN 1323||Bo Teglers||HSS||39||56||34||7||56||19||34||45||21||255|
|32||POL 14||Pawel Pawlaczyk||JKW||8||9||33||52||14||39||DNS||69||31||255|
|33||AUS 711||Nick Gray||SLMA.SC||33||53||50||30||24||33||27||36||22||255|
|34||GER 624||Thomas Glas||SSC||37||21||36||31||26||57||40||43||24||258|
|35||GBR 2108||Neil Goodhead||SSSC||74||60||26||46||6||35||14||27||50||264|
|36||GBR 2082||John Ball||41||47||13||53||54||26||23||52||10||265|
|37||GER 725||Christian Hartmann||VSAW||51||16||69||4||32||56||50||37||33||279|
|38||SWE 2750||Jonas Lindahl||28||54||18||57||23||4||43||65||58||285|
|39||GER 723||Ralf Mackmann||SCH||61||71||23||27||16||46||53||2||63||291|
|40||GBR 2045||Will Turner||ASC||30||36||27||3||55||DNF||DNC||35||27||295|
|41||GBR 2008||Geoff Woollen||FPSC||70||DNF||64||17||36||22||26||8||53||296|
|42||AUS 610||Peter Burton||SLMA.SC||31||40||20||71||39||51||45||38||40||304|
|43||IND 2054||D.Panneer Selvam||AM||75||OCS||54||38||57||32||17||11||43||327|
|44||GER 632||Fabian Gronholz||SSC||66||29||10||60||49||64||12||48||61||333|
|45||GER 665||Peter Stephan||SCST||42||17||OCS||DNS||22||55||51||20||44||333|
|46||GBR 2067||Jonathan Fish||WSC||19||43||57||49||63||59||44||32||30||333|
|47||GBR 2105||Alex Scoles||69||72||47||29||58||52||24||5||56||340|
|48||GBR 2071||David Bourne||BCSC||26||58||39||59||33||60||35||61||34||344|
|49||POL 5||Krzysztof Dabkowski||Mos2 W||68||41||63||61||18||18||67||12||70||348|
|50||GBR 2059||Peter Turner||ASC||62||38||45||41||61||54||52||14||46||351|
|51||GBR 2107||Mike Edwards||SSSC||52||69||53||25||64||42||54||39||29||358|
|52||POL 22||Mateusz Wojewski||LKSC||54||50||48||72||27||40||56||26||57||358|
|53||GBR 2100||Daniel Ager||32||35||55||67||42||41||63||56||42||366|
|54||AUS 708||Christopher Visick||BRYC||22||34||46||68||68||74||41||71||35||385|
|55||GBR 2007||Anthony Rich||67||33||44||48||31||38||73||55||DNF||389|
|56||GER 699||Juliane Hofmann||SWSV||78||70||72||63||25||53||48||7||52||390|
|57||GER 539||Carsten Sass||LYC||47||48||28||79||45||24||68||68||65||393|
|58||POL 61||Janusz Stobinski||AZSP||35||49||52||76||65||34||62||58||45||400|
|59||GER 645||Arne Lindemann||PSCW||80||74||35||56||40||68||16||DNS||41||410|
|60||DEN 1335||Mogens Johansen||SSS||56||46||49||54||67||50||49||51||55||410|
|61||GBR 2049||Ian Harris||BCSC||72||63||56||73||79||21||57||24||47||413|
|62||GER 726||Jörg Sylvester||SSC||44||55||61||45||70||37||64||47||62||415|
|63||SWE 2759||Per-Arne Olsson||SSK||34||51||42||55||77||OCS||DNC||34||54||429|
|64||GBR 2112||John Paul Williams||WOSC||40||37||60||66||75||67||66||57||39||432|
|65||GER 659||Falk Hagemann||SWSV||64||65||75||26||48||69||70||31||60||433|
|66||DEN 1212||Jan Larsen||HSS||55||64||59||69||59||58||37||53||48||433|
|67||GBR 2083||Andy Turner||ASC||36||19||71||12||74||OCS||60||DNF||DNC||436|
|68||DEN 1246||Frank Visler||SSS||50||61||DNS||58||60||65||47||59||38||438|
|69||BEL 214||Paul Verrijdt||KLYCK||49||68||65||62||37||61||59||44||68||445|
|70||GBR 1774||Tony Thresher||WOSC||45||31||31||43||52||OCS||DNC||DNC||DNC||448|
|71||GBR 2087||Julian Burnham||77||75||67||65||62||28||61||60||32||450|
|72||AUS 692||Bill Tyler||SASC||46||57||66||47||71||70||55||67||49||457|
|73||GBR 2102||Andrew Day||57||73||51||74||69||13||71||73||67||474|
|74||GER 694||Gunnar Specht||PSCW||63||59||70||50||41||72||65||74||66||486|
|75||AUS 715||Tom Pearce||BRYC||76||66||62||28||80||63||46||DNC||DNC||503|
|76||AUS 694||Richard Furneaux||BRYC||73||25||74||44||76||73||DNF||DNC||DNC||529|
|77||GBR 2053||Alan Atkin||Burghfield SC||65||67||OCS||64||50||44||DNF||DNC||DNC||536|
|78||POL 80||Jarostaw Kuczynski||BWK||60||52||73||77||73||71||72||63||OCS||541|
|79||GER 695||Dirk Gericke||SGEB||58||DNC||68||78||72||62||69||70||71||548|
|80||POL 58||Darek Kras||Mos2 W||79||62||58||75||OCS||66||74||66||69||549|
|81||BEL 604||Mark Geboes||KLYC||81||76||76||80||78||OCS||DNC||72||72||617|
DNC, DNS, DNF, RET, DSQ, RAF, OCS: 82 pts