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World Championship 2012

Vallensbæk, Denmark

July 21nd - 28th

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By Robert Deaves

No sailor has ever won five OK Dinghy World titles. Three sailors have won four titles and two of them called it a day after that. The third sailor in question is the current World Champion Nick Craig (GBR) and he is about to try for a record fifth title at the 2012 OK Dinghy World Championship, which starts in Vallensbæk, near Copenhagen, in Denmark next week. But it won't be easy. This will be the hardest world championship to win in the history of the class. Being the 50th world championship, the class decided to make it an open event. Usually the entry is limited to around 80 boats, but this year the event has attracted more than 150 pre-entries, including an interesting mix of old and new faces.

Vallensbæk - Photo: Vallensbæk

While Craig is undoubtedly one of the favourites, there is a long list of notable sailors from within the class as well as newcomers willing to have a crack at the title.

Craig commented, “I'm really looking forward to the Worlds this year. It always provides high quality and close racing, good socials and some great locations at a truly international event. This year will be like no other with an incredible 150 boats entered, which will be the biggest fleet I've sailed in. With line starts we'll no doubt have plenty of general recalls and thrills and spills but what fantastic fun such a huge start will be.”

What of the competition this year? “I think the competition is looking as intense as ever with six former world champions competing plus some hot new talent joining the fun. André Budzien of Germany, Jorgen Svendsen of Denmark and Björn Allansson of Sweden have all shown early form so will surely be among the contenders.”

Vallensbæk - Photo: Vallensbæk

And the key to the event? “I think consistency will be the name of the game - last year a fourth place average was enough to win in a fleet half the size so anyone staying near the top 10 across the week will be looking good.”

The current world number one is Greg Wilcox (NZL), the 2002 World Champion. Despite threatening to retire several years ago he is still bringing home some great results and is expected to be near the top. Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) won the OK Worlds in 1978 before a successful Finn career. He has been back in the OK Dinghy since 1993 and even at the age of 67 is still showing sailors 40 years his junior how to sail an OK, having won races at several major event this year already.

Another former OK Dinghy World Champion making a comeback of sorts is Mats Caap (SWE). Caap won the title in 1987, at a time when Swedish sailors demoralised the rest of the OK community, filling nine out of the top 10 places. The other sailor in the top 10 that year was Wilcox. And then there is Roger Blasse (AUS) the 1998 World Champion, back in a new boat, and always a threat. Together with Mark Jackson (AUS), he has been putting in a lot of time in the boat before heading to Denmark.

OK action -
OK action - Photo: / Angela Kausche

The 2009 World Champion Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) will be looking to put right his mistake last year when he virtually threw away the title after finding himself too far from the start line when the final race was started. He ended up third, just behind Craig and past European Champion Martin von Zimmerman (GER), who sailed his best worlds ever in the light winds of Largs last year. The current European Champion Bartosz Rakocy (POL) is also improving all the time and will be looking to improve on a fifth place at last year's championship.

And then there are the unknowns. It is the first time in the class for André Budzien (GER) and Björn Allansson (SWE), both successful Finn sailors trying their hand in the OK Dinghy. Budzien of course is the three times Finn World Masters Champion and seasoned campaigner, and has just won Warnemunde Week in a fleet of 60 boats where Craig could only manage third. Allansson, meanwhile, just missed out on selection for the 2012 Olympics in the Finn but is now focused on 2016. Both could pose a serious challenge for the OK World title.

At the Pre-Worlds in Hvidovre this weekend, Allansson showed some form with two race wins to end up fifth overall. The top four were all within three points of each other with Svendsen winning from Hansson-Mild, Stefan Myralf (DEN) and Craig.

And the rest? Well there are lots of other sailors capable of winning races and making their mark. It is going to be the most interesting and competitive OK Dinghy World Championship for a long time.

OK action -
André Budzien - / Angela Kausche

Vallensbæk Sailing Club is well versed in staging big regattas and is pulling out the stops to make the OK fleet welcome. Jakob Nybroe from the organising committee said, “We are extremely excited about the number of participants for the event. Being the 50th World Championship what better way to celebrate the anniversary than having a record number of sailors attending? Since around two thirds of the participants are expected to be camping at the venue it will definitely be a lively place during the 10 days.”

“Obviously this type of event and such a large gathering of sailors – many of whom will bring their families – is a big challenge for a small sailing club, but collecting on our experience from similar events, and with the help of a large group of volunteers from the club, we feel really good about taking it on. Approximately 40 volunteers will do their best to take good care of the OK community throughout the week.”

“The planning of this event only started last year, so we’ve been busy getting everything in place – the primary support comes from the municipality of Vallensbæk and Sport Event Denmark – without which it would not have been possible in any way to arrange such a large event.”

“We’re also really pleased with the cooperation and commitment from the Danish OK Federation. Having all parties fully committed is the first step in securing a success.”

The OK Dinghy fleet is famous for its social competence and this year will be no different. Nybroe continued, “The sailors will be treated to an opening reception hosted by the municipality, daily wet bar with food and drink, free breakfast, a couple of dinners, and of course we’re hoping for a great party come Saturday 28 July. Everything will take place within the harbour area, making life as convenient as possible for everyone.”

OK Dinghy International President Andre Blasse added, “As the International OK Dinghy President, I am delighted to have so many boats competing in the 50th OK World Championships. Who would of thought that opening up the regatta would attract almost double the normal allocation. The fleet will be hot with six former World Champions, with nine titles between them and at least 20 other place getters.”

“With Nick Craig looking to make it five OK Dinghy World Championships, he will have to defend his crown from some hot contenders, headed up by two former champions, Thomas Hansson-Mild and Greg Wilcox who both narrowly missed out on the crown last year. As well as the usual contenders, there are also some new and returning faces. It will be good to have them all on the water for what I hope will be a great anniversary championship.”

After measurement and registration from July 21-23, the racing gets under way on July 24 with 10 races scheduled until July 28. All 150 participants will carry tracking devices allowing everyone with internet access to follow the races live or via playback. The event will be extensively covered by still and video photographers, and there will also be daily reports distributed. During the week there will be some special guests turning up and more inductees into the OKDIA Hall of Fame to celebrate 50 years of the OK Dinghy World Championship.

Glorious conditions for opening of OK Dinghy World Championship in Vallensbæk

Jon Fish ports tacks the fleet - Bo Svensmark
Port tack the fleet - Photo: Bo Svensmark

The 50th OK Dinghy World Championship has been officially opened at Vallensbæk Sailing Club in Denmark in near perfect conditions. Earlier Robert Deaves (GBR) won the practice race from 146 entries, making it the largest OK Dinghy World Championship of all time.

In a reception hosted by the Municipality of Vallensbæk, the championship was opened by the Mayor, Mr Henrik Rasussen, with welcome speeches from Jakob Nybroe of the organising committee, Anja Olsen, Commodore of Vallensbæk Saiing Club, Christian Hedlund, President of the Danish OK Dinghy Association, and Andre Blasse, President of the OK Dinghy International Association.

Nybroe said, “This event doesn't happen by itself. It takes a lot of dedicated effort from very dedicated people. We are also extremely happy with all the support we have received from the Municipality. It would be impossible to do this without that support. As well as the opening reception, the Municipality provided the event tent and the event shirts for everyone.”

Deaves and Allanson - Bo Svensmark
Deaves leads Allansson - Photo: Bo Svensmark

Anja Olsen said, “Almost 150 sailors have found their way to Vallensbæk and that makes it one of the biggest regattas we have ever held in the club's history. I am sure it's going to be very much fun and I am looking forward to spending the next week with you. I wish you luck and may the best man win.”

Blasse said, “This is a fantastic place to have our 50th world championship. It's also great to see so many competitors here from 11 nations competing. One sailor here has done over 30 worlds and a couple have done over 20. I'd like to thank the OK Dinghy Association of Denmark for some fantastic organisation. The measurement yesterday was just unbelievable. To do 146 boats in 12 hours is incredible. But from now on the number one thing we all need to do is to have fun.”

Mr Rasmussen said, “Welcome to all of you. It is a great honour to welcome you all to this championship, the largest in the history of the class. We have ordered the sun and the wind, but there has been a lot of hard work put into this championship, with more than 40 volunteers spending their summer vacation making sure this week is a success. They do it because of the fun and because of their passion for this sport. I hope you all have a great week, and good luck with the championship.”

Stefan Myralf - Bo Svensmark
Stefan Myralf - Photo: Bo Svensmark

The practice race for the Sven Lehn Memorial Trophy was sailed earlier in hot and sunny conditions with some nice waves and 15-16 knots. As expected, there were several general recalls, and it took three attempts to get the race away, the final one under black flag with four boats pulled out.

The current played a crucial role with those on the right crossing clear ahead. Bo Teglers (DEN) rounded first from Robert Deaves (GBR). Teglers held his lead down the reaches with Björn Allansson (SWE) closing up round the leeward mark. At the second top mark, Deaves just led from Allansson and Teglers, but then Allansson played the waves well on the run to lead up the final beat with a nice gap on the fleet.

The front group closed up at the finish as the wind eased slightly and Allansson started down the run again unaware it was the finish. After a couple of shouts to him, he quickly reversed course and crossed just ahead of Deaves, followed by Roger Blasse (AUS) and Teglers. However, Allansson was one of the black flagged starters, so the victory went to Deaves. Defending world champion Nick Craig (GBR) could only manage fourth as he recovered from a poor first beat. Out of the 146 starters, 68 boats finished the race.

Opening - Bo Svensmark
Opening - Photo: Bo Svensmark

Deaves said, “I bailed out of the start after getting buried at the starboard end, but found a clear lane to the right and seemed to have good speed. It looked good and I had clear air so I just kept on going and when I tacked I couldn't believe how far behind the boats on the left were. I thought they had stopped.”

“It was a good fight with Bo and Björn at the front. Being the practice race my plan was to sail the first lap and come in, but when I found myself out in front, I thought I had better continue hoping some of the others had been black flagged.”

“It's great to win this trophy, especially as my brother Alistair won the same trophy 10 years ago after I chose not to finish. Today the positions were reversed. It's only a practice race, but I've never had so many boats behind me, and it's a fantastic feeling.”

Early forecasts for the rest of the week are predicting generally light conditions, but that doesn't dampen the enthusiasm after a hot and sunny opening day. The first two races of the 50th OK Dinghy World Championship are scheduled for 11.00 on Tuesday, with a series of 10 races concluding next Saturday.

  1. GBR 2138 Robert Deaves
  2. AUS 749 Roger Blasse
  3. DEN 1402 Bo Teglers
  4. GBR 2150 Nick Craig
  5. DEB 1408 Stefan Myralf
  6. GBR 2085 Gavin Waldron
  7. DEN 1373 Rene Johannsen
  8. GER 763 André Budzien
  9. GBR 2151 Jonathan Fish
  10. DEN 1377 Jorgen Holm

Full results of the practice race

André Budzien early leader at 50th OK Dinghy World Championship

OK dinghies on beat
Approaching the first mark

Despite a high scoring day for most of the favourites, André Budzien (GER) is the early leader of the OK Dinghy World Championship in Vallensbæk, Denmark after placing second and third in Tuesday’s two races. 146 OK Dinghies are currently competing for the 50th OK Dinghy World Championship.

The high temperatures brought the side effect of no wind early in the day and the sailors were held on shore to enjoy the summer conditions while the wind established itself.

Race one got under way in 6-8 knots after one general recall under the black flag, which proved costly for the line honours winner. Bo Petersen (DEN) was the early leader and led for much of the race but then missed out the spreader mark at the second windward mark and by the time he has recovered had dropped to fourth. On the final beat the leaders really closed up and the finish was too close to call. In the end Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) crossed first, but he was one of five black flagged at the start, so handing victory to Petersen. André Budzien (GER) crossed in second with Greg Wilcox (NZL) in third.

The Fleet of OK dinghies downwind
The Fleet of OK dinghies downwind

The wind had increased slightly for race two and followed a similar pattern. Mark Jackson (AUS) and Nick Craig (GBR) were the early leaders, but again forgot about the spreader mark on the second lap and lost the lead. Jorgen Svendsen (DEN) took the lead at the gate and led to the finish. Jens Lauge (DEN) crossed in second with Budzien rounding off his great day with a third to lead overnight.

Petersen described his race win, “I was fighting with everyone else with the current to go down to the leeward mark. Luckily all the other boats were in chaos and I was able to tack right out of the start. After that I was in a good position all the way except at the second top mark I forgot the spreader mark and ended up fourth. Downwind I was getting closer to the front and the other guys went to the left and I took the right and I went out and I got the lead back."

"When we came to the finish lines I misjudged the favoured end so I was second over the line, but Jørgen was disqualified, so now I am standing here as the winner.”

The Fleet of OK dinghies downwind
The Fleet of OK dinghies downwind

“I have just started in the OK Dinghy. Normally I sail the Contender. Long time ago I sailed 505s and Europes. This is my third regatta in the OK. This event is really perfect so far. Out of the course today, the sun was shining, the water was perfect, the start was perfect. It was amazing out there. The people here are doing a really good job. I expect to meet a lot of new friends and have a perfect week here."

Lindhardtsen spoke about his black flag error. “I had some problems with my timing because I didn’t have it exactly but I saw some boats sailing off so I went with them. So that's disappointing. But otherwise it was a good race. I was happy with my boat speed."

Race two winner Svendsen said, “I had a pretty good start and it was very important to have clear air so I rounded the first mark third and then tried to keep up on the run I got more wind that the others and I rounded the gate in the lead and then it was pretty easy. I had a 50 metre lead and held onto it. It was a pretty good race for me."

His expectations. “I hope to end up in the top 10 and get an OK tie. It's been very good conditions so far. We have had a lot of rain here recently and now its changed and the sun is shining. I hope we have a little bit more wind. They promised light wind for the next few days so I hope we get the races in. So let's see."

Nick Craig leads the Fleet of OK dinghies in race 2
Nick Craig leads in race 2

Defending world champion Craig is happy with the event so far in spite of his results. He sits in 11th overall, “It was really well run and great racing. There are so many boats it's a fantastic spectacle, but really hard. In the first race I got a good start but the wind swung left out of the start and I tacked straight away but it just kept lifting so I rounded the top mark about 60th, which I guess is what happens with such a big fleet. In the second race I was on the right side of the first shift and rounded the top mark in second. I got in the lead and then forgot about the spreader so that was very, very stupid. But I got back to third but then a bunch of boats hit the left hand corner on the final beat and I ended up sixth. So not a good day overall but I was going quick, just making some stupid errors.”

To prove you don't have to be the sharpest tool in the box to be a world champion, Mark Jackson (AUS) told his version of how Nick Craig lost race two. “The second time round Nick went round the top mark in the lead and started off down the run and I said to him, “Aren't you going to the hitch mark?” And he said, “No not on the run.” So I said, “Well we did in the last race,” and he said, “Did we?” and as we did that the Polish guy [Bartosz Rakocy] came round and went straight to the hitch mark. And then a few of the Danish guys passed us so then we were in a pack of about seven boats so it all went back into the mix then.”

The daily prizes are being presented by past world champions as part of the anniversary celebrations. Tonight Jørgen Lindhardtsen, the 1978 champion, presented the Falmouth Trophy to Bo Petersen and the Ornsjkoldsvik Trophy to Jørgen Svendsen.

Racing continues Wednesday with two more races scheduled. The championship concludes on Saturday.

Hot weather hinders racing at OK Dinghy Worlds in Vallensbæk

No wind for OK dinghies
A slow day - Photo: Peter Ambs

A Danish heatwave meant that both the sailors and the wind had a holiday on the second day of the 50th OK Dinghy World Championship in Vallensbæk. After a long delay ashore the fleet was sent out in the early afternoon only to wait afloat while what wind there was died again and were then sent in with no more races on the scorecard.

It was a sweltering day in Vallensbæk with temperatures in the high 20s and very little wind early in the day. A postponement held the fleet ashore until around 13.00 when a four knot stable wind encouraged the race officer to send the 145 boat fleet afloat. However by the time the boats arrived on the course area the wind had started to fade away and a further postponement was hoisted afloat. Nearly two hours later the fleet was sent in as the wind was showing no signs of picking up.

The forecast for the rest of the week is not great though it is hoped that there will be enough wind in the next three days to be able to make it a championship.

The fleet this year includes many old faces, some new faces and some new, old faces. One of the new faces is Björn Allansson (SWE) who is taking a break from his Finn campaign to sail the OK Dinghy, a class that his father sailed for many years in the 1980s, and who is coaching him here.

OK dinghies return to shore
Return to shore - Photo: Peter Ambs

Allansson said, “It's interesting actually. I am learning a lot every single time I am out on the water. So for me it's very different from sailing the Finn for six years, to do something different. I have only been in the OK since after Kiel Week this year.”

“It's a really friendly fleet and I am trying my best but they really make me fight for every position. I expected the quality to be this good but I was also expecting my own performance to be a bit better. I am really inconsistent. I am going fast and then I am going dead slow and then I am going fast, probably because a lot of the time I have been training alone. You can really feel these guys are good sailors with a lot of experience in the boat. They keep the same speed throughout and then it's bye bye.”

His father Tomas Allansson sailed the OK Dinghy through the 1980s and placed 10th at the 1987 World Championship. “I think he is really happy I am sailing the OK Dinghy and really happy to be at an OK Dinghy regatta again. He sailed until about the time I was born. He told me I had to beat his best results and so far that doesn't look too good.”

“I think I need a little bit more breeze so we can do some hiking. But otherwise I have a good incentive to come back next year and try again.”

No wind for OK dinghies
A slow day's end at the ramp - Photo: Peter Ambs

“For the next Finn campaign for Rio there's no need to weigh 104 kg again so I think it will be enough to weight maybe 97 kg and I think even if I am on the heavy side it is possible to do some OK Dinghy sailing.”

“I have lost as much weight as I could for this event. I have been running for one hour and cycling 60 to 90 km every day since Kiel. And now I am down from 104 kg to 93 kg. But now I have had to start eating properly in the last few days because I have been a bit light headed.”

Allansson was named after the Danish sailing star Björn Westergaard who is also sailing at this anniversary championship. “It's going to be a lot of fun racing against him. It's the first time I have raced him. My father told me I have to beat him. With him not being able to sail yesterday it looks good so far.”

He concluded, “For me sailing the OK Dinghy is the best thing I could have done when I wasn't selected for the Olympics because otherwise after Kiel Week I would have no regattas until the Malcesine Finn Cup in October and now I can do this regatta and I really feel I am learning every time I go sailing.”

Racing will hopefully continue on Thursday with two more races scheduled, though the forecast is for less wind than today.

Greg Wilcox new leader at OK Dinghy Worlds in Vallensbæk

Race winner Greg Wilcox
Race winner Greg Wilcox - Photo: Bo Svensmark

The 145 OK Dinghy sailors at the 2012 World Championship in Vallensbæk, Denmark again had a frustrating day waiting on shore for the breeze to materialise. Eventually the fleet was sent out around 16.30 for one race in very light winds. Greg Wilcox (NZL) led at every mark to win the Fisher Cup and take the overall lead after three races.

A light breeze did fill in earlier but was not quite strong enough to convince the race officer to send the fleet out so the sailors spent most of the day enjoying the hot weather and basking in the sunshine, passing the time as usefully as possible. Finally at 16.00 a rumour circulated that the AP flag was coming down and soon after the fleet was sent afloat in 5-7 knots offshore breeze.

Remarkably the fleet got away first time and while most favoured the right, Greg Wilcox stuck to the left and found the best shift into the top mark to lead round. He extended down the reaches and consolidated on the second beat, though lost some ground on the run as the wind started to fade and become patchy. The final upwind was test of nerves as both sides paid in different measures and the middle was almost calm.

Andreas Pich
Andreas Pich - Photo: Bo Svensmark

Wilcox held on to win from Martin von Zimmerman (GER) and Jørgen Holm (DEN). Andreas Pich (GER) and Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) were fourth and fifth. Both von Zimmerman and Lindhardtsen gained around 70 places each at the end of the first beat that brought the struggling left right up to the top mark while leaving those on the right a bit stranded.

Wilcox explained his strategy. “It was pretty hard to figure out a strategy actually because the wind was shifting around a bit and it was up and down quite a lot. So I just got some numbers of the compass for what I thought what was high and what was low on each tack and there was quite a big shift to the left before thee start when the postponed and they moved the marks further to the left as well. So I thought left has got to be better than right. On the right hand corner you were also going up a beach and I didn't really like the idea of that, so I started towards the pin end and and came off the line on quite high numbers and just waited until they dropped and tacked and basically rolled everyone into the top mark.”

Race winner Greg Wilcox leads
Greg Wilcox leads - Photo: Bo Svensmark

“I wasn't at all confident about holding the lead as it was so tricky but I managed to open out on the reaches quite a lot and then the second beat there weren't that many places to go and so everyone was kind of following me. But the run was really really tricky because the wind died and some guys came out from the left, so I gybed in front of them and just got the pressure to stay in front round the gate with a reasonable lead.”

On the next two days, “At this stage last year I was also leading after three races and ended up fourth, so in this fleet anything can happen. There's still a long way to go. There are a lot of very good sailors here and hopefully we'll have possibly four more races.”

The fleet of OK dinghies downwind
The fleet downwind - Photo: Bo Svensmark

Was it a good decision to race today, “I think so. The breeze was shifty, but it was there. The race wasn't that bad. It wasn't really unfair. The guys at the front managed to stay there, others managed to climb back through the fleet so I didn't really think it was that bad, but I guess if you ask someone further back in the fleet it might be a different story.”

While some are forecasting sailable winds for the next two days, others are forecasting no wind, but the organisers are not getting worried just yet. After months of windy, nasty weather, how ironic is it that the weather has changed so completely that we are struggling to get in the required five races for a championship?

Racing will hopefully continue on Friday with two more races scheduled. The championship concludes on Saturday when the final two races are scheduled.

Wilcox holds narrow lead from Budzien with one day to go at OK Dinghy Worlds in Vallensbæk

Race 4 winner Rüdiger Prinz
Race 4 winner Rüdiger Prinz - Photo: Bo Svensmark

A collective sigh of relief could be heard at Vallensbæk Sailing Club in Denmark tonight as two more races were added to the OK Dinghy World Championship to make it a valid series despite continuing light winds. Greg Wilcox (NZL) continues to lead, but now by just one point, while race wins went to Rüdiger Prinz (GER) and Jørgen Svendsen (DEN).

Another early postponement kept the sailors ashore for several hours on Friday morning, and at the first sign of breeze the sailors were sent afloat only to have the breeze fade and a further postponement. However it gradually filled in at a patchy 4-6 knots and race 4 got under way under back flag with nine boats pulled out. Rüdiger Prinz (GER) found the best way up the first beat in fading winds and a strong current pushing up the course. He made a useful gap on the first reaches and was never really threatened for the lead. Winner of race 1, Bo Petersen (DEN) eventually claimed second while Juliane Hofmann (GER) sailed well to place third, the highest place lady ever in an OK Dinghy World Championship race.

During the race the wind almost faded away, making the long runs against the current painful in the pack with the enormous number of sails blanketing most of the fleet. Race five looked doubtful, however the race officer had different information and started the sequence. He was rewarded with the breeze filling in to 8-10 knots and probably the best race so far.

Friday: testing conditions for race 4
Testing conditions - Photo: Bo Svensmark

Jørgen Svendsen (DEN) rounded the top mark with clear a clear lead and was never headed. Championship leader Greg Wilcox (NZL) followed in second place but couldn't touch the faster Dane. Third place went to Stefan Myralf (DEN), who picked up a 72nd in the first race of the day, highlighting how tricky the racing was. Lots of sailors have been picking up high scores throughout the fleet.

Former world champion Roger Blasse (AUS) had an even worse day than yesterday with a 110th in race 4 and a black flag in race 5 to lie in 62nd overall. Another former world champion Mats Caap (SWE) is fairing better and is currently in 10th overall after pacing 16th and fifth today. Meanwhile defending world champion Nick Craig (GBR) is languishing in 11th overall, some 41 points behind Wilcox who retains the overall lead.

Craig commented, “The starts are really hard because the line is so square, so wherever you start you only need a three or four degree shift and you are back in the 30s. I have only rounded in the top 30 once all week so far. It seems wherever I start is the wrong place, so don't start near me, though I was going really quick. But the races have been really good and the race officer is fantastic. Without those square lines we'd never get away.”

Svendsen leads Wilcox and Myralf
Svendsen, Wilcox & Myralf - Photo: Bo Svensmark

Prinz summed up his race win, “I had some luck at the start. I was on the right hand line and there was a hole and I sailed off and could tack freely without any boats in front of me. My speed was really nice and I rounded the top mark in the lead. I was about 10 metres clear and the others were really close and they started fighting each other so I was really comfortable.”

To win a words race, “It's the fourth time now. And it's one of the best feelings you can have. It's really amazing to see all the boats behind you especially here with 145 boats. It's such a great feeling.”

Hofmann said, “The start was OK but you need a good slice of luck to get off that line. I was on the left line and in the middle. I went further back to the right before tacking and rounded the first mark in third. And then the wind was pretty clear, and it wasn’t that exiting as positions didn't change much in these light conditions. But it was more exhausting on the nerves to keep it going.”

Was she confident? “How can you be confident in to stay there in such a hard competition. The wind was very shifty and there were patches, but usually I can stay there as I am so light, so it's not a problem to sail through areas of less wind.” Hofmann, who has also won two races at previous European championships added,“I've worked hard for this, so I guess I deserve it.”

One of the sailors competing at his first OK Dinghy World Championship is André Budzien (GER), better known for sailing a Finn, including three Finn Masters World titles. He is currently lying in second overall, just one point behind Wilcox. Why did he decide to sail an OK Dinghy? “Last year the German championships was at my home club in Schwerin and I thought it would be fun to take part. So I borrowed a 30 year old wooden boat that I had sailed when I was very young at the start of my sailing career. I won that championship and then defended the title in a new boat in Warnemunde a few weeks back.”

Race 5
Race 5 - Photo: Bo Svensmark

Is it a long term thing for him, “My first boat will always be the Finn, but it is great to have a second class to sail so I can fit in other events around the family and the major Finn events. The OK Dinghy is a great class to sail in, very well organised and friendly.”

Overnight leader Wilcox summed up his day, “It's been pretty tough with 145 boats out there but the top guys are always there. It's always hard and largely been pretty fair, but a bit tough round some of the mark roundings with so many boats, but it's been good racing. I had a bit of luck in the first race today. I had bad start in the third row but it was at the right end and I had a bit of speed so managed to crawl my way up to 10th which was quite good. It's all abut trying to keep clean and keep the speed up. In the second I had a good start and had a lot of gas off the line and motored away from those around me which gave me lots of options. But I couldn't touch Svendsen. He was just a click quicker.”

About the deciding day he said, “Tomorrow we will go sailing and have fun.”

André Budzien wins OK Dinghy World as championship ends in glamour conditions

André Budzien
World Champion André Budzien

André Budzien won the 2012 OK Dinghy World Championship in Vallensbaek, Denmark after the final two races were sailed on Saturday. Greg Wilcox took the silver while Thomas Hanssen-Mild took the bronze. The final two races were won by Christian Olesen and Björn Allansson.

Despite forecasts of strong winds on the final day, the final day started overcast, damp and windless. Overnight storms had brought heavy rain which tested the integrity of much off the camp site, results in many damp sailors come the morning. The sun soon came out but the wind was not ready yet so AP was hoisted at 9.30 as once again the fleet waited for the elusive Danish wind to appear.

But appear it did and at around 13.30 racing got under way in a strengthening southerly that peaked at about 12-14 knots by mid-afternoon. Two fantastic races were sailed in an onshore wind with nice waves developing that was a fitting end to a great anniversary championship.

In race six, Günther Arndt (GER) was the early leader from the right but soon Christian Olsesen (DEN) took the lead and held it to the finish with André Budzien crossing in second and Thomas Hansson-Mild in third.

The wind increased slightly for race seven and Björn Allanson (SWE) was finally able to get out in front and he stayed there the whole race taking his first race win in great conditions. Stefan Myralf (DEN) was second while Nick Craig (GBR) produced his best result of the week with a third.

Bartosz Rakocy
Bartosz Rakocy

This meant that Budzien had taken the OK Dinghy world title at the first attempt, his first ever senior world title, after three Finn World Masters titles. The 2002 champion Wilcox had to settle for silver while the 2009 champion Hansson-Mild took home the bronze. The defending champion Craig, finished fourth and went home with just the OKDIA tie that is given to the top ten overall and the major prize winners.

Wilcox summed up, “In the end it was a great regatta actually. It was the largest fleet we've ever had in the worlds and it was pretty well organised. We got seven races in, and on land it was great as well. The race officer and his team did a really good job and he put races in when we thought he possibly shouldn't but they all turned out OK.”

“I'm pretty happy actually. I tried my best and it didn't quite work out at the end but second in the biggest world championship ever is pretty good, so I think I'll be pretty happy when I look back on it.”

“André sailed very, very well. He never won a race, but he never had a bad one. He was pretty much always up there. Today I tried really hard to get him but we were exactly the same speed and he just always had an edge after the start for some reason. And he just stayed there and we were locked together. I just couldn't get any points on him. So well done to André.”

Björn Allansson
Björn Allansson

Hansson-Mild said, “I am happy overall with my week. I knew it was going to be tough. I never sailed this big a fleet before but coming in for the regatta I had some good results at Kiel and the Nordics, but I knew that André was coming here and I knew he was going to be a tough competitor. It was all about keeping the numbers low. Going into the last race today I still had a chance for the gold and my only chance was to get points in between so I had to get a good separation so after I saw them starting by the vessel I headed for the right line hoping it would shift right but there was more pressure up on the right. There was took little time to decide so I just threw the dice and it didn't work out. Then then it was just a struggle to get back into the race. But I did a good recovery on the run and got back back into it.”

Budzien said, “It's really nice to win and I think it was a really strong fleet here. It was difficult with the low winds to be in the top 10 or even the top 20 so you had minimise the risks all the time. I had some experience with this many boats at this years Finn Masters so that helped me find the right position and also the black flag starts are not so easy to handle. But I am really happy with the result, especially in the strongest OK Dinghy fleet ever.”

“The quality of the fleet here is really good, with six former world champions. I have never sailed against them before apart from Greg and Nick. It was a really strong fleet and strong competition. I would like to try to defend it next year, once we get organised with the transport.”

“The OK Dinghy fleet looks easy, but it is very different on the water. I didn't win a single race here. In this regatta it was important to be consistent to win , but it's not at all easy to win in this class. There are a lot of sailors I remember from really early times in the Finn class as well as younger sailors like Björn Allansson trying to catch the fleet here - it was very a strong field.”

The winners
The prize winners

At the prizegiving tonight, André Budzien was presented with the Canada Centennial Cup, the OK Sculpture and a new trophy for this year, presented by Paul Elvstrøm, for the sailor with the lowest points without discard.

The prizegiving ended with six more inductees into the OKDIA Hall of Fame. Started in 2005, these awards are given to people who have made a significant contribution to the class or have excelled on the water. The six awards this year went to:

  • Nick Craig – four time world champion in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011
  • Greg Wilcox – world champion in 2002, past OKDIA President
  • Knud Olsen – designer of the OK
  • Axel Damgaard – co-designer and early promoter of the OK Dinghy
  • Svend Jacobsen – first world champion in 1963
  • Paul Elvstrøm – big influence in design of OK Dinghy rig and encouraging growth of class

Next year the OK Dinghy World Championship is being held in Pattaya, Thailand, the second time the class has ventured into Asia and early signs are that it will be a very popular venue for the OK fleet.

Gear used by the top ten
PosBoatHelmHullMast SailBoardRudder
1GER 762André BudzienIcebreaker (NZ)C TechQuantumRon BullScoles
2NZL 544Greg WilcoxIcebreaker (NZ)C TechQuantumDeavesC Tech
3SWE 100Thomas Hansson-MildIcebreaker (NZ)C TechQuantumJason KingKraus
4GBR 2150Nick CraigScoles (UK)AardsparsSpeedScolesScoles
5DEN 1377Jørgen Holm NielsenKraus (GER)C TechGreenKrausKraus
6POL 19Bartosz RakocyIcebreaker (NZ)C TechGreenBumblebeeRon Bull
7DEN 1411Jørgen SvendsenIcebreaker (NZ)C TechQuantumDeavesRon Bull
8DEN 1374Bo PetersenKraus (GER)C TechGreenKrausKraus
9GER 740Günther ArndtIcebreaker (NZ)C TechGreenDeavesDeaves
10GER 693Martin von ZimmermanHein (GER)C TechGreenHeinHein
World Championship 2012 Results
RankBow #SailNumberHelmNameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7TotalNett
169GER 762André BudzienSchweriner Yachtclub2.
21NZL 544Greg WilcoxPotsdamer Segel Verein3.
34SWE 100Thomas Hansson-MildSS Kaparen24.
42GBR 2150Nick CraigFrensham Pond27.
599DEN 1377Jørgen Holm NielsenKaløvig Bådelaug16.
67POL 19Bartosz RakocyZlks Poznan42.
76DEN 1411Jørgen SvendsenHellerup Sejlklub22.
8117DEN 1374Bo PetersenHellerup Sejlklub1.
910GER 740Günther ArndtFYC / SSSK15.
103GER 693Martin v. ZimmermannSCOe46.
11124SWE 2796Björn AllanssonGothenburg Royal Yacht Club - GKSS30.
12103DEN 1340Christian OlesenHvidovre Sejlklub9.
1381DEN 1393Rene JohannsenMSS4.05.023.0BFD11.019.041.0249.0103.0
1456DEN 1410Jens LaugeSES33.
1512GER 778Sönke BehrensSCOe14.
1617GER 773Rüdiger PrinzSegelclub Stevertalsperre (SCST7.
175NZL 542Alistair DeavesWakatere Boating Club6.
1814DEN 1364Jørgen LindhardtsenHvidovre SejlklubBFD14.
1934SWE 2797Mats CaapVarbergs Segelsällskap63.
20114DEN 1402Bo TeglersHellerup Sejlklub5.
21145AUS 735Mark JacksonBlack Rock Yacht Club38.
2245DEN 1344Peter WibroeSSSK17.
2316DEN 1408Stefan MyralfHellerup Sejlklub54.
2493GER 777Pich AndreasLYC12.
2511POL 1Tomasz GajMOS 2 Warszawa23.
26152SWE 2741Johanne DagerbrantUmeå Segelsällskap34.
27104DEN 1346Anders AndersenHorsens Sejlklub45.
2895POL 4Radek DrozdzikLOK Dryf72.
2976NZL 479Jake WeeksNapier Sailing Club11.
3028GBR 2151Jonathan FishWaldringfield SCBFD12.
3115SWE 99Hans ElkjaerVarbergs Segelsällskap35.
32137GER 752André HenningsCKA28.
3363GER 775Jörg RademacherSegelclub Stevertalsperre (SCST43.
3466GER 731Thomas GlasSegeberger Segel Club25.
3520GER 771Ralf MackmannSegel Club.Haltern am See36.0109.
3629GBR 2138Robert DeavesWaldringfield SC37.
3773GBR 2147Alex ScolesOvery Staithe Sailing Club29.
3818GBR 2145Tony WoodsGlossop and Etherow SC21.
39144AUS 729Andre BlasseBlack Rock Yacht Club47.
409GBR 2118Terry CurtisWeymouth SC / Upper Thames SC44.
4172GER 767Juliane HofmannPotsdamer Seglerverein e.V.
4219DEN 1335Mogens JohansenSolrød Strand Sejlklub66.
4344DEN 1345Mathias FiskerSSSK48.
44147POL 10Janusz StobinskiAZS Poznan61.
4578NZL 533Rob HengstNapier Sailing Club41.
468AUS 749Roger BlasseBlack Rock Yacht Club8.010.0103.0110.0BFD15.019.0411.0265.0
4739GER 750Ralf TietjeSVG77.
4824GER 765Rainer PospiechYachtclub Berlin Grünau55.
49120NOR 471Jens MakholmHellerup Sejlklub26.
50113DEN 1304Christian MidtgaardHelsingør Amatør Sejlklub31.042.0DNF101.
5113DEN 1398Christian HedlundHellerup Sejlklub13.013.035.0BFDBFD66.024.0443.0297.0
52121GER 760Andreas DeubelHamburger Segel-Club58.
53143AUS 744Andrew BakerBlack Rock Yacht Club53.
5477NZL 531Adrian CoulthardNapier Sailing Club50.
5543SWE 2775Johnny BillströmSSV82.
5670SWE 2794Carl HultgrenRåå JolleKlubb19.
5771SWE 2795Lars HultgrenRåå JolleKlubb10.
58127SWE 88Lennart HanssonGeSS (Getskärs segelsällskap96.
59110DEN 1388Sam JedigHerslev Strand Sejlklub49.0103.
6083GBR 2084Keith ByersMorecambe and Heysham Yacht Club84.
6140DEN 1315Ask AskholmSvendborg Sunds Sejlklub80.091.016.0BFD85.060.027.0505.0359.0
6267GER 662Gerd BreitbartSCOe/HH (Hamburg57.
6326GBR 2042Richard BurtonWest Oxfordshire Sailing Club78.
64109DEN 1403Lars AndresenHerslev Strand Sejlklub65.
65108DEN 1347Anders BuhlHerslev Strand Sejlklub74.0102.
6697DEN 1265Malte PedersenKDY86.0106.
67149AUS 747Mark RobertsAlbert SC40.064.085.0107.
6882POL 5Darek KrasMOS-2 Warszawa95.050.0100.
6933SWE 2787Olle AlbrektssonVarbergs Segelsällskap108.0104.
70141GBR 2149Martin BowerBlithfield SC32.073.043.0106.074.0107.076.0511.0404.0
7149SWE 2786Håkan TörnqvistSS Kaparen39.029.0102.061.0BFD28.0DNF551.0405.0
7235DEN 1412Jens Chr. JurlanderVallensbæk SejlklubBFD46.0DSQ68.
7336GBR 2141Simon DavisUpper Thames Sailing Club68.
7442SWE 511Mårten BernesandSSV75.
75134DEN 1331Fritz BannerEbeltoft Vig Sejlklub88.
76115DEN 1384Søren Rugaard-LarsenHellerup Sejlklub85.
77101POL 14Pawel PawlaczykJKW PoznanDSQDSQ19.046.0BFD24.037.0564.0418.0
7894GER 539Carsten SassLuebecker Yacht Club94.
7964GER 715Sven BeyeSegeberger Segel Club76.075.0DNF30.0BFD57.044.0574.0428.0
8051DEN 1356Jesper PetersenSolrød Strand Sejlklub87.067.0DSQ31.0BFD47.050.0574.0428.0
8155GER 735Dirk GerickeSGE102.0112.
8258DEN 1397Claus SparreSejlklubben Esrum Sø101.
8337SWE 2792Anders WiddingUmeå Segelsällskap59.
8461GER 688Dirk DameSegler-Vereinigung Mannheim81.
8559DEN 1401Mads TerkelsenSejlklubben Esrum Sø71.0111.
86130SWE 22Lars HanssonGeSS (Getskärs segelsällskap64.0105.093.048.0
8741SWE 11Bengt StrombergStenung Sunds Segelsällskap97.084.0DNF82.
8825GER 761Stefan HaageWYC67.
8974DEN 1375Simon Dan PetersenOnsevig Sejlklub106.
9060DEN 1350Per SørensenSejlklubben Ebeltoft Vig110.
9168GER 766Gunnar GoronziSCST79.0115.
92151POL 16Kacper JarockiZlks Poznan91.085.0DNF41.086.0102.0102.0653.0507.0
9346SWE 2752Bengt LarssonSSKA62.095.066.0BFD72.072.0DNC659.0513.0
94126SWE 2782Peter RudblomGeSS (Getskärs segelsällskap93.096.0104.0117.
9591RSA 31Joe SchubertMarselisborg Sejlklub113.065.0DNF91.
96133DEN 1212Søren SigurdssonEsrum Sø109.
9727GBR 2068Tom LonsdaleWest Oxfordshire Sailing Club56.093.0DNF100.088.0103.083.0669.0523.0
98129SWE 888Magnus GillgrenGeSS (Getskärs segelsällskap114.089.060.0115.061.088.0DNC673.0527.0
99125GBR 2148Chris PerryGlossop SC103.
100142AUS 715Daen DorazioBlack Rock Yacht Club52.0118.0106.0105.079.076.0DNF682.0536.0
10122DEN 1342Johnny Leif HansenØresunds Sejlklub Frem83.087.045.0BFD81.095.0DNF683.0537.0
102131DEN 1392Tim NormannFrederikssund Sejlklub99.090.097.0
10390POL 40Robert SwieckiMKS Dwojka Warszawa51.077.046.0112.0BFD112.0DNF690.0544.0
104106DEN 1302Jesper StrandbergHerslev Strand Sejlklub20.088.063.0BFDBFD85.0DNS694.0548.0
105138FRA 1820Raymond DodardC.N.C. St. Ouen120.0125.
10684GBR 2085Gavin WaldronMorecambe &, Heysham YC105.0122.0DNF94.
107116DEN 1262Troels LykkeHellerup Sejlklub18.072.030.0DNCDNCDNCDNC704.0558.0
10838DEN 1316Peter KirkegaardSøværnets IF69.
109153GBR 2130Deryck LovegroveBurghfield92.092.0DNF109.0100.0105.073.0717.0571.0
11050DEN 1348Kim W.HolmSolrød Strand Sejlklub104.0107.088.069.0104.0101.0DNC719.0573.0
111148AUS 756Michael HorvathAlbert SC / Williamstown SC118.0126.0105.0DNF98.058.075.0726.0580.0
112136FRA 723Matthieu ChenuilCYV L'isle adam98.099.0DNF108.095.0110.077.0733.0587.0
11332DEN 1334Peter NielsenVeddelev Strands Bådelaug119.0120.
11448GER 649Kai WehmhörnerSSCRa (Seesportclub Rangsdorf).60.0116.0DNF104.075.0108.0DNC755.0609.0
11562GER 651Heinz RidderSeglerverein Paderborn121.0110.0DNF98.0102.0104.0103.0784.0638.0
11680DEN 1318Egon PetersenNakskov Sejlklub111.0128.0102.0
11757DEN 1321Bjørn WestergaardSejlklubben Sundet / KDYDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC30.045.0805.0659.0
11830RSA 32Brett GrahamWakatere (Victoria Lake Club100.0101.0DNFDNCDNC84.091.0814.0668.0
11996BEL 214Paul VerrijdtKLYC- Antwerpen112.086.0101.0BFD82.0DNFDNC819.0673.0
12092GBR 2062Brian QuayleManx Sailing & Cruising Club124.0119.0DNF121.0101.0117.0101.0829.0683.0
12198DEN 1396Stig FrandsenKBL107.0100.0DNC119.070.0DNSDNC834.0688.0
12252DEN 1390Mads BrockhuusSkælskør Amatør Sejlklub73.0121.061.0BFDDNCDNCDNC839.0693.0
123150FRA 1823Guillaume De KervénoaelABCvoile116.0129.0DNF103.087.0114.0DNS841.0695.0
124135AUS 692Bill TylerDrummoyne SC90.0113.0DNF116.090.0DNFDNC847.0701.0
125107DEN 1336Thomas ChristensenHerslev Strand Sejlklub126.0108.0DNF102.0BFD74.0DNS848.0702.0
126140GBR 2117Teddy ArrowsmithBrancaster Staithe Sailing Club123.0127.0DNFDNF110.0106.090.0848.0702.0
127139NOR 444Rolf WahlqvistBærum Seilforening134.0123.0DNF120.0106.0119.0100.0848.0702.0
128132DEN 1405Poul ChristiansenFarum / Hellerup115.0124.0DNC95.0103.0125.0DNS854.0708.0
12921DEN 1341Per HansenØresunds Sejlklub Frem122.0117.0DNC111.099.0DNCDNC887.0741.0
130122DEN 1159Ralph EriksenHaderslev Sejl Club132.0136.0DNF87.0105.0DNCDNC898.0752.0
131146AUS 727Donald WilliamsBlack Rock Yacht Club117.056.0DNFDNCDNCDNCDNC903.0757.0
13287SWE 2631Tomas JohanssonMora SS89.0134.0DNC99.0BFDDNFDNC906.0760.0
13331SWE 2121Björn LindvallVärmdö Jolleseglare127.0DNCDNF113.0109.0120.0DNC907.0761.0
134102POL 1361Zbigniew DRYZNERJK Kotwica Tarnobrzeg125.0135.0
135119DEN 1326Jakob ChristensenHellerup Sejlklub131.0133.0DNFDNFDNC118.0106.0926.0780.0
136100DEN 1284Ingo GriemKaløvig BådelaugBFD114.0DNFDNF111.0123.0DNC932.0786.0
13779DEN 1391Lynge Thang JørgensenNakskov Sejlklub128.0130.0DNF114.0DNC122.0DNC932.0786.0
138105GBR 2146Simon HoultHill Head SCBFDDNC57.0DNCDNCDNCDNC933.0787.0
13923DEN 1343Niels-Jørgen LarsenØresunds Sejlklub Frem130.0132.0DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC992.0846.0
14054GER 233Matthias WiechmannSGS Potsdam129.0135.0DNFDNFDNCDNCDNC994.0848.0
141111DEN 1378Claus HagerupHerslev Strand Sejlklub133.0DNCDNCDNFDNCDNCDNC1,009.0863.0
14286SWE 2641Tomas ForsellMora SS135.0DNCDNCDNFDNCDNCDNC1,011.0865.0
14385SWE 2747Daniel BjörkmanMora SSDNFDNCDNCBFDDNCDNCDNC1,022.0876.0
14388SWE 752Roy OttebornMora SSDNFDNCDNCDNFDNCDNCDNC1,022.0876.0
14389SWE 2739Carl BaernarpMora SSDNFDNCDNCDNFDNCDNFDNC1,022.0876.0

DNC, DNF, DSQ, BFD... : 146.0

World Championship 2012 Practice Race Results
RankBow NoSailNumberNameClubCountryPlc
129GBR 2138Robert DeavesWaldringfield SCUnited Kingdom1.0
28AUS 749Roger BlasseBlack Rock Yacht ClubAustralia2.0
3114DEN 1402Bo TeglersHellerup SejlklubDenmark3.0
42GBR 2150Nick CraigFrensham PondUnited Kingdom4.0
516DEN 1408Stefan MyralfHellerup SejlklubDenmark5.0
684GBR 2085Gavin WaldronMorecambe &, Heysham YCUnited Kingdom6.0
781DEN 1393Rene JohannsenMSSDenmark7.0
869GER 762André BudzienSchweriner YachtclubGermany8.0
928GBR 2151Jonathan FishWaldringfield SCUnited Kingdom9.0
1099DEN 1377Jørgen Holm NielsenKaløvig BådelaugDenmark10.0
1141SWE 11Bengt StrombergStenung Sunds SegelsällskapSweden11.0
12143AUS 744Andrew BakerBlack Rock Yacht ClubAustralia12.0
1310GER 740Gunther ArndtFYC / SSSKGermany13.0
143GER 693Martin v. ZimmermannSCOeGermany14.0
1543SWE 2775Johnny BillströmSSVSweden15.0
16152SWE 2741Johanne DagerbrantUmeå SegelsällskapSweden16.0
1756DEN 1410Jens LaugeSESDenmark17.0
18103DEN 1340Christian OlesenHvidovre SejlklubDenmark18.0
1963GER 775Jörg RademacherSegelclub Stevertalsperre (SCSTGermany19.0
20145AUS 735Mark JacksonBlack Rock Yacht ClubAustralia20.0
2111POL 1Tomasz GajMOS 2 WarszawaPoland21.0
2295POL 4Radek DrozdzikLOK DryfPoland22.0
2335DEN 1412Jens Chr. JurlanderVallensbæk SejlklubDenmark23.0
2451DEN 1356Jesper PetersenSolrød Strand SejlklubDenmark24.0
25127SWE 88Lennart HanssonGeSS (Getskärs segelsällskapSweden25.0
26146AUS 727Donald WilliamsBlack Rock Yacht ClubAustralia26.0
2776NZL 479Jake WeeksNapier Sailing ClubNew Zealand27.0
28104DEN 1346Anders AndersenHorsens SejlklubDenmark28.0
2977NZL 531Adrian CoulthardNapier Sailing ClubNew Zealand29.0
3083GBR 2084Keith ByersMorecambe and Heysham Yacht ClubUnited Kingdom30.0
3125GER 761Stefan HaageWYCGermany31.0
32137GER 752André HenningsCKAGermany32.0
33149AUS 747Mark RobertsAlbert SCAustralia33.0
3439GER 750Ralf TietjeSVGGermany34.0
3519DEN 1335Mogens JohansenSolrød Strand SejlklubDenmark35.0
3666GER 731Thomas GlasSegeberger Segel ClubGermany36.0
3715SWE 99Hans ElkjaerVarbergs SegelsällskapSweden37.0
3894GER 539Carsten SassLuebecker Yacht ClubGermany38.0
3942SWE 511Mårten BernesandSSVSweden39.0
4045DEN 1344Peter WibroeSSSKDenmark40.0
41121GER 760Andreas DeubelHamburger Segel-ClubGermany41.0
4233SWE 2787Olle AlbrektssonVarbergs SegelsällskapSweden42.0
4378NZL 533Rob HengstNapier Sailing ClubNew Zealand43.0
4430RSA 32Brett GrahamWakatere (Victoria Lake ClubSouth Africa44.0
4582POL 5Darek KrasMOS-2 WarszawaPoland45.0
46142AUS 715Daen DorazioBlack Rock Yacht ClubAustralia46.0
4758DEN 1397Claus SparreSejlklubben Esrum SøDenmark47.0
4861GER 688Dirk DameSegler-Vereinigung MannheimGermany48.0
4955GER 735Dirk GerickeSGEGermany49.0
50130SWE 22Lars HanssonGeSS (Getskärs segelsällskapSweden50.0
5164GER 715Sven BeyeSegeberger Segel ClubGermany51.0
5237SWE 2792Anders WiddingUmeå SegelsällskapSweden52.0
5391RSA 31Joe SchubertMarselisborg SejlklubSouth Africa53.0
5459DEN 1401Mads TerkelsenSejlklubben Esrum SøDenmark54.0
55115DEN 1384Søren Rugaard-LarsenHellerup SejlklubDenmark55.0
5690POL 40Robert SwieckiMKS Dwojka WarszawaPoland56.0
57131DEN 1392Tim NormannFrederikssund SejlklubDenmark57.0
58153GBR 2130Deryck LovegroveBurghfieldUnited Kingdom58.0
59151POL 16Kacper JarockiZlks PoznanPoland59.0
6062GER 651Heinz RidderSeglerverein PaderbornGermany60.0
6172GER 767Juliane HofmannPotsdamer Seglerverein e.V.Germany61.0
6267GER 662Gerd BreitbartSC÷/HH (HamburgGermany62.0
6327GBR 2068Tom LonsdaleWest Oxfordshire Sailing ClubUnited Kingdom63.0
6440DEN 1315Ask AskholmSvendborg Sunds SejlklubDenmark64.0
6597DEN 1265Malte PedersenKDYDenmark65.0
66133DEN 1212Søren SigurdssonEsrum SøDenmark66.0
67139NOR 444Rolf WahlqvistBærum SeilforeningNorway67.0
6831SWE 2121Björn LindvallVärmdö JolleseglareSweden68.0
6946SWE 2752Bengt LarssonSSKASwedenBFD
6957DEN 1321Bjørn WestergaardSejlklubben Sundet / KDYDenmarkBFD
69144AUS 729Andre BlasseBlack Rock Yacht ClubAustraliaBFD
69124SWE 2796Björn AllanssonGothenburg Royal Yacht Club - GKSSSwedenBFD
69150FRA 1823Guillaume De KervénoaelABCvoileFranceDNF
6932DEN 1334Peter NielsenVeddelev Strands BådelaugDenmarkDNC
6934SWE 2797Mats CaapVarbergs SegelsällskapSwedenDNC
6936GBR 2141Simon DavisUpper Thames Sailing ClubUnited KingdomDNC
6920GER 771Ralf MackmannSegel Club.Haltern am SeeGermanyDNC
6921DEN 1341Per HansenØresunds Sejlklub FremDenmarkDNC
6922DEN 1342Johnny Leif HansenØresunds Sejlklub FremDenmarkDNC
6923DEN 1343Niels-Jørgen LarsenØresunds Sejlklub FremDenmarkDNC
6924GER 765Rainer PospiechYachtclub Berlin GrünauGermanyDNC
6926GBR 2042Richard BurtonWest Oxfordshire Sailing ClubUnited KingdomDNC
6912GER 778Sönke BehrensSCOeGermanyDNC
6913DEN 1414Christian HedlundHellerup SejlklubDenmarkDNC
6914DEN 1364Jørgen LindhardtsenHvidovre SejlklubDenmarkDNC
6917GER 773Rüdiger PrinzSegelclub Stevertalsperre (SCSTGermanyDNC
6918GBR 2145Tony WoodsGlossop and Etherow SCUnited KingdomDNC
691NZL 544Greg WilcoxPSVNew ZealandDNC
694SWE 100Thomas Hansson-MildSS KaparenSwedenDNC
695NZL 542Alistair DeavesWakatere Boating ClubNew ZealandDNC
696DEN 1411Jørgen SvendsenHellerup SejlklubDenmarkDNC
697POL 19Bartosz RakocyZlks PoznanPolandDNC
699GBR 2118Terry CurtisWeymouth SC / Upper Thames SCUnited KingdomDNC
6938DEN 1316Peter KirkegaardSøværnets IFDenmarkDNC
6944DEN 1345Mathias FiskerSSSKDenmarkDNC
6948GER 649Kai WehmhörnerSSCRa (Seesportclub Rangsdorf).GermanyDNC
6949SWE 2786Håkan TörnqvistSS KaparenSwedenDNC
6950DEN 1348Kim W.HolmSolrød Strand SejlklubDenmarkDNC
6952DEN 1390Mads BrockhuusSkælskør Amatør SejlklubDenmarkDNC
6954GER 233Matthias WiechmannSGS PotsdamGermanyDNC
6960DEN 1350Per SørensenSejlklubben Ebeltoft VigDenmarkDNC
6968GER 766Gunnar GoronziSCSTGermanyDNC
6970SWE 2794Carl HultgrenRåå JolleKlubbSwedenDNC
6971SWE 2795Lars HultgrenRåå JolleKlubbSwedenDNC
6973GBR 2147Alex ScolesOvery Staithe Sailing ClubUnited KingdomDNC
6974DEN 1375Simon Dan PetersenOnsevig SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69136FRA 723Matthieu ChenuilCYV L'isle adamFranceDNC
69138FRA 1820Raymond DodardC.N.C. St. OuenFranceDNC
69140GBR 2117Teddy ArrowsmithBrancaster Staithe Sailing ClubUnited KingdomDNC
69141GBR 2149Martin BowerBlithfield SCUnited KingdomDNC
69147POL 10Janusz StobinskiAZS PoznanPolandDNC
69148AUS 756Michael HorvathAlbert SC / Williamstown SCAustraliaDNC
69126SWE 2782Peter RudblomGeSS (Getskärs segelsällskapSwedenDNC
69129SWE 888Magnus GillgrenGeSS (Getskärs segelsällskapSwedenDNC
69132DEN 1405Poul ChristiansenFarum / HellerupDenmarkDNC
69134DEN 1331Fritz BannerEbeltoft Vig SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69135AUS 692Bill TylerDrummoyne SCAustraliaDNC
69116DEN 1262Troels LykkeHellerup SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69117DEN 1374Bo PetersenHellerup SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69119DEN 1326Jakob ChristensenHellerup SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69120NOR 471Jens MakholmHellerup SejlklubNorwayDNC
69122DEN 1159Ralph EriksenHaderslev Sejl ClubDenmarkDNC
69125GBR 2148Chris PerryGlossop SCUnited KingdomDNC
6996BEL 214Paul VerrijdtKLYC- AntwerpenBelgiumDNC
6998DEN 1396Stig FrandsenKBLDenmarkDNC
69100DEN 1284Ingo GriemKaløvig BådelaugDenmarkDNC
69101POL 14Pawel PawlaczykJKW PoznanPolandDNC
69102POL 1361Zbigniew DRYZNERJK Kotwica TarnobrzegPolandDNC
69105GBR 2146Simon HoultHill Head SCUnited KingdomDNC
69106DEN 1302Jesper StrandbergHerslev Strand SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69107DEN 1336Thomas ChristensenHerslev Strand SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69108DEN 1347Anders BuhlHerslev Strand SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69109DEN 1403Lars AndresenHerslev Strand SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69110DEN 1388Sam JedigHerslev Strand SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69111DEN 1378Claus HagerupHerslev Strand SejlklubDenmarkDNC
69113DEN 1304Christian MidtgaardHelsingør Amatør SejlklubDenmarkDNC
6987SWE 2631Tomas JohanssonMora SSSwedenDNC
6988SWE 752Roy OttebornMora SSSwedenDNC
6989SWE 2739Carl BaernarpMora SSSwedenDNC
6992GBR 2062Brian QuayleManx Sailing & Cruising ClubUnited KingdomDNC
6993GER 777Pich AndreasLYCGermanyDNC
6979DEN 1391Lynge Thang JørgensenNakskov SejlklubDenmarkDNC
6980DEN 1318Egon PetersenNakskov SejlklubDenmarkDNC
6985SWE 2747Daniel BjörkmanMora SSSwedenDNC
6986SWE 2641Tomas ForsellMora SSSwedenDNC

Results of the practice race,
Full results Practice Race to download (PDF, 236 KB)