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Australian OK Dinghy Championships 2001

Adelaide, South Australia

1st - 8th January 2001

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Bob Davis, Champion 2001 Victorian Rob Davis won his first Australian title at the 39th Australian OK Dinghy Championship sailed at Adelaide Sailing Club. Held in early January, the Regatta was sailed in generally light conditions with the hot weather producing offshore breezes, the typical Adelaide sea breeze making only brief appearances. The regatta was also a World Championship selection regatta with the top 10 places securing berths at the 2001 Worlds in Sweden in August and the 2002 Worlds in New Zealand next January.

John Gibson led the points table early winning 3 of the first 4 races. Rob Davis was consistent with 2 seconds but carded 2 fifths putting his title aspirations under some pressure. Davis won Race 5 and with growing confidence won Race 6 sailed in a 15-18 knot sea breeze. Gibson with 2 seconds in Races 5 and 6 consolidated his position and led Davis into the final race by 4 points.

Race 7 was delayed, the southerly breeze switching 30 degrees and making course setting for the crucial race difficult. Three general recalls added to the tension. John Gibson, 2nd overall While Gibson tailed Davis through each of the previous aborted starts, Davis escaped from the fourth start to the favored left hand side. Gibson with an average start headed right. At the first mark Davis led with Gibson buried. With the title in his grasp Davis went on to win Race 7 with Gibson mid fleet. Mark Jackson finished strongly with a 2nd in Race 7 to gain 3rd overall from previous World Champion Mark Fisher 4th. Victorians Paul Richards and Justin Graham enjoyed the lighter conditions finishing 5th and 6th. Graham was the only other race winner, winning Race 3. NSW's John Mackenzie and Peter Burton finishing 7th and 9th respectively. The host club was represented in the top 10 with Peter Neilsen 8th and David Clancy 10th.

James McAllister from NSW, the current World Junior Champion finished 14th overall and defended his Australian Junior title. Mark Fisher won the veterans title for over 40's. Bill Tyler from NSW successfully defended his Masters title for the over 55's.

Six of the top 10 used hulls from the Comfort and Taylor design, the top 3 new hulls from builder Jim French in Melbourne. Nine of the top 10 used UK Needlespar masts, Mackenzie used a Goldspar section with a fibreglass tip. All used sails from Gale & Rimington Sails, Melbourne.

Peter Burton
National President

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2AUS 710John GibsonVic116122152813
3AUS 708Mark JacksonVic333215423217
4AUS 670Mark FisherVic24444362721
5AUS 709Paul RichardsVic795738DNS7339
6AUS 678Justin GrahamVic131311171346249
7AUS 667John MackenzieNSW14510859DNS8551
8AUS 640Peter NielsenSA671410131957455
9AUS 703Peter BurtonNSW118139106116855
10AUS 673David ClancyVic86163177197657
11AUS 643Phillip TaylorVic410816616137357
12AUS 788Peter JacksonVicDSQDSQ768535858
13AUS 695Peter YatesVic9121114121588166
14AUS 691James McAllisterNSW12DNF1217911910070
15AUS 695Rob BrownNSW17111812181079375
16AUS 672David KetteridgeSA101417131414129477
17AUS 692Bill TylerNSW151515151112149782
18AUS 655David ColemanNSW221691916211011391
19AUS 699Andrew RowettSA19172122211820138116
20AUS 690Sean WilsonVic20182018202026142116
21AUS 500Kevin KnottSA18202220192325147122
22AUS 636Edward O'DonnellNSW242419DNF222417130130
23AUS 546Ben GunnVic16212526262918161132
24AUS 617John MillsSA23192621242622161135
25AUS 637Peter BluntNSW26262423232516163137
26AUS 681John CorbyNSW27222724271723167140
27AUS 696Les McAllisterNSW21232827252724175147
28AUS 675Nick FewsterSADNF272325DNS22DNF188154
29AUS 621Denis GilbertNSW25252929282821185156
30AUS 712Damian SmithWADNSDNSDNS282930DNS223189