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56th OK Dinghy AUS National Championships 2018

Southport Yacht Club, Gold Coast, Queensland, 2-7 January 2018

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Rob McMillan crowned International OK Dinghy Australian champion at Southport Yacht Club

by Bronwen Hemmings

With a remarkable 18 point lead, Rob Mcmillan has been crowned the Australian titles champion. With a near perfect score, Rob has led the fleet for the entire series sailing NB SAILSPORTS.

The regatta has been magical, each race has pushed me to use slightly different tactics and skills with some trying times, along with begin the first event with my newly purchased OK from England, I am very pleased with the boats capability and overall I am obviously very excited about taking out the title, said Rob.

The sailing conditions here on the Gold Coast were absolutely fantastic, brilliant sea breezes and perfect waves, I couldn't ask for much more. Overall, I had a brilliant time, however the unexpected swim earlier in the regatta won me the blue swimmer crab trophy for capsize of the day, I never imagined I would win one of these. The sailing management and Club (SYC) have been superb and I am extremely happy I participated within the regatta., Rob added.

A mixture of wind and waves structures have made for an extremely testing and versatile nine races offshore the Gold Coast.

The OK Nationals has been great series with diverse conditions which produced a true champion. I am really pleased with the conduct on the course from all the sailors, even from the fact of bringing out the black flag the whole fleet cheered, said Principle Race Officer Denis Thompson.

42 competitors competed at the event from Tuesday 2nd to Sunday 7th January 2018. World current number one Greg Wilson, TURTLE SAILS came in at a close second, Mark Jackson DANISH BLEU in third, Tim Davies GT in fourth and current Queensland Champion and Southport Yacht Club Ok Dinghy Sailor Kelvin Holdt, GREEN EGGS AND HAM in fifth place.

For full results, news and further information from the Australia's 56th International OK Dinghy National Championships, available online here

56th OK Dinghy AUS National Championships 2018 Results
#Sail NoSkipperBoat NameR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Total
1777Rob McmillanNB SAILSPORTS1.
2566Greg WilcoxTURTLE SAILS4.
3768Mark JacksonDANISH BLEU8.
4779Tim DaviesGT9.
5708Kelvin HoldtGREEN EGGS AND HAM3.
6753Mark SkeltonJAB
7774Peter RobinsonSMOKIN HOT7.
8754Brent WilliamsGUNBOAT DIPLOMAT12.0OCS9.
9733Folkert JanssenTHE PLOT AGAINST COM13.
10741Steve WilsonTURKISH DELIGHT21.
11778James BevisBEAVER18.0OCS11.
12719Glenn WilliamsDILLIGAF!!
13757Mark RutherfurdTOTAL RECALL15.
14725David KetteridgeJOANS RESPITE11.
15793Gareth WellsSCHMACKO39.
16736Grant WakefieldSPACE MONKEY6.
17749Roger BlasseUBER TANKER2.
18759Elizabeth WilliamsSHADES OF GREY10.
19764Nick GrayICE ICE BABY14.024.020.530.
20766Bob BuchananDINING WITH THE DEVI19.
21727Don WilliamsTIGHT SQUEEZE34.
22762David HaseldineCRACK17.
23732Jake RestallSQUID GRIP28.
24772David VincentBEEP BEEP23.
25767Glenn YatesPLEASURE/PAIN16.
26672Wayne LavertyROCKET
27703William PringleMISTER ED30.
28740Richard FurneauxBLUE25.
29771Stephen McmullenBIN CHICKEN20.
31739Michael DateDONT POKE THE BEAR32.
32720Mike FlavellFLASH29.
33781Damien WiddyFINGER JAM38.
34685Emma HutchesonOKNAKI33.
35662Andrew ThyrdTHE FOX40.
36655Michael WalkerPHANTOM31.
37642Steven HumphrisTHE HOUND35.
38641Kai McMullenWHOS OK27.016.033.0DNS34.040.0DNF35.0DNF271.0
39706Rik ThompsonSMOKE ON THE WATER37.
40760Steve WyattVOODOO CHILD36.
41717Bruce SchofieldOFF KUTDNFDNS41.

DNC, DNS, DNF, OCS etc.: 43