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World Championship 2000
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August 5th - 11th
Tough Racing On the Opening Day
When the fleet got away in nearly 20 knots for the first start, the port end of the line was favoured. Karsten Hitz, GER 727, led all the way to the finish line. After Hitz there was a group of eight where no places were clear until the last beat.
With the wind increasing to nearly 30 knots and the black flag up,It was difficult to reach the starting line on starboard. A group of four, led by Hitz, pulled away early from the rest. David Carroll, GBR 2085, capsized on the second beat but managed to stay in the group. Thomas Hansson-Mild, SWE 2746, then took over the lead on the run. At the beginning of the final beat Hansson-Mild took the middle of the course. Bart Bomans, BEL 44, who was second went to the right, while the third, Hitz, wen left. The right side was favoured and Bomans finished first with Hansson-Mild second. Hitz went too far and lost two places in the last 100 m due to the drifting finishing mark.
Due to the hard conditions many helmsmen decided to retire, leaving only 40 boats to finish the second race. The old Viking, Jørgen Lindhardtsen, DEN 1280, tacked at the gybe mark. We seldom seen that in the last 20 years!
More Wind and even higher waves
No racing due to too high waves and too much wind.
More Windy Racing
Although there was one general recall and a black flag at the second attempt no one was disqualified at the start of race three. The first beat was lead by Jan-Dietmar Dellas followed by Thomas Hansson-Mild. On the first reach Hansson-Mild passed the German, but was overtaken by Karsten Hitz on the second reach. He managed to take the lead again on the second beat but unfortunately capsized on the run. Hitz held his lead up the last beat, followed by Nick Craig, GBR 2094. Hansson-Mild managed third place.
The fleet got away at the first start of race four, again in winds of up to twenty knots. Craig was in the lead throughout the first beat and the reaches. During the second beat he was passed by Hitz, who kept the lead until the finish. Said Hitz, "I feel confident for the rest of the regatta if the wind stays. Everything works perfectly, boat speed and pointing."
Light Winds - Big Seas
Race 5 got underway with the strong wind & big waves of the previous days making way for light winds & chop. Nick Craig (GBR) and Bart Bomans (BEL) sailed fast downwind to be 1st and 2nd with local Antoni Pawlowski (POL) and Andy Rushworth (GBR) not far behind. Series leader Karsten Hitz (GER) was 15th, opening up the championship.
Race 6 was sailed in similar conditions resulting in many high scores for the leading contenders. Hitz sailed a perfect race to lead from start to finish with Craig 2nd and 4 times Olympian Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) 3rd and Pawlowski 4th.
One race is scheduled on Friday, which promised to be an exciting showdown between the 2 remaining contenders for the championship.
Karsten Hitz Takes Title
Race seven saw a general recall on first start. No one was caught by the black flag on second. Before start, Nick Craig (GBR 2094) and Karsten Hitz (GER 727) had a "matchracing contest" which resulted in a number of protests from Craig. Just before the second start, Jan-Erik Nystedt (SWE 66) was hit badly on the starboard side and was close to sinking.
The old legend Jørgen Lindhardtsen (DEN 1280) took the lead on the first beat, ahead of Bart Bomas (BEL 44) and Karsten. The persuers never reached the old Dane, who lead the race to the finish. Bomans took a chance on the last beat, but went too far and was passed by Karsten and Tomas Hansson-Mild (SWE 2746).
The four protests filed by Nick Craig were all dismissed by the jury, and Karsten Hitz was thus declared the World Champion for 2000, after 25 years of OK sailing.
James McAllister from Australia beat the Swede Max Nystedt to the Junior Champion trophy, while Jørgen Lindhardtsen once again got the Veteran trophy.
Said Karsten Hitz, "It was tough before the start, but I got free on the first beat and did not see Nick (Craig) for the remainder of the race.
by David Carroll
The OK worlds were held in the town of Leba in Poland on the Baltic coast. Many of the British sailors stayed away from the event after a bad experience in 1993 but they will regret it with the big winds and large waves, sunshine and lively nightlife! It all kicked off with the practice race held in excellent sailing conditions. Most of the leading contenders chose to be lazy and only do one lap with the big wind forecast for the next day. The full 80-boat fleet was led round the mark by Nick Craig (GBR) and was followed by the top contenders such as Bart Bomans from Belgium and Karsten Hitz of Germany. The British sailors faired well all rounding in the top 15 or so. Karsten Hitz followed by 4 times Olympian Jorgen Lindhardsen from Denmark eventually won the race.
Race 1 got underway in a steady force 5 with Jan-Dietmar Dellas (GER) rounding first to open an early lead but his 120kg bulk didn't fair well on the reach's. Karsten Hitz showed his usual windy weather speed to win from Lindhardsen. A shift to the right near the finish allowed Bart Bomans (BEL) and Nick Craig (GBR) to steal 3rd and 4th places ahead of Oliver Grongolz (GER) in 6th.
Conditions for race 2 were extreme and exhilarating. The wind was close to the maximum allows of 28 knots and the waves were massive with boats (and sometimes masts!) disappearing between waves. Bomans showed great skill to defy his weight disadvantage and scored a narrow victory from Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE). Craig had a good run with a broken kicker to hold off Dave Carroll (GBR) for 3rd and 4th places respectively.
Racing was postponed to another day on Tuesday because the wind had got up even more. The wind had moderated to a steady 5 for the two races on Wednesday and it was Jan-Dietmar leading from Hansson-Mild at the top mark. Karsten third and Craig forth. Hansson-Mild capsized on the run to give Hitz a win from Craig. Hansson-Mind finished 4th and Lindhardsen 5th whilst overnight leader Bomans finished 6th with Carroll 7th.
Craig led at the first mark of race 4 and opened up a big lead by the end of the reaches. However, it was the awesome upwind speed of Hitz that scored him another victory. Bomans finished 3rd from Gronholz with Carroll 5th.
The experienced British team had another strong day with 4 of the 5 members finishing the day with a real chance of a top ten finish overall. Terry Curtis (GBR) and Andy Rushworth (GBR) both were sailing out of their skins in the breezy conditions.
Day 4 was a different affair with the winds now easing to force 2 and a nasty chop. A BIG shift up the first beat allowed Andy Rushworth an early lead but missed his toe straps and fell out to round 4th instead of having a big windward mark lead! Antoni Powlowski (POL) led round with Craig second and Bomans 3rd. Craig covered hard to win followed by Bomans and Powlowski. Rushworth ended up 4th despite his swim. Hitz scored a 15th that opened up the event.
Hitz made no mistake in race 6 with a perfect starboard end start to lead from start to finish. Craig pulled through to 2nd to keep the pressure on with Lindharsen 3rd.
In the light airs the Brits had a mixed day but Dave Carroll move up a place to 6th overall despite a bad day and Rushworth moved into the top 10 after an excellent day. Curtis was hovering around 10th and it was all to play in the last race.
The final day lived up to the billing with an exciting but controversial day. There were 2 contenders for the title - Karsten who had clocked up 4 wins but was carrying a 15th and Nick with a consistent series with all top 4 results. Craig had to beat Hitz by 2 places or sail him below 6th. Craig made his intentions clear with a psychological game starting some 20 minutes before the start. Craig arrived off Hitz's quarter for 15 minutes! The 5-minute gun went and Craig went in hard with the protest flag going up within 30 seconds for a luffing incident. Hitz was clearly rattled as Craig tailed and both planed off to the port end of the line. Both boats were OCS in the recalled start, this meant Karsten lived to fight again. Craig continued his aggressive moves tailing Hitz away from the line. In Americas cup style stuff, Craig held Hitz out for almost the 10 minutes but Hitz escaped with to make a perfect start whilst Craig was buried. Hitz sailed a good race to finish 2nd behind Lindhardsen. Bomans and Hansson-mild finished 3rd and 4th. Dave Carroll finished with a 6th, Curtis a 9th and Rushworth a 10th that meant all 4 finished in the top 10.
However it was not over. Craig lodged 4 protests. 2 of the protests alleged that German boats had interfered with the match race in 8 separate incidents. The other 2 alleged rule infringements during the pre-starts against Karsten. The jury's decision's meant Karsten had won the Worlds at long last.
Point System: "Olympic": 1st=0; 2nd=3; 3rd=5,7; 4th=8; 5th=10; 6th=11,7; place+6
|1||GER 727||HITZ Karsten||1||5||1||1||15||1||2||13.00|
|2||GBR 2094||CRAIG Nick||4||3||2||2||1||2||14||22.70|
|3||BEL 44||BOMANS Bart||3||1||6||3||2||7||4||34.10|
|4||DEN 1280||LINDHARDTSEN Jørgen||2||8||4||8||8||3||1||44.70|
|5||SWE 2746||HANSSON-MILD Thomas||7||2||3||16||50||10||3||65.40|
|6||GBR 2035||CARROLL David||8||4||7||5||14||24||6||76.70|
|7||GER 2097||RUSHWORTH Andrew||19||12||9||10||4||11||10||90.00|
|8||POL 31||PAWLOWSKI Antoni||12||25||13||13||3||4||18||93.70|
|9||GER 717||GRONHOLZ Oliver||5||6||8||4||30||27||15||97.70|
|10||GBR 2084||CURTIS Terry||10||10||14||12||13||28||9||104.00|
|11||GER 449||BEHRENS Sönke||13||11||26||14||11||9||12||106.00|
|12||GER 693||VON ZIMMERMANN Martin||17||DNF||17||18||6||6||8||107.40|
|13||SWE 2747||ALBRECHZSSON Olle||9||13||11||7||57||35||7||118.00|
|14||GER 724||DELLAS Jan Dietmar||6||9||10||17||51||37||5||118.70|
|15||GER 674||PETERS Gunter||24||17||18||9||18||12||11||121.00|
|16||SWE 99||ELKJAER Hans||15||DNF||12||6||22||15||16||121.70|
|17||GER 707||SCHMIDT Thorsten||16||15||19||11||63||16||17||130.00|
|18||NZL 507||DEAVES Alistair||28||33||15||19||12||17||13||140.00|
|19||GER 618||SCHEUERL Peter||11||14||23||15||23||19||DNF||141.00|
|20||SWE 66||NYSTEDT Jan-Eric||22||7||5||20||36||25||DNF||150.00|
|21||IND 1||MONGIA Nitin||18||18||22||25||25||14||20||153.00|
|22||SWE 2755||OLSSON Per-Arne||14||19||16||22||27||OCS||22||156.00|
|23||POL 6||MOCZORODYNSKI Boguslaw||38||20||25||30||9||5||DNF||162.00|
|24||GER 225||KIENE Volkmar||25||DNF||21||24||10||30||28||174.00|
|25||GER 670||RIES Hinnerk||23||26||29||23||52||13||27||177.00|
|26||GBR 2093||CASEY Greg||20||16||36||28||17||42||35||188.00|
|27||POL 161||BLASZKA Slawomir||21||24||33||33||33||26||26||199.00|
|28||DEN 1303||SOGREN Henrik||26||DNF||20||21||35||50||19||207.00|
|29||IND 2||DUTTA Gautama||45||DNF||30||27||21||38||21||218.00|
|30||DEN 1311||ANDERSEN Jesper||35||23||32||32||40||40||23||221.00|
|31||GER 725||HARTMANN Christian||50||DNF||35||45||7||23||29||225.00|
|32||POL 58||NOWACZYK Maciej||30||21||34||26||46||59||32||225.00|
|33||AUS 696||MC ALLISTER James||DNF||27||31||35||42||34||25||230.00|
|34||GER 695||GERICKE Dirk||27||22||44||29||44||56||30||232.00|
|35||POL 113||KOTEWICZ Michael||40||DNF||24||39||5||21||DNF||234.00|
|36||DEN 1249||PEDERSEN Ivan||34||28||42||36||20||39||42||235.00|
|37||NED 662||KUIJPERS Adrie||51||32||37||34||32||31||34||236.00|
|38||GER 970||SENST Christian||39||DNC||48||44||19||18||37||241.00|
|39||POL 75||MYSZKOWSKI Sandro||41||DNF||49||37||45||8||36||252.00|
|40||GER 178||POPLONYK Mieczyslaw||42||DNF||40||40||16||45||33||252.00|
|41||POL 20||WOJEWSKI Jaroslaw||32||31||41||41||53||41||39||261.00|
|42||POL 475||KOTWICKI Igor||31||35||39||DNF||54||29||40||264.00|
|43||POL 11||LESZCZYNSKI Michal||29||DNF||28||31||26||54||DNC||274.00|
|44||GER 621||HENNINGS Andre||36||DNF||52||47||31||36||38||276.00|
|45||POL 175||BONDARCZUK Krzysztof||37||36||43||46||37||48||45||280.00|
|46||POL 101||SZMYT Mariusz||46||37||38||38||59||51||41||287.00|
|47||POL 45||STOBINSKI Janusz||49||39||51||52||39||22||52||288.00|
|48||POL 16||WITT Rafal||DNF||DNF||45||49||24||20||47||291.00|
|49||POL 32||ANGIELCZYK Maciej||44||34||57||RDG||47||43||46||295.00|
|50||DEN 1302||NIELSEN Karl Erik Svare||DNC||DNF||27||DNF||34||33||31||301.00|
|51||POL 36||SOBIERAJ Michal||53||38||47||53||43||46||43||306.00|
|52||POL 66||JANKOWSKI Marian||55||30||56||56||58||32||48||313.00|
|53||POL 99||PIKULA Tomasz||47||DNF||53||43||41||53||50||323.00|
|54||SWE 2749||NYSTEDT Max||43||DNF||50||42||61||OCS||24||326.00|
|55||POL 9||CHWALKO Patryk||56||40||59||54||29||58||DNF||332.00|
|56||POL 523||KANIA Jakub||59||DNF||46||51||49||49||44||334.00|
|57||FRA 2000||DODARD Raymond||54||DNF||61||57||38||55||51||352.00|
|58||POL 624||KARCZEWSKI Jacek||48||DNF||62||50||48||60||53||357.00|
|59||DEN 1213||HANSEN Thomas Birger||DNF||DNF||60||59||28||57||54||364.00|
|60||POL 141||KARCZEWSKI Michal||58||DNF||55||48||DNF||52||49||368.00|
|61||GER 722||DISSEL Jan||33||29||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||378.00|
|62||POL 4||JURKIEWICZ Jakub||52||41||58||55||DNC||DNC||DNC||382.00|
|63||POL 52||LEWANDOWSKI Slawomir||57||DNF||54||58||56||61||DNF||392.00|
|64||SWE 2699||KARLSSON Eric||DNF||DNF||63||DNF||55||47||56||397.00|
|65||POL 22||WOJEWSKI Mateusz||DNC||DNC||64||DNF||60||44||55||399.00|
|66||POL 191||SOLECKI Pawel||DNC||DNF||DNF||DNC||62||62||DNC||440.00|
|67||POL 107||PIEKARSKI Zbigniew||60||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||446.00|
|68||POL 5||GLOWACKI Robert||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||456.00|
|68||GER 633||SCHRÖTER Rainer||DNF||DNF||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||456.00|