OK Dinghy World Championships day 3 fights shifty weather

International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011
Neil Goodhead
On day three of the International OK Dinghy World Championships in Largs, raced four had to be abandoned after the fleet was plagued with light winds that kept dying before a race could be completed. Principal Race Officer, Chris Hadden, was forced to fly the N flag on the final attempt.

This was particularly disappointing for Rudiger Prinz (GER), who having returned to the OK Dinghy fleet in his new bright orange boat after an eight year absence, had established a clear lead on the rest of the fleet.

Disappointments were forgotten later in the evening when the fleet tucked into a delicious BBQ, generously provided the sponsors, comprising their own brand baked potatoes with burgers, sausages, chicken and salad followed by their own brand of strawberries with cream.

Race five: Today, the fleet launched early under grey skies and a moderate breeze. However, by the time the fleet had reached the race area the wind has beginning to die in the start area. Swiftly the race officer moved the fleet nearer the Bute shore and a course was quickly laid. The fleet were off at the first start at 12:15, opting to remain on starboard tack and the port side of the course which was the favoured side yesterday. Some remained on the right side of the course which looked promising initially, but soon Rudiger Prinz (GER) and Soenke Behrens (GER) tacked to join the rest of the fleet. Those who remained on the right generally lost out.

At the windward mark it was Tomasz Gaj (POL) who emerged the leader with Terry Curtis (GBR) on his transom. Andre and Roger Blasse (AUS) were third and fourth, with Stepan Myraif (DEN) and Simon Davis (GBR) close behind. There were a few place changes on the reaches, so at the start of the second beat the order became Gaj first, Curtis second, Roger Blasse third and Myraif fourth.

International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011
Neil Goodhead

As the fleet beat up to the windward mark for the second time, Gaj and Curtis were able to extend their lead on Blasse, Bartek Rakocy (POL) and Myraif. The majority of the fleet started the run on starboard gybe, all reaching the leeward mark with no mishaps. The final beat was a closely fought battle between a number of competitors. Gaj was closely covering Curtis, whilst Rakocy covered Craig. In the meantime Blasse, Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) and Greg Wilcox (NZL) were creeping up on the leading group. The final result was a bullet for Gaj who won the Sønderborg Cup, Curtis second and Craig third.

Results of race five for the Sønderborg Cup

1st Tomasz Gaj (POL)
2nd Terry Curtis (GBR)
3rd Bartek Radocy (POL)
4th Nick Craig (GBR)
5th Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE)
6th Greg Wilcox (NZL)
7th Stepan Myraif (DEN)
8th Roger Blasse (AUS)
9th Simon Davis (GBR)
10th Mark Roberts (AUS)

Race six commenced on the second start under a black flag. Predictably, the majority of the fleet banged the left corner in the eight knot breeze. However, many of the front runners had worked their way up the course from a more northerly direction. In the calmer sea state, the fleet was well bunched as it tacked around the windward mark. First to the mark was Christian Hedlund (DEN), chased by Nick Craig (GBR), Jorgen Svendsen (DEN) and Martin Von Zimmerman (GER).

They held their positions to the gybe mark, but Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) was closing fast. All five sustained their positions at the leeward mark, with a gap developing on the chasing pack. With no favoured side, the fleet was spread over the whole course as they made their way up to the windward mark for the second time.

International OK Dinghy World Championships 2011
Neil Goodhead

Craig rounded just ahead of Svendsen, with Bartek Rakocy (POL), Hedlund and Von Zimmerman close behind. There was no favoured gybe on this run as the fleet returned to the leeward mark for the final time. Unlike the first race of the day, the leaders were well dispersed on the final beat and no tacking duels ensued. At the finish, a group had sailed hard right, another group had stayed in the middle and a third chose the left side of the course. It was the group that went hard right that just gained the advantage of the leaders enabling Rakocy to take the gun from Svendsen and Craig just missing out to take third.

Results for race six for the Kiel Yacht Club Clock

1st Bartek Radocy (POL)
2nd Jorgen Svendsen (DEN)
3rd Nick Craig (GBR)
4th Martin Von Zimmerman (GER)
5th Christian Hedlund (DEN)
6th Terry Curtis (GBR)
7th Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE)
8th Rudiger Prinz (GER)
9th Simon Davis (GBR)
10th Soenke Behrens (GER)

Overall results after five races for the ‘Scotty Brand’ OK Dinghy World Championships

1st Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE)
2nd Bartek Radocy (POL)
3rd Greg Wilcox (NZL)
4th Nick Craig (GBR)
5th Martin Von Zimmerman (GER)
6th Gunther Arndt (GER)
7th Stepan Myraif (DEN)
8th Tomasz Gaj (POL)
9th Terry Curtis (GBR)
10th Alistair Deaves (NZL)

Race three results for the Mark and Jenny Fisher Cup

1st Greg Wilcox (NZL)
2nd Alistair Deaves (NZL)
3rd Radoslaw Drozdzik (POL)
4th Gunther Arndt (GER)
5th Ed Bradburn (GBR)
6th Tomasz Gaj (POL)
7th Stepan Myraif (DEN)
8th Mogens Johansen (DEN)
9th Peter Robinson (AUS)
10th Bo Teglers (DEN)

Overall results after three races

1st Greg Wilcox (NZL)
2nd Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE)
3rd Gunther Arndt (GER)
4th Martin Von Zimmerman (GER)
5th Stepan Myraif (DEN)
6th Bartek Rakocy (POL)
7th Nick Craig (GBR)
8th Alistair Deaves (NZL)
9th Roger Blasse (AUS)
10th Soenke Behrens (GER)

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