It is all change at the top of the final OK Dinghy World Ranking List for 2011. Former World Champion Greg Wilcox (NZL) takes the top spot for the first time, moving up one place from the previous release after a fourth place finish at this summer's World Championship in Largs.
Greg Wilcox - OK Dinghy World No 1, October 2011
This release includes the World Championships, as well as National Championships in Denmark, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, Great Britain and France. The previous dominant nation, New Zealand, failed to show up in any numbers in Largs, so many have largely dropped out of the all important top 20. They will have to up their game and send a good fleet of boats to the 2012 World Championship in Denmark to get some ranking sailors back in the top 20.
Despite winning the World Championship and the British nationals, Nick Craig (GBR) drops from first to fourth, mainly because he has to count other low scoring regattas compared with Thomas Hansson Mild (SWE) in second and Alistair Deaves (NZL) in third. Craig always suffers from lack of counting regattas.
Wilcox, on the other hand, sailed in high scoring regattas such as the Danish Nationals and beat Craig at two of their four meetings this year. He is only the fourth sailor to top the list but also the first to get over 1000 points on the first appearance at the top. This was the result of sailing well at high scoring regattas.
Encouragingly there are lots of new names on the ranking list and it's especially good to see lots of Danish and German sailors getting new boats.
This release is the 22nd issue of the OK Dinghy World Ranking list since it was introduced in 2005. There are now more than 700 sailors in the database, although many have no scoring points from the previous two seasons so don't appear in the latest list.
Top 20 (out of 416)
1 Greg Wilcox NZL 522 1002.20 14
2 Thomas Hanson-Mild SWE 100 959.41 8
3 Alistair Deaves NZL 542 948.55 9
4 Nick Craig GBR 2134 906.64 8
5 Martin von Zimmermann GER 693 893.02 9
6 Jorgen Svendsen DEN 1385 867.40 11
7 Terry Curtis GBR 2118 811.89 9
8 Bartosz Rakocy POL 19 811.78 5
9 Tomasz Gaj POL 1 799.59 10
10 Christian Hedlund DEN 1368 798.08 14
11 Roger Blassé AUS 678 779.02 5
12 Andre Blasse AUS 729 704.35 8
13 Gunter Arndt GER 672 695.59 8
14 Sonke Behrens GER 690 693.55 7
15 Peter Robinson AUS 750 660.53 8
16 Stefan Myralf DEN 1388 658.16 10
17 Tony Woods GBR 2124 652.88 9
18 Karl Purdie NZL 531 650.48 5
19 Christian Olesen DEN 1340 650.25 5
20 Bo Teglers DEN 1402 639.89 7
The next release will be after the Interdominion Championship in New Zealand at
International OK Dinghy Association website