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Most interesting Worlds in a LONG Time

Well, it looks like that was exciting!

OK Dinghy Worlds are often interesting affairs, but this one had everything. Sun, too much wind and not enough, the tightest finish ever (?), disqualifications, home made boats winning the event, measurement drama, world champions of the past turning up and showing they’re not over the hill, Olympians turning up with high expectations. You name it, this had it.

In the end there was a winner, just barely. Matt Stechmann took the title on 18 points just ahead of Luke O’Connell (19 points), with Roger Blasse (19 points) taking third just ahead of Greg Wilcox (also on 19 points). WOW doesn’t cover it.

Blasse, Stechmann, O'Connell

Blasse, Stechmann, O’Connell From OKDIA Flikr account

Three NZL boats in the top 4, ages from youngish to quite oldish, and the event dominated by the Southern Hemisphere.

And there’s another story. With few of the top Euro boats attending it wasn’t completely surprising to see only one Euro boat in the top 10. But the circumstances seem to have left a bad taste. Jorgen Svendsen’s charge to the top of the fleet was interrupted by a measurement DSQ in Race 3. Excessively heavy toestrap reinforcements were deemed to be an attempt at weight concentration and out he went having won the race. The momentum never returned.

Protest Form

The Danes were not amused and there are indications that they thought many of the Aussie and NZL boats had exactly the same measurement problem as Svendsen, but weren’t being measured in the same way. The New Zealanders in particular are adamant that their boats passed muster from the international measurer – himself a long time OK Dinghy sailor. A debate will rumble on,  with the details of the weight rules in the hull likely to be the main point.

On the equipment side, there was a new feature in the top 10. The Top 2 boats were homebuilt (in plywood, we believe) to a design by Dan Leech, a NZL boat designer. Perhaps there is something new in OK Dinghy design after all…though we retain some doubt on that front.

And wood?  Well…who would have thought? To be fair there’s never really been any indication that the epoxy foam sandwich boats were faster, although the perceived maintenance needs of wood put some people off. But with epoxy over the top the wooden boats are maintenance free too and have the potential for even longer competitive lives than glass boats. As if 30+ years wasn’t enough.

Dan Leech kit OK Dinghy

Dan Leech kit OK Dinghy from leechboats.com

After that came a not-untypical mix of Icebreaker, Delfs, Strandberg (now legal), and Jason Kings. Masts have become a C-Tech whitewash. Without the Brits and their Aardvarks and Synergy masts it was all C-Tech. And with few Europeans present the top 10 sails were dominated by North, by Turtle (Greg Wilcox’s sail loft, formerly Quantum, but now independent), and the lone Danish Green sail of Jorgen Svendsen. As before, no indication that there’s really any dominant design or brand in any area except in masts. And the Brits will tell you their masts are every bit as good as the Kiwi C-Techs.

Other than all that, the racing, the race organization and the social aspects were all as good as usual. With Black Rock hosting its 3rd Worlds it was all likely to go well, and it did. Initially excessive wind was replaced by unpredictable breezes and the event only completed the required 5 races on the last day, but they were all good ones and the racers had a good time.

It was also interesting to see that the two recent Finn Olympians, Matt Coutts and Anthony Nossiter, showed that they had the speed to compete but still found the level in the fleet really high. Coutts finished 6th, with Nossiter (a 3 time Olympian) in 16th. Alongside them were two OK Dinghy World Champions from long ago. Collings (1984?) and Milne (1999?) finished in 14th and 22nd. Milne was in his old boat, updated with a carbon mast.  No better illustration of the merits of the OK Dinghy.

The full results are below, along with the equipment details of the top 10 boats. (the format’s a bit wonky…sorry)

And Robert Deaves wrote up his usual excellent reports, which are on the OKDIA site here.

Pictures from OKDIA’s Flikr account, leechboats.com and the event galleries on Facebook. All rights are theirs!

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Gear used by the top ten
Name Sailno Design Builder Mast Sail
1 Matt Stechmann NZL 549 Dan Leech Stechmann Ctech North NZ
2 Luke O’Connell NZL 546 Dan Leech O’Connell Ctech North NZ
3 Roger Blasse AUS 749 Delf Jason King Ctech Turtle/AUS
4 Greg Wilcox NZL 544 Icebreaker Icebreaker Boats NZ Ctech Turtle
5 Mike Williams AUS 730 Delf Jason King Ctech North NZ
6 Matt Coutts NZL 519 Icebreaker Garry Lock/Cookson Ctech North NZ
7 Ben Morrison NZL 530 Icebreaker Icebreaker Boats NZ Ctech North NZ
8 Jorgen Svendsen DEN 1445 Sota Strandberg Ctech Green
9 Mark Skelton AUS 753 Icebreaker Icebreaker Boats NZ Ctech Turtle
10 Mark Jackson AUS 735 Delf Jason King Ctech Turtle
World Championship 2014 Results
Pl Name Sail
Num
Country Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Pts Net Pts
1 Matt Stechmann NZL549 NZL Naval Point Club 1 5 11 2 10 29 18 Veterans
2 Luke O’Connell NZL546 NZL Worser Bay BC 8 6 1 4 8 27 19
3 Roger Blasse AUS749 AUS BRYC 11 2 6 8 3 30 19 Veterans
4 Greg Wilcox NZL544 NZL Potsdamer Seglerverien 3 12 7 5 4 31 19 Veterans
5 Michael Williams AUS730 AUS BRYC 6 8 21 1 6 42 21 Veterans
6 Matt Coutts NZL519 NZL Auckland SC 4 7 5 78
BFD
9 103 25
7 Ben Morrison NZL530 NZL Wakatere BC 27 3 56 3 2 91 35
8 Jorgen Svendsen DEN1445 DEN Hellerup Sejlklub 2 14 78
DSQ
9 12 115 37 Veterans
9 Mark Skelton AUS753 AUS 7 19 3 14 14 57 38 Veterans
10 Mark Jackson AUS735 AUS BRYC 9 16 8 24 7 64 40 Veterans
11 Andre Blasse AUS729 AUS BRYC 17 18 19 6 1 61 42 Veterans
12 Christian Olesen DEN1340 DEN VSK 14 17 2 10 78
BFD
121 43
13 Bradley Douglas NZL369 NZL Wakatere BC 12 20 22 7 5 66 44
14 Glenn Collings AUS535 AUS Safety Beach SC 5 10 30 12 22 79 49 Veterans
15 Anthony Nossiter AUS765 AUS MHYC 22 1 17 78
BFD
13 131 53 Veterans
16 Tim Davies AUS739 AUS Wangi ASC 10 24 54 11 15 114 60 Veterans
17 Mark Perrow NZL551 NZL Waiuku YC 15 11 34 27 11 98 64
18 Robert Mcmillan AUS766 AUS WSC/RPAYC 20 4 20 21 33 98 65 Veterans
19 Alistair Deaves NZL542 NZL Wakatere BC 29 37 10 13 16 105 68 Veterans
20 David Hoogenboom NZL303 NZL Waiuku Yacht Club 26 34 9 19 25 113 79 Masters
21 Jonathan Clough NZL498 NZL Wakatere BC 21 38 4 78
BFD
20 161 83
22 Peter Milne AUS694 AUS BRYC 13 13 38 78
BFD
19 161 83 Veterans
23 Robert Deaves GBR2156 GBR Waldringfield SC 41 33 14 15 29 132 91 Veterans
24 Peter Horne AUS764 AUS Drummoyne SC 25 29 37 23 17 131 94 Veterans
25 Paul Rhodes NZL557 NZL Worser Bay BC 23 23 43 20 28 137 94 Veterans
26 Brent Williams AUS754 AUS ASC 24 26 24 78
BFD
21 173 95 Veterans
27 Steve Mcdowell NZL545 NZL Worser Bay BC 28 31 25 26 18 128 97
28 Dave Bourne GBR2157 GBR Upriver YC 34 27 15 22 46 144 98 Veterans
29 Daniel Bush NZL478 NZL Wakatere BC 50 9 35 31 26 151 101
30 Eric Rone USA536 USA Wakatere BC 16 42 78
OCS
16 32 184 106
31 Gareth Wells AUS742 AUS Wangi ASC 18 28 59 25 38 168 109 Veterans
32 Peter Robinson AUS750 AUS Drummoyne SC 42 41 31 17 24 155 113 Veterans
33 Folkert Janssen AUS733 AUS BRYC 65 25 32 35 27 184 119 Veterans
34 Bruce Ashton AUS728 AUS BRYC 19 78
DNF
16 40 47 200 122 Masters
35 Edward O’Donnell AUS734 AUS Wangi ASC 32 15 40 37 78
BFD
202 124 Veterans
36 Malte Pedersen DEN1407 DEN Royal Danish YC 57 40 12 18 78
BFD
205 127 Masters
37 Adrian Coulthard NZL531 NZL Napier Sailing Club 31 55 29 28 39 182 127 Veterans
38 Chris Fenwick NZL509 NZL Napier SC 30 54 28 43 30 185 131
39 Adrian Mannering NZL504 NZL Napier SC 36 35 49 32 34 186 137 Veterans
40 David Ketteridge AUS725 AUS Adelaide SC 33 46 18 42 51 190 139 Masters
41 Andrew Baker AUS761 AUS BRYC 44 49 23 33 45 194 145 Veterans
42 Rainer Pospiech GER765 GER Yachtclub Berlin-Grunau 35 44 41 29 40 189 145 Masters
43 Gary Lokum AUS741 AUS BRYC 60 32 46 44 31 213 153 Veterans
44 Glenn Williams AUS719 AUS Big River SC 47 22 52 49 36 206 154 Veterans
45 Dirk Dame GER750 GER Segler-Vereinigung Mannheim 37 58 33 34 78
BFD
240 162 Veterans
46 Rob Hengst NZL533 NZL Napier SC 48 39 47 41 42 217 169 Veterans
47 Jorg Sylvester GER726 GER Segeberger Segel-Club 39 63 50 36 48 236 173 Veterans
48 Ronald Foest GER688 GER DRS 55 68 13 56 59 251 183 Veterans
49 Christopher Visick AUS758 AUS BRYC 45 47 64 39 52 247 183 Veterans
50 Mark Roberts AUS762 AUS ASC 54 78
DNF
78
OCS
30 23 263 185 Veterans
51 Elizabeth Williams AUS759 AUS Sandgate YC /BRYC 40 78
DNF
26 57 62 263 185 Women
Veterans
52 Gavin Waldron GBR756 GBR Morecambe SC 43 53 44 48 50 238 185 Veterans
53 Martin Pike NZL554 NZL Napier SC 63 50 42 59 37 251 188 Masters
54 Samuel Haines AUS708 AUS BRYC 59 43 48 78
BFD
43 271 193
55 Grant Wakefield AUS736 AUS DSC 38 61 58 46 55 258 197 Veterans
56 Peter Lynch AUS726 AUS Wangi ASC 56 30 78
DNF
78
BFD
35 277 199 Veterans
57 Dirk Gericke GER735 GER SG Einheit Brandenburg e.V. 61 59 27 62 53 262 200 Veterans
58 Chris Devine NZL548 NZL Napier SC 67 36 62 58 44 267 200 Veterans
59 Sefton Powrie NZL547 NZL Wakatere BC 49 56 55 47 49 256 200 Masters
60 Chris Hall AUS757 AUS Ballarat YC 46 48 57 55 56 262 205
61 Mitchell Wilson AUS695 AUS Wangi ASC 53 64 39 52 67 275 208 Youth
62 Tim Smith AUS740 AUS BRYC 70 52 61 54 41 278 208
63 Mads Brockhuus DEN1419 DEN Skaelskor Amator Sejlklub 58 60 53 50 54 275 215 Veterans
64 Ashley Parkinson GBR711 GBR London Corinthian SC 74 78
DNF
36 45 65 298 220 Veterans
65 Nils Troland DEN1391 DEN HSS 52 45 45 78
BFD
78
BFD
298 220 Veterans
66 Michael Horvath AUS744 AUS BRYC 62 21 63 78
DNF
78
DNC
302 224 Veterans
67 Richard Furneaux AUS737 AUS BRYC 66 57 67 38 78
BFD
306 228 Masters
68 Glenn Yates AUS767 AUS Wangi ASC 64 62 51 53 64 294 230 Masters
69 Ron Fergusson AUS618 AUS Albert SC 51 66 66 60 68 311 243 Veterans
70 Neil Williamson USA678 USA 68 78
DNF
71 51 60 328 250 Veterans
71 Erik Thompson AUS706 AUS Sandgate YC / BRYC 72 67 60 66 57 322 250 Masters
72 Luke Cromie AUS672 AUS BRYC 73 65 73 63 58 332 259 Veterans
73 Michael Walker AUS655 AUS Drummoyne SC 71 78
DNF
68 61 61 339 261 Masters
74 Stephen Moore AUS755 AUS BRYC 69 51 65 78
DNC
78
DNF
341 263 Masters
75 John Henderson AUS715 AUS BRYC 76 69 72 64 63 344 268
76 Slava Ustovytski AUS760 AUS BRYC 77 78
DNC
69 67 66 357 279
77 Mike Flavell AUS543 AUS BRYC 75 70 70 65 78
DNF
358 280 Masters
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