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Bo Petersen remains OK Dinghy World No. 1 after action packed European season

by Robert Deaves, OKDIA on 27 Oct 2016 27 October 2016
Bo Petersen remains OK Dinghy World No. 1 © G. Touren

Current European Champion Bo Petersen (DEN) not only stays at the top of the October 2017 release of the OK Dinghy World Ranking list, but has also amassed the highest points score of any sailor in the 11 years the list has been running. In addition both Petersen and second placed Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) join a select group of sailors who have collected more than 1000 points.

This perhaps reflects the health of the class as much as Petersen's own performance, as ranking points are based on numbers of sailors attending and numbers of highly ranked sailors at each regatta. More sailors equal more points.

This release includes the highly successful World Championship in Quiberon and a large number of well-supported national regattas held since. Former World Champion Hansson-Mild moves up one place to second after winning both the Danish and Swedish titles. Former World No. 1, Greg Wilcox (NZL) drops to third with only one podium position to add to his points score.

While World's bronze medalist Charlie Cumbley (GBR) moves up to fourth after retaining his British title, World Champion, Jim Hunt (GBR) moves from 25th to 12th. Stefan Myralf (DEN) drops one place to fifth, with Richard Burton (GBR) rounding out the top six, moving to his highest position ever after wining the Belgian title in September.

This release also includes results from the Dutch nationals, won by Dirk Dame (GER), the Polish Nationals, won by Dawid Kania (POL), the French Nationals, won by Phillipe Chelle (FRA) and the German Nationals, won by Andre Budzien (GER).

There are around 50 new sailors included in this release bringing the total number of sailors to have competed in at least one ranking event to a record 495. This year has also seen significant growth in the Dutch fleet with several events pulling in boats from across northern Europe.

While the down-under season is getting underway, the real interest for the coming season is just seven months away, with the 2017 World Championship in Barbados, in May, followed by the European Championship in Faarborg, Denmark, in August. Another action packed season beckons.

Rankings: (top 20 of 495, full rankings can be found here)

PosHelmNatSail NoPtsEvents
1Bo PetersenDEN211046613
2Thomas Hansson‑MildSWE1001021.7710
3Greg WilcoxNZL544985.714
4Charlie CumbleyGBR217398588
5Stefan MyralfDEN6972.4110
6Richard BurtonGBR2183951.138
7Martin von ZimmermannGER693908.2914
8Pawel PawlaczykPOL14898.229
9David BourneGBR17874.868
10Tomasz GajPOL1866.19
11André BudzienGER792863.199
12Jim HuntGBR1856.137
13Mark JacksonAUS735822.517
14Jørgen SvendsenDEN3810.228
15Bo Reker AndersenDEN1801.2916
16Mats CaapSWE2797798.785
17Henrik Kofoed LarsenDEN1397784.639
18Jonas BorjessonSWE2809779.949
19Andreas PichGER797763.5714
20Robert DeavesGBR2156750.838

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