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OK Dinghy European Championship at Faaborg Sailing Club - Day 3

by Robert Deaves, OKDIA on 28 Jul 26-29 July 2017

There is almost nothing to separate Lars Johan Brodtkorb and Charlie Cumbley at the 2017 OK Dinghy European Championship in Faaborg, Denmark. Another win each leaves them just two points apart and 11 points clear of third placed Bo Petersen, the defending champion.

Only two races out of the scheduled three were sailed on the third day in Faaborg. Brodtkorb and Cumbley took a win each in their group, while in the other group, Johan Bjorling and Jonas Borjesson won one apiece.

With the wind at 10-14 knots and promising more, the first group for Race 6 contained the top three overall and could provide a preview of Saturday's gold fleet races. Cumbley led at the top but Petersen edged ahead at the gybe mark and led most of the way until Brodtkorb took the lead on the final upwind to win, with Cumbley slipping back to third in a close finish. Luke Gower was the early leader in the second group, but Jan Kurfeld took the lead round the second top mark but then lost it to Bjorling in another close finish.

The wind dropped with an approaching cloud but when that passed to the east the wind came back in at 10-14 knots for Race 7. The first group looked like being a runaway win for Borjesson, and he extended until the final upwind, when Kurfeld ground him down and the two crossed the line overlapped, while a third for Thomas Hansson-Mild moved him up to fourth overall. Brodtkorb had rounded the top mark about 20th, but had worked his way through the fleet to finally cross in fourth. The second group was a fight between Mats Caap, Oliver Gronholz and Cumbley. Cumbley trailed them down the reaches but was back in charge on the second upwind to record his third win of the week.

An attempt was made at getting the third race away but a huge shift on the first beat caused the race to be abandoned with Jan-Dietmar Dellas in the lead, and after a further attempt was stopped before the start, further racing was abandoned for the day as the weather won.

Brodtkorb is an unknown in the OK Dinghy class and it showing a remarkable skill in the boat at his first event after just a few days training before this event. He is normally a Europe and Finn sailor, having won two Europe Worlds in recent years.

"I came here because Jesper Strandberg lent me a boat and Jorgen Holm lent me a mast and sail. It was very convenient, because I just sailed the Europe Worlds in Spain and this was on the way home so I just came right here and trained for a few days. I think it's a good boat and is enjoyable, but in the light winds is a bit hard on the downwind."

"I think I have been sailing really well, and some of the sailors here are really good, but in the really shifty conditions I think I made a lot of good decisions, and you will be ahead no matter who you are sailing against. Today I made one bad decision in the second race and that cost me a lot of boats. But a lot of the other boats are doing a lot of good stuff, but different, but on the downwind in light winds I seem to have some issues, but that may just be time in the boat. I can't learn everything in a few days."

On today's races, "In the first race I was near the top, but still I was third at some point. I think the second one was the hard race, and I was fighting all the round to finish fourth. I don't think I could have passed any more boats."

He says he will maybe sail the OK Dinghy in the future given the chance, but his immediate focus is on his studies and the Finn U23 and Gold Cup next month.

On his first OK Dinghy experience, "I am really enjoying it. When you compete with 130 sailors it's great training and a great experience. The sailors are also very nice. I have met many people who shared their ideas and help me as well, and finding out how to sail with a new boat."

The championship is a major triumph for the Danish OK Dinghy association, which has grown at a faster rate than any other national class worldwide in the last few years. Jesper Strandberg has been a large part of that, building some beautiful boats and explained that Faaborg was an easy choice as the venue for the Europeans.

"Faaborg was from the beginning really keen on doing this and they set a new bar for making this kind of event, so they were in the lead over all the other clubs who were interested."

"We expected about 150 boats, but it's been a really nice turn out, but it's nice to see all of our sailing friends from all over Europe."

On sailing in Faaborg, "It's a small area. We always knew it was going to be tricky out there, and it has been shifty, but we have seven races in now out of eight planned, so I think that's really good."

"There are a lot of Danish boats here, about 50. The fleet is really growing in Denmark and so many people want to take a week's vacation to do some OK sailing."

Racing concludes on Saturday with the fleet now split in gold and silver fleets based on their results so far. The forecast is for strong winds, and even though the top two have a nice gap, in the OK fleet take nothing for granted.

Event website with live tracking: 2017.okeuropeans.org

Results after day 3:

PosNatSail NoHelmQ1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6Q7Pts
1stNOR428Lars Johan Brodtkorb112211‑48
2ndGBR1Charlie Cumbley2‑31123110
3rdDEN1471Bo Petersen‑1023822421
4thSWE100Thomas Hanson‑Mild1‑98435324
5thNZL573Luke Gower‑1172613625
6thSWE797Mats Caap4754‑166228
7thGER772Oliver Gronholz9445‑145330
8thPOL1Tomasz Gaj‑27273641032
9thGER71Andre Budzien2483‑108833
10thNZL566Greg Wilcox‑193310461238
11thDEN1485Johan Bjorling8‑2211571941
12thGER3Wolfgang Hofener‑16597411541
13thDEN1450Anders Andersen12110‑19713649
14thGER803Martin von Zimmermann7179‑23114553
15thDEN10Jens Lauge‑3411615122055
16thDEN1495Jesper Højer111271210‑171163
17thDEN1397Henrik Kofoed Larsen‑2814152372566
18thGBR2179Tony Woods1354231514‑3774
19thPOL14Pawel Pawlaczyk‑30121685201475
20thGBR2188Ian Hopwood‑596161019161077
21stGER806Jan Kurfeld5(BFD)1RET92286
22ndGBR21Christopher Arnell2092212‑2381586
23rdDEN1492Jesper Bendix161112‑299102886
24thGER7Andreas Pich102813‑34219788
25thDEN1477Jorgen Holm17‑31102018151292
26thDEN1Bo Reker Andersen2329189(BFD)7894
27thSWE2803Marten Bernesand3162726‑311018100
28thSWE59Lars Edwall21102919813‑43100
29thSWE2830Jonas Borjesson‑39814732391101
30thGER775Jorg Rademacher32211113‑401213102
31stGER5Ralf Tietje28101711‑351729112
32ndDEN3Jorgen Svendsen1365148(DNC)DNC113
33rdSWE2788Jan‑Erik Engholm61825‑27262020115
34thSWE6Hakan Tornqvist14‑342011122929115
35thGBR2185Ed Bradburn22‑281815171827117
36thGER789Ingo Ballerstein72428251222‑36118
37thDEN1433Henrik Kimmer Petersen625‑3616272223119
38thPOL19Grzegorz Salamon152128‑47152614119
39thDEN140Jan Hempel Sparsø251530‑37141817119
40thGBR67Andrew Rushworth540‑4116262113121
41stGER791Frank Strelow262414925‑2726124
42ndGER731Thomas Glas272024(DNC)132318125
43rdSWE2812Stefan Fagerlund12293218‑48269126
44thDEN1442Peter Heide22‑321917243017129
45thSWE8Bengt Larsson15306‑60401921131
46thPOL7Marek Bernat913253436(DNC)15132
47thDEN22Ask Askholm‑52182317242426132
48thGBR2145Douglas Powell37‑472314201525134
49thDEN1463Lars Andresen‑44133131271419135
50thDEN703Christian Thomsen43438‑4119367138
51stDEN1303John Skjoldby Petersen17‑382230293011139
52ndDEN1304Christian Midtgaard29141341‑45934140
53rdDEN77Jesper Strandberg332626321123‑35151
54thGER721Jørn Wille203827151735‑47152
55thPOL44Przemyslaw Drozdzik‑40263733252516162
56thBEL230Jacques Pirenne3223203628‑5023162
57thDEN1457Christian Teller31272126‑533127163
58thGER11Rainer Pospiech361730‑38362421164
59thPOL9Przemysnaw Kryszczynski(BFD)202131512124168
60thSWE3Jonny Billstrom26462920‑552522168
61stDEN1395Anders Buhl19353139‑431134169
62ndDEN1454Fritz Banner Pedersen‑58234113344616173
63rdGER4Lutz Boguhn211936303931(DNC)176
64thSWE2809Thomas Skeppmark3016401838‑4538180
65thDEN1465Niels Bjørling(BFD)361521332848181
66thDEN1481Nils Trolland38(BFD)1243342728182
67thGER8Ronald Foest4233392213‑5233182
68thDEN8Frederik Svendsen38(DNC)326DNCDNC183
69thGER12Stefan Rassau184633222248(DNC)189
70thDEN1382Stig Lassen1831443629‑4535193
71stGER767Maja Hansson‑Mild‑43323343183731194
72ndGBR4Simon Cox38‑613535461922195
73rdDEN1483Henri Skou1430‑5828494333197
74thSWE2804Ingmar Janson343626333733‑42199
75thDEN1316Jesper Sommer‑43354235163741206
76thDEN1424Henrik Hamann3939‑5638383519208
77thDEN7Malte Pedersen‑45 DP3225412937208
78thSWE20Stefan Pavia2427196(DNC)DNCDNC210
79thGBR2124Will Croxford48‑533427491636210
80thDEN1396Stig Frandsen60224021(DNC)4130214
81stSWE2749Jan‑Eric Nystedt5019(BFD)40393238218
82ndNED667Hessel Hoekstra‑47153439424346219
83rdSWE80Arne Malm3141‑4624414240219
84thDEN1430Rene Brunn(DSQ)453529502832219
85thDEN66Frank Berg2533374020(DNC)DNC222
86thDEN1473BrianTerp373943‑45283342222
87thDEN1415Thomas Christensen443745‑48304131228
88thDEN1484Olof Stenstrom29‑554950353632231
89thGER22Dirk Gericke352542‑56425140235
90thDEN1441Peter Korsbjerg4142‑5451473424239
91stDEN1482Tim Normann36‑603855233949240
92ndGER678Heinz Ridder49‑544328453441240
93rdDEN107Joe Schubert33(BFD)244222DNC54242
94thGER777Jorg Sylvester23‑524644473845243
95thDEN1392Poul Vincents35‑513949314451249
96thDEN70Bo Jensen4143‑5246335045258
97thDEN1336Thomas Kvist48454952‑533830262
98thDEN1333Mads Bjorndal Robl‑57475324484746265
99thDEN1377Jonathan Prom Scharff84217(DNC)DNCDNCDNC268
100thSWE55Ulf Sahle464348425040‑54269
101stGER607Gerd Breitbart24405450‑605452274
102ndDEN1461Soren Nielsen(BFD)524544544039274
103rdGER680Jan‑Dietmar Dellas‑55444747514444277
104thDEN126Lars Moller525644‑57304949280
105thNED669Sybren Hornstra514951‑53523247282
106thDEN1489Morten Jensen5349‑5737564744286
107thSWE2802Claes Heyman‑56504854434253290
108thSWE111Bertil Eliasson4541504544(DNC)DNC292
109thDEN1499Anders Gerhardt‑Hansen(DNF)565949375539295
110thSWE2792Anders Widding51(DNC)5253524643297
111thSWE2816Claes Avellan4058‑6256325458298
112thNED638Sipke Heokstra47445946‑615351300
113thGBR2163Gavin Waldron54504751‑574950301
114thDEN666Peter Zeiler5559534821(DNC)DNC303
115thDEN1437Per Sorensen5448(DNC)55465252307
116thDEN1305Flemming Hostgaard465750‑58585148310
117thDEN1458Soren Sigurdsson6259(DNC)52444850315
118thBEL203Joost Rommelaere53485159‑645356320
119thGER539Uli Borchers49‑625557595655331
120thGBR2080Paul Pike50586060‑625655339
121stDEN1262Dirch Zibrandtsen5662‑6358555553339
122ndGER788Jessica Finke‑61615661545756345
123rdDEN14Peter Thybo57575554(DNC)DNCDNC357
124thBEL214Paul Verrijdt4253(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC363
125thDEN1417Ingo Griem(DNF)5457DNCDNCDNC57369
126thDEN1212Klaus Jørgensen6455615963(DNC)DNC369
127thGER651Frederik Rontgen58605862(DNC)DNCDNC372
128thDEN112Svend Jacobsen6351(DNS)DNSDNCDNCDNC382
129thGBR2183Richard Burton(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC402
130thPOL40Robert Swiecki(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC402

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