Please select your home edition
Edition
MS Amlin 2019 - 728x90

Symonite OK Dinghy Worlds - Day 3: Olympians rule third day

by Robert Deaves 12 Feb 10:13 GMT 7-15 February 2019
Race 5 - Symonite OK Dinghy Worlds, Day 3 © Robert Deaves

Olympians Dan Slater and Fredrik Lööf took the race wins on the third day of the 2019 Symonite OK Dinghy World Championship at Wakatere Boating Club, in Auckland, after two more races in a very shifty offshore breeze. Josh Armit ended the day in second with Andrew Phillips in third.

Early morning showers gave way to a beautiful, hot and sunny day by race time, though the offshore wind caused its fair share of tears through the fleet with many favourites deep at times and many sailors scratching their heads in frustration. But many of the same sailors also made it to the front each race, while others made it look quite hard at times.

Race 4 started on time and got away first time in 8-10 knots with a huge split left and right from the 650 metre long start line to accommodate the 111 boats taking part. Slater led at the top from Rohan Lord and Tim Davies, from Australia.

Lord took the lead on the second round but Slater pushed hard on the final upwind with shifts from all directions to take the race win. Even 100 metres from the finish it was anyone's game with 50 degrees shifts and huge pressure changes. The final shift let Slater cross ahead of Lord and Luke O'Connell.

There was slightly more wind for the second race of the day. Thomas Hansson-Mild, from Sweden, executed a perfect port tack start from the pin and crossed the entire fleet. Lööf started at the boat and also went right. At the top, Lööf rounded first from Matthew Mason, Slater and Hansson-Mild. Lööf stayed in front all the way to record his first win of the week, with Slater sailing well again to secure second from Nick Craig, from Britain, who took a few places on the final tricky upwind.

Slater has so far put together an impressive series, discarding a second place.

"It was a little bit different to yesterday but really head out of the boat stuff and trying to get clear air. I was a bit fortunate today. There was quite a bit of line sag so it was a bit easier to get off the start line. And then I was able to sail a lane."

"I had a first and a second so that keeps me in the hunt with a lot of racing still to go, with a pretty miserable forecast for Thursday and Friday."

On managing these conditions in a big fleet. "I think when it flaps you tack basically. You got to be in position to be able to tack when you have got so many boats, and it makes it really difficult sometimes if you not able to tack and sometimes you just have to suck it up sailing in a bit of bad air and just have to keep sailing straight because you are still going the right way."

He said he has a lot of experience on the waters where the racing is set. "I am have three done Olympic campaigns on that same block of water, so my experience going up and down that beat is pretty vast. So I do feel much more comfortable than probably most that are sailing there."

Lööf came into the event as European Champion and clear favourite. However even he has had trouble finding his way up the beats. He remains in fourth but is closer to a podium position after the bullet today.

"It was a really tough day today. There are so many things happening. I am very impressed by Dan Slater. He is just putting the boat in the right place all the time and getting firsts and seconds. Also Josh Armit is sailing really, really well."

"Finally I had a good race in the last race. But I was happy at the end of the day so all good."

Former world champions, Nick Craig and Thomas Hansson-Mild had better days, both moving into the top 10 after some forgettable races on the second day of racing. However the Kiwis can still boast seven out of the top 10, which is pretty impressive given the quality of the fleet here.

With five races and a valid series now sailed, the fleet can have a well-deserved day off on Wednesday. Racing is scheduled to continue on Thursday at 13.00.

The series concludes on Friday 15 February.

Results after Day 3: (top ten)

1 NZL 562, Dan Slater 7pts
2 NZL 485, Josh Armit 16pts
3 NZL 559, Andrew Phillips 18pts
4 SWE 69, Fredrik Loof 18pts
5 NZL 578, Luke O'Connell 20pts
6 NZL 579, Steve McDowell 20pts
7 GBR 2208, Nick Craig 39pts
8 NZL 580, Ben Morrison 44pts
9 SWE 100, Thomas Hansson-Mild 45pts
10 NZL 592, Rod Davis 49pts

Provisional Results to Race 5

Related Articles

International OK Dinghy Queensland Championship
Held over the weekend at Southport Yacht Club The 2019 International OK Dinghy Queensland Championship have concluded today at Southport Yacht Club in Hollywell, Queensland. The Championships were held on the Saturday 17 and Sunday the 18th of August. Posted on 19 Aug
Swedish OK National Championship in Marstrand
Thomas Hansson-Mild dominates the event to take his 14th National title Nearly 60 OK Dinghies from seven countries travelled long distances to sail the 2019 Swedish National Championship says as much about the current health of the class as it does about the beautiful venue that is Marstrand, host for 2020 World Championship. Posted on 8 Aug
Thomas Hansson-Mild is new OK Dinghy World No. 1
Swedish sailor has had a very successful season so far Former world champion, Thomas Hansson-Mild, from Sweden, is the new OK Dinghy World No. 1, taking the spot from his compatriot, the winner of the recent European championship, Fredrik Lööf. Posted on 10 Jul
OKs at Overy Staithe
Strong tide leads to racing being held in the harbour Nine OKs arrived at Overy Staithe for the annual OK Open Meeting, run every year since 1971. The wind was a fickle northerly in brilliant sunshine. Posted on 10 Jul
English Braids support the 2019 OK Nationals
Being held at The OK Class Association are pleased to welcome English Braids as a sponsor for our 2019 National Championship being held at South Caernarvonshire Yacht Club, Abersoch 5-8 Septempter. Posted on 6 Jul
OK Dinghy Europeans overall
Fredrik Lööf successfully defends title Fredrik Lööf, from Sweden, has secured his second successive OK Dinghy European title in Kiel with a race to spare after winning the first race of the day on the final day on Tuesday. Posted on 25 Jun
Kiel Week day 4
Hunger quenches his thirst for a 22nd title The international classes concluded the first half of Kiel Week today, with a German legend winning the 505 title after a few years in the wilderness. It was searingly hot in Kiel-Schilksee today, with temperatures touching over 30 degrees. Posted on 25 Jun
Kiel Week day 3
Lining up for some tense showdowns Germany's world-famous regatta has been delivering some sensational sailing conditions this week, as the international classes complete their penultimate day of competition. Posted on 24 Jun
OK Dinghy Europeans day 3
Fredrik Lööf closing in on title defence After three more races at the OK Dinghy European Championship at Kieler Woche, Fredrik Lööf, from Sweden, is now one race away from defending the title he first won last year. Posted on 24 Jun
Kiel Week day 2
75 races in dream-like conditions Kiel Week probably needs to hold back, otherwise it might be running out of superlatives. After the perfect Saturday, a Sunday of champagne sailing did follow. And this trend is supposed to go on. Posted on 24 Jun