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Bo Petersen leads OK Dinghies on Day 2 at Kieler Woche

by Robert Deaves 5 Sep 18:03 BST 4-7 September 2021

Denmark's Bo Petersen leads the OK Dinghy fleet at Kieler Woche after three races in fantastic conditions on Sunday. Petersen took two race wins and a second place, while Germany's Andre Budzien, in second, won the third race. Benjamin Hammerö, from Sweden, ends the day in third.

After no races were possible on the opening day on Saturday, Sunday brought almost perfect conditions with 14-18 knots from the east, nice waves and wall-to-wall sunshine for most of the day. Three races in these conditions was enough for the fleet, and the original intention to run five was quickly dispatched.

The story of the day was a close battle between Petersen and Budzien, always at the front and pushing each other at every mark. In the first two races the difference was Petersen's downwind speed, taking the lead both times on the downwind after Budzien led at the top.

In the final race, Budzien again led at the top but this time had enough of a gap to maintain the lead throughout and while Petersen closed the gap, he couldn't get past.

Hammerö picked up a 4,4,3 with Denmark's Jesper Bendix and New Zealand's Greg Wilcox and always in the mix in the top five.

Racing continues until Tuesday, though the forecast for Monday is not very promising.

Full photo album at www.flickr.com/photos/okdia/albums/72157719830589830

Results after Day 2: (three races)

1 DEN 21 Bo Petersen 2pts
2 GER 71 Andrè Budzien 3pts
3 SWE 72 Benjamin Hammerö 7pts
4 DEN 700 Jesper Bendix 7pts
5 NZL 599 Greg Wilcox 8pts
6 SWE 73 Patric Mure 13pts
7 DEN 22 Ask Askholm 13pts
8 GER 72 Oliver Gronholz 13pts
9 DEN 1565 Mogens Johansen 14pts
10 GER 852 Michael Nissen 17pts

Full results at www.kieler-woche.de/en/sailing/results.php

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