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OK Dinghy World Championship 2024 at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Brisbane - Day 3

by Robert Deaves 28 Feb 15:00 GMT 26 February - 2 March 2024

Nick Craig has extended his lead at the 2024 Tan Lines OK Dinghy World Championship at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Brisbane, Australia, after two more races on the third day. He takes a four-point lead into the final series from Andy Davis, with Roger Blasse in third another four points back.

The final two races of the opening series were completed on schedule with race wins going to Blasse, Johan Bjorling, Craig and Sean Cleary.

Waterloo Bay turned it on for the third day of racing with clear blue skies, sizzling temperatures, and a good breeze that provided challenging but interesting racing. Another four group races and another four winners.

It was a good day for the Scandinavians with Tomas Franzen leading his group for a while and Bjorling having the best day out of the 112-boat fleet.

In the first race, New Zealand's Sean Cleary led at the top from Bjorling. The Dane passed Cleary and stayed ahead to win from Andy Davis and Cleary. In the other group, Franzen led at the top though Australia's Mark Jackson was close behind and took the lead at the second downwind gate. Blasse was closing and despite getting a yellow flag, managed to pass both to win. Jackson was second and Craig third.

In the second race, Germany's Jan-Dietmar Dellas judged the pin perfectly on a big shift and took a 100-metre advantage off the line to lead at the top. Craig rounded in fifth but was soon fighting for the lead with Bjorling. New Zealand's Steve McDowell crossed in third. Cleary led all the way in the second group to win from Sweden's Patric Mure and Denmark's Henrik Kofoed.

Bjoerling said, "It was pretty breezy today and I got some pretty good starts and just followed the fleer around. In the first one I led all the way round and in the second I was also in front but then I went to the wrong mark, so then Nick was kind enough to tell me that I had to go to another mark. So, I am really happy about today.

"I haven't sailed for six months, and I am pretty rusty, so that was, I would say, pure luck."

New Zealand's Rod Davis commented, "It's a tight ball game here and getting off the start line has been the major thing for all the top people. Conditions have been really good, little mistakes cost you dearly out here and the weed is a big problem, constantly cleaning weed of the rudder. It's a great atmosphere though."

The level at the front, "I would know the level just behind the front, but it looks like it's getting mixed up all the time up there. I think the top five guys are coming though, I don't know which one is going to win it, and it's going to be game on once we start in the gold fleet. But about five guys have positioned themselves to have a run at this one."

While Craig is looking dominant, the points are close and there are lots of opportunities for comebacks. The fleet is now split into gold and silver groups for the remaining four races. However, first there is a lay day on Thursday, so racing resumes Friday and concludes on Saturday.

Results after Day 3:

PosBow NoSail NoHelmBoat NameClubQ1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6Pts
1st19GBR 2261Nick Craig'‑ 1112‑316
2nd30GBR 11Andy DavisHD Sails 21322‑610
3rd46AUS 1Roger BlasseTBABRYC‑105411314
4th49NZL 11Steve McDowellSchismWBBC2613‑7517
5th108AUS 825Mike WilliamsElmo's FireIHYC52466‑1123
6th9DEN 6Johan BjoerlingSara (UFD)SOP1051224
7th26SWE 73Patric MureSWE73 (UFD)67310228
8th35GBR 44Chris TurnerMerakiLRSC1(SOP)994730
9th31NZL 620Sean ClearySean ClearyWBC810(DSQ)93131
10th29NZL 4Mark PerrowRecidivist ‑2214218833
11th28NZL 592Rod DavisDeviceWBC636136‑1534
12th94AUS 15David ClarkStaccatoCYCA53710‑121035
13th104AUS 5Brent WilliamsGrumpy 131135‑14739
14th73AUS 791Mark Skelton791SLMASC471011‑12840
15th20NZL 60Gordon SimsDelinquentWBC1212845‑2441
16th93NZL 17Paul RhodesSolitary ConfinementWBBC‑3149715641
17th43AUS 10Tim DaviesRhythm StickWASC‑22912SOP10443
18th25AUS 9Andre BlasseNeinBRYC‑29711851243
19th8DEN 22ask askholmSington ‑15116881043
20th37DEN 61Henrik Kofoed‑LarsenJ diller MYMCASC3(BFD)81911344
21st12SWE 58Tomas FranzénVaadåådååWYC‑191411104544
22nd15AUS 8Mark JacksonGlory DaysBRYC6‑2121921645
23rd16NZL 15Greg WilcoxTurtle Sails 14‑155615949
24th74AUS 833Scott OlsenSlingshotFSCSOP813‑1591353
25th80SWE 63Jonas Langner'‑WYC101914‑257959
26th68GER 77Sönke BehrensBleibmallogga 14‑31141513460
27th47AUS 828Brett WhitbreadNo Stingrays 12(BFD)154131761
28th96AUS 800Steve GuntherNo Name ‑291052691363
29th4AUS 752Ben SharpLily ‑3081513161466
30th17NZL 623Marc GriseDog Box ‑2091914141268
31st95NZL 584greg salthouseSunset SamWBC‑27161221111171
32nd22GER 5Ralf Tietje. 4181712‑282273
33rd86AUS 735Matt JohnsonThink PositiveBRYC11‑231822221689
34th39AUS 694Gary McLennansmOKinBRYC3‑352627191590
35th41AUS 793Mark RutherfurdSplinterDSC11211316‑302990
36th75AUS 811David MeehanBaselineFSC1715‑2220201991
37th13AUS 823Steve WilsonKnot SpecifiedBRYC2017171621‑2791
38th117GER 81Jan‑Dietmar DellasLe Rêveur III 1320‑2420202093
39th69AUS 805Lachlan HornsbyEmuLMYC‑332823111821101
40th105AUS 815Andrew NorthcottUTHRQYS161326‑302126102
41st27NZL 55Simon ProbertShow Pony 1627212417‑28105
42nd44GBR 999Simon DavisZymWSC2319203117(DNF)110
43rd109GER 8Ron FoestAgathe B. 1826‑43143521114
44th51AUS 826Peter LynchSpookWASC15273023‑3319114
45th78AUS 790Jonathan WardBank Robber 25202125‑3323114
46th110AUS 798Folkert JanssenHoly GuacamoleBRYC‑282522212523116
47th40DEN 25Søren SigurdssonQueen Mary 2129‑35232817118
48th116DEN 1407Malte PedersenGreenpeace 23‑3628122333119
49th45AUS 4Peter RobinsonSmokin' HotDSC9163622‑3837120
50th32AUS 827Duncan LockTruck Stop ‑382420313214121
51st90AUS 776Grant WakefieldSpace MonkeyDSC72334‑442434122
52nd58AUS 734Rhys LlewellynCracked PeckerDSC3022192725‑44123
53rd18AUS 708Kelvin HoldtGreen Eggs and HamRQYS251724‑383226124
54th83AUS 773David KetteridgeThe Vid aka Joan’s SuperASC2424163231‑33127
55th34AUS 771Claus EjlertsenOK WAKARQYS‑452231182631128
56th79AUS 754Peter RoyleRun Forrest Run ‑391828173630129
57th103NZL 564Sefton PowrieFossil 2WBC728‑40382732132
58th114AUS 744Michael HorvathMax PowerIHYC‑454318183718134
59th102NZ 568Dean ColemanGrey Matter 18‑3231292631135
60th65AUS 725Jordan BarneyJoan's RespiteRQYS31‑3332282222135
61st99NZL 561Brett DanielBlueWBC(UFD)429342446137
62nd59AUS 7Glenn WilliamsRum RunnerASC42(BFD)43171918139
63rd11AUS 813Steven ShaleMinervaRQYS21(BFD)38342325141
64th24AUS 763Chris Mason.DBYC26‑3730282928141
65th84AUS 2Rob McMillanNB SailsportsRQYS8216(DNS)DNCDNC142
66th21AUS 47Brendon GreenYIPPIEE KI‑YAYFSC4213233331‑43142
67th100AUS 810Jay HarrisonRUVA12SC33372533‑4120148
68th77AUS 830Rhyss EdwardsOK GooogleFSC172534‑453935150
69th81AUS 797Peter WallaceNatural Selection IIISLMASC19(SOP)27393438157
70th118AUS 740Andrew BakerKalinda IVSYC34322740‑4425158
71st23AUS 6Bob BuchananBundyPCSC3931252934‑40158
72nd88NZL 611Oscar PaulichWaterrat (UFD)29SOPDNF18SOP163
73rd33AUS 772Simon PaulOllieRQYS35‑3633363624164
74th66AUS 780David HaseldineOKasionallyDSC24‑4439303936168
75th55AUS 822Don WilliamstheboatwithnonameBRYC32414126‑5029169
76th89AUS 14Christopher VisickMonkey TrunksBRYC(UFD)2635324734174
77th61AUS 785Anthony GalanteBellaFSC(UFD)BFD37241641176
78th76AUS 781Andrew ThyrdLionDSC‑474241362730176
79th115AUS 792Steven HumphrisHoudiniRQYS323032‑494045179
80th67AUS 3Grant DurranCatalina Wine MixerRGYC36(BFD)33433539186
81st91DEN 1481Nils TrolandRAL5012 SOP343741‑4538186
82nd5NZL 604Tony BierreBuzzWBC34433837‑4436188
83rd56AUS 818Jim DwyerTokyo Drift ‑484548352935192
84th101NZL 574Philip RzepeckyKotuku 40SOP4435‑4940193
85th57AUS 787Sean HomanFineASC4138‑52373742195
86th14NZL 7Phil CovenyNZL 7WBC26‑5142414741197
87th71AUS 762Anthony JohnstonRustyDSC3739394242‑44199
88th38AUS 764Wayne GreenwoodTan LinesRQYS(UFD)3049434139202
89th52AUS 33Jamie BennettPrestige WorldwideIHYC434040‑493842203
90th53AUS 546Kevin KnottTequilaASC40SOP49‑514037206
91st36NZL 560tim mcdowell560WBC46‑4944394832209
92nd111AUS 13Ashley ParkinsonEternal BlueBRYC3734‑56484348210
93rd64AUS 750Blake RussellAjaxDSC‑514236464245211
94th62AUS 702Jackson BlackFat Dog (Jnr)RQYS2840504648‑53212
95th85AUS 112Jonah ParryFootrock Flats (Jnr) 3835‑54454351212
96th63AUS 703Nelson MorseValkyrie (Jnr)RQYS43‑4842404547217
97th42NZL 600Brendan SneddonCharbeauWBC4946(DNC)DNC3043226
98th70AUS 748Pam JohnstonPocket RocketDSC48384847‑4947228
99th7NED 690Sybren Hornstra'‑ 47(BFD)47444646230
100th107GER 809jessica finkeZart am Limit 36‑53464852SOP231
101st50AUS 759Rik ThompsonShades of GrayRQYS41454550‑5150231
102nd54AUS 715Luke CromieThink BigBRYC46‑5245474650234
103rd106AUS 761paul richardsRacing in the Street 49504642‑5149236
104th113NZL 475Graham Anthony LambertRough RedRNZYS44415053‑5451239
105th82AUS 732Tim AlewoodBarelyDSC504451(SOP)5349247
106th1AUS 737Richard FurneauxDiogenesIHYC27(BFD)47DNFDNCDNC248
107th48AUS 693fraser spencerPale RiderRQYS44(BFD)53505054251
108th112AUS 753Bruce SchofieldAUS 753WASC50(BFD)51515252256
109th60AUS 760Steven WyattVoodoo ChildDSC(DNF)545554DNCDNC279
110th98AUS 779Brett MorrisSlakeWSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC290
110th2AUS 808Mark PhillipsCosmos FactoryDSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC290

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