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OK Dinghy World Championship 2024 at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Brisbane - Day 4

by Robert Deaves 1 Mar 13:52 GMT 26 February - 2 March 2024

Nick Craig and Andy Davis traded race wins on the penultimate day at the 2024 Tan Lines OK Dinghy World Championship, hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, in Brisbane, Australia. They top the leader board, separated by just six points, with Australia's Roger Blasse - who had the joint best day with Davis - another four points behind. Just two races remain on Saturday.

For the first time this week the wind had set in from the north-east and brought quite shifty conditions with wind from 8-12 knots as the fleet resumed racing after the lay day in gold and silver groups. While many sailors scored some deep results, the top five overall remained unchanged.

The first upwind of race 7 provided quite a challenge in a quite light and shifty breeze. Both Craig and Davis started near each other mid-line but Davis then kept more to the middle while Craig went further right. Davis rounded first from Simon Davis and Australia's Matt Johnson. Craig rounded deep. Andy Davis then extended on every leg for a huge win from Australia's Roger Blasse and Mark Jackson. Craig crossed in 20th.

The wind started to strengthen for race 8 and would top out at 12-14 knots by the end. This time the left side paid with Australia's Lachlan Hornsby rounding first from David Meehan and New Zealand's Gordon Sims. Craig rounded from the right in fourth after a huge shift came in at the right time and gradually worked his way through the fleet to take the lead on the final run and win his fifth race from eight starts. Last week's Australian champion, David Clark crossed second with New Zealand's Steve McDowell in third. Andy Davis crossed in fifth to maintain second place and keep the pressure on Craig.

Australia's Mark Jackson, and also the President of OKDIA, reflected on a successful event, "The event has been fantastic with all races in so far with one day to go. The weather has been brilliant. It's been hot, sunny and we've had great breeze every day and the competition has been really tough. We're having a lot of fun."

On his own performance, "I have had a lot of ups and downs. The first race each day I have a good one and the second I fall back to about mid fleet. It was much the same again today with a third and about a 30th. It's a typical pattern for me."

A home worlds has given the fleet in Australian a boost. He continued "The Australian fleet is really booming at the moment. We have boats in every state. We have a new fleet in Perth and a decent fleet here in Queensland and we got over 70 boats to our Australian championship and here for the worlds, so the class is really growing and going well here in Australia."

Tomas Franzén from Sweden is in 17th, "We have had a wonderful time here so far. We haven't been sailing since October, so we were a little bit rusty, but our boats finally arrived in time for the worlds and now I feel we're getting better and better."

On the venue, "This is a fantastic place to go sailing. Over 30 degrees, and even if you get splashed it's like sailing in the shower. There is great camaraderie in the fleet and a lot of really great sailors, so I am enjoying it.

"Today was really shifty with the puffs coming from right, then left and it was really crazy for a while, but I'm happy anyway."

The top of the fleet remains tight going into the final day. It would be a brave man to bet against Craig winning his sixth OK Dinghy world title, but with a 20th on the board, and with the way Davis and Blasse are sailing, he cannot afford another slip up. Davis is sailing exceptionally well and while he won the British championship last year, he is a relative newcomer to the class. Meanwhile Blasse is a double world champion and is within striking distance. It is a long way from over.

So just two races remain on Saturday to decide the 2024 Tan Lines OK Dinghy World Champion. Who will it be?

Results after Day 4:

PosBow NoSail NoHelmBoat NameClubQ1Q2Q3Q4Q5Q6F1F2Pts
Gold Fleet
1st19GBR 2261Nick Craig'‑ 111231‑20110
2nd30GBR 11Andy DavisHD Sails 21322‑61516
3rd46AUS 1Roger BlasseTBABRYC‑10541132420
4th49NZL 11Steve McDowellSchismWBBC261375‑25327
5th108AUS 825Mike WilliamsElmo’s FireIHYC524661111‑2445
6th94AUS 15David ClarkStaccatoCYCA537101210‑14249
7th9DEN 6Johan BjoerlingSara (UFD)SOP1051271950
8th8DEN 22ask askholmSington ‑15116881051462
9th37DEN 61Henrik Kofoed‑LarsenJ diller MYMCASC3(BFD)81911313764
10th28NZL 592Rod DavisDeviceWBC63613615‑281564
11th104AUS 5Brent WilliamsGrumpy 13113514712‑2865
12th35GBR 44Chris TurnerMerakiLRSC1SOP9947‑272366
13th26SWE 73Patric MureSWE73 (UFD)673102172166
14th73AUS 791Mark Skelton791SLMASC47101112815‑1667
15th16NZL 15Greg WilcoxTurtle Sails 1415561594‑1768
16th15AUS 8Mark JacksonGlory DaysBRYC6212192163‑3169
17th12SWE 58Tomas FranzénVaadåådååWYC19141110456‑2669
18th20NZL 60Gordon SimsDelinquentWBC121284524‑391075
19th43AUS 10Tim DaviesRhythm StickWASC22912SOP104‑351277
20th47AUS 828Brett WhitbreadNo Stingrays 12(BFD)15413179979
21st74AUS 833Scott OlsenSlingshotFSCSOP81315913‑341381
22nd29NZL 4Mark PerrowRecidivist 2214218832‑3987
23rd31NZL 620Sean ClearySean ClearyWBC810(DSQ)931303293
24th68GER 77Sönke BehrensBleibmallogga 14‑311415134182098
25th93NZL 17Paul RhodesSolitary ConfinementWBBC3149715633‑34105
26th80SWE 63Jonas Langner'‑WYC101914257923‑51107
27th95NZL 584greg salthouseSunset SamWBC‑2716122111112218111
28th25AUS 9Andre BlasseNeinBRYC297118512‑5140112
29th17NZL 623Marc GriseDog Box 2091914141226‑49114
30th96AUS 800Steve GuntherNo Name 2910526913‑3130122
31st75AUS 811David MeehanBaselineFSC171522202019‑2911124
32nd22GER 5Ralf Tietje. 41817122822‑4127128
33rd41AUS 793Mark RutherfurdSplinterDSC112113163029‑388128
34th86AUS 735Matt JohnsonThink PositiveBRYC11231822221616‑55128
35th4AUS 752Ben SharpLily 30815131614‑4035131
36th39AUS 694Gary McLennansmOKinBRYC335262719158‑45133
37th69AUS 805Lachlan HornsbyEmuLMYC332823111821‑456140
38th44GBR 999Simon DavisZymWSC2319203117(DNF)1022142
39th117GER 81Jan‑Dietmar DellasLe Rêveur III 132024202020‑5629146
40th51AUS 826Peter LynchSpookWASC15273023‑33191925158
41st13AUS 823Steve WilsonKnot SpecifiedBRYC201717162127‑4644162
42nd27NZL 55Simon ProbertShow Pony 16272124172837‑50170
43rd105AUS 815Andrew NorthcottUTHRQYS16132630212649‑53181
44th18AUS 708Kelvin HoldtGreen Eggs and HamRQYS251724‑3832262436184
45th110AUS 798Folkert JanssenHoly GuacamoleBRYC28252221252342‑48186
46th90AUS 776Grant WakefieldSpace MonkeyDSC7233444243421‑54187
47th109GER 8Ron FoestAgathe B. 1826‑431435213638188
48th78AUS 790Jonathan WardBank Robber 252021253323(SOP)41188
49th45AUS 4Peter RobinsonSmokin' HotDSC91636223837‑4833191
50th40DEN 25Søren SigurdssonQueen Mary 212935232817‑5543196
51st83AUS 773David KetteridgeThe Vid aka Joan’s SuperASC242416323133‑5242202
52nd32AUS 827Duncan LockTruck Stop 382420313214‑5346205
53rd79AUS 754Peter RoyleRun Forrest Run 391828173630‑4737205
54th116DEN 1407Malte PedersenGreenpeace 233628122333‑5452207
55th58AUS 734Rhys LlewellynCracked PeckerDSC30221927254443‑47210
56th34AUS 771Claus EjlertsenOK WAKARQYS45223118263150‑56223
Silver Fleet
1st99NZL 561Brett DanielBlueWBC(UFD)42934244641142
2nd59AUS 7Glenn WilliamsRum RunnerASC42(BFD)4317191855149
3rd103NZL 564Sefton PowrieFossil 2WBC728‑40382732717156
4th102NZ 568Dean ColemanGrey Matter 18‑3231292631SOP3162
5th100AUS 810Jay HarrisonRUVA12SC33372533‑4120109167
6th88NZL 611Oscar PaulichWaterrat (UFD)29SOPDNF18SOPSOP2168
7th118AUS 740Andrew BakerKalinda IVSYC34322740‑442566170
8th65AUS 725Jordan BarneyJoan's RespiteRQYS31‑33322822222411170
9th11AUS 813Steven ShaleMinervaRQYS21(BFD)383423252012173
10th33AUS 772Simon PaulOllieRQYS35‑3633363624310177
11th77AUS 830Rhyss EdwardsOK GooogleFSC172534‑4539351615181
12th24AUS 763Chris Mason.DBYC26‑37302829281926186
13th21AUS 47Brendon GreenYIPPIEE KI‑YAYFSC4213233331439(UFD)194
14th66AUS 780David HaseldineOKasionallyDSC24‑44393039361319200
15th23AUS 6Bob BuchananBundyPCSC3931252934‑402621205
16th114AUS 744Michael HorvathMax PowerIHYC45431818371827(DNF)206
17th56AUS 818Jim DwyerTokyo Drift ‑48454835293588208
18th115AUS 792Steven HumphrisHoudiniRQYS323032‑4940451220211
19th89AUS 14Christopher VisickMonkey TrunksBRYC(UFD)26353247341823215
20th81AUS 797Peter WallaceNatural Selection IIISLMASC19(SOP)273934383327217
21st76AUS 781Andrew ThyrdLionDSC‑4742413627302124221
22nd5NZL 604Tony BierreBuzzWBC34433837‑4436314223
23rd57AUS 787Sean HomanFineASC4138‑52373742287230
24th91DEN 1481Nils TrolandRAL5012 SOP343741‑4538SOP30231
25th61AUS 785Anthony GalanteBellaFSC(UFD)BFD372416411UFD233
26th14NZL 7Phil CovenyNZL 7WBC26‑51424147412216235
27th85AUS 112Jonah ParryFootrock Flats (Jnr) 3835‑544543511118241
28th55AUS 822Don WilliamstheboatwithnonameBRYC32414126502929(UFD)248
29th67AUS 3Grant DurranCatalina Wine MixerRGYC36(BFD)334335393928253
30th84AUS 2Rob McMillanNB SailsportsRQYS8216(DNS)DNCDNCDNCDNC254
31st71AUS 762Anthony JohnstonRustyDSC3739394242‑443725261
32nd38AUS 764Wayne GreenwoodTan LinesRQYS(UFD)30494341392535262
33rd7NED 690Sybren Hornstra'‑ 47(BFD)474446461722269
34th36NZL 560tim mcdowell560WBC46‑4944394832SOP29269
35th62AUS 702Jackson BlackFat Dog (Jnr)RQYS2840504648‑534513270
36th42NZL 600Brendan SneddonCharbeauWBC4946(DNC)DNC30433214272
37th52AUS 33Jamie BennettPrestige WorldwideIHYC434040‑4938423831272
38th70AUS 748Pam JohnstonPocket RocketDSC48384847‑49471533276
39th101NZL 574Philip RzepeckyKotuku 40SOP4435494041(UFD)283
40th63AUS 703Nelson MorseValkyrie (Jnr)RQYS43‑48424045473632285
41st53AUS 546Kevin KnottTequilaASC40SOP4951403735(DNF)292
42nd111AUS 13Ashley ParkinsonEternal BlueBRYC3734‑564843484639295
43rd54AUS 715Luke CromieThink BigBRYC46‑52454746503437305
44th50AUS 759Rik ThompsonShades of GrayRQYS41454550‑51504234307
45th107GER 809jessica finkeZart am Limit 36‑53464852SOP4336310
46th64AUS 750Blake RussellAjaxDSC514236464245(DNC)DNC318
47th48AUS 693fraser spencerPale RiderRQYS44(BFD)535050544038329
48th113NZL 475Graham Anthony LambertRough RedRNZYS44415053‑54514842329
49th82AUS 732Tim AlewoodBarelyDSC504451(SOP)53494441332
50th106AUS 761paul richardsRacing in the Street 49504642514947(UFD)334
51st87AUS 737Richard FurneauxDiogenesIHYC27(BFD)47DNFDNCDNCOCS40344
52nd112AUS 753Bruce SchofieldAUS 753WASC50(BFD)51515252DNCDNC368
53rd60AUS 760Steven WyattVoodoo ChildDSC(DNF)545554DNCDNCDNCDNC391
54th98AUS 779Brett MorrisSlakeWSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC402
54th2AUS 808Mark PhillipsCosmos FactoryDSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC402

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