Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Big breeze is OK for some

OK Dinghy Class Press Release

The first day of the 2009 OK Dinghy Inland Championships at Northampton Sailing Club was sailed in some extreme conditions, with winds up to 35 knots and a not insignificant wave height (for a puddle). The exploits of some of the intrepid sailors were expertly captured by these great photos from

Pictured here are Terry Curtis (the winner), Robert Deaves (second), Tony Woods (third), Richard Burton (fourth) and Dave Cooper (first breaststroke), all enjoying the OK Dinghy to the full in the extreme weather. Only three boats finished all three races on the Saturday in the windiest conditions that the fleet had sailed in for some years.

However it was good training for the next OK Dinghy world championship, which is due to be held in February in windy Wellington, New Zealand, where current UK National Champion Terry Curtis will be one of the leading British sailors.

Interestingly, the Kiwi OK Dinghy fleet held its first qualifying regatta at the Wellington venue at the same time as the UK Inlands and in very similar conditions. However, the Kiwis could only manage to sail two of the scheduled six races because of winds gusting 40-50 knots. One hopes that is not a portent of events to pass in February, despite the venue's windy reputation.