A look at the form

Nick Craig takes a look at the runners and riders for next weeks OK World Championship

Thursday July 22nd 2004, Author: Nick Craig, Location: United Kingdom
The OK Worlds gets underway on Sunday at Parkstone YC - it only comes to the UK every 10 years and is a great event with a limited entry fleet of 80 boats from 12 countries already gathered in Poole.

European favourite for the event is Bart Bomans from Belgium who dominated the Europeans last year and has been unbeaten on the European circuit again this year. However, reigning champion Nitin Mongia from India has been sailing in the area every day for 3 weeks with a full time coach so will not be giving up his title easily! He will be hoping for breeze after a Star Olympic camaign means he is towards the 100kg mark. Fellow power units Karsten Hitz & Russell Wood also won windy races at last weeks Open Nationals at Parkstone so will also be hoping for it windy.

The Nationals saw most of the Worlds fleet warming up for the main event and Brits Nick Craig & Jim Hunt scored well so will be hoping to break the duck of a Brit having never won the OK Worlds. Also, Dave Carroll was 7th and Terry Curtis and Andrew Rushworth were top 15 at the Nationals so there is a strong British presence. The Kiwis are the strongest team overall with remarkably any one of their dozen sailors capable of winning races.

The most intriguing participant is Jorgen Linhardsen of Denmark who at the age of 59 is still looking to win in this physical boat. He has never finished outside the top 10, clearly learnt a bit from going to the Olympics 4 times!

With competitive OKs costing only £1000 and nearly new ones £3000, there can be no cheaper way to get great international racing. For boat & membership enquiries, contact Andy Turner on andy.turner[at]essexcc.gov.uk or 01787 237850

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