OK World Championships

Nick Craig looks at the runners and riders in Denmark at the end of the month

Thursday July 14th 2005, Author: Nick Craig, Location: United Kingdom
The OK Worlds looks set for its usual big fleet, strong competition, presence from many countries and hugely well run with the host nation Denmark having put in a massive amount of work over the last year to ensure it will be a great event. 70 boats have entered from 12 countries making it one of the biggest amateur international events.

It takes place at Skaelskor near Copenhagen from July 25-30. The Danish have laid on their Nationals the week before at nearby Bisserup which will provide an excellent warm-up for the fleet with 45 boats from most of the countries pre-entered.

The OK Worlds is traditionally high scoring as racing is very tight and there are many specialists in different weather conditions. So as ever, the event looks wide open with strong challengers from several countries. Past World Champions Roger Blasse (AUS) and Greg Wilcox (NZL) are very quick in windy & light winds respectively so will both be hoping for their conditions. From Europe, Nick Craig (GBR) and Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) have both been consistently top five at the Worlds but never managed to win it - both have good all round pace so will be looking to use their consistency over the 10 race series.

The fairy tale win would be for Jorgen Lindhardtsen. He last won the Worlds in 1976 and has been looking to regain his title with some very near succeses for the past 10 years. In the 20 years in between he went to the Olympics 4 times so knows his way round a boat! A win on home waters having just hit 60 would certainly show that sailing is a sport where everyone can just go on competing!

As well as these favourites, there are at least 20 other sailors capable of winning races and indeed the week on their day so it looks set to be a high scoring, exciting series.

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