Dinghy Regattas

Andre Budzien wins OK Dinghy Worlds in glamour conditions


OK Dinghy Worlds at Vallensbaek Sailing Club, Denmark – Overall

By Robert Deaves


Andre Budzien won the 2012 OK Dinghy World Championship in Vallensbaek, Denmark after the final two races were sailed on Saturday. Greg Wilcox took the silver while Thomas Hanssen-Mild took the bronze. The final two races were won by Christian Olesen and Björn Allansson.

Despite forecasts of strong winds on the final day, the final day started overcast, damp and windless. Overnight storms had brought heavy rain which tested the integrity of much off the camp site, results in many damp sailors come the morning. The sun soon came out but the wind was not ready yet so AP was hoisted at 9.30 as once again the fleet waited for the elusive Danish wind to appear.

But appear it did and at around 13.30 racing got under way in a strengthening southerly that peaked at about 12-14 knots by mid-afternoon. Two fantastic races were sailed in an onshore wind with nice waves developing that was a fitting end to a great anniversary championship.

In race six, Günther Arndt (GER) was the early leader from the right but soon Christian Olsesen (DEN) took the lead and held it to the finish with Andre Budzien crossing in second and Thomas Hansson-Mild in third.

The wind increased slightly for race seven and Björn Allanson (SWE) was finally able to get out in front and he stayed there the whole race taking his first race win in great conditions. Stefan Myralf (DEN) was second while Nick Craig (GBR) produced his best result of the week with a third.

This meant that Budzien had taken the OK Dinghy world title at the first attempt, his first ever senior world title, after three Finn World Masters titles. The 2002 champion Wilcox had to settle for silver while the 2009 champion Hansson-Mild took home the bronze. The defending champion Craig, finished fourth and went home with just the OKDIA tie that is given to the top ten overall and the major prize winners.

Wilcox summed up, “In the end it was a great regatta actually. It was the largest fleet we’ve ever had in the worlds and it was pretty well organised. We got seven races in, and on land it was great as well. The race officer and his team did a really good job and he put races in when we thought he possibly shouldn’t but they all turned out OK.”

“I’m pretty happy actually. I tried my best and it didn’t quite work out at the end but second in the biggest world championship ever is pretty good, so I think I’ll be pretty happy when I look back on it.”

“Andre sailed very, very well. He never won a race, but he never had a bad one. He was pretty much always up there. Today I tried really hard to get him but we were exactly the same speed and he just always had an edge after the start for some reason. And he just stayed there and we were locked together. I just couldn’t get any points on him. So well done to Andre.”

Hansson-Mild said, “I am happy overall with my week. I knew it was going to be tough. I never sailed this big a fleet before but coming in for the regatta I had some good results at Kiel and the Nordics, but I knew that Andre was coming here and I knew he was going to be a tough competitor. It was all about keeping the numbers low. Going into the last race today I still had a chance for the gold and my only chance was to get points in between so I had to get a good separation so after I saw them starting by the vessel I headed for the right line hoping it would shift right but there was more pressure up on the right. There was took little time to decide so I just threw the dice and it didn;t work out. Then then it was just a struggle to get back into the race. But I did a good recovery on the run and got back back into it.”

Budzien said, “It’s really nice to win and I think it was a really strong fleet here. It was difficult with the low winds to be in the top 10 or even the top 20 so you had minimise the risks all the time. I had some experience with this many boats at this years Finn Masters so that helped me find the right position and also the black flag starts are not so easy to handle. But I am really happy with the result, especially in the strongest OK Dinghy fleet ever.”

“The quality of the fleet here is really good, with six former world champions. I have never sailed against them before apart from Greg and Nick. It was a really strong fleet and strong competition. I would like to try to defend it next year, once we get organised with the transport.”

“The OK Dinghy fleet looks easy, but it is very different on the water. I didn’t win a single race here. In this regatta it was important to be consistent to win, but it’s not at all easy to win in this class. There are a lot of sailors I remember from really early times in the Finn class as well as younger sailors like Björn Allansson trying to catch the fleet here – it was very a strong field.”

At the prizegiving tonight, Andre Budzien was presented with the Canada Centennial Cup, the OK Sculpture and a new trophy for this year, presented by Paul Elvstrøm, for the sailor with the highest points without discard.

The prizegiving ended with six more inductees into the OKDIA Hall of Fame. Started in 2005, these awards are given to people who have made a significant contribution to the class or have excelled on the water. The six awards this year went to:

Nick Craig – four time world champion in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011
Greg Wilcox – world champion in 2002, past OKDIA President
Knud Olsen – designer of the OK
Axel Damgaard – co-designer and early promoter of the OK Dinghy
Svend Jacobsen – first world champion in 1963
Paul Elvstrøm – big influence in design of OK Dinghy rig and encouraging growth of class.

Next year the OK Dinghy World Championship is being held in Pattaya, Thailand, the second time the class has ventured into Asia and early signs are that it will be a very popular venue for the OK fleet.

Overall Results: (top 5)

1 GER 762 André Budzien 27pts

2 NZL 544 Greg Wilcox 32pts

3 SWE 100 Thomas Hansson-Mild 39pts

4 GBR 2150 Nick Craig 69pts

5 DEN 1377 Jørgen Holm Nielsen 74pts

Singaporean Domination


Optimist World Championship at Boca Chica, Dominican Republic – Overall



The best was kept for the end at the Opti Worlds with the weather being ideal for the last day of the Championship. A sunny and clear sky, with a breeze of 10 knots was the perfect combination for the conclusion of the event.

Two races sailed for all groups with several general recalls and black flags. Yokoyama Elisa Yukie and Neo Samuel Jiun Jie from Singapore had their own battle for first place and the rest of the fleet did not seem to be important to them. They both scored a bullet and had only one point difference when going to the final race. Right behind them was their compatriot Goh Jessica Kai Ling that also scored a bullet and was only one point behind second.



All were to be judged in the final race except for one thing, Singapore had secured all the podium places and left no chance for other countries to claim one. Bart Lambriex from Netherlands had an equally good performance scoring a 6th and a 1st place and managed to break Singapore’s domination, throwing Loh Jiayi to fifth place overall with Lambriex claimed fourth.

Yokoyama and Neo continued their flawless performances, scoring another bullet each meaning that Yokoyama is the new Optimist World Champion for 2012. Neo was only one point behind him in second place and Goh, after a bad performance in the last race, took third place overall.



Sweden’s Nevhagen and Jarudd took 6th and 8th place respectively and went between USA’s Shestopalov and Muller that finished 7th and 9th. The top ten completed by Janezic from Slovenia.

A wonderful Closing Ceremony followed, with the organizers giving thanks to all participants and volunteers in a ceremony hosted on the beach! Surely, a unique Championship to be remembered, for the 50th anniversary of the Opti Worlds and the first time that a nation claimed all three podium places.



By Icarus Sailing Media, All photos © Matias Capizzano

505 World Championships in La Rochelle provides sailing spectacle


Race reports by Mark Angell, all photos supplied by Christophe Favreau



The SAP 5O5 World Championship kicked off in sunny conditions on Saturday afternoon in La Rochelle, France. With a light south westerly breeze forecast the race officials took the decision to keep the 187 boat fleet ashore, opting for a four hour postponement to allow sufficient conditions for the fleet to launch. As the fleet took to the water the breeze steadily increased to 15 knots allowing the race committee to get the first race underway.

President of the race committee Piere Lemaire commented “We have already had a fantastic SAP 505 Pre-World Championship with 6 races sailed giving visiting crews the chance to practice in the La Rochelle waters. This year’s SAP 505 World Championship got off to a great start today, we were able to run two races in some great conditions in spite of the extremely large number of teams on the water (188 boats – 396 Sailors) we witnessed quite a spectacle this afternoon most notably when the fleet returned from the windward mark with spinnakers hoisted!”



La Rochelle continues to deliver light conditions on day 2

On day two of the SAP 5O5 World Championship the fleet saw yet another postponement to the racing schedule due to an extremely light South Westerly breeze. Race director Pierre Lemaire had no choice but to postpone the start and hold the 188 boat fleet on the shore to await a steady breeze. The breeze duly filled in at 4pm CET from the North West and the race committee attempted to start the first race. Two further re-starts ensued due to radical 20° wind shifts which occured half way through the rabbit starting procedure.

With the size of the fleet numbering 188 the 505 fleet employ a gate or rabbit start to give the entire fleet an equal chance during the starting phase. This start is a spectacular sight to see – 188 boats competitively starting at the same time and uses a moving rabbit boat to dictate the line instead of a stationary committee boat.

On day two of the event the current championship leaders Christian Kellner and Martin Schoeler further cemented their position at the top of the overall leaderboard by posting a second place finish in the only race of the day. The German team has shown great form having also competed in the SAP 505 Pre Worlds Regatta in La Rochelle where they finished third.



Snakes and ladders conditions cause reshuffle on third day

On day three of the SAP 505 World Championship variable and shifty conditions have affected the top positions. Today’s wind of 8 knots came from the easterly direction however the land effect gave the opportunity for the light air specialists to monopolize.

The American team of Conrads and Haines took the early lead in the first race of the day, currently ranked 14th placed boat in the regatta. The leaders were making huge gains opting to beat towards the beach, team Conrads/Haines’ win boosts them an incredible 9 positions up the leaderboard to 5th overall.


To follow all the live regatta action and for more information on the 2012 SAP 5O5 World Championship visit the official website at www.sap505worlds.com/2012

ACO Musto Skiff Worlds at Weymouth & Portland – Overall



By Rick Perkins on 30 June 2012

Bruce Keen wins

The final day of the ACO Musto Skiff World Championship dawned with sun and wind and many happy competitors as the conditions here at Weymouth looked perfect for skiff sailing. The wind was a good 16 – 20 knots and the racing was scheduled to be inside the harbour.

With 6 races on the board 4 were scheduled for the final day and the fleet launched with plenty of drink and energy bars on board to see them through the day.

The first race got away under an individual recall. At the first mark Wright had a good lead followed by Keen & Stenhouse, at the next windward Wright was extending followed by Keen and Newman who had overhauled Stenhouse for third. At the finish these positions stood.

The second race of the day got away with an individual recall; at mark one Keen lead from Martinez and Peake. Wright again was on a charge and pulled through for the win from Keen and Peake.


The conditions were now getting even fresher with white caps everywhere and the fleet bouncing around on the chop. Although 4 races were scheduled it looked likely that this 3rd race would be it, as the conditions were following the forecast and building to 25 knots.




Going into the race Stenhouse still lead on points but it was all to play for. At the first mark Keen lead from Oliver, on the next lap Keen still lead followed by Newman and Oswald; Stenhouse held 6th which was not a winning combination, Stenhouse needed to finish 3rd to take the win.

The conditions on the final run were very rough with boats on the limit as they charged downwind. Keen crossed the line then sat and watched hoping none of the boats between him and Stenhouse would fall victim to a capsize.

As it was the leaders all came streaming over the line with Newman second and Oswald third. Stenhouse could only manage 6th which meant Bruce Keen had taken the title by 2 points, congratulations Bruce!

The skiff fleet also runs Silver and Bronze fleets which gives everyone something to race for. In addition there are age categories for youth, master and grand master.

Overall Results (top 6)

1 GBR 469 Bruce Keen 5,14,(17),4,1,1,2,2,1, 30pts

2 GBR 442 Richard Stenhouse 2, (9),3,1,4,5,6,5,6, 32pts

3 GBR 432 Tom Wright 12, (46),9,5,3,2,1,1,4, 37pts

4 AUS 425 Jon Newman 14,(40),1,6,2,3,3,12,2, 43pts

5 SUI 436 Roger Oswald (30),1,2,8,9,7,10,8,3, 48pts

6 GBR 323 Andrew Peake 18,(20),18,7,5,9,4,3,5, 69pts