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9 August 2001, 11:16 am
Hitz (GER) Continues To Lead Comfortably
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OK Dinghy World Championships

Reports on races 4 and 5 at the OK Dinghy World Championships taking place in Bastad, Sweden by Bart Bomans (BEL) and Olle Albrektsson (SWE)

Report of Race 4 by Bart Bomans (BEL):

Racing got underway in a good force 5 land wind. This meant the swell was replaced by a nasty chop. Most of the favorites went right up the first beat, but it was Gunther Arndt (GER ) who came in from the left that was leading at the first mark. He was closely followed by Christian Midtgaard (DEN) and Karsten Hitz (GER). All the other contenders were back in the early teens. At the end of the triangle, Karsten was leading from Christian and Gunther. Bart Bomans (BEL) went fast on the reaches to round 4th just ahead of Hedley Fletcher (GRB) and Nick Craig (GRB). Positions remained the same on the second beat, and on the run both Karsten and Bart made up a lot of ground on the others. On the final beat, Karsten loosely covered Bart, and only just held first place from Christian who had escaped to the right. Bart came 3rd and Gunther 4th. The race course was huge with the race nearly lasting for two hours.

Report of Race 5 by Olle Albrektsson (SWE):

The race started with heavy rain and 11m/s wind. On the first beat the wind started to turn right and at the same time the wind decreased at the left side. Jorgen Lindhartsen (DEN) and Olle Albrektsson (SWE) came in
from the right and could go round the top mark in a good lead. Karsten Hitz (GER) made fast downwind and passed Olle at the end of the run. In the end, the wind dropped to 4m/s when Jorgen got the gun followed by Karsten and Olle.

Results, Top 10, 5 races, 1 discard:

1 GER Karsten Hitz 3 pts
2 BEL Bart Bomans 23.4 pts
3 SWE Thomas Hansson-Mild 24.4 pts
4 DEN Jørgen Lindhardtsen 32.7 pts
5 GBR Nick Craig 36 pts
6 GBR Hedley Fletcher 38.7 pts
7 NZL Paul Rhodes 54.7 pts
8 SWE Olle Albrektsson 54.7 pts
9 GER Oliver Gronholz 58 pts
10 AUS Mark Jackson 65.7 pts

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