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7 August 2001, 02:14 pm
Hitz (GER) Leads
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Craig (GBR), Hitz (GER) and Hansson-Mild (SWE)

OK Dinghy World Championships

Two races were held on the first day of the OK Dinghy World Championships at Bastad, Sweden and 1 on the second day. Leading is Karsten Hitz (GER). Reports from races 1 and 2, and 3 follow from Hansson-Mild (SWE), Fletcher (GBR) and Lindhardtsen (DEN).
Report for Race One by Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE):

The Worlds started in quite heavy winds. WSW 8-10m/s. The starting line had a small favour for the leeward end. The first beat it payed off to go on the shifts and work toward the left side. A tight reach followed by a much more open second reach. It payed off to go low on second reach, getting good surfs and then gybe and go to mark. Second beat a bit like the first, cover the left side. The run was a nice one with big waves and fun sailing. Finally, after a long run it was the time for the last beat and I rounded 5th after heading Karston Hitz (GER), Bart Bomans (BEL) and the two Britts, Hedley Fletcher and Nick Craig. Got a good lift at the end and could finish as third. The race took 2 hours and I think most of us sailors could have settled with one race since almost the whole fleet went in to the stay out of the wind in the harbour.

Report for Race Two by Hedley Fletcher (GBR):

The second race for the day started in 15-20 knots with a shifty direction off shore. Mark Jackson from Australia popped out at the start but places changed constantly up the first beat. Karsten Hitz (GER) sailed on conservatively to lead at mark one followed by Hedley Fletcher (GBR) and Oliver Gronholz (GER). Gavin Waldron (GBR) headed a further bunch. Karsten opened up a substantial lead on the downwind legs and led to the finish. Thomas Hanson Mild (Sweden) and Nick Craig sailed good downwind legs to get amongst the leaders. At the finish, Karsten won from Thomas who squeezed passed Hedley at the finish. Nick was fourth with Bart Bomans (BEL) sailing an excellent last beat to finish fourth.

Report for Race Three by Jorgen Lindhardtsen (DEN, 3rd in race, 6 overall):

The Race was sailed in 6-8 m/s NW. After one general recall, the fleet was off the starting line. The Belgium Bart Bomans had a big lead at the first mark followed by Hedley Fletcher (GRB). I , Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) Nick Craig (GBR) and Karsten Hitz (GER). After second beat Bomans was still in the lead with Hansson-Mild second, me
in third, Craig, Hitz and Fletcher in the next places. In the last beat Hansson succedded in pass Bohmans and won the race. Bamans second then me, Hitz, Craig, Fletcher. Seventh was Ollie Gronholz (GER).

Results, after 3 races:(So far only top 5 available)

1 Kartsten Hitz GER 8 pts
2 Thomas Hansson-Mild SWE 11.4 pts
3 Bart Bomans BEL 17.7 pts
4 Hedley Fletcher GBR 24.7 pts
5 Nick Craig GBR 26 pts

Results were, after 2 races:

1 Karsten Hitz GER 0 pts
2 Thomas Hansson-Mild SWE 11.4 pts
3 Hedley Fletcher GBR 13 pts
4 Bart Bomans BEL 14.7 pts
5 Nick Craig GBR 16 pts
6 Paul Rhodes NZL 29 pts
7 Oliver Gronholz GER 30 pts
8 Jørgen Lindhardtsen DEN 32 pts
9 Olle Albrektsson SWE 33 pts
10 Mark Jackson AUS 33 pts
11 Nitin Mongia GER 38 pts
12 Adrian Mannering NZL 38.7 pts
13 Greg Wilcox NZL 39 pts
14 Terry Curtis GBR 41 pts
15 Jonas Persson SWE 43 pts
16 Christian Midtgaard DEN 44 pts
17 Hans Elkjaer SWE 47 pts
18 Sonke Behrens GER 52 pts
19 Peter Scheuerl GER 52 pts
20 Michael Bachmann SUI 53 pts

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