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11 August 2001, 04:46 pm
Karsten Hitz (GER) wins his title in style
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OK Dinghy World Championships
Bastad

Karsten Hitz wins the title with one race spare. Racing finally got under way to conclude the Championship yesterday in Bastad, Sweden.
Race 6

Karsten Hitz (GER) went into the final day with a 20 point lead but withlight airs he was looking a little worried. Race 6 got under way in a force 3 with a nasty chop left over from yesterday's gale force 8. The race started in shifty winds with Bart Bomans (BEL) making a strong challenge for the World Title with an early lead from Hedley Fletcher(BGR). Hitz was burried in the 20's at the first mark. Bomans motored away down wind for a big win followed by the veteran legend, Jorgan Lindhardtsen (DEN). The chasing pack finished very closely led by Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE) and Fletcher. Hitz hit left up the last beat to make a remarkable recovery to 5th and retain his World Title.

Race 7

With Hitz already won gold, the battle for silver was on between Bomans and Hansson-Mild, with Hansson-Mild needing to beat Bomans by around 3 places. The race started in similar tricky conditions with Bomans once again picking the shifts righ to lead at the windward mark and win again with his excellent downwind speed. The chasing pack was again very tight especially when the wind went light up the last beat. Hitz won his title in style with another 2nd followed by Hansson-Mild and Nick Craig (GBR).

Hitz won't be able to rest on his laurels for long because the next world championships is in sunny New Zealand in January, only five months away.


Final Results:

First name Surname Country code Points
1 Karsten Hitz GER 14
2 Bart Bomans BEL 23.4
3 Thomas Hansson-Mild SWE 35.8
4 Jørgen Lindhardtsen DEN 49.7
5 Nick Craig GBR 55.7
6 Hedley Fletcher GBR 61.7
7 Olle Albrektsson SWE 94.7
8 Paul Rhodes NZL 94.7
9 Greg Wilcox NZL 102.7
10 Oliver Gronholz GER 103
11 Mark Jackson AUS 106.7
12 Adrian Mannering NZL 126.7
13 Christian Midtgaard DEN 130
14 Jonas Persson SWE 131
15 Günther Arndt GER 134
16 Pawel Pawlaczyk POL 139
17 Hans Elkjaer SWE 143
18 Robert Davis AUS 151
19 Terry Curtis GBR 152
20 Nitin Mongia GER 153
21 Sonke Behrens GER 161
22 Peder Thunander SWE 165
23 David Carroll GBR 170
24 David Hoogenboom NZL 171
25 Michael Bachmann SUI 174
26 Anders Persson SWE 181
27 Martin von Zimmermann GER 182
28 Will Turner GBR 182
29 Peter Scheuerl GER 183
30 Andrew Rushworth GBR 200
31 Peter Wibroe DEN 205
32 Ulf Brandt DEN 213
33 Jesper Andersen DEN 233
34 Andy Turner GBR 242
35 Peter Burton AUS 244
36 Gavin Waldron GBR 251
37 Thomas Glas GER 252
38 Grant Pedersen NZL 259
39 David Munro NZL 266
40 Alistair Deaves GBR 267
41 Volkmar Kiene GER 270
42 Dirk Dame GER 280
43 Michak Leszczynski POL 281
44 Dirk Gericke GER 283
45 Fabian Gronhole GER 284
46 Gautama Dutta GER 284
47 Andrew Phillips NZL 285
48 Max Nystedt SWE 288
49 Peter Holzwarth GER 294
50 Jörg Sylvester GER 298
51 Rob Hengst NZL 305
52 Christian Hartmann GER 306
53 Greg Casey GBR 318
54 Bill Tyler AUS 322
55 Jesper Petersen DEN 332
56 Berd Breitbart GER 347
57 Peter Yates AUS 359
58 Ivan Pedersen DEN 366
59 Adrie Kuijpers NED 368
60 Ingemar Janson SWE 381
61 Maciej Nowaczyk POL 382
62 Paul Richards AUS 384
63 Damien Smith AUS 384
64 Alan Atkin GBR 402
65 Jörn Wille GER 410
66 Darek Kras POL 410
67 Frans Hawer BEL 423
68 Per Jaensen SWE 423
69 Daniel Groshl GER 423
70 Bogdan Mogzorodynski POL 426
71 Peter Blunt AUS 431
72 Sarah Brewer GBR 435
73 Raymond Dodard FRA 452
74 Peter Turner GBR 461
75 Juliane Hofmann GER 463
76 Søren Peder Jensen DEN 477
77 Lennarth Johansson SWE 481
78 Gwyn Hagenaers BEL 502
79 Henrik Sørgen DEN 522
79 Yan Rialland FRA 522
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