Race report by Dave Hoogenboom from the OK Dinghy World Championship taking place in Napier, New Zealand. By winning race six 41 year old Greg Wilcox (NZL) sealed the championship.
Race six (by Dave Hoogenboom)
The sixth race started on the first attempt in a light variable sea breeze from the northeast. The fleet divided early and depended on whether those individuals believed the breeze was going to shift further to the right or back to the left. Initially the right paid however late in the first beat the breeze shifted back left with Greg Wilcox (NZL) coming through with a handy lead.
The reaches were just below surfing conditions and maintaining boat speed and catch waves was critical to retaining position at the bottom mark.
Greg extended his lead at the bottom followed by Paul Rhodes (NZL) Jorgen Lindhartsen (DEN) and Jin Hong-chul (KOR).
Greg, Paul and Jin maintained their positions at the top mark with David Hoogenboom (NZL) coming through into fourth mark followed by Jorgen Lindhartsen.
Positions were again maintained at the bottom mark with the leading bunch going left to secure the left shifting breeze.
Greg Wilcox just held out Paul Rhodes by three boat lengths at the finish with Jin Hong-chul third Thomas Hansson-Mild coming through for fourth and David Hoogenboom fifth.
By winning this race Greg Wilcox became the 2002 OK Dinghy World Champion at the grand old age of 41, his 12th attempt at the title.
Results Race Six:
1 Greg Wilcox (NZL)
2 Paul Rhodes (NZL)
3 Jin Hong-chul (KOR)
4 Thomas Hansson-Mild (SWE)
5 David Hoogenboom (NZL)
6 Alastair Gair (NZL)