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31 March 2003, 04:34 pm
Craig and Nitin Consistent - Wilcox Has A Shocker
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OK World Championship

After the excellent sailing conditions that the competitors enjoyed yesterday for the practice race, today threw up different yet equally challenging conditions.
Winds of about 6-8 knots with lumpy seas greeted the sailors as they went out to begin racing.


Race No 1 was started on the second attempt at 1410 hrs. Nitin Mongia from India was the 1st boat at the pin end. Other notables were Greg Wilcox (NZL) and a few other Indian sailors including Gautama Dutta. Soenke Berens from Germany had the best start at the Committee Boat end with Paul Rhodes (GBR) and Nick Craig (GBR) taking good starts at the middle of the line. Paul Rhodes and Soenke Berens tacked off just after the start and sailed out to the right side of the course while Nitin and Nick were content with playing the shifts down the middle. Greg Willcox was among a group of boats that decided to work down the left side of the beat. At the Windward mark Nitin just squeezed around the outside of Paul Rhodes, Nick Craig rounded third and Soenke Berens rounded in fourth place.

Nitin extended his lead down the 1st reach while Nick made quick work of sailing through Paul Rhodes. Soenke Berens then capsized and dropped down the field. By the Gybe mark Nitin was leading from Nick and Paul Rhodes in third place. The third leg saw the first yellow flag penalty of the regatta being given to IND 5 Ramkumar Singh further down the fleet. Meanwhile the leaders continued to sail clear of the pack and Nitin and Nick Craig were in a battle of their own all the way to the finish.

Nitin held on to record a First historic win for an Indian at the OK Dinghy World Championship. Nick Craig took a well deserved second place while Ben Morrison was third. Defending Champion Greg Wilcox of NZL finished a disappointing seventh.


The second race went through 4 general recalls before the Principal Race Officer Cdr. Homi Motivala put up the black flag for the first time in the regatta. That seemed t o quell the aggressive instincts of the fleet and they were off to a clean start. Nitin took a good start at the middle of the line while Nick Craig was off to the leeward end and Paul Rhodes took an average start at the windward end of the line. Nitin sailed his shifts down the middle - right side of the beat once again to lead at the windward mark followed by Joe Porebski who's faith in the right hand side of the course paid dividends. Nick Craig sailed out from the left hand side to round in third place. Nitin was leading by 10 seconds at the leeward mark after the triangle followed by Nick and Joe Porebski. Nitin opened out further to lead by 28 seconds at the windward mark after the 2nd beat. Nitin held on comfortably thereafter to win his second race of the series. Nick Craig finished a consistant second followed by Joe Porebski (NZL) in third place.

Top Ten (After Two Races)

Position Nation Helm R1 R2 Total
1 IND Nitin Mongia 1 1 2
2 GBR Nick Craig 2 2 4
3 NZL Ben Morrison 3 4 7
4 NZL Joe Porebski 5 3 8
5 James MacAlistair 8 5 13
6 NZL Greg Willcox 7 6 13
7 NZL Rob Coutts 6 7 13
8 GER Rudiger Prinz 4 12 16
9 GER Hans Elkjer 9 8 17
10 GER Peter Scheuerl 11 10 21
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