Craig wins record fifth OK Dinghy Title
Published on May 31st, 2017
Discarding a third place in the 79-boat fleet, Nick Craig (GBR) dominated the 2017 OK Dinghy World Championship on May 27-31 in Barbados. This is his fifth OK Dinghy world crown and perhaps the sweetest yet as he becomes the first person in the 60 year history of the class to win five world titles.
The defending champion, Jim Hunt (GBR), sailed an impressive series as well, never below fifth, and put together a scoreline that in most years would have easily won him the title. Third place Luke O’Connell (NZL), led a strong Kiwi challenge with five boats inside the top ten.
“It’s fantastic isn’t it,” said Hunt about Craig. “He just out-sailed every one all week. He’s just been a bit more on it all week, starting better, being in the right place at the right time. He hasn’t really missed anything. He was quick downwind, there were not really any holes in his game, which is a bit of a shame, as if he hadn’t been here I would have looked quite good. But it was great fun, I’ve had a great time.”
New World Champion, Craig, said, “Fantastic day, absolutely delighted. It was always a little tense as I needed a 12th which is just the kind of thing where you could be too conservative and end up having a 20th, so I got an average start which was just good enough, got a lane, and went up to about fifth at the windward mark and then just sailed really conservatively and just sailed near Jim as well partly because he always goes the right way and because if he was deep or going well then I would be matching him. So it worked out really nicely.
“I think it was a tricky week because it was very shifty and we had weed challenges, but overall it’s just a fantastic place so sail. It’s so warm, the water is warm, beer is cold; it’s fantastic. I really enjoyed myself.”
Next year the class heads to Warnemunde in Germany, for the 2018 World Championship, one of the classes favourite venues.
Even as the OK Dinghies were packed away in their containers to begin their long journeys home, their spaces on the beach were slowly being filled with Finns for the start of the Finn World Masters on Friday.
Source: Robert Deaves