Steinhuder Meer produced its best for the second day of racing at the OK Dinghy European Championship with two races held in glorious sunshine, with wall to wall blue skies and 10-12 knots of warm wind.
Defending champion Bo Petersen (DEN) has taken the lead from Andre Budzien (GER) and Greg Wilcox (NZL). Race wins went to Budzien, Jorgen Svendsen (DEN), Jorgen Lindhardtsen (DEN) and Jim Hunt (GBR).
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If the sailors take one lesson from racing on Steinhuder Meer, it would be that it's never over until it's over and that you can never be sure of your position until you cross the finish line. OK, so that's two lessons, but most of the sailors today learned many more lessons in the shifty, patchy winds that kept everyone guessing until the very end.
Overall leader this morning, Andre Budzien (GER) was in Yellow fleet and took the opening race from Frederik Svendsen (DEN) and Jorgen Svendsen (DEN). The father turned the tables on his son in the second race with Jorgen winning from Frederik. Pawel Pawlaczyk (POL) crossed in third, while Budzien could only finish tenth to lose the overall lead.
While the conditions were still challenging with major windshifts and pressure changes, Steinhude produced some great sailing conditions with temperatures in the high 20s and with winds gusting to 15 knots during the second race, though again there were times when the wind dropped out and it was a guessing game to pick the right side. There were always some substantial gains and losses to be made, but the favourites almost always made their way toward the front.
OK Dinghy Europeans - Leading results after four races
1 DEN 1431 Bo Petersen 11
2 GER 789 André Budzien 16
3 NZL 544 Greg Wilcox 16
4 GER 772 Oliver Gronholz 23
5 POL 14 Pawel Pawlaczyk 33
6 DEN 1427 Jørgen Svendsen 36
7 POL 1 Tomasz Gaj 38
8 GBR 2169 Will Turner 40
9 POL 4 Radoslaw Drozdzik 41
10 GER 731 Thomas Glas 41
23 July 2014 21:07 GMT