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OK Dinghy European Championship opens in Faaborg

The OK Dinghy European Championship opens in Faaborg, Denmark on Wednesday and the 130 competitors are hoping that the rain will give them a break.Charlie Cumbley checks the rain -

The practice race Tuesday saw 80 brave the liquid sunshine and set out from Faaborg Sejlklub for a damp afternoon on the fjord and the honour of practice race glory.

Ask Askholm led round the fist mark from Luke Gower and Thomas Hansson-Mild. Hansson-Mild took the lead offwind, but Gower struck out left on the second upwind to steal the lead and led into the finish.

Hansson-Mild and Charlie Cumbley were second and third but dipped the finish to leave Bo Reker Andersen and Andre Budzien to complete the top three.

Later, the Opening Ceremony was held at the Havnebadet with an impressive location overlooking the fjord, with speeches from the Race Committee Chairman Jakob Frost, the Mayor of Faaborg, Christian Thygesen, and Danish Sejlunion's chairman Line Markert.

It started raining again soon after the speeches concluded.

The OK Dinghy Europeans is the biggest event in Faaborg Sailing Club's history. Racing begins on Wednesday with two races scheduled as part of the 10 race series, which concludes on Saturday.

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