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OK Dinghy Europeans - Brodtkorb v Cumbley for title

Lars Johan Brodtkorb has a two point lead over Charlie Cumbley as they go into the final day at the 2017 OK Dinghy European Championship in Faaborg, Denmark.

Lars Johan Brodtkorb NOR - Click image for a larger image

There is almost nothing to separate Lars Johan Brodtkorb and Charlie Cumbley. Another win each leaves them just two points apart and 11 points clear of third placed Bo Petersen, the defending champion.

With the wind at 10-14 knots and promising more, the first group for Race 6 contained the top three overall and could provide a preview of Saturday’s gold fleet races.

Cumbley led at the top but Petersen edged ahead at the gybe mark and led most of the way until Brodtkorb took the lead on the final upwind to win, with Cumbley slipping back to third in a close finish.

Luke Gower was the early leader in the second group, but Jan Kurfeld took the lead round the second top mark but then lost it to Bjorling in another close finish.

The wind dropped with an approaching cloud but when that passed to the east the wind came back in at 10-14 knots for Race 7.

The first group looked like being a runaway win for Jonas Borjesson, and he extended until the final upwind, when Kurfeld ground him down and the two crossed the line overlapped, while a third for Thomas Hansson-Mild moved him up to fourth overall.

Brodtkorb had rounded the top mark about 20th, but had worked his way through the fleet to finally cross in fourth.

The second group was was a fight between Mats Caap, Oliver Gronholz and Cumbley. Cumbley trailed them down the reaches but was back in charge on the second upwind to record his third win of the week.

Brodtkorb is an unknown in the OK Dinghy class and it showing a remarkable skill in the boat at his first event after just a few days training before this event.

He is normally a Europe and Finn sailor, having won two Europe Worlds in recent years.

“I came here because Jesper Strandberg lent me a boat and Jorgen Holm lent me a mast and sail. It was very convenient, because I just sailed the Europe Worlds in Spain and this was on the way home so I just came right here and trained for a few days. I think it’s a good boat and is enjoyable, but in the light winds is a bit hard on the downwind.”

He says he will maybe sail the OK Dinghy in the future given the chance, but his immediate focus is on his studies and the Finn U23 and Gold Cup next month.

Racing concludes on Saturday with the fleet now split in gold and silver fleets based on their results so far.

The forecast is for strong winds, and even though the top two have a nice gap, in the OK fleet take nothing for granted.

OK Dinghy European Championship after 5 races (130 entries)

1st NOR 428 Lars Johan Brodtkorb 1 1 2 2 1 1 -4 12 8 pts
2nd GBR 1 Charlie Cumbley 2 -3 1 1 2 3 1 13 10 pts
3rd DEN 1471 Bo Petersen -10 2 3 8 2 2 4 31 21 pts
4th SWE 100 Thomas Hanson-Mild 1 -9 8 4 3 5 3 33 24 pts
5th NZL 573 Luke Gower -11 7 2 6 1 3 6 36 25 pts
6th SWE 797 Mats Caap 4 7 5 4 -16 6 2 44 28 pts
7th GER 772 Oliver Gronholz 9 4 4 5 -14 5 3 44 30 pts
8th POL 1 Tomasz Gaj -27 2 7 3 6 4 10 59 32 pts
9th GER 71 Andre Budzien 2 4 8 3 -10 8 8 43 33 pts
10th NZL 566 Greg Wilcox -19 3 3 10 4 6 12 57 38 pts
11th DEN 1485 Johan Bjorling 8 -22 11 5 7 1 9 63 41 pts
12th GER 3 Wolfgang Hofener -16 5 9 7 4 11 5 57 41 pts
13th DEN 1450 Anders Andersen 12 1 10 -19 7 13 6 68 49 pts
14th GER 803 Martin von Zimmermann 7 17 9 -23 11 4 5 76 53 pts
15th DEN 10 Jens Lauge -34 11 6 1 5 12 20 89 55 pts
16th DEN 1495 Jesper Højer 11 12 7 12 10 -17 11 80 63 pts
17th DEN 1397 Henrik Kofoed Larsen -28 14 15 2 3 7 25 94 66 pts
18th GBR 2179 Tony Woods 13 5 4 23 15 14 -37 111 74 pts
19th POL 14 Pawel Pawlaczyk -30 12 16 8 5 20 14 105 75 pts
20th GBR 2188 Ian Hopwood -59 6 16 10 19 16 10 136 77 pts

Full results here

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Robert Deaves
29 July 2017 7:22 GMT


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