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Huge fleet for OK Worlds

 
A huge fleet of around 140 OK Dinghies from ten countries is all set to begin the 2018 World Championship in Warnemünde, Germany.

It is the second largest OK Dinghy world championship fleet ever and underlines the growing relevance of the class on the international stage.

The fleet this year includes a host of former world and European champions, as well as a group of former top Finn sailors.

Britain has a very strong team with 2004 and 2016 world champion, Jim Hunt in the mix along with top UK sailor Charlie Cumbley, who had taken a string of medals at championships over the past three years and also the Spring Cup earlier this year, but has yet to win a major title.

The fleet this year includes a host of former world and European champions, as well as a group of former top Finn sailors.

Britain has a very strong team with 2004 and 2016 world champion, Jim Hunt in the mix along with top UK sailor Charlie Cumbley, both well known in the UK as both OK and Solo class champions

Finn World Champion and 2012 Star Olympic gold medalist, Fredrik Lööf. Lööf sailed OK Dinghies briefly when he was 17 before starting his Olympic career, and after winning the Nordics in June, didn’t take much persuasion from the fleet to take part in these worlds.

From the home country, André Budzien already has two world titles to his name, in 2012 and 2015, but this year he is joined by former Finn Junior World Champion, Jan Kurfeld, who recently took a confident win at Kieler Woche in the most competitive fleet of the year so far.

Denmark also has several contenders with double European champion and former World No. 1 Bo Petersen keen to claim a world title.

Former world champion Budzien dominated the Pre-Worlds regatta, including winning two of the races.

Current European Champion Brodtkorb, from Norway was second with British champion, Luke Gower in third. The third race was won by Jan Hempel Sparsø, from Denmark.

Equipment checks and preprations are almost complete in Warnemünde, ready for the start of racing scheduled to begin Tuesday 10 July at 14.00

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