Kieler Woche: Dane leads OK Dinghies

Denmark’s Bo Petersen leads the OK Dinghy fleet at Kieler Woche in Germany after three races in fantastic conditions on Sunday.

Bo Petersen sailing upwind.
Bo Petersen leads by one point. Pic – Robert Deaves.

Petersen took two race wins and a second place, while Germany’s Andre Budzien, in second, won the third race. Benjamin Hammerö, from Sweden, ends the day in third.

After no races were possible on the opening day on Saturday, Sunday brought almost perfect conditions with 14-18 knots from the east, nice waves and wall-to-wall sunshine for most of the day. Three races in these conditions was enough for the fleet, and the original intention to run five was quickly dispatched.

Andre Budzien is sitting in second place overall. Pic – Robert Deaves

The story of the day was a close battle between Petersen and Budzien, always at the front and pushing each other at every mark. In the first two races the difference was Petersen’s downwind speed, taking the lead both times on the downwind after Budzien led at the top. In the final race, Budzien again led at the top but this time had enough of a gap to maintain the lead throughout and while Petersen closed the gap, he couldn’t get past.

Benjamin Hammerö sailing upwind in choppy conditions.
Benjamin Hammerö is coming third overall, just in front of Denmark’s Jesper Bendix. Pic – Robert Deaves

Hammerö picked up a 4,4,3 with Denmark’s Jesper Bendix and New Zealand’s Greg Wilcox and always in the mix in the top five.

A sailor giving a thumbs up, while a wave rolls in.
Fun at 2021 Kieler Woche. Pic – Robert Deaves

Racing continues until Tuesday, though the forecast for Monday is not very promising.

Results after three races
1 DEN 21 Bo Petersen 2.0
2 GER 71 Andrè Budzien 3.0
3 SWE 72 Benjamin Hammerö 7.0
4 DEN 700 Jesper Bendix 7.0
5 NZL 599 Greg Wilcox 8.0
6 SWE 73 Patric Mure 13.0
7 DEN 22 Ask Askholm 13.0
8 GER 72 Oliver Gronholz 13.0
9 DEN 1565 Mogens Johansen 14.0
10 GER 852 Michael Nissen 17.0
 
Full results here: https://www.kieler-woche.de/en/sailing/results.php

Robert Deaves

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