OKWiken.se in exile: Day 2 & 3 at the Spring Cup in Medemblik

Day 2 started in a completely different way than the brutal gusts of Day 1. Already arriving at the national Dutch Race center we were advised not to hurry as the wind barely made the faintest ripples on the now flat Ijsselmeer. The AP was soon hoisted while we all baked in our wetsuits. An hour later we launched and slowly made our way to the race course. Once on the race course it took yet an hour for the wind to stabilize around 080 degrees. Four races were planned and four races were completed in winds of 4-8 knots and frequent oscillations. Tricky and challenging sailing where the choppy conditions added an extra dimension. Keeping the pace and flow upwind was a completely different challenge than Day 1 when the focus was to stay upright! We did not get back to the docks until after six in the evening, with empty water bottles and hungry stomachs.

Day 3, the final day on Ijsselmeer, promised more wind from the new direction. The local sailors indicated that the waves would build and they were right! The downwind legs got more exciting compared to Day 2, while the upwind speed remained a differentiating factor separating the top 5-7 boats from the rest of the fleet. At the end of the day Stefan de Vries was the undisputed winner of the week. He mastered all three different weather conditions and secured an impressive series, closely followed by our new friends from GBR. Patric Mure finished in an impressive 5:th in his brand new Synergy Evolution in a striking color scheme. Greg Wilcox finished in 4:th place on the same points as the 3:rd place finisher.

Russell Clark (3rd), Stefan de Vries (1st) & Andy Davis (3rd)

The full results can be found here

Great sailing, 10 starts in 3 days, tight racing and good learnings. To stay in top ten a full race is challenging as the competition is fierce! The international OK sailors are good and getting better by every regatta.

OKWiken.se in exile

1:st day of racing in Medemblik with 33 boats. Winds 18-20 knots and gusts of 26-28. Three races of 50-60 min. Hard hiking and challenging down winds. Patric was flying the Swedish colors and made us proud!

Second OK Cup race of the Swedish season

This time OK dinghy racing took the sailors to the warm waters of southern Sweden. Råå Jolle Club, RJK, was the host of the weekend regatta which make up the Swedish OK Cup.

Photo: Lars Lindgren

On Saturday, 7 May, the water of the quaint fishing village proved itself as a notoriously difficult venu. The current can be a challenge as it often fluctuates over the race course and shifts during the day. Race two of the day proved extra challenging for half of the fleet who ended up with a BFD. Day 1 ended with with Bo Petersen at top of the scoreboard.

Day two started with winds between 5-7 m/s and increasing throughout the day to about 10 m/s. The day was full of fair racing, hard hiking and no BFD:s. At the end of the day Bo Petersen (DEN) finished 1st closely followed by Daniel Björndalen (SWE) in 2nd and Benjamin Hammerö (SWE) in 3rd.

Photo: Lars Lindgren

Four OKWiken sailors finished in the top 10 – BIG congratulations!

3:rd – Benjamin Hammerö 
5:th – Patric Mure
7:th – Lars Bergfeldt
10:th – Tomas Franzen

An additional 3 OKWiken sailors in the top 20 – WOW!

12:th – Peter Hörwing
13:th – Håkan Söderberg
18:th – Jonas Langner

The full results can be found here

Next stop on the Cup tour in Saltsjöbaden on 21-22 May

First Swedish race of the 2022 season

Göran Andersson OK-jolle cup on 23-24 April was the Swedish season starter. The unseasonably warm Easter weekend weather was boosted with a dose of high wind mixed with shifts. The racing took place just outside Strandverket on sheltered water and not on the 2022 World’s venue on Marstrandsfjorden. It was simply too windy!

The OKWiken sailors did very well and place in top ten – BIG congratulations!

2nd – Benjamin Hammerö
4th – Tomas Franzen
8th – Håkan Söderberg
9th – Peter Hörwing

Results can be found here

Easter training in Viken

There were frantic activities on the water outside Viken all days of the Easter weekend. Ample possibilities for all sailors to maximise the on water training. We had Tomas Hansson-Mild join as a distinguished guest sailor a few of the days.
On Easter Sunday a total of 11 OK dinghies were on the water at the same time. 3-4 m/s and sunshine from clear blue skies made us all think of July rather than early spring.

photo courtesy of Claes Thomasson

OKwiken.se racing in 2022

This is the racing season we all have been waiting for! With the 2022 Wolds on Marstrand in August there is no time to waste getting into race mode. The following is a list of events where we know that sailors from OKWiken.se is planning to participate.

23-24 April, Marstrand, Sweden, Göran Andersson OK-jolle cup. Details here

7-8 May, Råå, Sweden, OK-cup. Details here

13-15 May, Medemblick, The Netherlands, Hollandia Spring Cup. Details here

14-15 May, Glücksburg, Germany, XXI. CULIX CUP 2022. Details here

21-21 May, Svenborg Sunds, Denmark. Weekend Staevn. Details here

11-12 June, Varberg, Sweden, Nordic Championships. Detail here

18-21 June, Kiel, Germany, 2022 Kieler Woche 2022, Details here

8-10 July, Warnemünde, Germany, Warnemünde Woche. Details here

14-17 July, Herne Bay, England, National Championships. Details here

23 July, WM, WikenMästerskapet

5-13 August, Marstrand, Sweden, 2022 WORLDS, Details here

19-22 August, Korsør, Denmark, Danish Championships. Details here

26-28 August, Kalmar, Sweden, Swedish Championships. Details here

8-10 September, Berlin, Großer Müggelse, Germany, International German Championships. Details here

28 September – 1 October, Bandol, France, 2022 EUROPEANS. Details here

Get familiar with the 2022 Worlds waters

There has never been a better possibility to get to know the waves, winds and currents of water where this years long anticipated Worlds will take place. Marstrands Segelsällskap, the organising club for the Worlds, is inviting to the first regatta of the season. It’s not only the season starter, but also a regatta in the memory of the late Göran Andersson – the Göran Andersson OK-jolle cup.

Dates: 23rd – 24th April 2022
Location: Marstrand
Class: OK-Dinghy
Level: Blue level according to the Swedish Sailing Federation competition rules

Registration closes on 9 April at standard rate! After this date there is a surcharge until 20 April! Don’t miss the opportunity, register today!


End of winter training in The Netherlands – OKWiken.se was there

I was invited by Sybren Hornstra , the Secretary of the Dutch OK class and Rob Ligtenberg to join the winter training final weekend. The event was a co-operation with the Dutch Finn class and took place in Nijkerk on 12-13 March. The harbour master, Maarten Krommendijk, was the superb organiser with full support from the local club and was taking part in the two day event in his bright yellow OK.

The wether was unseasonably warm and the temperature rose to 14 degrees in the afternoon. The wind was coming out of the south with gusts and big shifts. It was a perfect day for good racing with tricky tactics. The format included a number of short races with three laps before lunch and a similar schedule in the afternoon. At lunch the sailors were served a warm soup and sandwiches in the club house before resuming the racing in the afternoon. All the volunteers are worth applauds for the breathtaking service.

OK race part 1
OK race part 2

The racing took place on a a wide part of a waterway, only a few hundres meters away from the club house. As it was early in the boating season the traffic was limited and there was plenty of water to race on. Coming from Sweden it is an exotic racing location and format!

I’m looking forward sailing the OK in the Netherlands this spring! It’s different than Viken, but the camaraderie is unmistakably the same as where ever in the world you meet an OK dinghy sailor.

Photo and Ariel video courtesy of Andre van Essen. Big thanks to the Dutch OK team & all the best! Seglarhälsningar, Pontus

Classroom preparations for the 2022 race season

Getting the tactics right will be crucial for the season to come. On 2 March we were invited for the first of two sessions on racing tactics. The lecture was given by Anders Larzon, a known Swedish sail coach and a former teacher at the Swedish youth sailing program. The session was much appreciated by all on site participants. Unfortunately for those of us who had planned to join on video the technology proved a difficult hurdle. It will for sure be solved before the next session on 14 March.

Knowing the rules is an important aspect of being prepared for the racing season. With 85 entries for the 2022 Worlds and growing by the day, knowing your rules will be key in those heated situations around the course. Jonas Jemt, a race judge and member of the OKWiken.se fleet, will host two racing rule sessions on 5 and 20 April.

Big thanks to Tomas Franzén who has arranged the lecture series of tactic and racing rule. Pelle Wejmenhög graciously offered a conference room at the golf course. A big thanks from all of OKWiken.se for arranging the sessions!

Season in full swing

After a windy few weeks six OK sailors hit the water on 26 February. Despite that the almanac still indicates winter the conditions were nothing but perfect. Light winds out of the NW and a clear blue sky. There were many envious sailors that got the updates later in the day and regretted not joining The 2022 spring season is officially started, with the 2022 Worlds in clear focus.