At the club
The OK class is becoming one of the most popular senior classes in NZ. Yachting NZ recently did an article on grass roots sailing highlighting the success of the OK, Zephyr and Paper Tiger classes, all of whom have strong class associations, strong fleets, great social events, fun and successfully attract and retain senior sailors.
The OK class offers very competitive racing, great social events, big national fleets and international competition. Last season the World championships were in Thailand, what could be better than sailing at a tropical resort with nice steady breezes. Worser Bay sailers did well with Paul Rhodes 4th, Mike Wilde 16th and Luke O’Connell 17th. Luke has since reversed this by topping the OK series last season, getting second at the OK inter-dominions in Melbourne and winning the national champs at Worser Bay at Easter.
Next Event is the 2014 World Champs in Melbourne after Christmas. If you are interested in this then get hold of Paul or Luke and we can help you get set up. We need more sailors in Wellington as The Auckland fleet is growing fast, boasting 2 olympic medals (both for Rod Davis who loves his OK). NZ team will send at least 2 containers to Melbourne.
About the class
The international OK Dinghy is a 4 metre single-handed racing yacht, which has enjoyed strong international competition for many years. Countries currently involved in the class are Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, India, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand and the United States. The attraction of the OK is that it is in a truly international class, providing high-level competition and the opportunity for yachtsmen to compete in an annual Wolrd championship, held in a different country each year.
All competitors must qualify to compete in the Worlds, entry to which is limited to 80 boats, plus the reigning World Champion. This ensures competition at the highest level.
Most of the sailors in the OK fleet have raced many different classes of international/Olympic class dinghies, keel boats even Volvo open 70’s and Americas cup class yachts!
The OK Dinghy allowed Carbon Fibre masts to be used for the first time in the 2003/2004 season, this has seen a large jump in performance while making the boats easier to sail.