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Downwind action - Henning Harders OK Dinghy Nationals 2017 © Bruce Kerridge
Downwind action - Henning Harders OK Dinghy Nationals 2017 © Bruce Kerridge

Henning Harders OK Dinghy Nationals

Peter Horne has taken out the opening race and finished second in Race two of the Henning Harders 55th OK Dinghy Nationals to take an early lead in the event hosted by Drummoyne Sailing Club where he is a member.

Horne, a pre-event favourite with his ‘Another Crack’ has started his campaign well. Meanwhile, Wangi Wangi Sailing Club’s Tim Davies won Race two and finished sixth in race one, leaving him second overall, but on equal seven points with fellow Wangi Wangi sailor, Mark Skelton and 2009 champion Andrea Blasse – all among the favourites coming into the Championship.

“It was tight in the first race – five of us rounded the top mark close together,” Horne said. “Then Andre (Blasse) got a bit of a lead and Tim was up there too with Mark Jackson and Mark Skelton,” he said.

Horne and Jackson were close in both races, according to Davies: “but Peter and I got the early jump in the second race,” he said.

Horne added: “I led the second race, but Tim caught and passed me on the square run.”

The 2009 Australian champion, Andre Blasse from Black Rock Yacht Club in Victoria, is sitting fourth overall, despite a lay off from sailing due to a shoulder injury and subsequent operation. Prior to racing this morning, Blasse was insistent, “I’m not in form, although my shoulder’s healed. I’m just out there to make up the numbers,” he maintained. Obviously not.

Peter Horne leads coming to mark - Henning Harders OK Dinghy Nationals 2017 © Bruce Kerridge

Peter Horne leads coming to mark – Henning Harders OK Dinghy Nationals 2017 © Bruce Kerridge

Defending champion, Mark Jackson, a fellow club member of Blasse’s is in seventh place after finishing fourth and 12th today – but there are still eight races in the offing and Jackson has won the title for the past five years.

“He probably got caught in a pack in the second race, and once you’re there, it’s hard to get out in these conditions,” Davies said.

Both Peter Horne and Tim Davies admitted they were pleased to have the early jump on the fleet, in particular Jackson.

“It’s definitely nice to have a little lead over Mark Jackson,” said Horne. “Local knowledge definitely helped – today. But I think he’ll be there at the end of the regatta, because he’s very consistent – hardly does a thing wrong,” he said.

Davies agreed: “It’s lovely to have an early jump on Mark. It’s good to have a couple of good results in the bag. I have to try to hold on now. Consistency will be the key at the end of the week.”

Lovely summer conditions with moderate seven – eleven knot breezes flicking between east, east nor’ east and north-east on the triangle windward return race. There was little opportunity of passing lanes on the downwind legs today.

Elizabeth Williams, the only female in the fleet, is holding her own against the blokes. The Sandgate Sailing Club (Qld) sailor is 19th overall from 36 competitors, her best place 12th in race one.

Representing the host club, James Pagett is the youngest in the Championship at 17 and is also holding up against his seniors, in 29th overall.

Mike Walker (DSC) and Jim Ley (Woollahra Sailing Club) are glowing evidence of how the more mature age can keep fit and stay young. Both in their 70’s, the pair remain competitive in this single person class – a great advertisement for sailing and those they compete against.

Racing at the Henning Harders OK Dinghy Nationals continues tomorrow. Held over five days and starting from 1pm daily, officials are aiming for two races per day, with a maximum of 10 races to be sailed.

Overall Scratch

Plc Sail
No
Boat Name
(Boat Type)
Skipper/Crew From Race 1
9-Jan
Race 2
9-Jan
Drop Total
1 AUS 762 Another Crack
OK Dinghy
Peter Horne DSC
NSW
1 2 0 3
2 AUS 739 Don’t Poke the Bear
OK Dinghy
Tim Davies WWSC
NSW
6 1 0 7
3 AUS 753 JAB
OK Dinghy
Mark Skelton WWSC
NSW
2 5 0 7
4 AUS 729 Ironhide
OK Dinghy
Andre Blasse BRYC
VIC
3 4 0 7
5 AUS 750 Broken Arrow
OK Dinghy
Peter Robinson DSC
NSW
10 3 0 13
6 AUS 733 The Plot Against Common Sense
OK Dinghy
Folkert Janssen BRYC
VIC
5 9 0 14
7 AUS 768 Invictus
OK Dinghy
Mark Jackson BRYC
VIC
4 12 0 16
8 AUS 708 Green Eggs and Ham
OK Dinghy
Kelvin Holdt SYC
QLD
8 8 0 16
9 AUS 754 Gunboat Diplomat
OK Dinghy
Brent Williams ASC
SA
11 6 0 17
10 AUS 757 Total Recall
OK Dinghy
Mark Rutherford DSC
NSW
7 14 0 21
11 AUS 704 Occasional Kudos
OK Dinghy
Robert Chapman DSC
NSW
14 10 0 24
12 AUS 766 JoJoFrog
OK Dinghy
Bob Buchanan HYC
TAS
18 7 0 25
13 AUS 732 Squid Grip
OK Dinghy
Benjamin Downey SYC
QLD
9 17 0 26
14 AUS 734 Cracked Pecker
OK Dinghy
Edward O’Donnell WWSC
NSW
13 18.5 0 31.5
15 AUS 741 Turkish Delight
OK Dinghy
Steve Wilson BRYC
VIC
17 15 0 32
16 AUS 746 Penguin Goes Woosh
OK Dinghy
Peter Wallace MHASC
NSW
15 18.5 0 33.5
17 AUS 725 Joan’s Respite
OK Dinghy
David Ketteridge ASC
SA
21 13 0 34
18 AUS 742 Schmacko
OK Dinghy
Gareth Wells WWSC
NSW
24 11 0 35
19 AUS 759 Sense & Cents
OK Dinghy
Elizabeth Williams SSC
QLD
12 24 0 36
20 AUS 736 Space Monkey
OK Dinghy
Grant Wakefield DSC
NSW
22 16 0 38
21 AUS 726 Bundy
OK Dinghy
Peter Lynch WWSC
NSW
16 23 0 39
22 AUS 767 Pleasure & Pain
OK Dinghy
Glenn Yates WWSC
NSW
19 25 0 44
23 AUS 761 Captain Pugwash
OK Dinghy
Mark Fisher BRYC
VIC
30 20 0 50
24 AUS 735 The Fox
OK Dinghy
Rob Way DSC
NSW
20 30 0 50
25 AUS 680 Ajax
OK Dinghy
Phil Barnett SFS
NSW
29 21 0 50
26 AUS 740 Blues in Sea
OK Dinghy
Richard Furneaux BRYC
VIC
28 22 0 50
27 AUS 688 Shakey
OK Dinghy
David Haseldine DSC
NSW
23 28 0 51
28 AUS 738 Famous Blue Raincoat
OK Dinghy
Kevin Knott ASC
SA
27 27 0 54
29 AUS 786 Captain Crackers
OK Dinghy
James Pagett DSC
NSW
26 29 0 55
30 AUS 75 Pale Rider
OK Dinghy
Andrew Stephenson DSC
NSW
31 26 0 57
31 AUS 655 The Phantom
OK Dinghy
Michael Walker DSC
NSW
25 33 0 58
32 AUS 695 The Wife
OK Dinghy
David Vincent SYC
QLD
32 32 0 64
33 AUS 716 Joker
OK Dinghy
David Swales DSC
NSW
35 31 0 66
34 AUS 706 Smoke on the Water
OK Dinghy
Erik Thompson SSC
QLD
33 34 0 67
35 AUS 667 Rip Snorter
OK Dinghy
James Ley WSC
NSW
34 35 0 69
36 AUS 679 The Rose
OK Dinghy
Bruce Schofield WWSC
NSW
36 36 0 72

by Di Pearson

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