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Great Britain, OK World Qualifier at Dabchicks 2004

27/28 March 2004

The first qualifier for the 2005 OK Dinghy World Championships took place at Dabchicks Sailing Club at West Mersea over the weekend of 27/28 March. After the previous weekend's gales, 24 boat made it to the start line for two days of light southwesterlies and some interesting tidal race on the Blackwater Estuary.

With the Worlds in the UK later in the summer, most of the fleet are gearing up and proving to be competitive. After some inconsistent results in 2003, Jim Hunt, found some speed this weekend to win each and every race by a substantial margin, although he did get an OCS in race three for being over enthusiastic at the start.

Five times National Champion Nick Craig, sailing his aptly named boat "Smells r'us", had to settle to second place overall, getting his only win when Hunt scored OCS.

David Carroll scored two third places on the Saturday but an early swim and an imminent baby on Sunday saw him heading home early. Will Turner also had the misfortunate the lose his mast step on the start of race three and retired from the series.

Going into the last race, Hunt couldn't afford any mistakes and started conservatively mid line. Robert Deaves won the pin end to lead out on port with Craig playing catch up. These three arrived at the windward mark more or less together, but Hunt soon built up a lead that Craig couldn't catch. The next three - Deaves, Terry Curtis and John Ball - battled it out neck and neck for the next five laps. Curtis eventually got past Deaves on the penultimate lap to place third in the race and the meeting. After a consistent weekend, the rejuvenated John Ball finished in fourth place.

1Jim HuntGBR 21093
2Nick CraigGBR 2110 5
3Terry CurtisGBR 210112
4John BallGBR 208212
5Robert DeavesGBR 208113
6Gavin WaldronGBR 208520
7Dan AgerGBR 210026
8Pete TurnerGBR 205930
9David CarrollGBR 210631
10Mike EdwadsGBR 210731
11Paul JewbyGBR 209532
12Neil GoodheadGBR 210835
13Alex ScolesGBR 202135
14Simon ShawGBR 206536
15John CharltonGBR 209637
16Will TurnerGBR 204539
17Geoff WoollenGBR 200840
18Andy TurnerGBR 208343
19John MeadowcroftGBR 208744
20Jon FishGBR 206746
21David CooperGBR 203152
22Mary ReddyhoffGBR 205853
23Deryck LovegroveGBR 210457
24Ian HarrisGBR 204971