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Netherlands, Spring Cup 2005

KZ & RV Hollandia, Medemblik

Apr 29.- May 1.

Report courtesy Dave Cooper.

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10 UK sailors travelled to Medemblik for the 2005 Spring Cup regatta to make a total fleet of 23 boats from 4 countries with many of the leading contenders for this summers Worlds Championships in Denmark there to see if their winter training had paid dividends. Despite the distance, this event is highly popular with the Brits because of the incredibly efficient race management, friendly club and decent local nightlife!

The OKs were racing with J24s, J22s and Max Fun 25s guaranteed to spice up the proceedings!

Ulf, Nick and Andreas
Ulf Brandt, Nick Craig and Andreas Pich (from right)

Day one saw light and shifty conditions with force 0-1 winds: Neil Goodhead and Nick Craig had a good day - Neil won race 3 and Nick race 2, while the first race was won by Oliver Gronholz (GER). At the end of the day Nick led from Neil with young Alex Scoles 3rd Brit (5th overall).

Day 2 was also light and sh*te. Ulf Brandt (DEN) took race 4 and Nick Craig took races 5 and 6. Anthony Rich came 3rd in race 4, having led round the first mark and tussled for the lead throughout the race. Julian Burnham enjoyed a day in bed after a heavy session at the end of day 1.

Day 3 was bright, sunny and force 2-3. Nick Craig got a pair of firsts and Terry Curtis had a much bigger smile as the wind picked up. Overall, Nick took the trophy with 5 wins from 8 races , Ulf Brandt was second and Andreas Pich (GER) third. Neil Goodhead finished up fourth.

Nick Craig and Ulf Brandt showed that they're on the pace for the Worlds later this summer in Denmark: Ulf looking particularly good in light weather.

Next event on the International OK calendar is Kiel Week in June whilst the UK fleet are heading to Highcliffe and Frensham Pond this weekend, showing there is racing to suit everyone in the OK class.

1GBR 2116Nick Craig11.051241111
2DEN 1302Ulf Brandt21.036413523
3GER 656Andreas Pich26.043352455
4GBR 2108Neil Goodhead36.072187389
5GER 717Oliver Gronholz41.011114115634
6DEN 1340Jesper Petersen47.010146691042
7GER 607Christian Heinze55.01112132621012
8GER 624Thomas Glas59.061319781276
9GBR 2101Terry Curtis66.013771214dns67
10GBR 2021Alex Scoles67.0885101791116
11GER 632Fabian Gronholz69.02199912141310
12GER 599Peter Stephan73.01441814411218
13GER 707Thorsten Schmidt77.01610821167911
14BEL 214Paul Verrijdt83.09911201181817
15GBR 2007Anthony Rich94.0172121310131713
16GBR 2107Mike Edwards94.0125121713152020
17GBR 2083Andy Turner113.01516201919161414
18BEL 44Thierry Demblon115.02120101615181521
19GBR 2104Deryck Lovegrove115.01817161318171619
20GBR 2087Julian Burnham125.0201515dnsdnsdns1215
21GBR 2031Dave Cooper134.01922171520192222
22GER 698Karsten Kath146.0dns18dns2221dns1918
23BEL 604Mark Geboes154.0dnfdnsdns1822202323