More new OK dinghies were built in 2020 than in any year since 1980

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More new OK dinghies were built in 2020 than in any year since 1980 – July 2021 magazine reveals

by Robert Deaves Jul 16 8:41 AM PDT

Judges Lauge © Robert Deaves

Class OK Dinghy July 2021 magazine © Robert Deaves

Despite few international races over the past two years, the OK Dinghy class is growing at a phenomenal rate around the world. More new boats were built in 2020 than any year since 1980, and already in 2021 new builds are expected to be just as high. In fact, more new boats have been built in each of the past four years than in any year since 1980.

The demand for new and used boats is huge and boat builders are working hard to keep pace with the demand.

In addition, OKDIA has welcomed three new member countries in the past year: Brazil, Bulgaria and Italy and hopes to join three or four new members in the coming year. In addition to the many commercial builders, boats are also being built in Russia, Brazil, Italy, Spain and a new company is about to start building in the United States, after Danish builder Jesper Strandberg generously provided old molds to start them.

The new July 2021 edition of OK Dinghy magazine highlights all of these developments and includes a number of interviews with sailors from around the world.

Read the whole magazine here

Jens Lauge has been sailing OK Dinghies for around 12 years and is regularly at the top of the Danish fleets. Now sailing from Hellerup, which has one of the largest OK fleets in the world, she is the perfect example of the demographics that Danish expansion has attracted, middle-aged, looking for a relatively cheap, easily accessible and strong competition.

He says the appeal of the class is “… really a mixture of the simplicity of sailing on your own time and the complexity of the equipment that intrigued me. I think I must have been sailing locally for just a while. a year before I moved my dinghy to Hellerup. On bad days we are no less than 5-6 dinghies on ‘Stormy Bay’ and on good days we have 15. ”

Read the full interview here

Pontus Gäbel talks about the fastest growing OK Dinghy fleet in Sweden, OKWiken, in Viken on the west coast.

“After careful consideration I bought the best boat I could find while still allowing myself to take on the water the same season and prepare for the world championships in Marstrand around the corner. first aboard my new boat, it felt like coming home. I realized how I missed the freedom to be able to sail anytime the conditions permitted; my first summer back in the classroom OK was a mix of sheer joy and excitement trying to stay straight on the downwind edges.

“During the summer of 2019 you could see two boats on the water outside Viken almost every day. The new OK fleet was a fact although still small. Every day when we upgraded water or pulled the boats, someone came over and spoke of fond memories of their own youth spent in an OK Dinghy or other similar boats.

“The latest tally is 24 boats, and growing.”

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In the chapter “The best OK Dinghy sailors of all time” in Completely OK, Michael Nissen is number 34. He sailed the OK Dinghy from 1966 to 1977, winning bronze medals at the 1976 world championships in Nykøping , Denmark, and the 1977 World Championships in Takapuna, New Zealand. Now, after a 44-year hiatus from the class, he’s back with a home-built Dan Leach Mk 4.

He hadn’t really taken the course in the meantime, but “My interest returned to using Youtube and watching videos. I looked at each photo or video to get a feel for what had happened in the past. class since 1977. But nonetheless it was a leap into cold water. It’s no surprise that a lot has changed. I think the main reason [I came back] was the ability to build it myself relatively easily from CNC cut parts. ”

He just finished sixth at the Arco on Garda International Regatta in the boat he built for himself.

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Olympic medalist and coach and professional sailor John Cutler describes how and why he recently got into OK Dinghy sailing in New Zealand

“I called Rod Davis and told him I was interested in the course and asked if there was a boat I could take, just to see if I remembered how to sail. instantly. I called Josh and Andy (NZ Olympic Finn Sailors) and asked for recommendations on what sailing kit I needed and quickly got all the gear, with no idea what to do with me. ‘waited.

“The first sail was a real shock – I was a complete beginner, but managed to stay upright and not hit my head on the boom. I expected to be at the back of the fleet. and extremely tired, but I was further back and completely drunk A few weekends like this and decided it was time to buy a boat and take things a little more seriously.

After the Olympics and a few TP races, he is “… finally back home ready to sail OK at the end of November.” There will be a new OK waiting in my garage when I get home. ”

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Matt Mason also talks in-depth about building the new Dan Leech Maverick Mk5 design, one of which is for John Cutler.

“The first three boats are for John Cutler, John Cobb and myself. John Cobb was the main sponsor of the 2019 Symonite World Championship in Auckland, and he has now joined the class. We are now able to go into production and streamline construction, which is the key. The cost of OK is very competitive which in my opinion contributes to the success of the class. It certainly won’t be a lucrative business.

“However, now we are in the fun and it is time to go sailing. I have sailed the boat several times now. After 18 months of not sailing and with the few races I have done, the boat is really very enjoyable As we always say, “speed is your friend”.

Read the full article here

The July 2021 issue of OK Dinghy Magazine also includes:

  • Previews of the 2022 and 2023 World Championships
  • Overview of certification, registration and paperwork rules for new boats
  • Results of the past year
  • And lots of news, great photos and ads from the awesome vendors in the class.

Hard copies are mailed to sailors around the world, but this edition, as always, can be read online here.


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