Lebrun said, “Once again we had to go out pretty early. And we had rain and cold conditions so it was hard to keep motivated. The wind was stronger than the other days in both races and race committee hesitated before starting the final race.
“But overall, we had eight good races, which is very good for the class and I think for everyone who came here. It was very good to see everyone again and talk together. I think a lot of people were glad to meet each other again, so I was happy I be here even if it was a long way from France.
“It was a very good opportunity to race against some very good sailors, and try a new rig and enjoy the sailing conditions. Not sure when the next reatta will be but I am happy we did this one.”
Fourth placed Wilcox commented, “It was a nice day’s sailing. Two reasonably quick races, good breeze, plenty of windshifts, quite hard work, but good fun actually.
“I had a really nice last race with Soenke. We sailed the whole race about a boatlength apart and finished a bit less than a boatlength apart, so that was nice. Good fun and interesting to see some people capsizing.
“We owe a lot of thanks to the Circolo Vela Arco for putting on a great event for us. Altogether it was a pretty good regatta and everyone is very happy they came. I think the race committee did a great job, the club is really nice and we should definitely come back here.”
It has been a long held desire of the OK Dinghy class to have events on Lake Garda so many hope this will be the first of many. The OK Dinghy class was active in Italy some 30-40 years ago, so in all likelihood the last OK Dinghy regatta on Garda was at least a generation ago, if not two. There are now a small number of OKs in Italy and it is hoped bringing the fleet to Garda will help grow more interest.
Certainly, the sailors who travelled to Garda were determined to go and have fun, and seemed to have made quiet an impression. Seeing OK Dinghies sailing on Lake Garda for the first time in a long time was quite something.
When CVA agreed to host the 2021 World Championship there was a huge enthusiasm to attend, from all over the world and it would almost certainly have been the largest world championship ever. Unfortunately, in the interests of fairness, that couldn’t happen this year and that was a great disappointment to many. However it will happen in the not too distant future. The OKs will be back.
Final results after 8 races
1 FRA 11 Valerian Lebrun 10
2 GER 77 Soenke Behrens 17
3 DEN 21 Bo Petersen 25
4 NZL 599 Greg Wilcox 28
5 DEN 1565 Mogens Johansen 56
6 GER 852 Michael Nissen 59
7 GER 7 Andreas Pich 61
8 GER 5 Ralf Tietje 64
9 DEN 1577 Jørgen Holm 73
10 GER 75 Dirk Dame 75
Full results here: https://www.racingrulesofsailing.org/documents/2292/event
Photos: Emilio Santinelli/Circolo Vela Arco
Many more photos on the club’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CircoloVelaArco