A total of 10 UK sailors travelled to Medemblik for the 2005 Spring Cup

A total of 10 UK sailors travelled to Medemblik for the 2005 Spring Cup regatta to make a total fleet of 23 boats from four countries with many of the leading contenders for this summer’s Worlds Championship in Denmark there to see if their winter training had paid dividends.

Despite the distance, this event is highly popular with the British because of the incredibly efficient race management, friendly club and decent local nightlife! The OKs were racing with J/24s, J/22s and Max Fun 25s guaranteed to spice up the proceedings!

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 Grönholz (GER). At the end of the day Nick led from Neil with young Alex Scoles 3rd Brit (5th overall).

Day two was also light. Ulf Brandt (DEN) took race four and Nick Craig took races five and six. Anthony Rich came 3rd in race four, 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 one.

Day three 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 five wins from eight races , Ulf Brandt was second and Andreas Pich (GER) third. Neil Goodhead finished up fourth.

Other GBR results

9. Terry Curtis

10. Alex Scoles

15. Anthony Rich

16. Mike Edwards

17. Andy Turner

19. Deryck Lovegrove

20. Julian Burnham

21. Dave Cooper