The OK fleet headed to Hunstanton in Norfolk last weekend for world qualifier event 14/6/07
A total of 15 OKs arrived at Hunstanton for the open meeting and world qualifier event on the weekend of 9-10 June to be greeted by an easterly Force 3-4 churning up a lumpy chop in The Wash.
Neil Goodhead got of to an excellent start in race 1 and arrived first at the windward mark, closely followed by Julian Burnham with the rest of the pack in hot pursuit. After a slight navigational error, Burnham found the fleet sailing over him and dropped back down the fleet. Goodhead held the lead until the end of the 2nd beat where some sneaky tactics took Terry Curtis into the lead, Goodhead found himself pushed back to mid fleet after been forced the wrong side of the mark. Curtis then went on to win with John Fish taking 2nd and Tony Rich in his brand new Scoles boat coming in 3rd.
Race 2 passed fairly uneventfully until the last reach, where Alex Scoles dropped back from 3rd to 8th after capsizing following a toestrap failure. Curtis took line honors followed by Fish, with Simon Childs finishing 3rd. Race 3 saw Curtis win again with Fish following close behind.
Sunday saw a foggy start with less wind, Curtis managed to win race 4 making him event winner, Fish clung closely to his tail throughout the race with Goodhead working his way into 3rd place. Race 5 saw a new winner with Goodhead taking the lead on the 2nd beat followed by the usual suspects. Fleet lightweight Alex Scoles the won race 6 leaving the overall results as follows.
1st Terry Curtis – Upper Thames SC
2nd John Fish – Waldringfield SC
3rd Neil Goodhead – South Staffs SC
4th Alex Scoles – Overy Staithe SC
5th Tony Rich – Oxford SC
1st Vintage Boat – Jonathan Walder