Bart Bomans from Belgium notched up an impressive scoreline to take an overall win at Kiel Week in the OK class

The OK class at Kiel Week 2004 saw 40 sailors entered from seven countries. Four British sailors braved the European motorway network for the 10-hour drive to northern Germany, for some typically shifty Kiel weather. One of the favourites for the overall title was Nick Craig, but a broken mast in the first race and a lack of consistent wind and cancelled races towards the end of the regatta meant he had to count a DNC. However, he still ended up a creditable sixth overall after posting a 2, 2, 1, 6, 1 scoreline. Enjoying the fluky conditions to the full, Craig showed he had the speed to win and by sailing conservatively was always on the front line whichever direction the wind decided to turn to next.

The current European champion Bart Bomans from Belgium showed good speed as well, combined with a knack for making the best of the shifts. His scoreline of 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 4, 4 meant he had won with a day to spare and bodes well for the world championship at Parkstone in July. Consistency was going to pay handsomely, and the next four boats were within nine points of each other, while several of the early front runners piled up some large scores, some OCSs and dropped down the results sheet.

Other British sailors Robert Deaves and Will Turner traded positions, with Deaves’ third place in race four enough to keep him ahead of Turner who had to count a 23rd after an earlier OCS. Jonathan Fish brought up the British rear in 23rd place after a frustrating time. Former world champion Karsten Hitz (GER) won the opening race but faded towards the end of the regatta in the lighter airs. The only other race winner was Greg Wilcox (NZL), winning the shifty race six in light airs after banging in a corner on the final beat.


1 Bart Bomans BEL 11 points

2 Martin von Zimmermann GER 29

3 Greg Wilcox NZL 31

4 Thomas Hansson-Mild SWE 34

5 Gunter Arndt GER 38

6 Nick Craig GBR 43

7 Oliver Gronholz GER 44

8 Robert Deaves GBR 65

9 Will Turner GBR 68

10 Pawel Pawlaczyk POL 72

Other GBR

23 Jonathan Fish GBR 113