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'International OK Class and much more...'
by New Zealand Marine Artist Jim Bolland

Photo © Pepe Hartman

Over the past three years, Wellington, New Zealand, International OK Dinghy sailor Karl Purdie (pictured above), has raced for the top in his Class. In Australia, in 2006, he scored fifth in that years World Championship. In Poland, in 2007 he finished third and in mid-July, in Warnemunde, Germany, he won the warm-up regatta and went on to reach his goal and capture the 2008 International OK Dinghy World Championship.

It could be said that his success was a numbers game. He launched a new ‘Icebreaker’ hull with a C-Tech high modulus mast and Greg Wilcox designed, ‘Quantum’ sail for the new (down-under) summer and had decided he’d like the Class registration number 531, five and three to remember his previous World Championship results and number one to announce his target placing for the 2008 World Championship. Now, isn’t that the power of positive thinking!

The International OK Class is New Zealand’s most successful dinghy at the International level and Karl’s victory extends the list of Kiwi winners to six. He joins the illustrious list of previous winners; the late Clive Roberts, who did so much to establish the OK in New Zealand, Peter Lester, Rick Dodson, Leith Armit and Greg Wilcox.

The standard of racing in the OK Class in New Zealand is at a very high level and other Kiwi competitors finished well up amongst the ninety entrants in this year’s warm-up and Championship regattas. Kiwi sailors are bringing home a brace of trophies, having won six of the nine races sailed. Purdie intends to defend his title next year at Kalmar, in Sweden and it is to be hoped that he will defend his title again on home waters, when the International OK Dinghy World Championships, will be sailed on Wellington Harbour in February, 2010.

For the complete article, including discussions on Quantum Racing, 'Black Match', the QUEBRAMER CUP, The Etchells Class, SUPERCHARGING SUPERYACHT RIGS and more, click here.

Visit Jim's website to see his paintings of the America's Cup as well as Commissioned works he has painted.

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