Quiberon attracts huge fleet for OK Dinghy World Championship

Six former world champions and three former European champions form part of the huge OK Dinghy fleet heading for Quiberon, France, where the 2016 OK Dinghy World Championship begins on Friday. Currently there are 113 entries, making it the largest world championship for four years.

The organising authority is La Société des Régates de Saint Pierre Quiberon (SRSP), while the actual venue is is Nationale de Voile et des Sports Nautiques (ENVSN), an FFV recognised sailing school a few km south of SRSP. The club has a long history in running events and championships and, along with the famous French hospitality, the class is looking forward to a vintage world championship.

It will be the first class world championship in France for 24 years and the fifth in total. The first ever OK Dinghy World Championship was held in France, in Maubuisson in 1963. The winner that year, Svend Jakobsen (DEN), is also sailing in Quiberon, 53 years later. Though the class started in Denmark and in the early years the Danish sailors were very successful, a Danish sailor has not won the world title for 36 years. That could change this year with a 10-strong Danish team attending, including some big names.

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