Sunday 7 January 2018 concluded the 56th International OK Dinghy Australian Championships, a six-day offshore regatta hosted by Southport Yacht Club’s Hollywell Sailing Squadron.
With a remarkable 18 point lead, Rob McMillan was crowned the Australian titles champion. With a near perfect score, Rob has led the fleet for the entire series, sailing NB Sailsports.
“The regatta has been magical, each race has pushed me to use slightly different tactics and skills with some trying times, along with begin the first event with my newly purchased OK from England, I am very pleased with the boat’s capability and overall I am obviously very excited about taking out the title,” said Rob.
“The sailing conditions here on the Gold Coast were absolutely fantastic, brilliant sea breezes and perfect waves, I couldn’t ask for much more. Overall, I had a brilliant time, however the unexpected swim earlier in the regatta won me the blue swimmer crab trophy for capsize of the day, I never imagined I would win one of these.”
The sailing management and club (SYC) have been superb and I am extremely happy I participated within the regatta” Rob commented.
A mixture of wind and waves structures have made for an extremely testing and versatile nine races offshore the Gold Coast.
“The OK Nationals has been great series with diverse conditions which produced a true champion. I am really pleased with the conduct on the course from all the sailors, even from the fact of bringing out the black flag the whole fleet cheered,” said Principle Race Officer Denis Thompson.
42 competitors competed at the event from Tuesday 2 to Sunday 7 January 2018. World current number one Greg Wilson, onTurtle Sails, came in at a close second, Mark Jackson on Danish Bleu in third, Tim Davies on GT in fourth and current Queensland Champion & Southport Yacht Club Ok Dinghy Sailor Kelvin Holdt, on Green Eggs And Ham in fifth place.