Excerpt from OKDIA November Update

Robert Deaves writing to the National Secretaries – Well done USOKDRA members, 2021 renewal / membership invoices will be published in December:

“8. Despite the restrictions and cancelations caused by COVID-19, 2020 has been a very successful year for the class. More boats have been built than in any year since 1980, and a huge number of masts and sails have been made. As you probably saw, Jesper Strandberg has sent his old mould to the USA and hopefully they will be building soon. Seven other boats also went in the same container and are being sailed. The membership in the USA is now at his highest level since the 1970s and is increasing all the time, and full credit to James Bland for all his work to achieve this. Many countries continue to attract new members, and we hope to welcome many new members to OKDIA in the coming months. Everyone is looking forward to getting back to normal racing.”

USA – 8 wins AYC 2020 Fall Fling with 5 bullets – 11 Oct 2020

AYC has had a very conservative program this year with very little organized racing.  We cancelled the Finn Masters Regatta and the Texas Centerboard regatta.
The Fall Fling Intramural regatta was created up to give club members of all stripes some racing before the cold weather and Holidays. It was also kind of a test case to see how we could do things safely.  A Club Fall Series is now being considered.
Attached are images of a small but mighty Dinghy Handicapped fleet, there was one other boat not shown. OK Dinghy, USA- 8/1008/Secretariat ended up winning boat for boat and on time against a Contender [Dpn 90.1] and a Harpoon 5.3 [Dpn 96].  The OK is rated at Dpn 96.5 being the smallest, lightest and least sail area.
The OK, USA 8, was tuned up using the “Completely OK” book guidance and looking at Nick Craig’s tuning guide on the British OK web site.  I felt like I was very fast in the the light air.  2020 Greg Wilcox Turtle Sail.  Dan Leech Mk1 plywood boat. [On weight, Measurement Certificate, measured by the OKDIA Chief Measurer, built by Rob Coutts]
USA 8 didn’t sail races 7 and 8 – due to heat exhaustion.  The temperatures were near 100˚F.  Wind from the South 12 with gusts to 22 mph.  Typical course length was around 2 miles, W2, T2 courses.  Photos by Bill Records

CB Regatta
 ScoreMethod=Portsmouth  Results

Sail Skipper Total Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Race 7 Race 8
1 1008 Bland,James 12 1 1 1 1 1 2 5*DNS 5 DNS
2 777 Loehlin,Jennifer 14 5*OCS 2 2 2 2 3 1 2
3 185 Mashl,Mike 16 5*OCS 3 3 3 3 1 2 1
4 355 Brown,Matt 35 5*OCS 5 DNF 5 DNF 5 DNS 5 DNS 5 DNS 5 DNS 5 DNS

Clark USA 753 c.1970

Gil Greenwood is a USOKDRA member and is in the process of buying two OK dinghies to restore.  USA 753 was a Clark Hull with one of the fast Bruder wood masts.  Gil is a US Sailing  Judge and Race officer, living in Oklahoma these days.  Part of the USOKDRA success story.


Gil Greenwood, USA 753, 1970

Class Management / Measuring / Corinthian Sportsmanship

Racing of all classes of sailing boat under the Racing Rules for Sailing (RRS) and Equipment Rules of Sailing (ERS) is based on the assumption that each boat complies with its Class Rules, the class rules complementing the RRS- ERS by defining the boat and equipment that may be used. Normally it is necessary to measure the physical dimensions of a boat, its equipment and sails to establish if it complies with the class rules and this is the principal role of the `measurer’.

Measurers therefore play a fundamental role in the organisation of sailboat racing, and their ability to apply the class rules correctly and accurately is essential. Equipment must be measured for certification before being used for racing, but it is normally inspected at events as well. Techniques vary in general as certification requires derivation of actual dimensions and inspection means comparison with known minimum / maximum limits. The latter is one of the roles the WS International Measurer is expected to perform.

USOKDRA has established a Code of Conduct in its rules.  We like the Culture of the International OK Dinghy Class [OKDIA.org] and the serious, but fun atmosphere at the Championships.  We saw two boats not measure in at the Worlds.  There was no argument, the matter was turned over to the race committee.  The  violations were serious enough that they couldn’t be corrected and the competitors were sent home.  On the race course, 112 boats of all manner of expertise raced together in virtual silence, without protest.  The parking lot was full of comity and tales of valor and tragedy, but all in good spirits.

Why Not Try an OK Dinghy

The unique characteristics of the International OK-Dinghy:
a light, responsive sailing dinghy that may be raced in fair and equal competition all over the world, without getting into cut-throat Olympic competition, and with the freedom to appeal to the individual that is in each of us. 😁. usa.okdinghy.org

Questionnaire for USA Sailors – please respond before June 15, 2020

USA Sailors ONLY – help the USOKDRA make decisions and provide your opinion / answers to the following questions.  Your answers would be appreciated by email to jfbland at me dot com.

If you are not a member, please consider becoming one. $50 for an Associate Membership.  See the rules/procedures.

All OK sailors – if you’d like to participate, please list your country organization first in your reply.

Individual helpful comments, please reply directly here – with your country if not the USA.

1. Do you currently own an OK Dinghy?

2. Are planning to own an OK dinghy in the next two years?

3 When do you think you will build or purchase an OK Dinghy?

4 Which would you prefer to buy, New or previously owned?

5 How much would you pay for a new boat of any kind? – For an OK Dinghy?

6. How old are you / year of birth?

7 How would you rate your Physical fitness / ability to sail.  ->  Excellent [works out]; Good [I like to take long walks on the beach] ; Fair [Walks to local bar].;  Poor [my idea of aerobic exercise is walking from the couch to the refrigerator to get a beer. ;  Lastly – Physical Fitness , what’s that?

8. How would you rate your sailing ability, or Sailing Experience. [Novice – Experienced – Advanced – Semi Pro – Professional ]?

9.How easy would it be to start a fleet on your home Lake / Beach on a scale of 1-5 . 1 impossible to 5 we’re ordering boats now.?

10. Would you ever consider going to a World Championship in Europe or Southern Pacific [Outside USA ] – yes or no ?

11. Would you ever assist either financially or with volunteer time with a World Championship held in the USA.?

12.How important is a custom OK to your sailing plans on a scale of 1 to 5.? 1 not important -> 5 Won’t consider anything but a custom boat.?

14. Do you prefer plywood or composites as building materials for your OK dinghy?

15. Do you prefer to build your own boat, or purchase a composition hull, or purchase a ready to sail package. If none of these what would you do when purchasing a new boat.?

Newest OK Dinghy being built in Michigan by Ken Biddick for Chicago Star Sailor

Ken Biddick, a professional boat builder, has completed the newest USA fleet member.  Ken and the owner are currently measuring the boat and foils for membership.  When the going gets tough, the tough build a new boat.  Ken was graciously helped by many of the OKDIA builders in various countries with his questions.  The international membership is invested in the USA’s rebuilding and success.  The OK class is one of the friendliest in the world.  Join now!