2020 Memberships are rolling in !

Please welcome, and welcome back in many cases our first 2020 Members.  Nationals are Oct 24, 25 ,2020 in Austin TX on Lake Travis –

Paul Henderson, FL USA 457

Dennis Clark, WA

Fritz Mueller, FL

Paul Guidi, FL

Rick Peyran, CA. USA 288

Gil Greenwood, OK

Of course Rob Coutts, CA ,President, USA 9 and James Bland TX, Executive Secretary, USA 8 [NZL 585] are all signed up.  Rob has found the sister boat, a Pedersen?  design, ISAF 1841 / NZL 518 a sister to NZL515 which I sailed in the last Worlds and Rob won the 2005 ? Worlds in India.

I was given a 1972 USOKDRA newsletter.  In that newsletter, you could read of growing fleets, over 800 registered boats and new members added by the score.  It’s time to regain that participation.

US OK Dinghy Racing Association has not collected dues for a few years, so the cupboard is kind of bare.  Memberships and donations are necessary to pay for administrative items, prepare for the Nationals, and start to look at low level advertising in the Harken Showcase or Scuttlebutt online.  Participation at any level is appreciated.

US OK Dinghy Members

I’d like to request that all US OK Dinghy sailors send me two of your favorite images for your OK dinghy and maybe include yourself too.

Feel free to post to our Facebook page –  https://www.facebook.com/USOKDRAExecutiveSecretary/

Thanks in advance.

 

Rescued Classic Plastic, USA 288

Please give Rick Peyran some appreciation and welcome back to the Class. I’ve asked Rick to consider full membership with his classic boat. If you’re in California, we have a lot of activity starting to bubble up as the website gets discovered. San Francisco, Los Angles, San Diego could all have fleets of 3 or more by the end of next year if people band together.
 
Hello James,
 
I came across the new US OK Dinghy Association website. Thank you for your efforts to revive the class in the US. I thought I would let you know about a boat I rescued from the landfill a few years ago. I rebuilt it and have been sailing it for recreation out of Oceanside Harbor, CA.
 
The boat had been part of a Navy recreation program on Mission Bay. The sail number is US 288. I was able to salvage the outer skin of the sandwich glass hull (foam core had disintegrated), the traveller bar, and the sail. The rest of the boat was unusable (rotted and full of termites).
 
I replaced everything else mostly of wood (mast, boom, CB case, internal structure, deck, blades). I got a set of plans from Mary Reddyhoff in Britain to guide the rebuild.
 
I rigged the boat simply with a boom wedge instead of a vang and minimal controls, definitely old school. I enjoy sailing the boat and reliving my youth when I sailed an OK in Oregon and Washington before the class died with the introduction of the Laser.
 
Best Regards,
Rick Peyran
Carlsbad, CA

Welcome Paul Henderson and Dennis Clark back to the US OK Dinghy fleet

Please welcome Dennis Clark and Paul Henderson back to the Fleet. I can’t emphasize how important it is to find and welcome back our founding sailors and reclaim the US OKD RA heritage. The 21st century fleet must become the stewards of the class history and the seeds of future growth. Thank you Dennis for reaching out and becoming a member once again.

James

Sorry to not reply in a timely manner, things have been rather busy for me.


I was 10 yrs old when my father started Clark Boat company. there was a group of 15 or so who built ok’s for themselves in his fledgling shop. Axel Olsen was living in Seattle and working for Boeing at the time and in his Danish/english attempted to direct traffic. It was a fun madhouse.

We then built many oks and I was a pretty lucky kid at 12 yrs to get one. The Nationals were in Seattle in 1963 and I was fortunate to come second to Colin Park.
Through my teenage years I sailed Thistles, 14s, and lightnings, but enjoyed the ok as well. In 1971 (?) the North Americans were in Seattle at Shilshole Bay and the regatta went amazingly my way and was able to snatch victory.

I am 69 now and look back at sailing and the OK as the one “thing” in my life that created independence and confidence for a kid who got picked last for the baseball team.

Thanks for your efforts to keep this most amazing boat relevant.

Dennis Clark