OK – Helm Weight
30th September 2014 at 5:00pm #1183Rich96Participant
Just after a bit of guidance – what weight is the realistic max that you can properly sail an Ok to a decent level ?
Is it that weight sensitive ?
Rich30th September 2014 at 5:55pm #7655KenParticipant
I am sure somebody will be along soon to inform you of the weight range. I do know there are many sailors over 100 Kilo and there are rigs that support this weight. Welcome to the site by the way. What if anything do you currently sail ? Regards Ken.30th September 2014 at 9:07pm #7656Rich96Participant
Currently its a Finn at 95kg1st October 2014 at 6:47am #7657KenParticipant
Currently its a Finn at 95kg
Hi Rich, 95 kilo is No problem in the OK if you sail a Finn you might be well aware that rigs can be custom made to suit your weight. The OK is no different. There are many sailors 95kilo and over that have won World and Nat Championship races. If you are think of coming over, great news I am sure you would not regret it. Maybe a read of this might give you some insight into the class and the ok dinghy.
If you need any help on boat design and rig numbers drop me a line or contact any of our builders, I am sure they will be willing to help. Good luck and I hope to see you in the near future. Regards Ken.
Where are you based ? we do have area reps.2nd October 2014 at 8:43am #7658MikeParticipant
Ken is bang on! 95kg is a good weight for an OK. There are a number of decent sailors at over 100kg that have competed over the years at international level. Andre Blasse who is probably the most successful who has had many top ten finishes at the Worlds (2nd his best I think) who is around the 110kg mark.
It’s all about getting the right rig to suit you as Ken suggests, which is not difficult to achieve. Take a look a the table below? This is the top ten from this years national champs. You will see a weight range of between 85kg and 100kg although if we were to ever get Terry on a set of accurate scales I would suspect that figure would creep up a few kilos!
So, at 95kg you are within the optimum weight range for an OK according to the evidence below. So, what are you waiting for?
1 Jim Hunt (93kg)
2 Lee Child (90kg)
3 Jon Fish (100kg)
4 Terry Curtis (85kg)
5 Charlie Cumbley (87kg)
6 Andy Couch (94kg)
7 Robert Deaves (87kg)
8 Dave Bourne (93kg)
9 Tom Lonsdale (86kg)
10 Tony Woods (95kg)
Mike2nd October 2014 at 10:14am #7659FinnParticipant
I struggle to believe that all those weights are accurate – not just Terry’s.2nd October 2014 at 11:51am #7660MikeParticipant
Maybe they are all using the same dodgey scales Finn??2nd October 2014 at 4:33pm #7661Jon FishParticipant
thanks mike…7th October 2014 at 4:17pm #7662burtParticipant
glad i didnt make the top 10 now
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