Spring Cup- Medemblik
43 boats entered the OK Spring Cup this year a sizeable number considering the amount of European boats in containers on their way to Barbados for the upcoming World Championships.
Straight out the Blocks Jim Hunt, current World Champ, took the initiative with 3 bullets on day one in his new Ovington built OK. Behind him Charlie Cumbley led the chasing pack with 4 time World Champion Nick Craig remaining consistent just behind at the close of day 1.
With the well known hospitality of the Dutch the OK fleet took full advantage and many where seen Dancing the night away to a Bee Gee’s tribute band, but where were the Solo’s? After much tomfoolery, where UK Vice Chairman Dave Bourne woke up shrink-wrapped into his van and his boat suffering a similar fate in celebration of his upcoming nuptials, the fleet launched into a freshening breeze.
Richard “Burt” Burton clearly had a straight head on out the blocks and took the first bullet of the day in his Idol Composites, Idol 1 shape. Jim had something to say about this and consequently won the next 2 races demonstrating epic upwind speed, Burt managed to keep Jim honest with Charlie maintaining his consistency. Overnight it left Jim in prime spot to win and Charlie with a point lead for 2nd from Burt.
Again with some late night antics some slightly zombie like figures appeared the next morning for the conclusion of the Spring Cup with only 2 races to face. Jim demonstrated why he is World Champion and how hard he will be to beat in a few weeks winning both races. Charlie held onto 2nd in the lighter airs while Burt fought off the lightweight Craig for 3rd Overall.
The whole fleet had great fun at this stalwart venue where the social is just as important as the sailing with a chance to meet old friends and make new ones, if they can be remembered the next day that is…
Photos Credit to Rodney Tidd off the water and Will Loy on the Water with permissions.