Bo Petersen won the Art of Racing Euro Series 2021 in the OK Dinghy class, which ended with the wind at the German Championship in Wismar over the long weekend from September 30 to October 3.
Sixty-six sailors arrived at the start line of a very windy event, with two days lost due to the high winds. However, six races were run with a strong wind day and a moderate wind day. Andre Budzien took the title again, from Jan Kurfeld, with Petersen third, which was easy enough to win the Art of Racing Euro Series 2021 by 47 points from Greg Wilcox and Andreas Pich.
Stage 3 of the Euro Series also includes the results of the Autumn Trophy in Bandol, won by Nick Craig of Wilcox and Laurent Hay, as well as the Belgian and Polish nationals. The Belgian Nationas were won by Pieter Van Laer from Stephan Veldman and Jørgen Holm, while the Polish Nationas were won by Tomasz Gaj from Michał Strumnik and Przemyslaw Drozdzik. Before the final event in Wismar, only Petersen or Wilcox could realistically win the series, which included the international events in Garda, Kiel and Bandol, as well as seven national championships in Belgium, Great Britain, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and The Netherlands.
At the start, the overall lead changed several times, but Petersen then took the lead at the end of the second stage, having won in Kiel, and never gave up. A total of 293 sailors competed in at least one event, of whom 28 competed in at least three and one, Fabian Rossbacher, competed in five events.
The art of racing 2021 The Euro Series was introduced due to COVID-19 to replace the World Ranking List and the OKDIA Euro League, which can hopefully return in 2022. The aim was mainly to have fun, to promote media events and provide some focus, incentive and encouragement for sailors to participate in one or two other regattas.
Bo Petersen received his award, A New Art of Racing Boom, from European Art of Racing distributor Greg Wilcox.
New Zealand-based Art of Racing is a supplier of specialist dinghy racing equipment, including booms for OK dinghies and Finns, and has become the boom of choice for the majority of fleets since entering the market eight years ago.
By Robert Deaves