OK (dinghy)

The OK Dinghy is a one-handed dinghy with Cat - rigging.


The basic concept comes from Axel Dammgard Olsen from Seattle (USA). He gave in 1956 the Danish yacht designer Knut Olsen commissioned to paint a boat on the base simple, conventional plywood constructions (the term " OK dinghy " is derived from the initials of the designer and not mean Olympic class, how often mistranslated ). The result is a slight Knickspantenkonstruktion with free-standing, rotating pole. Today OK dinghies are built from plywood, GRP sandwich and Compositbauweise.


The OK Dinghy has quickly spread all over the world, the world today there are more than 14,000 copies. Large fleets are in the Scandinavian countries, England, France, Germany and Poland. Also in Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Hungary and Russia the OK dinghy is sailed, further the spread over many Asian countries extends. One of the most popular sailor there is probably Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX. ), King of Thailand, in the OK Dinghy won the gold medal at the Southeast Asian Games in 1967. In his honor, once a year in Hua Hin a regatta. Furthermore, the OK dinghy is sailed at the Asian Games.

Rigging, sails, using

The OK Dinghy is a boat type from the class of sailboats. It has a length of 4.00 m with a sail area of 8.25 m². The optimum weight for OK sailors is usually given at 75 kg, top of the world but are always taken sailors with body weights between 65 kg and 95 kg.

The OK was primarily intended as a preparatory class for the Olympic Finn dinghy and is also their technical development followed. The rig is identical to that of the fin, consisting of a single sail on a rotatable mast.

The OK Dinghy is only suitable for novice sailors, as they generally considered very " wobbly " applies. Do not (more ) belongs to the Olympic boat classes and is therefore priced affordably. OK sailors from all over the world exchange information on their experiences in the context of sailing and form for outsiders often a close-knit community in which new entrants, however, are welcome.

OK mini - rig

Widely used is a version with a smaller mast and a much smaller sail. This was especially used in the GDR as a boot for youth training.