Unsung Kiwi sailing hero Greg Wilcox has been inducted into the OK Dinghy Hall of Fame after his latest outstanding achievement of silver at this year's world championships.
Wilcox was recognised for his exceptional record in OK Dinghy sailing over the past 22 years, including being crowned world champion in 2002. Since then, the former Wellington sailmaker has collected two bronze medals, in 2005 and 2006, and silver in the world championships in Denmark last month.
The five-time New Zealand champion has also made a notable contribution to the class off the water - as president of OKDIA, the class' international association, from 2005-09, and as a sailmaker. The owner of Quantum Sails, now living in Potsdam Germany, has designed sails which have won world championships five times in the last 10 years.
His nomination for induction also highlighted his ability to welcome newcomers to the OK Dinghy class, freely offering his boat handling and tuning knowledge. "He has undoubtedly been an inspiration to many OK sailors," it reads.
Wilcox described the recognition as a great honour. "I am just really proud that I have had such a great time in this class, and that's the reason that I am still sailing it," he said.
Another New Zealander was inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously. Auckland boat designer Alf Lock, who died last year, was honoured for his work on ridding the class of "cheating boats" and designing the famous Icebreaker hull that now dominates the OK Dinghy class, winning many world championships.
They join two other Kiwis in the hall: Leith Armit - the first sailor to win four world championships - and the late Clive Roberts, who won a record 10 national OK Dinghy titles.
Five other sailors were also added to the honours list this year - British four-time world champ Nick Craig and four Danish yachties, including the legendary Paul Elvstrøm.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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