Ottawa Fleet 4 season 2017 recap

Recap of the 505 NSC Fleet Activities in 2017

By: Marie Gendron

The NSC’s 505 fleet was active in 2017. These are our season highlights.

With the objective of introducing the 505 to young sailors, based on a model developed in France, the fleet organised its first Espoirs Camp on the weekend of July 29-30 at NSC.  Six teams with sailors aging from 14 to 21 years old attended. On Saturday we had trapeze sailing conditions and after the owners’ rigging overview, we ran on-water drills in winds ranging from 8 to 12 knots. The drills were designed to get the sailors to get used to sailing the 505 upwind and using the spinnaker downwind and on reaches. It was great to see everyone with a big smile on their faces, enjoying the 505. On Sunday the winds were not cooperative, but we were able to run three short races.  The team of Paul Place and Lucas Poon won the 1st Canadian Espoirs Regatta.  The other participants were: Ellie Damini, Devlin Lovshin, Mitchell and Julien Lowery, David Mincoff, Laurence Page, Sam Place, Valerie Robichaud, Claire Stewart, Camden Sutherland.  A video of the camp can be found here.

In 2017, members of the NSC’s 505 fleet attend the 505 North-American Championships in New Bedford, MA, the 505 US East Coast Championships in Osterville, MA, the Canadians in Toronto and the SAP 505 World Championships in Annapolis, MD.

The SAP 505 World was hosted by the Seven Sailing Association and Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis. 87 teams from 12 countries, including eight past World Champions competed.  NSC was represented by six NSC members.  Eight races were completed in a wide range of wind conditions. Heavy breeze came on Thursday Sept 28, during which the organisers ran three races, each of them 7 to 8 miles long, which is way longer than what we are used to.

At 14 years old, Devlin Lovshin from NSC was the youngest participant. Devlin was crewing for his mother – 1992 Olympic sailor – Shona Moss Lovshin.  Devlin’s father, Steve, crewed for US sailor Brendon Connell; Paul Place, our NSC racing coach, raced with Nicolas Tosi from Hudson Yacht Club and Marie Gendron teamed up with David Browne (both NSC members).  By the way, Devlin won the charity draw prize, a brand new 505 Selden mast.  We were all grateful to be able to sail in such an event with so many boats, great sailors and a beautiful location.  Event videos, SAP race analytics and results can be found at www.505worlds2017.com.

World Champion, Mike Holt, used these words to describe the 505: ‘’the 505 is a magical boat’’.  For more information on the class see www.505.ca.

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