2016 AGM Meeting Minutes


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What is a 505?

The 5O5 is a double-handed sailboat that incorporates a light weight, high performance hull design with a powerful sail plan and one trapeze. The boat is unique in that it has outstanding performance in all conditions. In light air it is quick and responsive, and in breeze it just goes faster. Planing begins in 9 knots of wind, and the 505 planes upwind and down in anything over 12 knots. 505s are raced in over 16 countries on five continents.

Verbage came from Ali Meller, a fellow Canadian that lives somewhere in the eastern US seaboard…for some reason.  What?  You don’t like snow?


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Squamish Regatta Report

Regatta report from Evan Jennings, Canadian National 5O5 Association Vice President:

Two 5O5s at the leeward mark

Courtesy of Mike Unger

Have you ever wondered how much wind was enough? Yesterday at the Canadians, many if not all of the 11 boats present found out.

As this article in the Squamish Chief tries to convey to a non-sailing audience, there was a ton of breeze. The reliable thermal showed up hard.

Canadian 5O5 fleet 1 thanks Phil Cragg, an early and constant supporter of the event, who provided his personal motor yacht to the race committee and drove it up from Vancouver to ensure that the regatta would be feasible.  Without his enthusiasm and encouragement, this regatta wouldn’t have happened.

The race committee did a great job in very deep water and tons of breeze.  RO Rob Woodbury, an Olympian in the Finn, and his team Bev Parslow of West Van YC, Mike Unger, Martyn Jackson, Andy Hunt and Simeon Faehndrich were very professional and effective.

Fred Grimm took on the thankless task of running shore operations with grace and a smile and kept everyone fed.

Cynthia Des Brisay did the results and Charles Hansen and Brian Trainor with thoughtfulness and generosity did things too numerous to mention.

Willow Ryan ran the front and back office, was the keeper of the keys, stoker of the fire, holder of the fort, computer tamer and worked with Fred to set up the awards.  Willow was assisted on Saturday Morning by Addie Jennings.

Kits Yacht Club hosted the event with support from WVYC and SYC.

There would not have been a Canadians if it weren’t for the support of the American fleet, who came out in numbers on the Canada Day holiday. (I hope you guys are having a great Fourth!)

Phil Cragg and Reto Corfu leapt to a convincing lead and widened it during the first day, though Mats Elf and Brent Campbell got a foreshadowing bullet when the breeze continued to build at the end of the afternoon. Mats and Brent kept them coming and managed to just edge the Canadians out by the narrowest of margins after two races in 30 knots on Sunday. As Phil aptly put it, the trophy for top Canadian was bittersweet. Paul Von Grey and Miles Johannessen put in a consistently solid performance for 3rd.

Sugar Flanagan and Courtney Starks won the trophy for top 6000 series or older boat, placing 8th in 6991.  After day 1, they were standing 6th and were looking dialled to move up on Sunday when they had a breakdown before the first race and had to head in.  They swore they would return for the Kits Invite this weekend.

What the results don’t show, except perhaps by the number of DNS, RET and and DNFs, was that there were times when Squamish harbour looked like a giant nautical yard sale, with capsized boats scattered all over the bay. That said, there were tons of grins on peoples’ faces when they got ashore. The speeds were unbelievable. And there were some stand out performances by all. A tip of the hat to Jon and Mike, who had moments of brilliance upwind going low and fast. Also Pierre and Tom – travelling the furthest and putting in a solid performance until an unfortunate strain injury took them out. Hope you come back next time. Tell the other Californians what they missed. Katherine and Josh had a super solid last race, placing 3rd in the strongest winds of the day.

The final rankings:

5th – Brian Trainor and Evan Jennings (28 points)
4th – Katherine Long and Josh Dyck (26 points)
3rd – Miles Johannessen and Paul Von Grey (17 points)
2nd – Phil Cragg and Reto Corfu (8 points)
1st – Mats Elf and Brent Campbell (7 points)

For full results, check out http://505.ca.



(This report was amended on 6 July – the mentions of Willow, Sugar and Courtney were added.)

(This report was amended on 16 July – Martyn Jackson’s name was corrected.)

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Squamish Results

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 11, Scoring system: Appendix A
Sail Nat Names 1 2 3 4 5 6 T N R
8823 USA Elf / Campbell (3) 2 2 1 1 1 10 7 1
8192 CAN Cragg / Corfu 1 1 1 3 2 (6) 14 8 2
80 USA Johannessen / Von Grey 2 (4) 3 2 4 2 17 13 3
9116 USA Long / Dyck 6 (7) 5 6 6 3 33 26 4
8755 CAN Trainor / Jennings 7 (8) 4 5 7 5 36 28 5
8263 USA Kowalski / Ginther 5 9 6 (12 DNS) 5 4 41 29 6
8866 CAN Des Brisay / Hansen 8 3 9 (12 DNS) 3 12 RET 47 35 7
6991 USA Starks / Flanagan 9 6 7 4 (12 DNS) 12 DNS 50 38 8
8631 USA Jeangirard / Crawford 4 5 8 (12 DNS) 12 DNS 12 DNS 53 41 9
8017 USA Seestrom / Poulos 11 (12 DNF) 10 12 RET 12 RET 12 DNS 69 57 10
7206 USA Fitzpatrick / Pittack 10 (12 RET) 12 DNS 12 DNS 12 DNS 12 DNS 70 58 11


T = Total
N = Net
R = Rank

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Squamish 2016 Canadians – Amendment 2 to NOR

The AGM for the Canadian 5O5 Class Association has been postponed.

The schedule in the Notice of Race is amended as follows:

Remove the note at the bottom of the schedule that refers to the Canadian Association AGM.

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Squamish 2016 Canadians – Amendment 1 to NOR

Because some information has come to the attention of the organizing authority regarding common insurance practices in the United States which differ from those in Canada, the section under the heading “INSURANCE” has been amended as follows:

Delete the section with the heading “INSURANCE” and replace with:


Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000 US or $400,000 CAN.  The organizing authority strongly recommends that competitors carry liability insurance in excess of the minimum.

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Thank you to Sponsors of the 2016 Canadians!

We can run the national championships in Squamish only because of the generosity of these organizations.  Thank you!


West Vancouver Yacht Club Crest

West Vancouver Yacht Club



Squamish Yacht Club Crest



Pacific Coast Yacht Sales Wordmark



Evolution Sails Logo



Rekord Marine wordmark

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Some rigging from the 2016 NAs

A bit crude but and low tech but here is one way to do the spin blocks and barber hauler.

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Squamish 2016 Canadians – Notice of Race



Canadian Championships


2 and 3 July, 2016

Hosted by KYC and Canadian 5O5 fleet 1


Squamish, BC

NOTICE OF RACE (Incorporating Amendments 1 and 2)


The Kitsilano Yacht Club and Canadian 5O5 Fleet 1, with support from Squamish Yacht Club and West Vancouver Yacht Club, will host the 2016 5O5 Canadian Championships in Squamish Harbour at the head of Howe Sound. Boats can be launched and stored near the Squamish Yacht Club. The club is located on Logger Lane along the Mamquam Blind Channel in Squamish. Amenities and accommodation are within easy walking distance of the launching area.  Racing will be conducted in Squamish Harbour.  Please be advised that the waters of Squamish Harbour are fed by rivers whose source was, only hours earlier, glaciers.  Wetsuits are highly recommended for thermal protection.  Hopefully, the famous Squamish inflow breezes that have given this area a fine reputation as a good venue for wind sports will be active for this event.  The starting area will likely be no more than a 15-20 minute sail from the launch area. Launching will be challenging in low tide, but recovery will be easy at high water.


The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in the current edition of The Racing Rules of Sailing, including the prescriptions of Sail Canada, and by the Rules of the International 5O5 Class Association.


The regatta is open to all boats of the International 5O5 class. Competitors must be members in good standing with their respective national class association, and members in good standing of a Club recognized by their National Sailing authority.

INSURANCE (Amended in Amendment 1, dated 21 June)

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum coverage of $300,000 US, or $400,000 CAN.  The organizing authority strongly recommends that competitors carry liability insurance in excess of the minimum.


Entry fees will be CAD $100 per boat.


The sailing instructions will be available at on-site registration.

SCHEDULE  NB: Friday, 1 July is a Canadian Statutory Holiday
Day Time Activity
Friday, July 1 1400h Informal Sailing and Practice
1800-1900h Registration at Launch Area
Saturday, July 2 0900 – 1000h Registration at Launch Area
1000h Competitors’ meeting
1100h First Race Start of the day
No Start after 1700h
Dinner and Social to follow racing
Sunday, July 3 1100h First Race Start of the day
No Start after 1600
Prize Ceremony to follow racing

Visiting competitors are invited to email KYC at commodore@kitsilanoyachtclub.com if they would like to arrange to store their 5O5s at Kitsilano Yacht Club during the weekdays following this event, because they are planning to compete in the Kitsilano Invitational Regatta on July 9 – 10.


The regatta will be scored using the low point system referred to in rule 90.3.  One (1) race is required to be completed to constitute a series. When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When 5 or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score. The top 5O5 competitor and the top Canadian finisher will be recognized on a perpetual trophy.  Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 finishers.


There are many rooms for rent near the venue or a short distance away at Garibaldi.  Billeting is not available.  Camping opportunities near the venue are not known at this time.


Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See Racing Rule of Sailing rule 4, Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.


Register online now!

For further information, please consult 505.ca or contact:

Evan Jennings


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Philip Robert Alexander Tillman – June 30, 1933 – December 20, 2015

Capture-30iz44q6dgix3xz81p1f5s   Passed away peacefully on the evening of Sunday, December 20, 2015 which was 66 years to the day he began dating his gorgeous wife Maureen (nee Bevan). Phil crossed his final finish line; he was an incredible cyclist, competitive sailor and windsurfer. Phil did everything 100 % with absolutely no regrets.  He was a mentor and an inspiration whose qualities are clearly found in those whose lives he has touched. Loving father of Anne Tillman-Graham (Kevin), Lise Waller (Scott) and Sara Tillman Whittaker (Peter Wilenius). Cherished grandpa of Max and Essery-Anne Waller and of Olivia Whittaker. Survived by his sister Joy Alldritt. December 24, 2015 would have marked the 17th anniversary of Phil’s liver transplant, a gift that he treasured and respected immensely. A special thank you to all his friends and family who visited and supported him in the last month. Also a big thank you to the team of nurses and doctors at the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Floor A3 and ICU unit. A celebration of life will take place at the Britannia Yacht Club, 2777 Cassels St, Ottawa on Wednesday, January 6, 2015 at 2p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Phil’s memory can be made to the Queensway Carleton Hospital, Canadian Organ Transplant Association or the Colin Blandy Memorial Fund for young sailors via the Britannia Yacht Club.

Comment from Malcolm McHattie

“Phil was, of course, a major force for 505s and was the architect of my 505 career as others’ – he took me for my first ride one September evening, advised on specifications to order a Parker and conducted the purchases in England and the container transport to Hull, where Peter and I unloaded our boats.

He was the ultimate enthusiast and made life fun – even on a trapeze and flying the spinnaker on a wild plane. He was ever helpful to us all and that was key to the Ottawa fleet becoming formidable on the regatta rounds. His leadership initiated and made the 505 fleet into a success to make any yacht club proud.

Sailing was not his only interests but it is the one I know and most appreciate. I briefly saw him as a windsurfer, visited his kite shop on the market and met several of his work colleagues as well as seeing his family grow.

His influence was major and will be felt for a long time.”

Comment from Marg Hurley

Phil also sold me my first 505 and got me hooked.

Comment by Dave Adams

“Phil fixed and milled all the hard repairs on my boat.  He was a true craftsman and absolute precision was all that was accepted when it came to Phil.  And when you asked him a simple question, plan on spending the rest of the afternoon with him because there is no such thing as a short story when chatting about 505s!  The guy was a walking talking muesum of 505 history.  It was an honour to meet and spend time with.”

Comment from Jim Dingle

“Phil Tillman was the perfect crew for anyone trying to  make the Canadian Olympic Team for the 1976 Games, with the yacht races run on Lake Ontario out of Portsmouth Harbour. He more or less selected me as his skipper to prepare for the trials in the 470 class. Our main Ottawa rivals were Marg Hurley with Peter Wood crewing.

Phil assembled our new boat with a surgeon’s precision. We took it to the McNeil’s in Manotick, slid it down the snowy hillside, and carried it into Donnie’s basement workshop. Every fitting was examined, smoothed if necessary, and permanently reattached. Then Phil constructed a 2×470 trailing rig for the long journeys to the main pre-trials regattas in Key West, Tampa, etc. We had barely arrived there when he quickly checked out the other fast boats to see what we could do to have the best gear.

Phil was great in the boat in any wind-speed. It was such a performance that the skipper could focus 100% on the race – the sail trimming and trapeze work was instant and flawless. (With Phil up front, it felt like one was sailing a Laser.)

We quickly learned that the top boats were sailed by extremely light guys. So, by the trials in June, Phil had dropped his weight from 180 down to 140 pounds. He must have been on a starvation diet.

The weather for the trials was unusual for Kingston, with 10 straight days of clear weather with light winds. The thermal southwest wind would typically arrive just as the afternoon race was ending. Phil and I would scream back to Portsmouth Harbour planing on one long starboard tack — licking our wounds but happy to be in the game.”


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