5o5 Worlds Update

85 Days Until the Start of the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championships: Late Fees Kick in July 22nd!

We are now only 85 days until the action begins in Annapolis for the 2017 SAP International 5O5 World Championships  Be sure to register for the event todayas late fees start on July 22nd.  Whats new with world’s planning in Annapolis? Read on!

SAP Sailor’s Lounge
As has been the case in many previous worlds managed in partnership with SAP, SAP will be building a beautiful Sailor’s Lounge on the property of Eastport Yacht Club.  The Sailor’s Lounge will feature cutting-edge technology to show the power of SAP Analytics, host de-brief sessions, and serves as a meeting point for conversation and relaxation.

Social Events
The SAP 5O5 Worlds will offer not just exciting action on the water, but great fun on shore.  Our opening ceremony will feature the color guard from the US Naval Academy and the Brass from the Annapolis Symphony.  The Mid-way party will feature great food, drink, live band, and partying until the late hour. The Closing Ceremony will take place at the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel in the heart of the City.  Pasta and beer will be available every day after racing.

The Annapolis Waterfront hotel and the Marriott hotels still have significant availability.  The Horn Point Bed & Breakfast 2 blocks from the club is sold out.   Be sure to visit the Accommodations page on our web site to take advantage of the negotiated housing deals, we have made.  Most hotel blocks expire expire in early or mid August.  You can also request free housing with local families at registration.  Free housing will only be considered for competitors who have registered AND paid.

Selden Masts is “Offical Spar Provider” to the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championships
Seldén Mast Inc. (USA) as the official spar supplier for event. Seldén Mast Inc. was set up in 1998 in Charleston, South Carolina and produces rig systems for dinghies, keelboats and yachts and distributes the entire product range throughout North and South America. Seldén is a long- time manufacturer of 5O5 spars, having previously manufactured under the Proctor name.  Seldén’s “Alto” aluminum section has become particularly popular among 5O5 sailors for its performance and production quality. Carbon 5O5 booms, spinnaker poles, and a full range of rigging services are also available through Seldén Mast Inc


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BC/ Washington 5o5 ski day

On February 25th, 2017, the newly formed Bellingham fleet of 505’s organized a ski day at Mt Baker followed by a social evening of après ski drinks, food, and hot tubbing hosted Jim Holstine and family at their place at Lake Samish.

Our ski hosts at Baker, Lee Laney and Mike Powell, set up the event with three rendezvous times to ensure that we could do some socializing and not just scatter all over the mountain.
The first gathering was in the parking lot to start the day at 0830. About 15 keeners (see photo) made the first rendezvous to get some good warmup tracks on the soft corduroy.
The fleet got separated after a few runs and some went off looking for steeper and deeper while others continued to explore and cruise the groomed trails. Over the next few hours, we were joined by some late starters.
The second gathering was at a lodge for lunch near mid-day. The crowd that came together at lunch was now 24.
The Bellingham fleet made the Canadians feel welcome on “their local hill”. Canada was represented by Kitsilano sailors Fred and Peter Grimm, Phil Cragg and Cynthia Des Brisay and myself. We also had Jeff Boyd from eastern Canada (along with his buddy Gord Boyd).
After a leisurely lunch, the group of 24 started out again. There was some splitting of the fleet owing to different objectives. That was okay, because of the scheduled 3rd rendezvous for Après ski fun off the hill would bring most people back together for more socializing and seas/ski stories.
The weather at Mt Baker ski area wasn’t too bad, overcast and cool, with reasonable visibility. There was lots of snow, some of it untracked; the crowds were light at the lift lines. The back country adjacent to the patrolled ski area looked very inviting. Bringing back country gear next time certainly is in order to take advantage to the huge terrain outside the ropes. Both Lee and Mike indicated that they would be keen to show off the huge ski areas outside the ropes for those who want to come back for more. (we are planning to go back and take advantage of their local knowledge) Some had to leave the hill early, but the keeners skied to the end of the day, getting last rides on a few of the lifts.
After a short drive from the mountain to Lake Samish, most of the group re-convened at the lovely home of Jim Holstine. It was supposed to be a bring your own affair, but our hosts really went to town preparing a couple dozen homemade pizzas and providing local keg beer. In the midst of all this, Jim organized a model sail boat building competition where materials were supplied and races were held in his swimming pool (industrial fans providing the wind).
The word on the street is that this was a great event and likely to happen again.
Well done Bellingham Fleet!


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To the International 5O5 community


From Mike Holt and Michael Quirk

As many of you know Pip Pearson stepped down as International President of the 5o5 class on 31st December after his second stint as Class President. Mike Holt and I have taken over the stewardship of the class and now that the sailing season is well and truly underway it is time to start what we intend to be regular communication. To begin with and before we look to the future its important to recognise and thank Pip.

Pip was President of the class for a total of 16 years. From 1995 to 2000 and again from 2007 until Dec 2016. All of us who know him are aware of his energy and tireless passion for the boat and the Class. Pip’s contribution has been invaluable. I know I speak for everyone in saying we cannot thank him enough for his friendship, support and leadership.

Pip’s involvement in the class has not been limited to the President role. He competed in the 1966 Worlds in his home town of Adelaide when at 21 years of age the great Paul Elvstrom was short a crew, met Pip in the club bar and said “You will do. Come with me.”

Pip competed continually around the world including a second place with Paul Elvstrom at the 1966 Worlds and winning three North American Championships with Dennis Surtess until hanging up his trapeze harness after his last regatta, the 2012 Australian Championship’s in Mandurah, WA at the age of 67.

Those of us lucky enough to have known Pip and Paul Elvstrom will appreciate this photo and the famous caption that it is a picture of ‘probably the most famous 5o5 sailor in the class’s history… and Paul Elvstrom!”

Even after his racing days were over Pip’s enthusiasm and contribution has never wained, driving the gate boat at major Championships around the World.

The 5O5 was designed in 1955 and has a long successful history at the forefront of dinghy racing globally. To this day it really is still the premier performance dinghy class in the world. There have been many of the best dinghy sailors compete in the class and many famous names on trophies but none as consistent as Pip. It isn’t too farfetched to say Pip IS the history of the class. He is a veritable walking almanac and can generally quote the venue, year and winner of every world championship in the last 50 years.

Mike and I feel immensely privileged to take over the presidency from him. He leaves the class in excellent shape to continue to be the premier dinghy class into the future and it will be an honour to help guide us through the challenges to come.

I’m very glad to say that we continue to see and hear from Pip. The class needs a liaison and ambassador. Pip has accepted this role so those of us who count him amongst our closest friends will thankfully find nothing has changed.

The Class Executive has also decided to implement the idea of life membership. An honour given to individuals whose dedication to the class has been exceptional. Pip will become the first recipient of life membership to the 505 Class. The next AGM will be asked to consider and decide on criteria for life membership and potentially asked to vote to accept future nominations.

Pip. On behalf of all past and current 5o5 sailors around the world, thank you for all you have done and for all we hope you will continue to do. For your friendship and guidance. May it continue a long time.



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Need a new boat for the worlds?

Looking for a new boat for the worlds this year? There are some good category 5 boats for sale south of the border. Two time 505 world champion Mike Holt and crew Carl Smit are selling their 505. USA 9115 was new in 2014, the boat is a carbon epoxy Rondar built by Ovington and comes with everything needed to win.

 -Waterat 480 c/board and Waterat HA rudder

 -M2 mast

-Under and over covers

-Rapide style dolly

-Choice of sails, Glaser and P&B.

Can be delivered and available for this year’s Worlds with full tuning set up and training. Price negotiable for the right team.

 More info on the American section page 

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2017 505 Worlds Annapolis

Annapolis to Host SAP 5O5 World Championship

SAP and the International 5O5 Class are proud to announce their partnership for the

2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship.

Severn Sailing Association (SSA) and Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) will jointly host the

2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship from September 20-29 in Annapolis, Maryland

USA. More than 100 boats representing a dozen nations are expected to compete in the

62nd running of one of sailing’s premier events. SSA and EYC have partnered for the

previous two seasons, running major 5O5 events in preparation for 2017.

More Here: Press Release – 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship FINAL

2017 W0rlds website: http://505worlds2017.com/

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2017 Canadian Schedule

North American Championships June 14-18 New Bedford MA
Western Canadian (Kits Inv) July 8-9 Vancouver BC
Sail Newport July 8-9 Newport RI
Espoir Regatta (Under 25) July 29-30 Ottawa ON
East Coast Championship Aug 18-20 Wianno MA
Dinghy One Design Columbia River Gorge Aug 28-29 (not for the faint of heart – Big breeze)
Canadian Championship Sept 2-3 Toronto ON
Eastern Canadian Champs (Fanfare) Sept 9-10 Ottawa ON
Dale Jepson One Design regatta Sept 9-10 Bellingham, WA
Pre-Worlds Sept 20-24 Annapolis MD
Worlds Sept 25-30 Annapolis MD
BC Championship (Bluenose October 28-29 Vancouver BC
Turkey Bowl November 18-19 Seattle, WA
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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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