2019 505 Canadian Championships

The 2019 505 Canadian championships took place August 17th-18th in Kingston, Ontario as part of the CORK OCR regatta. The regatta was essentially a pre-North Americans tune-up event.  There were 23 teams participating with sailors from the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. The presence of several West coast teams, including the current world champions Mike Martin and Adam Lowry, at the event made it the largest and most competitive 505 Canadians in several years.

Day 1 of the regatta was overcast with light rain showers on and off through out the morning and early afternoon. A short opening ceremony was held Saturday morning featuring the famous Kingston town crier. The 12:00pm first gun gave teams plenty of teams that had arrived the day before to make final adjustments to their boats before the day of racing.

The sailors got out on the water to light wind from the S-E, not the typical Kingston S-W direction. It proved to be a tricky day of snakes and ladders sailing. Playing the wind shifts and avoiding wind holes proved to be key. The RC somehow managed to balance fair racing with the tricky conditions to get four races for all the fleets on the course (505, 49er, 49erFX and I14). Racing ranged from less than 5 knots in race 1 and 4 with the crew spending lots of time on the centreboard trunk, to marginal trapeze and wire running conditions in race 3 with about 8-10 knots.

Howard Hamlin and Russel Clark, sailing for the first time together, managed to be come out on top after the 1st day with a 1, 2, 3, 2. They were followed closely in the standings by Mike Martin and Adam Lowry who also had a good day, scoring 5, 1, 2, 1.

Day two was forecasted to be even lighter than the first day. There was reason to be optimistic when the sailors arrived to rig in the morning. The breeze was stronger than forecast. Racing got underway at noon with the wind around 5-7 knots. Conditions changed three quarters of the way up the first beat with a drop in pressure. Ethan Bixby and Chris Brady had spotted it coming. They made their way to the left side of the course towards Wolf Island and were able to catch the left shift and ride the new pressure to round the windward in first. They led for the rest of the race to finish first. They were followed closely by Mike Martin and Adam Lowry who finished in second and Howie Hamlin and Russell Clark in third.

Congratulations to Mike Martin and Adam Lowry who were the overall winners. Second place went to Howard Hamlin and Russell Clark. Third place went to Ethan Bixby and Chris Brady.

The top Canadians at the event and 2019 505 Canadian Champions were Robert Tennant and Steve Bourdow. The second place Canadian team was Brent Beninger and Martin Hicks. Third place went to Jeff Boyd and Martin Ten Hove. Full results can be found here. 

Following the awards ceremony, Parker Shinn ran a California Team Tuesday style regatta de-brief with the top teams talking about what worked for them in the regatta and boat set-up for the conditions. This was a great opportunity for the rest of the fleet to learn from some of the best in the business.

A huge thanks to the CORK team, RC and volunteers for running a great regatta. Now, all focus has turned to the 505 North Americans which start Wednesday August 21st with measurement and practice racing. With 37 boats registered and possibly 2-3 more rumoured to be registering last minute (can we get to 40?), the event is shaping up to be spectacular.

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Kingston Training Weekend 2019

13 teams from Toronto, Ottawa, Kingston and the US assembled at the Kingston Yacht Club for a 505 training weekend at the best fresh water sailing venue on the planet. We were lucky to have Richard Mundell fly out to coach the clinic for the weekend. Rich is a very experience 505 sailor and sailing coach. He coached several of the top Californian teams that finished in the top 5 at the 2019 505 World Championships in Fremantle Australia. Kingston has the potential to have Seabreeze heavy air conditions like Fremantle and Rich was eager to share what he had learned from coaching at the Worlds in Australia.

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The first morning of the clinic, sailors showed up to rig and prepare their boats for the day. Rich did a detailed walk around of all the sail control systems on a 505 explaining the role of each one in different wind speeds.

Alex Byczko photo

The theme of the weekend was “feel” and many of the drills during the weekend focussed on trying different ways of setting up the boat and trying to notice the difference. Some races were sailing with a pre-determined rake or board setting.

We did several variations of short course 1 lap races doing rabbit starts. Everyone got the chance to be the rabbit. The format allowed for some close racing and opportunities to practice sailing in traffic.

Saturday night dinner was hosted by the Gesings. A huge thanks to Adam and Renka for organizing a great BBQ and hosting everyone. Rich gave a debrief on the day of sailing and took the opportunity to share photos, videos and stories from his experience coaching in Fremantle.

Kingston delivered for us! We had two days of awesome sea-breeze conditions starting at 10knots in the morning and building to 20+ by the end of the day. It was great practice for the Canadian and North American Championships.

Big thanks to Martin, Jeff and Marie for organizing and to Rich for coaching!

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2019 Camp Espoir

Ottawa Fleet 4 hosting its 3rd annual Espoir Camp July 6-7th 2019. The Espoir Camp idea comes from the French 505 Class Association and has the goal of introducing young sailors under the age of 25 to the 505. While the camp remains geared towards attracting u25 sailors, we opened it up to all sailors interested in getting into the 505. The 2019 Espoir Camp had 12 participants. Boats were lent to the participants by Ottawa 505 Fleet 4 members.

Participants were treated to excellent weather and sailing conditions on both days of the camp. On Saturday, the wind was very strong with gusts of over 20 knots. The decision was made to take less boats out on the water and pairing new 505 sailors with more experienced ones. The goal was to insure that everyone got a positive first experience. The conditions allowed for great planning and trapeezing conditions. The great winds lasted all day and allowed for 2 on water sessions. IMG_0534

On Sunday, winds were a bit lighter allowing for a mini regatta to be held. 5 short course races were held in medium wind conditions which still allowed for trapeezing conditions upwind and spinnaker reaches downwind.

A huge thanks to Shona Moss and Marie Gendron for organizing and running the camp. We hope to see the Espoir sailors doing more 505 sailing in the near future!

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505 2019 East Coast Championships

2019 BUZZARDS BAY REGATTA

NOTICE OF RACE

 Racing: Friday August 2 through Sunday August 4, 2019

Organizing Authority (OA): Buzzards Bay Regatta, Inc.

Regatta Headquarters & Hosts: New Bedford Yacht Club (NBYC), South Dartmouth

208 Elm St, South Dartmouth, MA 02748

http://www.buzzardsbayregatta.com/

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2019 Membership Fees

A reminder to pay your 2019 Membership fees. Please remember that you must be a member of the class association to participate in national and international events and most regional and local events so please help your association, local fleets and regatta organizers by renewing your membership now!  Membership Types and fees remain unchanged for 2019 as described below.

Full  $30

A full membership is available to owners and part owners of registered boats, or people with a keen and active interest in the 505 class.  Privileges are to hold office, to vote and to sail in class championships and any other races sponsored by the class association

Associate  $20

An associate membership is available to part-owners or non-boat owners who are interested in the class and such members may act as skipper or crew in any class race but ma y not vote or hold office. However, there shall be at leas tone full member (or family member) for each registered boat.

Family  $40

A family membership is available to two or more active 505 sailors living at the same address. Privileges are extended for two full members (i.e. to hold office and to vote) and for all other members in the household to sail in class championships and any other races sponsored by the class association

Payment options

Interac E-Transfer your payment to canadian505association@gmail.com

Find the PayPal link at www.505.ca to make your payment or send your payment to canadian505assocation@gmail.com through your Paypal account

For any questions or to pay by cheque, please contact canadian505association@gmail.com

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2019 FLEET 4 KINGSTON TRAINING WEEKEND

2019 FLEET 4 KINGSTON TRAINING WEEKEND
Date: Saturday and Sunday July 20-21, 2019
Location: Kingston Yacht Club

Coach: Richard Mundell. Richard is an experience 505 sailor/coach. A graduate of the National Coaching Institute in Victoria, Canada. Richard started his career as a professional sailing coach working with Canadian’s provincial and national team athletes. He leaved in California for several years and trained/raced regularly with the top US West Coast 505 teams. The last two years he helped coach during the annual fall LA Teams’ Tuesday training camps. These are done along with Jay and Pease Glaser. They are organized by Howie Hamlin and the ‘Team Tuesday’ gang in LA. They’re run out of Long Beach (Alamitos Bay YC) and typically include Howie Hamlin, Mike M, Mike Holt, and many of the other more active boats on the west coast; including boats from BC Canada, the PNW fleets and the Northern and Southern CA fleets. Richard just returned from the 2019 505 Worlds where he coached a team consisting of; (USA) Mike Holt/Carl Smit – placed 2nd, (USA) Howie Hamlin/Jeff Nelson – placed 5th, (GBR) Ian Pinnell/Reeve Dunn – placed 7th, (CAN) Bob Tennant/Steve Bourdow – placed 16th, (AUS) Kevin Cameron/Sam Heritage – placed 17th, (USA) Ted Conrads/Brian Haines – placed 19th, and (USA) Tim Murphy/Andrew Sutton – placed 56th.

Training fee per team: $130 CDN
The training weekend is offer to a maximum of 12 teams. Priority is given to Canadian teams but US teams are welcome to attend if places are available. Please confirm your intention to participate as soon as possible to Martin Hicks mort@bork.org

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2019 North Americans Notice of Race

The KYC-INTERNATIONAL505NORTHAMERICAN-2019-NOR is now available and Regatta Registration is OPEN on the Kingston Yacht Club website. The regatta will be held August 21-25th 2019.

The event organizers are working hard in order to make this a great event. Be sure to register early in order to take advantage of reduced pricing.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Kingston in August!

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CORK Fall Regatta and Eastern Canadians

Thirteen teams from Canada and the US East Coast converged to Kingston for the 2018 Eastern Canadians September 22-23. Three races sailed on Saturday with shifty winds coming from the Kingston shore line. It was a game of snakes and ladders, eyes out of the boat and avoiding holes out on the race course was key. The breeze eventually shut off during the third race of the day and a fleet decision was made to head ashore. After a postponement ashore, two sailed on Sunday in light, shifty winds from the Wolf Island. The Kingston Sea Breeze eventually came in during the second race. It was great practice looking ahead to the 2019 North Americans which will be in Kingston August 21-25th.

Local favourites Jeff Boyd and Martin ten Hove (CAN 8821) won the regatta by a single point over Brent Beninger and Martin Hicks (CAN 8735) from Ottawa. Marie Gendron and Nicolas Tosi from Ottawa (CAN 8600) finished in third.

Thanks to all the volunteers and to CORK for having the 505’s this year! Thanks to the American sailors for making the trip up north

Full Regatta Results

 

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Toronto Regatta – Ontario 505 Championships – September 2018

Wind, cottage ambiance, good food and friendly sailors are the hallmark characteristics of annual Toronto 505 regatta, also considered the Ontario Championships.
 
A sure sign that the RC is awesome when they said at the skippers meeting that I would rather have us racing than for them to try to make a perfect course. I also loved that they encouraged radios and to call anytime to make a suggestion or just to say Hi.
 
Saturday delivered with breeze ranging from 12-25 kts. It was lumpy north westerlies and the course was set beyond the lee of Toronto Island making for lumpy sailing. One minute it was champagne conditions and the next minute you were getting your ass kicked by big puffs. In summary, boat handling skills won the day over hull speed and tactics.
 
By Sunday sailors were begging for a light day due to fatigue, and mother nature was kind leaving a nice breeze but the bailers were able to drain all day long if needed. Boat speed, positioning and tactics became important skills of the day
 
The Toronto 505 sailing scene is extremely healthy. Thanks to previous fleet building efforts by Angus Ross, Marek Balinski seems to take the torch and build on it by buying a new boat, travelling and encouraging experienced Albacore sailors to come try a boat with a kite.
 
And then there is the lovely support by the contender fleet who look after the details of regatta logistics by doing all the background jobs and having each sailor arrange one part of the meal by doing the beer run, buying fresh apple pie or grabbing the steaks and cooking them for you. Thank you contender folks, our two classes make for wonderful partners.
 
See you next season. Bow down and go.
Dave Adams
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