What the Winners Used at the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championships

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Ottawa 5O5 (Fleet 4) 2017 Champions

Congratulations to the 2017 Fleet 4 5O5 Champions are Brent Beninger and Martin Hicks who finished 1-2-2 in all three series! Early season floods and slight delays did not stop the fleet from getting a strong season in. Weekly turnout was good and racing was close and tactical.

Full results: https://nsc.ca/web2/racing/results/y2017/dinghies/

(Brent and Martin at the 2016 East Coast Championships, Annapolis MA)

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New 5O5 in Ottawa

We have a new 5O5 team joining the Ottawa fleet for next summer! 

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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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2017 5O5 Canadian Championships September 1-2

The Canadians were held at the Outer Harbour Centerboard club in Toronto. Toronto delivered some great sailing. The Saturday of racing was particularly memorable lots of wind and big lake swell! Congratulations to Peter Scannell and John Dunlea who won the event. Thanks to all the volunteers and organizers!

Pictures tell 1000 words so here are some photos of the event:   



Thank youLea Greenwood andRobert MacDonald for the great photos. Clikc here to see more photos from the event: https://goo.gl/photos/d1Ts7p2zRjK4YZH86

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Fleet 4 – Ottawa Espoir Camp

The Ottawa 5O5 fleet hosted and Espoir Camp July 29th-30th to allow local under 25 sailors to learn more about the 5O5 and gain experience sailing the boat. We had 6 teams participate, 4 using boats loaned to them by Fleet 4 members and 2 using their own.

Over the course of the weekend, the young sailors were coached by experienced 5O5 sailors Marie Gendron and Shona Moss. On the Saturday of the camp, conditions were perfect for gaining experience in the 5O5 with wind ranging from 5-12 knots, great for drills and practice racing. Sunday was a regatta day and we the wind was much lighter. 3 short 1 lap races were sailed.

The 505 Espoir Camp model is used by the French 505 Class to introduce youth to the boat.  The 2017 Espoir camp in Ottawa was a success and we hope to host one again next year. A huge thank you to the 5O5 owners who lent their boats out for the weekend and to Marie and Shona for organizing and coaching. These initiatives are important in order to attract new young sailors to the class.


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2017 5o5 Canadians at OHCC in Toronto

2017 International 505 Canadian Championship

With any questions please contact marekpbalinski@gmail.com NOTICE OF RACE

September 2-3, 2017

Organizing Authority: Outer Harbour Centerboard Club in conjunction with the International 505 Class, Canadian Section.

Street address:

14 Regatta Rd Toronto, ON M5A 0B7

Racing area: Lake Ontario, south of Toronto Islands.

1. Rules

1.1. The regatta will be governed by the rules as defined in The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS).
1.2. Rule 40 will be replaced with: “Competitors shall wear Transport Canada approved personal flotation devices, or in the case of foreign competitors, a personal flotation device approved by their Government Maritime Authority, securely fastened at all times when on the water, except briefly while changing or adjusting clothing or personal equipment. Wetsuits and dry suits are not personal flotation devices. Inflatable floatation devices are not acceptable.”
1.3. While afloat, all boats shall carry a towline of at least 6mm in diameter and 10 meters in length.

2. Advertising
2.1. Boat and competitors shall comply with ISAF Regulation 20, Advertising Code.

3. Eligibility and Entry

3.1. The regatta is open to all boats of the International 505 Class.
3.2. All competitors shall be current members of their national 505 Class Association.
3.3. Registration will take place on the first day of the event.
3.4. Competitors who have not reached their 18th birthday before the first day of racing, shall present a signed and completed parent (or guardian) consent form during check-in.
3.5. To be considered as entered in the regatta, a boat shall complete all registration steps, satisfy measurement requirements, and pay all fees.

4. Fees

4.1. The entry fee is $120 CDN.

5. Schedule

5.1. Up to 12 races are scheduled for the regatta.
5.2. The race committee may run a maximum 7 races per day.
5.3. The event schedule is:
Saturday 8:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. registration,
Saturday, 11:00 a.m. 1st warning signal of the day of the day,
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. 1st warning signal of the day, 3:00 p.m. no further warning signals.

6. Check-in and Measurement

6.1. At check-in, boats shall produce a valid measurement certificate and proof of insurance.

6.2. Boats and equipment may be subject to additional inspection at any time during the regatta.

7. Sailing Instructions
7.1. The sailing instructions will be available at check in.

8. Courses
8.1. Courses and marks will be described in the sailing instructions. 8.2. Gate starts will be used except in exceptional circumstances.

9. Scoring

9.1. One race is required to be completed to constitute a series.
9.2. When fewer than 5 races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. This amends RRS Appendix A2.1.

10. Communications

10.1. The race committee may use VHF radio to communicate information to competitors and / or support boats. Competitors are encouraged to carry VHF radios for safety.

11. Prizes

11.1. Prizes will be awarded to at least the top 3 teams overall.

12. Disclaimer of Responsibility

12.1. Competitors participate in the regatta entirely at their own risk. See RRS 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.

13. Insurance

13.1. Each participating boat shall be responsible for being insured with valid third party liability insurance for a minimum of $ 1,000,000.00.

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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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