Wednesday, March 21, 2012

From the President - Drew Buttner

American Section,

With 2012 upon us, I'd like to take a moment to share my thoughts related to our American Section of the International 505 Class. We are coming off a year of tremendous economic turmoil in the United States and the world. The sport of sailing has seen declines in some of its most popular events. Yet our class continues to maintain both its foothold and its reputation as the premier high performance dinghy in the US! This is a true testament to us and our boat.

The 2011 North American Championship was hosted by American YC in Rye, NY and saw 28 teams compete across 4 amazing days of racing. Congratulations to the team of Tyler Moore and Geoff Ewenson for taking home the title! In the fall of 2012 we will return once again to San Francisco Bay and challenge its famed race track.

However, an area of concern for us should be the limited opposite coast attendance at the past two North American Championships. There are many valid reasons to explain this, but we as a class need to make sure that this does not become the norm. The North American Championship is our marquee event and good participation from all of our members is important in maintaining our reputation as a class.

Two other major events on the 2012 calendar are the East Coast Championship to be held June 8-10 in Little Egg Harbor, NJ and the Pacific Coast Championship to be held March 16-18 in San Diego, CA. Both events promise to be full of friends, fun, and competitive racing.

There is some exciting news for 2012 as Rondar Raceboats is establishing a presence in the United States, building/importing boats in their new Peabody, MA facility and establishing a sales team across the United States. Coupled with Waterat Sailing Equipment in La Selve Beach, CA providing world class fittings and foils, and our two sail makers: Glaser Sails in Long Beach, CA and North Sails in St. Petersburg, FL, the American Section once again has local suppliers of everything 505!

2012 is shaping up to be another fun and exciting year for our class and I look forward to seeing everyone on the water!

Enjoy 2012!!


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