Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2014-2015 Budget Proposal - For Membership Approval

As voted on at the 2013 AGM in Kingston, ON, below is the budget for 2014-2015 that has been proposed by the American Section officers. Please direct any objections to this budget to webmaster@usa505.org by December 31st, 2013. Only paid member's responses will be considered regarding this proposed budget approval.

Please visit the following page to review the proposal: http://www.usa505.org/home/2014-2015-budget-proposal

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Dinghy Coming Up This Weekend Oct 26/27

Fall Dinghy is coming up this weekend at St. Francis Yacht Club.  Six races are planned per the NOR, with three each on Saturday and Sunday.  The first start each day is planned for 11:30am.  We currently have 11 teams registered and a few more are confirmed/rumored to be sailing the event.  The late fee kicks in on Wednesday.  Please get your registrations in and if you're on the fence, please do whatever you can to attend the event!  We had 21 boats down in Long Beach a few weeks ago and should get as many boats out this weekend as possible.

Three teams went out to practice yesterday.  It was classic SF, 18-22kts with higher gusts and an ebb tide; it was awesome!

There are groups planning to practice in the evenings out of StFYC on Tuesday and Friday.  Please join if you can.



Registered Teams

Monday, October 14, 2013

2013 Mid-Atlantic Championship/Carl Miller Regatta - Henry Amthor

Henry Amthor’s report on the 2013 505 Mid-Atlantic Championships (Carl Miller) hosted by the West River Sailing Club, Galesville MD on September 28-29, 2013:

Fourteen teams with a nice mix of sailors from as far as Cork Ireland, Illinois, New Hampshire, North Carolina, New York, Maryland and Virginia sailed a light air series just south of Annapolis.

Saturday the fleet was greeted with a 10 to 12 knot northerly. The start time was nicely adjusted to late morning allowing many teams to make the drive and set up Saturday morning. Tyler Moore sailing w/ Carl Smit (who recently moved back the east coast) got off to a good start and lead all the way showing that light air races can be won by larger west coast-type crews.

However, Races 2 through 4 were dominated by Parker Shinn and Jesse Falsone who showed good boat speed, solid starts and protected the favored in-shore side of the course. Kelsey Averill, a recent 505 convert (thanks to Macy), sailing with Uncle Henry  also had a good day to round out the top 3 on Saturday. Craig Thompson sailing with Peter Scannell from Ireland had a solid day with a deuce in race 2. Catherine Guiader sailing with Chris Brady also had some great moves to get a 2nd 3.

WRSC staff, with their recently renovated kitchen, grilled up some serious looking steaks and crab cakes for the hungry group watching a very nice sundown overlooking the creek.

Sunday brought another sunny day with 8 to 10 for the sail out. Unfortunately, the pressure dropped to 6 for the start of race 5 and continued to die just as the fleet finished.Kelsey and Uncle Henry picked up the last shift on the first beat and lead all the way around followed by Tyler and Carl and Macy Nelson sailing with Stephen Long.

With the breeze iffy for the rest of the day, Macy made a good call to sail in and have and have a casual debrief to discuss what worked well in the light air conditions. Special thanks to the WRSC 505 fleet members Macy and Doug for putting the regatta together and pushing for strong turnout. Of special note, Macy loaned his #2 boat to Region One sailors Craig & Peter and Dave Burchfiel loaned his #2 boat to two college sailors David Rogers & Andy Simons from NC State.

Photos Courtesy of Clay Taylor, Race Committee, www.westriversc.org

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Long Beach Training Weekend - Howard Hamlin

10/14/2013 UPDATE:
Day 1 Photo Album Courtesy of Glaser Sails
Day 2 Video Clips Courtesy of Glaser Sails
Day 3 Video Clips Courtesy of Glaser Sails
Day 4 Photo Album Courtesy of Glaser Sails
Day 4 Video Clips Courtesy of Glaser Sails

Howard Hamlin Graciously organized another fantastic training weekend on the west coast and provided the following report. The American Section recently voted to devote more funding for these training events next year so keep your eye out for the 2014 schedule and plan to attend. No better way to get up to speed and see what the top sailors in the class are doing to improve their game!

We had 21 boats show up for 4 days of fantastic warm sailing out of Alamitos Bay YC.  We sailed almost 40 races, averaging about 10 per day.  Jay and Pease Glaser ran a pre-brief in the morning, then set the course and provided on the water coaching followed by a de-brief at the end of each day where everyone shared information.  We had a range of wind from 4 knots to 15 knots with the vast majority of sailing in wire running conditions.

I consistently heard from everyone how this format was more fun and more beneficial than any regular regatta.  The Glaser's saw dramatic improvement over the weekend.  Thanks so much to Jay and Pease and all those who attended, providing good ideas and some fantastic tight racing.  Here is who attended:

AJ Crane/Blaine Pedlow
Bob Tenet/Rich Mundell
Brian Trainor/Evan Jennings
Channing Hamlet/Sean Aiken
Chris Pittack/Annie Fitzgerald
Dan Esdorn/Nick Martin
Eben Russel/Jay Miles
Harrison Turner/Sam Haythorn
Howard Hamlin/Andy Zinn
Ian O’Leary/Chris Burlson
JB Turney/Ashley Lyon
Jeff Condon/Reeve Dunne
Jeff Miller/Pat Diola
Krysia Pohl/James Weigand
Mike Martin/Andrew “Dog” Palfrey &  Jeff Nelson
Paul Allen/Jon Bell
Rob Waterman/Aaron Ross
Ryan Cox/Stuart Park
Ted Conrads/Holt Condon
Tim Murphy/Antoine Laussu  & Oliver  
Zack Downing/Paul Von Grey

We will look at trying to schedule another one in early spring next year.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

What the Winners Used - 2013 North American Championship

In the past, it was common for the class to publish a gear/information table for the top 10 boats at major championships. This would give the 505 public a chance to see what the top sailors in the class were using for gear as well as other interesting information about combined crew weight etc. We have developed an easy way to collect and post this information with Google Forms, and the responses will be published to the class website under the "Rigging and Project Archive" page. We will publish a similar list for all major class championships going forward. We will also use this as a permanent repository for results from our major championships.

Check out the table from the 2013 NA's!

Please leave us a comment here or on Facebook if you have suggestions for additional columns to add to the format.

Monday, August 19, 2013

2013 North Americans Report - Mike Holt

The 505 Fleet descended into Kingston, Ontario from August 6th to 11th for the 2013 505 North American Championship. A fleet of just under 30 boats came to the line with a very impressive ten coming all the way from the West Coast. More impressive still, seven of the boats were driven by female skippers and there was also a very high number of young sailors racing with 10 sailors under 30. See the pics of these groups posted on the American Section Facebook page!

Racing was held over four days with sunshine and light winds being the predominant conditions, and Kingston's famed sea-breeze only making an appearance for the final race - and of course for the packing of the container! The key to success was good starts, speed and more importantly nailing the shifts and staying in what breeze there was. The first two days of racing featured 40-50 degree shifts and 10 knot variations in wind strength across the course and keeping the score low was the game to play. Two boats were doing far better at this than the rest of us in the first half of the regatta - Mark Zagol and Drew Butner and Augie Diaz and Tommy Fink, with the former team slowly pulling away as the event ran its course. However the depth of the fleet was easy to be seen with seven different teams winning races over the course of the eleven race series, and almost every boat in the fleet getting into the top ten at some stage.

Socially, Kingston never disappoints. Flo and Jeff Boyd kindly held a spectacular BBQ party at their house. It was a real shame a back injury kept Jeff from competing and robbing us all of the opportunity to pilfer his local knowledge! We also had a very good night at the Kingston Yacht Club on the Saturday with a lovely dinner, great socializing, and many of the "younger" teams enjoying the spectacular Kingston nightlife.

Race management led by Steve Black did very well to get eleven races in despite the challenging conditions and the large number of other events going on across the lake, with gate starts pulled off with the help of Dave Megarry who also bought his RIB up from Toronto to perform the task and Rob Colwel in the mark set boat. Not to mention many others “behind the scenes”.

Back to the racing, Mark and Drew sailed fantastically well to win the event, counting nothing worse than a 5th which is an incredible achievement given the variability of the conditions and the competition. Augie and Tommy were second 4 points ahead of Parker Shinn and Jesse Falsone, who were getting better and better as the event went along and would have wished for a little more practice before the event. Carl and I finished 4th, just beating top female skipper Krysha Pohl sailing with Jon Henderson who sailed a great regatta including a race win in race 10 to cap off a great second half of the series. Sailing together after a long break, Doug Hagan and Stuart Park also had some outstanding races and rounded out the top six.

Despite some tricky racing early on, Kingston didn't disappoint and the class hopes to return there soon for another championship. Many thanks to the Kingston Yacht Club, the volunteers, and the Boyd's for putting on a great show!

For next year the fleet heads back to Santa Cruz for the NA’s, to be held over the Memorial Day weekend. Start making plans now!


Santa Cruz Training Weekend - Mike Holt

Editor's Note: The West Coast 505 Fleet held a training weekend as the NA's container loading event prior to shipping out the Kingston NA's. The event was a huge success, and a second similar weekend has already been planned for Long Beach October 3-6. At the 2013 AGM, the Class unanimously voted to financially support these training weekends on both coasts in an effort to boost turnout and the level of competition. Look for more of these events in the second half of 2013 and next season. Thanks Mike for organizing the event and for providing this report.

This past weekend we held a training weekend in Santa Cruz. Spurred on by the domination of the German's in Barbados and the fact that the NA's have not been won by the West Coast since '09 we felt it was time we all tried to get better!

18 teams took to the water over the weekend with a variety of levels  from "plenty still to learn" all the way up to World Championship winners out training. While the weather was not what you would describe as classic Santa Cruz conditions, we probably had better conditions for training, with wind generally around 6-10 knots and a moderate swell. Conditions all to similar with what we see at the "Big" events.

On Saturday Steve Bourdow coached us all, running short windward/leeward courses with a proper gate start, complete with attendant Rib. On the water coaching was provided by Steve and several of the crews swapped with others on the water. I lost count of how many races we ran but it was definitely well in to double figures so we had a huge amount of start, mark rounding, tacking, gybing etc going on.

Following sailing on Saturday we had a full debrief, with lots of good questions and even better answers and everyone went away having learnt at least a few things from the day.

Sunday we had Rich Mundell coaching us all. Starting with a recap of what we had learned on Saturday and then what he was going to cover for the day and to remember this is FUN! And it was, amazingly so. I really have to think hard to remember the last time I had such an unexpectedly good time on the water. The short races were incredibly tight, getting tighter every race. In our boat we focused on different parts every time till towards the end we started to link them all up together and wow were we sailing better! I felt that the back boats had improved by 20 boat lengths a race, the middle by 10 and the front by 3. In the last few races all the boats were on the short beat together!

Again a full debrief followed with more great input. However I am not going to share any of it here, for that you need to come to the next one at Alamitos Bay YC October 3-6.

A big thanks also to Bruce Edwards(and his partners) for lending us his Rib, made a great coaching platform and to Mo Hart for keeping an eye on us from the Protector. 

However the stars of the show were Steve and Rich, great work, top tips and all done in a fun and casual atmosphere. Roll on the next one.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wire to Wire Jibing Tutorial – Parker Shinn

Parker Shinn has graciously contributed a nice article and associated video to the class website:


There are many ways to jibe the boat, but Parker obviously has a great technique which works for him. Note that your technique may vary slightly, but the objective remains the same. Do you have a different technique that works for you? Leave your comments below or contribute a similar article that we can put up on the website.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Updated Registrants - 2013 International 505 North Americans - Kingston YC August 7-11

Current List of entrants below. This is going to be a great event and we should have at least another 10 boats make the event. American Section sailors, please make sure that you have paid your 2013 dues. BOTH the helm and the crew need to be members of the American Section. It couldn't be easier. There is a link on the American Section website to pay your dues via PayPal. No excuses to not have it done by the regatta where the officers will be doling out shame and punishment to those not current on their dues - thanks.

Count Sail number Skipper
1 CAN 7605 Renka Gesing
2 CAN 8600 Marie Gendron
3 CAN 8610 Shona Weldon
4 CAN 8645 Marg Hurley
5 CAN 8696 Francois Bertrand
6 CAN 8866 Cynthia Des Brisay
7 GER 8889 Hasso Plattner
8 USA 7346 Craig Thompson
9 USA 7773 Duane Delfosse
10 USA 8084 Aaron Ross
11 USA 8194 Tom Kivney
12 USA 8554 Ted Conrads
13 USA 8681 Douglas Hagan
14 USA 8808 Augie Diaz
15 USA 8822 David Burchfiel
16 USA 8829 Krysia Pohl
17 USA 8830 Mark Zagol
18 USA 8831 Pierre Jeangarard
19 USA 8850 Doug Watson
20 USA 8913 Katherine Long
21 USA 9003 Jesse Falsone
22 USA 9004 Eben Russell
23 USA 9007 Matt Barry
24 USA 9041 Henry Amthor
25 USA 9042 JB Turney
26 USA 9072 Mike Holt
27 USA 9095 Macy Nelson
28 USA TBD Reeve Dunne

Thursday, July 25, 2013

2013 North Americans - Registration and Liability Insurance Update

If you plan on attending the North Americans August 7-11 in Kingston, ON please take a minute to send in your registration for the event. This event should not be missed. Currently, there are only 21 boats registered and the event is only two weeks away. Of those 21 registrants, most are from Canada and the US West Coast. Where are all the US East Coast Boats?

The liability insurance requirement for the event has been reduced to $500,000 CAD. Please have your proof of insurance available at the event registration along with your measurement certificate. You also need to be a member of your respective national class association to compete. You can pay your American Section dues online. Please do this before the regatta to avoid the hassle of paying at the event.

To register, please download the following PDF entry form, complete, print, sign, scan and email to Brett Thompson at csc@kingstonyachtclub.com . The completed form can also be faxed in to (613) 548 8876.

2013 North Americans Entry Form

If you are on the fence, please do what you can to attend this regatta. We can easily get over 40 boats, with some of the best teams from both US coasts and from Canada in attendance. Also, both North Sails and Glaser Sails will be sponsoring the event this year; North is providing a brand new jib to the top Under 25 team and Glaser will be sponsoring the keg beer after racing! Lets make it happen folks!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

2013 East Coast Championship - Craig Thompson

2013 ECC Regatta Report by Craig Thompson:

18 teams participated in this year's 505 East Coast Championship, which was held in conjunction with the 2013 Newport Regatta. This regatta is one of the biggest multi-class dinghy and keelboat regattas in New England, and was a great opportunity to highlight the class among a broad spectrum of sailors. 9 races were sailed over 3 days in a variety of conditions ranging from 5-18 kts of wind. All courses were 4 leg windward-leewards with an offset mark and leeward gate.

Day 1 was sailed in a strong northerly. Only 3 classes sailed on Friday. The 505's shared a race track with the Stars and the Viper 640's. The racing area was North of the Newport Pell Bridge in Bretton's Cove. With the current ebbing hard all day, the left side of the race course was extremely favored upwind. In Races 1 and 2, Tommy Fink sailing with Augie Diaz and Drew Buttner Sailing with Mark Zagol traded for the lead as the rest of the pack played chase. In Race 3, Fink/Diaz unfortunately ran aground while hugging the shore for current relief. This ended their day and their regatta, as the boat suffered major transom damage. In similar fashion, Dustin Romey sailing with Henry Amthor ran aground in Race 4, which ended their day. However, the boat did not suffer as much damage and they were able to make the repairs and be out on the water again for Day 2. Parry Barclay sailing with Macy Nelson stole the Race 4 win, but Buttner/Zagol dominated Day 1 and were alone at the top of the leaderboard going into Day 2.

Day 2 provided much different conditions and a different racing area. The race course was about ½ mile Southeast of Beavertail Light, and 2 races were sailed in a dying Northeasterly wind. Current was a major factor on Day 2, which was surprising considering that we were essentially sailing in open water. Jon Wenderoth sailing with Henry Maxwell sailed a great Race 6 and took the win with Buttner/Zagol in second.  The Race 7 start occurred with a monster current line immediately to port of the limit mark. As the breeze died, it was critical to stay to port of this current line; boats that tried to tack out to the right side of the course were disappointed when they tacked back to starboard. Race 7 was shortened to finish downwind between the gates after Leg 2. Mike Komar switched to his light air crew Kyle Carney on Day 2, which paid off in Race 7 to take second place.

Day 3 was sailed on the same race track as Day 2, but in completely different conditions. The forecast for Sunday was dismal, but in typical Newport fashion, a sea breeze began to fill by 10:00 AM and continued to build throughout the day. Two races were sailed in 10-18 knots out of the Southwest. Buttner/Zagol continued their dominance of the regatta, taking home another two bullets and the Championship. The bigger battle on Day 3 was for second place, as Barclay/Nelson were only one point back of Mike Curtin and Craig Thompson in slots 3 and 2 respectively. Curtin/Thompson were the pathfinder in Race 8, which forced them to the right side of the fleet. Barclay/Nelson were able to take advantage of this on the first beat, rounding with several boats between them and Curtin/Thompson. However, there were many passing lanes downwind, and Curtin/Thompson were able to sail their way to 2nd place by staying in the pressure downwind. In Race 9, Eric Anderson sailing with Matt Barry, sailed a great race to take 2nd place. The day was capped off by a great wire running sail back through the East Passage of Narragansett Bay among hundreds of other boats who wished they were sailing 505's!

A big thank you to Mark Linker, who graciously volunteered to drive the gate launch all weekend, and even went the extra step of taking some great photos (WHICH CAN BE FOUND HERE), and handing out cold Budweisers to the sailors after the day's racing. The race committee and all the other race volunteers who helped organize, tow boats to/from the race course, etc did a fantastic job. All the sailors genuinely appreciate you volunteering your time to help us race.

Results: http://www.sailnewport.org/LiteratureRetrieve.aspx?ID=182005

Note: Results only show one person's name, below is my best attempt at identifying the partners, I apologize for botched spellings or other errors:

Skipper / Crew

1. Mark Zagol / Drew Buttner
2. Craig Thompson / Mike Curtin
3. Macy Nelson / Parry Barclay
4. Mike Komar / John Ingalls (heavy) / Kyle Carney (light)
5. Tom Kivney / Gordon Russell
6. Whit Duncan / Nat Taylor
7. Henry Maxwell / Jon Wenderoth
8. Duane Delfosse / Sol Marini
9. Ben Greenfield / Dylan Breton
10. Ian Heusler / Zack Marks
11. Doug Watson / Gabe Watson
12. Henry Amthor / Dustin Romey
13. Matt Barry / Eric Anderson
14. Augie Diaz / Tommy Fink
15. Catherine Guiader / Chris Brady
16. Erika Seamon / Bruce Artman
17. Michael Breton / UNKNOWN
18. Ian Conners / Dave Shelley

Mark Linker's Photos: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bz_-yS-ExGl1c0dOdWVVaFFuRk0&usp=sharing

Ro Fernandez's Photos: http://www.andesvisual.com/#!sailing/c1mlo

2013 Pacific Coast Championship - Jon Henderson

2013 PCC Regatta Report by Jon Henderson:

The International 505 Pacific Coast Championships this weekend at Kitsilano Yacht Club in Vancouver, BC was a fantastic regatta, and if you weren't there you have no idea what you missed.  So, I'll try to explain.  Three days of sunshine, warm temperatures, and perfect breeze for 505 racing on English Bay.

Friday the 14 boat fleet was with 12- 15 knots out of the West completing four races.  Competition was very tight with Krysia Pohl / Jon Henderson leading the fleet by one point over Pierre Jeangirard / Paul Von Grey.  Racing was followed by a delicious lasagna feast accompanied by a beautiful sunset and anticipation among the competitors whether the breeze would hold for the next day.

Sure enough, racers woke up to a stiff 15-25 knot sea breeze, which provided challenging sailing and some great spinnaker rides.  The race committee kept the fleet on their toes adjusting the weather mark for the varying conditions for four more races.  Paul and Pierre showed tremendous ability while Krysia and Jon missed race seven replacing a top batten that shook out of the mainsail.

While enjoying another fabulous KYC BBQ dinner telling sea stories, a few sailors noticed a house on fire across the bay very close to where Cynthia and Charles were graciously putting up several teams.  Fortunately their house was not burned, but sadly two houses a few blocks away were destroyed.  The excitement was followed by a debrief emceed by PVG where sailing knowledge and tips were shared.  Local 505 legend Robin Brown coming out of retirement sailing with Phillip Cragg, sitting in 3rd place, made a dramatic exit on his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Sunday morning the athletes looked grateful to see the 10-15 knots for races eight through twelve.  With only a three point difference between 1st and 2nd place, it was very aggressive on the starting line with both teams over the line on race nine.  Great sailing was awarded with very cool hand carved native Squamish tribal art.

KYC did an outstanding job on all accounts.   The local fleet was very accommodating to the teams travelling from afar, including Patrick McGale coming from the UK.  Also, good to see some young blood in the International 505 fleet.  Thanks to Commodore Evan Jennings and Vice Commodore Brian Trainor and all of the others who helped put on a great regatta.

Results can be found here:  http://www.kitsilanoyachtclub.com/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=125850&module_id=136232

Jon Henderson
Flying Lettuce And Tomatoes  USA 8829

Friday, July 5, 2013

Santa Cruz Summer Open Report - Mike Holt

Last weekend we had a small but very fun weekend of racing in Santa Cruz, or more accurately one day of racing…

Saturday was the day you imagine when you dream of sailing a 505. 15 knots, building during the day to mid 20's, big swell, blue skies and seas and some boats to race! We had 8 boats out and joined in the One Design program with the Santa Cruz 27's and Santana 22's. Three races were held of fairly reasonable length, 2 up, 2 down. Race 1, Mathias and I had a race long duel with the other Mike, sailing with Rob Woelfel. Funny side story, Rob gets a text from a 714 number, asking him to crew in SC at the weekend. Rob's response, "who are you?". 200 yards from the line we squeezed by to take the win. Close behind and ready to pounce on any mistakes were Pat and Jeff, pushed all the way by Olliver and Tim.

Race 2 and the fan had been cranked up a bit more and we were into experimental racing. In an effort to keep the fleet closer together we devised a plan. Essentially, 2 lap race, when the leader goes around the leeward mark the boats behind (if they are not about to round too) perform 1 more gybe, then can drop and go back up wind. Now this is wide open to abuse and I will let you readers decide whether this was the case… Anyway, to the race. Mathias and I managed to completely foul up the start and tacked first to port, headed to the beach and were long gone by the time everyone else got heading that way too. We continued to extend(what were we thinking) and had a very nice lead (doh!) at the bottom mark. So everyone does their maneuver and we are now in last place and chasing hard. Well, to be fair to Rob and Mike, they lined up alongside us. We managed to catch all but Rob and Aaron who mysteriously had a very slow first beat and won the race by some distance!

Race 3 and the fan was turn on full. With Rob/Mike and ourselves  both Port tacking the fleet and getting to the shore first, there was no challenge at the top with us rounding in that order. However Mathias and I managed to put the kite under the bow and do a complete "yard sale" at the top mark letting everyone passed. Rob and Mike stayed up to win, Pat and Jeff stayed up to get 2nd and Olliver and Tim pulled off 3rd.

Sunday did not deliver the same experience. The Westerly struggled to make an appearance and in fact on the race area never did. Undeterred we headed further North and found 15 knots or so to sail in up towards Natural Bridges.

What really impressed me was how much everyone is improving, up wind and downwind. Olliver and Tim were going really well at times as were Chris and Ian. Jay and Eb had good speed but were suffering from rig issues. Pepe(Evan Sunday) and Paul were also right in there at many points in the racing, including 2nd to the top mark in the second race.

Next up is the Gorge, if you have never been before you need to go, if you have been before, why are you not going!!  Warm, windy, fresh water, fantastic. The Garda of the USA.

Then the recruiting weekend in Santa Cruz, July 20/21 and then the training weekend, 26,27,28 and 29, do the days you can.

Stuart Sinclair Regatta Report - Jon Henderson

The Stuart Sinclair Regatta is THE BEST REGATTA OF THE YEAR

I look forward to this regatta every year for many reasons.  First of all Stuart Sinclair leaves a legacy of Awesome!  R.I.P. good friend.

Arriving in Port Townsend late on Friday night we were welcomed by our wonderful hosts in Port Townsend.  Mats Elf and I were treated to a freshly baked cake and ukelele (thank you Juniper) at "Chez Dunlap".

Saturday morning we were greeted with beautiful weather and a nice 5-10 knot breeze.  Mats and I continued to work on the final details of the new mast at the Wooden Boat Facility at Point Hudson and just barely made the first race.  Great day of tight racing.  Our Canadian friends Brian and Evan won race two.

Six races were accomplished by a fantastic volunteer race committee with eleven boats of every vintage and experience.  Really good to have the new faces in the fleet.  Welcome to Bob Conrad and his son Chris.  Another new member of our fleet is opti sailor Alex Hubbard sailing with his dad Chris.   After racing that evening, the Port Townsend fleet treated everyone to a delicious lasagna feast, and a race de-briefing emceed by 505 fleet stalwart Paul Von Grey.  I think everyone gained some knowledge.   Many of us also made a point to support the local Port Townsend economy with late night techno dancing at Sirens, as it was Prom night at the sailing center.

Sunday was again spectacular weather with very challenging racing conditions for the final 3 races.  Very fun sailing with lots of lead changes and mixed results.  Simon Miles and Sean Rankins won race eight with a personal puff, and the last race of the regatta was won by less than a foot!  With such great conditions out by Point Hudson, the fleet went on to practice a couple of rabbit starts that are unique to the international level of racing in the 505 class.

Results are located at :  http://pths.dyndns.org/505/

Big Thanks to the Port Townsend Sailing Association, and everyone who attended this epic event.  Ten boats, nine races, awesome people.  Can't wait to do it again!

I look forward to seeing everyone at the next couple of upcoming events:

June 28-29:  Gorge regatta (Cascade Locks)
July 5-7:  Pacific Coast Championship (Kitsalano YC)

SSA Spring Series Report - Bryan Richardson

Thanks to Ali, Ashley, Russel, Sterg, Erika, Bruce, Paul, and Ian for coming out this weekend.  Ali and Sterg, please thank your crews as well who I did not get their names.

The weekend was a tale of extremes.  Saturday was light but steady and great weather to get the cob webs out.  Wind started about 8 to 10 and dropped steadily to about 6.  Sterg and his partner and Russell & Ashley were battling it out all day, but Sterg persevered and edged them out. Paul Andron (new owner of Ashley Love and Evan Harrell's boat) also came out for his first sail with me and I will say did a fantastic job driving.  Even kept the kite full on his first spin gybe.  On the last leg of the last race, the wind shifted right 90 degrees leaving Paul and I on a wire reach straight to the leeward mark.  We went from almost a quarter mile behind everyone to miraculously edging out Sterg by mere inches at the finish line.  Further proof that the sun shines on a dogs ass some days.  

Back at the dock, the rain and storms started rolling in so we retreated inside to Blue Point oysters and cold beers for a de-brief in our beautiful new classroom (complete with whiteboards, little boat magnets, and an HDTV).  Between the beautiful new changing facilities, the expanded new deck, classroom, and upgraded Dark and Stormy's, our new facility will absolutely be an asset as we host regional regattas and pursue our bid for the Worlds.

Sunday was another story completely.  Wind graph for Annapolis Buoy is attached and as you will see, it was spicy, steady low 20s, gusting 30.  So spicy that the race committee has since informed me that they abandoned our races because of too much carnage (including a de-masting) among the Lightnings who were having a big regional regatta.  Ali and his partner, Erika and Bruce, Ashley and Russell, and Ian Conners and I headed out into full force awesomeness.  

The talents of Ashley and Russell were fully on display as the Love Muscle headed out with a Go Pro on his noggin to show us all what a big breeze downwind technique looks like.  Take notes on there movements in and out of the boat as they cross the wind.  Thanks Ashley for putting this together!      

Ian and I ended up staying out for almost 3 hours despite there being no racing just to see if we could break the sound barrier.  I will be the first to tell you that I have historically gotten skittish in the big stuff.  But under the insisting of Ali, Jesse, and Macy have been looking for a day just to get out there, fight it out, and get used to it.  I am hear to tell you there are right.  The only way to learn to sail steady and flat in the heavy shit is to pull your pants up, get out there and do it.  We had a total blast, and came back 100% more confident in our ability to persevere in heavy breeze.  It also proved important to get out there in the heavy stuff to see how your set-up and equipment holds up to the demands of bigger wind.  Overall, I think our set up held up well, but it was another reminder that getting your controls and lines solid makes your job easier, is less tiring, and is safer.    

We're off to a great start, SSA.  

Friday, May 10, 2013

2013 North American Championships NOR

This year's North American Championships is being graciously hosted by the Kingston Yacht Club and the Canadian 505 Class Association. The Notice of Race for this event has been posted at the following link:


Note that membership of your respective National Class Association is required to compete in this Championship. Also, there is a liability insurance requirement for this event in the amount of 1,000,000 CAD. Please make sure these requirements are met prior to the event.

If you have not sailed in Kingston Ontario, it is a fantastic place to race 505's. West Coast sailors also note that the first start each day (except Sunday) is 12 Noon. Lets make this a 50+ boat turnout!

Friday, March 29, 2013

United States East Coast World Championship Bid for 2016/2017

The last 505 World Championship to be hosted in the US East Coast was in 1998 at Hyannis, Massachusetts. The US West Coast has hosted two World Championships since then (2004 and 2009). All three events were won by American Teams:

1998 - Nick Trotman and Mike Mills

2004 - Morgan Larson and Trevor Bayliss

2009 - Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson

The 505 Class Officers have determined that the US will be officially proposing an East Coast venue for the 2016 World Championship at the 2014 Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at Kiel. If the proposal is not selected for the 2016 Worlds, the class will seek selection for 2017. The American Section has requested the opportunity to voice this intention in Barbados at the 2013 AGM.  The American Section will be conducting its own evaluation process of East Coast venues over the summer and intends to have a selected venue by end of September 2013, to ensure that there is an organized and unified proposal to present in Germany during 2014.

Currently, there are two venues that have been identified as potential locations for this 2016/17 Worlds proposal:

1. Annapolis, MD - Severn Sailing Association - Fall, Exact Dates TBD

Jesse Falsone has lead the preliminary efforts to put this proposal together. Preliminary planning has commenced with the following actions taken:
  • Approval by the SSA Board of Governors to host the championship in Fall 2016 (exact dates TBD)
  • Endorsement and promise of support by local 505 fleets within USA Region II (Annapolis, West River, Hampton), and from USA Region I (New York and New England)
  • Preliminary assessment of needs including but not limited to event management, race management  transportation, and housing.
  • Formation of an Organizing Committee as specified in the Championship Rules

2. Newport, RI - Sail Newport - Late Summer, Exact Dates TBD

Doug McKiege has engaged Sail Newport regarding their interest in hosting the event. Only limited planning for this venue has been completed at this stage:
  • Sail Newport has indicated strong interest in support of hosting this event
  • Several class members have endorsed this venue as a strong candidate for a World Championship, however, no Organizing Committee has been formed at this stage

The 2013 American Section AGM will serve as the forum for final discussion of these venues before they are put to formal ballot for all paid American Section members. The goal is to put forward the strongest proposal possible to bring the World Championships back to the US East Coast and hopefully another American team on top of the podium.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Virtual Debrief on Dustin and Mike Video from Midwinters

Interesting video and follow-up discussion from the email list:

Bryan Richardson:

Was hoping to generate some lessons learned from the video of Holt and Dustin sailing downwind in race 7 down in FL.  These gopro cameras will be almost as good as a coach boat for those of us trying to get better.

Dustin and Mike, you guys are pretty sick out there on the water and the rest of us would like to starting chasing your heels a bit more.  As a crew trying to get better, I watched you guys to take note of your your movements in tacks and gybes.  Couple of questions for both you and Mike.

Dustin, right at the beginning, we get to see you do your last tack as you approach the windward mark (about 30 seconds in).  Was watching how you unhook, and then grab the new jib sheet in your forward hand as you are crossing under the boom, and carry it with you to the new side.  It looks like on that tack that you cranked it most of the way in on the new side before hooking up and stepping out.  Is that usual or do you typically clip up, step out, and then haul it in to the new trim.
Dustin and Mike, on your raise (at about a minute in), you have a system where Dustin raises the kite halyard.  Do you guys like this system?  Why did you choose it rather than Mike hoisting?
If I saw correctly, it also looks like the lines for the pole launcher come back to Mike and he actually launches the kite on the raise.  Do you guys like this system?  Pros and cons to Dustin pushing it out on the raise? You have a system on your boat where Mike blows the pole on the jybe.  What do you think of this system?

Small thing, I noticed that Mike uncleats the jib and recleats the new side on the jib before you go into the jybe.  Do you have the lines run in any special way to do that or can he usually grab them.  Would he do that in heavy breeze?

Dustin was watching your hook up and go technique on the gybes (take 7:20 as an example). Once you are on the new tank, it looks like you grab the ring by the top and just pull it toward your hook and it is about the right height to snap in.  In looking at your hook, it seems to sit higher on your stomach than mine does.  I would say my hook is just under my belly button.  Does your hook sit higher on your stomach?

Mike, Jesse made this comment as well on the youtube page, but I noticed that you sail with a fair amount of helm and are active in pumping the main close to centerline downwind.  You also seem to go through the gybes pretty quickly.  Does your kite stay all the way filled through the gybe while turning more quickly?  Can you talk about what you are doing with your weight and what you are taking note of on your sails as you drive?

Eager to hear Jesse, Ali, Ethan, and Macy and anyone else chime in with their observations as well.  Sailors, trying to get better, there are no dumb questions so chime in as you need!

Jesse Falsone:

When wire-to-wire tacking, crew should uncleat, unhook, then swing into the boat. If you hold onto the trap handle a bit longer, you can get that back foot over the cap and onto the other side of the boat. This allows you to face forward in the boat, grab the new big sheet at the cleat and rotate up onto the new tank. As you rotate, you trim the jib in and get it into the cleat. Then, grab the trap ring, jam it into the hook, and throw your body out over the rail. Driver should be sitting on the tank at this time and
trimming the main in as the crew goes out. Don't trim before if you can help it. Going out on the wire "up-hill" is more difficult and slower.

The crew hoist is pretty good, but I found that the driver really has to pre-launch the pole if possible to speed things up. Get it half way out before rounding and doing a bear-away set. Driver also should be the one to release the trap twing (since they have nothing else to do on the hoist). So, it should be easily reachable.

Mike Holt:

I will answer the helm appropriate ones…

2. Back at the Worlds in 2011 in Hamo, Peter and Hasso out set Carl and me with Peter pulling up. With twin poles this is certainly quicker, if done right. The following are the important parts.

a. Minimum friction. The set up has to be completely clean, minimum turns best possible blocks.

b. Helm has to pre set the pole and launch as far as possible as the kite goes up

c. As you approach the mark, pull sheets, guy and halyard as far as you dare.

3. What I do is reach under the jib sheets and pull the pole out as far as I can and leave the line by my hand. Then keep pulling as I can, I also try and grab the sheet, primarily to stop it going over the boom.

4. Yes, nothing special but an important part of a smooth gybe, unclear the jib and windward sheet the "new" one. Stops the pole from being hindered on the new set.

6. Two parts here:

a. Downwind. I drink too much coffee. I think I am pretty aggressive all the time steering and sheeting, up, down all the time. Many years ago, sailing in England I came off of a start next to Peter Colclough (aka God) and he just sailed away, I watched and emulated. Through the 70's and 80's he was a league apart. In my mind, although the tiller and therefore the rudder is moving a lot, I don't feel weight, I believe I am letting the rudder move to the boat and waves, if that makes sense, we are not sailing on flat water and steady breeze, we are sailing on a bumpy track with shifty breeze.

b. Gybes. So I blow the pole, have done for years, mainly because it is easier, I am lazy. It is also way safer, firstly, less chance of a pole in the face, secondly we initiate the turn with the crew on the wire, so the boat is going fast and you can turn faster. Much less loader and yes the kite stays full most of the time. Out of the gybe I reach in and pull hard on the new sheet. I think Dustin liked it.

Dustin Romey:

Here's a shot at your questions below:

Funny you say that.  I went out really slowly on this tack.  If you can read lips you'll see Mike was calmly suggesting that I might wish to get out on the wire more quickly (you know, in that formal English proper way).  I thought we were closer to the mark than we were.  Jesse's right, the fastest tacks are when your back foot goes all the way across the boat to the other side of the CB.  I'd say I do that most of the time, but not always in crash tacks.  I'll pull an upwind clip and post it and we'll see.  Aside from that, if you grab the jib sheet from the cleat and then walk across the boat, its pretty much trimmed into roughly the right spot.  I do that and then clip in on the rail and push out on the wire.

I don't think we had the fastest sets.  We added a bunch of McLube and that helped, as it usually does.  Crew hoists can be faster, but another big gain is that the driver gets to drive.  That way they can focus on where they should be relative to the other boats.  The same thing you get out of the crew douse.
He was either grabbing it after the last tack and pulling it back to his area, or I was pulling it out 2 feet and throwing the launcher line back to him before I went to the halyard.  Probably 75% of the time he had launched it fully by the time I had the halyard up.  Which let me just grab the sheet, clip in, and go.
Mike does that pretty quickly.  With Henry, I tend to play the jib more.  Driver's preference.  Mike was actually complaining that my jib sheets were too long because on his boat when Carl is out on the wire and aft (like in a windy kite reach), the jib sheet is stretched out in front of him.  Funny enough, Henry and I lengthened them at the NAs since when its windy you want to be able to flog the jib when you're standing at the back of the boat.

I'd call it an inch or two above my bellybutton.  Not sure it matters much, as long as the harness is comfortable, and you can hook in quickly. When I wore the Spinshop harness, I wore it much more loose; loose enough that I could roll around in it to look around upwind.  That worked with that harness, the Ronstan style isn't comfortable that way, so I wear it much tighter.

Just to give my perspective on this question, I thought the kite stayed full in most of our gybes.  Mike stayed going down a wave longer than I'm used to.  That meant that everything was unloaded for most of the maneuver.  Which probably contributed to your comment about how fast the pole went out.
The boat-handling thing that was really different with Mike was that he was releasing the pole launcher in the jibes.  This meant that I wasn't focusing on releasing the pole when I swung in.  I could focus on getting under the boom and pulling the new pole out.  I liked it, but wonder what it looks like outside the boat.  It certainly didn't feel slow.

Chris Brady:

Pole trip for the driver...?  No one would move their weight forward before the gybe.

If my back foot doesn't cross in a tack, it means I am late and doing the "hop". If this happens in any kind of breeze I go straight to the wire regardless of where the jib is.  Having a flat boat out of a tack with a loose jib is far better then a totally stalled boat on it's side.

Dustin Romey:

I asked him why not rig a trip, and he said every time he's tried it, the trip releases when you don't want it to.  He just grabs the launcher line and whips it upwards.  Its a little athletic as far as most drivers go, but effective.

Weight-wise, it makes a lot of sense.  The crew stays on the wire longer, helping the turn.  And you never come through the jibe without the pole having released (no crossed poles).  No one gets the pole in the face. The new pole goes out faster because you're going directly to the new pole.  Not sure what Jesse thought when they sailed the NAs, but I'm a fan.

Interesting point on just going for the wire first in a bad tack.  Thinking about it, I probably worry about the jib too much.

Jesse Falsone:

I think the driver blowing the pole with the crew on the wire is fine for heavy air, but I don't think it's as good in marginal wire running. it's not as smooth and I think the boat slows down too much in the tighter turn. I prefer a slower, smoother turn in those conditions. It would be interesting to see which is faster down a run.

Stergios Papadakis:

We use a trip, I think it is the best way to go.  The trip line, which has a ball on the end, goes through a fairlead behind the mainsheet cleat and runs forward under the CB cap.  The launcher lines go through spinlocks mounted cleat-down on flipflops on the mast.  To prevent unintended trips, there is a shock cord that pulls the trip line forward near the mast under the CB cap, right before the trip line turns to come up through the CB cap and to the cleats.  This holds the ball tight against the fairlead.  In order to trip I need to stretch the shock cord some (maybe 4-6”) before the trip line can be tensioned and pull on the spinlocks.  The two spinlocks are connected by a line with a block on it, the trip line the skipper pulls connects to the block, resulting in a 1:2 purchase, so it requires a bit of a tug.  It never releases unintentionally.

The trip happens right before the crew swings in, as I am steering down. In breeze, it is a smooth turn all the way through the boom coming over, and the kite stays full through the boom coming over.  In some conditions it works to stay low and the kite stays full until the pole goes out, in other conditions it is safer and faster to head up and let it luff rather than drop off the plane on a dead run with both people standing in the middle of the boat and the CB down.

In light-air run-run gybes, it is much smoother to have the crew bring the pole back more slowly.

Monday, March 11, 2013

St. Francis Yacht Club Spring Dinghy - Mike Holt Report

Another well written report here from Mike Holt:

The weekend of March 9/10 saw a large 505 fleet descend on St Francis for the first Northern California event of the year. Conditions looked pretty benign as we rigged, bright sunshine, warm temperatures and no wind, not a breath. AP went up and it looked like we may have a long wait, but soon after the flag went up the breeze filled in. By the time we got out a steady 15 knots was blowing under the Golden Gate and on to the Alcatraz race track.

PRO Tony Chargin and his team set a two lap windward/leeward course and off we went, with a big, no huge ebb tide running underneath us. Jeff and Mike sailing their new ship showed their usual dominant performance while behind the rest of us scraped for what we could get. With the breeze building there were lots of place changes and the onus was on speed and tactics downwind, max breeze and minimum current were the decisions you needed to get right. Lots of teams had their moments but the outcome of the weekend became clear pretty quickly. Jeff and Mike won race 1, from Andy and Howie, Ted Conrads, crewing for me managed to use our slight stature to out run Rob sailing this weekend with Jeff. The pattern stayed the same for the rest of the day although Andy and Howie managed to break Jeff and Mike’s run for a perfect score by winning race 2 and Justin and JB managed to grab a 3rd in race 3. Also going quick were Mathias and Aaron with Rich and Bob keeping CAN well represented.

Sunday started out the same as Saturday, sunny and no breeze and it should have been no surprise that we had a carbon copy on our hands. Today though we spent our time checking out the two very new, very shiny Waterats. Gorgeous pieces of art. Also it appears fast. On queue the breeze filled in and again was up to 15+ by the time racing started. No change and the front, Jeff and Mike winning with Ted and me scrapping 2nd in front of Andy and Howie.

By the second race the wind had ratcheted up a little and the ebb was in full effect. With everyone wanting a committee boat start chaos and a general recall were the inevitable outcome. Once underway a huge course had been set, Jeff and Mike disappearing over the horizon as had the windward mark. Having been sailing for several hours without seeing any sign of the two marks and the boats ahead of us bearing away without rounding a mark, Ted and I came to the conclusion maybe it was a 1 lap race. Almost simultaneously it seemed everyone agreed and bore away and set kites for a very long run back to the finish. Ted and I got there 1st followed by Justin and JB. However debate raged and in first and last place at the end of the discussion were Jeff and Mike who “claimed” to have rounded a rib with some friendly people claiming to be a “mark”. Personally we rounded a seal that barked out a similar statement… As it was it made no difference to the final results.

The final race got underway with a slight reduction in numbers, but no change to the normal finishing positions, which I won’t bore you with here.

So a great start to the season, St Francis living up to their reputation for supplying all the required ingredients, wind, sun, race track and free beer.


1. Jeff Nelson/Mike Martin 9106. 1,2,1,1,1,1
Sailed a great regatta, very fast up and down, completely dominant. Shame the boat isn’t measured and they have to give up the nice Patagonia tops they “won”.

2. Andy Zinn/Howie Hamlin 8762 2,1,2,3,DNF,2
Fast up but unusually suspect downwind, something I am sure they will address before Barbados!

3. Ted Conrads/Mike Holt 8680 3,3,7,2,DNF,3
Slow up fast down, mainly due to weight issues. Ted made all the right calls downwind to keep us in the game.

4. Rob Woelfel/Jeff Miller 9082 4,5,6,5,DNF,4
Getting faster and faster as the weekend went on, especially downwind. The new boat is looking good!

5. Rich Mundel/Bob Tennant 9009 8,7,4,7,DNF,5
Rich and Bob were going pretty good at times and with some better starts could have been fighting for a top 3.

6.  Reeve Dunn/Holt Condon 8559 7,9,9,4,DNF,7
These two have certainly upped their game and show great speed at times, once they connect the dots they will be formidable.

7. Justin Shaffer/JB Turney 9042 9,4,3,9,DNF, DNF
Another team with their moments and good speed, practice will be their friend and with some hours under their belt we could see some changes at the front of the fleet.

8. Mathias Kennerknect/Aaron Ross 7156 5,10,5,6,DNF, DNF
Showing good pace and making few mistakes one less alphabet score would have seen them much higher up the results.

9. Jay Miles/Eb Russell 9004 13, 8, 8, 10, DNF, 9
Another team sailing well, but not crossing the line in the position they would have liked but mixing it at up at the front when all was going well.

10. Blaine Pedlow/AJ Crane 8854 6,11,DNF, 11, DNF, 6
Blaine and AJ were flying upwind at times and AJ clearly proving that you don’t have to be the biggest helm to be fast in SF.

11. Evan and Pat Diola 7611 11, 12, DNF, DNF, DNF, 8
Easily the lightest team out there but getting around the track well and looking good doing it too!

12. Peter Alarie/Hasso Platner 8965 10,6,DNF, 8, DNF, DNF
Going fast a lot of the time but wishing we were sailing some where warmer I think. The car show was an added bonus.

13. Piper Dunlap 8868 14,14,10,12, DNF, DNF
These guys probably thought SF in March would be a mellower place but sailed well to get around in tough conditions.

14. Paul VonGrey/Krysia Pohl 12,13,DNF,13, DNF, DNF
Another PNW team that probably would have liked to see less breeze but again did well getting around the race track.

15. Ian O’leary 7069
Entered and I saw him at the briefing but not on the water.

15. Antoine Laussu 6984
Another no show, where were you?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Installing a Larger Spinnaker Tube on Van Munster USA 8822 by Dave Burchfiel

Dave Burchfiel did a great job installing a larger launcher tube in his pre-preg carbon Van Munster. Check out the full article on the class webpage:


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Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013 Midwinter's - Report By Mike Holt

The 2013 Midwinters took place out of St Pete's YC in Florida. The event took place over 3 days with good courses and excellent race management for the St Pete's team ably lead by Jeff Harris as the PRO, Donna Sue Marks and all the rest of the crew, dropping marks, moving them and generally doing a top job! I had the pleasure of sailing this year with Dustin Romey in Henry Amthor's new Rondar. It was actually amazing we even made it to the start line. Some 100 miles short of the venue Dustin "lost" the double containing Henry's boat and 9007, formerly Tyler's boat now owned by Matt and Thomas on the freeway while traveling 1 mph below the speed limit. By the time he came to a stop the trailer was no longer in one piece, but luckily the boats were. Ethan then stepped up to the plate and drove down with his double to pick up the two stranded boats while Dustin got the broken trailer to a repair guy. A huge thanks to Ethan! But I have to ask the question, isn't it time for the US to consider the metric system and do away with the BS of 1 7/8" and 2" etc?

So with the addition of the 2 wayward boats 15 boats came to the course for 5 races on Friday. Five! And people complained about the sail in at St Francis! Note to self, expect a long day at any yacht club associated with a Saint… With so many races I can't remember much, but Fritz and Augie won all but one and they would have won that too but for a breakage. They were faster and smarter in the 10-15 knot conditions and controlled from the front. Behind it was much tighter with half a dozen boats fighting for the next spots, Mike and Ethan were the only other race winners but at the days end they were in 6th, Will and Zack, sailing with the A sail and clearly faster downwind were in 5th, Drew and Mark were in 4th, Doug and Parker 3rd and Dustin and I were 2nd. All day long Drew and Mark had been as quick as Fritz and Augie up but were struggling a little downwind. Also of note, The Body and Macy were sailing Macy's new Rondar, that looked exactly like his old boat… They had their moments including a 3rd in race 2.

Saturday was slightly lighter, despite a forecast for more and the start was delayed by fog but oddly and unlike the real stuff it was warm, some sort of Hollywood prop I think. Racing again was a blur, same race winners but Doug and Parker upped their game and pushed Dustin and me down to 3rd in the standings. Mike and Ethan also had a better day but Will and Zack struggled a bit with the A sail. Saturday night saw a great spread provided by the YC, but the party wrapped up pretty early with some tired bodies after 2 long days of racing.

So to Sunday once the fog cleared it was all to play for, well not really, basically Fritz and Augie just had to sail the course to win, but duly won the two races in still lighter breeze, a 50:50 day on wire running. Dustin and I did enough to move up to 2nd so now Dustin has the curse too and Doug and Parker hung on for 3rd, despot doing their best to "throw it away" under pressure! To be fair, when I have my sights set on 2nd I take some shaking…

This was my 3rd midwinters and all have been great fun, sailing off of a lovely beach with great sailing and socializing in a warm and picturesque venue. Sailing on the gulf is great fun, good waves and breeze giving good fair racing and I cannot think of a reason why you would not be here in February. A big thanks to Ethan, Lin and all the crew at St Pete's YC! I will be back!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

2013 Midwinter's - Final Results UPDATE: PHOTO GALLERY

Congratulations to Augie Diaz and Fritz Lanzinger for an impressive win at the 2013 Midwinter Championship!

PHOTO GALLERY from Stew Ahmen who was on the whether mark boat. Great shots!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


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