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 . 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.


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:

Ro Fernandez's Photos:!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:

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 :

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.