NSRI Charity Regatta 2019 - 505 Battle Royale

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505s competed at the annual NSRI charity regatta on the Rietvleidam near Pretoria. As usual the wind was switchy and the competition fierce. A good number of boats turned out to the event and the battle amongst the 505s was fierce with Ryan and Warwick having to fight off Campbell and Jonathan but in the end it was the challenger that walked away with the trophy and Ryan and Warwick coming second. In third place was Dudley and his crew while Andrew Arthur finished 4th. Well done to all who sailed and the next event is the Round the Island Race on the Vaal. 

SA Teams Excel at 505 World Championship 2019

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5 South African teams raced in the 2019 505 World Championship in Fremantle, Western Australia. The teams travelled out in late December and were relieved to find their container on site. A shipping delay resulted in some stress and concern but luckily it all worked out. Racing got under way on the 30th of December and 31st of December and the Australian Nationals were a hotly contested event. The Fremantle Doctor did not disappoint and the wind averaged 18 knots. The event was great and the teams finished in the following order out of 89 entries:

Peter Funke & Thomas Funke - 15th

James Largier & Richard Hutton-squire - 21st

Alex Ham & Jonathan Ham - 23rd

Ryan Robinson & Warwick Ham - 32nd

Bronwen Klaas & Kobus Holtzhausen - 71st. 

The World Championship started in all earnest on the 2nd of January and racing got underway. The wind for the event proved disappointing and the Doctor lost some of its vigour. Racing was tight and highlights included numerous top 20 finishes by SA teams and a well deserved 2nd by Largier/Hutton-squire. The standard of the SA teams has improved dramatically and it is great to see that the hard work is finally paying off. The standard of sailing at the world champs is extremely high and the SA teams plans to participate regularly to build on its performance. Results in the World Championship were as follows with 3 teams finishing in the top 32 positions.

 James Largier & Richard Hutton-squire - 22nd

Alex Ham & Jonathan Ham - 26th

Peter Funke & Thomas Funke - 32nd

Ryan Robinson & Warwick Ham - 46th

Bronwen Klaas & Kobus Holtzhausen - 69th 

The SA Class Association is extremely proud of the results and would like to encourage all SA Teams to travel to World Championship events as the experience is unbelievable and valuable. 


Training for 2019 World Championship heats up at Sterkies.

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Three 505s braved the cold weather and attended a high intensity training session at Sterkfonteindam during the last weekend of November. The aim of the session was to establish a format where the boats would race windward leeward courses and reconvene after each leg to see who would open the 'gate' for the start. Racing was tough with the teams evenly matched and 'newish' entrants really showing their skill on the racecourse. Campbell Tiley and Jonathan Ham showed their pace, while Ryan Robinson and Warwick Ham blasted across the dam in similar fashion. Peter and Thomas Funke sailed their beloved 8481 and showed that older boats can also do well. 

The teams raced for 4 hours on Saturday, until the wind became un-sailable and re-covened early on Sunday with a blast to the Dam wall, some 12 km away. Thereafter training continued finished by a Sterkies storm in the afternoon. This dam is the best dam in the country and should be sailed on regularly. 

For 2019 - keep an eye on the new calendar, its coming soon and also on the world championship developments in Fremantle. What a class, what a boat!