SAS Autum Grand Slam - Pretoria SC

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5 Five Os competed in the first SAS Autum Grand Slam event at Pretoria SC on the weekend of 30th April. The wind conditions were excellent and racing tight. Exciting racing saw Albrecht Holm and Jean du Preez win the regatta followed by Warwick Ham and Jonothan Viljoen. Jonothan Ham and his variety of crew finished in third place. The Grand Slam series is definitely turning out to be a winner for South African sailors with enthusiasm around these events being at all time highs. A big thank you to Pretoria SC for putting on an excellent event and to all the brave sailors for taking part. The next Northvaal Grand Slam event and 505 Provincials are taking place at Aeolians on the 17th and 18th of September 2016. So don't miss out and keep an eye on the calendar for further race information. 

505 Worlds 2016 - update from the UK President

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Hi Everyone,

 

I hope all is good in your countries!

 

The entry process for this year’s Worlds should open in the next week or so – there will be plenty of PR to announce the start – there will be early entry discounts.

 

I have been in touch with many sailors from around the world helping answer various questions, and many have pre-registered on the website.

 

It would be great to know from you how many from your country fleets you think are likely to be coming – particularly from Europe.

 

Let me know if there is anything I can do to help. It is worth noting that P&O have offered us the friends and family discount on their ferry routes which could be a 35% discount.

 

For the Europeans last year the UK teams found it cost effective to use a container to N. Europe is this something you guys on POL/SWE/FIN have considered?

 

There has been a lot of interest in the Classic 5O5 regatta in the UK (for boats over 25 years old) – this is a good way to help fill up containers to get some of the slightly less competitive boats involved in the event.

 

I look forward to seeing you at Weymouth this summer.

 

Again, please do get in touch if I can help with anything

 

Best regards

 

Roger

Roger Deane

President UK 505 Yacht Racing Association

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505 Nationals a huge success - Ham and Burger win

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The 2016 505 nationals were a huge success. 12 boats made the trip to the beautiful West Coast town of Saldanha Bay to compete in the event. The event was sailed together with the Western Cape Championship and the SAS Grand Slam Series.

Everything was well organised and racing got underway in light conditions on Friday afternoon. Two races were sailed and the battle for the top three positions was clear with James Largier and Richard Hutton-Squire, the defending champions, stamping their authority on the first race, while the Mirror World Champion, Ryan Robinson and Warwick Ham, won the second race. Racing was extremely tight with the Funke brothers finishing in third and Alex Ham and Alex Burger coming home in second. 

Saturday dawned with the prospect of big breeze. The first cold front of the winter was expected to make landfall during the day, which meant that racing was going to be pushed in early as the wind was expected to increase to 30 knots by late afternoon. 4 races were sailed and the fight for the top position continued with the heavy weather specialists, James and Richard, dominating the racing with two firsts followed by Alex and Alex close behind. Tina Plattner and David Shelton also showed good form with some good results. As predicted strong conditions started to materialise and the bridge officer, Di Hutton-Squire, called off racing after the 4th race. Some breakages occurred and one of these casualties was the Funke brothers, which put an end to their chance of a top three finish. 

Racing on Easter Sunday was postponed and started promptly at 12 with medium conditions. The battle in the fleet continued with Alex and Alex sailing hard against the defending champions. A further 4 races were sailed with the top 5 boats changing positions regularly. A little mistake could cost dearly. After day 3, Alex and Alex were ahead by 2 points followed closely by James and Richard and with two discards in, the final day would be the decider. 

Monday dawned with no wind and the race committee bravely decided to wander onto the race course to see if something would materialise. Racing started promptly at 11am and two races were sailed. In the light wind, all boats are fast and this was proven when Georgou Divaris and Ferdi Holm won race 11 followed closely Alex and Alex in second and the Funke brothers in third. Race 12 also went down to the wire with Kyle Klaas and Robert v Gruenewaldt leading the fleet for a short period, before they got caught in a lull and dropped to third with Ryan and Warwick in second and Alex and Alex in first. 

505 racing is what makes sailing great. The teams and boats are definitely faster after the Worlds in PE and this year a contingent of 6 boats will make their way to Weymouth to compete in the 2016 event. The experience and knowledge that teams bring back home has assisted the class tremendously as it goes from strength to strength. 505 racing is here to stay. 

Congratulations to the new national champions!