505 Training with Johannes Tellen and Angela Stenger - a huge success

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Numerous 505s coverged on the beautiful Sterkfonteindam to enjoy some great sailing with some of the best 505 sailors in the world. Johannes and Angela are visiting SA regularly and agreed to join the class for a superb training camp on the shores of the dam. Sailing started at midday on Friday, the 10th of November with some good breeze and high speed sailing. Boats were tuned and settings changes in order to ensure that all knew how to go fast in those conditions. Saturday started early with some very good racing in lighter conditions and still teams were taught what is fast and not so fast sailing. On Sunday, the teams raced across the dam and stopped every so often to chat about what was done, what showed results and how this could be improved. 505 sailing is such a great sport and the class is making a serious effort to improve the level competence of the local teams. 



Klaas and Klaas win tie break to win NV Champs 2017

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Kyle and Bronwyn Klaas teamed up at the 505 Northvaal Championship on the 9/10th of September. 10 boats decended on Lake Deneys Yacht Club to race the championship. The wind was extremely light and that played into the hands of team as they did extremely well in those conditions to snatch the regatta from the 2017 National Champs in the last race. Sailing on Saturday was extremely frustrating in light conditions and racing very tough. It was a bit like playing the lottery, not knowing which side might favour. The Funkes scored a 2 and 1, 1st overall while Mark and Marc did well to rank second and Klaas/Klaas in third. 

The forecast for Sunday was better, with the wind forecast to be steady at 7 knots. The forecast was wrong and sailing took place in very challenging conditions, with wind coming and dying and everyone having a chance to get ahead. Race one saw the Funkes taking the lead and winning with a convincing margin, followed by Mark and Marc in second and Hurter and Hurter in third. Klaas and Klaas finished in 4th. Race two and three on Sunday turned out to be an epic battle with Klaas and Klaas, Funkes and Mark and Marc battling it out and regularly swopping positions. In both races, Klaas and Klaas took the win in the end with Mark and Marc and the Funkes, alternating between second and third. The brave race officer called for a 6th race at 1.15 pm and this turned out to be the race for the championship. The lead swopped regularly up the first beat between the Funkes and Klaas with the Funkes regaining it by the bottom mark. Klaas however, sailed through their lee in a gust and managed to hold on for the rest of the race to win the title. The Funkes ended in second and Mark and Marc in third. 

The event was good and it was great to see at total of 60 boats on the water. Well done to SAS for arranging it. The next 505 event is at Boskop sailing club on the 22nd and 23rd of October and thereafter Johannes Tellen and Angela Stenger will be hosting a high performance sailing event at Sterkfonteindam on the 10-12 November 2017. Be sure to attend! 


Sailed:6, Discards:1, To count:5, Ratings:TCF, Scoring system:Appendix A
Rank Line
Boat Class Sailno Club
Skipper Crew H/C Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 5 Race 6 Total
1st   Brt 505 D 8445 Psc Kyle Klaas Kyle Klaas,Bronwen 1.0000 3.0 3.0 (4.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 13.0 9.0
2nd     505 D 9094 Point YC Peter Funke Thomas Funke 1.0000 2.0 1.0 1.0 (3.0) 3.0 2.0 12.0 9.0
3rd   Geelslang 505 D 8520 PSC Mark Biagio Marc Ritchley 1.0000 1.0 (4.0) 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.0 14.0 10.0
4th   Seven of Nine 505 D 8789 PSC Joshua Gerber Warwick Ham 1.0000 (5.0) 5.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 4.0 26.0 21.0
5th   Graue Maus 505 D 8675 PYC Euan Hurter Sean Hurter 1.0000 4.0 2.0 7.0 4.0 7.0 (11.0 DNC) 35.0 24.0
6th     505 D 8948 GLYC Georgou Divaris Ferdinand Holm 1.0000 (7.0) 6.0 5.0 7.0 5.0 5.0 35.0 28.0
7th   Fish Eagle 505 D 8471 VLC Zak Bester Jaco Bester 1.0000 6.0 7.0 9.0 6.0 (11.0 DNC) 11.0 DNC 50.0 39.0
8th   Kapt'n Blaubaer 505 D 8719 VLC Megan Eccleston Danielle Tiley 1.0000 8.0 9.0 6.0 8.0 8.0 (11.0 DNC) 50.0 39.0
9th   Laat waai 505 D 8151 BYC Kobus Holtzhausen Tawanda Chikasha 1.0000 9.0 8.0 8.0 9.0 6.0 (11.0 DNC) 51.0 40.0
10th     505 D 8440 Emmarentia Sailing Club Andrew Arthur Andrew Arthur 1.0000 (10.0) 10.0 10.0 10.0 9.0 6.0 55.0 45.0


SAP 505 World Championship, Annapolis, USA

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SAP and the International 5O5 Class are proud to announce their partnership for the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship


Severn Sailing Association (SSA) and Eastport Yacht Club (EYC) will jointly host the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship from September 20-29 in Annapolis, Maryland USA. More than 100 boats representing a dozen nations are expected to compete in the 62nd running of one of sailing’s premier events. SSA and EYC have partnered for the previous two seasons, running major 5O5 events in preparation for 2017.

In a joint statement, Commodore Kim Couranz (SSA) and Commodore Heather Ersts (EYC) said “As with our past partnerships hosting Volvo Ocean Race stopover events, EYC and SSA are excited to team again for SAP 5O5 Worlds in Annapolis. Club members have dedicated significant time and expertise to ensuring that the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship will be an outstanding event. We look forward to welcoming all sailors, guests, and our SAP partners to Annapolis this fall.”

The SAP 5O5 World Championships enter its ninth year with a continued commitment to providing the highest level of innovative sailing solutions that enhance the regatta experience for sailors, fans, organizers, and media.

“SAP is delighted to continue our long-standing partnership with the 5O5 class and we are excited to assist the organizers in Annapolis in hosting this prestigious sailing championship. Like the surrounding cities of Baltimore and Washington DC, Annapolis is a town that embraces technologies that make things run better and enhance life experiences. SAP technology will help sailors improve their performance, make it easier for fans to track and understand the race, streamline operations for regatta organizers and deliver real-time insights to broadcasters,” says Dr. Stefan Lacher, Head of Sponsorship Innovations at SAP.

“The 5O5 Class and SAP are a natural fit” says Regatta Chairman Jesse Falsone. “We share a common culture of collaboration and enthusiasm, and like SAP, 5O5 sailors are performance-minded and innovative. We are always looking for ways to make our boats run better. Without question, SAP has elevated our game by providing new insights into sailing strategy through their groundbreaking SAP Sailing Analytics.”

American teams have won the last three consecutive world titles, owing some of this success to the heavy air prowess developed by teams on the West Coast. While the early fall season in Annapolis can provide strong cold fronts that bring high winds, this championship is expected to see a range of conditions that reward versatility and careful risk management. “You cannot be a one trick pony and expect to win in Annapolis”, Falsone comments. “The series will be won by the team that can change gears quickly and adapt to a dynamic environment.”

Off the water, sailors and guests can expect outstanding social events in the best traditions of the 5O5 Class and the SAP World Championships. Additionally, Annapolis is a town steeped in a rich sailing heritage that provides the perfect backdrop to events of this magnitude. From bars, restaurants and museums to chandleries, riggers, and sail lofts, Annapolis has it all within walking distance from the venue. Further entertainment is available through an abundance of local parks, recreational services, and tours. Site seeing day trips to Washington DC and Baltimore, MD are also available.

For more information please go to www.5O5Worlds2017.com