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! 

505 Nationals 2016 - ENTER NOW

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The 505 Nationals 2016 are around the corner and the entries are open. Enter before the 22nd of March and save money. For entries visit the event page at www.sasgrandslam.co.za 

Also read the NOR and SI carefully to get the right start times. All events will be run by SAS WC and the Vogelvlei YC. The 505 Nationals 2016 promises to be the event of the year. 

505 Worlds 2016 - get your planning going!

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The 505 World Championship in 2016 will be hosted by the British 505 Class Association at the WPNSAin Weymouth. Check out all the details at www.505worlds2016.com This is bound to be a super event and well worth attending. We are getting boats together for a container and have 4 already signed up. Only a few spots left, so contact the class now.