Latest Newsletter December 2015

Written by: Thomas
Category: Blog
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Dear 505 sailor,

 The year is coming to an end and what a year it has been! Starting
off with the New Year's regatta in PE which saw multiple 505 World
Champion, the one and only Holger Jess, enjoying the conditions, then
the most successful 60th SAP 505 World Championship (PE) in March and
an excellent 505 Nationals in September and a very enjoyable 505
Northvaals being sailed for the first time at Boskop sailing club in
October. 2015 has indeed been a year of great sailing activities and
lots of fun! The 505 class exco would like to thank all sailors for
their support and assistance in this year and would like to wish all
sailors and families a blessed and peaceful festive season.

The sailing calendar for 2015 is however not over! Attached is the NOR
of the Midlands Open Regatta at HMYC which is to be sailed from the
27th of December to the 30th of December 2015. This event always
attracts alot of interest and this year will be no different. Some
505s have expressed interest and if you want to combine some
picturesque sailing with a holiday in the Midlands Meander then join
in the fun at this regatta.

2016 is in sight and the full racing calendar is up on the website.
Click on this link to view it and to book those weekends, very
important!
https://rsa505.org.za/index.php/services-2/175-505-racing-calendar-2016
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 Also remember that the class is looking for comitment for the 2016
World Championships from members. Container space is limited and is
filling up fast. Recent discussions with Roger Deane from the UK 505
revealed that they are in advanced discussions with SAP (excellent
news), looking at shipping deals for all (good) and trying to arrange
accommodation options on site (caravans etc). Also remember to book
your flights early as this can save you alot of costs. The classic
worlds are also taking part and Roger is saying that this will be a
very well attended event, great for our older boats to take part.

The 505 is the best boat in the world. Check out the website for
regular updates. Keep sailing as this is the best thing to do :)

See you on the water

Your EXCO


SAS Grand Slam #2 - great for 505s

Written by: Thomas
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Five 505 teams attended the SAS Southern Charter Grand Slam series #2 at Theewaterskloof dam in early December. The current national champions, Richard and James, did well to win all the races followed closely by Tina Plattner and Tony Norris. Sean Ballentyne and Josh Banks came home in third followed by newcomers to the fleet, Justin Clark and Rob v Rooyen. Racing was tough and it is good to see the 505 fleet in the cape going from strength to strength. With the new calendar out and the 505 nationals lined up, the 2016 year will be extremely interesting. For full results go to the results page. 

505 BP Trophy RTIR - Sterkfonteindam 21-22 November 2015

Written by: Thomas
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The 505 BP Trophy took on a new fun format at the Sterkfonteindam this past weekend. The wind played along, perhaps too much and made racing difficult on Saturday with gusts in the 30s being recorded. Race hopefuls, Thomas and Peter Funke, experienced the effects of strong wind first hand when they went training and after hoisting their kite on the second downwind leg, lost their rig at the spreaders. At this stage it is still not clear what caused this but it is suspected that the spreaders failed. 

Sunday dawned with a moderate breeze from the east and racing got underway with a Le Mans start. Warwick and Greg raced around the corner of Sterkfontein Bay with bag up followed closely by the Robinson Brothers of Brennan and Ryan taking the lead. Racing across the dam on the 20 km course was tight with teams changing positions regularly. In the end, both teams finished in a dead heat and shared the spoils of race. 

The new format, as discussed at the 2015 AGM, proved to be fun and will definitely be used more regularly in the class. Fun and enjoyment is what the class is all about. 

The next event is the Grand Slam series 2 at Theewaterskloof dam. Southern Charter is putting on a great show and it is definitely worth while to attend. Make and effort!