505 Sailing - get ready for the new season!

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The 505 Worlds recently took place in Gydnia, Poland and two SA teams took part. Graeme Willcox, now based in the UK, did well to finish 24th and Euan Hurter and Warwick Ham sailed well to finish in 40th. More details on the worlds are on the SAP website - www.sap505worlds.com Some comments from Warwick during the event:

 

505 Highvelds 2018 - The 505 Highvelds are schedueled to be sailed at PSC on the 25/26 August 2018. The NOR and SI have been sent out, racing starts early on the 25th, so be there. This is normally a great event. 

505 Northvaals 2018 - 505 Northvaals will be sailed at Aeolians Club on the 1/2nd of September 2018. The NOR will be sent out on Friday via email and whatsapp. Racing will start early and the club has kindly agreed that competitors can leave their boats at the club until the nationals. Thank you Aeolians. 

505 Nationals 2018 - 505 Nationals will be sailed from Friday 21 September to Monday 24 September 2018. Please come and participate in this festival of sailing. Lots of prizes up for grabs, t shirts, one dinner, full feedback session from the Worlds by Worlds Sailor - Warwick Ham and a massive lucky draw prize at the AGM. The NOR will be sent out as soon as it is available. This is the Nationals Event of the Year. 

RSA 505 Teams have a blast at Poland Worlds 2018

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Two RSA 505 teams competed at the 2018 World Championship in Gydnia, Poland. Euan Hurter and Warwick Ham teamed up to sail Warwick's GER based boat and Graeme Willcox sailed with James Spikesly. Our teams flew the SA flag high and finished in a very commendable 40th and 24th place, respectively. The conditions were tough with big chop and light winds making sailing difficult. Graeme and James had a best placed position of 11th in race 8 and started race 9 as the pathfinder, which Euan and Warwick had a great race in race 9 finishing in a commendable 21st position. SA 505 Class would like to congratulate the teams on a great performance. Some final comments from the SAP Worlds were as follows: 

 

The SAP505WorldChampionship2018 is over. But the excitement possibly not yet. And then, there's Australia to look forward to. Last Friday, during the Closing Ceremony Lutz Stengel and Holger Jess have officially become the 505 Class World Champions 2018.

The last two days of racing were certainly good ones. Good in the sense of a vast range of possibilities. Some were more than happy with 10 knots, others enjoyed the challenge of some choppy waves. There were moments of glory sliding and some new holes in the boats, broken helms or even a mast. But it was all worth it. The last five races - three on Thursday and two on Friday, still with beautiful sun and medium-strength wind ended up with a Birthday party of Michał Olko, one of the organizers, on Thursday and the grand Closing Ceremony on Friday when we officially called it a day. Lutz Stengel and Holger Jess - the 505 Class World Champions 2018 have received the beautiful blue globe - the symbol of the best of the best.

With cheers, laughter and some good music we bade goodbye to the 505 sailors and welcomed Australia as the host of the 505Worlds2019, coming soon indeed!

So, get ready for Jan, 2019!

More results are here: https://sap505worlds2018.com/results/worlds

505s compete in a huge battle at the NV Autumn Grand Slam

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On the past weekend (21/22 April) several 505s competed in the NV Autumn Grand Slam series at Stilbaai YC on the Vaaldam. The wind on Saturday was good but light with 5 races being sailed in testing conditions. 8520 - Mark B dominated the racing by scoring 4 bullets and a 2nd, while Team Ham came home in close second and Andrew Arthur with his newly acquired two dogs funking, came home in third. The event was the final organised event of the season and now all focus will shift to the 505 worlds in Poland and thereafter the nationals in September. December 2018 will also see the pre-worlds being sailed in Perth with the 2019 worlds taking place in January. Lots of sailing to happen post July.