The 2022 505 Nationals were held at Sterkfonteindam from the 27th to the 30th of October. The event was sailed out of the Qwantani resort. The facilities were amazing and the class hosted a braai and lucky draw on all evenings. Racing got under way early on the 28th of October and 4 back to back races were sailed. The Funke brother won 3 of the 4 races while the team of Alex and Jonno Ham chased hard with a number of second places. Further down the field, racing was also tough with many top sailors competing for good positions. Saturday dawned with lighter breeze. Racing got underway at 11 and in the light winds team Kyle and Robert showed the fleet how it is done with 2 bullets. The Funkes chased hard but scored only one first with Arin and Richard and Alex and Jonno taking one race each. Sunday came with the forecast showing strong wind and with 3 races scheduled, racing was high speed and tough. The Funkes showed their heavy weather speciality by leading the fleet around the course and scoring 3 bullets, followed by a close battle between Arin/Richard and Alex and Jonno.
All in all the Nationals were a great event with many close battles taking place. 12 races were sailed and many stories taken home. The next event is the 75th SAS birthday event at Aeolians Club on the Vaaldam from the 16th to the 19th of December 2022.
The 505 Northvaals 2022 were held at Aeolians Club on the 17th and 18th of September 2022. The event was well supported with 7 teams making their way to the Vaaldam. Racing got underway at 10h30 on Saturday morning in a fresh breeze from the North west. Racing was tight with a number of teams showing what they are capable of in the fleet. 2 races were sailed before lunch with team Funke winning both followed closely by Kyle Klaas and Warwick Ham. Bronwen Klaas and Marco showed some great speed and this was a highlight of what was to come. The afternoon races saw the wind die away and the fleet sailed 2 races in very light conditions. The funkes managed to sneak one win in and were awarded a second win when Kyle and Warwick were judged to have been Ocs at the start of the race.
Sunday dawned with the much anticipated strong wind starting early. By 9h30 the gusts were already in their 20 knots and racing got under way to an exciting start. 3 races were sailed back to back with the Funkes leading the other teams around the course. Rescue boats were on stand by as there were numerous capsizes but luckily no major damage was reported.
Final results were
1. Peter and Thomas Funke
2. Bronwen Klaas and Marco Seitz
3. Aaron and Mark Biagio
Full results on the results page. The next event will be the Nationals from the 27th to the 30th of October at Sterkfonteindam. See you there.
The SA 505 class would like to wish all 505 sailors a happy new year. May you sail alot and do well in the competitions, but most of all, enjoy the best 2 man performance sailboat in the world. The calendar is being updated, please keep an eye on it for the most important diary entries on your calendar. 505 sailing will be big in 2022.