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2012 Worlds - A South African Perspective 5 years 3 weeks ago #437

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Two South African boats took part in the SAP 505 World Championships held in La Rochelle, France from the 15-29 July 2012. This was the biggest 505 Worlds ever, with 188 boats from 14 countries having entered the event. Racing was offshore of the historic harbour of La Rochelle in the Bay of Biscay on the Western coast of France.

The biggest highlight of the 2012 505 Worlds for us was however the presentation of the South African Team to the International 505 Governing Council and the International 505 Class AGM, in a bid to host the 505 Worlds in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2015. The bid was approved overwhelmingly by a majority vote of the AGM, and after 15 years South Africa will again host the 505 Worlds at Algoa Bay Yacht Club, Port Elizabeth in November 2015.

The Pre worlds, which incorporated the French Nationals was held on the 17th, 18th and 19th of July in excellent wind conditions ranging from 12 – 18 knots of wind and with 95 entries was a large regatta by any standards. Mark Biagio and Warwick Ham finished in 42nd place and Thomas& Peter Funke in 81st place in the pre-worlds.

Following a rest and measurement day the 505 Worlds started on the 21st July with 185 boats racing. With a fleet of this size a gate start is normally used and the “Rabbit” boat was to remain on port tack for 7 minutes before being released. Various starting strategies were tested, but given the late start time and the tidal movements, the best strategy appeared to be to start as late as possible. The teams who did this could make use of the weaker current close to the shore for as long as possible up the beat.

The event was watched live by many supporters internationally as well as here in South Africa, as a result of the excellent coverage, live tracking system and video footage made possible by the SAP sponsorship of the event. Each of the competing boats was fitted with a live tracking device allowing real time viewing of each race as it unfolded. All information on the course as well as each boats course speed and statistics was made available on the web during and after the racing. In addition the database of previous SAP sponsored 505 Worlds events is still accessible on the web.
Selected photos of the event can be found in the gallery.

The final results after 6 races of the 2012 Preworlds are:
1st Howie Hamlin & Andy Zinn – USA
2nd Jan Saugmann & Martin Gorge – Denmark
3rd Christian Kellner & Martin Schoeller – Germany
42nd Mark Biagio & Warwick Ham – South Africa
81st Thomas & Peter Funke – South Africa
Oldest boat FRA 4479 Jean Charles Cadoret & Pascal Coquelet - placed 110th
There were a total of 115 boats who took part in the preworlds.

The final results of the 2012 Worlds, La Rochelle France, after 9 races were:
1st Jan Saugmann& Martin Gorge – Denmark
2nd Jorgen & Jacob Bojsen-Moller – Denmark
3rd Christian Kellner & Martin Schoeller – Germany
43rd Thomas& Peter Funke – South Africa
66th Mark Biagio& Warwick Ham – South Africa
Oldest boat FRA 4479 Jean Charles Cadoret & Pascal Coquelet - placed 171st out of 185

If you want to know more about the growth in the South African 505 fleet and are interested in joining this dynamic class in preparation for the 505 Worlds in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 2015, please contact the 505 class. The class website is on www.rsa505.org.za or the Gauteng 505 facebook group RSA 505 (Gauteng) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or drop us a mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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