The Irish fleet created their own site.
Give it a go... It's great!
March 18th, 2008
Vintimiglia regatta 2008
Report from Marco Giraldi
Ventimiglia, a beautiful little town just on the French/Italian
border, was the theatre of the 1st 505 Spring Meeting on Italian soil
organized by the Italian 505 Association and hosted by the Circolo
Velico Ventimigliese, a club whose members are all enthusiast dinghy
Most teams, representing: Italy, Germany ,Denmark and Monaco, arrived
on Friday except for the unlucky German team of Wolfgang Stuckl whose
vehicle broke down on the highway 10 km away from their destination.
It is unfortunate that none of the French boats from the nearby coast
honoured us with their presence.
Saturday forecast called for an F3 from the south-south west, but the
dark clouds loaded with rain on the mountains overlooking Venimiglia
clearly indicated that it was not going to happen. The wind was light
and shifty, the start was given and the pin looked like the best spot
to be; most of the fleet went to the left while the new Italian 505
team Ciferri/Natali went to the right, and right was the place to be.
The rookies took a big lead at the first windward mark, which they
extended finishing with almost a leg over the second team Germany 8693
Doisenbenger/Lautenschlager third finished at few boat length behind
the Italian old-timer Giraldi/Corbellini. The wind was now playing
hide and seek and the Committee decided to wait for better winds. As
soon as a stronger wind filled the sea the 2nd start was given; most
teams decided to stay in the middle of the course while again Ciferri/
Natali, after a bad start, went to the far right. Sure enough they
took the lead again, the rest of the fleet tried to catch up,
positions were gained and lost as the diminishing wind kept shifting
right and left. Tom Bojland used his speed to climb up the standing
into 2nd position, but an unlucky shift put him back into third
position before the final run. On the last run the fleet spread all
over the course chasing the ephemeral wind. At the end Ciferri/Natali
won with a good 10 mn lead over the second place Giraldi/Corbellini,
third finished ITA Manzi/Annese That was it for the day, hot pasta was
waiting for us and everybody raced to the table. The team Stuckl were
there waiting for us rigging the boat and getting ready for the day
after. The next day forecast called for, depending on the source, F7
from the southwest or F5 from the west. The f7 from southwest troubled
everybody, especially the committee as the launching area was exposed
to southwest and nasty wave breakers are generated by such strong
wind. We woke up to a gentle breeze that looked like the photocopy of
the day before, but the sky was blue and white clouds were running
fast. The Italian teams were first to hit the water as the breeze was
building up; most of the 505 fleet spread around the course testing
the winds and the shifts. The wind kept on building and, at one
minute from the start, most of the fleet was either recovering from a
capsize or capsized. The Committee decided to restart the start
sequence and the decision turned out to be a blessing as the a squall
from southwest came trough. The Italian team Manzi/Annese (2nd time
on a 505) had a bad capsize, broke the boom and they needed to be
rescued, while the rest of the 505 fleet scrambled to shore after
dropping the main and sailing back on just the jib, but the sea pushed
by the southwesterly wind increased and shore break was now quite
impressive; the club volunteers were ready to pick the boats up and to
literally carry them on shore to safety. Enough time to put away the
equipment and a very welcome pasta was served with wine and drinks.
Prize giving ceremony was started just after and the new perpetual
trophy, a wood hand-carved 505 hull by Franco Lacqua, VP of the Club,
was assigned to the winning team Ciferri/Natali. The President invited
the 505 fleet to come back next year to the new club location, which
is under construction in the marina and sheltered from the elements,
an invitation that was unanimously accepted by the 505ers. The rest of
the day was spent sunbathing in >20° while the sea kept pounding the
1 ITA 8916 Ciferri Enrico, Natali Gabriele, -UNIONE SPORTIVA
2 ITA 8743 Giraldi Marco, Corbellini Paolo, -U V MACCAGNO
3 ITA 8944 Manzi Luca, Annese Alfredo, -YACHT CLUB
4 DEN 8826 Boyland Tom, Christiansen Mads - DANIMARCA
5 GER 8693 Doisenbenger Michael, Lautenschlager Ilarian, DTYC -
6 ITA 8671 Loce Roberto, Frattini Marco, -ASS.VELICA NORD
7 FRA 8515 Niddam Yves, Gresle Thierri, YCB - MONACO
8 e 9 non classificati -
GERMANIA 2 e 3
Photos are here.
January 2nd, 2008
Croatian Championship for 2008
Ratko and Petra from Croatia invite fiveoher to race the first ever Croatian National Championship taking place in June 2008.
All details below and on the croatian fiveoh webpages.
We would like to invite you to our first Croatian championship!
Here are the most important data to plan:
28th -- 29.06.2008 - Croatian championship (27.06. training regatta).
The week before the championship we will be training together, so you
are invited for the whole week!
We are preparing enough beer, wine and Croatian food, as well as a
city tour of Zadar for all participants!
Registration can be found on this page: http://int505.blog.hr/
Please fill the pre-registration form and when do you think to arrive
to Zadar, so we can prepare for the number of teams that will come in
Thank you and hopefully see you soon in Croatia!
Ratko and Petra
president | +385 91 4802 543
secretary | +385 91 737 9449
December 31st, 2007
International Ballot: Reminder
Current ballot for allowing any material for spars, but the mast, is on and due to be closed by end of January 2008.
All material is available here.
Please note that this ballot being an official vote for the class, the international vote procedure shall strictly be adhered to. Only owner members shall vote signing off the official material available or a translation, the form shall be returned to national secretaries or directly to the international secretary.
December 28th, 2007
Holger Jess' Interview
Holger shares his views about his sailing career, the boat and his goals in the near future in this interview he kindly gave us this month.
Thanks Holger for sharing all this with us. So read and enjoy. Comments can be posted on the international list where a full copy of this interview is stored. Full interview
Tell us a little bit about your sailing carreer to begin with. Did you start sailing the Opti? yes
- I did a little bit of Opti, but never racing. Then I sailed some
other 2 person dinghies but also no racing really. I did sail the 470
on oldish boats but soon I turned too tall for that kiddy boat.
What were your best results or achievements prior to sailing fiveoh? I
raced in the Folkboat class which is an heavy and slow keelboat. I did
3rd at the german National championship and 5th at Kiel Week in 1980.
When did you first sail a fiveoh? I started in autumm 1981 at the age of 18 in an old Parker boat which number was GER 6793.
Did you always sail with Wolfgang? I'm not even sure how many regular skippers I had before Wolfgang, may be 6 and always for 2 to 3 seasons. (I
also tried the FD in 1997 and 1998 but this was little fun and
"soooo" expensive, at the time the FD was still olympic. Anyway, I did
o.k. and came 21st out of 90 FDs at the 88 Worlds - it was an olympic
year and of course Bojsen-Möller won this championship...) and with my
first 505 skipper we did the Worlds in our first season in 1982 and we
came 5th last. We were very impressed by mates like Cam Lewis, Steve
Benji or Jörgen Schonherr and we thought we would never ever be able
to come anywhere close to that level.... More or less by error / or
just more training than the old 505 sailors in GER did we managed to
win our fisrt 505 german national championship in 1985. We had a
great group in those years with many young, keen, hungry 505 sailors
who all stayed in the class for years and changed the class totally in
Germany, legends such as Tim Boeger and Klaus Stammerjohann Some
skippers were really good sailors and I always managed to get good
sailors from other classes into the 505 as I was a reasonable crew with
my own boat, it was so easy to find a good driver. I crewed for
Stefan Lange who finished 2nd at the Tornado Worlds in 1988 but lost
the olympic trial that year. He was from my club and we did sail 505 in
1999 and 2000. I had another skipper who was a squad Laser sailor and
was bored from Laser sailing, but he struggled a bit with the
complexity of the 505 as the technical level in Laser is so poor. Then
I did sail some years with Tim Boeger and we won the german National
and Kiel Week etc. but still no German within the top 15 teams at
World level. In 1996 I crewed for Ian barker and we easily won the
german National championship. Then in October 1996 I started sailing
with Wolfgang and we finished 4th at our fisrt World championship in
97, but we were close to the winners, just the conditions were a bit
too onesided. We are always best in allround and tricky conditions. I
also crewed 3 events for Krister Bergstrom and we remain unbeaten. We
won a Scandinavian Championship with 8 first places (in his boat) and
we won the 97 and 98 german national championships together, in both
cases in my own boat. It was great to sail with Krister. Unfortunately,
I believe Krister was a bit unhappy that he could only ever beat
Wolfgang and I once which was in Kiel Week 2001. Overall we have an
events score of 14 wins to 1 loss against Krister. Since I started
with Wolfgang beating the fleet so dramaticly all over 97 and 98 then
all here started to upgrade, do more serious training etc etc. This is
what trigered the 505 hype here and resulted in the great results our
fleet is getting by now. The german fleet grew in size and in level due
to our results and the great PR (Public Relationship) which the class
is doing here. But don´t forget, Wolfgang was in the 80´s the most
succesfull dinghy sailor in the World. He won Kiel Week 8 times in a
row in the 470. He did the 84, 88 and 92 Games and he won the 470
Worlds in 89 and 91.
Your dedication to fiveoh is really impressive and reminds me of some of the greatest sailors in our class. Why this dedication? As
I´m linked so much over the years to the class , to the people and the
network but I do get upset a bit if too many people do not see the "big
Picture" and where the future is and what the future problems are. Too
many just see only their little interest and their fllet but have no
idea about the sailing scene in general.
Bob makes fiveoh using infusion technology in La Rochelle
I interviewed Bob for the International website as he was just
shipping his first fiveoh built for Franziska in La Rochelle. Together
with the interview, I posted on the web a comprehensive set of photos
of the construction process using infusion technology. You can also
check Bob's webpages on his own website where some additional
information is available.
Interview is available here.
Photo album is available here.
Note that all shots are commented in French AND in English right after.
while you pass your mouse over the pictures.
Bob's website is available here.
Bob's price list in english is available here.
All this material is also available in French here.
Hope you will enjoy.
Let me know if you have any question.
International Vice President
You've just delivered your
first fiveoh made by Fischer. It's the result of a pretty long
project I believe... When did you come up with the idea to build
I started to play with the idea when
Collignon and Syga boats came on the market in France back in 1986.
Those two boats were moulded from Kyrwood hulls. At the time I was
building a 5 meters long catamaran. But I really start to be serious
about this 7 years ago when I bought a Kyrwood boat from a friend I
helmed in 1986. I was just waiting to grab the right opportunity.
When I spot this ad for the Collignon mold based on the Kyrwood hull,
I seized the opportunity since all the ingredients were coming into
Not as many boat builders building
fiveohs these days
Available good mold
My own boatyard set up in La Rochelle
famous for dinghy sailing et where an active fleet is sailing
What really trigger that
The boat is fabulous to steer when the
crew master this dinghy and the image of the boat is oustanding and
Ocotober 22nd, 2007
Accomodation in Palermo
Marco Giraldi from Italy prepared a very convenient map using Googlemaps with all venues and accomodations in Mondelo where the 2008 Worldchampionship. Nice job !
please find enclosed link to Google Map with exact location of available accommodation at Mondello.
The Club is currently negotiating the prices, so please use the published prices on the various websites
as an indication of the cost (actual prices will be lower) and to make your initial choices.
The Club will help you in the booking process if you so desire.
Beware that the map below is slightly centered on the right site of Mondello where the airport is, so move to the right to see Mondello - then check places for hotels, restaurants, club, etc.
Visualizzazione ingrandita della mappaAccomodation in Mondelo - map
Resp. Int 505 Italia
October 21st, 2007
2007 505 North American Championship Wrap-Up: Boothe and Bixby Capture the Title
Annapolis, Maryland - A 30 boat fleet descended upon Annapolis for the 2007 International 505 North
American Championship. Competitors hailed from as far away as Germany, the UK, Canada, and the West
coast of California. The fleet had the Bay to themselves - a benefit of racing mid-week in October -
and the comfortable October air and water conditions made racing enjoyable.
Tyler Moore and Jesse Falsone took race 1 in a day typical of Annapolis conditions that featured a long
postponement for breeze and shifty conditions once the wind arrived. On Day 2, in a lumpy 7-10 knot
southerly, Ethan Bixby and Erik Boothe skillfully ripped off three bullets to take a four point lead
to the disappointment of Moore and Falsone. To everyone's much relief, Day 3 brought a consistent 12
knot southerly breeze. With breeze strong enough for reachrunning, the Race Committee opted for a
long Worlds course. Californians Mike Martin and Jeff Nelson, reknown for their heavy-air dominance,
took the fifth race. Following that race, the southerly dropped off a bit, and Bixby and Boothe
secured their lead in the regatta overtaking the German team of Boris Herrmann and Julien Kleiner
for the bullet. With Boothe and Bixby's scores, they mathematically locked up the title even with
one race remaining. Friday's final race brought breezy conditions allowing Mike Martin to rip off
an incredible lead with the Kattack showing Martin with a 1-knot speed advantage over the other
This marks the fourth North American Championship for Bixby and the first for Boothe. Bixby is no
spring chicken to the fleet, winning his first title 31 years ago, but his last win of the title was
back in 1989 with Cam Lewis when Boothe was just ten-year-old opti kid back on the Gulf-Coast.
After each days' racing, the fleet gathered by the keg and was served delicious dinners catered by
SSA's own Chef David Yates. Daily winners participated in discussions of their winning tactics and
settings and received their Daily Bullet Awards (Ronstan Orbit rachet blocks and other sweet regatta
swag). Other highlights of the off-water action included Kattack showing their GPS tracking of the
day's races and PhotoBoat displaying on-the-water photos.
Post-race festivities included the 2nd Annapolis 505 Bargatta/Pubcrawl lead by a local fleet member,
Crews Union meeting and cocktail party hosted by Jesse Falsone, and a birthday celebration for Mike
Martin hosted by his parents who made a surprise visit.
Top 5 finishers are as follows:
Bixby / Boothe
Herrmann / Kleiner
Moore / Falsone
Martin / Nelson
Miller / Allen
More results can be found at the official regatta website, http://www.505NAs.com/.
The International 505 is a high performance two person dinghy with a spinnaker and a trapeze. It is raced in over 20 countries by Olympians, sailing world champions, club sailors, men and women, juniors and seniors. For further information on the 505 class, see http://www.int505.org. The American Class website can be reached at http://www.usa505.org/.
West Marine: http://www.westmarine.com
Glaser Sails: http://www.glasersails.com
North Sails: http://www.northsails.com
Mauri Pro Sailing: http://www.mauriprosailing.com
A La Mode Lingerie: http://www.alamodelingerie.com/
Photoboat (on-the-water photos): http://www.photoboat.com/
Kattack (race analysis and tracking): http://www.kattack.com/
Cédric Bart and his crew Ueli Marti won the Swiss Championship in Neuchâtel raced over three days (5 to 7 oct 2007)
26 teams joined in to race this championship in Neuchatel, 15 French, 9 Swiss, and 2 italians teams. The championship was hosted by the Cercle de la Voile de Neuchâtel.
5 races took place in very tactical conditions under the local "Bise" wind. Cédric and Ueli left only crumbs to other teams dominating the races held on Saturday with three wins out of 4 races on that day.
(1/1/1/2/7). Florian Stauffer/Philippe Jacot (2/2/3/1/) and René Betschen/Lionel Hollinger took 2nd and 3rd overall for full Swiss podium.
French teams were hot on Sunday following the win of their squad in the Rugby match over New Zealand taking the first 6 places of the last race in very light air. Who said that light air is a Swiss speciality?
Coach Ziegert followed the race and provide sensible advices to all the teams on and off the water, making this regatta especially instructive.
In addition free beer sponsored by Duvoisin, free bunkhouse from the club (dormitory), super drinks and cakes prepared by all Swiss competitor beautiful housewives and prices granted by "la maison Bücher & Walt" together with shots from Sophie and the wonderful organization made this regatta real special
and very appreciated by everyone there.
Bravo to race officer Marc-martin and his team.
And see you all next year in Neuchâtel.
Many photos are available here.
Full result here
Calendar 2008, get your own copy for 20 euros
Jan-Frederik Wäller from Germany produced a Fiveoh Calendar you can order here
The calendar is an excellent promotional material. There is a pdf version you can download on your desktop to get a feel for the great job Jan-Fréderic put in.
I encourage you to mark each regatta you intend to race, so as to not miss any major event including the World 2008 taking place in beautiful Palermo (Italy).
Follow the instruction to order your copy from the german dedicated webpage.
Do not hesitate to promote this material around you so as to grow our audience and the class.
There are now a new site for the SouthAfrican fiveohers. The old one remains up to date for a while
Good stuff can be found on line on both sites but the new one will take over the old one within the coming year
June 21st, 2007
Pacific Coast Championship regatta held last weekend
First Fisher5O5 GER 8933 delivered! Bob Fisher announced.
Bob Fisher is a top engineer in Infusion Technology. He works for very advanced projects for transoceanic multihull machines. He is also a fiveoh sailor in La Rochelle.
Rebuilding mould from the Collignon set and incorporating the latest development in Infusion Technology and Fiveoh layout, he came up with an interesting design and construction process
resulting in a very stiff hull and easy to sail. Check the picture. Bob proposes several kits so as to rig yourself your own hull (rigging plan is provided to make your job easier).
Two new hulls are under construction at present in La Rochelle.
More to come soon with Bob's interview.
First fully measured hull is sailing in Germany (Dusseldorf) with 2kg of lead.
Contact: Bob Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +33 5 46 41 75 12
May 21st, 2007
5O5 Europa Cup Round 2 in Italy, Riva del Garda The German pair: Stefan Böhm and Gerald Roos takes on the Italian Round in front of the 2007 World champions!
RIVA DEL GARDA – A strong Ora wind, blowing from South at 8-9 m/s in a wonderful sunny day, helped German crew Bohm-Roos to take the final win in the 505 class at this year Riva Cup. Today GER8862, helped by the hard conditions found in the Alto Garda waters, overtook the former leaders Findel-Tellen in the final two races of the event, as usual perfectly organized by Fraglia Vela Riva. Read more on the event siteEvent SitePhotos(Courtesy of Slidebox, Visit the Website...)Full ResultEuropa Cup Website
May 1st, 2007
Polish Fleet is growing reports Piotr from Poland...
Today is the first of May, and I just saw some snow falling outside. Fortunatelly it has not snowed last weekend so the polish fleet could start its season with the "Otton Weiland Memorial Regatta" in Charzykowy Poland. Five boats showed up on the starting line, getting lot of cheers from 420, 470 and laser sailors who were also sailing this regatta. "Can I take a ride? Sure! Wow!" was the usual conversation sequence. Knowing that two more boats already upgraded to LLS (Long Luff Spinnaker), and two others are very keen to do so, it looks like we are not far away of a 10 boats fleet in Poland.
The season already started earlier for us with Kuba/Piotr team 7539 taking part to the Worlds in Adelaide (thanks to the support from HPV) and Michal/Krzysiek team 8622 who represented the "white-and-red banner" in St-Raphael. Team 8622 is travelling to Garda, so it looks like they are targetting a serious result in Euro-Cup series :)
The decision to grant Poland hosting the European Championship in 2007 boosts recognition of 505's in Poland dramatically and lot of peaple are looking at what's happening. 2007 is going to be the crucial year for fleet development and every effort is made to attract new sailors to come to our class. I've just got a call from Marek Stanczyk (one of polands top helmsmen), ranked 40 in ISAF match-race rankings to find him a boat to sail europeans. Anyone?
I'm also pleased to say that we have a new website for polish 505's. You can find it under:
There is a section about europeans of course where you can find all information you need. And make sure that you pre-register for europeans to show that we are a class with lot of good competitive sailing.
wishing everyone at least 20 knots every weekend for the season :)
April 16, 2007
2007 AGM minutes are available
Peter Roos, our international Secretary advises us that the 2007 AGM minutes are available
in pdf format:"Hi all,
Please receive the minutes for the AGM in Adelaide.
I will be processing the ballot request referred to shortly, and circulating the forms in the near future.
April 10, 2007
Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon win the Eurocup in Saint Raphael.
Ian Pinnell takes the first round of the 2007 Eurocup in front of a very strong German contingent this easter week-end.
This was the first time Saint Raphael Yach Club was hosting the Eurocup after many years in Cavalaire. Racing was excellent and every team who made it
was thrilled with the change of venue.
Full results are available on the French Federation Website here
Sailors from 11 different european countries and 76 teams from 9 countries as follow:
30 French teams
29 German teams
1 canadian crew
1 spanish crew
Interesting to note is the Swiss and French teams coming down to race the Eurocup in much greater number than usual.
Very talented German contingent with 8 teams out of the 10 first placing and won 5 of the 7 races: Wunderschön!
Weather conditions were awesome - nice, sunny, warm - for the three days. Light conditions in thermal breeze from 6 up to 10 knots for all races - ranging from 120° to 160° South East.
Great facilities on shore. The venue is great with many restaurants and hotels at walking distance, trails to walk or bike on, beaches, and the club is great too.
Welcome from the club was excellent and sure, organization will improve over time on the parking where too many trailors were on the way.
7 races with tight racing up to race 6.
Very challenging place with unexpected windshifts - Unlike usual thermal winds shifting right in our hemisphere, the thermal in St Raphael shifts right or left by up to 30° - This made up for some fantastic comebacks in race 3 and 7 especially.
Ian Pinnell with his new crew: Carl GIBBON was consistant throughout the regatta .
I believe the fastest boat was Volker NIEDER and Stephen HEISING - at least they were pointing beautifully in the light conditions - Their sails are almost transparent with unusual shapes..
The key to good races was as usual excellent start. We used line start for 5 of the 7 races and two rabbit start procedures only. Overall we had up to 10 recalls in such a large fleet.
Despite some not so good starting procedures, everyone enjoyed very much the
regatta and the racing course proposing some very different race conditions from Cavalaire.
I believe the place is fantastic and I wish we had some more wind in this
Report by Jean-Baptiste Dupont, photo by Georges Jakab
April 4, 2007
... The Class shall make people dream ! recommends Xavier...
Xavier is rather new to the class and within no time he and his brother Gaetan resurrected a Fiveoh
fleet in the Lyon area after 15 years of almost no activities - from 1 to 15 boats within a year!
He shares with us how he got hook with our boat and how
he proceeded to rebuild this fleet who gave to the class an early builder (EDEL) and several champions.
Hello Xavier ! You're one who takes a large part in the revival of the Fiveoh fleet in the Lyon area
(France) over the past two years, would you be so kind as to tell us how you got hook to our boat?
Bonjour Jean-Baptiste! My parents owned a cruising boat but they sold the boat in '99. Since I could no
longer sail, my brother and I put a lot of pressure on my parents so they buy a new boat and preferably
a dinghy. One of my father's colleague was selling a "good Fiveoh". She took part to Worlds
championship. My parents finally bought her. And here we go sailing on our Parker FRA7648 and I must
confess today she frighten us in our first attempts.
"...this boat is a crew's boat..." claims Philippe!
Philippe Jacot is the Swiss Class President. He kindly accepted to share
with us his views on the fiveoh and other related matters in the following interview.
How long have you been sailing fiveoh, Philippe?
I started to sail 505 in 1989. I remember my first regatta with the class.
It was in Morges on the Lake of Geneva, in March the week-end before the
Europa Cup in France took place. The water and air temperatures were around 5°C and
we were about 65 boats on the starting line... In addition to the 35 Swiss
boats there were 15-20 Frenchs, and the remaining were the Germans, the Danes
and sometimes the Swedish who stopped in Morges on their way to the South of
Boat Construction - an exciting contribution by Matt Hansen (Western Australia)
In 2004, Mark posted a question about 5O5 boat longevity on the international list, Matt Hansen from Fremantle, Australia, heavily involved in boat construction replied with this very comprehensive response.
In reply to Mark's question about longevity of hulls I will make some comments. First of all I am speaking as one of those
involved with developing the Fremantle 505s and as a 505 sailor of 20 years standing who has owned
and sailed 3 Kyrwoods, 2 Van Munsters and now a Prepreg Fremantle 505.
This is a long reply but I hope it helps to sort out some misconceptions and clarifies a few points.
Martin Pike is asking: "Have you ordered your DVD for the SAP INT 505 WORLDS 2007?"
He added: "DVD includes an hour story on the racing, 20 mins of footage and lots of fun stuff,
plus TV stations overhead footage. DVD is chokka block there is no more space."
Therefore follow my advice: Go to the worlds website click here
and purchase online for only AUD $25.00 incl postage - please order ASAP. You can pay using paypal - really easy!
March 4, 2007
Videos taken in Germany during the World 2005
Ebbe Rosen uploaded some great videos from the World 2005 in Germany on YouTube!
These are great videos and super marketting material for
the class and the boat.
Use, enjoy, show, and get more good sailors in the class!
The contact list on this web site is being updated check it out if you want to get in touch with
fiveohers near where you live.
March 1, 2007
For Upton-Brown and Mitchell, winning the 2006 505 Worlds was all about keeping their cool.
Mark and Ian won convincingly the previous Worlds in Hayling Island in 2006. Jesse Falsone wrote an very interesting
article you can read on sailingworld web pages. This article was first released on october 19, 2006 but was not
referred to from these pages.
Read full story...
February 26, 2007
"...Our downwind speed would bring us close to top 5 at the bottom..."
Interviewed by Jean-Baptiste DUPONTThis interview is availalbe in pdf format, click here.
Jan Saugmann responded to a few questions upon his successful return from downunder winning the Worlds in Adelaide and enjoying a long holliday
in New Zealand. He says a lot about what to do to become a World champion in our class.
Read the full interview here
February 23, 2007
The origin of the 5O5 By Pierre Toureau
Translated into English by Jean-Baptiste Dupont
Who is Pierre Toureau? Pierre in one of the first fiveoh owners and racers.
He was a member of IYRU commission organizing the Olympic trial in 1954 in La Baule.
Pierre is still racing his Vent d'Ouest keel boat (a sort of Flying Fifteen) these days
at the age of 88 years old. He naturally won many regatta.
Pierre is still the commodore of his home club in Montesson.
Pierre Toureau took part in the Olympic trial in La Baule in 1954 and he sheds some light in this article on the very first days of the 5O5.
At the end of World War II in the 39/45 years, many two persons dinghies classes were racing around. All of them were designed so an amateur could build the boat using the only hardware available at the time: WOOD.
Hulls were designed to be easy to assemble with large panels of wood. The "Vaurien" (Ndt: an Enterprise like boat) was one of the first of these types boat. Other classes emerged all over the place depending on local specifics and vendor competition.
One of them was the "Brix" Caneton. (so name after the architect's name). This class develops quickly in Normandy and the Parisian area mainly because of very active racers. I remember taking part in races of over 20 boats in Muids, Saint-Germain, in Troyes, but also in Nantes on the river Erdre later on.
However the Caneton was an heavy boat mainly due to the material being used and to the class rules imposing on some useless reinforcements. Under the racers kind pressure, class officers decided to update class rules and they then created the "Restricted Caneton" set of rules. From then on a fantastic challenge for architects and amateur builders begins. The Brix Caneton is actually of well defined shape and sail plan. On the contrary the new rules allow to build boats of 5 meter long (15 feet) and with a sail plan of the same size as of the Brix Caneton. In addition the minimum overall weight was lowered tremendously.
The success was immediate because this decision was calling for innovation. Very quickly boat builders and racers started to design and build Canetons. There was the Herbulot design, Cornu design, Mouvet design and many others.
The French championship was created and for many years over 40 boats were racing regularly in many places throughout France.
There were more than 10 boats in my home club in Montesson and very exciting regatta was taking place on a regular basis in these years.
During winter 1954 I and Mr Duvergie built our own Caneton. My lounge at home remained unavailable for several months till construction was completed. This boat was performing well and we were happy with her performance.
At the time I was already a member of the Policy Class group at IYRU (former name of ISA). This commission was in charge of controlling dinghy boat policies - including sport keel boats. One of commission purpose was to grant International Class status to classes, which deserved this recognition. Another purpose was to pick what classes would be proposed to the CIO two years ahead of the Olympic Games. None of the current boats were satisfactory that year. There were of course many good dinghies for two persons and for single in each major countries but IYRU had to pick one boat for each regatta in the Games - single and double. For single the Finn was well spread out and was selected. For the two persons dinghy the decision was made to carry on a selection process in spring among major countries and to pick the boat for the Olympic Games. I proposed that the event would take place in La Baule and this was approved.
10 to 12 boats from England, Germany, Holland, Swiss, Italy and France took part in this selection process. I brought my Caneton and crewed for François Laverue, one of the best helm at the time. Boats were sitting in Penchateau close to where the current La Baule sailing club is now sitting (Ndt: the "CNBPP" currently run by former 5O5 Worldchampion Nicolas Loday).
Most of the boats, which took part in the event, were of classic design with for some of them interesting innovations such as trapeze and hiking boards (Ndt: Such as on the IC10). Every team hoped its boat would be selected. Boat builder were supportive behind the scene and had pick very good teams (I remember of Stuart Morris).
Two boats were definitely emerging of the rest of the fleet because of their rounded shape hull made of molded wood: The Flying Dutchman and the Coronet helmed by John Westell, the boat's Architect. They both were longer than others, 6 m (18 feet) for the FD and 5,5 m (16,5 feet) for the Coronet. Their sail plan were both much larger too. The FD features a very large Genoa overlapping the main sail. The Coronet was very noticeable too with her unique hull featuring gunwhale designed to increase hiking moment, her open transom and her hanging rudder.
Starting procedures were called from le "Rosely" owned by Dr Sourdille, he was at the time the CN La Baule club Commodore. 6 or 7 races were raced in medium conditions with short waves. In these conditions the two boats were far superior to all of the opponents. As for us, we did pretty well against the other boats including the Hornet, Pirat and the 14 feet dinghy.
Many experts and journalists who covered the event were ecstatic about the two outstanding boats and noticed FD and Coronet superior performances. FD was faster during long beat upwind whereas the Coronet was superior in situation where tack often because the jib was much faster to tack and the boat would re accelerate much faster.
Even before IYRU pick the FD for the Games given the boat was already spread out in Holland and Germany, the president of the Caneton Class figured out that he sould make the Coronet fit into the Caneton class rules. He then requested John Westell to shorten slightly the nose of the Coronet and to cut several tenth of cms to the rear of the boat.
This is how the 5O5 was created benefiting from the 5 cm tolerance allowed by the Caneton Class rules. This is why the first fiveohs were all displaying the duckling in their main sails.
The first 5O5 was built in a workshop located Porte St Denis, Paris. While the prototype was under construction many visitors turned out for a visit given the large interest created after the trial. First launch took place in Meulan (Ndt : Easter 1954) - Cercle de la Voile de Paris (CVP) - the boat was successively helmed by Jacques Lebrun, François Laverue, Jean Peytel and Jean-Jacques Herbulot.
These first steps were such a success that every good racer decided to order one boat. Alain Cettier centralized orders and managed to make them built by Fairey Marine in England. This workshop gained expertise in cold molded wood while making aircraft fuel tanks for the RAF using this technique.
Hulls were piled up and delivered to the Sampson workshop in Sartrouville. Sampson plugged centerboard cases, decks and seat-tanks. Everyone took his new hull to get it rigged up. Several deliveries took place using the same process.
Not so long after in april 55 my crew Nelidof and I had the opportunity to race in Rouen on the River Seine a regatta hosted by The St Georges Yacht Club. The course consisted of two legs up to Duclair and back. About 20 dinghies of several classes were competing in that cold and foggy morning.
After three tacks only all other boats were so far behind Fiveoh Number 1 that we went over the Duclair buoy without even noticing!
On the way back same story repeated. The fiveoh prove to be such a fantastic boat that all competitors and spectators could only acknowledge.
The success of all these debuts is primarily due to the excellent boat features which were meeting constraints of inland waters as well as providing so much fun while riding waves in open sea as early as force 3 of wind. Another reason for such a success was that the 5O5 was just another "Caneton" and this large family of racers just wanted to renew their boat and go for a 5O5. Even though some of us were reusing their Caneton sails in order to spare some money.
As a result, within 2 or 3 years, most Caneton owners became 5O5 owners (plywood molded boat). With the rapidly growing interest for polyester, Lanaverre and Parker shops understood all the benefits they could get from offering polyester 5O5 keeping the nice looking wooden deck.
From the rcing program point of view, the class quickly set up a good racing program with national and international championships. Worlds were held twice in La Baule, then in Weymouth and Göteborg. During these championships we were struck with skills of Pol Elvstrom, Jacques Lebrun, Marcel Buffet and many other british and Australians racers. Thanks to these high profile regattas, the application for International status was possible and it was easy for me to convince IYRU to adopt the 5O5.
But later on I did not understand why the Class was not want to get Olympic status for the Games. After so many years the Class may prove be right?
An Olympic class is seldom largely spread out.
February 18, 2007
What the old Worldchampionship trophy was looking like?
I found this interesting article written in 1959 about the new Worldchampion title Marcel
and Patrick won that year in Cork. The Royal Munster Yacht Club commodore's wife, Mrs T.F. Doyle,
gives Marcel and Patrick the World trophy in 1959 in Cork (Ireland).
I believe many of you do not recognize the current Worldchampionship globe. In fact the globe is
the new trophy. We no longer use this old trophy because this trophy was lost by one of the winners.
It was a large piece of glass an inch thick (25 mm) engraved with golden letters and figures with a superb wooden base as
you can guess on the picture and as usual a plate with all the famous names of our champions. The trophy was kept in a strong
If you know more about the first World trophy or can send photos, please contact
February 13, 2007
Ethan Bixby and Erik Boothe win the 2007 Mid-Winters in St Peterburgh
Ethan and Erik won 5 races out of 8 to take the 2007 Midwinter championship. Ramsay Key & Drew Buttner finished second one point clear of Ali Meller and Mike Coe sailing beautiful 7200.
Report, Photos and Images are available here.
February 2, 2007
The "Super Danes" take the SAP 5O5 2007 World Championship title in Adelaide South-Australia
Jan SAUGMANN and Morten RAMSBAECK won the SAP 2007 5O5 World championship held in Adelaide South-Australia hosted by the Brighton-Seacliff Sailing Club
Howard Hamlin and Fritz Lanzinger finished second overall 9 points behind
The locals Sandy Higging and Paul Marsh finished third.
Ian Pinnell and Steve Hunt are 4th
92 competitors from 13 different countries competed in this championship.
many photos available there
January 27, 2007
"2008 Worldchampionship in Palermo website" is up and running
The site will be updated on a regular basis.
We are currently negotiating:
1) Ferry fares from Genoa to Palermo and return for the 505 fleet, such fares will be posted
in the How to arrive section as soon as an agreement will be signed.
2) Hotels rates for the Championship period, such rates will be posted on line in the Accommodation
section as soon as the agreements with each hotel have been reached
3) Container rates from the various nations, such rates will be posted on line in the Shipping sections
as soon as the agreement has been reached
In the meantime If you need further information please do not hesitate to contact me directly and we will
either respond directly to you or update the web site with such information.
January 23, 2007
Pre-World results of the SAP sponsored World Championship in Adelaide Australia
You can access to full results of the Pre-World and World results here
January 18, 2007
New Italian Website up and running
I am pleased to announce that the Italian 505 web site has been created and is on line. Italian wesite
The purpose of the web site is mainly to promote the class in Italy
and to create a first contact area in Italian language for Italian sailors.
The web site for the 2008 World is almost ready and it will be on line shortly.
We have created the Italian website our selves so we are still learning.
One thing that we would like to include is a forum area but we have no clue
on what we have to do in order to do that.
If you have any suggestions, comments or material please let me know.
Thanks and best regards
January 9, 2007
EuropaCup 2007 - Saint Raphaël Accomodation and club details
The club contact is Pierre Musiak
Club Nautique de Saint Raphael address: Bld du Général de Gaulle 83700 Saint Raphaël, France
The club is situated right in the city of Saint Raphael, surrounded by Restaurants and Hôtels
Hotels recommended by the club are: Hotels **: Santa Lucia, Cymos, Thimotée, Nouvel Hôtel Hotels***: Best Western La Marina, et Hotel Brise de Mer
Also this résidence is recommanded by the club: Résidence Maeva Club Hotel
You can also get in touch with the Tourist office in Saint Raphael.
January 8, 2007
2007 AGM Agenda
INTERNATIONAL 505 CLASS YACHT RACING ASSOCIATION
Notice is hereby given that the 2007 Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held
on Wednesday, 31st January 2007 at The Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club, Seacliff, South Australia.
The meeting will start at 9:00 am AGENDA
-1. Approval of Minutes of 2006 AGM (previously circulated to National Association Secretaries
and posted on Website since October 2006)
-2. President's Report (Tom Bojland / Pip Pearson)
-3. Secretary's Report (Peter Roos)
-4. Treasurer's Report (Stephen Burwood)
-5. Appointment of Auditor
-6. Report from International Rules Committee (Rob Napier)
-7. Election of:
International Secretary: current office holder: Peter Roos (RSA)
International Treasurer: current office holder: Stephen Burwood (GBR)
International Rules Committee Chairman: current office holder: Rob Napier (GBR)
The current incumbents have all indicated their willingness to continue. No other nominations
have been received for these positions as required by Rule A 7.2.
-8. Rule changes:
2 proposed rule changes, with 1 alternate proposal made in accordance with Rule A.11, A.12
and A.13 and submitted by the Danish Association.
--8.1. Proposal to change rule 6.1 of the Championship rules
--8.2. Alternate Proposal to change Rule 6.1 of the Championship rules.
--8.3. Proposal to change Rule 9.1-Courses of the Championship Guidelines
Details of the Proposals are attached as Appendices A1, A2 and A3.
-9. World Championships 2008 Palermo (to receive update from the Italian Association)
-10. World Championships 2009 San Francisco (to receive a detailed application from the
North American Association and ratify decision made at 2006 AGM)
-11. World Championships 2010 - to receive initial proposals and provisionally decide venue.
Proposal received from Danish Association attached as Appendix B1.
Close of meeting.
PJM Roos - International Secretary - 3 January 2007
There will follow an informal open forum for general discussion.
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