Mike Martin and Adam Lowry got out front early and stayed there through eleven races over four days of competition at the 505 North American Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club August 9-12, 2018. With a picket fence after two discards, Martin and Lowry of St. Francis Yacht Club are the North American Champions.
“We couldn’t be happier,” said Martin of the win. “We sailed well across the full spectrum of conditions. Taking an early lead certainly took the pressure off. With such a diversity of conditions, we knew we didn’t have to take as many chances.”
The battle for second place was much tighter, with just eight points separating second from fifth, ultimately shaking out in favor of Howard Hamlin and Andy Zinn (ABYC/NHYC).
“It’s never felt better to finish second,” said Hamlin. “These guys are the best and no one was even near them.”
Ted Conrads and Jeff Nelson, of Donner Lake, had a strong final day and finished third overall. Jesse Kirkland and Reeve Dunn (RBYC) were holding strong at second over three days of races, but slipped to fourth. The top three teams all had World Champions aboard, with the event boasting a total of seven.
“Everyone that beat us was either a World Champion or a former Olympian, so it’s the best fifth place I’ve ever gotten,” said Parker Shinn, who sailed with Er