505 North Americans comes to Kingston Ontario.
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Competitors from the UK, Australia and Spain joined the boats from the US and Canada to bring a fleet of 39 505s to the Kingston Yacht Club. Sailors who showed up early for the Canadian Championships sailed as part of the CORK Olympic class regatta, were treated to fabulous hospitality and tricky conditions on the water. After 5 races world champions Mike Martin and Adam Lowry won the event 2 points ahead of Howie Hamlin and Russ Clark. Ethan Bixby and Chris Brady won the last race to cement a 3rd place finish at the Canadians. After a debrief where all the winners explained their boat setup and tactics, competitors had three days to prepare their boats and practice for the upcoming North Americans.
Monday and Tuesday the fleet prepared their boats, while the leaders from the Canadians provided measurements and advice. Everyone’s boat was laid down on its side so that critical measurements could be made and the top of the fleet explained the rigging tricks that make the 505 fast and fun to sail. For the practice race on Wednesday, Kingston delivered a classic sunny 12-14 knots and the competitors stretched their legs and finished final preparations for the main event. After a few practice starts the fleet sailed a quick two lap race and returned to the club for a much appreciated reception, with food, drinks and time to catch up with old friends.