Message from the International 5O5 Class President –
The World’s Ok’st Sailor.
I have had the good fortune in the last 3 years to travel and race in most of the Countries where 5O5s are sailed.
In my first major regatta, the Australian Championship in 1983, I believe I finished LAST.
Since then I have learnt a lot from everyone. I have come to realise, for example, that racing a sailboat well is actually more about getting some fundamental things right than it is about getting new equipment or sails and trying to understand all the, sometimes ‘gobbly gook’ that I have read and heard over the years.
This ‘Almanac’, for want of a better name, is an attempt to document the wisdom of all the truly great sailors that sail in or have passed through the 5O5 Class. As a good friend and well known sailing legend Jordan Spencer said “If you learn how to race a 5O5 you will have learnt pretty much everything you need to know about racing sail boats of any kind” (Of course there weren’t so many foiling boats around when he said that).
I hope it helps. Let me leave you with this most important of all the things I have learned.
You cannot sail or enjoy a boat that isn’t set up right!
I am constantly amazed when I go to the various regattas how many boats are racing that are not configured correctly. NO ONE, not even a World Champion, could sail them properly. Do your self a favour, if you haven’t already done so check that you have the right controls on your boat, that they can be moved through the correct range, that the rig is configured correctly for the sails you are using.
If nothing else, check your mast is bending to suit the mainsail you are using.
We have some time now. Don’t emerge from Coronavirus lock-down with a boat or equipment that even the best teams cant sail.
Take care and we will all see each other soon.