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International 5O5 Sailing

Aussie Champs. Entry Deadline Extended

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Australian Sailing have extended the entry date for the nationals from 31st October to 31st November 2019*.

*Be aware there is a (heavy) $200.00 penalty for late entry post 31st November 2019.

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If you are interested in sponsoring or partnering with the 5O5 Class or an individual event below are two pdf brochures that may be of interest.

The first contains generic information about the 5O5 Class. DOWNLOAD NOW

The second contains specific information about the 2020 World Championship to be held in Torekov Sweden in August 2020. DOWNLOAD NOW


The 5O5 Class

The 2020 World Championship

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13- 22 August 2020

The International 505 Association, the Swedish 505 Association and Bastad Sailing are pleased to be able to confirm the location and dates for the 202o World Championship. The organisers decided to move the venue for the 2020 worlds from Båstad to the nearby village of Torekov. Torekov is a vibrant summer village just 10 km away from Båstad. The venue team (Bastad Sailing) organizing the event will be the same. The move to Torekov was decided as it is believed the Worlds at this location will be a far better event overall. To better accommodate the fleet we have also adjusted the time for the event to 13-22 of August. The Event website is up at https://www.int505.org/2020-world-championship-sweden/. Here you will find information about Torekov, the preliminary program, accommodation, etc. As news and additional information is available it will be posted on the event website and news will be posted on the International facebook page and sent to email subscribers. If you wish to subscribe and haven’t already done so  you subscribe on the International 5O5 wesbite at https://www.int505.org/register-for-email-notifications/.

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For NOR, registration, venue information, and all the event news as it arises visit the 2020 Australian 5O5 Championship Event Site HERE.

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Sail Melbourne to host the 2020 Australian 505 National Titles

  • Location: Royal Brighton Yacht Club as part of Sail Melbourne
  • Dates: 15 – 21 January 2020
  • Measurements 15-16 January
  • Invitation Race 16 January
  • Racing 17-21 January (9 races planned)


Vejbystrand is a small town 10 minutes from Torekov where the 2020 World Championship will be held.

Here a link to the Club https://idrottonline.se/SSDelfinenVejbystrand-Segling/

This is a great warm up event the weekend before for the worlds.



13 – 22 AUGUST 2020



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Consistency Counts as Gilbert and McGrane Win the 505 UK Euro Cup at Hayling Island 6-8 September

Seven heats were held over 3 very different days at Hayling Island Sailing Club to complete the last leg of the 4 leg 5O5 Euro Cup Series for 2019.

“Racing in a fleet as competitive as the 5O5s with numerous World Champions and Olympians was a great privilege” said 29er World Champion, top 49er sailor, Olympian and first timer in the 5O5, Alain Sign. “After two years coaching it was great to get back racing and this event was a great opportunity. I had to learn on the fly at the weekend as I had never really used a symmetrical pole before but was amazed how many options you had going downwind which meant for some interesting tactical decisions.  All in all I loved the boat from the technical aspect and how much control you have over set up. Onshore everyone is so keen to help each other develop. If I get the chance to sail the boat again I will definitely be back ”

Over the 3 days a wide variety of conditions challenged the strong international fleet and the experienced Hayling Island race management team. Day 1 delivered classic big wave, big wind conditions for the high quality 505 fleet with visitors from Denmark, Germany, France, Belgium and USA. The westerly winds of 22- 27 kts and steep seas were challenging conditions that 505s revel in. Multiple world champions Mike Holt and Carl Smit from California delivered a master class of heavy weather sailing to score  2 convincing bullets and lead overnight.

The 6-12kt northerly for day 2 was unstable and shifty with 40 degree shifts that shook up the results. Gains and losses were often huge but European Champions Roger Gilbert & Ben McGrane managed them best and moved into first place.

The final day was bright and sunny with an indecisive light offshore northerly wind that just could not make up its mind. In the end consistency was key with Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane (GBR) deservedly winning overall after strong challenges from Paul Brotherton & Alain Sign (GBR) and Penny & Russell Clark (GBR) in third.


1st Roger Gilbert Ben McGrane
2nd Paul Brotherton Alain Sign
3rd Penny Clark Russ Clark
4th Julian Slueckl Johannes Tellen
5th Mike Holt Carl Smit

Full event results can be on the 5O5 Event Page at https://www.int505.org/2019-euro-cup/euro-cup-round-4-hayling-island-uk/

About the 505 Euro Cup

The 505 Euro Cup is an open series of 4 events held each year in some of the best and most famous sailing waters that Europe has to offer. This year the 4 legs were held at Cannes, Riva del Garda, Kiel and Hayling Island. The series attracts over a hundred entrants annually and is enjoyed equally by some of the very best dinghy sailors and more casual weekend sailors alike. For more details go to the Euro Cup Website at https://www.int505.org/2019-euro-cup/

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505 European and UK national champions Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane win the final 505 Eurocup Series event at Hayling Island Sailing Club

Judging by the commitment many 505 sailors showed to the class dinner held at HISC on Saturday night, many didn’t expect to go racing today, hedging their bets against the forecast.  However, the wind gods decided otherwise and the fleet set sail for the final 2 races of the series in a north westerly (plus or minus 45 degrees) 4-8kts. After a couple of failed starts and one race abandoned due to the wind collapsing across the course the breeze eventually settled in the north west and the race officer managed to get the fleet away.

The first race was won by Tom Gillard and Geoff Edwards from the ever present Paul Brotherton and Alain Sign, with many of the front runners struggling to make their way through the fleet. It was more like inland sailing than a sea event but it added to the variety for the sailors.  Eventually the breeze appeared to settle but the fleet started the last race in a big right hand shift, taking the leaders almost the whole way to the windward mark. The remaining 2 laps were about tacking when the jib backed and gybing frequently on the shifts. Again the Brotherton and Sign team lead from start to finish closely pursued by Penny and Russ Clark in second with the eventual winners, Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane in 3rd. With first and second in the bag, the final race results meant the third podium spot was seized by the Clarks.

The great effort by the race team to complete the series meant everyone including visitors from Germany, Denmark, France, Belgium and the USA saw UK sailing at its best, strong winds on day one, medium breeze for day two and light and shifty for the finale.  Many thanks to the whole team at Hayling Island Sailing Club and to Ian Mitchell for leading the event organisation.

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This quote probably sums up the day the best: “It’s a bit like Brexit…nobody knows what’s going on but everyone is shouting about it” (anon)

Today the fleet was tested with a 6-12kt northerly giving very unstable and shifty conditions in Hayling Bay. Paul Brotherton and Alain Sign showed us how to do it with a 1,1,2 to make a significant move up the leaderboard with Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane hot on their heels. The big pressure changes and 40 degree shifts made for high stress sailing. Gains and losses could be huge and if you thought you had nailed it the chances were the other side would pay.

After 3 difficult races the fleet retired ashore to pick apart the days racing. To continue the open information sharing the fleet held a debrief attended by the majority of the fleet with the top sailors sharing their tips and strategy and trying to de-mystify the challenging conditions.

To round of the day, Hayling Island Sailing Club hosted the fleet for a delicious curry night before tomorrow’s final 2 races.