SAP 5O5 World Championship

25 JULY - 5 AUGUST 2016


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UK 5O5 Class Roger Dean
WPNSA Events Supervisor Sally Reynoldson
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505 Worlds


Martin and Lowry - 9106, prepare to gybe ahead of Smith and Needham © Christophe Favreau

Americans Martin and Lowry win 505 Worlds

The final and deciding race of the SAP 505 Worlds may not have had the epic qualities of some of the earlier rounds, but still produced some fine sailing in Weymouth Bay.  Although Americans Mike Martin and Adam Lowry went into the race with a seemingly comfortable points margin of 22 points over the rest of the field, they could not afford any mishap.  If their best currently discarded result of 30th in Race 1 came into play, any one...
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Findel and Tellen, 9146, open the gate for Race 7 © Christophe Favreau

California Dreaming

The competitors in the current SAP 505 World Championships have been served with a multi-course tasting menu of weather, based around a theme of breeze, mostly flavoured by sunshine of varying intensity.  Although they found the first two courses difficult to digest, since Race 3 this rich diet has been enthusiastically devoured by the Californian pair of Mike Martin and Adam Lowry, who went on to score 1, 1, 4, 2 in the last four rounds....
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Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado take to the skies starting the 6th Race of the SAP 505 World Championships © Christophe Favreau

High Adrenalin on Weymouth Bay

After yesterday’s intermission which brought gale force wind, rain and low cloud rather than ice creams, hot dogs and the safety curtain, the show resumed today at the SAP 505 World Championships.  Most reviewers agreed that this latest act was among the more memorable productions by the assembled 505 cast, and most actors and spectators left happy, even though the full scheduled performance had to be curtailed. Having learned of...
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Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe poer past Andy Smith and Tim Needham in Race 4 © Christophe Favreau

Debutants in Command

Ruminating on the history of the Royal Air Force was probably the last thing on the minds of Charlie Walters and Dougal Cram (GBR) as they set off on their solitary trail as pathfinder in Race 4 of the SAP 505 World Championships.   However, as they began the countdown to their run, the rain that was to fall throughout the rest of the day started, the famous motto of the RAF’s 633 Squadron “Après moi le déluge” was more...
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Martin and Lowry win Race 3 © Christophe Favreau

Champagne Conditions Create Smiles All Round

Portland may have its rough edges, and not just those of a geological nature, but together with its sister town of Weymouth, it put on its Sunday best to welcome the 140 boats competing in the SAP 505 World Championships.  With just the one race scheduled, with a start time of 1300, the crews had plenty of time for polishing and tweaking in brilliant sunshine while eagerly contemplating the gradually building breeze. By the time the...
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Quirk and Dunn on their way to victory in the opening race © Christophe Favreau

A Light Touch Required

The opening day of the SAP 505 Worlds at Weymouth and Portland fully tested the fleet of 140 boats in light airs.  The two hour delay to allow the wind to build to the minimum 6kts required to start had clearly allowed some competitors to develop excess adrenalin.  The first two starts had to be aborted as over eager competitors collided with the gate boat instead of passing cleanly behind it.  The third start did get away without...
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Andy Smith (right) and Tim Needham with UK trophy © Christophe Favreau

Smith and Needham take title by a squeak

Like a cat playing with a mouse, the wind in Weymouth Bay knocked the fleet from side to side before showing a bit of tooth and claw in a fascinating day of racing in the UK 505 Nationals. With three races scheduled, the slightly earlier start time of 11am seemed to surprise a few competitors and many would have missed the start of the first race of the day and the third in the series had it not been for a short postponement due to a wind...
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Defending World Champion, Mike Holt and Carl Smit on the charge at Weymouth © Christophe Favreau

Smith and Needham make early charge

The UK duo, Andy Smith and Tim Needham, carried the form shown in winning Keil Week last month into the first two races of the 505 UK national championships.    With a first and a second place they top the leader board at the end of the first day.  However, there is little danger of complacency in their boat, as defending World Champion, Mike Holt, crewed by Carl Smit, from the USA scored an emphatic victory in Race 1, and were...
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SAP partners with the 5O5 class for 2016 SAP 5O5 Worlds at the WPNSA

For the 8th year in succession the international 5O5 class is delighted to confirm SAP as title partner for the 2016 SAP 5O5 World Championships, held at the London 2012 Olympic sailing venue of Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy between 27th July and 5th August. "We are excited to continue our partnership with the 5O5 class. The 5O5 attracts some of the best dinghy sailors in the world and through the SAP Sailing solutions...
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