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Fremantle, January 2019: 505 World Championship

Saturday, 29 December 2018 - Monday, 7 January 2019

Rocking up to Freo Sailing club on a Saturday is like going to Mars. I normally sail on Saturday and to see the carpark absolutely full was a surprise. I guess having the Dragons and 505’s putting their Worlds on at the same time at the same place was going to use up a bit of parking space.

A sunny day and sailors trying out their yachts in a breeze that was fit to burst out of its socks. It was all of 20 knots and bending around to the ssw as the day progressed. I was looking at the measuring process and understandably the method by which it is done. Even the scales showed a measure of ingenuity. 2 containers, a block and tackle and a scale by which the boat is hung. Great.

Meetings with various people sorted out my boat for the next day and I learnt a little more about the makings of the fleet that’s assembled here. For starters 10 world Champions are here and one bloke from America who was so happy with his luck, that after winning the 1999 world champs as a crew member, 10 years later he came back and won it as a skipper. Just to prove that it wasn’t a fluke, he did it again in 2016. Then there’s the chap Wolfgang; 5 world championships. Ummmn, just goes to prove, when you’re on a good thing, stick to it.  But what I was glad to see was a solid leavening of younger sailors, both helms and crew with both men and women in the mix. This is not an old mans fleet. No way.

The bar tent was working hard, the sausages in rolls were on offer and people were starting to renew old friendships and possibly start new ones as well. The welcome was done well with a dress code that made me stop for a second, but shorts and a blazer works for the 505’s so fine, let it be. Thanks to the PRO Robin Owen who set out the days ahead for us and to Roger Pell, Mark Stowell and Andrew Cawley who variously welcomed us, introduced guests and helped with the agenda for the pre and world championships.

As the sou westerly whipped around our heels in the fading light, I wandered back to my car and thought.. it could be a good week to be on the water.

Daily Report by Rick Steuart

A sparkling day on the water at the Fremantle Sailing Club for the first day of the Nationals/ Pre Worlds of the 505’s.

The racing started with a southerly of 11 to 13 knots and PRO Robyn Olsen had a momentary problem when the “rabbit” was late at the start line.  An AP was hoisted and the missing vessel was located and brought to the vicinity of the gate boat.

The racing was fast and spectacular with a fiery clash on the start line to christen the protest room and the boats began to soar up to the top mark chasing the breeze lines on the water.

Without fail, the three races today gave us a good idea of the spread of talent in the fleet with a number of hot favourites looking close to the top, but over the three races sailed today, the wins were shared between the American and Australian fleets.

Mike Holt and Carl Smit of the USA took the first race from Julian Stueckl and Johannes Tellen of Germany and Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson from the USA.

The second race was an Australian double with Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne getting up for the win with Malcolm Higgins and Nick Johnston a strong second. Great Britains Ian Pinnell and Reeve Dunn took third.

The third race sailed in the building sou wester, had Mike Martin and Adam Lowry of the USA up first, their compatriots Mike Holt and Carl Smit in second place and Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne of Australia in third.

Over all Mike Holt has the lead on the first day with Peter Nicholas in second place and Mike Martin in third.

The weather promises well for Monday and the three races will be a suitable tester for the Worlds that begin on the 2nd of January.

From the water off Fremantle where the Doctor resides.

Race Report by Rick Steuart

The racing continued with the sun shining down on another fantastic day at Fremantle Sailing Club. The breeze was already in the south when we made it onto the course and PRO Robyn had the course set up appropriately for the first race.

12 to 15 knots greeted the competitors and the racing was fast and furious to the top mark where Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne had found their way to the front and were running away from the pack. They and The Fish continued their way to the finish line with the USA double of Mike Holt and Carl Smit second and Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson  in third place.

The second race had the obligatory course shift as the breeze swung into the west a little and the rabbit was a little too quick off the mark with a general recall put in place by the RO in charge of the gate boat. Fortunately the second try had the boats well away and Mike Martin and Adam Lowry made it home first with Aussies Malcom Higgins and Nick Johnston second. Germanys Wolfgang Hunger and Holger Jess took third.

The third race started with the breeze pumping through at around 18 to 23 knots and the attrition rate was building. Most of the sensible sailors who had nothing to win had already gone home, but those with something to prove were still firing along and the racing came down to those who stayed upright and in front. Mike Martin of the USA took the cake in this race with GBR’s Ian Pinnell and Reeve Dunn taking second. Aussies Malcolm Higgins and Nick Johnston took third and Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne took fourth.

You’ll understand why I included Peter and Luke’s fourth, because with the one drop allowed, it was enough for them to get to the top of the list and to take the Nationals away by one point from Mike Martin and Mike Holt both USA skippers and both looking as though they are going to bring some great sailing into the worlds in a day or two’s time. We also need to mention the great sailing from Malcolm Higgins, Ian Pinnell and Wolfgang Hunger, all of whom were extremely competitive and promise to make it hard for those who want to be in front of them.

See you at the Worlds.

From the water off Fremantle where the Doctor resides by Rick Steuart (Perth Sailing Photography).

An overcast day meant that we wouldn’t have the roaring sou wester of the last two race days and we expected and received no more than 10 to 12 knots out of the west sou west with a light chop and very little swell to concern the 505’s.

Today was going to be far more tactical with the lighter breezes and the shifty west sou westerly would play into the hands of the boats that could read the changes on the water.

Race one started with some of the boats going left as they did in the heavier days, but it was quickly realised that the middle was going to pay if you could stay in phase and so it was. First around the top was the German boat Jan – Phillip Hofman and Felix Brockerhoff with Julian Stueckl and Johannes Tellen in hot pursuit. Both strong contenders for the world championships they stayed at or near the front for the rest of the race and found themselves as worthy winners of the first race with Great Britains Ian Pinnell and Reeve Dunn taking third place.

Race two started with the line firing off well. We followed the yachts up to the top watching the pathfinders make the top mark first and then return for the first rounding. The pathfinders, USA’s Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson came down for the gates with at least 100 meters between them and the next boat. Around the mark they went and then a sudden stop. They had hooked up on the gate rope under their rudder. And then the indignities compounded as the rudder came off the transom and they lurched out of control below the mark. We had to take evasive action and a support boat came in and helped them off the course.

On the second downwind, going left paid off for the top ten boats and they stormed  the line with only the arrival of  USA’s Mike Martin  and Adam Lowry stopping the determined charge of Aussies Michael Quirk and Joel Castle who were aiming to get over the line first. Ian Pinnell and Reeve Dunn of GBR were third.

Standings so far: Germanys Jan-Phillip Hofmann in the lead with 5 points from Ian Pinnell of GBR at 6 points. Germany third as well with Julian Steuckl carrying 9 points.

Early days yet..  there’s a promise of showers tomorrow in the morning and the breeze is going to come back.

From the water off Fremantle where the Doctor resides.

Photos and Daily Reports by Rick Steuart.

A correction in favour of the Parker – Eric boat from yesterday.

The rudder coming loose from the boat at the gate rounding was simply gear failure not a bit of bad luck on the mark rope. A discussion this morning clarified the matter and I’m glad to report it.

This wasn’t the Doctor today, a frontal system had moved in and was pushing some decent breeze into the coast.

The day started with the best part of the breeze whistling in our ears as the course was set around us. The RO had set the course for a challenging three laps in a south sou westerly and 15 to 18 knots of building breeze. The timing was good to send the boats around in 75 minutes and on the proviso that you stayed upright, the racing was going to be fantastic.

The first rounding had Aussies Luke and Peter at the front, but by the second rounding they were way back as the German and USA crews forged ahead in the stiffening breeze. But the racing changed from minute to minute as boats took a tumble in the breeze and at one point on the second lap; the gybe point near the beach was littered with no less than five boats that had fallen over. Let alone the number of boats spread over the course.

A scattering of boats greeted us as we made our way down to the finish line and prepared to take the leaders photo and Mike Martin and Adam Lowry of the US was there to greet us as he added to his winning ways from yesterday. Following him and with a huge grin was Stefan Koechlin and Andreas Achterberg. Third place went to Mike Holt and Carl Smit of the USA.

Racing was called off shortly afterwards due to high winds and the boats returned to shore.

During presentations, Mike’s advice on how to win on the day was “Don’t lead.”  As he explained.. “Everyone who got in front of us, fell over.” “So we just continued on to the finish line trying our best.”

Standings so far:

Mike Martin and Adam Lowry of the USA lead with 12 points,  followed by Germanys Wolfgang Hunger and Holger Jess in second with 24 points. Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson are currently third with 25 points.

From the water off Fremantle where the Doctor resides by Rick Steuart (Perth Sailing Photography).

Hard yards on the water today with PRO Olsen pushing the yachts and crews to the limit.

Not content with a simple catch up from the previous day, today was the day that separated the front from the back. The Fremantle Doctor was in, with the breeze building as the day progressed. We started with a gentle 8 to 10 knots out of the south south west and the breeze swung into the south west by the time that the first lap was completed.

A great two lap race had Aussies Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne relishing the local breeze, grabbing the front and staying there all the way. Right behind them, they had the USA’s Mike Martin and Adam Lowry on their tails all the way with GBR’s Penny and Russ Clark coming in nicely in third.

The second race, they took the length out another .1 of a nautical mile and put an extra lap in. A real tester. This time Mike Martin found the lead in front of Peter Nicholas and stayed there as though it was his to keep. The shore line looked as though it was the way to go, but the centre proved to be the winner again and in the burgeoning breeze, the boats could only go faster.

The third race and another three lapper. I heard the sailors talking about it afterwards… relentless. The breeze just kept on coming and despite the best that a sailor could offer, they were starting to get tired and the boats were starting to flip as tired hands let go of a rope, or the tiller slipped in the hand momentarily. But as relentless as it may sound, the best kept going and the results were clear with Mike Martin beginning to erect a picket fence with yet another win. But this time GBR’s Nathan Batchelor and Harry Briddon put their hands up for second and for the double for GBR, Ian Pinnell and Reeve Dunn made it into third place.

The leader board is starting to take shape with established crews putting together claims on the top three spots, but there is the room to move and the lighter weather forecast for the next two racing days may change all this. A lay day tomorrow and then the hot weather is forecast to arrive.

Every one is off to Rottnest tomorrow. Sandy beaches, great pubs and the ubiquitous Quokka to have a selfie with.

The first drop has been allowed and the standings so far are:

Mike Martin and Adam Lowry of the USA lead with a nett 6 points, followed by another US pair of Mike Holt and Carl Smit in second with a nett 23 points. Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson are currently third with a nett 34 points.

From the water off Fremantle where the Doctor resides by Rick Steuart (Perth Sailing Photography).

1100 hrs and we’re waiting on the shore!

The easterlies are holding us on the shore until the sea breeze begins to develop.

Everyone is camping under the trees around the boat park and cool is the name of the game. The sailors are looking at lighter rig set ups and contemplating the use of “the big spinnaker.”

The sailing began on a westerly course of about 8 to 10 knots and a light day was on offer. PRO Robyn had no mercy and sent them away on a three lap race with the wind shifting into a more traditional sou wester as the boats were halfway up the course. A big help for those who went left but the wall coming towards us had been pipped by the centre boats and the first few boats flew around before the wall arrived. The three laps really spread out the fleet and USA’s Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson showed that they could do it in light winds with Germanys’s Julian Stueckl and  Johannes Tellen relishing the light stuff to take second. Michael Quirk and Joel Castle of Australia were a happy third across the line.

The second race was a novelty race with the traditional windward–leeward set aside for a three lap race including the wing mark in the second lap. The PRO did have to ensure that the kite sailors down near the wing mark were off the water, but they were clear by the time for the boats to come through. This time we had a different set of leaders with Jan Saugmann and Marcus Cooper (Denmark and Australia) doing very well thank you, holding the front for most of the race and being there when it mattered. Second was Wolfgang Hunger and Holger Jess of Germany and third were the USA’s Parker Shin and Eric Anderson.

The top of the leader board is an all American affair and we still have Mike Martin (with a pair of fours today) firmly ensconced at the top with a nett of 10 points. Mike Holt and Carl Smit are in second place with a nett 28 and Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson are sitting third with a nett 30. As you might have guessed, the two drops have happened and it bodes well for the seven boats that have bidding rights on the second and third places.

Tomorrow is the last day and while first place is pretty much decided, the racing will be keen for the minors in the fresh breezes promised for tomorrow.

From the water off Fremantle where the Doctor resides by Rick Steuart (Perth Sailing Photography).

The sea breeze was already in as we moved onto the course and the 505 fleet was making good time up to the race area. Racing started at 1100 hrs with a breeze of 9 knots and out of the south west. USA’s Mike Martin and crew Adam Lowry had elected not to sail today as their lead was unassailable and that opened up the scoring for the rest of the fleet.

To dispel any doubts about the fact that wing marks were a novelty, PRO Robyn Olsen gave us another one this morning. The rather surprised Aussie pair Daniel Keys and Daryl Roos looked back at the top mark and found out that they were first. By the time that the fleet had returned to the top again, sailing became a dash to the wing when the breeze suddenly strengthened and yesterday’s last race winners, Jan Saugman and Marcus Cooper found themselves well to the fore and rounding the wing first. Close behind them were the South African team of James Largier and Richard Hutton-Squire with West Australians Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne trying to pass them. It didn’t happen and that was the order over the line for the finish.

The second race was a traditional 2 lap windward–leeward that started out at 1.3 nm and as the breeze grew, found itself extending out to 1.5 nm for the last lap. West Australians Pete Nicholas and Luke Payne were relishing the burgeoning breezes. Staying up right and ahead of Julian Steuckl and Johannes Tellen was all that was required of them. In third place Mike Holt and Carl Smit of the USA had had a good race and had ensured second place in the world championships ahead of fellow Americans Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson.

The 2019 505 Worlds were an all American affair this year with Mike Martin and Adam Lowry taking the win with a nett of 24. In second place Mike Holt and Carl Smit showed that consistency will get you a long way (nett 38) and Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson were working very hard to beat their fellow Americans and managed to snaffle third place with a nett of 42.

Standout sailing over the regatta, where do we begin? The Americans really showed us how it’s done and they covered it in both light and heavy breezes. The German crews were pushing all the time and would have been happier with the lighter breezes, but still showed their commitment. The local boys and girls really played their part. From the senior members through to the 125 sailors who have stepped up, they worked to keep their boats going and the way they generally handled the conditions was a credit to them.

The 2019 Worlds regatta was sailed in testing conditions for the first three days and then champagne sailing for the next two days. Light to moderate breezes and an easy swell made it great sailing through out the fleet on Sunday and Monday.

Fremantle Sailing Club and their race teams of volunteers helped by the FSC staff, kept the regatta moving and fed well. The morning coffee stall was very much appreciated by all, as was the work by the canteen ladies who fed the masses with the help of the clubs cheerful bosons who grilled and cooked every day.

Until the next 505 worlds in Sweden.

The 2019 505 World Championships Summary

Fremantle as the port city of Perth in Western Australia has a rich heritage of seafaring and the fabled Freo Doctor, the sea breeze that comes in around noon during summer played its part in this regatta.

How do you tell a story of a world championship in a fleet that abounds in world champions? Easy; ignore them. As an outsider, asked to step up, my only choice was to evaluate what I saw on and off the water. That meant looking and listening to every presentation and talking to people who were there. What did I see?

A mature and well developed association/fleet that has a wonderful coherence, one where a competitor, the current leader at the time, broke his centre board and his main competition sent their coach boat back to the beach and returned in time with a spare centreboard to allow his competitor to continue sailing.

A fleet where young and old mingle easily, where the mid fleet performers are celebrated as well as the winners. Gender is no barrier with male and female crews melding well and the girls putting up great performances despite the weight disadvantage on a heavy day.

The world champions were already named by the end of the fourth day and Mike Martin and Adam Lowry of the West Coast of USA were content to pack their boat on the final day and leave the field open for some champagne sailing on the last day.

This allowed the fleets to sail to their maxima and former world champions USA’s Mike Holt and Carl Smit took away second by 2 points from up and coming Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson also of the USA.  It’s no secret that these teams all hail from the west coast, train together and are used to the big sea breezes that boom in on the coast. Their sailing reflects that and it’s a point to observe that the top Australian pair was local sailors. Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne took a well deserved fourth overall and owe their success to a degree to their time spent on the water off Fremantle.

The Classic fleets had a great result when Swedes Galen Mack and Wilhelm Johannisson took the win from Aussies Neil Long and David Atwell with RSA’s Bronwen Klaas and Kobus Holtzhausen in third place.

In the Australian Nationals, run concurrently with the Worlds, Peter Nicholas and Luke Payne took the win from big improvers Chris Patterson and Thor Schoenhoff with Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh taking third.

Fremantle Sailing Club and the host of volunteers, both on and off the water should be commended on their hard work to make this world championship a success and the tremendous roll up of visiting sailors from around the globe shows how well this class is loved. The three or four hundred guests in the Sunset Bar on Monday presentations night roared with approval at the crowning of the new Word champions Mike Martin and Adam Lowry and listened in fascination to the tales spun by engineer and sailor par excellence Mike Martin of the time and work put into getting there. Apparently for the first time, Adam’s family accompanied him and the chirp of his daughter reminding all and sundry that “that’s my daddy” rang through the crowd near the stage.

The Freo doctor may well be described as relentless in its force as was described on day three, but we were blessed with five days of great sailing in breezes that stretched from light to medium strong. Suitable for testing every aspect of the assembled fleet of 90 yachts.

The 505 World Championships now moves to Bastad in Sweden in July-August 2020 and the Swedish summer welcomes all to this south western coastal area.

By Rick Steuart from Perth Sailing Photography.

NEWS \\ UPDATE

8TH & 9TH DECEMBER 2018: 2019 WESTERN AUSTRALIAN 505 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
 
The 2019 505 State Championships are proudly hosted by Fremantle Sailing Club.
Run on the upcoming 505 Worlds Course Area it is a perfect chance for 505 sailors to familiarise themselves with the water space and come to terms with the Freo Doctor.

Fremantle Sailing Club is proudly hosting 505 World Championships | January 2019

Check 505 Sessions at FSC Dinghy Section down below and get yourself familiar with Fremantle conditions and Freo Doctor.

“The Fremantle Doctor often cools the Perth suburbs by several degrees, whilst nearer the coast the wind can be quite strong, often blowing between 15 and 20 knots. During summer months, the Fremantle Doctor consistently blows from the southwest along the southern half of the west coast, starting between noon and 3 pm. It can penetrate as far inland as 100 kilometres.”

Get to know Freo | Fremantle, Western Australia

KEEP OUR WATERS BLUE BY BOATING GREEN 

Fremantle Sailing Club Marine Environment Commitee are proud to announce that we have joined together with Sailors For the Sea Clean Regattas program. Protecting our marine environment is important to us and we ask for your help in this effort.

Some ways 505 Sailors can help are:

  • REDUCE > REUSE > RECYCLE
  • Use reusable drink bottles
  • Wash boats with water only

These are just a few of many measures that can be taken to reduce our impact on the environment.

To learn about this initiative visit www.sailorsforthesea.org

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Start:
Saturday, 29 December 2018
End:
Monday, 7 January 2019

Venue

Fremantle Sailing Club

Location

151 Marine terrace
Fremantle, WA 6160 Australia

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Phone:
9435 8800
Email:
reception@fsc.com.au
Website:
www.fsc.com.au

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http://www.int505.org.au/

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