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2015 WC - future class development 2 years 3 months ago #6038

  • Luke
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I have just checked the entry list for 2015 WC…

What are the reasons and benefits to organize the most important class event in such far away locations?

Number of boats participating, is very low in comparison to events held in Europe or USA.
Such spots are hard to reach for many crews.
Boat transportation is very expensive and time consuming.
Sending the boat to Barbados or RSA means that for many weeks boat will not be available - you will start sailing season late and then you have to wait until the boat will be back.
In both cases some containers have not reached the venue – lot of time and money lost, lot of people frustrated.
I have heard an opinion that the reason is that ICA supports class development in such locations. Based on facts, I do not agree. How many new boats are sailing now in Barbados? How many new crews will start to sail 505 after Worlds in RSA if they will see only 35 boats racing?
Maybe it will be better for the class future to focus the efforts to develop the fleets in other countries like ESP, ITA, POR? They have strong sailing traditions in other classes like 420, 470 and 49er. Unfortunately, not many 505s are sailing there…

Kind regards,
Luke
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2015 WC - future class development 2 years 3 months ago #6040

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Hi Luke

One of the great things about the class is, that it typically every second year goes to an "exotic" place on earth instead of "just" go to the same places like every other class.

The membership decides 100% where the event´s should be - and the majority of the members would like to go to the nice places with sandy beaches and palmtrees.

I fully agree with you - history shows that hosting a WC does not start the class in the country - we had large regattas in Portugal, Italy and Holland - the class is still not present there.

But for a class association like RSA it for sure boosts the local fleets - just the fact that a number of boats are for sale and avaiable for local buyers is good for the local class development.

Best regards
Tom Bojland
(former 505 sailor and class president - now retired to foiling cats!)
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