President Pip's end of year message
To All 5O5 Association Members around the World, I trust you had a Merry Xmas with your Families and I hope 2017 is a successful, rewarding and prosperous New Year for everyone.
The Class has an exciting year ahead with the Europeans at Warnemuende in Germany and the Worlds in Annapolis.
Following the outcome of the AGM at this year’s Worlds in Weymouth, as from today - January 1st 2017 - the Class has a new International President in Michael Quirk from Sydney Australia and a new Vice President in Mike Holt from Santa Cruz, California.
I would like to wish them both well in their newly elected roles and I’m very confident of their expertise and business skills to steer the 5O5 Class exceptionally well into the future.
I would also like to acknowledge the contribution Simon Lake has made to the Class during his term in office as Vice – President.
In closing I wish to express the pleasure I have gained by serving the Class as President for a total of 16 years from 1995 – 2000 and 2007 to 2016.
The 5O5 Class has been a major influence in my life since the 1960/61 season in Australia and in the last 55 years I have been privileged to have made countess Friends in the 5O5 Community (Family) around the World.
I can assure you all my enthusiasm and interest in the Class will continue as long as I am able to maintain a pulse in my veins.
M.A. “Pip” Pearson
President – International 5O5 Class Yacht Racing Association