Record Turnout at 1995 505 World Championship and Pre-Worlds

By Ali Meller
The 40th Annual 505 World Championship was held June 27th through August 4th, at the Mounts Bay Sailing Club, in Marazion, Cornwall, England. 106 teams qualified to compete in the event. The 505 class has increased the worlds limit from the old 85 boats to allow more teams to race in the World Championship. There were seven races scheduled, but only four races were sailed. Two were lost due to no wind, while the last race was lost due to wind of 35-40 knots. The RC waited most of the day hoping to get a final race in, 35 knots would be OK, but 40 was a bit much.

Images from the World Championship

The World Championship was preceded by a six race pre-worlds and UK Nationals regatta which had 140 teams competing, the largest recorded 505 regatta. The 505 worlds courses - an old-style Olympic with two extra reaches and a final beat - with 1.5 mile legs, was used for both the pre-worlds and worlds. The pre-worlds were sailed in a wider range of winds with four races in the 5-15 knot range, one race in the 25-30 knot range, and the Race of the Year in which an extra lap - making the race the equivalent of two Olympic courses - was sailed in 30 to 35+ knots. I am going to remember some of those reaches for the rest of my life; doing 20 knots on a tight two sail reach, passing boats you thought were there, but you couldn't see for the spray, trying to get a breath of air through the bow wave!

Prizes were presented to by HRH Princess Anne, who watched the last race from the water and met many of the competitors after the race.

The venue for the pre-worlds and World Championship was extraordinary. Marazion is the oldest town in Cornwall; mining tin and trading with southern France and the Mediterranean countries over 2000 years ago. Marazion is overlooked by St. Michael's Mount, which rises out of the sea just a few hundred feet offshore, and the nearly 1000 year old castle at the top. Competitors and families took advantage of one of the nicest beaches in Cornwall, Marazion's children's play area just behind the beach, a Ferris wheel and several other rides.

Though a small club, the Mounts Bay Sailing Club runs one major championship each year; the organization of both racing and non racing events was excellent.

One day was set aside between the pre-worlds and the worlds to measure the boats, spars and sails of the 106 competitors. Competitors could submit up to two suits of sails and two sets of spars for measuring. Competitors were required to have sails pre-measured during the pre-worlds, so that worlds sail measurement consisted of checking for a current measurement stamp and checking basic dimensions, rather than a full sail measurement. The sailing weight of each boat was checked and the newest Duvoisin, Kyrwood and Rondar boats were subjected to a full measurement check. During the measurement process about 8 boats were found to be underweight, most by less than 1kg although one was underweight by 6kg; and on a few boats the lead was not glassed in. Only minor problems were encountered with some of the spars (a few overlength spinnaker poles and missing or incorrectly positioned black bands) and sails. Measurement was completed well ahead of schedule, as the measurement team needed less than the allotted six minutes per boat.

World Championship conditions were light to medium. Gate starts and Worlds courses - two more reaches and a beat on the end of the old Olympic course - were used for all races. Racing was very close, with top teams finishing races in the back and vice versa. Though the Nicholsons (AUS) did not defend their '94 title, Darren Nicholson crewed, and was 52nd. '93 World Champion Ian Barker (GBR) was 44th. A variety of rigs, hulls, crew weights and sails were evident in the top ten finishers. The two oldest boats in the fleet, 7318 and 7876 (both sailed by recent US intercollegiate sailing stars), and the newest boat, 8585, all finished in the top ten! 7318 was built in '81, 7876 was built in '86, while 8585 was barely finished in time to sail the pre-worlds!

The 505 is raced in 18 countries in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia; some 14 countries were represented at the Worlds.

Race 1. Ebbe Rosen and Olle Wenrup from Sweden, the rabbit, led at the first mark, lost Robinson/Masterman (GBR), but then passed them again before the top of the 3rd beat. They led from then on. Bergstrom/Moss (SWE) were 2nd, with Robinson/Masterman 3rd, Towers/Johnson (GBR) 4th, and Barker/Cripps (GBR) 5th.

The next race was abandoned before the start, due to lack of wind.

Race 2. Light air, the right was favored on first beat, Homes/Young (GBR), the rabbit, were well ahead, and led at every mark. There were interesting current effects on several legs. Several boats were disqualified by the International jury for kinetics in this race. Bergstrom/Moss were 2nd again, with Cisneros/Crispin (GBR) 3rd, Carveth/Mitchell (GBR) 4th, and Christensen/Langedorf (DEN) 5th. Several of the top boats in the first race had their problems during this race. Robinson/Masterman were 31st, while Towers/Johnson and Barker/Cripps were disqualified.

The next race was abandoned before the start due to lack of wind.

Race 3. Four time world champion Peter Colclough (GBR), now sailing with his son, started early in the gate crossed the fleet and led all the way around. Marcel Buffet, 73 old superman, was 2nd at the windward mark. Buffet/Roucayrol (FRA) finished 8th in the race. A big right shift on the last leg provided big gains for those boats furthest right. Rosen/Wenrup, winners of the 1st race, were 2nd, while Robinson/Masterman rebounded with a 3rd. Nelson/Alarie (USA) were 4th, with Moore/Cox (USA) 5th. Bergstrom/Moss were squeezed out of the front row in the gate, and were forced to duck lots of transoms when they went right, and then were caught on the wrong side of the big last beat shift. They finished 28th. Towers/Johnson were 6th, while Holmes/Young's 7th kept them in the hunt.

Race 4. Started light to medium, the breeze almost died off at the bottom of the 3rd beat, and then built up to planing upwind at the finish. Warne/Collins from South Africa led this race for some time, but finished 6th. After 8 legs and 12 miles (as the crow flies) of racing, the top 20 boats were virtually nose-to-tail at the last leeward mark. It was a close race at the top, with places changing all the way around the course up to the finish line. Rosen/Wenrup sailed their throwout, finishing 72nd, while previous race winners Colclough/Colclough were 54th. Towers/Johnson and Barker/Cripps were also deep. Robinson/Masterman finished 1st, with Hamlin/Martin (USA) 2nd, Bergstron/Moss 3rd, Hellmich/Meyer (GER) 4th, Higgins/Wilsdon (AUS) 5th. Robinson/Masterman's win against Bergstrom/Moss's 3rd gave them a 0.3 point lead over Bergstrom/Moss after throwouts. This would have set up a tremendous battle for the last race, but....

The last race was abandoned before the start due to the 35-40 knot conditions. This left the standings as they were after the 4th race, with Robinson/Masterman over Bergstrom/Moss by the 0.3 point margin. Rosen/Wenrup were 3rd overall, with Holmes/Young - the most consistent of the top boats - 4th. American intercollegiate stars Moore/Cox were 5th, and Nilsson/Arvedsson (SWE) 6th counting YMP average points after being holed in race 3.

505 Worlds Results


1  GBR 8481 Robinson/Masterman	  3    31   3    1	11.4
2  SWE 8475 Bergstrom/Moss	  2    2    28   3	11.7
3  SWE 8232 Rosen/Wenrup	  1    9    2    72	18.0
4  GBR 8585 Holmes/Young	  10   1    7    17	29.0
5  USA 7876 Moore/Cox		  7    81   5    7 	36.0
6  SWE 8551 Nilsson/Arvedsson	  8    25  YMP   9	43.5
7  GBR 8464 Carveth/Mitchell	  6    4    33   10	45.7
8  GBR 8377 Cisneros/Crispin	  34   3    15   14	46.7
9  USA 7318 Trotman/Mills	  9    7    24   15	49.0
10 GBR 8050 Colclough/Colclough	  21   17   1    54	50.0
11 DEN 8389 Damsgaard/Overbeck	  19   6    11   16	50.7
12 USA 8266 Hamlin/Martin	  18   54   18   2	51.0
13 DEN 8566 Moller/Boysen-Moller  13   8    12   31	51.0
14 USA 8191 Nelson/Alarie	  35   32   4    8	60.0
15 CAN 8263 Meller/Fry		  11   34   20   12	61.0
16 AUS 8500 Page/Page		  20   15   16   24	69.0
17 FRA 8382 Petit/Lefevre	  40   26   9    19	72.0
18 GER 8575 Hellmich/Meyer	  53   13   40   4	73.0
19 GER 8539 Gorge/Gorge		  31   14   14   66	77.0
20 AUS 8559 Higgins/Wilsdon	  14   42   65   5	78.0
21 GBR 8552 Upton-Brown/Vooght	  28   10   23   44	79.0
22 DEN 8082 Christensen/Langedorf 16   5    42   49     80.0
23 USA 8013 Punnet/Ikle		  27   52   29   10     84.0
24 FRA 8063 Buffet/Roucayrol	  80   29   8    34	89.0
25 GBR 8432 Jarvis/Harrop	  12   49   38   23     91.0
26 DEN 8579 Bojland/Christiani	  32   16   27   37	93.0
27 GBR 8416 Montague/Beasley	  25   50   17   33	93.0
28 GBR 8521 Towers/Johnson	  4   DSQ   6    75	100.7
29 GBR 8555 Smithwhite/Peters	  26   36   22   39	102.0
30 SWE 7956 Ahrbom/Thurell	  73   47   13   29	107.0
31 SUI 8569 Betschen/Jacot	  22   27   51   41	108.0
32 GER 8580 Boger/Jess		  17   40   35   51	110.0
33 FRA 8402 Boite/Muzellec	  29   53   19   45	111.0
34 AUS 8455 Blatchford/Field	  24   78   60   11	113.0
35 GER 8477 Boehm/Roos		  33   35   31   52	117.0
36 GER 8388 Kellner/Achterberg	  49   18   43   40	119.0
37 GER 8519 Dor/Dorr		  54   21   32   86	125.0
38 GBR 8511 Boardman/Ironmonger	  DNC  22   34   53	127.0
39 SUI 8543 Bart/Senn		  46   19   61   46	129.0
40 SUI 8459 Duvoisin/Marti	  41   43   79   27	129.0
41 GBR 8556 Tew/Hiscocks	  77   33   70   13	134.0
42 FRA 8400 Nigon/Jouany	  51   39   26   79	134.0
43 GBR 8497 Holt/Fulcher	 PMS   20   36   62	136.0
44 GBR 8510 Barker/Cripps	  5   DSQ   47   69	138.0
45 GBR 8244 Rush/Godfrey	  15   80   37   68	138.0
46 GBR 8378 Hodgson/Macleod	  38   44   56   33	138.0
47 BEL 8553 Gorremans/Noclain	  87   28   10   92	143.0
48 SUI 8486 Zund/Rotach		  76   24   78   25	143.0
49 GBR 8379 Edwards/Summersgill	  44   55   67   26	143.0
50 GBR 8508 Neal/Dabson		  30   74   30   65	143.0
51 RSA 8584 Milln/Haacke	  75   12   41   RET	146.0
52 AUS 8557 Long/Nicholson	  50   91   57   21	146.0
53 AUS 8549 Matthew/Taylor	 RET   11   59   59	147.0
54 DEN 7934 Fredsted/Larsen	  60   23   52   73	153.0
55 GBR 8495 Peacock/Sutherland	  69   30   83   36	153.0
56 GER 8542 Gorge/Rahtjen	  43   69   50   43	154.0
57 GBR 8507 Ralston/Spratt	  47   46   45   63	156.0
58 SUI 7953 Zaugg/Rothacher	 DSQ   57   25   58	158.0
59 GBR 8483 Robson/Palmer	  36   38   72   74	164.0
60 SUI 8440 Scherrer/Waser	  70   37   69   42	166.0
61 GBR 8493 Dando/O'Dwyer	  37   63   48   78	166.0
62 FRA 8321 Ces/Ces		  72   58   21   87	169.0
63 RSA 8522 Warne/Collins	  81   66   86   6	170.0
64 GER 8049 Backsin/Carr	  61   59   39   56	172.0
65 SUI 8586 Stolz/Duvoisin	  66   51   44   89	179.0
66 GER 8385 Bernauer/Morf	  85   38   62   16	183.0
67 GBR 8306 Robinson/Cawthorn	  45   76   49   93	188.0
68 SUI 8544 Wernli/Renker	  42  RET  DSQ   22	189.0
69 GBR 8269 McGeorge/Forgie	  56   65   66   50	189.0
70 AUS 8499 Dixon/Pearson	  88   68   76   30	192.0
71 GBR 8489 Longstaff/Ward	  23   75   81   77	193.0
72 FRA 8362 Boite/Toupet	  59   60   58   85	195.0
73 GER 8560 Balters/Friedericks	  57   48   73   80	196.0
74 GBR 8429 Napier/Morrison	  68   82   53   57	196.0
75 AUS 8577 Searant/Noble	  62   92   82   35	197.0
76 AUS 8547 Jackson/Williams	 RET   67   84   28	197.0
77 SUI 8515 Chablais/Renevey	  79   64   71   47	200.0
78 GER 8054 Michels/Schmidt	  55   62   68  RET	203.0
79 SWE 8568 Diebitsch/Roddis	  39  RET   64   83	204.0
80 SWE 8427 Erikson/Byrenius	 RET   79   63   48	208.0
81 AUS 8454 Whitbread/Murdoch	  71   89   93   32	210.0
82 GBR 8381 Miles/Kimber	  48   56   91  DSQ	213.0
83 DEN 8581 Sogard/Barlebo	  84   41   77  DNC	220.0
84 GER 8229 Thiemann/Hasse	  83   45   74   90	220.0
85 IRL 8574 Pank/Bourke		  64  RET   89   55	226.0
86 FRA 8031 Veroul/Gallo	  74   72   80   67	231.0
87 GBR 8540 Scarisbrick/Swainston 78   61   75   95	232.0
88 GER 8480 Peters/Schultz	  52  DNS   90   76	236.0
89 GER 8204 Roos/Labenz		 RET   71   54   94	237.0
90 GER 8469 Mullejans/Linnemann	  63  DSQ   87   70	238.0
91 FRA 8541 Dorenbecher/Dorenb.	  82   86   55   84	239.0
92 GBR 8035 Henderson/Kenyon	  90   87   46   97	241.0
93 GBR 8474 Thorne/Cooper	  86   77   95   61	242.0
94 AUS 8501 White/Humphries	  58   83   88   88	247.0
95 GBR 8490 Baxter/Ayres	  67  DSQ   85   81	251.0
96 FRA 8294 Lucienne/Millet	  89   73   99   71	251.0
97 FRA 7933 Pascal/Trihan	  65   90   96   82	255.0
98 FRA 8545 Preel/Pedron	  95   84  101   60	257.0
99 FRA 8348 Bochu/Bochu		  92   95   97   64	269.0
100 GBR 8532 Berry/Berry	  91   70  DSQ  100	279.0
101 FRA 7932 Raguet/Bertrand	 DNS   93   92   96	299.0
102 FRA 8002 Rouanne/Blache	  97   85  103  RET	303.0
103 ZIM 8438 Wyles/Chadwick	  93   94   98   98	303.0
104 RSA 8091 Atherstone/Beaumont  94   97  100   99	308.0
105 FRA 8369 Muh/Keraudrent	 DNS  DSQ   94   91	310.0
106 GBR 8314 Everitt/Cook	  96  DNS  102  RET	323.0                

Alexander Meller / ameller@mcimail.com
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