World Championship Images

Photos taken at the 505 World Championship in Townsville Australia by Ali Meller.
Bergstrom's shrould system. Starboard shroud detail on Bergstrom's Rondar. Note the tensioning tackle is fastened to the rail. The Australian's do the same, while North American boats tend to have the tackle inside the boat. This approach reduces the load on the rail of the boat, is easy to do - especially as a retrofit to an older boat - and is light. Putting the tackle inside the boat gives you a good chance of saving the mast or mast gate if the system breaks, while with this system, if the line breaks, either your mast or your mast gate, or both, break. Note the calibration marks on the bulkhead. There were lots of varations of calibration markings, including systems that showed what the shroud tension was set to, even though the tackle itself was hidden. Light lines and shockcord takeups were rigged to act as shroud tension indicators.

Bergstrom's boat is one of the more complex. He uses the smallest blocks and lines he can.

Bergstrom's spinnaker launcher. Many of the Rondar boats have this tube in the launcher tube. It moves the tack forward and down, and allows the forestay to be extended back into the boat for adjustment. Note that Bergstrom appears to have a 2:1 block here. This would reduce the compression load on the deck as he tightens the forestay.

Bergstrom's centerboard cap - detail. The Rondar and the Kyrwood have wider centerboard caps, and frequently control lines are lead such that you pull it from either side, with a cleat on the centerboard cap. I believe every control line in Bergstrom's boat is on a shockcord takeup. Note the absence of a mainsheet jammer; Krister just has a block on the CB cap. He cannot cleat his mainsheet.

Ebbe Rosen/Olle Wenrup's boat, boom end detail. Both this boat - a Waterat - and Bergstrom's had flattening reefs rigged. The outhaul appeard fixed (not adjustable while sailing), and the fittings were used for the flattening reef instead. The boom is cut to minimum length and uses the standard end fitting, with a small amount of customization. Note the end of the spinnaker pole - many 505s use spinnaker pole launchers.

Rosen/Wenrup jib sheeting.Rosen/Wenrup lead the jib to an aft turning block, and then pull the lead out or down/in.

Ebbe Rosen/Olle Wenrup's boat, jib lead and some control systems. I think the lime striped line coming and going from/to the left (towards the bow) is the jib sheet. Barber haulers control the jib lead angle. Note all the adjustments on the tank, the careful leading of lines, and the extensive use of shockcord takeups.

Ebbe Rosen/Olle Wenrup's boat, working aft from the previous image. Moving aft (to the right) of the previous image, you can see more of the control systems. The low thwart to the right of the image center, is the low aft thwart of a Waterat. The solid yellow is all shockcord for takeups.

Ebbe Rosen/Olle Wenrup's boat, working aft from the previous images. Moving further aft (to the right) of the previous images, you can see more of the shockcord takeups.

Simple jib sheeting on a Rondar. I think this is a Rondar (look at the thwart). This system is typical of the Australians and many Europeans. Note that the track is angled such that the lead moves forward as it moves outboard. Also note that the track is raised on a post at the inboard end.

Check out the trailing edge of the centerboard! The chord is smaller where the CB emerges from the centerboard trunk underneath the boat, than it is just a inch or two below that on the blade. I think the idea is that the foil is not very efficient next to the bottom of the boat, and why have the drag of a long chord here.... On the other hand it looks neat.

Jib sheeting detail on 7200. OK! OK! So 7200 (Meller/Mills) were not one of the better boats at the Worlds! I happen to be very partial to this boat, and wanted to throw in a picture or two. Don't you think the oak veneer on the cored tank, and the mahogany elswere is gorgeous? This boat has the standard Waterat fore-and-aft jib lead tracks that I am very used to, but also has a barber hauler to pull the lead out. Note that the barberhauler pulls the lead forward (or down) as it pulls it outboard. A light shockcord pulls the floating barberhauler block down to a Ronstan cheek block mounted above the jib cleating platform. This does not alter jib lead angle, but prevents the barberhauler block from getting tangled on something, or from scarring the finish on the seat tank.

On most Waterats, the shroud system is in front of the diagonal bulkheads. You can see the shroud extension emerging from a tube in the seat tank, forward and slightly above the jib cleating platform. It runs through a slot in the bulkhead, to a triple wire block. A wire tackle runs between that triple block and a 2nd fastened on the mast step. The wire comes off the tackle and is turned to run aft along the base of the centerboard trunk. The wires from both shrouds run down the same side of the centerboard trunk, are combined, and deadended on a double block with a rope tackle. On 7200, this rope (line?) is run to both seat tanks, so that the shrouds (and the forestay) are adjustable on the seat tank rather than close to centerline on an aft thwart as on most Waterats.

7200 does not have a forward thwart.

7200 ready to launch.7200 can sail as a forward tack, spinnaker bag boat, or can move the forestay behind the launcher and sail as a conventional spinnaker launcher boat.