The 5o5, popularly known as the Five Oh, is a two person racing sailboat designed in 1957. So why is it still raced so much around the world and why is it becoming even more popular in recent years?
The answer to this question will depend on who you ask. And that is the fundamental reason for its success! No matter if you are an Olympian, World champion or an enthusiastic club racer there is fun and challenge to be had. There is something for everyone.
Unlike many of the Olympic classes where sailors come and go, the 505 class has an extraordinary accumulated level of expertise and talent. People you will find at major events are Olympians, past Olympians, Pro Sailors and World Champions. They have been competing for many years so there is a continuously accumulating knowledge bank of all aspects sail boat racing. This keeps raising the bar to ensure the Worlds best are never short of a challenge and newcomers have access to probably the most complete encyclopedia of sail boat racing anywhere.
The newer foiling classes are awesome. We should all try it. However with minimal training you can enjoy all that 505 racing has to offer without being lapped around the race course. The 505 rewards a more complete set of sailboat racing skills.
470s, 29er, 49ers, moths and even the foiling classes, do have relatively restrictive crew weight limitations to be competitive. The strength of the 505 is the power controls it has while racing. Vastly different weight crews, male and female, young and old, can compete against each other in all wind and sea conditions which most dinghies and skiffs cannot handle.