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Stuart Sinclair 2019

By June 9, 2019 June 17th, 2019 No Comments

For the northwest 505 fleet, late spring marks the annual running of one of our most unique and beloved regattas. Only a short ferry ride away are the cold waters and tricky winds of Port Townsend. This year was no exception, with two days of close, tricky racing.

The first day dawned with little wind as the eleven boats rigged up under the unexpectedly warm morning sun. Everyone shared stories and met some new faces who were making their debuts in the class while Lee attempted to figure out how to get his forgotten rudder from the CBC to Port Townsend. With a little bit of wind beginning to fill in, the fleet headed out on time for a planned start at 1 pm. Unfortunately, the wind died as we made our way out to the course, making dodging the ferry a challenging task. Racing got underway shortly after 1 with a very light breeze and huge shifts. The first three races were all about picking which breeze would fill in and heading towards that. In these tricky conditions Cody/Chris and 505 newcomer Molly with newcomer to crewing Piper managed to call the breeze better than most. By the fourth race, the RC had wisely moved the course further from shore and the breeze had steadied itself out a bit with 15-degree shifts replacing the 40-degree shifts from the earlier racing.

The breeze began to pick up over the next 5 races with the lighter teams getting on the wire first followed by even the heavier teams moving to the wire upwind. Cody and Chris continued to put in a remarkably consistent performance at the top while Sugar and Alyce, Pierre and Paul, Cynthia and Charles, and Courtney and Tom took turns picking up the other podium spots. We were beginning to find our stride as well until a chaotic spinnaker hoist ended with my mainsheet swivel and Vang cleat ripping out of the deck. After initially thinking our day to be over, we realized the ram up cleat was in about the right place to hold our boom vang and returned for the last two races with boom sheeting.

The last few races on Saturday were perfect 505 sailing. The breeze had filled enough that all teams were comfortably on the wire and the racing was a close as ever with some leeward mark roundings featuring four or five boat wide pinwheels. The closeness of this racing was also reflected in the results, with only Cody and Chris managing to stay at the top the whole day.

After racing the fleet was treated to a steak and salmon feast as well as yard games and a late night balance contest.

Sunday began similarly to Saturday, the postponement flag greeted the fleet as they drifted out to the racecourse. Fortunately, about thirty minutes after the planned start at eleven, the wind filled in and racing got underway. This wind was far more stable than the previous days and the fleet enjoyed close racing in between 6 and 10 knots the entire day. Aided by a constant stream of Don Carlos and Desmond Decker coming from our Bluetooth speaker, Riley and I were able to find our groove and posted straight bullets to finish the second day. Just behind us, the fleet was very close with Cody/Chris and Alyce/Sugar rising above the rest with multiple podium finishes.

In the end, we were able to sneak by Cody and Chris to take the overall win while Alyce and Sugar’s great second day secured them a close third. Molly’s impressive 505 debut brought her and Piper in fourth place.

After racing the fleet packed up and began their trek back. Those on the 6:45 ferry had the impressive sight of four 505’s across lined up on the bow of the ferry.

Hopefully, even more boats will come sail this great regatta next year!

Results can be found at 505.dyndns.org, or below

Team1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   PositionTotal
 Miles/Riley 2 (12:55)7 (11:47)2 (10:56)7 (11:47)1 (09:33)12 (15:56)1 (13:54)3 (14:08)1 (14:16)1 (26:47)1 (26:17)1 (32:24)1 (16:24)121 (03:37:04)
 Cody/Chris 1 (12:29)2 (09:48)7 (13:26)1 (09:24)2 (10:04)1 (13:58)4 (14:54)1 (13:44)10 (17:10)2 (27:56)10 (29:31)2 (32:41)6 (17:09)229 (03:42:14)
 Alyce/Sugar 4 (13:17)5 (11:12)6 (13:01)2 (09:36)6 (10:47)3 (14:35)5 (15:00)6 (14:42)8 (16:24)3 (28:04)2 (27:11)4 (33:52)2 (16:31)342 (03:44:12)
 Molly/Piper 5 (13:23)1 (09:40)1 (09:40)5 (10:46)4 (10:31)4 (14:40)8 (15:21)5 (14:28)6 (15:41)7 (28:24)3 (27:54)3 (33:45)8 (17:22)444 (03:41:35)
 Cynthia/Charles 3 (13:12)9 (12:23)3 (11:56)3 (09:48)7 (10:58)2 (14:26)7 (15:12)7 (14:46)4 (15:19)6 (28:22)7 (28:52)9 (36:54)7 (17:18)556 (03:49:26)
 Pierre/Paul 8 (13:47)6 (11:35)10 (14:13)4 (10:37)3 (10:15)7 (14:58)6 (15:06)4 (14:21)3 (14:59)4 (28:10)11 (29:40)5 (35:24)10 (17:46)660 (03:50:51)
 Courtney/Tom 6 (13:39)10 (13:21)9 (13:41)6 (11:02)5 (10:38)6 (14:53)3 (14:17)2 (14:00)9 (16:38)5 (28:16)8 (29:21)8 (36:49)4 (16:50)762 (03:53:25)
 Mike/John 7 (13:42)3 (10:39)4 (12:44)8 (11:51)8 (11:04)5 (14:44)11 (16:24)12 (16:40)2 (14:31)8 (28:44)5 (28:31)11 (37:35)5 (17:04)866 (03:54:13)
 Lee/Curran 12 (14:27)12 (13:25)12 (14:20)12 (12:56)12 (12:05)12 (15:51)2 (14:07)8 (14:53)7 (16:12)10 (29:42)4 (28:14)6 (35:38)3 (16:40)988 (03:58:30)
 Ben/Lucas 10 (13:55)4 (10:56)8 (13:31)10 (12:50)9 (11:46)8 (15:14)9 (15:41)9 (15:06)11 (17:44)9 (28:51)6 (28:45)10 (37:01)9 (17:28)1091 (03:58:48)
 Elsa/Darby 9 (13:52)8 (12:15)5 (12:54)9 (12:41)10 (12:00)9 (15:42)10 (16:10)10 (16:32)5 (15:32)11 (30:35)9 (29:28)7 (36:27)11 (17:55)1191 (04:02:03)

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