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CYC Blinker, 505 Article

  1. 1. 505 Class Blinker returns to 505 Class Retur ns to Chicago Chicago By Craig Thompson and JB Turney Photos courtesy of Marine Media Alliance he International 505 T class will return to Lake Michigan for the 2010 North American Championship; racing will be held at Belmont station June 24-27th. This event will mark Lake Michigan’s second 505 North American Championship. Waukegan Yacht Club hosted the event in 1978. (Continued on next page) Chicago 505 Fleet 13 Members John Loe and Craig Thompson blast on a heavy air reach. Three Fleet 13 boats competed at the 2009 Worlds. Photo © w w w. c h i c a g o y a c h t c l u b . o r g Blinker W inter 2010 17
  2. 2. he 505 will bring an development class in the image of an T exciting level of performance and sailing skill to Chicago’s 505 Spec’s Length: International 14. Measurement is an integral part of major regattas. Over the years, the 505 class has made Blinker lakefront. First designed 16'6" (5.05 meters) careful changes to its rules, always by John Westell in 1953, the 505 has in an effort to maximize the changed with the times and has been Beam: enjoyment of sailing the boat. at the forefront of sailboat materials 6'2" (1.88 meters) The pure joy of sailing a 505 has and technology throughout its years. drawn many of sailing’s greatest to The two-man, single trapeze, and Weight: the class throughout its existence. center-board dinghy specifies a 280 lbs (127.4 kilos) Paul Elvstrom won the 2nd and 3rd 505 Class Retur ns to Chicago minimum weight of roughly 280 lbs World Championships, Cam Lewis (127.4 kilos) with all equipment less Sail Area: was a two time champion, Chris sails. Unlike many high-performance main (12,30 sq. m.) Nicholson a three time champion, dinghies, the 505 continues to use a jib (4,94 sq. m.) Morgan Larson and Howard Hamlin symmetric spinnaker. This makes main & jib 175 sq. ft. are also winners among many other downwind sailing challenging and Spinnaker up to (27 sq. m.) great dinghy sailors and 505 tactical as both “wire-running” approximately (220 sq. ft. champions. The 2009 505 World (reaching) and running can be original size) Championship, held at St. Francis effective tactics. High-tech Kevlar Yacht Club in San Francisco, was and technora sails are common along Crew: won by Mike Martin and Jeff with carbon booms and spinnaker Two people, one trapeze Nelson. Mike is the only man to poles. Many of the boats are win as both a crew and this year as constructed with Kevlar and carbon helm. Among the 2009 fleet were over a nomex honeycomb or foam sailing legends Paul Cayard, Howard core and epoxy resin to Hamlin, 1981 505 hold the structure World Champion Ethan together. This makes Bixby, 2003 Rolex the boats capable of Yachtsman of the year handling punishing Augie Diaz, and the loads and lasting above mentioned decades longer than multiple World Lasers or 470s. Champion Chris Along with the Nicholson. The materials that 505 balance of the fleet is manufacturers and filled with College sailors use in Sailors of the Year and construction, the class many college All- has maintained an open Americans. The fleet mind when it comes to was also filled with rigging. Essentially, many of the best you can rig your 505 dinghy sailors from just about anyway you Australia, Great want. This freedom Britain, and Germany. does not necessarily Those Chicago make the 505 complex; Yacht Club members in fact many 505 sailors Howard Hamlin and willing to lend a hand rig the boat simply. Paul Cayard act as the or who simply want to The most important pathfinder for a start during watch will witness thing about rigging the 2009 World Championships something different your 505 is, whatever in San Francisco, CA. than the Area III you put on the boat, standard. The 505 make sure it works in class uses a gate- 25 knots of breeze. launch or “rabbit” start. While some This procedure uses the freedoms are allowed standard 5 minute under class rules, the countdown from the 505 is not a true RRS. There is 18 Blinker W inter 2010 w w w. c h i c a g o y a c h t c l u b . o r g
  3. 3. however, no fixed starting competitors love the system. the water and we are always line. The signal boat is The 505 class prides itself happy to take those interested anchored to leeward of the on the great cooperativeness in the boat for a ride. Please starting mark, and at the start and resourcefulness of the have a look at our local fleet Blinker a designated “pathfinder” (a fleet. Traditionally, camping website and the 2010 505 competing 505) rounds the has been an option at events; North American starting mark and sails upwind obviously some compromises Championship website for on port tack. The pathfinder have to be made in our urban more information on 505s and is followed by a motorboat, venue. The event organizers the upcoming event. “the gate-launch” (usually a may be looking for willing RIB). To start, a racing boat members to house visiting Event Chairmen: simply “ducks” the pathfinder competitors due to our Craig Thompson (USA 7346) 505 Class Retur ns to Chicago and gate-launch, passing to obvious lack of camping and JB Turney (USA 7611) windward of the starting options. There will be more mark. After a pre-determined information available for those http://505na2010chicago. amount of time, the pathfinder willing and interested closer to is released and can race as he the event date. We anticipate pleases. The gate-launch then roughly 35 boats and 70 may motor at the same speed competitors will be in Craig Thompson grew up and course until stopping and attendance. Also, while the sailing at Columbia Yacht Club drifting depending on the size 505 fleet is generally self- before competing for the of the fleet. After a pre- sufficient, we will be looking University of Rhode Island; he determined time, the start is for volunteers to help with now lives in Oak Park.. closed and any competitor that some shore-side and has not passed through the potentially race-course JB Turney grew up sailing at gate is scored as DNS. oriented tasks. Again, we will Chicago Yacht Club before While this starting method have more on the specific competing for Georgetown may seem complex to the needs closer to the event. University where he earned unfamiliar, in practice the In the meantime, we are All-American honors; he now system works remarkably taking our 505s to Florida to lives in Chicago. well. There are essentially no get in a little time on the water recalls, the Race Committee while we are all frozen here in does not have to set a Chicago. After we thaw out, “square” line, and the Chicago’s 505s will be hitting w w w. c h i c a g o y a c h t c l u b . o r g Blinker W inter 2010 19