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  • Hamlin / Zinn Dominate 2017 5o5 North Americans

    Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn have cleaned up at the 2017 5o5 North American's in Buzzards Bay.
    The pair's 3rd such victory in 4 years. Howie now 64 and Andy a mere 43, remain a force in the
    classic high performance dinghies even today, despite sailing against sailors often 20 plus years their juniors.
    With a wide variety of conditions, they managed to take 5 bullets and a pair of deuces in the 9 race event.

    When asked how they manage to succeed, Howie indicates "Time on the boat. There are no shortcuts and it takes preparation,
    practice and boat handling, simply put" Howie and Andy travel near and far to compete at the international level and train during the
    week in Howie's home port of Long Beach, CA. It's also key to note that Howie keeps his older 5o5s and provides them to training partners
    in Long Beach, which helps keep new blood moving into the class. Howie says "There is no better training platform for learning tactics than
    high speed performance dinghies, as it becomes very apparent when you have made a good decision or maneuver, contrary to the popular
    belief that slow keel boats are more tactical."

    On another note, Mike Martin was scheduled to partake in this years N.A's in Buzzards Bay, but the cross country towing service he hired
    ran into a bit of nasty weather and the trailer they were pulling was flipped in high winds somewhere in Nebraska and suffered some bad road rash.
    He hopes to have the boat repaired in time for the Worlds in Annapolis later this summer.





    Words by Drew Buttner and Craig Thompson via http://www.505tanktalk.com/


    The 2017 505 North American Championship was contested over four June days on the beautiful Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. The event was hosted by the Community Boating Center in New Bedford, and all the competitors left with big smiles on their faces as the venue, the race management, the social schedule, and the bay delivered.

    25 teams made historic Fort Taber their home base for the long weekend, which meant a short 15 minute sail to the starting line. Situated on the lee side of a point at the base of the sea breeze, Fort Taber offered an ideal location to launch from. The New Bedford Whaling Museum hosted everyone Thursday night and gave everyone a look back into the 1900's whaling community. Racing during the event was spectacular with four very different days.




    all images © Carol Hill








    Day 1 was champagne sailing with 12-15 knots and sunny skies. A mixture of 505 worlds courses (W/L, Triangle, W/L) and double W/L courses were sailed throughout the regatta. Races were generally 50-70 minutes long allowing for sufficient time to pass and to be passed; many races were decided on the last downwind leg which provided adequate passing lanes. 3 races were held with Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn asserting their early dominance on the fleet. Craig Thompson and Mike Curtin put together a solid first day to hold 2nd place going into day 2.


    Day 2 brought 20-25 knots and enormous waves launching many 505s into the air exposing both blades as they skipped over the waves upwind. Two races were held with the wind opposing the tide, until the breeze freshened further turing the sail back to the fort into a true test of seamanship. The volunteers and the CBC staff did a fantastic job on the water ensuring all boats, including those that had equipment damage, made it safely back to shore. Howie and Andy and Ted Conrads and Jeff Nelson both set themselves apart from the fleet in the big breeze, with finishes of 2-1 and a 1-3 respectively.







    Day 3 was a light 5-7 knots, with two races held after a postponement on shore. Chris Behn and Jesse Falsone put together a solid day with two third place finishes putting them in striking distance of the top three going into the final day.


    Day 4 saw 10-15 knots with heavy fog. two races were held in a tricky condition with large disparity between the puffs and the lulls. Limited visibiity also made for some interesting strategy in deciding which side of the course to favor. 505 newcomer Chris Segerblom and Eric Anderson won the day with finishes of 3-1 securing their 8th place overall and the "top young team" award of a brand new jib donated by North Sails. While the winners of the event had already been determined, the fight for second place came down to the last run of the regatta. Thompson and Curtin rounded the last top mark in 3rd place, but opted for a standard set onto starboard. Behm and Falsone gybe-set onto what proved to be the heavily favored side of the course downwind and had a great run to finish 4th in the race and secure 2nd place overall. Conrads and Nelson finished out 1 point back in third overall.





    The race management lead by Sam Vineyard handled the changing conditions perfectly. In the end, the team of Howie and Andy proved to be faster, smarter, and more consistent than the balance of the fleet and were crowned the 2017 505 North American Champions. Howie and Andy have won 3 of the last 4 North Americans and are certainly looking like strong contenders going into the Annapolis Worlds in September.


    Full Results:

    Place, Skipper, Crew City, State, Country, Results, Total Points
    1. Howard Hamlin, Andy Zinn , Long Beach, CA, USA, 1 -1 -2 -2 -1 -1 -4 -1 -[5] ; 13
    2. Chris Behm, Jesse Falsone , Edgewater, MD, USA, 3 -5 -11 -5 -[14] -3 -3 -4 -4 ; 38
    3. Ted Conrads, Jeff Nelson , Mill Valley, CA, USA, 5 -4 -12 -1 -3 -4 -1 -9 -[13] ; 39
    4. Craig Thompson, Mike Curtin , Rye, NH, USA, 4 -2 -3 -6 -7 -2 -[10] -8 -8 ; 40
    5. Tyler Moore , Rob Woelfel, Hampton, VA, USA, [26] -11 -4 -3 -8 -6 -2 -2 -6 ; 42
    6. Michael Quirk, Curtis Hartmann , Kensington, MD, USA, [10] -3 -8 -4 -2 -5 -8 -7 -10 ; 47
    7. Mark Zagol, Drew Buttner , Westwood, MA, USA, 7 -7 -1 -[16] -12 -8 -15 -5 -3 ; 58
    8. Chris Segerblom, Eric Anderson , Mountain View, CA, USA, 9 -10 -[13] -11 -4 -9 -13 -3 -1 ; 60
    9. Henry Amthor, Reeve Dunne , Hampton, VA, USA, [16] -13 -10 -8 -9 -7 -7 -6 -2 ; 62
    10. Matthew Barry, Thomas Barrows , New York, NY, USA, 2 -6 -6 -10 -6 -10 -6 -17 -[18] ; 63
    11. Macy Nelson, Russell Miller , Baltimore, MD, USA, 6 -9 -5 -15 -[26] -16 -5 -10 -9 ; 75
    12. Thomas Kivney, Gordon Russell , .Williamstown, MA, USA, 8 -8 -9 -9 -5 -19 -[22] -12 -11 ; 81
    13. Michael Komar, John Ingalls , Newport, RI, USA, 11 -17 -15 -7 -[26] -15 -9 -11 -12 ; 97
    14. Lin Robson, Unknown , St. Petersburg Beach, FL, USA, 17 -12 -7 -17 -11 -18 -14 -[20] -19 ; 115
    15. Barney Harris, Unknown , arlington, va, USA, 19 -14 -[20] -12 -10 -20 -16 -15 -17 ; 123
    16. Duane Delfosse, Stuart Park , Windham, NH, USA, 12 -19 -14 -[26] -26 -12 -17 -14 -14 ; 128
    17. Dan Herlihy, Jay Smith , Richmond, VA, USA, 13 -16 -[26] -26 -26 -13 -12 -16 -15 ; 137
    18. Peter Scannell, Tom Hurwitch , Saratoga Springs, NY, USA, [26] -26 -26 -13 -13 -22 -19 -13 -7 ; 139
    19. Catherine Guiader, Chris Brady , Annapolis, MD, USA, 18 -20 -18 -[26] -26 -11 -11 -18 -20 ; 142
    20. Marek Balinski, Unknown , Toronto, Ont, CAN, 21 -21 -16 -14 -[26] -14 -21 -21 -21 ; 149
    21. Doug Watson, Gabe Watson , Baltimore, MD, USA, 14 -18 -21 -[26] -26 -21 -20 -19 -16 ; 155
    22. Marie Gendron, Unknown , St-Zotique, Quebec, CAN, 20 -22 -19 -[26] -26 -17 -18 -22 -26 ; 170
    23. Michael Breton, Unknown , Charlestown, RI, USA, 15 -15 -17 -[26] -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 ; 177
    24. Bill Platt, Unknown , Madison, CT, USA, [26] -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 ; 208
    25. Mike Martin, Adam Lowry , Mill Valley, CA, USA, [26] -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 -26 ; 208
    Last edited by Photoboy; 06-23-2017, 04:34 PM.
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