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2018 Nationals Last Day

Today was the last day of racing, with race 9 of the regatta in 10 knots of utterly sweet East sea breeze; the epitome of champagne sailing again. Couldn't have been sweeter.

Winner of race 9 was Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel (USA)

Final placing after 2 drops:

1. Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel USA – 11 points
2. Jan Saugmann/Marcus Cooper DEN – 22 points
3. Mick Babbage/James McAllister – 26 points
4. Mike Quirk/Joel Castle – 27 points
5. Mal Higgins/Nick (Camel) Johnston – 27 points

Link to full results

As the first 2 places were overseas competitors the Australian champion 2018 for the second time is Mick Babbage/James McAllister. Fantastic job and sort of anticipated as local sailors.

First female and first junior was 16 year old Christie Bowden/Ian Gregg at 17th with a close second Amy Lee/Justin Mulkearns 20th. Goes to show that with an experienced and heavy crew, even the lightest of skippers can handle a 505.

What a fantastic, high class racing regatta of 40 boats, the most in a National Championship in recent history that was not combined with a world championship.

We expect 50 Australian boats at the Nationals and World Championships next year. If you have a 505, this is your year to take part. There will be a Classic fleet, meaning that even the older boats can take part. Dust them off and bring them out to meet their family!! You have 12 months to prepare!!

2018 Nationals Day 5 Update

We had a champagne sailing today at the Work’N’Store Australian 505 Championships, with 3 races in a steadily building easterly sea breeze starting at 6 knots increasing to 12. The big spinnakers on the 505 allowed fast planing on the downwind runs when the breeze came in.


Winners today were:
Race 6 – Jan Saugmann/Marcus Cooper
Race 7 – Mike Quirk/Joel Castle
Race 8 – Nigel Lott/Bob Franks


Current standings after 8 races:
1. Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel (current and 3 times world 505 champion skipper and previous world champion crew from USA)
2. Jan Saugmann/Marcus Cooper (2 times world 505 champion skipper from Denmark with local crew)
3. Mike Quirk/Joel Castle (multiple Australian 505 champion skipper and Lake Macquarie expert crew)
4. Mick Babbage/James McAllister ( previous Australian 505 champion skipper and crew)
5. Mal Higgins/Nick (Camel) Johston (multiple Australian Sharpie champion skipper and crew)


In 8 races there have been 6 different race winners which indicates the depth of competition in the fleet of 40 boats.


Of the 6 female sailors Christie Bowden (17th) crewed by Ian Gregg maintains a 3 place lead over Amy Lee crewed by Justin Mulkearns. Amy gave Christie a good run today in race 6 finishing 8th ahead of Christie’s 17th.


Tomorrow, Friday is the final day with a forecast of light winds and one last race.

Lots more pictures on the Facebook page, links on the right of this page.

2018 Nationals Day 4 Update

Today 3 races were completed in 20+ knot and moderating shifty and variable South wind which tested the very best.

There were no surprises with the usual suspects consistently able to pick the pressure lines and shifts to get ahead of the pack.

The winners today were Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel, Mike Quirk/Joel Castle, Mal Higgins/Nick (Camel) Johnston.

The overall standings after 5 races are:

1 Mike Holt/Rob Woelfel proving the reason why they are current and 3 times world 505 champions.
2 Mal Higgins/ Nick (Camel) Johnston.
3 Mick Babbage/James McAllister
4 Mike Quirk/Joel Castle
5 Jan Saugmann/Marcus Cooper

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2018 Nationals Day 3 update

The Australian 505 National Championship has so far had 2 out of 3 days blown out by strong southerlies.
The first day was due to hold the invitation race, which was postponed until Monday due to too much wind.

Monday started the Championship races and we were lucky to have two races in a slightly depleted 40 boat fleet, with some boats staying ashore and at least 10 returning to the club during the first race due to being sensible, knackered or broken!! The wind was 20+ knots average with gusts 30+. Top well known performers showed their style and confidence in the conditions.

Current standing:
1 Mike Holt / Rob Woelfel, 3 times world champ skipper, previous world champ crew
2 Michael Babbage / James McAllister, previous Australian champs
3 Mike Quirk / Joel Castle, multiple Australian champ skipper
4 Mal Higgins / Nick (Camel) Johnston, multiple Sharpie national champs

The top ten will be hard fought this year.

There was some carnage, mainly sails and rudders.

Today, day 2, Tuesday was a blow out, gusting 35+ knots which made for a useful day for the many boats needing repair time after Monday. We even brought forward the AGM and made use of the spare time by having an hour training walk through with Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel on the club park.

Tomorrows forecast looks a bit more manageable and we are hoping for moderating wind.

We will keep you posted with future updates or head to our Facebook page where there is plenty of interviews and videos of crews and picture albums of all the action.

 

Cam McDonald splicing again

Cam McDonald splicing again!

Peter Croft, the angle grinder artist, at work.

Race 1 Gate Start

8877 Amy Lee and Justin Mulkearns with the mast pointing up!

8946 Mal Higgins and Nick (Camel) Johnston blasting along on a reach

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