Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden

Higgins & March power to Australian 505 Nationals win with Seldén Cumulus mast

by Selden Mast on 31 Jan 15-20 January 2017
Australian 505s at the 2016 Worlds in Weymouth © Mark Jardine

The 2017 Australian 505 Championship took place from 15-20 January at Brighton & Seacliff Yacht Club in Adelaide. The home favourites of Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh sailing their boat 'Hawaii Five-O' took the win and their 6th Australian Nationals title.

Conditions were challenging with only five of the scheduled 9 races completed and two days where no racing was possible.

Sandy commented on his new rig setup, "We were using the Seldén Cumulus Section along with North Sails. This is a new combination for us and was the best the boat has felt across the full wind range for some time. It was extremely pleasing to have good boat speed again, something we have struggled to find for the past few years."

Second overall was double World Champion Mike Holt. Sandy said on having the top American sailor at the event, "It was awesome having double world champion Mike Holt come down and participate in our nationals, we have had some close races with him over the years at various World Championships so having him here made the win even sweeter."

The team of Higgins and Marsh are now the most successful Australians at national level and beating Holt and Woelfel to the title puts them into the upper echelons of 505 sailing worldwide.

Full results can be found at topyacht.net.au/results/bsyc/2016/club/505nat/SGrp25.htm

The Seldén Cumulus and Alto mast sections are ideal for the 505 and have been designed to give the best stiffness to weight ratio available in an alloy extrusion. Material, section shape and size, and wall thickness all have a major effect on both the static and dynamic bend characteristics of a tube. These details are studied in the design of every section and are carefully checked on every piece of spar tube we use.

www.seldenmast.co.uk

Related Articles

Seldén Mast Job Opportunity
Technical Account Manager Seldén Mast Ltd is part of the Seldén Group, the world's largest spar manufacturer. Seldén Mast design, develop and manufacture aluminium and carbon fibre masts, booms and poles for boats from 8ft up to 82ft. Posted on 7 Sep
New XPS Aluminium Alloy
Introduced by Seldén for their dinghy spars Seldén Masts Ltd is delighted to announce the introduction of their new XPS (Xtra Proof Strength) aluminium alloy. Posted on 6 Sep
Seldén supplying 420 rigs
For the Youth Sailing Worlds fleet Seldén Masts Ltd is very pleased to announce that they will be supplying the rigs for the Youth Sailing World Championships 2017 fleet for the 420 class. Posted on 24 Aug
505 UK Nationals at Hayling Island
USA triumph once again on UK waters Hayling Island Sailing Club welcomed the 505 fleet at the 505 UK Open National Championship 2017 - a glamorous club, hosting a prestigious class! The UK 505 class were very happy to welcome travelling boats from Australia, USA and France. Posted on 18 Aug
Seldén Mast sponsors British Keelboat League
From qualifiers to Grand Final in Cowes Seldén Mast is delighted to announce their continued sponsorship in 2017 of the British Keelboat League. This nationwide inter-club competition consists of a series of short course fleet races designed for teams of 4-5 to sail in keelboats. Posted on 17 Jul
Seldén Mast at the Southampton Boat Show
Live Q&A, Ask the Expert, and Boat Show Offers Seldén Masts Ltd will be hosting a LIVE Q&A session with Distant Shores TV stars Paul and Sheryl Shard on their stand (J213) at the Southampton Boat Show 2017. The Q&A will take place and be steamed live on Wednesday 20th September. Posted on 12 Jul
Kieler Woche day 4
Seven nations celebrating victories The first 14 Kiel Week titles on the triangular courses in Kiel-Schilksee have been decided. After the decisions in the international classes, the Germans can celebrate four victories in their home country. Posted on 20 Jun
Kieler Woche day 3
Weather expert on top form The coordination between the Kiel Week race organizers and the weather expert Dr. Meeno Schrader is working well. The meteorologist with a diploma had already recommended on Sunday evening to postpone the starts on Monday. Posted on 19 Jun
Kieler Woche day 2
Balancing act through the weather systems Sun in Kiel-Schilksee! What was the visitors' pleasure, was causing concerns for weather experts and the race committee. Because the predicted West wind was endangered to collapse by the thermal influence of the solar radiation. Posted on 18 Jun
Kieler Woche day 1
Dream start for the international classes A full program for the first day of the international classes at the Kiel Week. Head of Organisation Dirk Ramhorst could look back at an opening day after five hours, which was really random. Posted on 17 Jun