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505 North American Championships at St. Francis Yacht Club - Overall

by Amanda Witherell 13 Aug 2018 05:56 BST 9-12 August 2018
Adam Lowry and Mike Martin are the 2018 North American Champions. © St. Francis Yacht Club / Amanda Witherell

Mike Martin and Adam Lowry got out front early and stayed there through eleven races over four days of competition at the 505 North American Championship at St. Francis Yacht Club August 9-12, 2018. With a picket fence after two discards, Martin and Lowry of St. Francis Yacht Club are the North American Champions.

"We couldn't be happier," said Martin of the win. "We sailed well across the full spectrum of conditions. Taking an early lead certainly took the pressure off. With such a diversity of conditions, we knew we didn't have to take as many chances."

The battle for second place was much tighter, with just eight points separating second from fifth, ultimately shaking out in favor of Howard Hamlin and Andy Zinn (ABYC/NHYC).

"It's never felt better to finish second," said Hamlin. "These guys are the best and no one was even near them."

Ted Conrads and Jeff Nelson, of Donner Lake, had a strong final day and finished third overall. Jesse Kirkland and Reeve Dunn (RBYC) were holding strong at second over three days of races, but slipped to fourth. The top three teams all had World Champions aboard, with the event boasting a total of seven.

"Everyone that beat us was either a World Champion or a former Olympian, so it's the best fifth place I've ever gotten," said Parker Shinn, who sailed with Eric Anderson (StFYC/YCYC).

Strong winds challenged the middle two days, with 25 knots sustained wind closing down racing early on day two. A heavy flood tide on day three made for long upwind battles and more than a little carnage.

"Current was a big factor," said Lowry, who cited a slight homefield advantage. "It's true of all of us who are part of the St. Francis team that when the current gets crazy you're engrained and know how to figure it into your tactics."

The ocean's an equal opportunity opponent, punishing both locals and visitors with potentially game-ending breakages, ultimately working in favor of StFYC's Blaine Pedlow and David Meleney, who won a new jib from Glaser Sails for snapping two rudders but sailing through the end of the regatta.

Other prizes included Yeti Coolers for the top five teams, and two perpetual trophies: the Dennis Surtees Service Award, which went to Pip Pearson, and the Dave Cahn Sportsmanship Award, earned by Carl Smit.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewBoat NameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
1USA 9106Mike MartinAdam LowryMike's BoatStFYC11‑51111‑21119
2USA 9160Howard HamlinAndy ZinnHull PassABYC/NHYC‑83‑62533432429
3USA 9091/90Ted ConradsJeffrey NelsonDonner Lake ‑7‑1027327125231
4USA 8714Jesse KirklandReeve DunneExponentRBYC261‑84643‑94535
5USA 8970Parker ShinnEric AndersonN = 1StFYC/YCYC55‑9524265‑10337
6USA 8854Craig ThompsonMatthew WoodworthThompson Boat Works 6‑736675563‑1447
7CAN 9009Bob TennantSteve Bourdow  34(DNF‑25)3‑10989761059
8USA 9082Jeff MillerPat DiolaMiracleSanta CruzYC‑148498567‑129864
9USA 9095Macy NelsonRussell MillerHighway 95 RevisitedWest River Sailing Club‑15‑1471298910147985
10USA 9202Mike HoltCarl SmitIO IntegrationSanta Cruz YC42(OCS‑25)47(DNF‑25)138816RET‑2587
11GBR 9088Andy SmithRob WoelfelDon’t worry she’s borrowed...Big Bucks Andy Smith1698(DNC‑25)(DNC‑25)1014DNF‑25487101
12USA 9007Matthew BarryChris SchubertLicense to KillAmerican Yacht Club(TLE‑20)(DNF‑25)TLE‑141013121011131211106
13USA 8762Tom Crawford FB Incognitocyc1315TLE‑1415121111(DNS‑25)11‑1713115
14USA 8937Tim Murphy  Treasure Island Sailing Center111612(DNC‑25)14141212‑181516122
15USA 8931Dan EsdornAshley Lyon St FYC913TLE‑141411(DNC‑25)DNC‑25(DNC‑25)161312127
16USA 8753Ryan NelsonWill LoweRogue OneEncinal Yacht Club171711161513(DNF‑25)(DNC‑25)151415133
17USA 8680Evan DiolaMark VoropayevDog N' PonySCYCTLE‑20TLE‑20TLE‑14TLE‑18TLE‑1816(DNF‑25)(DNF‑25)191817160
18USA 8084Aaron RossRob WatermanRob's Olde BoatSanta Cruz Yacht Club1211(DNF‑25)111615DNF‑25(DNC‑25)DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25165
19USA 9042JB TurneyFraser NovakowskiStimulus PackageStFYC10121013(DNF‑25)(DNC‑25)DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25170
20USA 897Blaine PedlowDavid MeleneyLlama DramaStFYCTLE‑20DNC‑25(DNF‑25)DNC‑25(DNF‑25)DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑2510116172
21USA 7877Steve AnderesMike JueSpiff rides againSSS1818(DNF‑25)TLE‑18(DNC‑25)DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑251719RET‑25190
22USA 9027Hubert GuyWill Johnson abyc(DNC‑25)DNC‑25(DNF‑25)TLE‑18DNC‑25TLE‑19DNF‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25212
23AUS 8853Evert MeyerMatt RPAYC(DNC‑25)(DNC‑25)DNF‑25DNC‑25DNC‑2517DNF‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNS‑25DNC‑25217
24USA 7200Alexander MellerMike CoeTime is on My Side/Un Canadien ErrantSevern Sailing Association(DNC‑25)(DNC‑25)DNF‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25DNC‑25225

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