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505 Open at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by UK 505 Class Association 25 Apr 2023 20:05 BST 15-16 April 2023
505 Open at Hayling Island © Peter Hickson

Seven 505s travelled to Hayling Island for a joint open meeting with Contenders & Fireballs. The forecast for the weekend was not promising with a dying northerly wind predicted on the Saturday and nothing on Sunday.

Unfortunately, the forecast was spot on! The fleet launched in a 12 knot northerly wind and had nice wire running conditions in which to trapeze downwind to the start line. Whilst waiting for the Contenders & Fireballs to start, the wind started dropping already, crews were rapidly putting their masts upright looking for more power.

Race 1 started in around 8 knots with Charlie Walters & Dougal Cram staying true to form of not sailing for 6 months but rounding first mark equal first! Nathan Batchelor & Sam Pascoe sailing their brand new Ovi v2 boat slipped past to win the race from Charlie & Dougal and Roger Gilbert & Ben McGrane.

Race 2 started lighter with crews only just trapezing upwind, with the northerly wind dropping in strength and becoming more unstable in direction. Nathan & Sam went on to lead from start to finish. Relative newcomers to the class David Ellis & Jim Hunt (who's new to the front end of the boat!) were sailing smart & fast to finish second in the race which took them up to second overall.

Sunday dawned as per forecast with not a breath of wind. The Race Officer canvassed the opinion of assembled sailors before wisely calling it a day at 1100. Thanks to Hayling Island SC and the Contender & Fireball class for having us along.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
1st9253Nathan BatchelorSam PascoeTynemouth SC112
2nd8935David EllisJim HuntLymington Town SC426
3rd9085Charles WaltersDougal CramDatchet Water SC257
4th9215Ben McGraneBen McGraneNetley SC347
5th9246Michael SimsTim NeedhamBurton SC639
6th9214Andy SmithStewart MearsNotts County SC5611
7th9125Roger DeanJon 7714

The next event in the 505 UK calendar is the National Championships at Tynemouth SC 1-4 June. Notice of race and entry forms published online at

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