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505 Euro Cup at Fraglia Vela Riva

by Mike Holt 19 May 2023 19:58 BST 16-18 May 2023
505 Euro Cup at Lake Garda © Aaron Ross

The second round of the 2023 505 Euro Cup circuit took place in the sailing paradise of Riva Del Garda between May 16th and 18th. Boats from 8 countries made up the 38 boat fleet giving it a very International flavor.

Prior to the event the weather forecast had not been looking good, with the prospect of rain and light winds. As luck would have it, we were blessed with good conditions, plenty of sun and wind and just the occasional shower.

Day one was mostly overcast and 3 races were run in the Northerly Peler wind. This provided some interesting racing with plenty of shifts, puffs and other challenges for the racers. Fresh from their win in round one in France, Germany's Jan-Phillip Hofmann and Felix Brockerhoff started strongly with a 4,1,1. Sailing smartly and fast.

Also starting well from the USA were Howie Hamlin and Caleb Paine with a 1,4,8 and British team of Michael Sims and Carl Gibbon with a score of 8,3,3. All impressive scores in such tricky conditions.

Day two started overcast and a light Peller breeze. With big swings in direction and velocity it was a minefield of a racetrack, but Howie and Caleb worked it out, taking a second race win in 4 starts. Michael and Carl kept up the good work with a second and in 3rd holding off challenges from some well-known World Championship winning teams were the Polish team of Karol and Bartosz Milewski.

As we finished race 4 the wind shut off and finally the Ora appeared. With a passion! Race 5 was sailed in the strongest breeze of the event with pressure into 20 knots plus. Not really needing a head start, but getting it anyway courtesy of a Port tack start, Americans Mike Holt and Carl Smit sailed away to a win, with Jan-Philip and Felix clawing back a very valuable 2nd and French team of Philippe Boite and Marin Carnot grabbing 3rd.

For race 3 the breeze had backed off but was still in the "great sailing" category. Jan-Phillip and Felix grabbed their 3rd race win, Germans Wolfgang Hunger and Holger Jess were 2nd and the Irish/British team of Ewen Barry and Harry Briddon were 3rd.

For Day 3 the sun was shinning and the Ora was in. With just 2 more races Jan-Phillip and Felix had a tight grip on the event, Howie and Caleb in 2nd with a gap to Michael and Carl in 3rd. Race 7 started with the breeze in the high teens to over 20 knots at times and with a heavy pin bias Mike and Carl took full advantage to again Port tack the fleet to win, with Michael and Carl (yes, confusing I know) in 2nd and Ewen and Harry in 3rd.

Jan-Phillip had scored a 14th and Howie and Caleb an 11th to crack the door open to the chasing teams...

So, to the final race, no one was quite sure of the points, but the top 4 boats had closed down considerably. With the wind still in the full fun mode we were off again. At the top mark Mike and Carl led again, sailing away to their 3rd win, Ewen and Harry clearly liking the breeze in 2nd and Philippe and Marin having another good race in 3rd. Jan-Phillip and Felix crossed in 7th not knowing if that was good enough for the win...

It was! Congratulations to them on sailing a great series. Mike and Carl moved up to 2nd overall with a strong last day and Michael and Carl filled out the podium in 3rd sailing a great series.

Once again Riva delivered, great host in Fraglia Vela Riva, great competition and good to catch up with old friends from around the World and make new ones.

Overall Results:

PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1GER912Jan‑Philipp HofmannFelix BrockerhoffDuesseldorfer411721‑14723
2USA9072Mike HoltCarl SmitSanta Cruz9‑1424181126
3GBR9246Michael SimsCarl GibbonBurton SC83324‑132931
4USA9153Howard HamlinCaleb PaineABYC / NHYC148155‑111034
5GBR9093Ewen BarryHarry BriddonOgston Sailing59‑1614733243
7GER9257Wolfgang HungerHolger JessKYC22146DNC271649
8CAN9207Robert TennantSteve BourdowRVicYC10134‑161444655
9GER9185Boehn StefanRoosSCW‑17111256125556
10GER9182Alexander HolzapfelFinn BoegerPost‑Sportverein Koblenz7510911108‑1260
11AUS9210Michael QuirkDinyerCNCB612918‑191115879
12GER9070Stefan KoechlinAndreas AchterbergSegelverein Schluchsee231071517UFD9485
13GBR9238Ian PinnellAlex DaviesNSC15151910‑237121593
14GER9231Giesler StefanGerard BoehnVSaW201751791413‑2195
15GER9199Daisenberge MickiNissen JonasDTYC128132415‑261813103
16GER9198Lena StucklJohannes TellenDTYC1319241913610‑27104
17GER9169Tim BogerMarkus SchonerHSC142020‑228161614108
18GER9133Frieder AchterbergWolfgang StuecklDeutscher Touring11216251622‑3419120
19AUS9254Mark StowellPaul Von GreyFremantle162225‑3110191911122
20POL9170Karol MilewskiBartosz MilewskiYK STAL2116‑31327202723137
21GER919Hofmann Nils‑HenningSwade AlexDÃ1/4sseldorfer19‑34111121251733137
22GBR8963Martin HodgsonAdrian MilesStone Sailing18‑26222324182018143
23USA9247Mike PunnettRich MundellSISA25182820‑33172117146
24GER9234Norbert DasenbrookSven Meierksw222926131821RET20149
25GER9090Martin SchallerMartin SchoelerDSCDNC62182215UFDDNC150
26AUS9204matt hansenshane attwellfremantle242532‑3312302222167
27POL9135Dariusz KonopczakPawel HenszkeCZ Szczecin27301726DNC272428179
28GER9197Nicola BirknerAngela StengerVSaW‑3324272131232332181
29SUI9060Catherine HourietGil DonzacCRG32231529292433DNC185
30POL8802Dominik OstrowskiMaciej GozdzikSWOS Warszawa2636DNC2720282624187
31AUS9225Earle AlexanderJohn McLeanDarling Point292818DNC25333030193
32AUS9071Richard HydeLindsay GilbertDPSS‑3531303426312826206
33POL9020Tomek BrzozowskiPawea ChorobaKÅ" Horn3435DNC2830293225213
34GER9054Wollenbecker WilhelmWollenbecker HermannYachtclub Bitterfeld302729322832DNCDNC217
35GBR9261Martin WedgeGraham ElliottCarmuax2832DNC30DNCDNC2929226
36USA9871Aaron RossRob WatermanSanta Cruz3133DNCDNCDNCDNC2531237
37GER8672Dirk HalttenGuido Von WalterSGR RiegseeDNC3733DNC3234DNC34248
38GBR8867Patrick McGaleChristopher PearsonQueen MaryDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC31DNC265

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