• 2019 5o5 World Fremantle: The Doctor Is In!!!

    Day of attrition at the 505 Worlds. Four lead changes in the first run due to wipe outs. And they were the good guys.! The time to lead is at the finish which is where Mike Martin and Adam Lowry picked up their second win of the series so far.

    The second race was cancelled as the race committee were busy collecting broken boats in wind that was now gusting 25 knots.
    After 3 heats the top 3 are
    1 Mike Martin & Adam Lowry
    2 Wolfgang Hunger & Holger Jess
    3 Howie Hamlin & Jeff Nelson.




    Day 2 Report:

    This wasn’t the Doctor today, a frontal system had moved in and was pushing some decent breeze into the coast.

    The day started with the best part of the breeze whistling in our ears as the course was set around us. The RO had set the course for a challenging three laps in a south sou westerly and 15 to 18 knots of building breeze. The timing was good to send the boats around in 75 minutes and on the proviso that you stayed upright, the racing was going to be fantastic.

    The first rounding had Aussies Luke and Peter at the front, but by the second rounding they were way back as the German and USA crews forged ahead in the stiffening breeze. But the racing changed from minute to minute as boats took a tumble in the breeze and at one point on the second lap; the gybe point near the beach was littered with no less than five boats that had fallen over. Let alone the number of boats spread over the course.





    all images © RICK STEUART/Perth Sailing Photography










    A scattering of boats greeted us as we made our way down to the finish line and prepared to take the leaders photo and Mike Martin and Adam Lowry of the US was there to greet us as he added to his winning ways from yesterday. Following him and with a huge grin was Stefan Koechlin and Andreas Achterberg. Third place went to Mike Holt and Carl Smit of the USA.

    Racing was called off shortly afterwards due to high winds and the boats returned to shore.

    During presentations, Mike’s advice on how to win on the day was “Don’t lead.” As he explained.. “Everyone who got in front of us, fell over.” “So we just continued on to the finish line trying our best.”

    Standings so far:

    Mike Martin and Adam Lowry of the USA lead with 12 points, followed by Germany's Wolfgang Hunger and Holger Jess in second with 24 points. Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson are currently third with 25 points.










    RESULTS

    Day 1 Report:


    An overcast day meant that we wouldn’t have the roaring sou'wester of the last two race days and we expected and received no more than 10 to 12 knots out of the west sou west with a light chop and very little swell to concern the 505’s.

    Today was going to be far more tactical with the lighter breezes and the shifty west sou westerly would play into the hands of the boats that could read the changes on the water.

    Race one started with some of the boats going left as they did in the heavier days, but it was quickly realised that the middle was going to pay if you could stay in phase and so it was. First around the top was the German boat Jan – Phillip Hofman and Felix Brockerhoff with Julian Stueckl and Johannes Tellen in hot pursuit. Both strong contenders for the world championships they stayed at or near the front for the rest of the race and found themselves as worthy winners of the first race with Great Britain's Ian Pinnell and Reeve Dunn taking third place.

    Race two started with the line firing off well. We followed the yachts up to the top watching the pathfinders make the top mark first and then return for the first rounding. The pathfinders, USA’s Parker Shinn and Eric Anderson came down for the gates with at least 100 meters between them and the next boat. Around the mark they went and then a sudden stop. They had hooked up on the gate rope under their rudder. And then the indignities compounded as the rudder came off the transom and they lurched out of control below the mark. We had to take evasive action and a support boat came in and helped them off the course.










    On the second downwind, going left paid off for the top ten boats and they stormed the line with only the arrival of USA’s Mike Martin and Adam Lowry stopping the determined charge of Aussies Michael Quirk and Joel Castle who were aiming to get over the line first. Ian Pinnell and Reeve Dunn of GBR were third.

    Standings so far: Germany's Jan-Phillip Hofmann in the lead with 5 points from Ian Pinnell of GBR at 6 points. Germany third as well with Julian Steuckl carrying 9 points.

    Early days yet.. there’s a promise of showers tomorrow in the morning and the breeze is going to come back.
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