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    Hamlin Zinn Draw 1st Blood

    ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND – There was a collective groan from the sailors when principal race officer Sandy Grosvenor announced from the deck of Severn Sailing Association that she was sending the fleet out on Day 1 of the SAP 5O5 World Championship.

    Some of the competitors felt the forecast looked shaky, but Grosvenor thought there was a window to get in some racing. Grosvenor is a respected World Sailing race officer and it turns out she was right.

    “I was delighted when we got out there and found the wind we did,” Grosvenor said.

    A northeast wind was blowing about 10-11 knots when the mark boat dropped anchor. That enabled Grosvenor to set the TL3 course that is standard for the International 5O5 class. It features a reaching leg thrown in after the first downwind leg and creates a triangle.

    Californians Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn drew first blood at the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship – snatching the lead just after rounding the leeward mark and holding it the rest of the way to win Race 1, which was seven legs and approximately five miles with a downwind finish.




    “We got a good start in the middle of the line, which is where we wanted to be,” said Hamlin, a Long Beach resident. “Andy set us up in a good spot and we knew right away that we looked good.”

    Mike Holt and Carl Smit, the 2015 world champs, were first around the initial windward mark and held the lead on the run. However, Holt-Smit and Hamlin-Zinn split gates and that would ultimately prove decisive.

    “We gybed just before they did and went for the left gate. They went around the right one and it looked like they had more traffic,” said Zinn, who has teamed with Hamlin to capture three North American Championships.

    Holt confirmed that version of events and said a little hitch he and Smit had to take on the second upwind leg allowed Hamlin and Zinn to pass.

    “I felt like we had a good start and good speed on the beat. We wanted to work our way left then take what opportunities we could to come back right, which is what we did,” said Holt, world champion in 2014 and 2015 with different crew. “It was a surprisingly steady breeze, no shifts to speak of. So there were no real opportunities to find a passing lane or take them on. All in all, we were quite happy to come in second.”

    When it was over, most of the usual suspects were in the Top 10 with Chesapeake Bay locals Tyler Moore and Rob Woelfel taking third, just ahead of the British tandem of Ian Pinnell and Dave Shelton. Defending world champions Mike Martin and Adam Lowry finished eighth.

    Grosvenor said the pressure steadily dropped during the race and was barely above the class cutoff of five knots when she went into sequence for Race 2. She got the fleet started, but very quickly abandoned, due in part to a strong ebb current that was sweeping boats down the bay.

    Doug Hagan is an Annapolis native who competed in the Club 420 World Championship out of Severn Sailing Association way back in 1984. Hagan, who now lives in Maui, has returned to his hometown for the 2017 SAP World Championship and got off to a good start by placing sixth in Race 1.

    “We wanted to start with as few boats as possible and noticed there was a gap in the line near the pin end. So we were able to get off and get away clean,” said Hagan, who has Shane Illidge aboard as crew. “We had good speed and Shane pushed me hard to keep the boat rolling. It was kind of typical Chesapeake Bay sailing and definitely a nice finish for us.”

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    "Hard day for 505 sailors in Annapolis. Due no wind there were no racing
    The forecast is promising for next days so we hope that the 505 will show what is made for!
    Strong winds shall approach Chesapeake Bay by the and of week"



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    You know it's slow when your crew can swim faster that you can sail!

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    They are all probably wishing they voted for SF in August.

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    ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND – At long last the weather cooperated and organizers of the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship took full advantage of a day with steady, consistent wind. Principal race officer Sandy Grosvenor reeled off three races on Tuesday, bringing the series total to four and ensuring this is now an official championship.

    Tuesday proved eventful as the British team of Andy Smith and Roger Gilbert grabbed the overall lead while the German entry of Nikola Birkner and Angela Stenger became the first all-female team to win a race at the SAP 5O5 World Championship.

    Smith and Gilbert won the day with a solid score line of 3-6-2 to take over the top spot in the standings with a low score of 21 points. That is two better than a pair of American entries – Mike Holt and Carl Smit along with Edward Conrads and Brian Haines.



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    “We certainly didn’t expect to be in the lead coming off the water today so that was certainly a pleasant surprise,” said Smith, who lives in Nottingham, England and boasts a pair of Top 10 finishes at 5O5 Worlds. “We were conservative all day because we felt like we had good speed. We had our heads out of the boat, Roger in particular, trying to make the boat go fast. I think most of the time we were in the middle of the race track, just trying not to get caught on one side or the other.”

    Smith and Gilbert are sailing as the Gill Race Team and doing their first world championship together. Smith felt the conditions – northeasterly winds ranging from 7 to 10 knots – suited the tandem well.

    “We’re quite a new team sailing together and we’re rather light in terms of crew weight so I’d say up to 15 knots is our optimum breeze,” he said. “We hear the forecast is supposed to be for more wind on Thursday, but we’ll see. If it’s windy, I think it will favor some other teams a bit more than ours.”

    Nonetheless, Smith and Gilbert are thrilled to be where they are at the moment. They finished 10th in Race 1 on Sunday so really have not sailed their throwout.

    “In all the sailing I’ve done, I’ve found it’s always good to be in the lead at any point in a regatta,” Smith said. “It’s still early so we’ll go out there on Thursday and just try to maintain consistency.”




    Wednesday brings a scheduled lay day for the 87-boat fleet with sailors being given an opportunity to explore Annapolis or perhaps go sightseeing with their families in nearby Washington, D.C. As Smith indicated, the forecast for Thursday is promising and there is a good chance Grosvenor will try to complete three races again.

    A throwout enters the equation following five races and that would most benefit past world champions Mike Holt and Carl Smit at the moment. Holt and Smit, who won the 2015 SAP 5O5 World Championship together, absorbed a 15th in the second race on Tuesday and will be keen to toss that result. Subtract the 15th and Holt-Smit would be winning the regatta on the strength of a 2-1-5 score line.

    “We’re happy. It was really tough sailing out there today. I think it was one of those days when you had to keep your head on because everything was changing and you never felt safe,” said Smit, an Annapolis resident and member of co-host Eastport Yacht Club. “There are a lot of teams in the hunt and we’re just thankful that we haven’t thrown it away yet.”

    Smit said the team battled for the lead throughout Race 2 and finally closed out the victory on the final run. “In the first race, we were early gate and punched out early then caught the first shift. We played the fleet and the shifts, but we finally ground it out on the last run,” he said.














    It was an easy day to get caught on the wrong end of a significant shift and Holt-Smit felt the sting of doing so during Race 3, going from the front to the back in a hurry.

    “Even the 15th was a victory of sorts because we were 38th around the first mark and had to fight our way back,” Smit said. “I think overall we did a good job of keeping our heads out of the boat and were probably playing the shifts in the middle of the course – just looking for pressure all the time. There was no right answer today, that’s for sure.”

    Conrads and Haines, who list Mill Valley, California as home port, won the last race on Tuesday and also posted a sixth and a seventh. They have been the most consistent team, having notched all single digit results.

    “It was a tough day on the water. In the last race we were able to get off the line better than we did in the first two and we also chose the correct side of the course,” Haines said. “We did not get off the line wellin the first two races. In the second, we got a little lucky that the right came through. Had that not happened, we would have been really deep.”

    Haines said he and Conrads are slowly learning the vagaries of the Chesapeake Bay, which has a well-established reputation for delivering 20, 30 – even 40 – degree wind shifts.

    “There were definitely some big shifts and toward the end of the day the current began to play more of a factor,” said Haines, son of sailing legend Robbie Haines.







    Haines acknowledged that the boat named “It’s Big, It’s White,” will not necessarily move up in the standings once the throwout comes into play, which is not necessarily a bad thing at this point.

    “I’m not sure we would benefit as much as some others by the throwout. We still have a lot of sailing and who knows, we might have a throwout in the next race.”

    For the uninitiated, the 5O5 class uses a unique “gate” starting system that employs a pathfinder – also known as the “rabbit.” That designated boat, always the 10th place boat going into the day, sails close-hulled on port tack as fast as possible. Every other boat in the fleet must then dip the pathfinder.

    Birkner and Stenger, sailing Bikini Atoll, served as the pathfinder on Tuesday and found it to be a great benefit. After placing 10th in opening race of the day, the German duo picked up a favorable right-hand wind shift and walked away from the fleet to win Race 3. It was historic as no team featuring both a female skipper and female crew had ever won a race at 5O5 Worlds.

    “We are super happy and super proud!” Stenger said of the accomplishment, which helped propel Bikini Atoll up to seventh in the overall standings.

    Please find complete results and other regatta information at this link: RESULTS



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    Look at the name of boat 8715!

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    Look at the name of boat 8715!
    Sail 8715 is Pressure Drop, Ethan Bixby, St.Petersburg FL

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    Mike Holt and Carl Smit win the 2017 5o5 Worlds!
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    2017 SAP 5o5 Worlds Wrap Up




    Runner-up status was on the line during the final day of the 2017 SAP 5O5 World Championship. Having clinched the championship with a tremendous performance on Thursday, Mike Holt and Carl Smit were able to watch the last race from the comfort of a powerboat – no doubt thrilled they did not have determine the title on a light and fluky day.

    After a few false starts, Race 8 got underway in a six knot zephyr that was just barely above the class-mandated minimum. Maneuverability was difficult and principal race officer Sandy Grosvenor had to declare two general recalls because so many boats got trapped on course side.

    When racing finally got underway, it was the American team of Matthew Barry and Thomas Barrows that figured things out the best – going wire-to-wire to win Race 8. Former teammates with the Yale intercollegiate sailing team, Barry and Barrows sailed a brilliant race in difficult conditions.

    “We were able to get off the line with a clean start and hit the first couple shifts. We were holding even around a bunch of boats that were all pretty good, then all of a sudden we realized that we were in pretty good pressure while the other boats were not,” Barry said. “We were able to gap out a little bit and rounded the top mark with a nice lead.”





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    Barrows, who skippered the United States entry in 49er class at the 2016 Olympic Regatta, made sure the tandem extended the lead on the run.

    “Thomas does downwind tactics for us and did a really nice job of understanding where the next shift was coming from and where we could get lifted,” Barry said. “Keeping your head out of the boat in these conditions is so important.”

    This was the fourth SAP 5O5 World Championship for Barry and Barrows, who almost never race the boat otherwise. They finished fourth in the third race on Thursday to close out the regatta in strong fashion, placing 12th in the overall standings.

    “We’re super excited. We had a couple really good races going yesterday that didn’t come to completion so it’s really nice to end the event on an up note like this,” Barry said.

    Andy Smith and Roger Gilbert of Great Britain entered the final day in second place, three points ahead of Americans Edward Conrads and Brian Haines. Those two teams posted double digit results, opening the door for defending champions Mike Martin and Adam Lowry to make a major move.












    After struggling in light to moderate winds earlier in the week, Martin and Lowry found their form on Friday and finished third in Race 8. That allowed the St. Francis Yacht Club members to discard results of 25th and 21st, absorbed on Tuesday. That left Martin and Lowry with all single digit results and catapulted them into second place in the finals standings – 11 points behind Holt and Smit.

    “If you told us beforehand that we were going to wind up second here we probably would have been okay with that,” said Martin, who has always excelled in the heavy air he is accustomed to off Santa Cruz or on San Francisco Bay. “It’s tough losing to Holtie because we’re such rivals, but second in the world isn’t too bad.”

    On Thursday, Martin had lamented not performing better in the light to moderate conditions. Friday’s result was a vindication of sorts and showed that and Lowry could put up a good result in extremely light air.

    “We’ve been deemed as heavy air specialists so it’s nice to kind of redeem ourselves from that stigma,” Martin said with a smile. “It was a tough tactical race so we’re obviously pleased with our result. I thought we sailed a good race.”












    Asked what he learned about sailing in light and shifty conditions during a week on the Chesapeake Bay, Martin did not hesitate.

    “Keep your head out of the boat. This race course is set up in such a way that you were getting multiple breezes all the time and you just had to be constantly aware,” he said. “Adam summed up perfectly before the start whe he said that we just had to sail the shifts and try to piece them together. It’s all about playing shifts and finding pressure.”

    Smith and Gilbert had to settle for third, three points astern of Martin-Lowry and four in front of Conrads-Haines. Britons Ian Pinnell and Dave Shelton rounded out the Top 5, edging Americans Tyler Moore and Rob Woelfel by two points.

    One of the great stories of the regatta was the superb performance of Nikola Birkner and Angela Stenger from Germany. Birkner steered and trimmed the main while Stenger hiked and trimmed the headsails as the Starnberg residents sailed Bikini Atoll to 10th place overall.

    Birkner and Stenger became the first all-female team to win a race at the SAP 5O5 World Championship when they got the gun in Race 3. They closed out the regatta with another tremendous result, taking second in Race 8.

    “Annapolis is good. We love it!” Birkner declared. “To finish Top 10 in a fleet this competitive is amazing. We are totally happy. We couldn’t believe it when we heard.”

    Birkner-Stenger displayed outstanding speed in the light air, which should not be a surprise since they are accustomed to such conditions.

    “It was very strange out there today on the water – very, very shifty. We got a good start and just sailed a smart race,” Birkner said. “You just had to keep the eyes open and take a good look around. These conditions are a lot like like our lakes in Berlin. We love sailing on our lakes and were able to use that experience here in Annapolis.”


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