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4 August 2006


Race Seven


Once again the Hayling weather tempts and teases like Mata Hari.  On the final day of racing the morning dawns with a gentle breeze off the land.  The warm and sunny weather means the prospects of a counter sea breeze are high.  The chances of fitting in the final race ahead of championship deadline of 14.00 hrs do not look good.  All efforts must be made to fit in the final race, with the title finely poised between the British team of Mark Upton-Brown and the American duo of Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson.  Just three points separate the two.


The fleet is released from shore.  Boats first drift out on a fading northerly.  Flags hang limp from the Race Committee vessels.  Then a gentle stirring, as subtle as a bustle in a hedgerow, brings the fleet forward to the designated race track in Bracklesham Bay, on a barely perceptible westerly.  The pressure builds to an irregular six knots, but that’s enough gas to get the fleet away just half an hour before the time limit.  The breeze is behaving like a drunkard, zagging from lamppost to lamppost, but remarkably, it acts sober long enough for the pathfinder to open the starting gate.  A big right shift threatens a recall, but then it’s back to the left.  Boats from both sides are arriving at the top mark.  First round are the German team of Sophie Soellner and Wolfgang Stueckl. 


The German pair are sailing well and worthy of their time under the spotlight.  But with the title so close, the attention is on the series leaders.  Hamlin and Nelson must have feared for the worst when rounding in 21st place.  But where were Upton-Brown and Mitchell?   Back in the forties, that’s where.  If the Americans could pull back through into the top three they could still clinch the title.  The left shift makes the run to leeward one sided, with limited overtaking opportunities.  However the contenders stick to their task.  The pressure starts to build further from the left.  The British pair spot this and sail into the header, and triumphantly tack back onto port tack, clearing much of the fleet and, most importantly for them, climbing through Hamlin and Nelson in the process.  By the second windward mark they have gained an extraordinary thirty seven spaces into sixth place.   Hamlin and Nelson have also done well but are back in eleventh.


Apart from a brief challenge from the Swedes, Magnus Nilsson and Andreas Carlsonn,  Soellner and Stuckl are reigning supreme at the front.  A measure of their achievement is that the places behind them are changing like the numbers out of a lottery machine.  The wind is still well left on the reaching legs, making the first a two sailer and the second  broad enough to require a second or third gybe as the wind was becoming more convincing, gusting at over 12 knots.  By the end of the third upwind leg, it is the Germans, then the Swedes, then Upton-Brown and Mitchell and, to keep the tension wound up in this tightest of contests, Hamlin and Nelson. 


All the Americans can do now is to get back in front of Upton-Brown and Mitchell, finish in the top three and then hope that the Britons make mistake that drops them to sixth place or lower.  On the final beat they achieve the only part in their control, squeezing into second place on the last leg.  However, the British pair hold onto third spot, enough to secure the title by two points.  This is the second time the same team have been World Champions, their previous win being in Denmark in 1997.


Top six Race 7:

1:  Sophie Soellner, Wolfgang Stucl, GER 8901

2:  Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

3:  Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908

4:  Dietrich Scheder, Rainer George, GER 8728

5:  Ian Pinnell, Steve Hunt, GBR 8882

6:  Jan Saugmann, Morten Ramsbaek, DEN 8620


Overall Result – (top six)

1:  Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908 16pts

2:  Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266  18pts

3:  Jens Findel, Johannes Tellen, GER 8875  39pts

4:  Tyler Moore, Jesse Falsone, USA 8883  42pts

5:  Jan Saugmann, Morten Ramsbaek, DEN 42pts

6:  Michael Quirk, Geoff Lange, AUS 8886  43pts

3 August 2006

Race Six


After the fifth race yesterday the wind had been expected to soften but, just to prove that you can have too much of a good thing, it carried on shaking and rattling all night long.  Although during the course of the night it had swung to the north, when the competitors assembled on Thursday morning they found that the wind was still barrelling down Chichester Harbour at over 30 knots.  Once again it was a case of a long wait.  Every time the wail of the halyards in the boat park fell, so did the hopes of the competitors; time and time again a shrieking crescendo heralded another postponement.  Just when it appeared that the day would be lost, the anemometer stopped revolving like a spin dryer on amphetamines and the Race Officer Paul Carpenter called a start at 17.15 hours.  Race six was under way.


The off shore breeze on the race area was shifting over twenty degrees in direction but also varying in strength from between 12 and 18 knots.  At the first mark, Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen of Germany  proved themselves the most adapt at picking their way through this confusion, ahead of Tyler Moore and Jesse Falsone of the USA, and another German boat, Nicki Daisenberg and Andreas Achterberg.  Of apparent significance for the final resting place of the World Championship trophy was that Great Britain’s Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell rounded in fourth place but their closest contenders for the title, Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson (USA) and Mike Quirk and Geoff Lange (AUS) were well back in the fleet.


However, as is often the case, the next downwind offered options.  Left or right?  High or low?  Hamlin and Nelson were among those who were able to achieve a measure of redemption, and had closed the gap between them and Upton-Brown by the start of the next upwind leg.  The fleet split and although there was a noticeable westerly tidal set across the course, the shifts and pressure changes ranked higher in the tactical considerations.  Initially the group that went right on the beat looked good, but then the boats on the left had the advantage.  However Findel and Tellen skilfully picked their way up the middle of the course and consolidated their lead by the top mark.  However, behind them the running order was being scrambled.   Moore and Falsone were hanging on to second but another German challenge emerged from Christian Kellner and Heini Rix, who rounded third , closely followed by the British pairing of Martin Goult and Gordon Russell.  Upton-Brown had a poor beat, dropping to tenth, but he was still ahead of Hamlin and Nelson who had only progressed to fourteenth.


The first reach was tight for the leaders, but the broader second reach brought many more options.  Boats were spread right across the track.  The wind was beginning to drop and catching the puffs that came through was becoming more critical.  It was impossible for Findel and Tellen to cover all possibilities and by the bottom mark, compatriots Kellner and Rix had wafted themselves into a narrow lead. Upton-Brown and Mitchell also were able to us this leg to stage a recovery, moving back up to fourth, although they were being closely tracked by Hamlin and Nelson who worked their way back up to sixth.


On the third beat the leaders were becoming more wary of each other and few broke far from the pack, apart from the leaders Kellner and Rix who opted to go the far left of the beat when those following all went right.  In doing so, they surrendered the lead back to Findel and Tellen, who rounded the windward mark for the third time with a lead of over a minute.  Although the force may have been with Findel, Upton-Brown and Mitchell underlined their determination to reclaim the title they last won nine years ago by cleverly judging their approach to the mark to round fractionally ahead of yet another German pretender, in the shape of Boris Herrman and Julien Kleiner.


On the final run, the wind was dropping away and for much of the time was only about 6 knots.  Upton-Brown found some elusive pressure to close the gap on the German leaders but although he made distance between him and Hamlin and Nelson, he could not get any more boats between them.  Coming up the final beat the leading pack all sailed defensively, the only real break being attempted by the winners of Race 5, Britons Ian Barker and Mark Darling, but they were unable to improve on their placing.


Upton-Brown and Mitchell can now insert blotting paper rather than tissue pair between themselves and Hamlin and Nelson, extending their overall points lead to 3 points.  With one more race now scheduled for tomorrow the championship there is still everything to play for for these two boats at least.



Top six Race 6:

1:  Jens Findel, Johannes Tellen, GER 8875

2:  Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908

3:  Boris Hermann, Julian Kleiner, GER 8903

4:  Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

5:  Terry Scutcher, Christian Diebitsch

6:  Ian Barker, Mark Darking, GBR 8743



2 August 2006


Race 5



By the start of Race 5 the fleet of over a hundred 505’s was being tested by a breeze that was gusting between 18 and 24 knots.  In similar conditions to those during their victory in the epic Race 3, Australians Mike Quirk and Geoff Lange played pathfinder.  This should have been in their favour as the right hand side of the beat was now clearly paying most of the time.  However, this race was to be dominated by two British crews, Ian Barker and Mark Darling and the ever present Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell.  These two rounded the first mark in that order.  To emphasise that this was a good day for the host nation, they were closely followed by Debbie Darling and Paul Young.  As for the Americans that had showed so strongly in the previous race, none were in the top ten.


On the first downwind leg, Upton-Brown and Mitchell found more pressure by gybing inside Barker and Darling and by the bottom mark had nudged into the lead.  These two crews were giving a master class in heavy air sailing and by the end of the next beat they were still within a few boat lengths of each other, with a gap of over a minute back to the third placed boat of Ebbe Rosen and Olle Wenrup who have been consistent faces near the front during this series.


The two British boats stormed away down the two reaching legs and  although the gusting wind was proving a test too far for some less experienced crews, they both executed the spinnaker hoist, gybe and drop immaculately  so that Barker and Darling were still looming large in Upton Brown’s mirrors as they rounded the bottom mark.  The decisive moment came when Upton-Brown’s tiller extension got caught when tacking near the start of the next beat.  This momentary delay to their progress was all that was needed to give Barker and Darling the chance they needed to sweep into the lead.  From then on they used what appeared to be a marginally better upwind speed to stretch away from their rivals.  In the meantime the Danish team of Jan Saugmann and Morten Ramsbaek had muscled their way past Rosen and Wenrup to the front of the rest of the fleet.  


Baring mistakes or gear failure the first two positions were secure by the start of the final lap.   Barker and Darling eventually had a two minute advantage over Upton-Brown and Mitchell, who had a similar cushion between them and the third place boat.  However, further back the race was still very much alive.  Indeed the final long upwind leg of this race could prove on of the key moments of the whole championships.  After having spent most of the race out of the top ten, Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson played a blinding last lap, first moving into seventh place on the run and then picking the shifts correctly to pull up to fourth place by the finish.


This late charge by Hamlin and Nelson means that they can discard the tenth place from Race 1, which puts them only one point behind Upton-Brown and Mitchell in the overall standings, and five points clear of Quirk and Lange.  With three races still scheduled much excitement is anticipated over the next couple of days.


Top six Race 5:

1:  Ian Barker , Mark Darling, GBR 8743

2:  Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908

3:  Jan Saugaman, Morton Ramsbaek, DEN 8620

4:  Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

5:  Michael Quirk and Geoff Lange, AUS 8886

6:  Tyler Moore, Jesse Falsone, USA 8883


Race Four


With the strong winds that had caused racing to be postponed the previous day abating, the fourth race of the series was able to start on time.  The beat into the force 4 westerly was against the tide, and the received wisdom was that the right hand, inshore, side of the track should pay.  However, not for the first time, Hayling Bay sprung a surprise with the early starters who went left being the first to show at the windward mark.  First round were the winners of Race 2, Ebbe Rosen and Olle Wenrup of Sweden, sailing with a new mast to replace the one broken in Race 3.    Australian pair, Michael Babbage and James Mcallister, were newcomers to the leader board when they slipped round in second place.  Then came the American challenge with Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson being chased for the bronze medal position by Doug Hagan and Robert Woelfel.


The 505 Class changed its traditional course configuration a few years ago so that championship races now have two windward leeward lass and only one triangular lap around the gybe mark.  The fact that this configuration keeps the race open for longer was proved on the next downwind leg when the puffs down the course created distinct overtaking lanes for those aware enough to exploit them.  There was much shuffling of the leading pack on this leg.  By the bottom mark, Hamlin and Nelson had taken the lead from Rosen and Wenrup, and both the American pair of Tyler Moore and Jesse Falsone and series leader, Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell had made purposeful gains.


On the next beat the race began to settle down.  Hamlin and Nelson were showing good speed and by the start of the next lap had stretched their advantage over the Swedes.  A closer tussle was going on between the next four boats, with Hagan and Woelfel, Moore and Falsone and Upton-Brown and Mitchell being joined by heavy air specialists, Stefan Boehm and Gerald Roos of Germany.


In view of the loss of racing the previous day, the Race Committee was keen to make sure two races were sailed today and therefore had set the upwind leg at only one nautical mile.  In the freshening breeze this meant that Hamlin and Nelson took the chequered flag barely an hour after the start,


Top six Race 4:

1:  Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

2:  Ebbe Rosen, Olle Wenrup, SWE 8232

3  Tyler Moore, Jesse Falsone, USA 8883

4  Doug Hagan, Robert Woelfel, USA 8554

5: Stefan Boehm, Gerald Roos, GER 8862

6: Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908





31 July 2006
After the high of yesterday, the fleet today experienced the low of sitting in the clubhouse waiting for the Race Officer's decision on whether there would be any racing today.  The rattling halyards and scudding low clouds bore out the bad news coming back from the race track; the wind was a constant 25 knots and gusting higher.  With the tide soon to change direction to oppose the wind, the sea state would be sure to deteriorate further.  When the call came at 12.30 to abandon all racing for the day, it was therefore with an air of resignation that the competitors packed away their boats. 
Competition resumes on Wednesday 2nd after tomorrow's rest day.
30th July

Race Three


505 sailing does not get much better than this.  Australian champions, Michael Quirk and Geoff Lange from Sydney, clearly felt at home, sailing brilliantly under blue skies and a brisk twenty knots plus breeze to take first place in the third heat of the CSC 505 World Championships.


Quirk and Lange took the lead during the first downwind leg, but not before class newcomers Toby Dale and James Cole of Great Britain had their best day's work in the boat by leading the 112 strong fleet around the first mark after a testing opening beat of one and three-quarter miles.  However, they were passed on the frenetic downwind leg by not only the Australian boat but by a group of other boats including the early series leader, Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell (GBR) and the winners of the previous race, Ebbe Rosen and Olle Wenrup 


After the frenzied place changing on the downwind leg, the leading pack started to settle down on the next beat.  Quirk and Lange held off the challenge of Upton-Brown and Mitchell, who in turn were comfortably ahead of Rosen and Wenrup.  With the wind now beginning to gust over 22 knots (Force 6), the reaching legs were always going to be a challenge, and the leading group all accelerated away from the windward mark in a coruscating display of spray and power over waves that were up to one and a half metres high.  The first reach was set at a tighter angle than the second, and although Quirk and Lange were able to hold their spinnaker all the way to the gybe mark,  Upton-Brown and Mitchell were forced to drop theirs to make the rounding.  At that stage it looked as though the Australians had established a decisive lead, but on the second reach they sailed too deep.  Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson of the USA rounded the gybe mark in sixth place, but were first to spot a gust that enabled them to power through to third place by the leeward turn, closely behind Upton-Brown and Mitchell, who in turn were back hard on the heels of Quirk and Lange.


The next beat was the closest of the day with the top three all keeping a wary eye on each other.  Hamlin and Nelson were able to outwit Upton-Brown and Mitchell early on by picking up a slight inside lift as the British duo footed off to try and put pressure on Quirk and Lange.  At the top mark, only two boat lengths separated each of the first three boats; Australia, from America from Great Britain.  The Australians had obviously decided to keep things simple off wind and when Hamlin and then Upton-Brown called early gybes, they elected to carry on blasting towards the left hand corner of the course.  With Hamlin being two times World 18 foot skiff champion and Upton-Brown also having considerable experience in International 14s, it was not surprising that these two boats decided to try breaking the Australian’s hold on the race by working the gybing angles down the long downwind leg.  However, Quirk and Lange proved that, on this occasion, simple was best.  Their single gybe tactic resulted in an increased lead of about 150 metres, thus giving them a comfortable cushion going into the final leg.


Upton-Brown and Mitchell had just managed to squeeze back in front of Hamlin and Nelson at the leeward mark.  Once again, however, the Americans managed to edge through the British pair upwind and held onto this advantage to the finish.  Another British team, Ian Barker and Mark Darling, who had been steadily creeping up through the fleet managed to claim fifth place close behind Stefan Boehm and Gerald Roos of Germany.


Top six Race 1:

1:  Michael Quirk, Geoff Lange, AUS 8886

2:  Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

3:  Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908

4:  Stefan Boehm, Gerald Roos, GER 8862

5:  Ian Barker, Mark Darling, GBR 8743

6:  Doug Hagan, Robert Woelfel, USA 8554


29 July 2006

Race Two

Although the threatened rainy squalls were visibly battering the Isle of Wight and the western Solent, the second race of the CSC 505 World Championships was led away by the pathfinder USA 8266, crewed by Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson, in a light southerly breeze.  The westerly tidal flow had now set in and most boats opted for an early start to gain the maximum advantage from the current.   First to the top mark were Swedish veterans, Ebbe Rosen and Olle Wenrup, who had established a lead of about fifty metres over the German pair, Boris Hermann and Julien Kleiner.  The Swedes gybe set and ran deep towards the leeward mark, a tactic that paid off handsomely when the wind shifted further to the right.  They arrived at the start of the second beat with a lead of nearly a minute over the Swiss paring of Rene Betschen and Patrick Ducommun and Americans Doug Hagan and Robert Woelfel.


The wind shift had come too late for the Race Committee to reset the next windward leg, with the result that it was strongly biased to starboard tack.  Rosen and Wenrup gambled on the wind continuing to veer to the west by tracking out the right hand side.  However, this tactic failed when Hermann and Kleiner, who had tacked soon after the leeward mark, climbed up inside them and crossed ahead of just before the end of the leg.  The pack was also being shuffled behind the leading two boats.  Mark Upton–Brown and Ian Mitchell once again showed good pace to move into third; behind them the Danish pair of Jan Saugmann and Morton Ramsbeak were also beginning to look threatening.  The gybe mark had been laid to account for the new wind direction, with the result that the two reaches were reasonably even.  However, Upton-Brown and Mitchell made the mistake of going low on the first reach which gave them a tighter gybing angle than Saugmann and Ramsbeak, who were able to roll over to windward of the British boat at the start of the second reach. 


A technical problem had prevented the Race Committee from resetting the windward mark, with the result that the third beat was also strongly biased.  This looked like being a long procession on the favoured starboard tack, until Hermann and Kleiner misjudged the tide and marginally overstood the windward mark, allowing Rosen and Wenrup inside to take a narrow lead into the last lap.  By now the wind had dropped to a sickly 6 knots.  The Swedes demonstrated their experience by gradually extending their advantage over the Germans.  Saugaman and Ramsbeak seemed secure in third place, but Hamlin and Nelson had by now moved into the top five and were disputing fourth place with Upton-Brown and Mitchell.


Having let the Germans slip through once before, Rosen and Wenrup were careful to cover them up the final beat to finish, in spite of a shifting wind and tidal current making life difficult.  With a different top three in each of the first two races, the prospects are for an intriguing contest in the days ahead.


Top six Race 2:

1:  Ebbe Rosen and Olle Wenrup, SWE, 8232

2:  Boris Hermann and Julien Kleiner, GER 8903

3:  Jan Saugmann, Morton Ramsbaek, DEN 8620

4:  Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908

5:  Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

6:  Jens Findel, Johannes Tellen, GER 8875


Race One

The 112 teams competing in the 51st 505 World Championships awoke on Saturday morning to find a promising breeze rattling the halyards in the boat park.  Even though the sunny conditions were not forecast to last, this was of secondary interest; the wind was forecast to steadily increase throughout the day.  So it was with anticipation of some brisk action that the fleet left the shore for the race track in Bracklesham Bay.


Unfortunately for those crews that revel in stronger breeze, by the time the first race started, the wind had moderated to no more than 12 knots.  However, the German pairing of Helen Fischer and Angela Stenger were not complaining.  After showing their liking for lighter winds by leading the final race of the pre Worlds series earlier in the week, they again popped up to head the fleet around the first mark, closely pursued by the in form Americans, Tyler Moore and Jesse Falsone.  However, although the German girls were quick down the next off wind leg, they were overhauled on the second beat by Moore and Falsone.  Ian Pinnell and Steve Hunt of Great Britain also came through well to third position, closely pursued by their compatriots, Mark Upton–Brown and Ian Mitchell. 


Upton–Brown and Mitchell kept up the pressure on Pinnell and Hunt down the first reaching leg, and were able to get a better line on exiting the gybe mark to sweep through to third by the leeward mark.  They then continued their climb through the placings by overtaking Fischer and Stenger on the final upwind leg.  However, Moore and Tyler were able to resist the challenge of the British duo and held their cool on the down wind leg to the finish.  Australian champions, Michael Quirk  and Geoff Lange enjoyed a good final leg to wrest fourth place from Pinnell and Hunt, who also lost out to Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen close to the finish.


Top six Race 1:

1:  Tyler Moore, Jesse Falsone, USA 8883

2:  Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908

3:  Helen Fischer, Angela Stenger, GER 8751

4:  Michael Quirk, Geoff Lange, AUS 8886

5:  Jens Findel, Johannes Tellen, GER 8875

6:  Ian Pinnell, Steve Hunt, GBR 8882




27 July 2006

Race Four

After the frustrations of Wednesday it looked as though the competitors in the CSC 505 UK National Championships and pre Worlds Regatta would suffer a repeat today when the breeze failed to settle during the morning.  However, after a three hour postponement Principal Race Officer, Paul Carpenter, was able to get the final heat of the Regatta started in a steady 8 knot breeze, once again under a brilliant sun.


Although the local wisdom was that the tide should favour the right side of the beat, the early leaders had all worked the opposite side.  First to round the windward mark were the German pair of Helen Fischer and Angela Stenger, closely pursued by Tyler Moore and Jesse Falsone (USA) and Jens Findel and Johannes Tellen (GER).  There were many tactical options to be exploited on the run to leeward, with the breeze again on the margin at which opting for sailing high with speed pays over taking a lower, slower but more direct route. The lightweight pairing of Fischer and Stenger had no doubt that the high road was the way to go and stretched their lead impressively.  However, the Danish team of Jan Saugman and Morten Ramsbaek had also prospered by sailing low and moved up to third place, hard on the heels of Moore and Falsone.


This time the right side of the race track did pay and, with the breeze firming, Moore and Falsone were beginning to generate more power than the two German girls,  and by two thirds of the way up the leg had reeled them in and were able to use a slight shift to the right to power through to windward.  Saugaman and Ramsbaek were also to just get their nose into second at the top mark.  On the two reaching legs that followed the Danish pair consolidated their hold on second place and, by the start of the next upwind leg, they had closed to within three boat lengths of the leading Americans.  However, Moore and Falsone were getting into their stride and showing good upwind pace.  Once again they led the fleet out to the right side and by the end of the leg had stretched their advantage to more than 100 metres. 


Although the leading group had been undisturbed in their private battle for the podium places, a sudden challenged emerged from the British duo of Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell, who after a disappointing first leg were charging through the fleet.  After gaining a least seven places on the third beat, they started the final leeward leg in seventh place.  By astute working of the reaching angles they stormed through to fourth at the bottom mark.  However, the task of catching the top three on the final windward leg was to prove too much.


Series leaders, Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson, finished a relatively disappointing thirteenth, but with competitors having the ability to discard their worse finishing heat from the overall results, their consistency in the previous races secured first place in the pre Worlds regatta ahead of compatriots Moore and Falsone the up and coming Germans team, Boris Hermann and Julien Kleiner.  In the contest for the United Kingdom Championship, multiple winner Ian Pinnell, crewed by Steve Hunt secured the trophy yet again, finishing just one point ahead of Upton-Brown and Mitchell.


 Top six Race 4:

1:  Tyler Moore, Jesse Falsone, USA 8883

2:  Jan Saugmann, Morton Ramsbaek, DEN 8620

3:  Helen Fischer, Angela Stenger, GER 8751

4:  Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908

5  Jens Findel, Johannes Tellen, GER 8875

6:  Ian Pinnell, Steve Hunt, GBR 8882



Final Results:

1:  USA 8266, Howie Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, 6pts

2:  USA 8883, Tyler Moore, Jesse Falsone, 8pts

3:  GER 8903, Boris Herrmann, Julien Kleiner,10pts

4:  GBR 8882, Ian Pinnell, Steve Hunt,13pts

5:  GBR 8908 Mark Upton Brown, Ian Mitchell 14pts

6: GBR 8743 Ian Barker, Mark Darling 18pts



26 July 2006

Selected Images 25 July - more later!

In steamy conditions there was no prospect of enough wind for racing and the fourth race of the CSC UK National Championships and Pre Worlds Regatta was postponed until Thursday without the fleet leaving the shore.

25 July 2006

Race Three

The third race of the championship was started in a warm 10 knot breeze.The first race of the day had shown the fleet that the left side of the course paid and it was therefore no surprise when the German victors of Monday’s heat, Boris Herrmann and Julien Kleiner, emerged from the pack of boats exploring that side to lead at the first mark.Alexander Meller and Mark Coe (USA) just sneaked inside Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell (GBR) to round second.The off wind leg opened up a number of tactical options which resulted in considerable place changes, although Herrmann and Kleiner remained serene at the front of the fleet.

The wind was slowly losing pressure, and in similar conditions to those in their emphatic opening day performance, the German pair showed excellent boat speed.However, this time they were found Upton-Brown and Mitchell were in determined mood after their disappointment in the previous race.By the top of the second beat these two boats had opened up a significant gap on the rest.The two boats raced down the two fast reaches and up the next beat with never more than a few boat lengths separating them, and rounded the windward mark for the third time overlapped.The decisive moment came on the next leeward leg.With the falling breeze the choice had to be made whether to maintain speed by sailing higher or take a more direct but slower route.Although Upton-Brown seemed to taken the advantage by calling a gybe inside the German boat, he also opted to sail low to the mark.In contrast Herrmann and Kleiner chose speed over distance, and were rewarded with a clear lead of about ten boat lengths by the finish.

Although the focus had been on the dual for first spot, the ever consistent Americans, Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson, worked their way through to finish third and now head the championship overall.

Top six Race 3:

1:Boris Herrmann, Julien Kleiner, GER 8903

2:Mark Upton-Brown, Ian Mitchell, GBR 8908

3:Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

4:Dietrich Scheder, Rainer Goerge, GER 8728

5 Tyler Moore, Jesse Falsone, USA 8883

6:Ian Pinnell, Steve Hunt, GBR 8882


Race Two

The blue skies and strong sunshine more reminiscent of California than Hampshire proved inspirational for the strong American contingent that has arrived ahead of the World Championship starting next weekend.  However, their clean sweep of the podium places was assisted in no small part by an extraordinary lapse by the British pair of Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell, who squandered a lead of over a minute when they rounded the leeward mark incorrectly and were thus judged to have sailed the course incorrectly.

Upton-Brown and Mitchell had led the fleet round the first windward mark and steadily increased their lead throughout the race showing impressive pace in the steady 12 knot south easterly breeze.However, once their error became known, it became clear that the real race had been going on in their wake, with three American teams, Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson, Tyler Moore and Jesse Falsone, and Alexander Meller and Mike Coe breaking through to the front of the fleet by the end of the second lap.

Although there was considerable jousting between this group Hamlin and Nelson held on to take the gun ahead of Moore and Falsone.

Top six Race 2:

1:Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

2:Tyler Moore, Jesse Falsone, USA 8883

3:Alexander Meller, Mike Coe, USA 7200

4:Ian Pinnell, Steve Hunt, GBR 8882,

5:Ian Barker, Mark Darling, GBR 8743

6:Hasso Plattner, Peter Alarie, GER 8915


24th July

 Race One

 The in form German pairing of Boris Herrmann and Julien Kleiner continued their recent impressive form in the European Championships into the first heat of the CSC UK National Championships and pre Worlds regatta with a comfortable win over a chasing pack that included previous 505 Class World Champions Howard Hamlin and Ian Barker.

 After a two hour postponement the race started in a light southerly sea breeze with Barker, crewed by Mark Darling, acting as pathfinder.At the first windward mark the fleet was led by the American team of Howard Hamlin and Jeff Nelson, closely followed by Debbie Darling, who was acting a guest skipper for Rainer Goerge in GER 8728.Barker and Darling showed that the pathfinder’s job is not always thankless by slotting in at third.

 The fitful breeze was losing energy, which made the leeward leg long and slow, but with plenty of opportunity for gains and losses to be made.Herrmann and Kleiner were the prime gainers, moving through from fifth to the lead by the bottom mark, a lead they were never to relinquish.Their compatriots, Helen Fischer and Angela Stenger also used the small areas of extra pressure that were to be had with skill, moving up to third.

 The next leg saw close competition and place changes among the chasing pack, but Herrmann and Kleiner were not be perturbed, gradually consolidating their lead.By the start of the final leg they had a lead of over a minute from Hamlin and Nelson, who had recovered to second place.Although Hamlin was gradually closing the gap by picking up more pressure on the left of the course, the German pair covered the danger well to take the finishing gun.

 Top six:

1:Boris Herrmann, Julien Kleiner, GER 8903

2:Howard Hamlin, Jeff Nelson, USA 8266

3:Ian Pinnell, Steve Hunt, GBR 8882

4:Helen Fischer, Angela Stenger, GER 8671

5:Ian Barker, Mark Darling, GBR 8743

6:Debbie Darling, Rainer Goerge, GER 8728


21st July  
These are the notes that Ian and John will be using for the safety briefing
Notes for the Competitor Safety Briefing

1  Your safety is your responsibility.
- “A boat is solely responsible for deciding whether or not to start or to continue racing”
2  A safety team is on hand.
- patrol boats
- beach team
- links to emergency services
3  Tally system.
- all members of a boat’s crew must be tallied out and back in
- very important!
- if a tally is missing we organise a full search
4  Weather forecasts.
- posted each morning
- briefing if any concerns
5  Hazard areas.
- chichester bar
o very rough on ebb in SW-SE winds
o safer to the east, watch locals!
- west pole sands
o tempting short-cut, not advised
o shallow, can be very rough
o patrol boats may not be able to attend
- cruising traffic
o we will attempt to keep course clear
- launching and recovering
o patient and polite please!
6  Key risks.
- injury or entanglement in capsize
o patrol boats aim to attend all capsizes promptly
o if all OK we move well away, if problems we assist
o we will put people before boats
- rapid weather changes
o strong wind: abandon, patrol boats escort fleet home
o calm: patrol boats tow fleet home (carry your own tow line)
o fog: patrol boats collect fleet and escort home
- medical/other risks
o use both arms distress signal to call us in
o retirees may be escorted, or may wait at mother ship
o drinks, food, sunscreen, clothing....
7 We expect a safe and successful fortnight.  Enjoy yourselves!
Your safety co-ordinators:
Ian Fiddaman  +44 (0)78 7066 6556
John Barber  +44 (0)77 1048 6474
19th July 2006
We have 111 paid up entries and we know of a few more coming not yet paid
Looks like we are heading for 120 entries
at Hayling the sun is shining and the wind is blowing - lets hope it stays that way
see you at the weekend
19th June 2006
Some pictures from a wild race in Chicester Harbour on 29th May. Mark Upton-Brown and Ian Mitchell demonstrate the 2 sail gybe right under the noses of the spectators on the clubhouse
13th June 2006
The social programme is on the website

13th June 2006

Busy times here at Hayling - all coming together nicely - both for the on-water and off-water side.
In case you have not noticed, we now have 100 entries with another 30 pre-registrations. Get those entries in guys please - it makes my job of planning how much free beer very much easier when I know how many are coming!!!!!
I know there is still accommodation available - if you need the list, e mail me or there is a link on the website. A reminder that we will be running a mini-bus to the camp sites to pick up those camping. There will be a list when you register to say where you are staying - we hope to adapt the mini-bus itinerary to suit.
If you have not booked accommodation already, get that done immediately as Hayling is a great place for a summer holiday
see you all at the end of July

20th April 2006

Outline Social Events

The social events programmed for the championship are taking shape. As scheduled in the Notice of Race, there are the following:
- Daily prize givings
- Pre-worlds Welcome party
- Worlds Welcome party
- Pre-Worlds prize Giving event
- Worlds Prize Giving - Dinner and Party
For the other socials, these following are definite:
- Old 505 Boys reunion party - 6-30 on Friday 28th July - this runs straight into the Pre-Worlds prize giving, so there will be food available to dilute the beer. Contact Jim Berry or Rob Napier. The more old-boys the better -we want a really good reunion
- Rondar Party.

and these are pretty much definite:
- Curry Night. One of the great traditions of the British fleet is eating curry - Britain's most popular dish - so they say!
- On the Tuesday 1st Aug (Lay Day), we are looking at laying on a few coaches round to Portsmouth Historic dockyard with tour of the historic ships + Old Portsmouth + Gunwharfe Quays.
- On Friday 28th July (lay day between pre-worlds and worlds), visit to Selden / Proctor masts
- Beer and Barbeque on coming ashore after racing every day
- We have some sponsored beer from Fullers on its way and the promise of more to come from some other breweries
- We'll have a notice board of local things to do. Everything from Roman Palace trip to Golf

We are still working the details and expect more to come

And of course the HISC bar will be open from around midday until late every day. The restaurant and snack-bar facilities will be open from breakfast time through until around 9-00 at night.

It's going to be a great event on and off the water

19th April 2006

A reminder again that Standard Entry fee applies up to and including 11th May. After that increased rates apply; there is no final cut-off date. - See Notice of Race


21st March 2006

The FINAL version of the NOR has been posted on this website in the 'Event' section

The material changes from the previous version are:

- bottom of page 3. The last day for the standard entry fee is now Thursday May 11th 2006. Make a note of that one in your diaries. I will be chasing you via these newsletters

- page 4. We have swapped around the schedule of racing on the Wedneday and the Thursday of the Worlds series. This puts the AGM on the Thursday


16 March 2006

Non GBR interest - Insurance in the UK

Dear competitors. Those who have read the NOR in detail will have seen that Section 16 says:-
1. Each participating boat shall be insured with third-party liability insurance to a value of at
least £2,000,000 (GBP) (or the equivalent in any other currency) valid for UK waters for the
duration of the event
2. Each boat shall be able to provide the Organizing Authority with a certificate of that

You will need to have that insurance, but we know that some countries don't like insuring for that much. So we've been talking with the guys who run the 505 class insurance scheme in the UK to see if they can help you

This is what they (First Commercial Insurance) told me:
1) What we don't want is anyone turning up with insufficient insurance and trying to sort it out here in the UK at zero notice - and we (First Commercial) are not open at weekends
2) The simplest option is that the competitors arrange appropriate top-up insurance from their home country through their normal insurer. However we recognize that this may be a problem in some cases
3) Given advance notice, Third Party insurance for the whole 2 week period can be arranged for £42 (GBP)
4) To give us time to complete the insurance, competitors need to contact us by 7th July
5) Competitors must be aware that they would need to cancel the third party element of their normal insurance for that period to make sure that they are not double-insured since, in insurance law, these two insurances effectively cancel each other out. However, they should retain their normal cover for damage to their boat/rig/etc  as our policy is only for the third party aspect and will not cover own damage.
6) If any competitor wants to make use of this offer, then contact us at First Commercial Insurance (0)1621 784 840. You can also email me (Ian Montague) on We will need competitor's name, address and sail number. We can take payment by credit/debit card (Sorry not AMEX)
7) We are doing this at our standard UK prices, so to save international postage costs, we will post the insurance certificates to the organizers so they are waiting for you when you arrive at Hayling.


20 February 2006

More accommodation information. See


13 February 2006

Entry Fee and Containers

Due to improving financial circumstances, the entry fee is reduced to £295 and the sponsorship per boat per container improved to £200 per boat. Please refer to NOR and container Ts and Cs downloadable PDF documents for details. Any one who has already paid, will be refunded the difference.


25 January 2006


I have posted today on details of:
- entry fees in the revised NOR. The headline figure is £300. Late entry fees apply. See:- Event > NOR then click the link for PDF download. Entry fee includes Parking, Prize giving dinner / party, etc
- The container deal. Sponsorship is on a sliding scale - the more boats in the container, the more sponsorship. We want to incentivise you to fill the containers! See: Shipping for a general description. See Shipping > Terms and Conditions and click the link for the PDF download for the full details. There are two questions we need answers on a) who is the contact for each container b) have we got the Ports right in the documents - I've had confirmation of New York, but I need the others please

CAMPING AND MOTORHOMES. The upshot of our discussions with local government is that we cannot get temporary access to any convenient field. To make up for that, we will be running a free shuttle-bus between Fishery Creek Camp Site (linked via website) and the club to get you to the sailing in the morning and then back and forth in the evening so you can enjoy some English beer and not drive.

ACCOMMODATION. You need to get a move on to get the stuff at or near the club - there will always be plenty 15 minutes drive away
At HISC: Quite a few of you have booked at the club already and it's filling up fast. Do it today. Phone the club and make your booking.
Camping/motorhomes: book into Fishery Creek (via Havant Tourist Office).
Self Catering: members houses are going as fast as I get requests, but I see there are some possibilities still on .
Staying with members: so far the members on the list I've sent out are not booked up - some are but not many. For copy of the current list, click the link on the 4th paragraph of the accommodation pages of the website
And don't forget Havant Tourist Office They are there to help you -  its free and they are used to sailors!. Links on the website. Best to phone them once you have some initial ideas

We have 81 pre-registrations

Phone number of HISC is (0) 23 9246 3768


17 January 2006

You might be interested in this extract from a Hayling Island S.C. newsletter some 30 years ago when HISC hosted the 505 Europeans. Fuel prices going up and cold sailing the winter series ...... nothing changes! One or two scanning errors - type writers were involved! (This was when I joined HISC - MGS)

 23 December 2005

A bug-fix version of the NOR has been posted

18 November 2005
Notice of Race posted »

19 Oct 2005
Arrangements have been made with 2 sailmakers and a boat builder for repair facilities during the championship. Details are on the Venue > Championship support.

7 Oct 2005
Some club members have expressed an interest in renting out all or part of their house on Hayling Island. A list will be available in due course. Contact me using the General Enquiry form in the Contact pages of this website. See also the accomodation pages of this website

16 June 2005
505 Worlds 2006 website goes live

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