by Sue Athmann
International 505 racing
The Columbia River is the site of the 2008 International 505 Class Yacht Racing Associations North American Championships. On July 16th thru the 20th in Cascade Locks, Oregon dozens of International 505 sailors from the United States and Canada, along with visiting European sailors will take on the famous winds of 'The Gorge'.
Managed by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association and hosted by the Pacific Northwest Fleet of the International 505 class, the regatta is sponsored by Far East Boats, Fisheries Supply, Glaser Sails, Kam Gear, North Sails, West Marine, and Zhik Sailing Gear. The 505 North American Championships are included on the schedule of events for the 2008 Gorge Games.
About the International 505
The International 505, a high-performance double-handed racing dinghy is actively sailed in over 20 countries and on 5 continents. The 16’6', 280 pound trapeze dinghy carries a main and jib sail area of 178 square feet and a spinnaker of 200 square feet.
The 'semi-developmental' philosophy of the class has allowed for technological advances well beyond John Westells original design in 1954 . The no secrets attitude within the class keeps the relative speed of all boats close. A twenty-year-old boat can still win a championship.
2008 505 North American Championships July 16-20, 2008
Columbia River, Cascade Locks, Oregon
Regatta Chairman: Paul VonGrey, phone (360) 679 0831
Regatta Website: www.usa505.org/usa/regattas/2008/NorthAmericans/
International 505 American Section – www.usa.505.org
President: Tyler Moore,
Phone (757) 897 2127
International 505 Yacht Racing Association – www.int505.org
President: Malcolm Pip Pearson, Australia
Phone (61) 8 8296 2129