Please select your home edition
Edition
Marina Exchange 728x90 1

W.E.S.S Australian 505 Championship – Higgins and Marsh made history

by Harry Fisher on 30 Jan 2017
The 505 racing was close and competitive. - W.E.S.S Australian 505 Championship Christophe Favreau http://christophefavreau.photoshelter.com/
Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club veterans Sandy Higgins and Paul Marsh, sailing Hawaii Five-O, made history in the 505 class last week when they took out their sixth national championship in the class in a challenging five-race series at their home club.

The pair sailed consistently all regatta and managed to hold off the fast-finishing American duo of Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel in IO Integration in second and the ever-impressive Canberra team of Daniel Keys and Daryl Roos in Intergalactic in third.

The regatta was definitely a challenging one for both the competitors and the race committee, with two days of no racing and two days where only one race was completed — meaning the third day, Wednesday, was the only day with multiple races with three sailed in difficult southeasterly conditions.

The local knowledge of Higgins and Marsh proved to be a big help in the unique Adelaide regatta, which did not see a traditional southwesterly sea breeze throughout the entire five-day event.



With only one race allowed to be sailed on the final day, as per the Notice of Race, Higgins was four points clear of Holt and was starting the race as the pathfinder.

He said his strategy was to tack back to the left as soon as the one-minute gate start was complete and get back in touch with Holt as there was going to be no drops after five races — he just needed to be in touch.

Both sailors sailed a sound last race with Holt taking the win ahead of Higgins and Higgins winning the series by a comfortable three-point margin.

The win puts the pair of Higgins and Marsh in the highest echelon of 505 sailors, winning their sixth nationals title in the class together and makes them the most successful Australians at national level.

The fleet saw a number of great competitors involved, including the talented Shelley White who decided to jump in the 505 with veteran Ian Gregg as she begins her 470 campaign for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.



Shelley said the class helped improve her technical sailing and she loved the support she received from all the 505 sailors, who were always willing to lend a hand.

She finished in 10th overall out of the 33-boat fleet and was the first female and junior skipper.

The class has seen a solid resurgence in female skippers with four of the boats skippered by ladies with a few also in the crewing position.

There are also a number of young sailors involved in the class, including a 16-year-old jumping up on the wire on one of the boats, which bodes well heading towards the future.

The class also has an under-25 junior trophy, which is awarded each year.

Maritimo 2021 - M60 - FOOTERPantaenius 2021 NZ Sailing FOOTERHella Dual Colour Floodlights - 728 x 90px - 004 gif Bottom

Related Articles

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image: deadline approaching
The awards ceremony will take place during the Paris International Boat Show The awards ceremony will take place in public, during the Paris International Boat Show, a ceremony to which all marine photographers, professional sailors, teams and agencies are cordially invited.
Posted today at 4:09 am
America's Cup: ETNZ gybes of Kiwi Defence maverick
ETNZ dumps a maverick group claiming to be able provide funding assistance with AC37 AC37 Defenders Emirates Team New Zealand has dumped a maverick kiwi group claiming to be able provide funding assistance with an Auckland Defence of the America's Cup.
Posted on 22 Sep
Mixing it up
A few sailing events which are a bit 'out of the norm' As we head towards the end of September, I've been thinking about which events, and days out sailing, have been the most fun this year. There are a few to choose from, and overall it's been a good year for time on the water.
Posted on 21 Sep
An exciting 52nd edition of La Solitaire du Figaro
Now heading for 2022! 'Where legends are born!' is the strapline of La Solitaire du Figaro. One reason that legendary sailors are made and crowned on the La Solitaire du Figaro is the magnitude of the challenge.
Posted on 21 Sep
The Vendée Arctic - Les Sables d'Olonne 2022
The first qualifying stage for the Vendée Globe 2024 The SAEM Vendée, the organisers of the Vendée Globe, will also organize the "Vendée Arctic - Les Sables-d'Olonne" which will be the first qualifying stage for the Vendée Globe 2024. The "Arctic Vendée Les Sables-d'Olonne" will leave from Port Olona
Posted on 21 Sep
Figaro Beneteau 3 – Quintessentially French
Can the Figaro Beneteau 3 be summed up in a headline or just one or two sentences? Maybe... She's quite happy to slap you back and forth across your face, or go off and sulk at a corner table with an espresso martini and deliver you scorchingly deathly stares.
Posted on 21 Sep
P Class – Building for the next 100 years
P Class regattas over the next three months will be joined by top sailors Alex, Erica, Molly and Liv Murrays Bay Sailing Club (MBSC) is excited to be hosting the prestigious Tanner (inter-provincial) and Tauranga Cups (nationals) from 4th – 9th January 2022 and is gearing up for 50 competitors in the 1940s yacht.
Posted on 21 Sep
2021 Hempel Mixed Two Person Offshore Worlds Leg 2
Team ESP have taken an early lead in the Adriatic Sea Team ESP have taken an early lead in Leg 2 of the 2021 Hempel Mixed Two Person Offshore World Championship in Italy. The 10 boat fleet of Figaro 3 keelboats started out from Bari at 0800 hours this morning on a 300-mile leg through the Adriatic Sea.
Posted on 20 Sep
11th Hour Racing Team at Le Défi Azimut
The team experiences highs and lows at the event Victory in the Speed Runs and the runner's-up spot in the double-handed 48-Hour Race were the highlights for the US-based 11th Hour Racing Team, as it competed with two boats in the Défi Azimut regatta in Lorient on the French Brittany coast.
Posted on 20 Sep
Italia Sailing Team enters The Ocean Race 2022-23
The goal is to give Italian tourism a further boost and enhance the Made in Italy brand During a press conference organised by the Yacht Club Italiano on Sunday evening, the Italian Minister of Tourism, Massimo Garavaglia, gave his full support for an Italian entry in the next edition of The Ocean Race, scheduled to start in late 2022.
Posted on 20 Sep