Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - LEADERBOARD

Champions to unite for 5.5 Metre Gold Cup and World Championship 2020

by Di Pearson 2 Dec 2019 19:14 PST 9-13 January 2020
5.5 Metres lined up at RPAYC ready to race - 5.5 Metre World Championship © Martin Cross

With boats belonging to international entrants arriving in Australia, the temptation to take part in the upcoming 5.5 Metre Class World Championship proved too strong for some big names on home soil, who have now signed on the dotted line for the event, to be hosted by the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) on Pittwater this summer.

To be held from 9-13 January, the Championship and its lead-in events are expected to attract around 27 boats; 13 Moderns, nine Evolutions and five Classic 5.5 Metre boats.

On noting the talent that would contest the Worlds, Phil Smidmore OAM and Rob Brown OAM, members of Australia II's winning team at the 1983 America Cup, have put their hands up.

Smidmore, a former winner of the 5.5 Metre Scandinavian Gold Cup the Worlds twice and mast man on Australia II, will crew on Skagerak for Steve Brajkovich. Brown, a former Australian Etchells champion, three-time 18 foot skiff J.J. Giltinan (unofficial Worlds) champion and multiple 18s Australian champion, is to helm Alpha Crucis.

"My experience in the Etchells will help. It's just a matter of putting in the time," Brown said. "I've had a go off Pittwater. We did alright, which got me excited, not to mention the overseas competition that's coming.

Among the big names heading to Pittwater from overseas are the Worlds' winners from the past three years and the top three from the 2019 Worlds: Kristian Nergaard from Norway (Artemis XIV), Mark Holowesko with his New Moon 2 and Gavin McKinney (John B), both from The Bahamas.

There are also entries from Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland, However, the Australians have been putting in practice on home turf and will be lying in wait...

"It's been amazing being out there sailing against the three eras of boats with their different shapes, but when you're out there sailing along, you forget they're different. At times you are going the same speed. I'm enjoying the class."

Brown's crew, including Simon Smith, was set to go, but his middle crew can no longer make it: "We're feverishly looking for a person who will fit in and have a bit of fun with it while being competitive. We need someone 95 to 100 kilos who is a good trimmer with a good tactical brain," the Pittwater local says.

"Thanks have to go to Martin Cross, the class president, who has put in a huge amount of work to make this Championship happen - and he got the class up and running again at The Alfreds," Brown ended.

For his part, Cross said, "Many of the historic Australian Evolution and Classic boats have been renovated. They are gleaming and ready to go," adding: "The competition in the Evolution fleet will be intense, as we have some fast former World Championship and Gold Cup winning boats going head-to-head.

Most intriguing will be the showdown between the Classics Alfredo Delli's Carabella (Italy) and Damian Macey's renovated Baragoola (Australia). Both will be out to prove which boat really is the fastest Classic.

Principal Race Officer for the Gold Cup and 5.5 Metre Worlds is Denis Thompson; one of Australia's most experienced race officials, while the UK's Jamie Clark will chair the International Jury. Among those joining Clark on the jury are Australian Richard Slater, the Chief Umpire for the 36th America's Cup, and Steve Hatch, who has officiated at the Olympic Games and Americas Cup.

For those wishing to emulate some of the 'legends' in the 5.5 Metre there is still time to buy a boat. Please see boats for sale at www.5.5class.org/boats-for-sale.

Notice of Race and all information available here.

Related Articles

5.5 Metre Europeans at Sanremo, Italy overall
Aspire secures the title with no racing possible on the final day Aspire (POL 17, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Przemyslaw Gacek, Simon Fry) has won the 2020 5.5 Metre European Championship in Sanremo, Italy, after no races were possible on the final day of the event, Saturday. Posted on 29 Aug
5.5 Metre Europeans at Sanremo, Italy day 4
Aspire takes two bullets to lead Aspire (POL 17, Mateusz Kusznierewicz, Przemyslaw Gacek, Simon Fry) took the overall lead on the fourth day at the 5.5 Metre Europeans in Sanremo, Italy, after winning both late races in a light and patchy breeze. Posted on 28 Aug
5.5 Metre Europeans at Sanremo, Italy day 3
No wind stops play Lack of wind forced all racing to be abandoned on the third day of the 5.5 Metre Europeans in Sanremo, Italy. The sailors patiently waited all day in the searing heat, only to be sent home disappointed. Posted on 27 Aug
5.5 Metre Europeans at Sanremo, Italy day 2
Momo extends on glamour second day Sanremo turned everything on for Day 2 of the 5.5 Metre European Championship with 30 degrees and 10-14 knots for a glamour day on the water in these very glamorous boats. Posted on 27 Aug
5.5 Metre Europeans at Sanremo, Italy day 1
Kusznierewicz and Schön dominate opening day The 2020 5.5 Metre Europeans got underway on Tuesday in Sanremo, Italy, after a four-hour delay waiting for wind, but with two great races late in the afternoon in 7-10 knots of warm breeze and flat water. Posted on 26 Aug
Thunderstorm heralds 5.5 Metre Europeans opening
20 teams set for racing in Sanremo, Italy Short speeches, socially distant team tables and masked serving staff were the order of the day as the 5.5 Metre Europeans opened in Sanremo, Italy, with 20 teams ready to do battle when racing starts on Tuesday, 24 August. Posted on 25 Aug
Sanremo ready to run 5.5m Europeans
First international event for the class since the pandemic began Sanremo, Italy, is all ready to welcome the 5.5 Metre fleet for its 2020 European Championship. Normally only held when the world championship is outside Europe, the event has attracted 20 crews from nine countries. Posted on 21 Aug
5.5 Metre European Championship entry opens
A series of 10 races is scheduled at Yacht Club Sanremo The International 5.5 Metre Class Association and Yacht Club Sanremo are delighted to announce that entry is open for the 2020 European Championship in Sanremo, Italy. Posted on 16 Jun
Fivepointfive magazine - April 2020 edition
Fascinating interviews, technical articles, history and national updates The International 5.5 Metre Class Association has launched a new magazine, fivepointfive, highlighting the increased growth and interest in this classic construction class. Posted on 10 Apr
The first episode of On Course
Exciting new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world Welcome to the first episode of On Course, our exciting new series that takes a regular look at the sailing world. Posted on 1 Apr
Vaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 1Henri-Lloyd 2020 HLRC FOOTERRooster 2020 - Impact BA - FOOTER