Please select your home edition
Lloyd Stevenson - AC Alinghi 1456x180px TOP

The oldest video footage of 505 racing dinghies

by Magnus Smith 5 May 04:00 PDT
First 505 hull completed, just awaiting varnishing and fitting out © Jack Chippendale

Our video archive is fully searchable, and linked to all the clubs and classes in our database. It is updated weekly with the latest videos of sailing, but here we delve into the past, and round-up everything that shows early racing in the 5o5 class.

The oldest footage we could find was from Emsworth (UK) during the 1950s and it is a long video covering many classes. You may not have an hour free to wallow in nostalgia, so feel free to skip ahead according to this guide, since the first two 505 moments are mere seconds:

  • 24 mins - See number 49 launching, with her age also betrayed by the cut of the sails
  • 49 mins - a reefed 505 can be briefly seen
  • 54 mins - newer models launch and are seen racing (keep going till the end)

Next up is a wonderful promotional film for Fairey Marine, outlining their range of dinghies, in the late 1950s. The 505 features at 2m45s but only btiefly.

Then we move to the sixties, with 505 racing in Argentina, 1969 with spinnakers flying. This silent footage is courtesy of British Pathé.

There is only one boat in this next video, but it is fun to see a 505 in Stockholm, 1971. Someone is having a great time singlehanding it! (Note, half-way through the video it changes to a slideshow of still photos.)

Now we move to a series of great footage from the Worlds, starting in 1973 with the 505 World Championship in Hong Kong (see also some extra video and event photos and results).

The next year the event was in Marstrand, Sweden, 1974 (see also event photos and results.)

Then we move to the eighties, with the 505 Worlds in Cork, Ireland, 1982. (See also event photos and results.)

We now have nine links from Youtuber Ebbe Rosen, covering the 505 Worlds in Enoshima, Japan, 1985. Take your pick!

Ending our eighties focus is the 505 Worlds at Felixstowe, Great Britain, 1989. (See also event photos and results.)

A random selection of archive 505 material from the 80s and early 90s now. There are some land-based sailor quotes as well as plenty of on-water blasting. Amazingly, for 1990 there is even some brief masthead footage! No GoPros in those days.

In the early nineties we next have the 505 European Championship at Quiberon, 1990.

Last of all we move to the UK for the 505 World Championship at Mount's Bay, 1995.

What of the rest?

Do you know the location of any Five-Oh videos that show racing fleets from the early years? We would love to share these with other sailors. You can submit video links to us for immediate review.

Keep watching with:

The UK's leading dinghy historian recorded a series of videos about the life of John Westell, the 505's designer. (Skip to part 3 if you are interested in the Coronet, the forerunner to the 5o5, or to part 4 for the 505 story starting.)

Related Articles

Bill Barker is raising funds for Blood Cancer UK
Unexpected diagnosis of leukaemia for International Race Officer Bill Barker, a well-known, respected, and beloved member of the Marine Industry, received an unexpected terminal diagnosis of Acute Myelomonocytic Leukaemia at the end of May 2024. This devastating news has shocked his family, friends, and acquaintances. Posted on 17 Jul
Celebrating 40yrs of Newport Regatta
A premier East Coast Sailing event four decades after its launch This weekend marks the 40th Anniversary of the Newport Regatta at Sail Newport, featuring 147 boats and ten one-design racing classes. Posted on 11 Jul
505 UK Nationals at Rock
USA's Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn beat the British fleet on their home waters Howie Hamlin and Andy Zinn of the USA bested a fleet of 25 teams representing five countries to claim the 2024 International 505 UK National and Open Championship title. The duo built upon their victory last month at the North Americans in Long Beach, CA. Posted on 11 Jun
505 Southerns at Hayling Island
Six very tight races in a light to moderate shifty breeze Eleven 505s joined the burgeoning Hayling 505 fleet for a weekend forecast to have glorious weather. The Southerns were part of a joint event with Fireballs, Contenders and Ospreys, making for a very busy start area. Posted on 14 May
505 class gathers for North American Championship
Competition will be fierce but fun, on Alamitos Bay Twenty seven teams from across the country will descend on Alamitos Bay Yacht Club for the 505 Class North American Championships this week. Posted on 13 May
100 Years of Jack Chippendale
One of the greats behind the golden era of the UK's domestic dinghy scene Regular readers will hopefully have enjoyed the recent 'Fine Lines' series of photos, times to coincide with the centenary of one of the greats behind the golden era of the UK's domestic dinghy scene, Jack Chippendale. Posted on 13 May
'Fine Lines' Top Ten part 10
With a full history of master boatbuilder Jack Chippendale This, the tenth and final Fine Lines in this series ends up with a real example of what the thinking is all about, that near perfect fusion of style and function. Plus a more detailed look at Jack's life and his boats. Posted on 1 May
The price of heritage
A tale of a city, three towns but one theme, from dinghy historian Dougal Henshall The meeting in question took place down at the National Maritime Museum at Falmouth and saw the 1968 Flying Dutchman Gold Medal winning trio of Rodney Pattisson, Iain MacDonald-Smith and their boat Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious brought back together. Posted on 19 Apr
2024 505 Euro Cup in San Raphael overall
35 teams from 7 countries enjoy the event in the south of France The first 505 Europa Cup of 2024 took place at the charming venue of St Raphael in the south of France, hosted by Club Nautique de St Rachael. Posted on 3 Apr
2024 505 Euro Cup in San Raphael Day 1
A challenging first day with very shifty winds The fleet endured a challenging first day with very shifty winds gusting sometimes over 30knots and unpredictable waves. Posted on 30 Mar
C-Tech 2021 (Spars-QFX Racer) 728x90 BOTTOMCyclops Marine 2023 November - FOOTERArmstrong 728x90 - Performance Mast Range - BOTTOM