Over the past few days Sail Newport in Newport, RI, hosted 30 5O5s from 12 states and two countries competing in the 2021 5O5 North Americans. In the end, the always-strong California 5O5 sailing fleet put in another impressive performance, with the Bay Area’s Mike Martin and Adam Lowry, who are also the current world champions, taking the top spot. Mike Holt and Carl Smit from Santa Cruz took second, and Nic Baird and Eric Anderson (Redwood City) took fourth, with Howie Hamlin and Jeff Nelson from Southern California taking fifth.
Newport showed off sunshine, breeze and a full spectrum of sparkling conditions. Photo/videographer Ty Baird caught some great drone action in the video below.
It was tight racing for the top two positions when, after Friday’s racing, in a classic high-teens southwesterly with enormous ground swell from an offshore storm, Holt and Smit took the day with a 2-1-1 to Martin/Lowry’s 1-4-2 and moved to within two points for the overall lead. The weekend continued with good breezes and challenging conditions. The racing remained tight, but the Martin/Lowry duo ended up on top, finishing with two bullets.
The California 5O5 sailors push each other with practice racing when they’re back home, and it shows whenever they’re on the road. To see the full results click here.