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Happy International 5O5 (5/05) Day

The International 5O5 Association has adopted May 5 (5/05) as International 5O5 Day. According to the association, the 65-year-old racing dinghy “has maintained its position as the most successful two-person sailing boat on the planet. Enormously popular amongst Olympians, world champions and enthusiastic weekend sailors alike, the Class will use the 5th May to celebrate the 505 Community that spans over 17 countries and over six decades of racing around the world.”

Adam Lowry and Mike Martin
Mike Martin and Adam Lowry, both residents of Mill Valley, excel in the class. Martin has won the 5O5 Worlds five times: in 1999, 2009, 2016 and 2019.
© 2021

Why does the 5O5 remain so successful? It’s a “most elegant, beautiful boat,” according to Harold Cudmore, Olympian and multiple world champion. “No other boat is able to give one such pleasure,” said Danish legend Paul Elvstrom, Olympian and multiple world champion. “It has awesome international racing,” said Olympian Penny Clark. “It’s just so much fun,” said 70-year-old Earl Alexander.

Developed in the mid-1950s, the 16.5-ft 5O5 incorporates a lightweight hull design with a powerful sail plan (with spinnaker) and trapeze. The dinghy can plane in 10 knots of wind. The sailors can make almost every adjustment while they’re racing. Brit John Westell designed the boat. The rules for the hull shape and sail plan have not been changed.

Mike Martin, Theresa Brandner and Adam Lowry
Skipper Mike Martin, left and crew Adam Lowry picked up the 2018 5O5 North American trophy from St. Francis Commodore Theresa Brandner. The duo would go on to win the 2019 5O5 World Championships in Fremantle, Australia, and US Sailing’s 2019 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year award.
© 2021 Amanda Witherell

The class’s World Championship was canceled in 2020. Royal Bermuda Yacht Club will host the 2021 Worlds on October 26-November 5.

5O5 planing with spinnaker
Mike Holt of Santa Cruz and his crew Carl Smit placed second at the 2019 Worlds in Fremantle, Australia.
© 2021 5O5 International Class

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