Report on PT Sailors at the the 505 North Americans in Santa Cruz

Dan and Piper power reaching in Santa Cruz breeze. Photo by John Navas

Dan and Piper keeping it flat upwind in Santa Cruz breeze. Photo by John Navas

Piper Dunlap reports in on the 5o5 North Americans in Santa Cruz

Port Townsend sailors, Sugar Flanagan, Sean Rankins, Spencer Snapp, Dan Ginther, and Piper Dunlap all made the pilgrimage to Santa Cruz, CA last weekend to compete in the 2014 505 Dinghy North American Championship Regatta. This was the first time that each of these sailors has competed at this level in the class, and they all came home tired, sore, a little humbled, but satisfied having raced against the best in the land in the classic challenging conditions that Santa Cruz is famous for – ocean swell and 10 to 30 knots of breeze.

Big breeze generally takes its toll though, and Santa Cruz was no exception. There was a lot of boat repair going on ashore. Sugar and Spencer sheared their beautiful spruce rudder off at the lower pintel while practicing in 25 plus before the regatta, but were able to affect repairs and procure a new foil from famed 505 builder, Larry Tuttle, in time for the first race. Dan and Piper had to retire from Race 5 because they broke their tiller extension during a high wind spinnaker gybe which quickly evolved into a capsize. Or was it a capsize that resulted in a broken extension? No one knows for sure!
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505 Regatta: Small Fleet, Big Smiles!

The PTSA sponsored 2011 Port Townsend 5o5 Mother’s Day Regatta

“Dooflicker” (Dunlap/Ginther) and “Eight Ball” (Coburn/Flanagan) chasing “Relish” (Brackett Bros.)

The PTSA hosted 5o5 Port Townsend Mother’s Day Regatta took place last weekend, May 7th & 8th, without much fanfare or publicity, but for seven 5o5 teams it was good clean fun on the water and off — an event your mother could be proud of!

Nine races over two days provided the international fleet with consistent 5 to 10 knot breeze and even some sun on Sunday. Saturday, “Opening Day” of the boating season was decidedly wet, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of these hardened sailors, nor keep them from lingering in the rigging area at Pete Langley’s Cupola House venue to debrief on the day’s racing and talk 505 shop.  Pete even fired up his permitted, propane enhanced fire pit to help thaw everyone out. Thanks, Pete, for providing the “ol’ clubhouse.”  Big thanks also to Stuart Sinclair and Joe Daubenberger for  being PRO’s for the event, Jeff Gibbens and Josh Moman for running the mark boat, Chris and Kathy Grace for providing the famous M/V Petrel for committee boat duty on Sunday, Sugar and Lesley Flanagan for hosting the Saturday evening dinner, and Ben and Lisa Falge for etching the classy glass trophies.

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