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505 North American Championship 2018

Published on August 12th, 2018

Mike Martin and Adam Lowry got out front early and stayed there through eleven races to win the 505 North American Championship 2018 held August 9-12 in San Francisco, CA. With a picket fence after two discards, they built a 20 point margin over Howard Hamlin and Andy Zinn in second.

“We couldn’t be happier,” said Martin of the win. “We sailed well across the full spectrum of conditions. Taking an early lead certainly took the pressure off. With such a diversity of conditions, we knew we didn’t have to take as many chances.”

The battle for second place was much tighter, with just eight points separating second from fifth, ultimately shaking out in favor of Hamlin and Zinn.

“It’s never felt better to finish second,” said Hamlin. “These guys are the best and no one was even near them.”

Ted Conrads and Jeff Nelson had a strong final day and finished third overall. Jesse Kirkland and Reeve Dunn (RBYC) were holding strong at second over three days of races, but slipped to fourth. The top three teams all had World Champions aboard, with the event boasting a total of seven.

“Everyone that beat us was either a World Champion or a former Olympian, so it’s the best fifth place I’ve ever gotten,” said Parker Shinn, who sailed with Eric Anderson.

Strong winds challenged the middle two days, with 25 knots sustained wind closing down racing early on day two. A heavy flood tide on day three made for long upwind battles and more than a little carnage.

“Current was a big factor,” said Lowry, who cited a slight homefield advantage. “It’s true of all of us who are part of the St. Francis team that when the current gets crazy you’re ingrained and know how to figure it into your tactics.”

The ocean’s an equal opportunity opponent, punishing both locals and visitors with potentially game-ending breakages, ultimately working in favor of Blaine Pedlow and David Meleney, who won a new jib from Glaser Sails for snapping two rudders but sailing through the end of the regatta.

Other prizes included Yeti Coolers for the top five teams, and two perpetual trophies: the Dennis Surtees Service Award, which went to Pip Pearson, and the Dave Cahn Sportsmanship Award, earned by Carl Smit.

Final Results (Top 10 of 23; 11 races, 2 discards)
1. Mike Martin/ Adam Lowry, StFYC, – 1 – 1 – (5) – 1 – 1 – 1 – 1 – (2) – 1 – 1 – 1 ; 9
2. Howard Hamlin/ Andy Zinn, ABYC/NHYC, – (8) – 3 – (6) – 2 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 4 ; 29
3. Ted Conrads/ Jeffrey Nelson, Donner Lake, – (7) – (10) – 2 – 7 – 3 – 2 – 7 – 1 – 2 – 5 – 2 ; 31
4. Jesse Kirkland/ Reeve Dunne, RBYC, – 2 – 6 – 1 – (8) – 4 – 6 – 4 – 3 – (9) – 4 – 5 ; 35
5. Parker Shinn/ Eric Anderson, StFYC/YCYC, – 5 – 5 – (9) – 5 – 2 – 4 – 2 – 6 – 5 – (10) – 3 ; 37
6. Craig Thompson/ Matthew Woodworth, Thompson Boat Works, – 6 – (7) – 3 – 6 – 6 – 7 – 5 – 5 – 6 – 3 – (14) ; 47
7. Bob Tennant/ Steve Bourdow, RVic YC, – 3 – 4 – (DNF-25) – 3 – (10) – 9 – 8 – 9 – 7 – 6 – 10 ; 59
8. Jeff Miller/ Pat Diola, Santa CruzYC, – (14) – 8 – 4 – 9 – 8 – 5 – 6 – 7 – (12) – 9 – 8 ; 64
9. Macy Nelson/ Russell Miller, West River Sailing Club, – (15) – (14) – 7 – 12 – 9 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 14 – 7 – 9 ; 85
10. Mike Holt/ Carl Smit, Santa Cruz YC, – 4 – 2 – (OCS-25) – 4 – 7 – (DNF-25) – 13 – 8 – 8 – 16 – RET-25 ; 87

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Source: Amanda Witherell, St. Francis Yacht Club

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