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About the 5o5
class sailing dinghy is an international
design two person, fast, responsive, quick
accelerating racing craft. With a trapeze,
spinnaker and a large sail plan, the boat
offers good competitive tactical racing and
is very exciting to sail.
The boat is
sailed in over 17 countries throughout the
world with world championships being
contested each year. Many well know yachtsmen
have sailed in the class including Paul
Elvstrom, Sir James Hardy, John Cuneo, Ian
Brown, Iain Murray, David Porter, Stephen
McConaghy, Chris & Darren Nicholson and
the Kyrwood Brothers.
October 2001 more than 8,770 boats have been
registered throughout the world. To learn
more about the international association and
the various national fleets visit the
international sites page.
The Australian fleets are located in Sydney,
Lake Macquarie, Brisbane, Townsville, Bowen,Cairns, Adelaide and Perth.
The world championships are sailed every 12
months and Australia has won a number of themin the last 10 years.
The Australian Championships are normally
conducted in late December - early Januaryeach year.
The images used on this page were
used with the kind permission of photographer Jacques