We dig the 505, and admire the hell out of the people who religiously sail and support the class. Here’s a little piece the class put together.
The 5O5 Class has dominated
its position as the premiere
high performance dinghy
for all ages and budgets.
With a world full of
options and choices for how we spend
our time, it’s become increasingly
harder to commit. Unless you are a 5O5
sailor, a classy group of international
men and women seeing through the
choices, making a commitment to the
best two-person boat in the world.
The 5O5 is arguably the most solid,
well supported and sought after
international dinghy class.
Since the early ‘50s, the 5O5
remains to be a boat-to-beat with an
all-star supporting cast of sailors from
around the globe. The members are
dedicated individuals representing over
20 countries, and once a year the bestof-
the-best come together, amicably,
to compete for the title of 5O5 World
Champion. In 2008 the Champion du
Monde was handed to Great Britain’s
Ian Pinnell and Carl Gibbon.
After 18 years of close calls
and near misses, Pinnell’s first 5O5
world title was hard fought and well
earned. He is the director of Pinnell
and Bax, an admired and respected
UK-based chandlery. Despite over
35 World, European and National
Championships in his name, Pinnell
holds this 5O5 title most dear because,
in his words, “it was the hardest to win”. Pinnell’s diversity in competition
characterizes him as sailings
equivalent of an all around athlete.
His accomplishments demonstrate
one of the key characteristics in a
5O5 sailor: versatility. Read on.