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19 August 2005, 12:07 pm
Rostock Gears Up For 505 Worlds
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505 World Championship 2005
Warnemünde, Germany

Most of the competitors in the 50th Anniversary 505 World Championship have arrived in Rostock-Warnemünde, Germany on the Baltic seaboard, where the first races will be sailed on Saturday 20 August.
Four practice races were held on Wednesday and Thursday. 114 boats from eleven nations competed in at least one practice race, getting in touch with local conditions and testing late equipment changes. The practice races constitute a separate 'PreWorlds' series that will affect national rankings.

The shore team of Warnemünder Segelclub and the race committee, helmed by Bernd Leopold KÄTHER also used the PreWorlds to get in shape. On Wednesday, the fluky northwesterly favoured lighter teams and light air experts. On Thursday, bright sunshine generated a nice 15 knot northeasterly thermal breeze.

Christian KELLNER and Klaus STAMMERJOHANN (GER) dominated the event with two second places and a third. The US team showed a strong performance with bullets for Howard HAMLIN and Cam LEWIS and Mike MARTIN and Jesse FALSONE and an overall second place for Mark IVEY and Shane ILLIDGE. Jens FINDEL and Johannes TELLEN made it two German teams in the top three.

Gerrit Haaland (As Amended By ISAF)
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