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20 August 2005, 08:29 am
Kick Off In Rostock
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505 World Championship
Rostock, Germany

The CSC 505 World Championships were officially opened in Rostock Warnemünde on Friday night, with two races scheduled.
After an hour of waiting in the race area, at 12.00 hours a light Northerly sea breeze filled in and the first race got underway. The 505 class has long favored the gate start method for fair starting in large fleets. However, this time a lot of sailors were concerned if a gate start would work with 170 boats in light air. It has been argued that the windward back spill of the fleet queuing for the start would slow down the port tack pathfinder boat, putting a disadvantage on the right side of the start. Pathfinders Ethan BIXBY and Erik BOOTHE (USA) proved all theories wrong by passing the first weather mark in the top twenties.

Watching the clouds filling in, Principal Race Officer Bernd-Leopold KÄTHER assumed they would stall the thermal and opted to shorten the course. Right after the finish, the sea breeze died and the boats were sent to shore after an abandoned attempt to start another race. Michael RÖSSLER and Holger NEUHAUS (GER) won the race. Second place finishers Dietrich SCHEDER-BESCHIN and Reiner GÖRGE (GER) have been disqualified for pumping. They filed for redress, claiming they have been confused with another boat. The redress is still pending Per LARSEN and Hendrik ANDRESEN (DEN) round out the top three. Volker NIEDIEK and Stefan HEISING from Germany move up to three if the DSQ for SCHEDER and GÖRGE is confirmed. 167 boats finished the race.

Two races are scheduled for Sunday. On Sunday night, the sailors will celebrate the 50th anniversary World Championship with a gala event, the HSH Nordbank night. Australian America's cup legend Sir James Hardy, who launched his sailing career by winning the 505 World Championships in 1966, will be attending the event.
Gerrit Haaland
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