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Welcome to the Force 5 Class

2011 North American Championship Results

“The sea was angry that day my friend…” is a good description of how we ended the regatta at the Thames Yacht Club in New London, CT. But before we dig to far into how we finished, lets talk about how we got here. The F5 NAs have been going on since 1974, the year Gary Jobson won. The NAs first visit to New London was in 1994 and on the podium were Bob Cullen, Luke Buxton and Court Young. It was Bob’s fifth NA victory. Between those three skippers, they would go on to win 12 NAs between them. We would return to Thames YC in 2004 and 2007. And here we are back again for the 2011 chapter of the F5 NAs.

Sailing out of Thames YC is a really neat opportunity. It is very much an urban club. The parking is on the streets around the club, no parking lot at the club. So, unloading your boat happens quickly while the local traffic waits patiently. Awesome 2 story clubhouse and beautiful sandy beach at the club make for a fantastic venue for sailing Force 5s. Most everyone had arrived and setup by Thursday night. There were discussions of a practice sail but light wind and cold beer make for a battle that will always be won ashore.

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THE “SHORT-RIG”


The excitement of sailing a high-performance dinghy has always been the test of the sailor’s response to wind and wave conditions. The enjoyment and lasting interest that Force 5 sailors specifically have in common, is the “all-inclusiveness” of the Class. Age, weight, size, gender and strength may all have some bearing on the amount of effort required to be a top contender, but the design of the boat and the attitude of the sailors is what makes Force 5 Regattas so alluring and enduring.

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2011 Border Run Sprint Results

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The 2011 Border Run Sprint was attended this year by two Force 5ers. They showed the strength of the Force 5 and the guys who sail them. They came out with a first and third.



Results of the Dinghy division of the 2011 Border Run, a 14nm ocean race from Newport Beach to Dana Point. Force 5s would have gone 1-2 except for the fact that the Laser who corrected out second sailed a crazy (and shorter) course which was not prohibited in the SIs. It also gave him a hotter angle to the downwind finish and he was able to cross about 30 sec ahead of me even though I led for almost the entire race. I elected to pass all the rocks to port, a MUCH safer route. Brad Cameron was the other Force 5; his corrected time was very close to 2nd place Laser. Brad also elected to sail outside the rocks.

If you go to Google Earth you can see a view of what he did. Passed a rock to starboard at 33.460306 deg N, 11.716678 deg W and then turned basically south leaving another rock to strbd at 33.459003 deg N, 117.716058 deg W. He then was able to broad reach to the finish while I had a longer leg almost directly downwind. BTW, Google Earth uses a different format for positions:

- 33deg 27'37.10"N, 117deg 43'00.04"W for first ref point
- 33deg 27'32.41"N, 117deg 42'57.81"W for second ref point

Anyway was a fun event and kinda cool to basically beat all the Lasers boat-for-boat.

John B.

Sail

Boat

Skipper

Yacht Club

1

Total

Pos

7

Emanon

John Barrere

Lake Yosemite SA

1

1

1

179965

Darkling

Mary Ho

South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club

2

2

2

7926

rudder bum

Brad Cameron

stockton sailing club

3

3

3

165021

Buddy Richley
[Laser]

LIYC

4

4

4

150

C-Ya

Steve Cameron

Richmond Yacht Club

5

5

5

194007

Huli Huli

Pierson Jacquelin
[Laser]

Waikiki Yacht Club

6

6

6

187703

Comfortably Numb

PJ Jacquelin
[Laser]

Balboa Yacht Club

7

7

7

N/A

Vincitore

Steven Stege

SBYRC

9/DSQ

9

8

Last Updated on Monday, 08 August 2011 05:40
 

Force 5 - Facebook

The Force 5 Class Association has been working hard to build new communications to keep Force 5ers up to date and draw in new interested sailors and Facebook is leading these efforts.

The class has developed a facebook page for communicating with Force 5ers everywhere.

The Force 5 page isn't much different then a lot of the forums you likely subcribe to today. The real difference is it provides updates to your facebook account regarding news, pictures, videos, events and ongoing discussions. You have to create a facebook account in order to click "Like" on the class page.

You can create a facebook account a lock down all of the permissions and put in limited information as you choose. Additionally you don't ever have to accept any friend requests if you so choose.

Here is the link to the Force Class Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Force-5-Class-Association/186193258084930?sk=wall

Last Updated on Monday, 14 March 2011 21:37
 

Force 5 Wallpaper Images

Downwind at 2010 NAs

 

Upwind Approaching the Mark at 2010 NAs

Start at the Midwinters in Key Largo

Beam Reaching in Key Largo

Upwind Battle at 2008 Midwinters in Key Largo

 

Start at the 2010 NAs at Western Carolina Sailing Club

Light Air at the 2002 North Americans

Upwind at the 2002 North Americans

2002 North American’s Start

2002 Midwinters Reaching

2003 Midwinters Start

2003 Midwinters Upwind in Breeze

Installation Instructions

Please be patient while downloading these high-quality images.

PC: Right-click on the image. Select the option "Set as Wallpaper" or "Set as Background".

MAC OSX: Control-click on the image and select "Download Image to Disk". Save the image to your hard drive (remember where you saved it!). From your Apple menu, select "System Preferences > Personal > Desktop". Find the image and drag it into the Image Well.

MAC OS9: Control-click on the image and select "Download Image to Disk". Save the image to your hard drive (remember where you saved it!). From your Apple menu, select "Control Panels" and choose "Appearance". Choose the "Desktop" Tab. Click the "Place Picture..." button and choose the image. Drag the drop-down menu labeled "Position Automatically" to choose the desired appearance of the image.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 January 2015 12:12
 


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