We are looking forward to another great Festival of Fives this year in the last week of February. Last year we had some epic racing during the Festival and the icing on the cake was when 5.5 Metres won both the spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions of the RMYC Classic Yacht Regatta (still not sure were the chart plotter prizes are going to be installed!). http://www.5.5class.org/single-post/2018/03/25/Australian-Festival-of-Fives-2018
Please see below the events in the Festival of Fives for 2019. Please get the dates in your diaries and get your entries in now. Could you also please circulate this email to any other International 5.5 Metre owners not on this circulation list. The more the merrier and we really do want to make a 'splash' and showcase these iconic boats in the run into the 2020 Worlds.
International 5.5m Festival of Fives 2019
Saturday 23rd February. RPAYC Friends of David Booth Regatta (Free entry to non-club members competing in the Nationals).
Sunday 24th February to Tuesday 26th February. RPAYC Australian National Championships. The winner of this championship will also be the nominated Australian Representative for the Scandinavian Gold Cup at the 2019 Worlds in Finland.
Wednesday 27th February. Invitation to compete in the Woody Point Yacht Club Twilight Pursuit Race non-spinnaker (60 boats of all shapes and sizes). Pittwater Alfred's Gold Cup for the winning 5.5m. Followed by informal meal and prize giving at Lucky and Peps Newport. Start time around 1800 exact time to be confirmed early in the week. Please let me know if you are going to compete as I need to confirm the number of 5.5 Metres with the start boat. https://www.wpyc.com.au/sailing/
Thursday 28th February. RPAYC Thursday Twilight Race. Division 3. 5.5 Metre non-spinnaker Ladies Helm Race for the Champion 5.5 Metre “Associate” Trophy (we will resurrect this old classic 5.5m trophy from the 1980s). Trophy will go to the first Ladies Helm on scratch (Free entry to non-club members competing in the Nationals). Please invite a lady to helm your boat and join the race. Other non-ladies helm 5.5 Metres can compete for the love of it!
Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd March. RMYC Classic Yacht Regatta. Spinnaker and non-spinnaker divisions. https://www.royalmotor.com.au/images/pdfs/divisions/sailing/2019_Sailing/2019_Classic_Yacht_Regatta_-_NOR.pdf
Looking to seeing as many of you as possible out for the week.
PS: You might enjoy this old article on the Revive of the Five in Pittwater from 2017. We are looking to add more chapters to this revival story.