Tank Talk is the one and only news outlet for the International 505 Class, American Section. Originally, Tank Talk was published as a periodical newsletter that was mailed to members for their reading pleasure. Due to rising costs associated with printing and distributing the paper newsletter along with lack of a motivated editor within the class, Tank Talk was discontinued. After a short hiatus, Tank Talk was brought back to life in the form of an online newsletter and blog. Please email the Webmaster if you have content to contribute to Tank Talk.

PLEASE VISIT THE TANK TALK PAGE FOR THE LATEST REGATTA REPORTS, INTERVIEWS, ARTICLES AND GENERAL 505 CONTENT:

Below is an archive of past print issues of Tank Talk. Click on the cover image below to view/download the selected issue:

2005

Summer 2005 

  • Downwind Tactics
  • Rigging Art
  • Pip Pearson - A Legacy
  • The Future of  the CB

2004

Summer 2004 - Worlds Preview

  • The Sailor Athlete Council
  • Small Crew's Survival Guide
  • Santa Cruz Wind Patterns
  • A Travel Guide to Mecca
  • Morgan Larson Interview
  • Sailing Strong: Staying Powered Up
  • Dave Shelton Speaks

2003

Fall 2003

  • Carbon Spars Ballot Results
  • Coaching Weekend
  • Fitting Out a New 505
  • Sealing 505 Tanks
  • Ocean Swell Tactics
  • Wrist Strength
  • Custom Composite Foils
  • Rule #42

Spring 2003 - Winning Isn't Everything: An interview with the Swedes Krister Bergstrom and Thomas Moss

  • Racing the 505 at 80
  • Upwind Pacing
  • Bergstrom and Moss Interview
  • Hydration on the Water
  • Resurrection Stories
  • Carbon Mast Debate

2002

Fall 2002 - It's Not Just How You Use It: A Summer of Findings on the Long Luff Spinnaker

  • Witchcraft Update
  • The Essential Toolbox
  • The Fremantle 505
  • Long Luff Spinnaker Update
  • The Buchans Interviewed
  • Strengthen Your Abs and Back
  • Protests and Doing Circles

Spring 2002 - Long Luff Spinnaker: A Look at World Wide Development

  • Supporting the 505 Class
  • Rigging the Flattening Reef
  • The Spinnaker Halyard Pump System
  • Manage Risk in Big Fleets
  • VanMunster 505 Innovations
  • Long Luff Spinnaker Development
  • Recruiting for the 505

2001

Fall 2001 - 505 Synergy: An Interview with Bruce Edwards and David Shelton

  • What to Wear
  • Rigging Basics
  • Getting Faster
  • Edwards and Shelton Interview
  • Crew/Skipper: Trading Places
  • Laser vs. 505
  • Recruiting Junior Sailors

Spring 2001 - When Safety Matters

  • Trailering Tips
  • Maximize Downwind Performance
  • Safety Lessons from Durban
  • Physical Fitness and Sailing
  • WitchCraft 505s
  • Installing a Mast Ram
  • New Worlds Format

2000

Fall 2000 - Is This Fleet Building

  • Learning from a Champion
  • Off Water Programs
  • High or Low Reaches
  • Lessons from Long Beach
  • Restarting the Seattle Fleet
  • High-aspect Centerboards
  • Peter Alarie Interview

Summer 2000 - Cam's Excellent Adventure

  • Light Air Sailing
  • Boat Preparation
  • Using the Compass
  • Cam Lewis Interview
  • The Triple Trailer
  • Big Spinnaker Future
  • Why Fleets Fail

Winter 2000

  • Rules Ballot Results
  • Training Session
  • 505 History
  • Worlds Technology
  • Worlds Racing
  • Hamlin Martin Interview

1999

Winter 1999

  • Rules Changes
  • Fleet Building
  • US Ranking System
  • 505 Maintenance
  • Foil Repairs
  • American Section History

1998

Fall 1998

  • Trotman Mills Interview
  • Team SPOT Interview

Summer 1998

  • Smart Ratchets
  • Top 10 McLube Uses
  • Barry Kuehl Interview
  • Winning Crew Work
  • Smart Ratchets
  • Running Promotional Events

Spring 1998

  • Worlds Measurement
  • Tuning Sessions
  • Regatta Checklist
  • Fleet Boats

Winter 1998

  • Reefing Outhaul
  • Worlds Courses
  • Main Sheeting
  • Sail Shape

1997

Fall 1997

  • Storage Maintenance
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciUldHNXdNTnI0LW8/view?usp=sharing

Summer 1997

  • Sponsored Racing
  • Rules Update
  • Major Venue Wind Strategy
  • Trailering Tips

1996

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciWFA1eFVLTWJINDQ/view

Winter 1996

  • Marazion, England Worlds - Mike Mills
  • Technical Innovations at the '95 Worlds - Ali Meller
  • A Newcomer's View of the Class - Chris Museler
  • 505 Clocked at 65 mph - Howard Hamlin
  • Discussion: IYRU Rule Change to Ban Wearing Extra Weight - Ali Meller
  • Record Turnout at Worlds and Pre-Worlds - Ali Meller

1994

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciQUVvR2g0cUVYUkU/view?usp=sharing

Fall 1994

  • North Americans Championship Report - Bruce Edwards
  • Sell your 505! - Don Smith
  • Rebuilding old boats to rebuild the class - Ali Meller
  • (New) Category B Sponsorship - Bryan Largay
  • Fleet Building - Howard Hamlin
  • The Boathandling Edge - Nick Trotman
  • Outboard Jib Leads - Bruce Edwards

1993

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciUzlmenpnWEp6NDQ/view?usp=sharing

Spring 1993

  • Call for articles
  • Membership structure proposal
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciZGp6ZEpjWWVLZEE/view?usp=sharing

Fall 1993

  • North Americans
  • US AGM Minutes
  • Int'l AGM Minutes
  • Fleet 19 (Chesapeake) News
  • Worlds Report from Travemunde, Germany
  • Twings
  • The North Americans as a fun regatta
  • Maybe It's Time For A Change - alternative rig setup
  • Wired For Speed - Secrets of a successful trapeze crew
  • 505 Nationals -Barker and Handock Win Again

1992

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B484U9YCkhciUldHNXdNTnI0LW8

Fall 1992

  • 1992 Santa Cruz Worlds
  • 505 Worlds Gear, Rigging, and Trends

1991

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciblR0YTRlU3NCYnc/view?usp=sharing

Winter 1991 (Cover)

  • Worlds
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhcicFRmYVoxcU5CSnc/view?usp=sharing

Summer 1991 (Partial)

  • Pacific Coast Championships
  • 505 Tuning Sheet - Howard Hamlin

1967

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciTmN1R0ZIc0lFSjg/view?usp=sharing

Winter 1967

  • Announcements of events; all over the world
  • Recap (two of them for comparison) of the 1967 Pacific Coast Championship
  • Captain Plane's fantastic voyage comes to an end
  • Exchange of letters with the Irish
  • Report on heavy weather one of a kind from our dedicated correspondent in Lotus Land
  • Classified Ad Program
  • Final report to the class on fund raising program


Below are some archived issues of the 505 Express, published by the Canadia 505 Yacht Racing Association.

1992

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciVk4wTVdub2YyTG8/view?usp=sharing

November 1992

  • 1992 Worlds in Santa Cruz
  • What was hot, and what was not in Santa Cruz - Jeff Boyd
  • From Fireballs to 505s - Terry Thomas & Terrance Reynolds

1989

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciSWtsS1Y4My0tOVU/view?usp=sharing

May 1989 

  • Tuning a 505 Trailer
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B484U9YCkhciS09IdzkyTWxBbFU/view?usp=sharing

October 1989 

  • Americans Dominate Windy 5o5 NA's
  • Swede Wins Worlds For Third Time