Improve Your 505 Sailing

Whether you are a newcomer to the 505 Class, or you are a seasoned veteran just looking for another perspective; this page is the source for all the tips and tricks you need to make it to the top of the fleet. Please contact the Webmaster if you have an article to contribute or you think should be linked to from this page.

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Boat Handling and Boatspeed

From the Experts; The Benjamin 505 by Steve Benjamin [photo]
Dousing Technique by Jesse Falsone
Trapezing Technique by Ali Meller
Switching Driver and Crew by Jesse Falsone
Video Playlist from the 2009 Hampton Clinic courtesy of Peter Alarie [video] 
Video Playlist from the 2010 American YC Clinic courtesy of Peter Alarie [video] 
Video Playlist from the 2010 Larchmont Clinic courtesy of Peter Alarie [video] 
Video Playlist from the 2011 Larchmont Clinic courtesy of Peter Alarie [video] 
Video Playlist from the 2011 Sail Newport Clinic courtesy of Peter Alarie [video]
Wire to Wire Jibing Tutorial by Parker Shinn [video] 

Tactics and Strategy


Coaching, Fitness, and Gear

Practice Drills for Several Boats by Ethan Bixby and Scott Ikle
Practice Drills by Peter Alarie
Daily Checklist by Henry Amthor

Trailer, Transport, and Storage

Trailers for 505s by Ali Meller
Trailering Tips from the 505 email list
Building a Custom Double 505 Trailer by JB Turney and Craig Thompson [photo] [pdf]

Improving your 505

Please visit the Rigging and Project Archive for lots of great articles on how to improve, repair, refinish, re-rig, and tune your 505.