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Opportunités classiques à saisir!


Dieu sait si les 5.5 sont d’excellents bateaux… Nous n’avons pas encore trouvé plus efficace au près, et pourtant du monde cherche; leur élégance est indubitable. Pour ces deux points, les classiques sont redoutables et ont en plus le luxe d’avoir une histoire, parfois connue – parfois à redécouvrir. Soulignons au passage que trouver l’exacte combinaison de réglage et d’angle de barre pour avoir le bon effet de trim en accord avec la bonne mer demande d’accumuler un peu d’expérience! Mais qu’une fois trouvé, on accroche sérieusement les évolutions et quelques modernes… Enfin, détails non négligeables: rien ne s’accroche dans leur safran et surtout il faut reconnaître qu’ils sont vraiment plus confortables que les 5.5 plus modernes, en ballade comme en régate, par tous les temps!

Pour les amateurs encore indécis, quelques opportunités sont à saisir en Bretagne, pour aller briller à Cowes après le circuit métrique:

- FRA 46 Nirvana, actuel détenteur de la Royal Kaag Classic Cup;

- FRA 27 Wistful, ancien bateau de Yul Brynner qui n’a pas navigué depuis sa reconstruction – le bateau est neuf;

- FRA 25 Kerhuen, qui a couru une magnifique saison en 2017 après une superbe rénovation.


Nouvelles de la classe internationale

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1949 – The first one                                         2017 – The most modern ones

Int. 5.5 Metre Class returns to its roots for 70th Anniversary

The Rule of the International 5.5 Metre Class was written in 1948 and the first boat, K-1, The Deb, was designed in 1948 by Charles E. Nicholson. The boat was first sailed in the Solent in 1949.

Seventy years after The Deb was designed, the 5.5 Metre fleet is returning to the same waters where she was launched. The 2018 International 5.5 Metre World Championship in Cowes, UK, will be the highlight of the class’s 70th anniversary year.

With enthusiastic fleets and devoted sailors in many countries, the International 5.5 Metre remains one of the most numerous Metre classes, and is still very popular around the world.

The 2018 international circuit begins with the Alpen Cup in Torbole, on Lake Garda and ends with the Herbstpreis on Lake Thun, Switzerland in October, with visits to Glücksburg, Lago di Como, Midland, Canada, Travemünde, Copenhagen and Cannes along the way, in addition to two weeks in Cowes for the famous Scandinavian Gold Cup and 5.5 Cups, followed by the World Championship.

Pendant ce temps là, en Australie…

… la flotte « down under » se réveille vigoureusement, comme en témoigne la présence d’un équipage australien au prochainchampionnat du monde à Bénodet!

Par Martin Cross, Australie.

It was late in the evening at the 2011 Annual Prizing giving at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club the bar depleted and the conversation deep.  Having just won the Australian 5.5m Nationals in an aging Skagerak, borrowed from Roy Tutty for the event, Bob Stoddard was reminiscing lyrically on the great days of the 5.5 metres at the club.  In the 60s and 70s the ‘Alfreds’ was one of the great centres of world 5.5m design, building and activity.  Australia’s first sailing Olympic Gold came in the 5.5m Class when club member Bill Northam and crew won in Tokyo in 1964 From 1970 to 1981 Australians, many from RPAYC, won 7 world championships  The ‘Alfreds’ was at the heart of these activities and a new hardstand ‘The 5.5m Stand’ was build to accommodate the numbers.  Sadly Bob reflected that the glory days were now gone, but that he was still enjoying his annual 5.5m race with Roy Tutty and Steve Brajkovich at the Nationals.

Classic Barrenjoey AUS 14. Gold at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics now in the Maritime Museum in Sydney

Carl Halvorsen’s Skagerak was purchased and raced by Roy after Carl, by then well into his 90′s, retired from the sport.  Sadly as a 1973 boat Skagerak, like her builder Carl, was starting to show her age and Bob was worried that unless someone renovated her over the next few years another important boat in Australian sailing history would be lost.  I confessed I had fallen in love and always fancied a 5.5 metre ever since I saw a picture of one in the 1970 Yachting World Annual when I was young.  We drank a bit more and the kernel of ideas and plans formed to buy and renovate the boat.  Obviously when Bob sobered up in the morning the kernel had germinated and a few weeks later he brought Skagerak AUS32 from Roy. Then with the guidance and help of Steve Brajkovich many hours were spent renovating her to an immaculate state.  In a lovely touch in 2013 Carl Halvosen, then aged 100 years old, turned up in the rain and poured the champagne on the bow for the official relaunch.  Bob started racing her regularly at the ‘Alfreds’ in the PHS mixed fleet racing doing extremely well.

Evolution Skagerrak AUS 32

On the water Skagerak looked superb.  She was elegantly beautiful and my first love of the 5.5m was reignited.  Luckily I found a fully functional but tired, 1973 Antares AUS29, costing only slightly more than a new Melges 32 3Di jib!  Antares does not have the classically beautiful lines of Skagerak because of her rounded canoe bow, but like a bulldog, she has her own elegance and charm. She also needed a lot of work on the tarnished varnished deck (Peter Gould and his son Scott spent many hours on this).  It came up a treat and before we knew it we had match racing within the fleets on Saturday afternoon and Wednesday night twilights.  The sight of these boats turned more heads for both their looks and the speed of these renovated ‘greyhounds’.   I personally was captivated with my new, old boat – they are true ‘gentleman’s’ (or gentleperson’s) yachts with impeccable manners; more like Rolls Royces than Ferraris and somehow point so high upwind that you swear you are defying the laws of sailing!  They also race remarkably well to their ORC Club handicap ratings.

Antares AUS 29 on a summers day on Pittwater

Evolution canoe bowed Antares AUS 29

With Owen Crick regularly sailing Rhapsody AUS35 at the iconic Woody Point Yacht Club Wednesday twilights we now had 3 boats regularly sailing on Pittwater.  Next on the scene was Jason Antill whose father Rob Antill sailed 5.5ms in the glory days with Carl and the King of Norway.  He teamed up with Tom Spithill and Damian Macey and they bought the revolutionary Baragoola AUS26 a 1968 ‘Classic’ 5.5m with a diamond shaped hull, roll forward mast, L shaped boom for the vang, chines and separate keel and rudder (helmed by Jason she was still fast enough to win the Australian Nationals this year).  We now had some epic close 5.5m fleet racing and a race within the usual RPAYC Saturday racing.

Evolution Rhapsody AUS 35

The revolutionary Classic Baragoola AUS 26

At the 2015 Hanko Cup and Worlds in Sweden Kaspar Stubenrauch very kindly lent Bob and me the famous 1973 Australia Evolution 5.5m Southern Cross now owned by Jörg Grünwald.  We had an excellent time with great racing and particularly admired the latest Modern Fives which went faster and pointed even higher.  Not surprisingly as in a development class the more modern boats tend to be faster than the older boats and boats tend to finish in age groups.

Then the Pittwater trickle became a flood.  Rob Hart had always loved a picture of the beautifully varnished AUS59 Marotte tracked her down in Europe bought her and shipped her back to Australia. Next Peter McNamara tracked down one of the Australian Modern 5.5ms which was a declining away on a mooring in Sydney harbour, AUS55 Tangalooma.  Some of the oysters on the bottom were big enough to eat.  After a lot of hard work Tangalooma was resurrected from the near dead to produce another lovely sight sailing on Pittwater.

Evolution Marotte AUS 59 leads out the fleet at the 2017 Nationals

Modern Tangalooma AUS 55

At the most recent 2017 RPAYC Autumn and Winter One Design Regattas we once again had 5 Fives racing together.   Recently Rob Fielding joined the happy throng buying a 2000 Wilke modern boat and shipping her to Australia.  Now re-re-registered as AUS60 and called PlanB Redux.  So we now have 7 Fives back on Pittwater and we are all looking forward to the 2018 Nationals the Australian ‘Gold Cup’ which are now scheduled at RPAYC at the end of February 2018.

Modern PlanB Redux now AUS 60 the latest addition to the Pittwater fleet

This year Bob and I had another conversation (at the bar) and decided we would both like to campaign a Modern 5.5m for a couple of years in Europe.  Accordingly we have just both jointly bought a 2009 Wilke boat renamed Alpha Crucis and now re-registered as AUS61.  Unfortunately Bob cannot make this years’ Gold Cup and Worlds but Jason Antill and Larry Eastwood will join me to fly the Aussie flag at Benodet. Bob and I will campaign the boat in Europe in 2018 and 2019 and then plan to ship the boat back to Pittwater for the 2020 Worlds (assuming as we hope the RPAYC application to host the event is endorsed by the 5.5m Association members).  As well as Pittwater we still have many 5.5m regularly sailing on the harbour primarily at Vaucluse Sailing Club. This should mean around 15 local boats for any major championship.

Modern Alpha Crucis AUS 61 the latest addition to the Aussie fleet based in Europe

Pittwater is a beautiful harbour surrounded by National Park with little commercial traffic 30km to the north of Sydney Harbour.  This year the RPAYC celebrates it’s sesquicentennial anniversary (150 years)  Should the offer to host the 2020 Gold Cup and Worlds be accepted it would likely be held in the Aussie summer in January or February 2020.  At this time the mean daily temperatures are a balmy maximum of 26C and minimum of 19C and typically a NE sea breeze kicks from 11am between 10 to 22kts. The racing is usually held at the Palm Beach Circle just offshore with no boat traffic and little tidal influence.

The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club Green Point Pittwater NSW

Pour tous les discrets et timides…

… Laissez donc votre 5.5 faire son show tout seul! Juste un coup de pouce: un grand pavillon 5.5 à arborer au mouillage, ou chez vous… Certes dans le respect de l’étiquette navale, par exemple à défaut de pavillon de propriétaire (barre de flèche bâbord). Le lien vers le site ad hoc:

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Régates 2015

The International 5.5m key events are shown in bold green. Other local 5.5m regattas in plain black. The few 5.5m one-category events are for boat owners, which otherwise would not sail regattas at all; their timings are shown in blue. —-

Sprint Series, Sydney Harbour, 21st February

Australian National 5.5m Regatta, Sydney Harbour, 26th-27th February

The Sydney Regatta, Sydney Harbour, 7th-8th March

Ski-Yachting, Bernaise Alps, Gstaad, GYC, 8th March (tbc)

Oster-Regatta, Thuner See, Thun, TYC, 3rd-4th April

Alpen Cup, Lago di Garda, Torbole, CVT, 23rd-25th April < 5-Nations-Cup I >

Alpen Cup II, Mediterranean, Monaco, YCM, 7th-10th May (tbc) < 5-Nations-Cup II >

Willi Lehmann Preis, Langer See, Berlin, WSV v. 1921, 14th-17th May

French Open, Bretagne, Brest, GPEN, 14th-17th May

Memorial Jacques Faini, Lac Lemàn, Morges, CNM, mid May (tbc)

Int. Bodenseewoche, Lake of Constance, Konstanz, IBW, 28th-31st May { Ambition I }

Italian Open, location, club & date tbd

Bronia Preis, Alster, Hamburg, NRV, early June [Evolution only]

Swiss Open, Lake of Constance, location, club & date tbd < 5-Nations-Cup III > { Ambition II }

North American 5.5m Meeting, Lake Huron, Midland, MBSC, 12th-15th June

Attersee Evolution Cup, Attersee, UYCAs, 12th-14th June [Evolution only]

Norwegian King Oscar Open, Risoer, RSF, 20th-21st June < 5-Nations-Cup IV >

Belle Plaisance, Bretagne, Benodet, YCO, late June

Edmond de Rothschild, Lac Lemàn, Geneve, SNG, late June (tbc)

Sterling Cup with German & Dutch Open, Glücksburg, FSC, 2nd-5th July < 5-Nations-Cup V >

Summer Regatta, Risoer, RSF, mid July

Lissac Classic, Bretagne, Noirmoutier, CVBC, early August

Christian Hauvette Trophy , Bretagne, Benodet, YCO, mid August

Viaporintuoppi, Baltic Sea, Helsinki, SuPS, mid August [Wooden boats only]

Niesencup, Lake of Thun, Thun, TYC, mid August (tbc)

Tom Kyle Preis, Baltic Sea, Laboe, FKY/KYC, 21st-22nd August [Classic only]

Cup Regattas & World Championship, Baltic Sea, Nynäshamn, NHSS, 18th-28th August

Invitational Metre Class Regatta, Copenhagen, KDY, 4th-6th September

Coupe d’Azur, Mediterranean port, club & date tbd [to be realized earliest in 2016]

Sünnschien Preis, Baltic Sea, Niendorf, NYC/NRV, end September (tbc)

Herbstpreis Thuner See, Thun, TYC, 10th-11th October, tbc

En même temps que le printemps… la flotte s’agrandit!


Après un développement particulièrement travaillé, puis une construction tout aussi soignée, le dernier né des 5.5, dû à l’originalité d’Alain Marchand, a été mis à l’eau pour le printemps!

Il s’avère particulièrement innovant; à peine mis à l’eau, toute la classe est impatiente de se confronter à ce  CinqueCinque – SUI 227! Bon courage pour les longues mises au point et réglages…


Le printemps des flottes: quelques opportunités classiques

Madrisa – GER 38 (ex Z 10): dissertons sur les vernis…
En plus des 5.5 listés en vente, quelques 5.5 classiques sont actuellement disponibles sur le marché. L’occasion d’acquérir un bateau unique (comme le sont tous nos 5.5!), très bon marcheur et à un prix très honnête:
5.5 NED 29  »Sonneschijn » |  | Euro 15.000,– 
5.5 NED 13 « Tripel » | | Price upon request 
5.5 GER 80 « Sim-Sala-Bim » | | Price upon request 
5.5 GER 63 « Charlotta » | | Euro 500,– / Restoration project
5.5 GER 31 « Aero » | | Euro 15.000,– with Trailer
5.5 GER 68 « Rock’n Roll » | | Price upon request
5.5 GER 38 « Madrisa » | | Euro 20.000,–  
5.5 NED 32 « Ballerina » | | Euro 19.500,–
5.5 SWE 24 « Rush V » | | Euro 19.500,–  with trailer 
Les classiques ont déjà maintes fois prouvé leurs qualités, et quelques « extras » sur le circuit des régates internationales leur permettent de se mesurer en cercle exclusif. Annonces donc à faire passer dans vos entourages, pour « sauver » in extremis un bon marin de l’achat d’un J80!

Le printemps des flottes: le « top », le 5.5 moderne

Silver Fox II  - BAH 20, lors du championnat du monde 2013 à Curaçao
Pour ceux qui ne veulent pas encore faire développer un nouveau plan de 5.5 et le mettre en chantier, mais néanmoins s’essayer à un bateau plus récent, quelques 5.5 modernes cherchent à changer de main:
BAH 20, BAH 19, SUI 193, SUI 199, SUI 218, SUI 223, SUI 225, NED 33 et FIN 50.
Plus d’infos en écrivant à l’adresse: racing<at>

Des orphelins dans la flotte!

« L’hiver, certes doux mais fort humide et agité, reste l’hiver et donc l’occasion de réfléchir aux navigations prochaines! Pendant que certains bateaux se refont une beauté (selon un planning de travaux qui prend plus ou moins de retard…), d’autres deviennent potentiellement orphelins et attendent impatiemment de nouveaux membres pour notre classe! Est-il besoin de le préciser, mais un 5.5 évolution prêt à naviguer est vraiment bien moins cher que n’importe quel monotype moderne, qui en plus ne tiendra pas la comparaison au près. Cela s’entend avec jeux de voiles et surtout remorque! Un J80 ou un Longtze sont en moyenne entre 25 000 et 30 000 euros, à comparer avec les 15 000 euros demandés par exemple pour Felicitas! Rendez-vous donc sur la page des ventes de ce site, et sur son homologue de la classe internationale…

Ainsi, sont actuellement en attente d’acquéreur des classiques comme des évolutions, prêts à naviguer:

- FRA 32 & 40, deux classiques, au Havre,

- FRA 53 « Felicitas », un joli évolution, sur le lac Léman.



« Felicitas » FRA 53, ici sous son ancien numéro (SUI 157)

Nécessitant un peu de travaux avant de s’aligner sur une ligne de départ: le superbe « Virago », FRA 17, médaille d’argent aux JO de ’56 sous les couleurs britanniques, à proximité de Lorient.



« Virago » FRA 17 – à marée basse dans la petite mer de Gâvres

Coupes et Championnat d’Europe: la flotte des « Evolutions »

Cette flotte promet d’être très groupée; même si certains, à l’instar de Bagheera VIII, semblent avoir particulièrement les dents longues et affûtées cette année! Enfin, la flotte allemande des Evolutions est une des plus solides dans la classe…

FRA 43 « Bagheera VIII »

FRA 50 « Joker »

GER 70 « Magellan »

GER 81 « Phoenix »

GER 84 « Ali Baba »


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