‘’Camel’’ Johnston’s winning wire on 505
Wellknown Hobart Sharpie sailor and RYCT member Nick ‘’Camel’’ Johnston has joined forces with seven-times Australian Sharpie champion Malcolm Higgins from Adelaide in an international campaign in the high-performance 505 class.
The pair are already having success, yesterday winning race five of the 505 Australian championship being run by the Wangi RSL Amateur Sailing Club on Lake Macquarie.
With previous placings of 3-(10)-5-3 for a net 11 points the ex-Sharpie pair, sailing Hawaii Five O, are now second overall to the World champions Michael Holt and Rob Woeful from Canada who so far have placed 1-2-1-2-(3) for a net 6 points, sailing IO Integration.com.
A close third overall is Alvin Rides Again, sailed by Michael Babbage and James McAllister.
“We have a program of international , including the 505 North American championships and then the Worlds at Gynia, Poland, in July”, Johnston said before today’s racing.
Conditions have been boisterous so far on the coastal lake south of Newcastle, with many spectacular capsizes among the 39 boat fleet.
“The 12-18 knot winds have suited us so far but light winds have been forecast for today,” said Johnston, who in the past has been an opponent of his South Australian skipper.
“In Hobart I am member of the RYCT, but I have also joined the Brighton and Seacliff Yacht Club in Adelaide where Malcolm is a member,” added Johnston, a past Australian champion crew in Sharpies.
The 5O5 is a double-handed boat that incorporates a light weight, high performance hull design with a powerful sail plan and one trapeze.
The boat is unique in that it has outstanding performance in all conditions. In light air it is quick and responsive, and in breeze it just goes faster. Planing begins in 10 knots of wind.
Words: Peter Campbell
Photos: Work ‘n Store 2018 505 Nationals/Ch Favreau.
18 January 2018