Flying without Foils on a 505

Mike Powell is both an elite photographer and a very enthusiastic sailor, competing in boats ranging from a Lasers to offshore keelboats. He made this great video and wanted to know if the readers were interested. That’d be a YES.

It’s a rare image, moving or otherwise, that captures the excitement, effort and “moisture” of dinghy sailing in good breeze. This video from Tuesday night racing on Bellingham Bay in 20 knots does just that. Note there’s some salty (but happily said) exclamations caught on tape, so if you don’t want kids to hear turn the volume down. But the audio lends a lot to the video!

While some seem to think you have to foil to have fun, I’d say sending it downwind in a 5-0 is plenty exciting.

Check out more of Mike’s work.

Kurt grew up racing and cruising in the Midwest, and has raced Lasers since the late 1970s. He has been Assistant Editor at Sailing Magazine and a short stint as Editor of Northwest Yachting. Through Meadow Point Publishing he handles various marketing duties for smaller local companies. He currently is partners on a C&C 36 which he cruises throughout the Northwest. He's married to the amazing Abby and is father to Ian and Gabe.

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