The US fleet is rebuilding. Currently there are eight Classic 5.5's in sailing/racing condition, three in various stages of restoration, and several awaiting new caretakers. These numbers do not include the handful of Columbia 5.5's that were built in the late 60's, but unfortunately not allowed into the class at the time. Recently a few of the Evolution boats (80's) were found in the US, one is now in Canada and the other two need work to get them back on the water. There is now a Modern in the US, and perhaps more will follow in the not to distant future with growth in the 5.5 Metre Class.
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The US 5.5 Metre website is under construction, check back soon.
Columbia 5.5 Meter
The Columbia 5.5s are still active on San Francisco Bay with 8-10 boats participating in regattas and they are reporting that there is renewed interest in the 5.5s. In an effort to grow the US and Canadian 5.5 Metre Fleets and provide a West Coast venue its proposed to join forces and welcome the Columbia 5.5s as "Classics" in North America.
USA 77 has returned back to the US from Canada (ex CAN 77) and will undergo a refit. In 2014 she was brought up from Florida to take part in the first NA regatta and ultimately be rebuilt. She does need some work, but nothing that can't be overcome to get her back into racing form.
She has been lifted off her ballast and removal of "cruising" modifications to the deck are underway. Some woodwork is needed which will commence after paint removal. It's also envisioned to install a detached rudder which will technically transform her into an Evolution.
More to follow...
USA 96 and USA 31
USA 96 "Jalapena" is in Maryland and USA 31 "Woodstock" (originally Pride) is in Michigan. Both are in new hands to be restored and put back on the racecourse.
USA 96 is a mid-80's Owens design & build, wood construction but is an Evolution with modern appendages (i.e. spade rudder, keel w/ trim tab). Hull needs some work where some of the seams have opened due to drying out, new deck to be installed (currently removed), installation of the appendages, and needs spars (original are missing). No trailer or sails, but plenty of hardware.
USA 31 is a early 60's Luders design & Seabrook build. Wood construction and is a Classic with the attached rudder. The new owner quickly cleaned up Pride to make the 2018 Fall Regatta where she showed great form. Over the winter she will be further worked on to put her back into the 5.5 Rule.
Yes, the 5.5s are again actively racing in NA. Over the last four years the Americans and Canadians have been holding a NA 5.5m regatta in Midland Ontario. The inaugural regatta was held in 2014 and consisted of 4 Classic 5.5s. It was such great fun to get these boats back together on the race course for spirited competition and camradiere. Since that time it was agreed to hold two regattas each year, Summer and Fall, as more boats were dusted off or fixed up to join in. The June 2017 regatta had 8 boats on the line and a visiting German team racing a chartered boat. At least 3 more boats are expected to be on the water in the near future.
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2017 Summer NA 5.5m Regatta
2016 NA 5.5m - Summer School, Nantoria, Jill, Aeolus II, O'l Spice, Purple Haze