Meet Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year Martin and Lowry

Mike Martin and Adam Lowry log another day training in Northern California in preparation for the 2021 International 505 Worlds in Bermuda in October.

Mike Martin and Adam Lowry log another day training in Northern California in preparation for the 2021 International 505 Worlds in Bermuda in October. (Abner Kingman/)

Entering the penultimate day of the 2019 International 505 World Championship in Fremantle, Australia, Mike Martin and Adam Lowry were leading the regatta comfortably, but while warming up for the first race, the hole that holds the centerboard pivot pin ripped open, leaving the ­centerboard free-floating inside its trunk. With some quick thinking, Lowry says, they wedged a paddle—required equipment on a 505—into the trunk to minimize the board’s movement. Not ideal, but good enough to continue racing. “It moved all the way back in the trunk, and then it tilted backward, so the center of lateral resistance was all over the place,” Lowry recalls. “That was challenging, and we were trying to do a lot with our trim to compensate.”

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