Etchells

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Etchells
The class symbol, with what looks like a sail followed by the letter E.
Class symbol
Etchells War Kanu.jpg
An Etchells keelboat sailing off North Haven in South Australia.
Development
Designer E. W. Etchells
Year 1966
Boat
Crew 3-4
Trapeze No
Hull
Type Monohull
Construction Fiberglass
Hull weight 3,324.6 pounds (1,508.0 kg)
LOA 30 feet 6 inches (9.30 m)
LWL 22 feet (6.7 m)
Beam 6 feet 11 inches (2.11 m)
Hull appendages
Keel/board type Keelboat
Sails
Mainsail area 188 square feet (17.5 m2)
Jib/genoa area 103 square feet (9.6 m2)
Spinnaker area 400 square feet (37 m2)

The International Etchells Class is a racing class of one-design sailing boats.

History[edit]

In 1965, Yachting Magazine launched a competition to select a new three man Olympic keelboat. E. W. "Skip" Etchells, a boat designer, builder and sailor, was interested in the competition, but refrained from producing a design until the trials were announced. However, once the details became available, he built the wooden Shillalah, taking her to Kiel, Germany, where the trials were to be held in the fall of 1966.[1] [2]

Shillalah performed well at the trials, winning eight of the ten races. Nevertheless, the judges were unable to agree on a winner, and thus a second set of trials were held in Travemünde the following year. For these trials Etchells rebuilt the boat in fiberglass, using the original Shillalah as a plug. As with the first trials, Shillalah II (as the new boat was named) dominated the races, winning ten out of the thirteen that were held, and only just missing out on an eleventh.[1]

At the completion of the trials the judges chose the Soling over Shillalah II, in spite of her success in the races. However, the boat's performance had won converts, and shortly thereafter the boat entered production with orders for an initial 12 boats. With the formation of a new association the class became known as the E22, and 32 boats were built by Etchells' company by the end of 1969.[1]

Description[edit]

The class was known as E22 until the name was changed to Etchells in 1990. Over the years, the Etchells has become increasingly popular and is now raced by members of more than fifty fleets around the world.

The Etchells is a fast, stable racing sloop that can be raced competitively and safely by three or four sailors. She can tack in 70 degrees and is extremely sensitive to subtle adjustments in tuning and trim. She has a sleek hull with relatively little wetted surface area, which allows her to move well in the lightest breeze. In heavier winds, she absolutely flies. Her sail plan includes a main, jib, and spinnaker.

The class's strict one-design principles were established in the late 1960s and are controlled today by a strong, well-managed class association. The class and the International Sailing Federation maintain tight control of the construction of these yachts, ensuring the high quality and uniformity of each Etchells built. The one-design principles help the Etchells hold her resale value exceptionally well.

The Etchells is a fiberglass boat with aluminum spars; it has no electrical systems or auxiliary power. It is trailerable and light enough to drysail. The materials and techniques used in her construction make her easy to maintain and repair.

Events[edit]

World Championships[edit]

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1975 Marblehead  United States
Randy Bartholomew
1976 Newport  United States
David Curtis
Bob Danforth
1977 Newport  Australia
Frank Tolhurst
1978 Balboa  United States
David Curtis
1979 Toronto  Australia
John Savage
1980 Brighton  Australia
Peter O'Donnell
1981 Marblehead  United States
David Curtis
1982 San Francisco  United States
David Curtis
1983 Rye  United States
David Curtis
1984 Sydney  Australia
Iain Murray
1985 Balboa  United States
David Curtis
1986 Toronto  United States
Bruce Burton
1987 Marblehead  United States
Bruce Burton
1988 Newport  Australia
John Savage
1989 San Diego  United States
Larry Klein
1990 Fremantle  Great Britain
Chris Law
1991 San Francisco  United States
Dennis Conner
1992 Larchmont  United States
David Curtis
1993 Brisbane  Australia
Colin Beashel
1994 Balboa  United States
Dennis Conner
1995 Brighton  Australia
Colin Beashel
1996 Cowes  Great Britain
Adam Gosling
1997 Hong Kong  Denmark
Poul Richard Høj Jensen
1998 Marblehead  Canada
Dirk Kneulman
1999 Pittwater  Australia
Cameron Miles
2000 San Diego  United States
Vince Brun
2001 Lymington  Great Britain
Stuart Childerley
Simon Russel
Nick Pearson
 Australia
Cameron Miles
Phil Smidmore
James Mayjor
 Great Britain
Poul Richard Høj Jensen
Paul Blowers
Steve Mitchell
2002 Gulf Harbour  Great Britain
Stuart Childerley
Simon Russel
Roger Marino
 Australia
Mark Bradford
Mike O'Brien
Gary Adshead
 Australia
Cameron Miles
Phil Smidmore
James Mayjor
2003 Greenwich  United States
Ken Read
Scott Norris
Karl Anderson
 United States
Jud Smith
Henry Frazer
Andrew Wills
 Australia
Cameron Miles
Phil Smidmore
James Mayjor
2004 Mooloolaba  Australia
Peter McNeill
Paul Turner
Greg Torpy
 Australia
Cameron Miles
Chris Links
David Sampson
 Australia
Glenn Collings
Steve Young
Jake Gunther
2005 Richmond  United States
Tito González
Bill Mauk
Jeff Linton
Diego González
 United States
Samuel Kahn
Brian Lee
Jeff Madngali
Adrian Finglas
 Australia
Iain Murray
George Szabo
Andrew Palfrey
 
2006 Fremantle  United States
Jud Smith
Dirk Kneulman
Andrew Wills
Thomas Saunders
 New Zealand
Alastair Gair
David Ridley
Carl Peters
Derek Scott
 Great Britain
Ante Razmilovic
Jez Fanstone
Stuart Flinn
 
2007 Cowes  Great Britain
Andy Beadsworth
Oscar Strugstad
Simon Fry
 United States
Jud Smith
David McClintock
Steve Girling
 Great Britain
Ante Razmilovic
Jez Fanstone
Stuart Flinn
2008 Chicago  United States
Bill Hardesty
Erik Shampain
Steve Hunt
Jennifer Wilson
 United States
Chris Busch
Chad Hough
Chuck Sinks
Peter Burton
 United States
Judson Smith
Henry Frazer
James Porter
 
2009 Melbourne
2010 Dublin
2011 San Diego
2012 Sydney  Iron Lotus (AUS)
Tom King
Ivan Wheen
Owen McMahon
David Edwards
 Magpie (AUS)  Triad (AUS)
2013 Italy  The Martian (USA)
Marvin Beckmann
Steven Hunt
Ezra Culver
 Raging Rooster (USA)
Peter S. Duncan
Jud Smith
Thomas Blackwell
 Swedish Blue (GBR)
Ante Razmilovic
Chris Larson
Stuart Flinn
2014 Newport  Line Honors (USA)
Bill Hardesty
Taylor Canfield
Stephanie Roble
Marcus Eeagan
 Swedish Blue (GBR)
Ante Razmilovic
Chris Larson
Stuart Flinn
 The Martian (USA)
Marvin Beckmann
Steve Hunt
Ezra Culver
2015 Hong Kong
2016 Cowes
2017 San Francisco

An up-to-date list of Etchells World Championship winners is available at: http://www.etchells.org/racing/champions [[1]]

Famous Etchells sailors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "A Brief History of the Etchells Class". Etchells (International Association). Retrieved 16 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Etchells Class in Australia". International Etchells Class Association of Australia Inc. Retrieved 16 April 2010. 

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