Sunday dawned bright and breathless for the 20-boat Etchells LIS Champs fleet and out on the course, a drift-a-thon ensued. The courageous Larchmont RC set up due North of Hempstead Harbor in mid-sound, ready to catch the anticipated southerly.
Long Island Sound in July can be notorious for no wind and Saturday was no exception for the one design competitors eagerly anticipating competition as part of Larchmont race week!
Day 2 dawned sunny and calm on Shelter Island for the Etchells ACCs Regatta. Light air and poor forecast greeted sailors as they prepared their boats and a postponement ashore ensued. At 11:30 the postponement flag was dropped and the fleet made its way back to Orient Bay in a light NW/W breeze that would oscillate back and forth on its way to the W/SW as the day went on.
The International Etchells Atlantic Coast Championships, graciously hosted by Shelter Island Yacht Club, Shelter Island, NY got off to a flying start on Saturday June 24th, after a short delay to allow for a band of heavy storms to cross the area. The fantastic RC team, led by John Storck took the fleet down to Orient Bay for the days racing, which turned out to be a great call, as the breeze rapidly built from 15kts into the 20’s from the SW.
Announcing the first US – UK Etchells Youth Challenge. The Challenge, issued by the Cowes, UK Etchells Fleet includes one, or two, invitations to US Youth Teams for the Gertrude Cup in Cowes 22-Jul-17 to 26-Jul-17.
Five things I wish I knew when I got into the Etchells about decade ago:
This will be the most rewarding and competitive sailing I have ever done.
Best sailors on the planet
If I wanted to compete against middling competition, I would go sail something else
The Lobster Bowl is all about Drinking, Eating Lobster, and Sailing Wicked Fast, and all three were accomplished with great fanfare at the event hosted in Falmouth, Maine by Portland Yacht Club and Etchells Fleet27.
A note from Gary Gilbert, Class Chairman: Fellow Etchells Sailors, With sadness I wish to inform you of the passing of a great Etchells sailor, Jerry Fulp. Jerry passed away last week at the age of 77 of congestive heart failure that he had been struggling with for...
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Jay Mills, Jamie Mills, Chris Constant and Luke Reich prevailed in 6 races over a very strong 26 boat fleet of Etchells competitors who were graciously hosted for the weekend by the Shelter Island Yacht club and their excellent volunteers and staff teams.
Longtime Etchells racer and former Class Governor Wade Edwards lost a fierce but brief battle with metastasized neuroendocrine tumors on Monday, July 4th evening, surrounded by his family. Wade touched many lives as a sailor, racer, friend, leader and family man. His colleagues have been effusive in their praise; the most common refrains include: wonderful man, amazing person, patient, kind, caring, giving, considerate, supportive, true friend, passionate, Corinthian, teacher, and mentor.
In memory of longtime Etchells class member and sailor Wade Edwards, we’ve created this page of memories to share with the class, his friends and family. If you have a story, anecdote or reflection to share, please email it to Class Secretary Pam at email@example.com.