Class News

US-UK Etchells Youth Challenge

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 Sooner

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

Lobster Bowl 2016

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.

Eight Bells: Jerry Fulp

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...

Long Island Sound Championship 2016 Report

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.

Eight Bells: Wade Edwards

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 Memoriam: Wade Edwards

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

Pacific Coast Championship Race Report

With four race wins, Steve Hunt (USA 873) was crowned the PCC champ. At the awards ceremony we learned that, even after a three bullet day on Saturday, the regatta was not necessarily in the bag since Steve was up all night with a case of the flu.