Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Etchells Jaguar Series 2013 - High standards

by Paige Brooks on 6 Feb 2013
Etchells Jaguar Series 2013 John Payne© http://www.johnpaynephoto.com
Etchells Jaguar Series 2013. Shannon Bush seems to get better every year. This year she’s set a goal for the Italian Worlds, followed by the Etchells NAs in Newport. In pushing her program to winning levels, she’s added new team members, hired a coach, and taken extra days off work each month for practice before the upcoming Etchells competitions.

Brad Boston and Curt Oetking, both normally middle men on the Etchells, sorted out that lanky Curt would do the bow work and Brad would stay in the middle. 'Curt barely has to stand up to set the pole,' Shannon said in a phone interview. She attributed her success over the course of the series (Flip Werheim sailed in her place in December) to great starts and staying in pressure.

Big fleet starts are key to having a chance at a top ten finish and it’s not easy to come out with a lane five seconds after the start when you’re starting among 50-60 boats. Larry Suter, coaching a group of Etchells racers, tells the team even if the lane is bad, try to stay in. If you tack out, like La Tormenta did in their first race last weekend, you can lose 15 boats in a second. If you can hold the lane, even as it gets narrow and stay with the group you want in the direction you want to go, you can hold your position, Bush said. She tries to stop what she calls the 'swivel heads' when they are in a narrow lane and instead focus on keeping the position they planned.

Larry Suter, according to Bush, runs them through two minute starting drills, then into a race with four tacks and two jibes. The group is assigned to gain access to and start at varied points along the line, and over the course of the day rotate those starting points among the practice group. At around 2pm, Suter opens up their starting line to other teams warming up and often hosts 20-25 boats in his practice starts.

Racing this weekend, Bush said, was hard. 'The flukiest, shiftiest conditions I seen on Biscayne Bay in a long long time,' said Bush who finished fourth overall this weekend. In practice, Suter also had them working on tacking and roll-jibing which can give them as much as a two boat length advantage over a team that doesn't roll-jibe the boat. Brad Boston, she said, was frequently adjusting the rake of the rig to keep up with the conditions. That’s where the other part of their practice, straight line sailing, usually two or more miles up Biscayne Bay, comes in. During the race, Brad and Curt are always looking at the sails, looking for the dark spots in the water and connecting the dots to stay in pressure. 'We just had to stay constantly focused, stay in pressure, stay with the right pack, and stay in the starting lane.'

As for Worlds preparation, aside from their training, they have a challenging set of logistics to work on. With the Worlds in Italy and the Nationals just ten days later, they need to ship the boat from NJ to Italy in March, select the right sails from her sail card for the varied sets of local conditions, find a boat to charter in Newport, and figure out which sails go where. Best of luck to the La Tormenta Etchells Jaguar Series 2013
Pantaenius - Fixed ValueMackay BoatsBakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

SB20 Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championships – Day 2
When the racing finally did get underway, boats making their way to the right hand side of the course found more breeze When the racing finally did get underway, boats making their way to the right hand side of the course found more breeze and favorable shifts to lead around the top mark. The always fast Xcellent led the way in front of a tight pack of boats including Zorro (Nick Cocks, Peter Butters, Gen Chase) and Team Uber (Adrian Peach, Paddy Bettesworth, Hanus Apelgren, Eren Choi).
Posted on 21 Jan
Day 77 – Ninety percent of Vendée Globe fleet now back in Atlantic
With Banque Populaire and Hugo Boss tied up to the dock in Les Sables d'Olonne sixteen skippers remain at sea today With Le Cléac'h's Banque Populaire and second-placed Alex Thomson's Hugo Boss tied up to the dock in Les Sables d'Olonne sixteen skippers remain at sea today – and fourteen of them are now in the Atlantic.
Posted on 21 Jan
Vendee Globe - Romain Attansio at the Horn
Romain Attanasio rounded Cape Horn, the third of the legendary capes in the Vendée Globe at 2043hrs UTC on Friday Romain Attanasio (Famille Mary-Étamine du Lys) rounded Cape Horn, the third of the legendary capes in the Vendée Globe at 2043hrs UTC on Friday after 75 days 8 hours and 41 minutes of racing. Only Dutchman Pieter Heerema and Frenchman Sébastien Destremau are still sailing in the Pacific.
Posted on 21 Jan
Former Clipper Race skipper equals British record in Vendee Globe
Alex Thomson, has finished in second place after a thrilling fight to the finish to the Vendee Globe. The youngest skipper to win the Clipper Race, Alex Thomson, has finished in second place after a thrilling fight to the finish to the Vendee Globe.
Posted on 21 Jan
Le Cléac'h and Thomson revel in the Vendée Globe glory
Armel Le Cléac'h and Alex Thomson were basking in the glory of becoming the solo round the world race's fastest sailors. Armel Le Cléac'h and second-placed Alex Thomson were today basking in the glory of becoming the solo round the world race's fastest ever sailors. Le Cléac'h and Thomson arrived in the race's home port of Les Sables d'Olonne in France just 16 hours apart after more than 27,000 nautical miles of racing over 74 days to claim the top two podium places.
Posted on 20 Jan
SB20 Asian Grand Slam and Asia Pacific Championships – Day 1
As the fleet left the marina in a colourful display, many wondered where the trusty North East monsoon wind had gone As the fleet left the marina in a colourful display of spinnakers, many wondered where the usually trusty North East monsoon wind had gone and what would take its place. Sure enough the fleet was greeted with a postponement flag on the race track while the race committee heroically attempted to set a fair course in fickle North Westerly winds.
Posted on 20 Jan
Jules Verne Trophy – New equator record for IDEC Sport
Francis Joyon, Sébastien Audigane, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Alex and Bernard achieved the best performance ever Francis Joyon, Sébastien Audigane, Clément Surtel, Gwénolé Gahinet, Alex Pella and Bernard Stamm achieved the best performance ever for the stretch betweenUshant and the Equator after rounding the three capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin and the Horn) with a time of 35 days, four hours and 45 minutes.
Posted on 20 Jan
Alex Thomson takes the runner-up spot in the Vendée Globe
Thomson set out to become the first Brit ever to win the Vendée Globe but following an epic battle with French skipper. Thomson, 42, set out to become the first Brit ever to win the Vendée Globe but following an epic battle with French skipper Armel Le Cléac'h missed out on the top spot by just shy of 16 hours. The skipper of Hugo Boss crossed the finish line at 0737 UTC in a time of 74 days, 19 hours, 35 minutes and 15 seconds in one of the closest finishes ever in the race's 27-year history.
Posted on 20 Jan
St. Maarten Heineken Regatta – Tweaks and changes
Paul Miller, Racing Director for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta spoke about the tweaks and changes to the 37th edition Paul Miller, Racing Director for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, spoke about the tweaks and changes to the 37th edition of the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta, including free entry for the Gill Commodore's Cup, sensational Beach Cat packages including very attractive shipping costs from Europe and a novel finale to the Caribbean's most popular regatta.
Posted on 20 Jan
Alex Thomson finishes second in the Vendée Globe
Thomson, 42, crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d'Olonne, today on his 60ft racing yacht Hugo Boss. Thomson, 42, crossed the finish line of the race in Les Sables d'Olonne, France, at 0737hrs UTC today on his 60ft racing yacht Hugo Boss.
Posted on 20 Jan