Please select your home edition
Edition
T Clewring J-class

Musto Etchells Australasian Winters title wide open

by Musto Etchells Australasian Winters media on 7 Jun 2011
Spinnakers. 2010 Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2010 Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship
For the fifteenth year in a row many of the top Etchells sailors in the Asia-Pacific are heading to Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to battle for one of the most prestigious titles on the sailing scene. While National and World titles move from venue to venue, the Musto Etchells Winter Championship each June long weekend has become an Australasian sailing institution.

Over the fourteen Etchells Mid-Winter Championship events so far held, not a single skipper has been able to take a second title.

As last year’s runner up Dave Clark, originally a New Zealand America’s Cup sailor now sailing out of Sydney, explained today ‘I reckon it is a reflection on the quality of the fleet that attend. We call it the lifestyle regatta because we don’t just go up to Mooloolaba to race, we come up here to relax and because it is so much fun outside the racing.’

Clark and his crew will face some stiff opposition in their run at this year's title.

Clark agrees. ‘This year the event is wide open yet again. To win we’d have to get past Ante Razmilovic, the Hong Kong based British sailor who is sailing with his brother Nils. He was second at the Irish Worlds (2010) and is Mr Consistency. Damien King’s Barry team was third at the 2010 Worlds after coming second in 2009 in Melbourne. Alistair Gair from New Zealand was last year’s winner here.

‘Then there’s Mark Johnson from Sydney who came third last year and won the NSW title just a few months ago, there's Mark Bulka who was second to World Champion John Bertrand at the last Nationals in Geelong in January this year and Peter McNeil, the 2004 Etchells World Champion who won that title at this very venue.’

Another gun sailor Peter (Billy) Merrington is equally keen to be the 15th Etchells Mid-Winter Champion. He sailed as crew with Kiwi Cameron Appleton when Appleton won the title in 2003 and he wants to win the event in his own right. Merrington, a Volvo Round the World and America’s Cup sailor, with his brother Anthony and owner Geoff Bonouvrie are ramping up their Etchells racing ahead of the 2012 Sydney Worlds.

‘I believe there’s at least a dozen potential winners; very experienced, very talent crews. Beyond Dave’s list there is Mark Thornburrow from Hong Kong, the 2002 winner Mark ‘Squark’ Bradford, the current Queensland Champion Vaughan Prentice, 1999 winner Ian Johnson, Jervis Tilley, 2001 winner Michael Coxon, 1997 winner Dave Rose... when you start running through the list the strong sailors go deep into the fleet and that’s part of the beauty of sailing Etchells.

'I think it’s awesome that no one skipper has ever won this event twice; I hope we get another new champion by Sunday afternoon.

‘The thing about the Etchells is it’s such great camaraderie on the land and such fierce rivalry on the water.’

Many commentators expected Damien King and his Barry crew to be in San Diego this week for the Etchells Worlds.

King explained. ‘We are best in heavier weather and with family commitments we decided the Musto Mid-Winters with a range of offshore conditions, would be more helpful leading up to the Sydney Worlds and the level of competition will be again very strong in Mooloolaba.

‘As always there are probably 20 or more boats that could win any one race in this regatta, so it is sure to come down to the final races. With probably the strongest ever Asian and NZ representation this is going to be a great regatta.

‘Bring it on. Can’t wait for that first starting gun on Friday morning!’

On Wednesday and Thursday a steady stream of boat trailers will arrive from across Australia and on Thursday the boats will be launched from two cranes operating at the Mooloolaba Marina and the Fishermans Co-op on Parkyn Avenue.

And the message from Mooloolaba Etchells fleet captain, the effervescent Trevor Martin is, ‘we have the most popular Etchells track in the world, a great field and we will provide the wind, but bring your wet weather gear!’

Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship http://www.mooetchells.yachting.org.au
Henri Lloyd 50 YearsNaiadT Clewring AC72

Related Articles

Amel - Do you fit the bill?
Perhaps it is equally as fascinating as the many features that go into either the Amel 55 or 64 It is certainly an interesting set of criterion. Perhaps it is equally as fascinating as the many features that go into either the Amel 55 or 64 and make them a definitive part of the quintessential bluewater cruiser armada. We’ll come to all of those in due course, but firstly we’ll tackle the hero image and why in so many ways, this explains, so, so much.
Posted on 21 Sep
Knowing Harken takes years and years (Pt.I)
You could imagine that being familiar with all that Harken produces and stands for is a lengthy process. You could imagine that being familiar with all that Harken produces and stands for is a lengthy process. So if you were going to be the person at the top in Australia, it would be best for you to have immersed yourself in sailing from an early age. When you grew up, being one of the technical service team would be more than a handy apprenticeship, as it were.
Posted on 19 Sep
Rio 2016 - America's Cup champ says Paralympic racing is closest ever
Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar Twice America’s Cup champion, Rick Dodson is extremely impressed with the standard of racing in the three man Sonar keelboat class at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. The regatta is being held in Guanabara Bay on three of the courses used for the Olympic Sailing Regatta in August.
Posted on 13 Sep
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 - Day 4 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
The Mistral finally blew itself out on Day 4, permitting the Race Committee to run two coastal course The Mistral finally blew itself out on Day 4, permitting the Race Committee to run two coastal courses for the 52 participating yachts in breezes that started at 15 knots and slowly faded as the afternoon wore on. Day 5 (Friday) saw the winds lighten further bringing some changes to the podium positions of several divisions
Posted on 10 Sep
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2016 - Day 2 Images by Crosbie Lorimer
The Mistral is in and howling at Porto Cervo! After a brief lull to permit racing on Day 2 after the Day 1 cancellation, The Mistral is in and howling at Porto Cervo! After a brief lull to permit racing on Day 2 after the Day 1 cancellation, we have a second 'Lay Day' on Wednesday with racing again cancelled due to high wind speeds and a large seaway. The conditions were near enough perfect on Day 2 however, with 17-18 knots and a short sea, the breeze dropping later in the day.
Posted on 7 Sep
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 20126 - DAY 2 Images & VIDEO
The fleet of 49 maxis finally hit the water in north-westerly winds of 17-18 knots and a short and sharp seaway. The S The fleet of 49 maxis finally hit the waters off Porto Cervo in north-westerly winds of 17-18 knots and a short and sharp seaway on Day 2. The Super and Mini maxis headed out for a coastal race and the Maxi 72s & Wally fleet competed in two windward/leeward races. The choppy seas made for exciting footage and images.
Posted on 7 Sep
America's Cup - Emirates Team NZ train late on the Waitemata Harbour
Emirates Team NZ were out for a training session that ran into the early Thursday evening. Emirates Team NZ were out for a training session that ran into the early Thursday evening. The team were sailing their recently launched AC45 Surrogate test boat which features an articulated rudder gantry - taking the AC45 close to the geometry of the AC50 to be used in the 2017 America's Cup.
Posted on 1 Sep
The C Beetle Project
Every now and then something comes along your way and you just have to read it. Every now and then something comes along your way and you just have to read it. Such is Phil Smidmore’s tale of Mick Miller and if I could be so bold as to implore you to read, then I know your life will be the better for it!
Posted on 30 Aug
Dateline Rio - Sailing Olympics review - as good as it gets?
The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The Rio Sailing Olympics was widely judged to have been the best of recent times. The weather was better than Weymouth and Qingdao, the courses more varied, but from a working media perspective, it was the people running the Rio regatta who really made the difference.
Posted on 26 Aug
Rio 2016 - Plain speaking by triple-medalist on Olympic sailing moves
Triple Olympic medalist, Santiago Lange has been on the sharp end of changes made to Olympic classes and formats Santiago Lange, a six-time Olympian and Bronze medallist in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, won his third medal – Gold sailing in the Nacra 17 class. With that length of experience at an Olympic level, having sailed the Laser, Tornado and now Nacra 17 classes his comments on the future shape of the Olympic regatta was one of the highlights of the Medallists Media Conferences.
Posted on 25 Aug