This weekend's Zhik Etchells NSW Championship has highlighted the positive changes in the Etchells class with more younger sailors and more female sailors racing. The premier one-design keel boat class continues to grow its participation base through offering high standard events, great competition and strong class management.
Hydrotherapy crew out of RPAYC youth program with average age of 25 years - Zhik Etchells NSW Championship 2011
A fleet of 55 boats contested the weekend's Zhik NSW Championship. Boats and sailors came from South Australia, West Australia, Victoria, Queensland, NSW, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and USA.
Dotted among the fleet were more female sailors, several under 18 sailors and a group of slightly older sailors that have come out of tseveral different youth programs including the Royal Prince Alfred's Youth Development Program.
The following images reflect the changes the class is enjoying.
Jeanne-Claude Strong of Yandoo XX, sole female skipper in the 55 boat fleet. - Zhik Etchells NSW Championship 2011
Echo Beach's skipper 22-year-old Jamie Woods haming it up for the camera - Zhik Etchells NSW Championship 2011
Youngest crew on the water, 12-year-old Tiana Wittey sailing with her dad on board Yandoo XX - Zhik Etchells NSW Championship 2011
Rayshele Martin and Haylee Outteridge raced on Lake Macquarie boat Newby - Zhik Etchells NSW Championship 2011