Etchells World Championship - Former champions rise to the top

Bill Hardesty's team on Line Honors finishes second in the second race of the 2014 Etchells World Championship off Newport, R.I.. Hardesty paired that with a second from the first race and is currently first in the overall standings.
Sharon Green/New York Yacht Club
It's hard to imagine a better day to start the 2014 Etchells World Championship, which is hosted by the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court in association with Sail Newport. Plentiful sun, warm temperatures and moderate breeze created near perfect sailing conditions off Newport, R.I.

For two-time Etchells World Champion Bill Hardesty (San Diego) it was hard to imagine a better start to the regatta. Hardesty and his team placed second in both races and lead the regatta overall, with Ante Razmilovic's Swedish Blue team (London, U.K.) in second and defending world champion Marvin Beckmann (Houston) in third. In his first visit to Newport in more than 30 years, John Bertrand (South Yarra, Australia), the America's Cup-winning skipper of Australia II, lies fourth.

It wasn't easy for anyone, however. To spread out the fleet, principle race officer Tom Duggan stretched the legs to between two and three nautical miles, with each race taking between 90 and 120 minutes. The bulk of the fleet didn't reach the dock until after 6 p.m.

'We were physically grinding it out all day,' said Taylor Canfield, who serves as tactician for Hardesty. 'Finishing up with a five-leg course just made it that much more grueling. Our downwind speed was great, we gained a couple of boats every run. Then we were able to catch one or two boats on the upwind.'

Hardesty, who won his world titles in 2008 and 2011, Beckmann (2013), and Bertrand (2010) are all former world champions, and their experience and poise showed today. With 95 boats on the starting line and both starts run under the black flag (which means that anyone who is over the starting line early is disqualified from the race), it was a day to limit risk and avoid large mistakes. Sailors will often say before events such as this that you can't win the regatta on the first day, but you certainly can lose it.

'The goal today was to get two single-digit finishes,' said Steve Hunt, Beckmann's tactician. 'We did and so we're happy.'

Those teams that were not so fortunate today can take some comfort in knowing that, should the regatta schedule play out as planned, they will be able to discard their worst finish from their scoreline. But those teams with one or more disappointing finishes on day one are now operating with little margin for error.

The regatta will continue tomorrow through Saturday. For more on the event, please click here.

2014 Etchells World Championship Preliminary Cumulative Results:

   Bow Sail NumberYacht NameYacht DesignSkipper/CrewRace
1
Race
2
Total
World Championship Racing
 One Design Division
  International Etchells
  1.79USA 979Line HonorsEtchellsBill Hardesty / Taylor Canfield / Stephanie Roble / Marcus Eagan224.0
  2.33HKG 1333Swedish BlueEtchellsAnte Razmilovic / Chris Larson / Stuart Flinn369.0
  3.78USA 1378The MartianEtchellsMarvin Beckmann / Steve Hunt / Ezra Culver8311.0
  4.38AUS 1383TriadEtchellsJohn Bertrand / Grant Simmer / Andrew Palfrey41014.0
  5.41USA 1411ElizabethEtchellsTom Carruthers / Chris Busch / Andrew Campbell51217.0
  6.20USA 1208Gumption3EtchellsKevin Grainger / Max Skelley / Karl Anderson61925.0
  7.76USA 1376ArethusaEtchellsPhil Lotz / Eric Doyle / Rodrigo Meireles91827.0
  8.39CAN 1396CAN 1396EtchellsHank Lammens / Jens Bojsen-Moller / Steve Girling20/ZFP828.0
  9.8USA 1308KGBEtchellsSenet Bischoff / Ben Kinney / Clay Bischoff102030.0
  10.96USA 1296AppreciationEtchellsJeffrey Siegal / Tim Healy / Willem Van Waay / Sarah Callahan171734.0
  11.12USA 1012NatashaEtchellsTed Hardenbergh / James Hardenbergh / Mark Hardenbergh73037.0
  12.53USA 1228TerrapinEtchellsStephen Benjamin / Moose McLintock / Phil Trinter162238.0
  13.11USA 1198America Jane 11EtchellsScott Kaufman / Justin Law / Jesse Kirkland / Austen Anderson251439.0
  14.37USA 1137La TormentaEtchellsShannon Bush / Brad Boston / Curt Oetking261642.0
  15.94USA 1394Amercian BabyEtchellsGeorge Francisco / Michael Guerriero / Zach Railey182442.0
  16.4USA 1404LiftedEtchellsJim Cunningham / Jeff Madrigali / Mark Ivey / Bryn Bachman42446.0
  17.88USA 1388AnnieEtchellsGary Gilbert / Mark Mendleblatt / Luke Lawrence45550.0
  18.72USA 1372AretasEtchellsSkip Dieball / John McClean / Jeff Eiber381351.0
  19.68USA 1168MahalagaEtchellsPeter Vessella / John Callahan / Tracy Usher222951.0
  20.91AUS 1391TangoEtchellsChris Hampton / Ian Walker / Matt Johns124052.0
  21.55USA 1355LuckyEtchellsBryon Ehrhart / Rodney Hagebols / Chris Lefferdink143852.0
  22.97USA 1397Raging RoosterEtchellsPeter Duncan / Thomas Blackwell / Judson Smith272552.0
  23.26HKG 1269RX2EtchellsMark Thornburrow / Bucky Smith / Malcolm Page / Simon Cooke53/ZFP154.0
  24.77USA 1149MoneyballEtchellsBlaine Pedlow / Danny Pavel / Justin Boitano302757.0
  25.89USA 928Something GoodEtchellsTito Gonzalez / Trinnidad Gonzalez / Bill Mauk / Ched Proctor362359.0
  26.32AUS 932KarabosEtchellsPaul Garaty / Dean Blatchford / Richard Allanson115364.0
  27.42USA 398Skanky GeneEtchellsJay Cross / Jeremy Wilmot / Aubrey Mayer / Lauren Gillooly155065.0
  28.45BER 1412TiberonEtchellsMark Watson / Dirk Kneulman / Andreas Josenhans60767.0
  29.62USA 1262ScimitarEtchellsStewart Neff / Will Welles / Henry Brauer135770.0
  30.70USA 971Miss MurphyEtchellsKjeld Hestehave / Ian Storer / Lynne Shore393473.0
  31.40SIN 1340MatatuEtchellsNils Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley / Andrew Mills38/ZFP3674.0
  32.73USA 1373VictoryEtchellsBuddy Cribb / Eamonn deLisser / Stuart deLisser294675.0
  33.69NZL 1348NZL 1348EtchellsAndrew Wills / Anatole Masfen / Matthew Kelway502878.0
  34.92AUS 1393BootrossEtchellsMark Bradford / Brad Butterworth / Will McCarthy582179.0
  35.99AUS 1399Thats LifeEtchellsIan Crisp / Marcus Sill / Fergus Forbes285179.0
  36.64HKG 13641364EtchellsFrank Van Kempen / Gregory Kearns / Ronan Collins433780.0
  37.19USA 819Make Mine a DoubleEtchellsJeff Borland / Reid McLaughlin / Brian Robinson354883.0
  38.21USA 1221RivaEtchellsWade Edwards / Timo Platt / Ben Newman51/ZFP3384.0
  39.95AUS 1395Should'a Gone LeftEtchellsPeter Coleman / Iain Gartley / Wayne Dixon246286.0
  40.35GBR 1354Strait DealerEtchellsDavid Franks / Graham Sunderland / Bleddyn Mon / Amy Prime494190.0
  41.48USA 1248USA 1248EtchellsWill Ricketson / Annie Haeger / Luke Ramsay / Addison Caproni801191.0
  42.16GBR 1036EspritEtchellsRobert Elliott / Stuart Childerley / Sam Richmond484391.0
  43.87IRL 987BedrockEtchellsDavid Burrows / Richard Burrows / Samantha Burrows662692.0
  44.29USA 1229VivaEtchellsDon Jesberg / Scott Mason / Ed Wright405494.0
  45.98USA 1398Firing LineEtchellsBruce Burton / Glenn Burton / Jon Easley633295.0
  46.17UKR 1297ArcturEtchellsVasyl Gureyev / Andriy Shafranyuk / Vitalii Kushnir217798.0
  47.18USA 988USA 1185EtchellsTomas Hornos / Josh Revkin / Andy Casey673198.0
  48.2UAE 1400African QueenEtchellsJan Muysken / Gavin Brady / Brad Farrand564298.0
  49.15USA 1405CarambaEtchellsJose Fuentes / Geoff Ewenson / Greg Hryniewicz3764101.0
  50.93GBR 992China WightEtchellsNicholas Stagg / Kim Ridge / David Bedford5447101.0
  51.7USA 1307NemesisEtchellsJeff Nehms / Bill Johns / Tim Banks5549104.0
  52.23USA 1199USA 1199EtchellsW. Jay Mills / Christopher Constant / William J. Mills III / Luke Reich96/BFD9105.0
  53.49BER 1249ThrashEtchellsTim Patton / Peter Martin / Jason Owen3175106.0
  54.75USA 13751375EtchellsArgyle Campbell / Robert Kinney / Payson Infelise92/ZFP15107.0
  55.10USA 1103IndefinitelyEtchellsTodd Lalumiere / Matthew Lalumiere / Charlie Lalumiere4465109.0
  56.43GBR 1407IceEtchellsAndrew Cooper / James Downer / Robert O'Leary6445109.0
  57.9USA 1309Landed GentryEtchellsDon Brush Ken Fells / Kevin Hawko7139110.0
  58.85USA 1285Midlife CrisisEtchellsBruce Golison / Bill Lynn / Richard Clarke / Dina Corsi5258110.0
  59.22AUS 1022Screaming PlumEtchellsDoug Kerr / Greg Kerr / Luke Paterson52/ZFP61113.0
  60.50AUS 1150Chelsea LadyEtchellsBill Steele / Jake Gunther / David Heritage7444118.0
  61.61USA 1061PanacheEtchellsPaul V. McLaughlin / Rob Gorman / Wayne Huntley6256118.0
  62.3SUI 1403No DramasEtchellsJames (Seamus) McHugh / Andy Beadsworth / Simon Fry2396/BFD119.0
  63.5USA 1305Clean ExecutionEtchellsMichael Gavin / William Abbott / Paul Davis4673119.0
  64.86AUS 868Yandoo XXEtchellsJeanne-Claude Strong / Neville Wittey / Marcus Burke / Tiana Wittey5171122.0
  65.84AUS 1384PantherEtchellsSteve O'Rourke / Terry Yuill / Burke Melia8835123.0
  66.60USA 1260PlaymakerEtchellsAlan Kelly / Jonathan Forsberg / Robbie Brown7555130.0
  67.46AUS 1325Iris IIIEtchellsPeter McNeill / David Gleadhill / Phil Smidmore6170131.0
  68.63AUS 963The RatEtchellsGrantham Kitto / Bradley Moore / Tim Ward / Rachel Mullins8152133.0
  69.58AUS 1306The Hole WayEtchellsCameron Miles / Grant Crowle / David Sampson39/ZFP96/BFD135.0
  70.44USA 944FireflyEtchellsMeredith Carroll / Peter Carroll / Allan Terhune / Mitchell Callahan4788135.0
  71.36USA 1363UntouchableEtchellsJustin Palm / Chris Clark / Tom Dawson5779136.0
  72.27CAN 1327BlackadderEtchellsAndrew Cumming / Brian Kamilar / Eric Aronsohn / Victor Diaz de Leon4196/BFD137.0
  73.59USA 1238WhirlwindEtchellsChristopher Brady / Catherine Guiader / James McKenna / Melissa Deveney5384137.0
  74.52USA 1222Marx BrosEtchellsChris Marx / Tom Marx / Dan Ronan78/ZFP59137.0
  75.30USA 1300USA 1300EtchellsMichael Dressell / Ernie Pomerleau / Chris Morgan / Justin Callahan6572137.0
  76.81USA 1301Mary AnnEtchellsPeter Shumaker / Lindsey Horvat / Kenneth Flaska8460144.0
  77.74USA 1085CougarEtchellsEthan Doyle / Will Graves / Matt Szala7769146.0
  78.57USA 575PerezosoEtchellsMark Luckes / Rick Humphrey / Josh White6881149.0
  79.13USA 1313CrapshootEtchellsPatricia Stadel / Ralph Carpenter / Andrew Coldicutt7676152.0
  80.67CAN 968JRWOneDesignEtchellsJerry Wendt / Alex Baker / Mike Nichol7085/ZFP155.0
  81.56GBR 1329StampedeEtchellsRob Goddard / Scott Findley / Nigel Wakefield7978157.0
  82.31CAN 931ImpudenceEtchellsDavid Lowther / Anthony Lowther / Andrew Lowther6989158.0
  83.71USA 13711371EtchellsKen Womack / Watt Duffy / Cary Trapani7286158.0
  84.65AUS 1165KirribilliEtchellsDoug Flynn / Alex Flynn / Andy Green96/RET63159.0
  85.28USA 1328Hat TrickEtchellsMark Toso / Terry Naylon / Joshua Toso8774161.0
  86.90USA 1097Eduardo EspecialEtchellsEd Holt / Ernest Freeland / Sarah Russell96/BFD66162.0
  87.51AUS 511Grand VEtchellsGordon Hinds / Stephen Ingate / Nicholas Ingate96/DSQ67163.0
  88.82USA 1212CarinaEtchellsJonathan Nye / Ray Harrington / Karl Fjeld96/DNF68164.0
  89.83NZL 1083EchelonEtchellsGavin Gerrard / Richard Bouzaid / Ross Bannan / Troy Bannan8580165.0
  90.34HKG 1344Mind the BumpsEtchellsJohn Breen / Denis Martinet / Mike Huang / Chandler Gregoire8283165.0
  91.25AUS 1025Walk on WaterEtchellsGlenn Norton / Peter Rattray / Richard Hodgson8982171.0
  92.24AUS 1124GumptionEtchellsMichael Morris / Geoff Masters / Joshua Singh / Maclean Paton8685171.0
  93.1AUS 401OzziEtchellsAl Harrison / Ian Staples / Brady Lowe8390173.0
  94.14NZL 1114WindwardEtchellsCharles Maud / Luke Carter / Scott Clark9087177.0
  95.54USA 54Christine FrancisEtchellsDaniel Smith / Sara Smith / Gregory Hoyt96/DNF96/DNC192.0
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