Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik Yachting Range

Etchells Tuesday Night Series- Flight 3 a view from Economy class

by Alex Webster on 22 Nov 2012
Close racing in the Etchells World Championship Sydney Australia 2012. © Ingrid Abery http://www.ingridabery.com

Flight 3 of the Auckland Etchells Tuesday Night Season were sailed on Tuesday November 20, Fleet Captain Alex Webster reports:

Some have suggested that it is windage, resulting from your correspondent’s massive bulk, others have speculated, more tactfully perhaps, that the back of the fleet offers a better vantage point for these reports, but whatever the reason, Waiwera (1240) has, rather depressingly, secured a slot in economy class, quite near the loos, over the last two outings.

What is worse, due to a phenomenon that astronomers refer to as Doppler shift, it is surprisingly difficult to distinguish the relative positions of distant objects that are moving away from you, rapidly, so I hope that you will forgive me if this report more than usually subjective and lacking in factual detail.

It was a beautiful spring evening that saw a fleet of 12 Etchells beat into a stable northerly that gave every appearance of building. But it was all a horrible, fickle pretence and by sunset, the self-same fleet was beating home into a freshening southerly with two, shifty, patchy and (for some) maddening races in the bag – bringing the series total to eight, with Valsheda (950) leading overall, from Feng Shui (1348) and Upfront (814).

Briefly then, Race 1 started off the Viaduct Basin into a tentative breeze and ebbing tide and ended in a bun fight as an ascendant southerly competed fitfully with a dying northerly - with boats crossing the finish line on virtually every point of sail.

It was good to see Bobby’s Girl (1058) competing for line honours after Johnny Melville’s long spell on the beach (and, paradoxically, Bobby’s Girl’s brief, unplanned, sojourn in the drink).

The start of Race 2 was quickly and efficiently re-positioned off Bayswater by the excellent Race Committee, as the wind completed its about-face - and proved to be a contest far more suited to those who prefer their windward-leewards to occur on alternating legs of the race.

Waiwera (1240) squandered a near-perfect start, failing to maintain momentum through a treacherous minefield of lulls and shifts. Steadier heads and hands capitalised and Bobby’s Girl (1058) ultimately triumphed.

Many thanks to the race committee for its swift decisiveness in trying conditions.

Racing an Etchells in Auckland could not be any easier. Leave work and get to Westhaven Marina around 5 o'clock, your boat's already in the water. Only about 5 minutes' sail from the dock and you're in the racing area - just off the Viaduct Basin between Prince's Wharf and Wynyard Quarter.

A lively, competitive fleet enjoys 3 or 4 closely-fought races, before returning to dock to de-brief and tell lies over a couple of drinks at Swashbucklers Bar and Grill. You can leave the boat in the water - she'll be hauled out for you in the morning.

To find out how to join the fleet, or register as a crew http://www.etchells.org.nz/join-the-fleet.html!click_here

http://www.etchells.org.nz/results.html!The_results_can_be_viewed here
Zhik Yachting 660x82upffront 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Olympic Gold medalist and Volvo Ocean Race winner up for WS Board
Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing Torben Grael (BRA) is amongst the 15 nominations for one of seven places on the Board of Directors of World Sailing in November. The five times Olympic medalist, Volvo Ocean Race winner and several times America's Cup competitor will bring a much needed sailing edge to the Board of World Sailing if he can navigate the politics of the controlling body of the sport.
Posted today at 6:03 pm
World-class talent expected at 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds
Summer’s days may be numbered, but this comes as welcome news to all sailors participating in 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds Summer’s days may be numbered, but this comes as welcome news to all sailors participating in the 2016 Alcatel J/70 Worlds hosted by the St. Francis Yacht Club, as fall’s arrival neatly dovetails with the start of what promises to be a world-championship regatta for the ages.
Posted on 22 Sep
Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany solidifies advantage at J/24 Worlds
Keiji Kondo’s Fox of Japan moved up to second place after a solid 1,2,4 on Wednesday for 15 net points. JJOne earned their second bullet of the regatta in the day’s middle battle, trailed by Fox and Mark Laura’s Baba Louie of the USA.
Posted on 21 Sep
RS Aeros at the Houston Open One-Design Regatta (HOOD)
RS delivered the demo trailer from New England for this, the first of three Texas events on the North American Aero Tour RS delivered the demo trailer from New England for this, the first of three Texas events on the 2016 North American Aero Tour. A number of people came over to talk about the boats and possible fleets in Corpus Christi, Austin and elsewhere--the curiosity and positive energy were great to see! We also had a few people try the boat out and come back grinning.
Posted on 20 Sep
12 Metre North Americans - Fleet of nine starts competition this week
There are few things that sailors, more than catching sight of a historic 12 Metre yacht slicing through water. There are few things that delight sailors, and landlubbers, more than catching sight of a historic 12 Metre yacht slicing through the water. Fortunately for anyone who lives in or visits Newport, R.I., this week, a fleet of nine boats will gather in the City by the Sea to contest the 12 Metre North American Championship hosted by Ida Lewis Yacht Club from September 23-25, 2016.
Posted on 20 Sep
2016 J/24 Worlds - Day 1 action-shots by Christopher Howell
Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J/24 World Championships and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action. Photographer Christopher Howell was on water at 2016 J/24 World Championships and provided this gallery of images from Day 1 action.
Posted on 20 Sep
Tropical storm keeps teams ashore on Day 2 of J/24 World Championship
A slow-moving tropical storm dampened day two of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. A slow-moving tropical storm dampened day two of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. The 41 teams representing Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA were kept ashore as heavy rains and winds were blanketing the area on Tuesday.
Posted on 20 Sep
German Daniel Frost takes JJOne to lead on Day 1 of J/24 Worlds
It was the calm before the storm on day one of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. It was the calm before the storm on day one of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. With a tropical storm heading toward the area, 41 teams representing Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA kicked off the Championship in winds of four - six knots over two races.
Posted on 20 Sep
Park’s pride at “end of an era” for Rio Paralympic Sailing
Two bronze medals for Helena Lucas in the 2.4mR one person keelboat and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell in the SKUD18 Two bronze medals for Helena Lucas in the 2.4mR one person keelboat and Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell in the SKUD18 two-person keelboat in the final races of the regatta on Saturday meant Britain’s sailors finished on the podium twice for the second Paralympics running and achieved their pre-Rio medal target.
Posted on 19 Sep
Eight Bells - Jerry Fulp
With sadness I wish to inform you of the passing of a great Etchells sailor, Jerry Fulp. 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 the past few years.
Posted on 18 Sep