News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Etchells Winters: two weeks to entry close of perfectly timed event
Etchells Winters: two weeks to entry close of perfectly timed event

'Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2013'    Tracey Johnstone    Click Here to view large photo

Drag out the sunnies and dust off the boardies, it’s time to head north to Mooloolaba for the Etchells Australasian Winter Championship.

The 18th annual Etchells Winters is being held from 5th to 8th June 2014.

Online entries close in just two weeks, on the 30th May.

Brisbane’s Mark Bradford is calling the Etchells Winters a 'perfectly timed event' for him as he prepares to head to Newport, Rhode Island, for the 2014 Etchells World Championship which starts on the 21st June.

He has recently passed up a whole lot of yachting to concentrate on the Etchells and while the big Black Jack is in the shed getting modified for the next Hobart.

'We’ve got a bit of training in Mooloolaba on the two weekends before the regatta. We then plan to get to the mid-Winters on the Wednesday so we have a couple of good days sailing before the event. We are going to step it up a bit for the mid-winters.

'I will test some sails in Mooloolaba. Simon Gorman is in the middle for me in Mooloolaba and then he tags out for Brad Butterworth for the Worlds.

'This is my 10th Worlds so I have a reasonable handle on how to lead up to it. When you go overseas, if you get there too early, by the time the main event is on you are pretty run out especially with finances and all the other pressures you have in your life.

'The good thing this year is we can do the preparation in Australia in a good fleet and skip the pre-Worlds stuff in America, then go straight into the event. Normally you can’t do that because the only stuff on before the regatta is the lead up races at the event. We are pretty lucky this year with the timing of the mid-Winters.

'We get to sail at home in a comfortable environment where it’s not super expensive and where we will get all wind conditions, and it’s going to bumpy like the Worlds. It should be a pretty good lead up for us,' Bradford said.

Lake Macquarie’s Paul Garaty is another one who is using the Etchells Winters as a warm up for his Worlds campaign. He will race in Mooloolaba with Dean Blachford and Gary Boyd, then on the way to the international airport, collect Michael Coxon’s trimmer, Richie Allanson, and head over to Rhode Island.

There is plenty of other talent heading north this year. Previous winners Mornington’s Graeme Taylor, Brisbane’s Matt Chew and Sydney’s Tom King will be back on the start line.

North Sails Michael Coxon is also heading to Mooloolaba and bringing with him the North Sails sponsored mid-fleet prize.

Big boat winning skipper, Roger Hickman, wouldn’t miss Mooloolaba for quids. He’s leaving his Wild Rose crew in Sydney to finish off the Cruising Yacht Club’s Sydney Harbour cold winter series and heading up to where the warm sun shines.

Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2014

by Tracey Johnstone


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

10:18 PM Wed 14 May 2014GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

News - USA and the World

America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting by Richard Gladwell/,

America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature by Richard Gladwell/,

2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins by Vanessa Yates, Hawaii

BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet
Anna Tunnicliffe holds fourth at mid-point of Reebok CrossFit Games
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Maxi Soh wins Doubleheader A event
International Moth World Championships - Nathan Outteridge wins
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - First blood to Toselli and Angulo
Melges 24 Nationals - Record entries for 2014 and 2015 venue revealed
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Anna Kjellberg claims the lead
Jessica Uniack Memorial Beach to Bay Race at Long Beach YC
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship - Poland tops the leaderboard
America's Cup - Four teams confirm full support regardless of venue
Plastic Classic takes place at Mariposa Hunters Point YC
Six Metre European Championship - No champion declared for 2014
J/Teams sail tough Chicago Mackinac Race
Anna Tunnicliffe wins first event of Reebok Cross Fit Games + Video
2014 Pacific Cup - Skill and luck required for victory   
Six Metre European Championship - Action resumes on day 4   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 4   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam on the horizon   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Golden Jubilee to take place this September   
DH Pacific Cup - Running with the pack + Video   
Women's Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Testing day in Vannes   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - Ireland establishes solid lead   
International Moth Worlds: Outteridge charges into the lead + Video   
Marina Rubicón Round Canary Islands Race - First blood to Team Brunel   
ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Competition heats up on day 2   
Laser Radial World Championships - Competition aplenty on day 3 +Video   
Extreme Sailing Series - Penultimate Act to take place in Nice   
Leukemia Cup - Images by Leighton O'Connor   
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup - Meeting of the grand designs   
29er North American Championship - Final series kicks off   
29er World Championship 2014 set to start in Kingston, Ontario   
Barcelona and Parnu chosen for 2015 ORC championship events   
2014 Race for Rady Yacht Race - Benefiting Rady Children’s hospital   
CMRC Summer Invitational Series - Doubleheader events start tomorrow   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT