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Etchells World Championship - Former champions rise to the top

by New York Yacht Club on 25 Jun 2014
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 Number Yacht Name Yacht Design Skipper/Crew Race
1
Race
2
Total
World Championship Racing
  One Design Division
    International Etchells
    1. 79 USA 979 Line Honors Etchells Bill Hardesty / Taylor Canfield / Stephanie Roble / Marcus Eagan 2 2 4.0
    2. 33 HKG 1333 Swedish Blue Etchells Ante Razmilovic / Chris Larson / Stuart Flinn 3 6 9.0
    3. 78 USA 1378 The Martian Etchells Marvin Beckmann / Steve Hunt / Ezra Culver 8 3 11.0
    4. 38 AUS 1383 Triad Etchells John Bertrand / Grant Simmer / Andrew Palfrey 4 10 14.0
    5. 41 USA 1411 Elizabeth Etchells Tom Carruthers / Chris Busch / Andrew Campbell 5 12 17.0
    6. 20 USA 1208 Gumption3 Etchells Kevin Grainger / Max Skelley / Karl Anderson 6 19 25.0
    7. 76 USA 1376 Arethusa Etchells Phil Lotz / Eric Doyle / Rodrigo Meireles 9 18 27.0
    8. 39 CAN 1396 CAN 1396 Etchells Hank Lammens / Jens Bojsen-Moller / Steve Girling 20/ZFP 8 28.0
    9. 8 USA 1308 KGB Etchells Senet Bischoff / Ben Kinney / Clay Bischoff 10 20 30.0
    10. 96 USA 1296 Appreciation Etchells Jeffrey Siegal / Tim Healy / Willem Van Waay / Sarah Callahan 17 17 34.0
    11. 12 USA 1012 Natasha Etchells Ted Hardenbergh / James Hardenbergh / Mark Hardenbergh 7 30 37.0
    12. 53 USA 1228 Terrapin Etchells Stephen Benjamin / Moose McLintock / Phil Trinter 16 22 38.0
    13. 11 USA 1198 America Jane 11 Etchells Scott Kaufman / Justin Law / Jesse Kirkland / Austen Anderson 25 14 39.0
    14. 37 USA 1137 La Tormenta Etchells Shannon Bush / Brad Boston / Curt Oetking 26 16 42.0
    15. 94 USA 1394 Amercian Baby Etchells George Francisco / Michael Guerriero / Zach Railey 18 24 42.0
    16. 4 USA 1404 Lifted Etchells Jim Cunningham / Jeff Madrigali / Mark Ivey / Bryn Bachman 42 4 46.0
    17. 88 USA 1388 Annie Etchells Gary Gilbert / Mark Mendleblatt / Luke Lawrence 45 5 50.0
    18. 72 USA 1372 Aretas Etchells Skip Dieball / John McClean / Jeff Eiber 38 13 51.0
    19. 68 USA 1168 Mahalaga Etchells Peter Vessella / John Callahan / Tracy Usher 22 29 51.0
    20. 91 AUS 1391 Tango Etchells Chris Hampton / Ian Walker / Matt Johns 12 40 52.0
    21. 55 USA 1355 Lucky Etchells Bryon Ehrhart / Rodney Hagebols / Chris Lefferdink 14 38 52.0
    22. 97 USA 1397 Raging Rooster Etchells Peter Duncan / Thomas Blackwell / Judson Smith 27 25 52.0
    23. 26 HKG 1269 RX2 Etchells Mark Thornburrow / Bucky Smith / Malcolm Page / Simon Cooke 53/ZFP 1 54.0
    24. 77 USA 1149 Moneyball Etchells Blaine Pedlow / Danny Pavel / Justin Boitano 30 27 57.0
    25. 89 USA 928 Something Good Etchells Tito Gonzalez / Trinnidad Gonzalez / Bill Mauk / Ched Proctor 36 23 59.0
    26. 32 AUS 932 Karabos Etchells Paul Garaty / Dean Blatchford / Richard Allanson 11 53 64.0
    27. 42 USA 398 Skanky Gene Etchells Jay Cross / Jeremy Wilmot / Aubrey Mayer / Lauren Gillooly 15 50 65.0
    28. 45 BER 1412 Tiberon Etchells Mark Watson / Dirk Kneulman / Andreas Josenhans 60 7 67.0
    29. 62 USA 1262 Scimitar Etchells Stewart Neff / Will Welles / Henry Brauer 13 57 70.0
    30. 70 USA 971 Miss Murphy Etchells Kjeld Hestehave / Ian Storer / Lynne Shore 39 34 73.0
    31. 40 SIN 1340 Matatu Etchells Nils Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley / Andrew Mills 38/ZFP 36 74.0
    32. 73 USA 1373 Victory Etchells Buddy Cribb / Eamonn deLisser / Stuart deLisser 29 46 75.0
    33. 69 NZL 1348 NZL 1348 Etchells Andrew Wills / Anatole Masfen / Matthew Kelway 50 28 78.0
    34. 92 AUS 1393 Bootross Etchells Mark Bradford / Brad Butterworth / Will McCarthy 58 21 79.0
    35. 99 AUS 1399 Thats Life Etchells Ian Crisp / Marcus Sill / Fergus Forbes 28 51 79.0
    36. 64 HKG 1364 1364 Etchells Frank Van Kempen / Gregory Kearns / Ronan Collins 43 37 80.0
    37. 19 USA 819 Make Mine a Double Etchells Jeff Borland / Reid McLaughlin / Brian Robinson 35 48 83.0
    38. 21 USA 1221 Riva Etchells Wade Edwards / Timo Platt / Ben Newman 51/ZFP 33 84.0
    39. 95 AUS 1395 Should'a Gone Left Etchells Peter Coleman / Iain Gartley / Wayne Dixon 24 62 86.0
    40. 35 GBR 1354 Strait Dealer Etchells David Franks / Graham Sunderland / Bleddyn Mon / Amy Prime 49 41 90.0
    41. 48 USA 1248 USA 1248 Etchells Will Ricketson / Annie Haeger / Luke Ramsay / Addison Caproni 80 11 91.0
    42. 16 GBR 1036 Esprit Etchells Robert Elliott / Stuart Childerley / Sam Richmond 48 43 91.0
    43. 87 IRL 987 Bedrock Etchells David Burrows / Richard Burrows / Samantha Burrows 66 26 92.0
    44. 29 USA 1229 Viva Etchells Don Jesberg / Scott Mason / Ed Wright 40 54 94.0
    45. 98 USA 1398 Firing Line Etchells Bruce Burton / Glenn Burton / Jon Easley 63 32 95.0
    46. 17 UKR 1297 Arctur Etchells Vasyl Gureyev / Andriy Shafranyuk / Vitalii Kushnir 21 77 98.0
    47. 18 USA 988 USA 1185 Etchells Tomas Hornos / Josh Revkin / Andy Casey 67 31 98.0
    48. 2 UAE 1400 African Queen Etchells Jan Muysken / Gavin Brady / Brad Farrand 56 42 98.0
    49. 15 USA 1405 Caramba Etchells Jose Fuentes / Geoff Ewenson / Greg Hryniewicz 37 64 101.0
    50. 93 GBR 992 China Wight Etchells Nicholas Stagg / Kim Ridge / David Bedford 54 47 101.0
    51. 7 USA 1307 Nemesis Etchells Jeff Nehms / Bill Johns / Tim Banks 55 49 104.0
    52. 23 USA 1199 USA 1199 Etchells W. Jay Mills / Christopher Constant / William J. Mills III / Luke Reich 96/BFD 9 105.0
    53. 49 BER 1249 Thrash Etchells Tim Patton / Peter Martin / Jason Owen 31 75 106.0
    54. 75 USA 1375 1375 Etchells Argyle Campbell / Robert Kinney / Payson Infelise 92/ZFP 15 107.0
    55. 10 USA 1103 Indefinitely Etchells Todd Lalumiere / Matthew Lalumiere / Charlie Lalumiere 44 65 109.0
    56. 43 GBR 1407 Ice Etchells Andrew Cooper / James Downer / Robert O'Leary 64 45 109.0
    57. 9 USA 1309 Landed Gentry Etchells Don Brush Ken Fells / Kevin Hawko 71 39 110.0
    58. 85 USA 1285 Midlife Crisis Etchells Bruce Golison / Bill Lynn / Richard Clarke / Dina Corsi 52 58 110.0
    59. 22 AUS 1022 Screaming Plum Etchells Doug Kerr / Greg Kerr / Luke Paterson 52/ZFP 61 113.0
    60. 50 AUS 1150 Chelsea Lady Etchells Bill Steele / Jake Gunther / David Heritage 74 44 118.0
    61. 61 USA 1061 Panache Etchells Paul V. McLaughlin / Rob Gorman / Wayne Huntley 62 56 118.0
    62. 3 SUI 1403 No Dramas Etchells James (Seamus) McHugh / Andy Beadsworth / Simon Fry 23 96/BFD 119.0
    63. 5 USA 1305 Clean Execution Etchells Michael Gavin / William Abbott / Paul Davis 46 73 119.0
    64. 86 AUS 868 Yandoo XX Etchells Jeanne-Claude Strong / Neville Wittey / Marcus Burke / Tiana Wittey 51 71 122.0
    65. 84 AUS 1384 Panther Etchells Steve O'Rourke / Terry Yuill / Burke Melia 88 35 123.0
    66. 60 USA 1260 Playmaker Etchells Alan Kelly / Jonathan Forsberg / Robbie Brown 75 55 130.0
    67. 46 AUS 1325 Iris III Etchells Peter McNeill / David Gleadhill / Phil Smidmore 61 70 131.0
    68. 63 AUS 963 The Rat Etchells Grantham Kitto / Bradley Moore / Tim Ward / Rachel Mullins 81 52 133.0
    69. 58 AUS 1306 The Hole Way Etchells Cameron Miles / Grant Crowle / David Sampson 39/ZFP 96/BFD 135.0
    70. 44 USA 944 Firefly Etchells Meredith Carroll / Peter Carroll / Allan Terhune / Mitchell Callahan 47 88 135.0
    71. 36 USA 1363 Untouchable Etchells Justin Palm / Chris Clark / Tom Dawson 57 79 136.0
    72. 27 CAN 1327 Blackadder Etchells Andrew Cumming / Brian Kamilar / Eric Aronsohn / Victor Diaz de Leon 41 96/BFD 137.0
    73. 59 USA 1238 Whirlwind Etchells Christopher Brady / Catherine Guiader / James McKenna / Melissa Deveney 53 84 137.0
    74. 52 USA 1222 Marx Bros Etchells Chris Marx / Tom Marx / Dan Ronan 78/ZFP 59 137.0
    75. 30 USA 1300 USA 1300 Etchells Michael Dressell / Ernie Pomerleau / Chris Morgan / Justin Callahan 65 72 137.0
    76. 81 USA 1301 Mary Ann Etchells Peter Shumaker / Lindsey Horvat / Kenneth Flaska 84 60 144.0
    77. 74 USA 1085 Cougar Etchells Ethan Doyle / Will Graves / Matt Szala 77 69 146.0
    78. 57 USA 575 Perezoso Etchells Mark Luckes / Rick Humphrey / Josh White 68 81 149.0
    79. 13 USA 1313 Crapshoot Etchells Patricia Stadel / Ralph Carpenter / Andrew Coldicutt 76 76 152.0
    80. 67 CAN 968 JRWOneDesign Etchells Jerry Wendt / Alex Baker / Mike Nichol 70 85/ZFP 155.0
    81. 56 GBR 1329 Stampede Etchells Rob Goddard / Scott Findley / Nigel Wakefield 79 78 157.0
    82. 31 CAN 931 Impudence Etchells David Lowther / Anthony Lowther / Andrew Lowther 69 89 158.0
    83. 71 USA 1371 1371 Etchells Ken Womack / Watt Duffy / Cary Trapani 72 86 158.0
    84. 65 AUS 1165 Kirribilli Etchells Doug Flynn / Alex Flynn / Andy Green 96/RET 63 159.0
    85. 28 USA 1328 Hat Trick Etchells Mark Toso / Terry Naylon / Joshua Toso 87 74 161.0
    86. 90 USA 1097 Eduardo Especial Etchells Ed Holt / Ernest Freeland / Sarah Russell 96/BFD 66 162.0
    87. 51 AUS 511 Grand V Etchells Gordon Hinds / Stephen Ingate / Nicholas Ingate 96/DSQ 67 163.0
    88. 82 USA 1212 Carina Etchells Jonathan Nye / Ray Harrington / Karl Fjeld 96/DNF 68 164.0
    89. 83 NZL 1083 Echelon Etchells Gavin Gerrard / Richard Bouzaid / Ross Bannan / Troy Bannan 85 80 165.0
    90. 34 HKG 1344 Mind the Bumps Etchells John Breen / Denis Martinet / Mike Huang / Chandler Gregoire 82 83 165.0
    91. 25 AUS 1025 Walk on Water Etchells Glenn Norton / Peter Rattray / Richard Hodgson 89 82 171.0
    92. 24 AUS 1124 Gumption Etchells Michael Morris / Geoff Masters / Joshua Singh / Maclean Paton 86 85 171.0
    93. 1 AUS 401 Ozzi Etchells Al Harrison / Ian Staples / Brady Lowe 83 90 173.0
    94. 14 NZL 1114 Windward Etchells Charles Maud / Luke Carter / Scott Clark 90 87 177.0
    95. 54 USA 54 Christine Francis Etchells Daniel Smith / Sara Smith / Gregory Hoyt 96/DNF 96/DNC 192.0

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