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Etchells World Championship 2011 crowns a winner

by Etchells Worlds on 11 Jun 2011
Etchells World Championship 2011 Day 3 Tim Wilkes © http://www.TimWilkes.com
Etchells World Championship 2011 regatta is a nine race series with a single throwout score. San Diego Yacht Club’s Bill Hardesty, Steve Hunt, Mandi Markee and Craig Leweck only needed to achieve wins in eight races to secure the World Championship title.

As the team finished Race 8 coming in second, they had a 19 point lead overall with a 19 point throwout score (so regardless of their final race finish, they will maintain the best overall score in the regatta).

USA 979 Team Hardesty’s fate was not so clear as Race 8 developed, rounding the first three marks in eighth, seventh, and seventh position respectively. The title of ‘2011 Etchells World Champion’ remained in play. The wind shifted right on the last downwind leg, and USA 979 made its move by passing five boats to round the last leeward gate in second place. At the finish they were able to maintain second place for the race by holding off the Greek boat 1368 (George Andreadis) who sailed a great race as well.

Until this development foiled the hopes of the other two boats at the top of the score sheet (USA 1227 Vince Brun and AUS 1026 Noel Drennan), the story of Race 8 was USA 946 Craig Healy who sails out of St. Francis Yacht Club and San Francisco Yacht Club. Healy and crew rounded every mark in first place, extended to a lead of 50 seconds at the last windward mark rounding, over a minute at the last leeward gate and cruised to one of the largest time victories of the week.

The race day began with the postponement flag raised at noon as the Marine layer blanketed the course and kept the wind light and shifty. Towards the end of the hour the thermal wind began to fill from the southwest and filled in at 7-9 knots from 255-260. The Race Committee set up a Course 1 (W-L-W-L-F) 1.7 miles long at the 255 axis. The fleet started cleanly with five boats OCS. Throughout the race the R/C shifted the course right five degrees at the top of leg three, and bottom of leg four to match the right progression of the wind.

While the announcement of the USA 979 was bouncing around on Facebook and Twitter, it wasn’t recognized by the winning crew until Steve Hunt and Mandi Markee went to the scoreboard back at San Diego Yacht Club and saw the numbers. With smiles and a toast of their beer cups, they headed down to the boat to spread the word. Hardesty came up shaking hands across the docks to see for himself as well.

Congratulations to Bill Hardesty on his second Etchells World Championship (2008 in Chicago) and the first Etchells World title for all three crew members. Past Champions Chris Busch (as a crew for Hardesty in 2008), Vince Brun (as a skipper in San Diego in 2000) and Noel Drennan (as a crew in Hong Kong 1997) will all fight for second place in Saturday’s final race.

San Diego Yacht Club will host an International buffet dinner awards banquet on Saturday night after the final race.

Boat Information

Race - Click Race # below for fin times.

Place

Bow

Country

Sail

Skipper

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

Total

1

79


USA

979

Bill Hardesty

1

1

- 19

7

1

6

1

2


19

2

26


AUS

1026

Noel Drennan

- 21

9

8

2

8

3

5

3


38

3

27


USA

1227

Vincent Brun

3

4

2

4

7

- 14

9

12


41

4

23


USA

969

Chris Busch

4

18

5

- 38

3

12

7

4


53

5

66


USA

666

Don Jesberg*

25

- 51

3

5

4

4

2

18


61

6

46


USA

946

Craig Healy*

10

3

- 32

3

17

17

26

1


77

7

80


AUS

1278

Michael John Hiatt

20

2

1

36

6

8

- 48

8


81

8

60


USA

1060

Dennis Conner

15

5

30

1

- 36

9

6

16


82

9

52


USA

1152

Keith Whittemore

23

14

4

12

2

16

17

- 53


88

10

75


USA

1375

Argyle Campbell*

19

11

- 45

11

12

25

3

9


90

11

85


USA

1285

Bruce Golison

- 37

8

16

8

15

10

10

28


95

12

16


USA

1216

Brian Camet

9

23

21

19

13

18

- 33

7


110

13

04


USA

904

Will Stout

36

32

11

9

5

1

- 57

17


111

14

68


USA

1168

Peter Vessella*

5

7

23

14

26

34

- 63

14


123

15

48


NZL

1348

Andrew Wills

2

33

25

6

9

19

- 41

31


125

16

08


USA

1308

Senet Bischoff*

8

21

13

27

- 50

24

25

10


128

17

81


FRA

1281

Frederic Laffitte*

16

28

24

28

- 39

5

4

29


134

18

30


USA

1350

Bruce Burton

- 63

22

7

20

23

26

16

22


136

19

35


USA

935

David Ullman

24

19

14

17

27

15

20

- 49


136

20

86


USA

986

Bruce Nelson

32

- 43

15

21

20

2

18

35


143

21

33


AUS

1337

Rupert Henry

26

- 40

10

22

19

36

11

38


162

22

69


USA

1018

Chris Snow

22

10

28

23

40

11

30

- 60


164

23

78


USA

1378

Marvin Beckmann

7

30

37

- 44

28

31

12

23


168

24

98


USA

985

Andy La Dow*

27

36

36

10

30

7

- 58

27


173

25

10


USA

1066

Jon Rogers

6

55

- 56

34

14

27

34

19


189

26

21


USA

1221

Wade Edwards

12

- 65

9

24

51

40

22

32


190

27

18


AUS

1223

Chris Hampton

- 43

37

17

33

22

39

8

39


195

28

28


USA

1283

Andrew Whittome*

30

34

18

13

60

23

- 84 bfd

33


211

29

06


USA

706

JJ Fetter

47

17

- 68

35

25

32

13

43


212

30

31


GRE

1368

George Andreadis

33

24

49

30

43

- 59

31

5


215

31

07


USA

552

Tom Malone

48

29

47

- 50

16

21

21

36


218

32

20


BER

1394

Mark Watson

58

27

43

18

10

- 61

38

26


220

33

84


USA

984

Steve Wright*

41

25

44

- 48

24

47

14

25


220

34

93


AUS

1293

Ian Crisp

55

31

29

15

38

35

19

- 62


222

35

37


USA

1137

Shannon Bush

35

12

35

42

31

54

23

- 55


232

36

89


AUS

1389

Robert Hanna

52

20

22

52

29

58

- 84 dns

6


239

37

96


GBR

962

Rob Goddard

14

45

33

31

46

- 51

27

44


240

38

56


USA

1234

David Levy

31

16

53

- 55

42

50

24

24


240

39

99


USA

669

Ted Hardenbergh*

38

52

6

58

- 61

20

54

13


241

40

94


USA

794

Steve Pacelli

11

- 59

42

46

59

30

56

11


255