Please select your home edition
Edition
Barz Optics - Floaters

Etchells World Championship 2012 - All set

by Tracey Johnstone on 19 Feb 2012
Etchells Worlds 2012, PRO Ross Wilson lays down the rules for the championship © Ingrid Abery http://www.ingridabery.com
It’s been last minute jitters around the hardstand at the Etchells World Championship 2012 after the race management team briefed the competitors on how they intend making this the best regatta the sailors have attended.

Registration details are almost completed, the teams have been weighed-in, there are just a few more headsails to be measured and all boats lifted in before the cut off time of 4pm.

Most teams have their paperwork in order and have headed out to participate in this afternoon’s practice race. The race will give the competitors and race management the opportunity to check out their gear and perhaps settle some of those last minute jitters.

The pond looks strangely quiet this afternoon, but only for a brief time.

Many of the skippers including USA’s Jud Smith plan to start the race, do a few legs and then peel off and continue their last minute training. John Bertrand and his crew though have chosen to stay ashore enjoying some peaceful time with his wife Rasa.

In charge of on-water operations is International Race Officer and Chair of the ISAF Race Management Sub-committee, Ross Wilson. He is being assisted by the host club’s Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron Race Director, Rob Ridley, and Wilson’s brother Kevin who will be on the top mark boat. Wilson advised that with nine races in the program, 'we intend running a couple of races on the first day, a couple of races on the second day and then we will see what happens from there on in. If everything goes well, the plan is to 2/2/1/2/1/1,' Wilson said.

In this morning’s briefing Wilson notified the competitors that a copy of the race management policies for this championship would be available. Several key points were raised from this document including the race management team wanting a 'consistent breeze across the water. It’s got to be more than five knots across and it will be on the average over a five minute period from a drifting boat.'

Wilson also said the Signal Boat will be in the centre of line with about 500 metres on either side, making it longer than the start line used at the recent Australian Championship. He also noted that Mark 4, the rounding gate at the bottom mark, will be up the leg a bit above the start line.

'Try to stay behind the line. Try to get an idea where the line is because if you do have a Black Flag it will destroy your regatta from day one or day two. We will use a Black Flag if we think the line is fair, the wind is fair, but everyone wants to go early,' was a timely reminder from Wilson.

Racing commences tomorrow, Monday 20 February, with the first Warning Signal at 1200 hours.

The event is being hosted by the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.

Etchells Worlds 2012 website
Southern Spars - 100Mackay BoatsPredictWind.com 2014

Related Articles

Optimist sailors check out the foiling WASZP - Video
Video of the Predictwind team sailing their WASZPs at an Optimist Training camp The Predictwind team took their foiling WASZPs out to Auckland's Eastern Beach to the Optimist training camp during the school holidays. The intention was to film the kids having a go in the WASZPs, but after the Optimists returned from their training session to have a sail on the single handed foiler, it was a bit breezy for the kids. So Jon and Nick went out anyway and produced this video.
Posted on 7 Feb
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Live coverage from Hobart presented by Zhik
All the interviews and perspectives on what happened in the Rolex Sydney Hobart from the inimitable Nic Douglass. Leading sailing apparel manufacturer, Zhik, has sponsored Nic Douglass - Adventures of a Sailor Girl's coverage of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, live dockside from Sydney. All the interviews and perspectives on what could and might happen in the 628nm offshore classic from the inimitable Nic Douglass.
Posted on 27 Dec 2016
Rolex Sydney Hobart - Live coverage pre race presented by Zhik
All the interviews and perspectives on what could and might happen from the inimitable Nic Douglass. Leading sailing apparel manufacturer, Zhik, has sponsored Nic Douglass - Adventures of a Sailor Girl's coverage of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Race, live dockside from Sydney. All the interviews and perspectives on what could and might happen in the 628nm offshore classic from the inimitable Nic Douglass.
Posted on 26 Dec 2016
Predictwind - Sydney Hobart record still under threat 48hrs from start
The race record in the Rolex Sydney Hobart would still appear to be under threat 48 hours from the start The race record in the Rolex Sydney Hobart would still appear to be under threat 48 hours from the start of the 630nm offshore classic. Using the routing function of wind and weather prediction application, Predictwind, the latest model run by Sail-World, shows that in an extreme situation over 12 hours could be slashed off the record of 1day 18 hrs 23 mins set by Wild Oats XI four years ago.
Posted on 23 Dec 2016
Predictwind release improved racing and cruising routing function
PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach PredictWind has released a major upgrade to its Routing function, taking a much more graphic and interactive approach to what has been a black art of weather routing, used to chose the fastest route for racers or most comfortable route for cruisers.
Posted on 28 Nov 2016
Predictwind now offers European high quality model for forecasting
PredictWind has added the ECMWF forecast model to their ensemble of top weather models. PredictWind has added the ECMWF forecast model to their ensemble of top weather models. The ECMWF model (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) is very highly regarded by Meteorologists and top Navigators around the world. This is the highest rated global weather model from a national weather service making it the perfect fit for PredictWind.
Posted on 11 Nov 2016
Predictwind Waszp on a 30nm blast to Kawau - Images and Video
Three sailors took the PredictWind Waszp foiler for a 30nm spin from Auckland to Sandy Bay on Kawau Island Three sailors took the PredictWind Waszp foiler for a 30nm spin from Auckland to Sandy Bay on Kawau Island, along with some of the Coastal Classic fleet on Oct 21. Three sailors, Jon Bilger, Andrew Brown and Nick Olson sailed and nosedived the new one design singlehander in the fresh SW breeze.
Posted on 1 Nov 2016
America's Cup - Hurricane Nicole intensifies will hit Cup bases today
Hurricane Nicole which until a couple of days ago was just another tropical storm, has intensified unexpectedly Hurricane Nicole which until a couple of days ago was just another tropical storm, has intensified unexpectedly as she makes a final approach to Bermuda. The hurricane which has now been upgraded to a Category 4 on a scale of 5 is due to hit Bermuda just after noon, local time.
Posted on 13 Oct 2016
America's Cup - Cyclone Nicole set to hit Bermuda on Thursday
Nicole, has been upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a category 2 Hurricane and is headed for the America's Cup bases Nicole, has been upgraded from a Tropical Storm to a category 2 Hurricane and is headed for the America's Cup bases in Bermuda. Winds are forecast by the local media to have a sustained strength of 95kts and gusts of over 110kts. Of the four teams in Bermuda, only Softbank Team Japan have commented on their preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Nicole, posting images of the base being secured
Posted on 12 Oct 2016
Predictwind - Images of Hurricane Matthew's trajectory - 0800GMT Oct 7
Hurricane Matthew is now moving up the Florida coast, having bypassed Miami. Hurricane Matthew is now moving up the Florida coast, having bypassed Miami. In these images from Predictwind's wind mapping facility we can see the path and shape of the of the hurricane as it moves past Daytona Beach moving along the US coast before coming to a stop around Jacksonville.
Posted on 7 Oct 2016