Please select your home edition
Edition
SailX 728x90

Etchells World Championship competitors head for Sydney

by Tracey Johnstone on 17 Feb 2012
Etchells Worlds 2012, entrants start to arrive at RSYS with a sparkling Sydney Harbour in background. Tracey Johnstone
The Etchells are on the move to Sydney (Australia) as they preapre themselves for the start of the Etchells World Championship 2012 with competition getting underway on Monday 20th February.

Regatta Director David Sturrock said his team of 91 volunteers has commenced the regatta registration process as the crews and their boats arrived by road and water at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, which is celebrating its Sesquicentenary year.

Typically, the sailors are arriving slowly, leaving a lot of their on-land organisation to the last minute. However, there are several teams out on Sydney Harbour and on the offshore course tuning and testing in readiness for the first race.

The long range forecast is showing a southerly change coming through on Sunday and Monday. The maps show the front building, but Sturrock said 'we are not taking this too seriously at the moment.'

Many of the boats are moving south from Pittwater where they were competing in the National Championship. Of the 74-boat fleet expected for the World Championship, 49 of them competed in the National Championship.

Most of the skippers were pleased to be able to use the Nationals as a pre-Worlds event, practicing their offshore racing skills. British skipper James Howells, who was placed fourth in the 2007 Etchells World Championship, spoke highly of the value of the pre-Worlds to his team.


'I’m glad we came out here early. Sailing the conditions we had here with quite light winds and fairly long rollers, compared to what we have in the UK, has been a big learning curve. We have found it quite tricky at times. I think there are some other guys coming out who haven’t done this event who are going to have to get some practice in before the Worlds start.

'The sailing has been very, very tough due to both the conditions and the level of the competition. If you had a bad start and you were in an area of the course where things weren’t going right or you were against a shift, these guys are so good, it’s tricky to get back. The standard of competition here was great,' Howells said on the last day of the National Championship.

Hong Kong skipper Mark Thornburrow agreed with Howells comments on the value of racing in the pre-Worlds event. 'We haven’t sailed much together over the last six months and we needed a lot of practice together before the Worlds.'

These competitors now need to prepare themselves for a different offshore course with the World Championship race course located off Sydney Heads. Racing will be north on the Manly Circle or south on the Macquarie Circle. Six races are required to constitute the series with a total of nine races scheduled.

All crews weigh-in on Sunday 19th and then again on Thursday 23rd. The target is no more than 285 kilos per crew whether it is a three-man or four-man team. A quick visit to the local sauna on Sunday may be on the cards for some, even after being given the opportunity to test weigh-in during the three registration days.

A practice race has been scheduled for 1330 hours for the same day.

As the boats arrive at Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron they are starting to make an impressive sight, lined up along the pontoon in front of the Squadron with Sydney Harbour providing a sparkling background.

The full entry list is on the event website.

The Etchells World Championship is sponsored by Telstra, Oatley Wines, Nautica Watches, Gill, North Sails, Barz Sunglasses, Hamburg SUD, Jackson Shipping, PredictWind and Yachting NSW Boat Insurance.

InSunSport - NZupffront 660x82Barz Optics - San Juan Worlds Best Eyewear

Related Articles

PredictWind - Stunning new forecast maps
When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. When developing the Offshore App, we had to rethink maps for offshore sailors. The mapping technology was rebuilt to be faster, have smaller downloads and be able to smoothly animate PredictWind’s advanced forecasts. Following the success of the Offshore App, we’re releasing this unique display technology across all other platforms, including the forecast website, Android and iOS Apps
Posted on 24 Jun
Iridium GO! Voice calling unleashed
The exciting new plans for the Iridium GO! with up to 250* voice calling minutes included for free in the new plans The exciting new plans for the Iridium GO!, voice calling is now a reality to keep in touch with friends and family. Now with up to 250* voice calling minutes included for free in the new plans.
Posted on 18 Aug 2015
100x faster Weather Routing downloads from Predictwind
PredictWind’s easy to use weather routing tool is the best way to find the safest or fastest route PredictWind’s easy to use weather routing tool with intuitive drag and drop interface is the best way to find the safest or fastest route, and the forecasted conditions, for any passage. Weather Routing is now available across all PredictWind platforms. You can run weather routes online, on both iOS and Android apps and within the PredictWind Offshore app. Get the power of Weather Routing today
Posted on 5 Aug 2015
Volvo Ocean Race crews to be hit with strong winds on Monday night
The seven strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet are expected to be hit with strong winds The seven strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet are expected to be hit with strong winds, soon after nightfall on the second night of Leg 8 According to the latest projections from Predictwind the fleet will enjoy nice sailing conditions until just short of Cape Finisterre.
Posted on 7 Jun 2015
Get ahead of the Weather with PredictWind Forecast Alerts.
Forecast Alerts are the most powerful tool for catching the good weather and seeing the bad weather coming. Forecast Alerts are the most powerful tool for catching the good weather and seeing the bad weather coming. Forecast Alerts from PredictWind sends notifications to users when their conditions are met so they can get out, or stay in! The Forecast Alerts tool is run from the famously reliable PWC and PWG forecast models from PredictWind.
Posted on 31 May 2015
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds- Great sailing - Predictwind - Day 6
Predictwind shows a moderate to fresh breeze for Day 6 of the Moth Worlds in Sorrento, Melbourne. The 158 strong fleet at the McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds can expect champagne sailing conditions for the final day of the regatta. The latest weather data, analysed by Predictwind shows a the breeze coming out of the West initially and then swinging SW at a strength of 10-15 kts for Day 6 of the regatta.
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds- Same big breeze - Predictwind - Day 5
Predictwind shows a fresh breeze for Day 5 of the Moth Worlds in Sorrento, Melbourne. The 158 strong fleet at the McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds can expect the same strong winds, but from a new direction for day 5 and probably Day 6 of the event. The latest weather data, analysed by Predictwind shows a the breeze coming out of the SW at a strength of 20 kts and gusting to 25kts for Day 5 of the regatta.
Posted on 15 Jan 2015
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds- Testing time - Predictwind - Day 4
Predictwind shows two differing wind forecasts for Day 4 of the Moth Worlds in Sorrento, Melbourne. The 158 strong fleet at the McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds can expect a confused breeze on Port Phillip for the second day of racing in the Finals. The latest weather data, analysed by Predictwind shows a fresh northerly breeze early in the morning, but according to one of the data feeds analysed by Predictwind, it will swing east during the day and will ease a little.
Posted on 13 Jan 2015
McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds- Softer breeze for Day 3 - Predictwind
Predictwind shows a softening Easterly breeze which will be averaging 10kts and gusting to over 18kts during the racing. The 158 strong fleet at the McDougall+McConaghy Moth Worlds can expect an easing breeze on Port Phillip for the third day of racing. The latest weather data, analysed by Predictwind shows a softening E breeze which will be averaging 10kts and gusting to over 18kts during the racing
Posted on 12 Jan 2015
McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds- Big breeze for Day 2 - Predictwind
Predictwind shows a building SE breeze which will be averaging 15kts and gusting to over 25kts during the racing. The 165 strong fleet at the McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds can expect a much fresher breeze on Port Phillip for the second day of racing. The latest weather data, analysed by Predictwind shows a building SE breeze which will be averaging 15kts and gusting to over 25kts during the racing.
Posted on 11 Jan 2015