sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Etchells Pre-Worlds - Talented technical North Sails team out in force

Etchells Pre-Worlds - Talented technical North Sails team out in force

'North Sails Melbourne loft manager, Noel Drennan - Zhik Etchells Nationals 2012'       Click Here to view large photo

North Sails has bought together its significant technical and personnel resources to support its clients competing in the Zhik Etchells National Championship being held off Pittwater from the 11th through to 14th February.

Leading the technical team from onshore is North Sails Melbourne loft manager, Noel Drennan. Choosing not to race this series has allowed him to help his fellow North Sails team members prepare clients and themselves for battle.


The 51-year-old Drennan is eminently qualified for the task earning the respect and ear of his peers through his 20 years in the class competing in 15 Etchells World Championships, achieving a third in 1997 and a second in 2011.

While the team of eight Sydney and Melbourne loft staff head out to the race course, Drennan took a moment in his support schedule to reflect on the North Sails representation, at the Zhik Nationals; their roles at this event and at the Worlds, and the value the team will bring to their client’s performance.

Q: Who are your North Sails team for the Zhik Nationals ?

ND: We have Michael Coxon, Vince Brun and Paul Westlake on Menace, Billy Sykes on Hydrotherapy, Richard Allanson on Southern Light, Matthew Rhys-Jones on Fantazia, Andrew Coates on Odyssey and Ross Lloyd on The Doctor. At the Worlds, there will also be Dave O’Connor, Vaughan Prentice, Mark Bradford, Josh Torpy and myself.

Q: That’s a lot of staff out of the North Sails lofts. Why so many ?

ND: The majority of our staff are out here sailing because this is the most competitive keel boat class within Australia in terms of numbers and quality, and to stay current in competitive sailing you have to be out there sailing.

Q: In terms of other one-design class choices, are Etchells the best in terms of quality and currency of knowledge ?

ND: In a crewed one-design class, it probably is. We just don’t see the big fleet numbers in Australia like we are going to see at this regatta. With 80 boats at the Worlds and 60 boats at the Nationals; they are pretty high numbers.

Q: How many clients does North Sails have among the Nationals fleet ?

ND: It’s a pretty high percentage; about 65 to 70 per cent carry North Sails. For the Worlds it will be very similar.

Q: What has North Sails done to prepare those clients for the Nationals and the Worlds ?

ND: Earlier this season we conducted a full review of our Tuning Guide which included a three-day, two-boat sail testing session with Tom King and his crew who had just won the Mooloolaba mid-winters. I had my sails from the San Diego Worlds plus a complete range of our new sails.

Throughout the last four to six months I have sailed on more Etchells with different people than I ever had previously. With my 20 years in the class I have noticed the general technical knowledge of the middle of the fleet, front of the fleet and back of the fleet is much higher than ever before. The majority of the fleet seem to know the North Sails Tuning Guide and the various other brand tuning guides and what parts they like and what parts they don’t like, which is impressive to see.

Q: Why do you think this knowledge has improved ?

ND: I think it’s easier access on the internet with its many articles, tuning guides, YouTube, etc. Also, crews are tending to do more Etchells regattas and less club orientated sailing where you go the same way, the same everything, week in, week out. There is a slow progression towards regatta sailing where you prepare for a regatta a couple of days before with your sails and it is more condensed. I think that has driven a general knowledge increase.

North Sails Etchells Tuning Guide two boat testing September 2011 -  North Sails Australia?nid=93823  


Q: Can you give me an example of the level of support one of your Etchells Nationals client has received ?

ND: In Melbourne we have a very active group of boats practising regularly. This group includes John Bertrand, Mark Tonner Joyce, Jake Gunther and Ross Lloyd. Fortunately they all have North Sails and we have been able to assist with sail scanning recuts and general Etchells knowledge. We are using a new software package called ASA which allows us to scan sail photos and overlay one sail on another. This is a great tool since previously we could only compare by looking at the two photos. This is definitely helpful for us as sail makers and for the keen sailors to improve their sails and sail set-up.

There has been a pretty constant development across several clients. One thing that has been bought home to me is that there is half a dozen ways to sail an Etchells. I have been going from boat to boat; what works for one, doesn’t necessarily work for another.

I have been promoting the fact that we have the basic ingredients with our sails and the Tuning Guide, and promoting to the client that they are going to have to make some of the decisions themselves on which way they want to go rather than us saying ‘you must have your sails set like that’. I think that is a better way of doing it as there are several ways.

I have been working closely with another Melbourne skipper, Chris Hampton. We recently did four days of testing off Manly on the Worlds course area. Chris works with his coach, Rodney Hagebols. It was great to have an outside vision of how we were both setting up our sails. I was sailing my boat against Chris. We had photographs and video, and Rodney on the water. Back on the land we debriefed as a group which is always helpful.

Q: Who is looking good out there for the Nationals ?

ND: There were a lot of boats that looked good out there during the practice session on Friday, but John Bertrand, Jud Smith and Graeme Taylor, of the few boats I saw, looked pretty good to me. With 16 knots in the afternoon and the regatta forecast of lighter winds, it evens up the playing field a little bit and brings along another group of people who might have orientated to a set-up for lighter air. Jud, John and GT looked very comfortable in the 14 to 16 knots and above.

Q:Why are you not racing in this event ?

ND: We think we have done a reasonable amount of sailing prior to the Nationals. We see it as a very long time to do the Nationals and then to do the Worlds; that is one reason. Also, one of my crew, Will MCarthy, has just had a baby this week so we just figured it was all looking just a little bit difficult.

We are however going out to watch the racing together as a crew. I think it is of benefit to us. We don’t get many opportunities to watch the fleet you race in, race. It’s a good perspective to watch sometimes rather than always sail.

Q: What services is North Sails offering to competitors at the Nationals and at the Worlds ?

ND: The repairs will be well catered for with so many people on each boat. But, one of the key things, with so many of the North Sails staff involved in the fleet, Michael Coxon and myself can’t speak to everybody. Sometimes one boat might say something about the sails to Billy Sykes, for example, that they wouldn’t feel comfortable saying to myself or Michael Coxon. All the input is good whether it is good or bad; it is all of benefit.

We saw that at the Worlds in San Diego. There were a lot of North Sails personnel from Australia and the US. All that information from the North sail makers sailing on various boats was piled together after the Worlds. It’s often surprising what other people pick up that I may have not seen.

Q: What do see as the future for the Etchells class in Australia and North Sails involvement ?

ND: It’s a good class to sail. The boats are not that expensive. If you can get a good boat, you can hang onto it and be competitive for a long time. Once you learn the boats a little bit, you can put it away and not sail it for a while, then drag it out before a regatta, do a bit of practice and know you are going to be somewhat close to the action.

There are new people coming in, especially with the four-man crews. I think that is a great, positive change for the Etchells bringing in younger guys. Because of this the class in Australia is going to have a very strong future.

This regatta North Sails has put up an Encouragement Award, a new jib, for a Corinthian crew that sails all races and is placed half-way down the results.

North Sails has a genuine interest in the class; it is more than just making a dollar from the sails. Most of us have been long-term Etchells sailors and that is not going to change. We want to be here, we enjoy doing it and that is going to continue.

The International Etchells 2012 Australian Championship is sponsored by Zhik, North Sails, Pacesetter Yachts, Protector Yachts and Wetton Signage Group.

Regatta results can be found on http://www.rpayc.com.au/championship/int-etchells-class-australian-championship




by Tracey Johnstone

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=93823

10:39 PM Sat 11 Feb 2012 GMT






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

Click for further information on
2012 North Sails Australia

Related News Stories:

04 Mar 2014  UK based Oakley Capital buys majority stake in North Technology Group
22 Nov 2013  Trim Clinic with North Sails at MHYC on 27th November 2013
02 Nov 2013  The Professional - Part 3 of a conversation with Ken Read
31 Oct 2013  The Professional - Part 2 of a conversation with Ken Read
27 Oct 2013  The Professional-part one of a conversation with Ken Read
08 Aug 2013  America's Cup - Insider's view: Close enough to touch
20 Jun 2013  North Sails claims 7th consecutive Etchells World title
20 Mar 2013  North Sails Australia - Common denominator
07 Mar 2013  Marine Industry – Job Opportunities - North Sails Australia Recruiting
08 Jan 2013  Two big races, two big wins
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race: Leading the Charge - your VOR Form Guide by Ben Gladwell, Boating New Zealand - www.stu
For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race is to be contested in a strict, one-design class. The emphasis is shifted from who has the best boat to suit the conditions to who has the best men - or women - onboard. ... [more]  

Three America's Cup sailors have been named in the top 20 sports earners, in a list published in the New Zealand Herald this week. Topping the list is Sir Russell Coutts with a claimed earnings of $13million. He is just a $1million ahead of an English Premier League player, Winston Reid, and motor racing ace, Scott Dixon. All Black captain, Ritchie McCaw is ranked #5. ... [more]  

Melges 32 World Championship - Prepare for off-the-charts action by International Melges 32 Class Association
Entering its sixth World Championship season, the International Melges 32 Class Association has raced at arguably every world-class venue on the globe, has seen the most respected pro and amateur sailors on its courses and most importantly, learned valuable lessons of what owners and sailors want so that the Melges 32 continues to be strongest one design grand prix sportboat on the planet. ... [more]  

With light winds continuing to dominate on day six of the Davidoff Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam, the decision was made to begin the Reno SUP Challenge during the afternoon, which saw twelve teams battling it out in heats of two for a place in tomorrow’s final, to keep the crowds entertained. ... [more]  

Photographer Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for day three of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these stunning images of the action. ... [more]  

The IFDS Rankings for Paralympic Classes have been released. It's a British 1-2 at the top of the 2.4mR Rankings with Megan Pascoe at world number one and Helena Lucas at world number two. 2014 World Champion Heiko Kroger (GER) sits at world number seven but counts less regattas than those above him. ... [more]  

The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Rolex are happy to reveal the Nominees for the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year Awards 2014. ISAF received nominations for the 2014 Awards from across the world for sailors representing all aspects of the sport. ... [more]  

Like the name implies, the goal of the boater-funded BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is to educate boaters about safe and clean boating. The Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects that utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public. ... [more]  

The 35th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race is fast approaching and appears likely to rewrite the record books. Entries are shortly due to close and the Royal Malta Yacht Club is already bracing itself for the biggest fleet to grace its island home since the Great Siege of 1565. The Ottoman Armada of 450 years ago was recorded to be 193 in strength. ... [more]  

The Notice of Race for ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, scheduled for 25-31 January 2015, has been released. On-line entry will open on 10 November 2014. The deadline for priority entries with regards to quotas is 5 December 2014. Entries must be received no later than 5 January 2015 to qualify for early entry. ... [more]  

A stellar list of just under 100 broadcasters has been lined up to showcase the world’s toughest ocean challenge, the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, to a new global audience of fans. The 12th edition has offered channels a line-up of a new 39-part weekly half-hour show plus special short bespoke features. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing on Day 2 ... [more]  

New Ragamuffin 100 emerges from the hull build in Nowra *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Ragamuffin 100, which started out as a modified Elliott design, Maximus, is another supermaxi undergoing a major rebuild or retrofit. Across the Tasman, the new Ragamuffin 100 will be virtually a new boat with a a new hull design by Andy Dovell / Syd Fischer / David Witt. The hull mould and shell was built by Innovation Composites at the Nowra facility. ... [more]  

Southern Spars ships the world's tallest masts by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Leading world sparmaker, Southern Spars, has shipped two spars for a new 85 metre ketch. The superyacht will carry two 93metre masts which will be the world’s tallest rigs on one gigantic yacht. ... [more]  

Professional sailing photographers from all over the world are invited to join the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image award 2014. Started in 2009, the Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image is the world’s premier photography competition dedicated to the sport of sailing. The prestigious trophy will be awarded during the World Yacht Racing Forum in Barcelona, on December 11, 2014. ... [more]  

David Kellett (AUS) is to be awarded the ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy which honours an individual for their outstanding voluntary contribution to the sport of sailing. The ISAF Beppe Croce Trophy, first presented in 1988 in memory of Beppe Croce, the ISAF President from 1969 to 1986, will be presented to Kellett at the 2014 ISAF Annual Conference in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. ... [more]  

After being graced with plenty of late summer sunshine during the opening days of the event, more autumnal weather moved in on the fifth day of the Davidoff Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam with grey skies and infrequent showers. Unfortunately though the light winds continued as the sailors endured another lay day. ... [more]  

In a move that is expected to benefit recreational boaters, on Oct. 22 the US Coast Guard will drop the current life jacket type code scheme -- Type I, II, III, IV and V -- that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. ... [more]  

Kate Nota and her team onboard the J/111 Odyssey won the Ripple Effect Short Video Contest, which was part of the Ida Lewis Distance Race this summer (August 15). ... [more]  

The largest Laser World Championship in history will be taking place on the south coast of France when 515 sailors, representing 36 different countries, begin racing on October 5 to open the 2014 Audi Laser Masters’ World Championships. The Laser remains one of the best and most popular boats worldwide in which to enjoy the sport of sailing. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was back on the water for day two at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

It has been an interesting journey so far for the Chinese team in the Volvo Ocean Race, Dongfeng Race Team. Approximately 10 months ago this team set out on a mission to select and train Chinese recruits in the hope that they would be ‘race ready’ for the start of leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race fans can now carry the world’s toughest ocean race in their pocket, thanks to the launch of a new official mobile app. Developed for both iOS and Android systems, the app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play now – and boasts a host of exciting features which will allow users to be closer to the on-water adventure than ever before. ... [more]  

Race teams planning next season’s calendar could do worse than sign up for the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series 2015 which runs from 16-24 January. This event, which kick starts the Caribbean race season, was re-launched in 2014 with a new race format and plenty of record-breaking opportunities. It proved such a success that an even bigger entry is expected in 2015. ... [more]  

Photographer Eugenia Bakunova of leading Russian website www.mainsail.ru was on the water at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez on the French Riveria , and provided this gallery of images of the classics and other yachts racing ... [more]  

Sunset+Vine|APP, the Oxford-based unit of the multi-award winning UK independent TV sports production and media company Sunset+Vine, has helped ISAF smash all previous broadcaster records for the recent Santander 2014 ISAF Sailing World Championships. ... [more]  

2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup - Melbourne - Don’t forget to enter the ISAF Sailing World Cup – Melbourne. There are only two days left to take advantage of the discounted entry price offer. ... [more]  

2014 12 Metre North American Championships - Two days of a northerly (first strong, then light) and one day of a building southwesterly put six 12 Metre yachts to the test at their North American Championships, which were held off Newport, R.I. over September 26-28. Gunther Buerman’s (Newport, R.I.) KZ-3 and Dennis Williams’ (Hobe Sound, Fla.) Victory ’83 defended their titles ... [more]  

The waiting game continued on day four of the Davidoff Cool Water Sylt PWA Super Grand Slam as the light winds continued. Over the course of the day a few sailors took the opportunity to make the most of the small waves on offer, either surfing or SUPping. After spending the day on hold the sailors were released at 4:30pm. ... [more]  

After Gmunden, Austria, in 2011 and Cala de' Medici, Italy, in 2012 and after a pained second place, same points with the Portogues 'Credite Egs' in Portosin, Spain, last year, the Italian crew coming from Puglia 'Euz II Monella Vagabonda', with Sandro Montefusco at the helm and his brother Paolo as a tactician, confirms for the third time the Platu 25 World Championship title. ... [more]  

Carlo Borlenghi was on deck for the first day of competition at Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

Photographer Ingrid Abery was on site for day one of racing at the 2014 Les Voiles de Saint Tropez to capture these images. ... [more]  

The final day of the 2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship ended up being a half day of sailing due to a complete shutdown of the wind. However, the fleet completed enough races to count Gold Round Robin 3 and crown Ladies and Gentlemen as the back-to-back Team Racing Champions. ... [more]  

National Sailing Hall of Fame inducts eight
2016 ISAF Youth Match Racing Worlds - Bid guidelines now published
Volvo Ocean Race: Last medical training for the onboard sailors +Video
2014 Melges 20 Pacific Coast Championship - Images by Erik Simonson
J/105 North American Champs- Rod Wilmer and Terry McLaughlin succeeds
Extreme Sailing Series: Burling and Tuke back on board for Nice Act
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Lotte Meldgaard Pedersen wins US event
America's Cup: Oracle Team USA's AC72 takes to the streets
Alpari World Match Racing Tour - Canfield wins first Dutch Match Cup
Pantaenius and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas become strategic partners
Kite Foil Gold Cup Australia 2014 – Day two video
Bart's Bash: Update and Video - Information overload!
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 2
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - USA leads Denmark in Sheboygan final
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Benz Faget wins third mallory
J/105 North American Champ - Wilmer/McLaughlin team maintain advantage
Images from Cannes: Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai
Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai: Cannes at its best
Dutch Match Cup - Gilmour keeps clean sheet in Lelystad
Dutch Match Cup - GAC Pindar through to fifth consecutive semi-final
Hobie 16 Open North Americans and 2015 Pan Am Games qualifier overall   
Volvo Ocean Race - Frostad on Boat Design and final changes (Part II) *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race 10 days to go – Frostad on cultural change (Part I) *Feature   
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race on NBC Sports Network in the U.S.   
2014 J/24 World Championship - Will Welles’ Cougar clinches   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Meldgaard and Le Berre ready for semis   
2014 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship - Day 3   
2014 U.S. Team Racing Championship - Day 1 + Video   
America's Cup: Then and now - Coutts on why Oracle won, and the Venue   
Byte CII World Sailing Championship comes to Royal Varuna, Thailand   
Dutch Match Cup: Canfield wins Qualifying, six set for Quarters battle   
12 Metre North Americans - A blast from the America’s Cup past   
2015 ISAF Sailing World Cup qualification system published   
Volvo Ocean Race: Mapfre named as Spanish team sponsor + Video   
Extreme Sailing Series returns to Nice for the penultimate Act of 2014   
ISAF invites bids for 2016 Women's Match Racing World Championship   
2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup, Melbourne - Teaming up   
Mascalzone Latino Jr. named 2014 Melges 20 European Ranking Champion   
2014 Buddy Melges Challenge - Le Berre keeps winning in Sheboygan   
Hobie 16 Open North American Champ and Pan Am Games Qualifier - Day 4   


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








Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

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.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT