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

 

Sail-World.com : Etchells Worlds 2012 - 27 years and still on the bow

Etchells Worlds 2012 - 27 years and still on the bow

'Etchells Nationals 2012, Paul Westlake on the bow for USA entry Menace skippered by Vince Brun.'    Damian Devine

For the Etchells Worlds, it’s been 27 years since the Sydney Etchells Fleet hosted and in the ensuing years, many of the competitors have raced on other boats, in other classes and at other events.

One competitor from the 1984 Etchells World Championship who has done the full circle finishing back in Sydney, at the Etchells Worlds, on the start line today and still on the bow, is 50-year-old Paul Westlake.

In 1984 Westlake was bow for the Iain Murray and Peter Gilmour team that won the Worlds.

'1984 was a long time ago and I was just a few years younger. Since ’84 the boats haven’t changed, but the way we sail them has. They have become much more technically refined boat to what they were back in ’84. I remember we were all still experimenting with rig tune and being able to get through the variances of five knots to 25 knots.

'Today, these boats are all set-up with choking systems, mast butt changing, really easy adjustable rigging screws. Today three quarters of this fleet would have beaten David Curtis and ourselves who were first and second in ’84. The boats are more refined and the sail package is also way more refined.

'But at the end of the day it is still one-design racing and the differences in speed is inches.'

Since 1984 Westlake has been on an Etchells at a major event only once; he raced last week’s Australian Championship. After 1984 Gilmour, Murray and Westlake were involved in the Kookaburra America’s Cup challenge with Task Force ’87. Gilmour and Westlake were also involved in a pre-Olympic campaign sailing the Soling class. The 1987 America’s Cup campaign then become 1992 and 1995.

'In 1984 everybody starting realising that weight on the side made the boats go faster. It was the first time everybody concentrated on being heavy. We were one of the heaviest.

'The weight restriction came in I think in 1985 and it meant someone like myself that weighs only 81 kilos, my only position at that time that I could have sailed on an Etchells was on the helm. But my direction went other ways with big boat sailing.'

This year Westlake is in a four-man team racing with USA skipper and another Etchells World Champion, Vince Brun, along with Michael Coxon and one of the youngest members of the fleet, Harry Smith.

His Etchells results to date are now a first and then a fifth. He will no doubt be wishing for a bit of the old 1984 luck for the Menace team in this year’s Etchells World Championship to bring his average down from third and back to first.

The Etchells World Championship 2012 will be conducted by Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in conjunction with the Sydney Etchells Fleet from February 16 to 25.

Etchells Worlds 2012 Website

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




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=94066

10:00 PM Sun 19 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
PredictWind.com
Zhik news

Related News Stories:

15 Dec 2013  Barz Optics the choice for Ragamuffin crew
10 Sep 2013  Quality kids' polarised sunglasses
09 May 2013  Zhik - Gear for the sharp end of winter keel boat racing
28 Mar 2013  Debut for new lost cost tracker in Auckland Tauranga Race
06 Mar 2013  Why do top sailors choose Zhik?
02 Mar 2013  Why do top sailors choose Zhik?
25 Feb 2013  Barz Optics seeks US distributor to capitalise on growth
25 Feb 2013  Barz Optics at RYA Dinghy Show to source a UK dealer
17 Feb 2013  JJ Giltinan 18ft Skiffs: Live coverage - start 3.00pm Sydney time
13 Jan 2013  Images of the Waitemata: 18ft skiffs training for the JJ Giltinan - 2
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World















470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,






































ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK editor,








470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position by 470 International Association Class,




ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets by Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Assoc.,


ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Big breeze on day 6 + Video
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4   
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems   
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious   
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years   


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 NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT