sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : The power of bling at the Etchells Australian Championship
The power of bling at the Etchells Australian Championship


'Iris 3 , Peter McNeill, Etchells Worlds 2012, Sydney - Etchells Worlds 2012 Sydney'    Howard Wright /IMAGE Professional Photography ©

It is a long established fact that the Etchells always attract yachting’s best to their tight and well-organised events. At the 2013/14 Etchells Australian Championship, being run off the world famous Gold Coast, this is once again being totally ratified.

To be in the top ten, you need to have some serious bling attached to your name. A World Champion in this or other classes helps, as too a National or State title, having been an Olympian or living national heroes counts for a lot, as well as America’s Cup dignitary, let alone being an inshore or offshore legend. The former would include Peter ‘Polly’ McNeill and Matt Chew, the icon part is easy, it’s John Bertrand AO and Grant Simmer, where as the latter includes luminaries such as, Noel ‘Nitro’ Drennan, Mark ‘Squark’ Bradford, Andrew ‘Dog’ Palfrey and Class President and International Governor, Jake Gunther. A quick flick through the crew list highlights that it is not just the driver with these sorts of credentials, but many a crew member, as well.

Mark Bradford and the afterguard on Black Jack(RP66) hard at work - Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race -  John Curnow ©  

Catching up with International Governor and former Etchells World Champion, Poly McNeill is always a delight. This morning, he commented, ‘We’re off to the boat now as there is no swimming allowed to clean the hull, due to a few concerns about Bull sharks. Accordingly, Bunnings is doing a great business in all manner of brooms and the like.’
‘Thus far it has been good. We have got boat speed, we’re getting off the line well and mixing it up with the top end. Happy to have a couple of bullets under our belt and we’ll keep them for use with those sharks’, said McNeill with characteristic good humour.

‘It is pretty bumpy, especially coming out of the Southport Bar, but flattens out a bit from there. The waves do require you to have to steer through, however. This morning the surf is almost rideable for those with a different water born device.’

‘There is a long way top go and heaps of racing yet, so we’ll just chip away and hopefully well be there at the end. Concentration is key to keep the boat moving. There are sets of three bad waves and it feels like you are stopping when they hit, so it will be a championship for the helmers. They’re not that huge, but certainly difficult and a bit nasty, especially on port tack as we head back out to sea’, said McNeill.

Overall winners Graeme Taylor, Noel Drennan and Ben Morrison-Jack (Steve Jarvin absent) with Paul Woodman looking on in awe. - Entire 2013 Etchells Victorian Championship -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

Another owner of a bullet is David Clark, the Australian Vice-President, International Governor and 2012 Australian Champion. He said, ‘Happy to be just chipping away – new boat and same team as 2012 when we won the Nationals at Pittwater. Andrew Smith is back on the main and former Olympian (Soling), Alan Smith is up the bow (no relation, BTW).’

‘It’s business as usual for us. We’ll keep on doing what we have been up to now and look at the scorecard soon enough. It’s great fun to mixing it with all those in the top ten, and the racing is really close!’

David Clark (876) taking on Matthew Chew (864) on day one of 2013 Mooloolaba Etchells Winters -  Tracey Johnstone  

The offshore course allows for some spectacular viewing, whether you’re on the water or atop one of the many towers that adorn this part of the coast. The weather has smiled too and Hughie has allowed for gentle to fresh breezes to power this fleet of sailing’s best to haggle it out amongst themselves out on the track.

If it is a fleet of 70 or even just 30, you can be sure that in the Etchells you will need your sunglasses. Bling is everywhere, just like a trip to Las Vegas. So no matter who gets his years National title, the Etchells Class is certainly the winner. See http://www.etchells.org.au/ for more information.

John Bertrand reflects on racing prior to a start on Port Phillip -  http://www.alexmckinnonphotography.com!©_Alex_McKinnon  

Rob Hanna on the tiller of his Shogun V, with Noel Drennan focussed on trim. -  John Curnow ©  


by John Curnow

  

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

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=116665

2:03 AM Thu 14 Nov 2013GMT


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







News - USA and the World





The first annual WetaFresh is a big success by Tim Wieringa, Muskegon, MI














Techno 293 Worlds - France and Italy claim titles by International Windsurfing Association,














420 World Championship - Singapore and Spain out front by 420 International Class Association,






























Lightning strikes cut short CFJ Nationals by Andy Kopetzky, Santa Monica Bay




National Sailing Hall of Fame reveals inductees
J/111 North American Championship - Wind Czar victorious
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race sets off August 10th
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau victorious on day 5
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Championship headed for San Diego
WPA Championships - Kids race divisions offered
New Clever Pig launched by US Sailing
America's Cup: Group agrees to co-operate in London Meeting
Copa del Rey Mapfre - Build-up reveals some remarkable enthusiasm
Marblehead NOOD Regatta - Images by Leighton O'Connor
America's Cup: Two AC72 skippers discuss Foiling Moths and the Cup
RS Feva World Championship - Brilliant sailing on day 2
America's Cup: Alameda makes overtures on Venue hosting for San Fran *Feature
Cape Panwa Hotel Phuket Race Week 2014 - Relishing a challenge
Edgartown Race Weekend - BBBR and Round-the-Island Race winners named
Etchells Invitational Cup - Aussies take early lead in Cowes
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Antoine Albeau strikes back on day 4
Aquece Rio – International Sailing Regatta - All set for test event
ISAF World Sailing Rankings for 28 July 2014
29er World Championship - All set in Kingston
ORC World Championship - Third Course area opens for huge fleet   
Day one of the Allen RS Feva World Championships   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Final two days of the 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
Joachim Aschenbrenner takes gold at ISAF Youth Match Race Worlds 2014   
Maxi Soh scores double wins in CMRC Summer Doubleheader   
29er World Championship opening ceremonies in Confederation Park   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Action resumes on day 3   
Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race Start 2014 VIDEO   
Laser Radial Men’s World Championship 2014- Final day   
2014 Pacific Cup - Scarlet Runner wins   
Gladwell's Line: America's Cup - Joint Statement is a curious note *Feature   
ISAF Youth Match Racing World Champ - Top four battle it out for final   
BIC Techno 293 Worlds 2014 - Day 6   
PWA Fuerteventura Grand Slam - Wind teases competitors on day 2   
Women’s Match Race Golfe du Morbihan - Action-packed day of racing   
Herreshoff Marine Museum announces successful fundraising campaign   
Brewin Dolphin Commodores' Cup - The most comprehensive victory yet   
Anna Tunnicliffe fourth at mid-point of 2014 Reebok CrossFit Games   
2014 29er North American Open Championship - Australians win   
INSA Sabot II Invitational Regatta - Erik Hou claims victory   


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