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

 

Sail-World.com : Etchells NSW States 2011 - Countdown to offshore State Championship

Etchells NSW States 2011 - Countdown to offshore State Championship

'New Zealand’s Alastair Gair heading to a winning result in the 2010 Etchells winters at Mooloolaba.'    Kylie Wilson

The NSW Etchells State Championship target fleet number of 50 boats seems an unlikely goal when reading the current online entry list. But, as all good sailors know, the best time to enter an event is at the last minute, much to the frustration of an event organising committee.

Regatta Director, David Ritchard, is well versed in dealing with the complications of planning for a large number of entries and then sitting patiently waiting for them to arrive. 'Most of our Australian entries will come in late as I expect they are waiting to see if they have qualified for the Sydney Worlds. For the local sailors, well this is normal. Last minute entries happen no matter what sailing event you are organizing,' Ritchard said.

The State Championship is being organised by the Pittwater Etchells Fleet and hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, from 17 to 20 November. Prior to the regatta 10 Australian fleets - Adelaide, Blairgowrie, Brisbane, Geelong, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Metung, Mooloolaba, Mornington and Swan River - expect to have completed their World's qualification series. The Lake Macquarie and Pittwater fleets will use the results of the State Championship while Cronulla, Gosford and Sydney don’t complete their qualification races until after the championship.

Ahead in the Mornington Fleet qualification pointscore with three wins from three races and only another three races to go, a confident Graeme Taylor with this team of Steve Jarvin and Grant Wharington will be competing. On the matter of an entry Taylor admits he is a bit tardy. 'I will be entered this month. Take it on my word.'

Taylor has a full training program planned starting with offshore training on Manly Circle in the three weeks prior to the States. 'The sailing conditions are pretty varied at Mornington. You can actually get quite a bit seaway, but a shorter wave-length than offshore. Sailing offshore you can get a wave with a swell wave underneath it, so it is a lot more difficult sailing offshore than it is inshore. You can also get multiple swell directions which vary from day to day.

'We also have a slightly different configuration that we put together for offshore so we need to check we are on the pace with that. If not, we need to work on it and make sure we are on the pace,' Taylor explained.

Mornington’s Graeme Taylor and team surfing to the finish of the 2010 Etchells winter championship at Mooloolaba. -  Peter Duncan?nid=89526 ©   Click Here to view large photo

Geelong’s Tim Clark is another skipper who has already planned his trip to Sydney, but just hasn’t quite got around to entering. He said his team needs practice in both big fleet starts and offshore. 'Offshore will be very important to us being predominantly bay sailors down here. Geelong in particular is very flat water, flat even compared to Port Philip Bay where the guys race out of Brighton.'

Clark, new helmsman Jake Newman and bowman, Mike Schilt have one key task to perform before they enter the State title; they have to achieve a total weight loss of 20kgs. But Clark argues it will be well worthwhile handing over the helm of his boat to the heavier, but very talented helmsman. 'Jake is better than me. When you go to the expense and time of doing a World’s campaign, especially in Sydney where we are going to be up there for a number of weeks, you have got to give yourself the chance to do the best you can. While I would like to (steer) there is plenty of time for that in the future. I have another 30 years in the class, minimum.'

New Zealand’s Alastair Gair wants to be in Sydney for the State title. 'We are keen to enter the Sates … we missed Mooloolaba and we have had no fleet sailing since we were last in Australia. So this will be good to see how we are progressing.' He has one small, but beautiful excuse as to why his entry is not confirmed as yet. 'The states are touch and go as Brines and I have the birth of our first child due two weeks after the States.'

The Pittwater Fleet are offering competitors an attractive option of boat storage at Pittwater between the State and National titles at a cost of $500 and the opportunity to be involved in coaching days.

The NSW Etchells State Championship 2011 and National Etchells Championship 2012 are sponsored by Zhik, North Sails, Pacesetter Yachts and Wetton Signage Group.

The Notice of Race and Online Entry is available from the event website http://www.rpayc.com.au/etchells-states




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=89526

12:15 AM Wed 12 Oct 2011 GMT






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


News - USA and the World

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 CEO Knut Frostad talks (Part III) *Feature by Rob Kothe and the Sail-World team,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - ‘Samba Pa Ti’ crowned champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,










Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,


Volvo Ocean Race: Call of Duty comes first for Team Alvimedica
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini
Helping boaters understand weather basics
PWA Alacati World Cup - Exciting finish on day 2
Match 40s find the surface again + Video
Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Day 1 images by Max Ranchi
Clagett Regatta names first Executive Director
Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay   
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys   
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature   
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos   
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach   
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom   
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us   
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   


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