sail-world.com -- News - 2009 Audi Etchells Worlds Thu, 5 Mar 2009 to Sun, 15 Mar 2009
World Champion tactician Bucky Smith talks about his Etchells win
By Tracey Johnstone,
3:45 PM Wed 18 Mar 2009
Tactician Bucky Smith was a key member of the Australian team that achieved a resounding victory in the Audi Etchells World Championship 2009 held in Melbourne in early March. Aboard the Jason Muir skippered Etchells, Racer XY, Smith and his fellow crew members Paul Wyatt and Matthew Chew worked as a highly polished team to finish 20 points ahead of the next team and to walk away from the ...
Talented Australians win Etchells World Championship
By Ian Grant,
6:33 AM Wed 18 Mar 2009
Bucky Smith proved his skill in one-design racing when he combined with Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron's Jason Muir, Matthew Chew and Paul Wyatt to win the Audi Etchells World championship in Melbourne last Friday ...
Audi Etchells Worlds final race abandoned – top three announced
By Di Pearson,
3:57 PM Sat 14 Mar 2009
Ross Wilson, the principal race officer of the 2009 Audi Etchells World Championship hosted by Royal Brighton Yacht Club in Victoria, was forced to abandon Race 9, the last of the nine race series on Port Phillip today when thunderstorms and unstable conditions pervaded the course, meaning the overall placings from yesterday’s overall scores stand ...
Audi Etchells Worlds - Race 9 abandoned due to lack of breeze
11:42 AM Sat 14 Mar 2009
Storm cell over Port Phillip. Winds gusting to 37 knots. Conditions eased and at 13.20 the wind was four knots out on the course. The PRO was still hopeful of getting racing underway, but many of the crews seem to have given up and are heading back to the marina. The breeze failed to build and at 14:00 racing was abandoned. ...
Three year plan starts with Melbourne Audi Etchells Worlds
By Tracey Johnstone, Melbourne ,
7:40 PM Fri 13 Mar 2009
Nearing the end of his eighth Etchells World Championship, being held on Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne, San Diego skipper Kjelef Hestehave is already focused on the prize in 2011. Bouncing between Etchells and his 73-foot maxi yacht for the last 17 years, 57-year-old Hesteave has now made the commitment to put his big-boat program on hold and focus on his greater passion ...
Audi Etchells Worlds - Taylor wins Race 8, but Muir secures title
4:57 PM Fri 13 Mar 2009
Graeme Taylor was never headed and crossed the finish line ahead of a fast finishing Ian Johnson, with Jon Andrews in third. Damien King slipped back to cross in fourth place, followed by Jake Gunther and Mark Bulka. Jason Muir finished in eighth place in Race 8 and has provisionally secured the Audi Etchells Worlds title. ...
Audi Etchells Worlds Race 7 – Goddard wins, Bertrand falls back
12:24 PM Fri 13 Mar 2009
Now to the business end of the 2009 Audi Etchells Worlds being sailed on Port Phillip in Melbourne.
A glorious blue sky, with puffy cumulus lining the bay.
Race Officer Ross Wilson started the 2009 World Championship fleet into sequence at 13:35. 175 degrees 2.0 miles ...
Audi Etchells Worlds postponement ashore - Andrea gets 'arty'
11:36 AM Fri 13 Mar 2009
When time is moving slowly at a sailing regatta, with another postponement ashore you can tell, as Australian yachting photographer Andrea Francolini gets arty. Here is his latest.
Now the wind is picking up, latest readings here ...