Please select your home edition
Edition
Naiad 728x90px_Superyacht

US Etchells Nationals in Miami - Siegal and crew champions

by Connie Bischoff on 28 Mar 2012
The winning team sailing Marco Oquendo http://www.imagesbymarco.com
Competitive racing, beautiful Miami weather, great wind, free flowing Mount Gay Rum and one of the best sailing venues on the planet resulted in high stakes in the U.S. Etchells Class National Championship.

Thirty-seven talented teams from seven counties took part in the three day regatta hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club and Mount Gay Rum. Competitors traveled from as far away as New Zealand and China to sail 8 races in challenging light to medium conditions with the goal of capturing this year’s National Championship held in combination with the annual Etchells Coral Reef Cup.

The racing was tight going into the last day with several of the highly talented teams in contention. Jeff Siegal, USA 1296 with his long time tactician and past world champ, Jeff Madrigali, held a small lead over local ace Jeff Dever, USA 1090 and his team. Close behind were Snipe World Champ and Star sailor Tomas Hornos, USA 102 with Henry Frazer (Oriental, N.C.). Rounding out the top five were former Etchells world champ Dirk Kneulman sailing with New Zealander Anatole Masfen and Phillip Carlson (Sweden) as well as relative new-comer James McHugh (Beijing, China) sailing with world champ Andy Beadsworth (England) and Pete McCormack. This team was fresh off several weeks of training in Australia having sailed the Australian Nationals and 2012 World Championship down under.

The final day proved tricky with a shifty westerly breeze that is unusual for Biscayne Bay. The fleet was aggressive at the start of race seven and after two recalls including a 'Z' flag, the black flag was flown. Despite 12 over early penalties from the Z flag, the fleet still pushed the start and a number of the top boats were over. USA 1168, Peter Vessella and USA 102, Tomas Hornos were called over early and it cost them their shot at the top.

In the end, it was all about damage control on the last day and multiple time Jaguar Cup winner Jeff Siegal with his talented team of Jeff Madrigali, Wilhem Van Waay, and Sarah Callahan held it together on a shifty and tricky day to fend off the international teams of SUI 1403 James McHugh and NZL 1348 Dirk Kneulman and their teams to claim the 2012 National Championship. The top five boats finished within 15 points of each other.


The sailors were honored with a formal flag ceremony by CRYC’s Officers in full uniform. At the trophy ceremony, Jim Etchells, a descendant of the boat designer was present, the swimming pool and outside bar were full and Jeff Seigal went around offering sips of rum from his trophy. PRO Bill Smoak and his CRYC race management team enjoyed the regatta as much as the sailors did. Jeff Nehms was the Regatta Chair with a lot of team support. It was another great Coral Reef Cup but this time, it crowned the National Champions.

Top 5 Boats

1. USA 1296 – Jeff Siegal New York Yacht Club
2. SUI 1403 - James McHugh – SNG
3. NZL 1348 – Dirk Kneulman – Royal Akarana Yacht Club
4. USA 1090- Jeff Dever – Coral Reef Yacht Club
5. USA 1375 – Argyle Campbell – San Diego Yacht Club

Not only was the racing exciting, there was a lot of local color at the event. Official photographer Marco Oquendo’s press boat was full of bikini clad women who tried to distract the sailors resulting in some great shots. John Payne was taking photos on the water too. Each morning, the Swiss team delivered a big chocolate bar to the Race Committee on the Signal Boat 'Great Scott'. On land, the Mt. Gay Rum Gals, clad in short shorts distributed free rum drinks along with complete printed results.


For complete results, http://www.etchellsfleet20.org/results/2012CRC_results.html

Vaikobi 2019AUG - Footer 1Zhik 2020 AnneMarieRindom FOOTERSOUTHERN-SPARS-MISSY-FURLING-BOOMS-728-X-90 Bottom

Related Articles

US Team at RS:X Windsurfing Worlds, day 2
RS:X athletes in Sorrento endured grueling conditions At the southern end of the bay, the RS:X athletes in Sorrento likewise endured grueling conditions to finish another three races. In addition to breeze that consistently reached 20 knots, their race area was also affected by strong current.
Posted today at 3:29 pm
US Team at Women's Laser Radial Worlds, day 4
Fitness pays dividends at Radial Worlds Competitors at the 2020 ILCA Women's Laser Radial World Championships finally had a full day of racing, competing in three 15-20 knot races, to close out the qualifying series.
Posted today at 3:29 pm
Entries open for the 18th Clagett Regatta
Sailors are encouraged to complete their entry The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta is pleased to announce that entry for the 18th Clagett Regatta, being held June 16-21, is now open and sailors are encouraged to complete their entry.
Posted today at 2:05 pm
52 Super Series 2020 starts Monday
The first ever visit to Cape Town by the circuit, and indeed the class As the ninth successive year of racing on the 52 Super Series opens Monday, racers on the world's leading grand prix monohull circuit are relishing a whole new set of challenges as two regattas on Cape Town's Table Bay raise the curtain on the season.
Posted today at 1:40 pm
Your Guide to Club Race Sails
Which sail is right for me? For a club racer, choosing the right sail and material comes down to your boat type, your fleet, and most important, your performance and durability expectations.
Posted today at 12:00 pm
RS:X Windsurfing World Championships day 2
Wet and wild but Day 2 ended in sunshine Day 2 of the RS:X World Championships being held in Sorrento, Australia, started wet and ended wild as a front passed over Port Philip Bay bringing rain and strong winds.
Posted today at 11:30 am
Call for bids - 49er and 49erFX Sails
The class is seeking to improve consistency and longevity of the sails The 49er class invites expressions of interest to design and build 49er and/or 49erFX sails for the 2021-2024 quadrennial.
Posted today at 11:09 am
The Clipper Race Leg 5 - Race 7, Day 3
It's been a bumpy ride but the teams are making good progress Three days into Race 7: The Lakewood Hills, Zhuhai Race, the fleet has been beating upwind and heading north towards Virtual Mark Massey, named after Qingdao's First Mate Rhiannon.
Posted today at 11:08 am
ILCA Laser Radial Women's Championship day 4
Olympic Champion hits the front With all six qualifying races completed, the three pre-event favourites have established a clear lead at the 2020 ILCA Laser Radial World Championships being sailed at Sandringham in Melbourne.
Posted today at 10:36 am
RORC Caribbean 600 day 2 race update
The north south divide By dusk on the second day of the RORC Caribbean 600, the entire monohull fleet in the race were at the northern most extremity of the course negotiating the chicane of islands; Saba, St. Barths, and St. Maarten.
Posted today at 7:38 am