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For thirty years the Etchells class has enjoyed solid and steady growth with over fifty active fleets worldwide. Etchells sailors are enthusiastic and loyal supporters of their boat and class association. The Etchells is a big, fast, simple, stable, and sleek racing sloop that can be sailed competitively and in comfort by three or four average sailors. It can tack in 70 degrees and has a low wetted surface hull form that keeps moving in the slightest breeze. In 20+ knots it absolutely flies. The strict one-design principle of the class was established from the outset and is controlled by a strong, established and well-administered class association. Control of construction by the class association and the ISAF ensures quality and uniformity. It's trailerable, easy to maintain and light enough to dry sail.

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Show news Etchells = Champions and amateurs together
Sydney Harbour has proven to be a very attractive draw card for Australian sailing talent...
Posted on 28 Jul
Around Alone: Etchells ATI Solo
Single handed ‘cruise in company' around Hong Kong island
Posted on 5 Jul
Etchells Australia President's Update
Updates on exciting news about the season ahead, and reports on the ongoing hull review...
Posted on 1 Jul
Andy Beadsworth on the Happy Hour podcast
The boys talk baking birthday cakes, learning to drive in flash cars and Olympic sailing
Posted on 17 Jun
The time is both right and now!
Here's some well cool Etchells stuff for you to peruse, consider, implement, and look forward to…
Posted on 14 May
Howzat! (He implored)
Apologies to anyone unaware of the shenanigans surrounding a small red ball
Posted on 3 May
North Sails Etchells Webinar
Join North Sails experts Noel “Nitro” Drennan, Alex Curtiss and Eric Doyle for an informal web talk.
Posted on 13 Apr
Etchells Victorian Championship overall
World Champions claim title with a great win on the back of incredible consistency
Posted on 9 Mar
Etchells Victorian Championship Day 2
All about the sail changes
Posted on 8 Mar
Etchells Victorian Championship day 1
Stake a claim
Posted on 7 Mar
Australian Eastern Region Etchells Championship
Largest participation for a few years, with strong growth from Gippsland Lakes
Posted on 29 Jan
Shutters come down on MacGlide Festival of Sails
The TP52 division offered spectacularly close racing
Posted on 27 Jan
North Sails Weekly Debrief
#NSVictoryList: 5.5 Metre Worlds, North Kites, Etchells Australian Nationals, Winter Photo Share
Posted on 18 Jan
That man Lilley
Latest Sail-World Australia newsletter from John Curnow
Posted on 12 Jan
Etchells Australian Championship overall
Two races in good wind with improving skies closed out the event
Posted on 12 Jan
Etchells Australian Championship day 4
How would you like your moguls?
Posted on 11 Jan
Etchells: Singularity and uniformity
Etchells Class has regularly taken the opportunity to review itself
Posted on 10 Jan
Etchells Australian Championship day 2
Race management conquer a challenging day with fickle winds
Posted on 9 Jan
Etchells Australian Championship day 1
Practice for all ahead of sheep stations
Posted on 8 Jan
More than 50%
Last week's newsleter cast a spotlight on the ever-changing world of SailGP
Posted on 22 Dec 2019
Cowes Week announces the Official Charity for 2020
Scaramouche Sailing Trust gets youngster from North London into sailing
Posted on 15 Dec 2019
Steely Bill - Forever upstanding
At the 50th Birthday celebration for the Etchells that one Bill Steele was left standing alone
Posted on 2 Dec 2019
Panacea - Sailing Etchells is always the cure
Another win after their first Queensland State title in 2017
Posted on 19 Nov 2019
NEW 60mm Tii block from Allen
Addition to the popular performance range of Tii blocks
Posted on 18 Nov 2019
So do you want another?
He's just about to collect lucky number seven of the successful Allanson/Murray Etchells
Posted on 11 Nov 2019
2019 Lipton Cup at Royal YC of Victoria preview
Strong fleet gearing up one of the most historic in Victoria
Posted on 4 Nov 2019
Etchells British Open and Nationals at Cowes
Stars align for Jolly Roger
Posted on 3 Nov 2019
Local Etchells sailors get set for 2019 Lipton Cup
The Lipton Cup event is one of the most historic in Victoria
Posted on 31 Oct 2019
2020 Etchells Australian Championship
2020 Etchells Australian Championship is to be held from January 7
Posted on 24 Oct 2019
The one before the big one
KA-5, the 12 Metre known simply as, Australia
Posted on 13 Oct 2019


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Reigning Etchells World Champions – Havoc – Iain Murray, Colin Beashel and Richie Allanson.
© David Mandelberg
Reigning Sayonara Cup winner amongst any other things – David Chapman.
© David Mandelberg
Always close action in the Etchells.
© David Mandelberg
2021 Olympian Tess Lloyd, skippers Australia's 49er FX skiff crew.
© Photo supplied
Where does one start? The awesomely talented Tom Slingsby.
© David Mandelberg
Rising star, Nia Jerwood, the Skipper of Australia's Women's 470 crew.
© David Mandelberg
The bright pink immediately signals where Jeanne-Claude Strong and her crew are on the racetrack.
© David Mandelberg
‘The Coathanger' and part of the Etchells fleet.
© David Mandelberg
Reigning 470 World Champion, Will Ryan.
© David Mandelberg
She is incredible whether out on the water, in the air, or back on land. Jeanne-Claude Strong.
© David Mandelberg
Victor Kovalenko is great, and has coached many a crew to medals to prove it.
© David Mandelberg
2018 Etchells World Champion, Mat Belcher, and yes, he has plenty of other accolades as well.
© David Mandelberg
Christoph and Anna Michalski at Cape d'Aguilar. Etchells ATI Solo 2020
© Guy Nowell
Jamie McWilliam, Ap Lei Chau beacon. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
`And a good time was had by all.` Sailors and Support Crew, Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
James Dagge raises a toast at Ocean Park. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
Jamie McWilliam sizes up IFC2. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
Mark Yeadon. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
More weight outboard, please. James Dagge. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
4h 10m 7s. Mark Thornburrow finishes first. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
Mark Thornburrow at Cape d'Aguilar. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
They're off: RHKYC Club Line start. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
Fred n Ellie Kinmonth: family quality time. Hong Kong ATI Solo 2020.
© Guy Nowell
The Etchells fleet racing for home during the 2020 Etchells Australian Championship held at RBYC (Melbourne).
© John Curnow
94 Boats get underway during racing for the 2018 Etchells World Championship staged out of RQYS (Brisbane).
© John Curnow
Andy Beadsworth digs in upwind during the 2007 Etchells Worlds
© Fiona Brown /
2019 Etchells World Champions - Havoc.
© John Curnow
Fumanchu powering along on a way to a race win in the 2020 Australian Championship.
© John Curnow
The Cure (1445) gets away off the line smartly, with Fumanchu (1444) on her transom.
© John Curnow
2018 Etchells World Champions - Lisa Rose.
© John Curnow
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