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2022 International Etchells Class Pre-Worlds at Cowes - Overall

by Louay Habib 12 Sep 22:34 PDT 10-12 September 2022

The 2022 Etchells Pre-Worlds came to a spectacular conclusion with two races held in the Eastern Solent. A shifting south-easterly breeze, piping up to 14 knots, produced a highly complex race track for the final day of racing.

In the final race, several teams went aground, cheating the strong tide up the mainland shore, which ultimately affected the final results.

Lawrie Smith's Mila (GBR 1502) scored a 1-3 on the final day to win the regatta by three points. "Thanks to everybody for a great warm up for the Worlds, and especially Paul (Jackson) and the race team that did a great job in difficult conditions. I hope everyone had a great time and we are all looking forward to a bit more wind for the Worlds." commented Lawrie Smith.

Peter Duncan's Oatmeal (USA 1453) finished runner-up for the regatta. Duncan confirmed that Oatmeal was one of several teams that went aground in Race Four. However, Oatmeal got out of trouble and went on to win the final race. Ante Razmilovic's Swedish Blue (GBR 1438) was leading the regatta going into the last race but retired after going aground.

"I would say that was a ten out of ten difficulty race track, especially Day Two when it was really shifty and hard to read the tide; I had low confidence in a lot of the calls," commented Mila's tactician Ben Saxton. "Day Three was not as tricky on strategy, but in the last race you had to go left and tack up the shore; without a depth sounder that was quite hard! We decided to be low risk and not be the furthest in, and that seemed to work."

Shaun Frohlich's Exabyte (GBR 1459) scored a 4-9 on the final day to take final podium place, just a point ahead of James Markby's Arena (GBR 1470). Mark Thornburrow's Racer Smithy (HKG 1496) scored a 3-5 on the final day to finish fifth.

"It feels like this is a group of really great sailors, the Etchells Class does attract the world's best," commented Shaun Frohlich. "Margins are really small, even if you get a great start at full speed, if you lose concentration for just a second, you drop your lane. There is no fresh air; a slight mistake can cost you ten places. I bet our visitors to The Solent were surprised to be tacking inside a dinghy fleet in the last race. I have bever been that close to the beach!"

Best Youth Team was Ted Blower's Ada (GBR 1409), and Top Corinthian team was Barry Parkin's Bungee Smuggler (USA 1424). "I have raced in The Solent many times in the past but not for last 15 years, and I think it is the hardest place in the world to sail. If you want to test yourself you come to Cowes. We are happy to be the top Corinthian team, but we want to be nearer the front for the worlds, we love racing against the top guys." commented Barry Parkin.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoYacht NameSkipper / CrewR1R2R3R4Pts
12  GBR 1502MilaLawrie Smith / Richard Parslow / Gonçalo Almeida Ribeiro / Ben Saxton1311318
245  USA 1453OatmealPeter Duncan / Andrew Palfrey / Mark Mandleblatt1712121
359  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun Frohlich / Duncan Truswell / Ed Wright3144930
470  GBR 1470ArenaJames Markby / David Bedford / Ben Paton7513631
596  HKG 1496Racer SmithyMark Thornburrow / Mark Thornburrow / Mal Page / Mike Huang / Duncan Gregor1783533
615  AUS 1505Lisa RoseMartin Hill / julian plante / mat belcher / sean o'rourke81314237
760  GBR 1460MBFPaul Brotherton / Hannah Peters / James Fawcett / Alain Sign10109837
838  GBR 1438Swedish BLUEAnte Razmilovic / Brian Hammersley / Noel Drennan632DNF45
967  GBR 967MoonlightGeorge Downer / Mark downer / Alex downer229101152
1093  GBR 1493Eat Paul Ward / Charlie Cumbley / Ruaridh Wright122071453
1166  AUS 1466TangoChris Hampton / Elliot Hanson / Sam Haines28451956
1241  GBR 1441HighlifePeter Rogers / Ben Cooper / Duncan Yeabsley519221056
1356  USA 1456FreedomD Craig Mense / Evan Aras / Madeline Gill / Fred Strammer221661256
1499  NZL 1499New OrderAnatole Masfen / Dirk Kneulman / Simon Cooke251711457
157  HKG 1407Macho GrandeJamie McWilliam / Jamie Boag / Oliver Boote302201567
1627  USA 1427STELLA BLUEStephen Benjamin / Augie Dale / Ian Liberty / Dave Hughes428191667
1724  USA 1424Bungee Smuggler (Corinthian)Barry Parkin / Adrian Owles / Taylor Walker1512291369
1871  CAN 1072Ziggy (Corinthian)Sam Thompson / Connor Mackenzie / Jack Porter / Erin Sauder202682276
1978  USA 1378The MartianMarvin Beckmann / Ezra Culver / Eddie AdamsUFD9161776
2051  GBR 1351Audrey (Corinthian)Jon Warwick / Will Bedford / Tom Harrison / Adele Young915272677
2195  GBR 1495Louise RacingGrant Gordon / Luke PatiencegREG sIEGWART / Greg Siegwart / James Williamson1818231877
2232  GBR 1432DesperateRob Tyrwhitt‑Drake / Ben Cassford / Rupert Anderson1423212179
2330  SUI 1430TquilaJames McHugh / Luis Doreste / David Vera / Leonora Ramia24RET17782
2419  USA 1419RebelScott Kaufman/Alec Anderson/ Reed Baldridge/Chris Grube / Alec Anderson / Reed Baldridge / Joachim Aschenbrenner1624262086
2539  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Will Morris / Mike O'Donovan2130152591
269  GBR 1409AdaTed Blowers / Robby Boyd / Ed Lebens11RET252494
2752  GBR 1352Jolly RogerTom Abrey / Matt Reid / James Diamond/Azat Ulutas1922282796
2833  SGP 1333MATATU (Corinthian)Nils Razmilovic / Andrew cooper / Steve Girling266DNCDNC100
2914  GBR 1014Palavar (Corinthian)Kai Hockley / Jaydon Owusu / Christopher‑Joel Frederick29311823101
3090  GBR 1490No Dramas (Corinthian)Andrew Lawson / Dave Kelly / Billy Russell3111DNCDNC110
3157  GBR 957CurrigeeAngus Galloway / Matias Sabate / Ben Hazeldine / Celia Wilison2321DNCDNC112
3217  GBR 1417China WightNicholas Stagg / Simon Spraggs / Harry BlowersUFD272428113
3392  GBR 927Shamal (Corinthian)Anthony Parke / Ross Mackley / Ali Grant / Josie Meredith2725DNCDNC120

With the Etchells Pre-Worlds done and dusted, the International Etchells Class will regroup for the 2022 Etchells World Championships, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron from the 18-24 September. Measurement for the regatta starts Tuesday 13 September. The level and intensity of competition bodes well for an outstanding regatta.

Find the 2022 Etchells World Championships Entry List here.

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