Etchells Q3 Newsletter

Welcome to the third edition of our newsletter 2023, brining you updates and information about Etchells regattas and events happening all around the world in the third quarter of the year and into 2024. 

The full calendar of events is available here. Please feel free to add your own regional events if they are not already listed, and don’t hesitate to reach out to the office if you need any help or assistance.

We have also collected classified adds for boats, sails and equipment for sale around the world, and you will fine the relevant links at the end of this newsletter. 

Please do remember to post your photos and videos to our Drop Box Folder. This will help us to see what is happened across the fleets and we will be featuring selected content from this folder in our newsletter, on our website, and across our various social media accounts.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media and tag us @etchellsclass in your posts to stay connected. To collaborate or provide content, please contact etchellsoffice@gmail.com.

Chairman’s Message

Etchells Sailors,

As we head into fall here in North America, our racing season is just getting started again (see more on that below). During our hiatus, we’ve enjoyed hearing about the events in the UK and Australia.

Speaking of Australia, we have some great news. Mark Rowed of Innovation Composites has finished building the new Mould 12 and is about to finish laying up the prototype boat from that mould. I hear there are already boats on order. We are looking forward to seeing the first M12 boats on the water.

As you already know, Australia will host both the 2024 and 2025 Etchells World Championships. Registration for the 2024 Etchells World Championship in Fremantle is open with a 100% allocation percentage. Join the fleet in Fremantle!

Looking toward the rest of the year, our Annual General Meeting will be held, via Zoom, on December 7 at 1400 PST. More information to come in the formal notice that will be sent to all owner members.

See you on the water,

Jim Cunningham
ICEA IGC Chair

2024 World Championships

2025, 2026 & 2027 World Championships

  • The 2025 Worlds will be hosted by the Melbourne Fleet in January 2025, on the waters of Port Phillip, Melbourne Australia. More details will be provided by their organising committees over the coming months.  
  • The 2026 Worlds will be hosted by Fleet 13 in San Diego.
  • The 2027 Worlds will be hosted by the Hong Kong fleet at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.
What's happening in Australia

What’s happening in Australia

  • Australia Etchells sailors across the country are getting excited about the 2024 Worlds being held in Fremantle WA from 15 – 22 March 2024. The organising authority is on track with all their preparations.
  • Check out the Worlds website here for all details about the event.
  • There are plenty of lead up events in all States, starting with the Queensland State Titles in October, followed by the other State Titles and the Nationals in Sydney.
  • The complete calendar of regattas in Australia can be found on the Australian Etchells website.
What's happening in The UK

What’s happening in The UK

  • The 2023 European Championship, which took place from the 26th to 28th of August in front of Hill Head, was won by Ante Razmilovic and his crew (Brian Hammersley and Mark Lees) sailing GBR 1438 Swedish BLUE. For a full list of results, click here.
  • Congratulations to Exabyte, captained by Shaun Frohlich won the International Etchells Southern Area Championship on the 8th and 9th of July. For full results, click here
  • The Etchells Ice Bucket will be sailed from the CCYC on 7th & 8th October.
  • Looking forward to 2024, we have the following events scheduled to take place in the Solent:
    • Youth Trials take place in Jan, Feb and March with selection on 6 / 7 April
    • Spring Regatta – 27 / 28 April
    • Bedrock Cup – 11 / 12 May
    • Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy – 25 / 26 & 27 May
    • Saida Cup –  8 / 9 June
    • Red Funnel Regatta – 22 / 23 June
    • South Area Champs – 6 / 7 July
    • ISC Regatta – 21 / 22 July
    • Cowes Week – 27 July to 2 August
    • Nationals – 16 / 17 / 18 August
    • South Coast Champs – 31 Aug to 1 Sept
    • David Franks Cup – 14 / 15 Sept
    • Ice Bucket – 5 / 6 Oct
    • European Championship – 4 to 6 Oct (in Europe, venue to be finalised)
  • Keep up to date with all other UK Fleet news via the UK Facebook page

What’s happening in the USA

  • Elwood Widmer “Skip” Etchells has been inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame. Read all about it here.
  • The 2023 Etchells New England Championship will be hosted by Corinthian Yacht Club from the 6th to the 8th of October. Please register here.
  • We are planning for a summer of Etchells racing in Newport, RI, to include the US Nationals, as a lead up to the 2024 North. American Championship in Marblehead October 11-13. 
  • The Biscayne Bay Bay series begins December 9-10 with the Louis Piana Cup. You can find all race information here.
  • The second event in the Biscayne Bay Series is the Sid Doren Cup, January 13-14.
What's happening in Canada

What’s happening in Canada

  • Charlottetown Race Week 2023 in PEI concluded in July 2023. For the full results, click here.
  • The 2023 Etchells Canadian National Championships happening from 29th September to 1st October. Stay informed and get more details by visiting the website.
What's happening in Hong Kong

What’s happening in Hong Kong

  • The Champ of Champs is scheduled for 26th August 2023. For the notice of race please click here.
  • The Cirrus & Farquhar Series will take place from 2nd September to 21st October 2023 and join us for the Autumn Regatta on the 9th and 10th of September.
  • Etchells HK invites you to explore their brand-new website.
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