2018 Etchells Worlds

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Heading towards the 2018 World Championship

February 13, 2018 by worldsadmin0
Race Seven and regatta winners, The Cure, David Clark, Ray Smith, Alan Smith, Mitchell Luxton. Kylie Wilson/positiveimage.com.au

Since the last Newsletter, Brisbane Etchells have been busy getting Season 2017/18 underway, and also concentrating on the Queensland Championships run in October 2017. As the first of several test events leading to the 2018 Etchells Worlds in October 2018, the event went extremely well and was noted for plenty of feedback, and being user friendly. Congratulations to David Clark and Team on The Cure. Also, congratulations on second to Graeme Taylor and Team Magpie (as well as 2nd in San Fran Worlds 2017, and taking their third straight Australian Title Jan ’18).

The thrust and parry of our World’s Qualifiers is underway, with 32 of our 35 strong Fleet registered and sailing. We are approximately halfway through, so the next two months will be critical. The strength of the Fleet is incredible, and this should see a good pool of Loaner Boats for the Worlds.

Congratulations to David Turton and Team Thing for their second in the recent Nationals, and also to Alastair Cowan and Team Athena for competing from Brisbane Fleet.

The host Club for the 2018 Worlds, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron have had a hugely successful summer of sailing so far. Between 26 December 2017 and 20 January 2018 the Squadron hosted the following Australian Championships:

  • 9er Australian Championship
  • Oceania and Australian Open Laser Championships
  • Optimist Australian Championship
  • Youth Australian Championship
  • Finn Australian Championship
  • Windsurfing Australian Championship

Some simple statistics to show the Squadron had over 860 entrants in regattas, 1200 volunteer days served by 200 volunteers, and an estimated 3,000 visitors come through the Squadron. The success of the regattas is the result of Squadron members understanding and cooperation as we hosted hundreds of sailors, coaches, and parents. Changed our menus and food and beverage options, and squeezed boats into every nook and cranny on Squadron grounds. Feedback from visitors and sailors has been overwhelmingly positive, as the Squadron comprehensively demonstrated to Australian Sailing the capability of the Squadron to deliver world class sailing events.

If you are interested in joining our Fleet Championships (in April 2018) prior to competing in Mooloolaba (June 2018) then joining Brisbane for the Spring Regatta (September 2018) prior to the QLD Champs and Worlds in October, talk with us about parking your boat at RQYS and participating. You can begin the entry process below:

  • 2018 Etchells Brisbane Fleet Championship: 14 – 15 April 2018
    Notice of Race
    Regatta Entry
  • 2018 Etchells Australasian Championship, Mooloolaba. June 7 to 10, 2018
    Regatta Website
  • 2018 Etchells Brisbane Fleet Spring Regatta: 8 – 9 September 2018
    Notice of Race and Entry coming soon!
  • 2018 Etchells QLD State Championship (Pre-Worlds): 12 – 16 October 2018
    Notice of Race and Entry coming soon!
  • 2018 Etchells World Championship: 18 – 27 October 2018
    Regatta Website – 2018etchellsworlds.org
  • 2019 Australian Etchells National Championship: 13 – 19 January 2019
    Notice of Race and Entry coming soon!

‘It would make sense to sail the ‘Brisbane Fleet Championship on the 14th – 15th April then to the Australasians in Mooloolaba, store your boat at RQYS until the ‘Brisbane Fleet Spring Regatta’ on the 8th – 9th September and then on to the Pre-Worlds – Worlds in October.

See you on the magic waters of Moreton Bay soon.

David Irvine
Chairman | Organising Committee
2018 Etchells Worlds Championship |Brisbane

12 February 2018

Photo: Kylie Wilson, Positive Image