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Tel: 61 2 9998 3700

 
 

Etchells NSW Championship, Murray leads after Day 1

Day 1 video https://youtu.be/k0BebdIz7y8

Three races into the 2018 Etchells NSW Championship and the 1984 class world champion Iain Murray and one of his crew from that campaign lead the series and an A-grade fleet.2018 Etchells NSW title fleet upwind_credit Darcie C Photography2018 Etchells NSW title fleet upwind_credit Darcie C Photography

Each race produced a different top three on day one, Friday February 16, 2018, sailed in average 15 knot sou’easters on Sydney Harbour under the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron and Sydney Etchells fleet banner.

Murray’s Northern Havoc leads Chris Hampton’s Tango, the defending NSW champion from Victoria, and Tom King’s Iron Lotus, another former world championship heavyweight.

“We had a good day considering we started with a recall in race one,” Murray said. “The sou’easter was pretty gusty giving quite a lot of opportunities for shifts. There’s plenty of golf left in this game.

“Paul Westlake was one of my winning crew in 1984 so other than the odd day yacht here and there it’s been 34 years between drinks.” Grant Simmer will replace Westlake when it comes to Murray’s final world championship line-up, with Richie Allanson the third crew member. “Richie and I are two peas in a pod,” the Australian Sailing performance director added.

Hampton hasn’t reached the heights of world champion yet, but he’s managed some noteworthy class results and on debut at the state title was well placed among the talent pool he says goes very deep.

“Our results improved as the day went on; we don’t have any local knowledge and having an island at the top end of the course was a new experience for us, and a bit of a handicap for the visitors. Our boat speed was good and we could hold lanes. We are on a worlds campaign taking in the major regattas and we’ll just keep pushing on.”

Second in race one was Peter Alexander, a popular four-decade long Etchells veteran whose nickname is Pierre le Grand and boat name is Tonic. Explaining the moniker he says: “I had previously used long names and wanted a short name that was not serious, so Tonic, as in life not the drink with Gin, filled the brief.”

RSYS race officer Rob Ridley said the racing was compact and competitive with little spread between first and last finishers on two course areas, one starting in Taylor’s Bay and the other in Chowder Bay to accommodate the right trending breeze.

“The fleet enjoyed fluctuating 15kts gusting up to 18, a bit of a lottery with the wind, plenty of summer sunshine and Sydney Harbour to themselves,” Ridley said, noting Saturday will bring the hordes from Sydney’s many yacht clubs plus recreational boaties out in numbers, thereby changing the series’ dynamics.

Racing commences at 1330hrs on Saturday February 17 in forecast nor’easters and on Sunday the first warning is at 1230hrs with the presentation ceremony conducted at the host club immediately after racing.

The Sydney Etchells thanks fleet sponsors Zhik, North Sails and Mercedes-Benz Sydney who between them have come up with some excellent competitor prizes.

Sydney Etchells list of entries and website https://sydneyetchells.org.au/

Full results https://sydneyetchells.org.au/race-results

Find out more at:
https://sydneyetchells.org.au/

https://www.facebook.com/EtchellsSydney/

https://www.instagram.com/etchellssydney/

 

By Lisa Ratcliff/OCC


Further information:

 

Isabel Wartho

RSYS marketing & communications coordinator
p. 9017 0177 e. Isabel@rsys.com.au

Michael Stovin-Bradford
Etchells Sydney fleet communications officer
m. 0411 703 976

 

Mike Tyquin
Etchells Sydney fleet Captain
m. 0422 381 151

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