The Queensland Etchells Championship was held over the October long weekend, hosted by the Brisbane Etchells fleet based at Royal Queensland Yacht Club.
RPAYC was well represented by:
and by David Ritchard (Etchells Australia Treasurer and International Governor) who sailed on “Ronin” which placed 16th.
There was a high level of competition from both local Brisbane and interstate boats, including regatta winners “Gen XY” skippered by Matthew Chew, “Fifteen+” skippered by David Clark (Etchells Australia Vice President and International Governor) , “Roulette” skippered by Mark Johnson, and “the Boat” skippered by Jake Gunther (Etchells Australia President and International Governor).
See the results at http://etchellsbrisbane.com/wp-content/uploads/14E22States-FInal.htm
The weather was perfect as they say in the ads for Queensland. The outer bay course was tricky with tidal influence and shifting breezes, important tactical considerations. And, the hospitality of the Brisbane Etchells Fleet and RQYC was so welcoming – exceptionally thoughtful, helpful and friendly. RQYC is hosting the 2018 Etchells World Championships, which will also be held in October, so this was a perfect opportunity for RQYC to extend their experience in hosting high level regattas and for the sailors to get to get experience on the race course.
Team Odyssey is thrilled with our result. We sailed very consistently and had some sensational beats and downwind runs. I am incredibly grateful to Wade and Peter for sailing with me during the regatta, for Peter’s help over the past 16 months since I first stepped onto an Etchells, and for Wade’s coaching since early May. Both Wade and Pete have sailed in several America’s Cup campaigns, in the Volvo around the World races, and numerous other elite sailing events around the world. What a privilege to be sailing with and learning from such sensational professional sailors. The Odyssey coaching program is working exceptionally well given the progress we’re making, and that we surpassed our expectations at the Queensland States. Wade and I are now focused on training for the National and NSW Etchells Championships in the New Year. Peter helms another Etchells, “Top 40”, which regularly makes the podium – and we’d welcome him back on “Odyssey” too!
Hopefully our “Odyssey” helps to inspire other RPAYC sailors to step up into Etchells, and to participate in some of the most enjoyable and competitive one-design racing there is. If you’re interested, please contact the RPAYC sailing office and ask to crew on an Etchells in the Pittwater Etchells fleet which is based at RPAYC, or to borrow “PAM” the Etchells owned by the Pittwater Etchells Fleet for the specific purpose of encouraging sailors to try and get into sailing Etchells. The Pittwater Etchells Fleet is friendly, helpful and very supportive of newcomers, while also enjoying competitive one-design sailing.
Visit the Pittwater Etchells page here: http://www.rpayc.com.au/yacht-racing/class-associations-pittwater/etchells-pittwater