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R E G AT TA S PITTWATER ETCHELLS FLEET CAPTAINS REPORT – JULY 2017 T he preceding sailing season has seen a prolific sailing programme for the Pittwater Etchells. Locally, the RPAYC, in conjunction with the Pittwater Fleet has hosted a National Championship (5 races), a State Championship (6 races), 4 One Design Regattas (21 races), Sprint Races (9 additional races), Broken Bay races (7 races), plus an abundance of mixed class races. Congratulations to the crew of Kalika III, Ian Audsley, Gordon Otten and Peter Kelly for being the most active participants. I thank the RPAYC for hosting excellent Etchells National and State Championships in its Sesquicentenary year. Additionally, I thank the volunteers’ generosity with their time and Club staff for their enthusiastic support of this event. Regattas of this size are a substantial undertaking and the local weather added some additional complexities. It could not happen without the support of the Club’s broader community and demonstrates the depth of affection our Club has for Etchells. The Sailing Office and waterfront staff also did a great job at pulling the regattas together. A special thanks to Richard Coxon for executing the position of Race Director with great skill and enthusiasm, Ric Welsh for assembling the ground forces, Ted, Merro, Rosemary, Learne and the race committee for their tireless support, Bob Johnson for co-ordinating the tows, all the tow boat owners and crew, Peter Kelly for manning the cranes in oppressive heat and Tom Crow for applying bow numbers for eight hours in what looked like a scene from Beau Geste. The coming season will see a shift in our race programme. In particular, the 2018 Etchells World Championships in Morton Bay will raise participation by accomplished sailors in our Class. Hence we plan to hold our World Qualification Series concurrent with two One Design regattas and three additional Sprint Races. Proposed dates will be discussed during today’s Fleet AGM. 42 A significant new initiative has been introduced by Bruce Ferguson. Through the generous support of a number of RPAYC members, the RPAYC will support two teams to compete in the 2018 Etchells Worlds in Brisbane in October 2018. 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