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13_Yachtsman 2015.qxp_Yachtsman Magazine 19/08/2015 4:30 pm Page 27 Club Yachting Action packed Etchells racing at all levels By Jill Connell State Championship, ninth at the Milson Silver Goblets, 23rd at the National Championship, 25th at the NSW State championship, 19th in a tough conditions at the recent Australasian Mid-Winter championship, and third at the Brisbane Etchells Fleet Championship. RPAYC Commodore, Ian Audsley, and his team on Kalika won the Broken Bay Sprint Series and placed second in the Inshore Sprint Series. The team had a particular eventful year with Kalika 1 being lost in a strong storm in November in 2014, so the team is now racing Ian’s new Etchell, Kalika 3 AUS1314 (Ian’s Laser is Kalika 2). Kalika 3 achieved 31st place at the Australasian Mid-Winter championships with Ian, Gordon Otten and Bruce Dey on board. Several RPAYC members raced in these and other major Etchells regattas over the past year including David Ritchard, Richie Allanson, Andrew Gavenlock, Iain Murray and Phil Smidmore. Etchells lining up for the start of a Club race RPAYC members enjoyed an action packed year racing in Club, State, National, Australasian and World Championship Etchells One Design (OD) events. Our activities demonstrate the breadth of competition available in the Etchells class, from fun club racing to some of the highest level one-design competition possible. At the elite end of the spectrum, Etchells World Champion 2000 Cameron Miles and his team of Grant Crowle and David Sampson achieved 18th on The Hole Way (AUS1306) at the 2014 Etchells World Championship held at the other Newport (i.e. Rhode Island, USA in June/July 2014). The Hole Way won the NSW State Championships held on Sydney Harbour in February. The team placed a very close second to John Bertrand’s Triad at the hotly contested Etchells National Championship held in Adelaide in January. Cameron and Grant sailed with James Mayo in the Etchells Australasian Mid-Winter Championship held off Mooloolaba in June 2015 achieving second. The Hole Way in the Etchells State Champs - Photo RSYS Geoff Bonouvrie’s Top 40 (AUS1332), and his team of Peter Merrington and Ian McKillop had a very successful year consistently placing in the top 10 at national level, and usually in the top 5. They achieved third at the NSW State Championship, Miramar (AUS1253) owned and helmed by Mark Doyle won the Inshore Sprint Series fifth at the Milson Silver Goblets and ninth at the recent Etchells Australasian and placed second in the Broken Bay Sprint Series, and placed 12th at the Milson Silver Goblets. Midwinter Championship. The Odyssey (AUS1254) team has trained hard and made huge gains during the Black Knight (AUS 1237) owned and helmed by Bruce Dey placed third in both the year that top professional sailor Wade (Bubs) Morgan has been coaching and sailing Inshore and Broken Bay Sprint Series. with Jill Connell on Odyssey. Odyssey achieved a fifth at the Etchells Queensland The Pittwater Etchells fleet at RPAYC welcomes experienced sailors to sail Etchells – so come along and crew with us, or ask to borrow the Fleet’s Etchells Pam, or race your own Etchells. RESULTS OF THE RPAYC ETCHELLS ONE DESIGN EVENTS WERE: RPAYC will be hosting the 2016/2017 Etchells National RPAYC Event Ist 2nd 3rd Championship and the 2016/2017 NSW Championship, so start training now to prepare for Inshore Sprint Series Miramar Kalika Black Knight arguably the best one design sailing on RPAYCs home Broken Bay Sprint Series Kalika Miramar Black Knight waterways! Mid Winter OD Regatta 2015 SeaWings Black Knight Cardinal Sin Please contact the RPAYC sailing office for more details on how to get involved in sailing Etchells. Mid Winter OD Regatta 2014 Top 40 Odyssey Gezzabelle Gwen Slade Regatta 2015 Kalika 3 (Milly Bennett) Odyssey (Jill Connell) Pam (Claire Costanzo) Find out more about Etchells at www.Etchells.org.au 2015 Edition 27