HK Prepares For Etchells World Championship
Published: Monday, 26 October 2015
The 2015 Etchells World Championship (Nov 1-7) organised by the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and co-organised by Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and the Hong Kong Etchells Association is getting underway this week with registration and measurement now taking place.
(Photo: Guy Nowell/RHKYC)
Racing will take place in the waters to the east of Hong Kong, near the Ninepins Group of islands, with boats hosted in the marina of the official regatta partner, The Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club.
The 2015 Etchells Worlds will begin with a practice race on the first day, followed by nine races over six days to decide the Etchells World Champions for 2015.
Official Apparel Partner 2XU is making a venture into the world of sailing by supporting the World Championships. 2XU is well known for their passion to enhance human performance through their fabric construction and technology across a multitude of sports.
“We are delighted to partner with the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club and the Hong Kong Kong Etchells Association for the 2015 Etchells Worlds,” says 2XU Founder Aidan Clarke. “We look forward to sharing our innovations in compression and our new 2XU performance sailing collection with the Etchells class.”
Launched in Hong Kong in 2015 and representing premium healthy lifestyle with high quality pure mineral water, the event’s other major product sponsor OnePure is also very excited about the upcoming World Championships.
“OnePure has the reputation of providing nutritious support with its naturally weak alkalinity, perfect natural spring water sourced from New Zealand, to the passionate sailors from all over the world, especially for all the participants in the 2015 Etchells World Hong Kong,” says OnePure HK Executive Director Jason Yang.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the commencement of the boat design that would become the Etchells.
While the design was ultimately trumped by the Soling as the next Olympic class, the boat was warmly received as a new one-design racing class with Fleet 1 being inaugurated in Long Island Sound in 1968. Today there are more than 40 active fleets worldwide campaigning some of 1,423 Etchells built so far, 29 of them are registered to the Hong Kong fleet.
An entry list of 43 Etchells will be competing in Hong Kong over the next few weeks, featuring many of the world’s top international Etchells sailors, including past Etchells World Champions, past Olympians and current America’s Cup sailors.
The vast depth of experience and talent that underpins the international Etchells class makes it one of the most competitive one-design classes on the water today.
Since a crew weight limit was brought in for the Etchells and the maximum crew number lifted from three to four, the boat has become more popular with female sailors.
The 2015 Etchells Worlds is no exception with a total of over ten women competing including skipper Jeanne-Claude Strong on Yandoo XX, still fresh from her win in the Australasian Mid Winters in June this year.