We’re less than a week away from the start of the 2017 Etchells North American Championship hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC) and Etchells Fleet 13. SDYC and Etchells Fleet 13, hosts of this event in 2010 and also the Etchells World Championship hosts in 2011, will welcome 30 Etchells to San Diego’s ocean venue, Coronado Roads, from August 16-19.
Etchells North Americans, which precedes the Etchells World Championship this September in San Francisco, will be a high stakes regatta, with several world class competitors vying for the title of Etchells North American Champion.
The holder of this title for the past two years, Steve Benjamin from Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in New York, will be back this year on the hunt for a third win.
“We are really looking forward to racing the Etchells North Americans again in San Diego. The event is always hyper competitive, and this year will have more top teams than ever! Three years ago we were runner up to Tom Carruthers’ team in Chicago. That regatta was epic, and the last day had huge waves on Lake Michigan.”
Benjamin reflected on his prior wins of the event. “In 2015 we won the event at American Yacht Club, ahead of the World Championships in Hong Kong. And last year we won at the San Francisco Yacht Club in a very close series. So, our team on TERRAPIN including Michael Menninger, Ian Liberty, Dave Hughes and I can't wait to see all our friends in the Etchells Class and do some great racing in San Diego next week.”
Another previous winner, Bruce Nelson from SDYC, will race in his hometown waters.
“It is exciting to have the Etchells North American Championship back in San Diego again, and having finished second the last time in 2010 and won the previous time in 1995, I am looking forward to the pressure! The fleet of entries is most impressive this year, so it will be tough to land on the podium in this one, but Team Rhino will be out there fighting hard as usual – we’re expecting a fun event.”
After three days of fierce racing, the 2017 winner will be named at the awards ceremony will be held at San Diego Yacht Club after the completion of races on Saturday, August 19th.
The Etchells Fleet would like to thank its sponsors: Bay City Brewing Company, Sailing Supply, and the Port of San Diego.