SAN DIEGO (July 18, 2017) From August 16-19, San Diego Yacht Club and Etchells Fleet 13 will host the 2017 International Etchells Class North American Championship. Over 30 Etchells are expected to race in San Diego’s ocean venue called the Coronado Roads over four days for the opportunity to be named the Etchells North American Champion. This event precedes the Etchells World Championship, which will be held this September in San Francisco.
San Diego Yacht Club is a familiar venue for many of these Etchells sailors. SDYC last hosted the event in 2010 and also hosted the World Championship in 2011.
Several world class competitors have already registered for the event, including Tom Carruthers, the 2017 Etchells West Coast Spring Series overall winner and the 2014 Etchells North American Championship winner. “The 2017 Etchells North American Championship should include a fleet from all over the world. I know of at least two Australian competitors, as well as quite a few from the East Coast. I'm glad SDYC has the opportunity to host the event, and I know they will provide their normal excellent hospitality.”
Here's our first drone footage of the summer, courtesy of coach Cal Pedroli! No editing or audio yet, but we'll use this footage to decide which angles are most effective, and coaches will review the action with sailors. Summer Series #2 was particularly tricky, with big shifts and pressure changes, which are characteristic of this SSW direction in La Playa. Can you see the puffs and shifts moving down the course? We'll also have to work on our drone defense system, as attacking seagulls literally drove us out of the air!
The 49er & 49erFX North American Championships were held June 23 to 25 in Kingston, Ontario. Nevin Snow and Maximiliano Agnese (USA) won the 11-boat 49er fleet, posting all firsts in the nine race series.
Please click here for the 2017 Summer Sailing Welcome Letter
21 wounded veterans are taking on a new challenge, sailing, right here in the waters of San Diego, June 13-15, 2017. They won't just be going for a boat ride, these men and women will be participating in an intense three-day course to learn how to sail on their own, despite their injuries. The Warrior Sailing Program, free for participants, is a partnership of the Armed Forces YMCA and San Diego Yacht Club.