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Hey!!!! FREE BEER!!!!! and YOU’RE INVITED

 

You are invited—Etchells Fleet 11 keg party on the Sailing Activities Barge, Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Harbor on September 9th from 4:30 to 6 pm. Interested in owning, crewing or just talking about Etchells? Join us for a beer and “Etchells Talk” with owners and crew. We will have two or three boats in the water for people to look at and, if the weather is right, sail.

 

If you can come, RSVP to Ted Jones @ flamingo4@sbcglobal.net.

 

 

 

SA- 291 sq/ft spinnaker- 400 sq/ft

LOA- 30’6”

Beam- 6’11”

Draft-4’6”.

Displacement - 3,300 pounds

 

Etchells are fiberglass with an aluminum rig. They can be raced by three or four people with a weight limit of 627 pounds. There are approximately 1360 of them around the world. We have 22 in Belmont Harbor. A normal race day for us is 14 to 16 boats on the start line.

 

You can get good, competitive used boats starting at about $12,000 to $14,000. New are approximately $60,000. A very competitive boat, not a “handy man’s special,” will in the range of $25,000. Last year a 10 year old boat won the Worlds, probably acquired by Tito Gonzales (the Chilean who won) for $20,000 or so.

 

Advantages of owning or crewing on Etchells in Chicago:

 

1. Time- With the exception of the NOOD and One Design Verve, we only race Saturdays. We normally race two or three races with 14 plus boats. The NOOD and Verve are the only Sunday races we do. You can have most Sundays off for “family time” or to race offshore. Or just go for a sail.

 

2. Easier to put together a competitive team- You only need two or three people to sail with. This makes finding, training and keeping crew easier and the crew are really connected as racing an Etchells is a team sport. Everything that happens on a 40 footer with nine people happens on an Etchells with three or four people. No “rail meat” here - the entire crew is involved in every maneuver. Only needing two or three also keeps your bar bill down! Boat partnerships usually have both owners actively racing the boat.

 

3. Ease of maintenance-more time to sail-There is no engine or head to maintain. We sail in and out of the harbor. If there is no wind at the end of the day, the race committee tows us in. What you maintain is the racing equipment, not plumbing.

 

4. Quick feedback without big time instrument expense- There are no instruments to buy or maintain except for a compass. The knot log is the boat next to you. Are they higher or faster? If they are, you have to adjust something. Etchells provide instant performance feedback. They are light enough that your changes are seen and felt almost immediately.

 

5. The racing is outstanding- If you have been racing PHRF, you race against the clock more than the other boats. In one design racing, all of the things you’ve read in Walker, Melges and Dellenbaugh come to life and your tactics become boat on boat, not boat on time. This quickly translates into an excellent understanding of mast tuning and sail trim. More than you ever thought possible.

 

6. We share “go fast” ideas-The people in the fleet will help you get better. When you are better, it makes us work harder to beat you. All of us go back to the same bar, so you can talk with your competition and learn from them. Or ask them "What were you thinking at the 2nd top mark!!!!???"

 

7. Woman friendly-Upper body strength is not as important as on larger, heavier boats. The boats are owned, driven and crewed by women. As often as not, teamwork and finesse are more important than strength. A boat handing error at a mark rounding can cost you 6 or 7 boats. One of our top boats is owned by a woman.

 

8. Sail with the best-Sailing Etchells in national regattas means you will find yourself on the start line with Dennis, Ken, Russell, Paul, Gary, Judd and Vince. When these guys are not sailing AC boats, they sail their own Etchells. When you own an Etchells, you are in the same boat, on the same start line, with the same sails as those guys. You may even find them at the bar after the race. Unless you or someone has hired them to race an offshore boat, you won’t have the chance to race against them. We are hosting the Etchells Worlds in 2008. We expect about 85 to 95 boats. Most of those guys will be here.

 

9. Easy to transport- On the trailer, Etchells are about 5,000 pounds and 7’ wide. They are easy to transport. Getting to out of town regattas are fairly easy with about a two hour set up when you get there. The best winter deal going is Jaguar Cup. The racing is on Biscayne Bay in Miami during the first weekend in December, the first weekend in January, the last weekend in January and the first three days in March. You fly down Friday, do five races and fly home Sunday night. Last winter the smallest number on the start line was 55 boats. The largest was 67 boats.

 

10. The racing is relatively inexpensive- The boats themselves are not expensive to buy. Maintaining them is fairly easy. You maintain the racing systems not engines, plumbing, electrical or stoves. There is a sail limitation. You can only buy six sails per year. All of the upwind sails are Dacron and the downwind sails are nylon. Mostly .5 or .6. Most of us buy 2 or 3 sails per year. A full set of six sails is between $6,000 and $7,000. With only 2 crew, your bar bill is less and you’ll need less sandwiches. For a city resident, dry sailing is about $1,700/year (year around and the best deal), wet sailing is about $1,300/season. Add in fleet dues and insurance for a few hundred and that covers your expenses.

 

So join us for our Etchells Fleet 11 keg party at Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Harbor on September 9th from 4:30 to 6 pm.

 

We may have openings for people to sail with us during the day's races. If you are interested, note that in your RSVP.

 

RSVP to Ted Jones- flamingo4@sbcglobal.net

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This is a fun fleet, so I'm sure it will be a good time.

-However-

You left out the most important part, and thats what kind of beer?

Good luck, and wise move planning it when most of Shields 150 is out of town, as the keg will last much longer.

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This is a fun fleet, so I'm sure it will be a good time.

-However-

You left out the most important part, and thats what kind of beer?

Good luck, and wise move planning it when most of Shields 150 is out of town, as the keg will last much longer.

 

 

What kind do you want?

 

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This is a fun fleet, so I'm sure it will be a good time.

-However-

You left out the most important part, and thats what kind of beer?

Good luck, and wise move planning it when most of Shields 150 is out of town, as the keg will last much longer.

 

 

What kind do you want?

T

 

very good question. as a matter of fact there's one and only one kind of beer i do like: the REALLY cold one. :P

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It's not like we Etchells owners tie you up and throw you in a dungeon (or the cabin of a T 10) during the week. If you want to crew part time, hook up with an owner, or owners and crew on days you can.

 

I have to warn you though, crewing an E boat can be addicting because there's no down time. When there's only 3 or 4 of you, there's always something to do.

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It's not like we Etchells owners tie you up and throw you in a dungeon (or the cabin of a T 10) during the week.

 

You must have repacked a spinnaker on a T10! It is not a dungeon, more like solitary confinement; if you show good behavior, you are allowed to come out. The cabin of a T10 is great if you are 3'6" and like to deficate in a bucket.

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It's not like we Etchells owners tie you up and throw you in a dungeon (or the cabin of a T 10) during the week.

 

You must have repacked a spinnaker on a T10! It is not a dungeon, more like solitary confinement; if you show good behavior, you are allowed to come out. The cabin of a T10 is great if you are 3'6" and like to deficate in a bucket.

 

 

I slept on one by mistake for about 3 hours once about 12/13 years ago. My back hasn't recovered yet.

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Well done guys, we started a new fleet of Etchells in Dublin about 3 years ago. Maybe we were lucky with our timing but we are up to 28 boats in Ireland at this stage and at least 5 new potential local Irish owners looking for second-hand boats around Europe at the moment to join us.

 

On average we are paying about €15,000 to €19,000 for the pre-owned and some of our guys bought a new "H" boat at the start of this season. By the way they have just won our Irish nationals in the new very white boat.

 

So far we have had some good turnouts for our local club racing (15ish), and the general opinion amoung the class is that the the only way to keep the fleet strong is club racing.

 

It`s handy that the Worlds are being held in Cowes next year as that will keep the the very "keen" happy and will give the club racer a chance to compete with them in the qualifiers being held in March/April next year .

 

There is one thing I must say about the Etchells class is that we started from ZERO and the support we have got from the World body has been outstanding.

 

See you other E22 punters in Cowes next year.

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Well done guys, we started a new fleet of Etchells in Dublin about 3 years ago. Maybe we were lucky with our timing but we are up to 28 boats in Ireland at this stage and at least 5 new potential local Irish owners looking for second-hand boats around Europe at the moment to join us.

 

On average we are paying about €15,000 to €19,000 for the pre-owned and some of our guys bought a new "H" boat at the start of this season. By the way they have just won our Irish nationals in the new very white boat.

 

So far we have had some good turnouts for our local club racing (15ish), and the general opinion amoung the class is that the the only way to keep the fleet strong is club racing.

 

It`s handy that the Worlds are being held in Cowes next year as that will keep the the very "keen" happy and will give the club racer a chance to compete with them in the qualifiers being held in March/April next year .

 

There is one thing I must say about the Etchells class is that we started from ZERO and the support we have got from the World body has been outstanding.

 

See you other E22 punters in Cowes next year.

 

Thank you for the kind words. I think you are right about the club racing.

 

We'll see YOU at the Worlds here in Chicago in '08. We'll take you to a real Irish pub right here on the North side.

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