Ready for a New Season? Come Sail with Us
We're not far from New York City in Western Long Island Sound, and we have great racing, reasonable breeze, and super sailors. The 2017 season's schedule is now final, and there will be a good mix of Saturday sailing and two-day regattas through the Summer and Fall, including the Long Island Sound Championship at Larchmont Yacht Club on the first weekend of Larchmont Race Week. Fleet 1's season begins Memorial Day weekend...Look out for more news coming soon! Our 2017 schedule is available here, so gear up for a great season.
The Fleet is very competitive and always welcomes new sailors, experienced and less experienced. If you enjoy close racing of One Design, it's time to sail Etchells. Click Contact Us (under the Fleet 1 tab) and send a message to learn more...! We're always ready and willing to help get you started or to improve your game!
Want some quick tips on getting yourself going faster? Learn from the best sailors in the fleet who contributed ideas!
Whether it's setting up your boat in the Spring, figuring out what's best in class, or learning some new tricks, try taking a peak at our newest section, Tips from the Top. The page can be found under the Useful Stuff tab above, or you can click here. There you'll be able to find pictures, videos, new ideas, etc to stimulate your sailing mind and get you going. If you're one of the top sailors, please feel free to send us your ideas to keep raising the bar. That's the only way to help improve the game is by getting everyone sailing faster. If you're new to Etchells, take a look at the The Boat page, where you'll some great information and a link to a video on the class.
The Atlantic Series for 2017 -- 4 Great Regattas
The North American Association has organized four Northeast regattas in 2017 to constitute the Atlantic Series. The series begins with the US National Championship hosted by New York Yacht Club in early June, followed by the Atlantic Coast Championship at Shelter Island Yacht Club in late June, the Narragansett Bay Championship in Newport at Sail Newport in early July, and culminating in the first weekend of Larchmont Race Week for the Long Island Sound Championship at Larchmont Yacht Club in mid July.
June 24-25: Atlantic Coast Championship, Shelter Island YC, Shelter Island, NY
July 8-9: Narragansett Bay Championship, Sail Newport, Newport, RI
July 15-16: Long Island Sound Championship, Larchmont YC, Larchmont, NY
Registration for each regatta will be on each yacht club's site (or on Sail Newport's site, in the case of the Narragansett Bay Championship).
Dennis Conner said, “Simply, the world’s best fleet”
From its inception, the Etchells class has enjoyed solid and steady growth with over fifty active fleets worldwide. Etchells sailors are enthusiastic and loyal supporters of their boat and class association. The class attracts some of the best-known names in yacht racing, including Dennis Conner, John Bertrand and Ken Read, who embrace the boat's handling characteristics as well as tactical nature of the pure one-design racing.
The Etchells is a fun, fast, simple, stable, and sleek racing sloop that can be sailed competitively and in comfort by three or four average-sized sailors. She can tack in 70 degrees and has a low wetted surface hull form that keeps moving in the slightest breeze. In 20+ knots it absolutely flies. The strict one-design principle of the class was established from the outset and is controlled by a strong, well-established and fully-administered class association. Control of the yacht's construction by the class association and ISAF ensure quality and uniformity of older boats as well as newer ones. It's trailerable, easy to maintain and light enough to dry sail; and Etchells hold exceptional resale value.
Fleet 1 in Western Long Island Sound is where this international class began. Skip Etchells, an enterprising boat builder from Greenwich, designed and built the boat in a yacht design competition sponsored by Yachting Magazine in 1965 to replace the Dragon as a three-man keelboat in the Olympics. His long and slender ‘Shillahah’ dominated her trial races! Despite the success of this sleek new design that performed like a dancer in heavy weather, the Soling was selected as the Dragon’s replacement.
In many ways, we owe a debt of gratitude for the boat not achieving her first goal. The class attracts some of the world’s best sailors, including many from American and Larchmont Yacht Clubs. It's time to join the fun!