Etchells Worlds

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Pictured: Scott Kaufman’s America Jane II, USA 1198, racing in Cowes.

Mid-Regatta Update, September 7: The 2016 Etchells Class World Championship is heating up over in historic Cowes, UK, as 58 of the world’s best teams compete for one of the most coveted prizes in one-design sailing. Many of the best amateur and professional sailors on the planet are present, including Olympic medalists, America’s Cup winners, and more. It is a tribute to the longevity and health of the Etchells that the annual World Championship continues to attract such a deep pool of talent. Three SIYC Fleet 15 boats are competing: Scott Kaufman helming America Jane II, Jay Cross helmingSkanky Gene, and Greg Hodkinson, Don Shillingburg, and Marc Robert onboardCool Shivy.

With five races completed out of a scheduled nine, the Shelter Island boats have certainly made their presence known. Three-time Olympian Cross and his team currently stand in 12th overall, pacing the SIYC contingent, with their best finishes being a 2nd and an 8th. Cross and his team are known as one of the fastest in the international fleet, and they have definitely demonstrated that so far. Fellow Olympian Kaufman lies just behind in 14th overall, but is currently carrying a 59-point UFD (over early) penalty accrued during Race 1. After that early hiccup, Kaufman has sailed very well, highlighted by a bullet in Race 5 (hopefully they gave him that shotgun shell!). If he can continue to finish consistently, Kaufman will drop the UFD score after six races and hopefully jump upwards. Hodkinson/Shillingburg/Robert onboard Cool Shivy opened their regatta with a very impressive finish in the teens, and are in 7th place overall in the highly competitive Corinthian division.

For results, news and race tracking, check out the event website: http://2016.etchellsworlds.org

Best of luck to all three Shelter Island boats, which have already made our club proud

– Will Ricketson