Big fleet for Etchells Invitation Series on the Waitemata

Wide eyed - Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

Fifteen crews comprising some of New Zealand top sailors from Olympic and America's Cup ranks competed in an Invitational Series off Auckland's Westhaven Marina on Tuesday evening.

Although intended as a fun series, the competitive juices soon flowed as fast as ever and they enjoyed some very competitive racing in light winds and an outgoing tide.

The Etchells class is an international one design keelboat able to be sailed by three or four crew. There are several fleets established and regularly racing in New Zealand.

- Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

IOlympic Silver medalist Leslie Egnot (helm) - Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

Three boats finish in half a length - Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

- Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

RG-121113-Etchells 059 - Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

- Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

- Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

RG-121113-Etchells 056 - Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

Pre Xmas series winner - Valsheda II - Etchells pictured racing in the Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

- Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013

- Etchells Invitation Series - November 12, 2013