Etchells World Championship day three - Clarity at the top + Video

Etchells Worlds fleet on day 1
The Etchells World Championship is being sailed in San Diego. Racing continues until June 11th.

The conditions again on Wednesday for Race Day #3 were excellent for Championship level sailing, with wind along the 245 axis all day and never faltering from the 10 knot average.


Six races make a regatta in this case, so the event is now official and the single throw out score now in effect which draws more clarity when looking for the eventual World Champion.

USA 1152 skippered by Keith Whittemore led the way for a majority of the first race (Race 5) which begun with no boats OCS. USA 979 Hardesty and AUS 1278 Hiatt stayed close by around the course.

At the sole leeward rounding of the race (a W-L-W-F course, two miles long), Whittemore and Hiatt took the right gate while Hardesty went around the left. Despite the left gate, Hardesty turned back to the right and navigated through the oncoming fleet to head up the right side. These three boats rounded the last weather mark in a pack which was 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. It looked like Whittemore hit the mark and did a penalty turn, letting the race slip away (he would still finish second).

On the final downwind leg Hardesty pulled away for the convincing victory, his third bullet of the series which would put him in great position to retake first place from USA 1227 Vince Brun. Brun managed another solid race with a seventh place finish by making up three spots on the second upwind leg of the race. Amazingly the seven for Brun was his worst finish at the time.

With conditions holding up well and the gray skies clearing, PRO Bill Stump and the R/C team quickly put together a second race of the day, Race 6 of the series and away we went on a 245 heading at 1.8 miles (Course 1, W-L-W-L-F).

In Race 6, a few boats were OCS but in general a clean start was had. Each mark rounding had a different set of leaders between the group of 1026 Drennan, 966 Laport, 986 Nelson, 904 Stout and 1281 Laffitte. At the final weather mark, USA 904 Will Stout had taken the lead which he would not give up, getting his first race win of the series. Match that with the fifth place finish for Stout in Race 5 and it was the best day by any team in the fleet on Wednesday. And after two finishes on Day 1 in the 30s, Stout and crew will be happy to find themselves in the top 10 today.

Regatta leaders Hardesty and Brun settled into the 10th / 11th positions around the first mark and played catch up all race. Hardesty made his way through the fleet to finish sixth, while Brun held position for the most part and finished 14th (current throwout score).

On a day similar to a golf tournament's 'moving day', the throwout allowed teams to scrap a bad race and make use of consistent success to solidify their placement amongst the regatta leaders.

AUS 1026 Noel Drennan and crew continued their very solid regatta with an 8 / 3 on the third day of racing to maintain a solid handle on third place overall by ditching their (21) in the first race on Monday, leaving them with no finish higher than nine to date. Fellow Aussie 1278 Michael Hiatt dropped his (36) from Tuesday and compiled a 6 / 8 on Wednesday to settle into fourth place.

In the biggest jump of the series, USA 666 Don Jesberg was able to scrap his (51) from Race 2 and finished in fourth place in both races on Wednesday to jump a dozen positions or so into fifth.

Others with good days on Day 3 were USA 969 Chris Bush with a 3 / 12 (currently sixth overall) and USA 1152 Keith Whittemore with a 2 / 16 (currently seventh overall).

On Thursday the Race Committee will look to get Race 7 complete on what will likely be a single race day as nine races is the maximum allowed for the series.



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PlaceBowCountrySailSkipper123456789
179 USA979Bill Hardesty11- 19716   16
227 USA1227Vincent Brun34247- 14   20
326 AUS1026Noel Drennan- 2198283   30
480 AUS1278Michael John Hiatt2021- 3668   37
566 USA666Don Jesberg*25- 513544   41
623 USA969Chris Busch4185- 38312   42
752 USA1152Keith Whittemore- 2314412216   48
846 USA946Craig Healy*103- 3231717   50
985 USA1285Bruce Golison- 3781681510   57
1004 USA904Will Stout- 363211951   58
1160 USA1060Dennis Conner155301- 369   60
1248 NZL1348Andrew Wills2- 33256919   61
1368 USA1168Peter Vessella*57231426- 34   75
1475 USA1375Argyle Campbell*1911- 45111225   78
1516 USA1216Brian Camet9- 2321191318   80
1635 USA935David Ullman24191417- 2715   89
1786 USA986Bruce Nelson32- 431521202   90
1808 USA1308Senet Bischoff8211327- 5024   93
1969 USA1018Chris Snow22102823- 4011   94
2030 USA1350Bruce Burton- 63227202326   98
2181 FRA1281Frederic Laffitte*16282428- 395   101
2298 USA985Andy La Dow*27- 363610307   110
2333 AUS1337Rupert Henry26- 4010221936   113
2428 USA1283Andrew Whittome*30341813- 6023   118
2551 USA926Nico Landauer- 594420162122   123
2678 USA1378Marvin Beckmann73037- 442831   133
2710 USA1066Jon Rogers655- 56341427   136
2821 USA1221Wade Edwards12- 659245140   136
2993 AUS1293Ian Crisp- 553129153835   148
3018 AUS1223Chris Hampton- 433717332239   148
3137 USA1137Shannon Bush3512354231- 54   155
3220 BER1394Mark Watson5827431810- 61   156
3306 USA706JJ Fetter4717- 68352532   156
3407 USA552Tom Malone482947- 501621   161
3596 GBR962Rob Goddard1445333146- 51   169
3699 USA669Ted Hardenbergh3852658- 6120   174
3789 AUS1389Robert Hanna5220225229- 58   175
3831 GRE1368George Andreadis3324493043- 59   179
3984 USA984Steve Wright*412544- 482447   181
4054 USA556David Steffan446- 57494443   186
4194 USA794Steve Pacelli11- 5942465930   188
4219 USA966Michael Laport- 84 dsq2669711113   190
4356 USA1234David Levy311653- 554250   192
4405 USA1305Michael Gavin13154041- 84 dnc84 dnc   193
4540 AUS1384Stephen Orourke65132654- 7637   195
4650 AUS1150Bill Steele*53412726- 5748   195
4722 USA1224Peter Sulick29- 5338294852   196
4862 USA1262Philippe Kahn18384653- 6956   211
4903 NZL1379Gavin Gerrard2849- 61514144   213
5087 GBR987Robert Elliott34506040- 6629   213
5139 USA1220Mark Teborek- 645652253555   223
5273 CAN973Kirk Palmer*176255- 745238   224
5358 NZL1058John Melville3958504734- 75   228
5412 USA1126Rick Kaiser6246- 64375628   229
5514 USA1149John Pedlow506339- 763245   229
5647 SUI1187Seamus McHugh49- 84 dnc59394746   240
5717 AUS1117Ian Anderson- 696048323369   242
5874 USA977Tom Oller*- 737131614933   245
5909 USA909Marshall Harrington*5157- 71603741   246
6015 USA1315John Gilmour566766- 731842   249
6157 AUS1237John Savage4548625645- 64   256
6283 USA983Kevin Hoyt*4239- 67665853   258
6344 USA1044John Downing61424169- 7162   275
6432 USA1069Elizabeth Altman- 797412787349   286
6501 USA1301Peter Shumaker66- 6934576763   287
6641 USA1241Ken Womack*5761634565- 76   291
6729 USA294Larry Schmitz406465- 796365   297
6843 AUS1343Nick Kingsmill67- 84 ocs51705560   303
6977 AUS1277Peter Coleman4666- 79685378   311
7038 USA385Gary Baker*74- 7754437566   312
7145 UAE1386Jan Muysken*6835- 78647773   317
7236 ITA836Marco Cimarosti7047726768- 80   324
7311 USA1111Patricia Stadel*76705865- 7957   326
7488 USA889Thomas Corkett7168- 77596267   327
7549 BER1249Tim Patton605476- 777474   338
7697 USA897Bill Melbostad*547274- 806479   343
7724 AUS1124Michael Morris*7773- 81725470   346
7853 USA583Kjeld Hestehave- 757570627268   347
7955 USA674Tom Stanford72- 7673637072   350
8025 AUS1025Glenn Norton*76 rdg76 rdg7575- 7877   379
8102 USA1002John Chapman*787880- 818071   387
8234 GBR1354David Franks- 84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc   420
8342 AUS1385Jason Ward- 84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc84 dnc   420
 

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