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14 September 2010 Noel Paterson

Australian President, Noel Paterson

"Australian President, Noel Paterson"

I could not think of a better way to start the 2010/11 season off, than to have the World Championship change from one Australian's hands, to another. Jason Muir has had to release his eighteen-month tenure on the championship to John Bertrand and although John's reign will not be as long, I am sure it will be just as sweet.

I would like to congratulate John and his crew of Tom Slingsby and Andrew Palfrey on a convincing twelve point win. This is the same crew which won the Australian Nationals in Lake Macquarie last January, which is a good year by any standards. John has put a lot into his Etchells sailing in the past few years with I guess an element of tunnel vision directed at the trophy he now holds. John has voiced his high regard and passion for the class on many occasions in the past and it is fitting that he now holds the position of World Champion.

It is significant that three out of the first five boats were Australian entries and I am pleased to recognise the fantastic performances of both Damien King and Jake Gunther in securing third and fifth places respectively. Both of these guys are passionate about their sailing and the Etchells Class. Like John, they have put a lot of effort into increasing their standing into the elite group of sailors to which we all aspire. It has not gone unnoticed that all these three gentlemen are Port Phillip sailors, is there something in the water down there?

Peter McNeill has proven once again that it does not pay to win the warm up regatta but can take heart from the fact that he is the current Irish National Champion. Well-done Polly.

All in all, Australia had nine representatives at the Worlds in a fleet of forty-three boats, which is great representation considering the location.

The new moulds occupy priority position #1 on the 'to do' list and no stone is being left unturned to make sure we get it right. Phil Smidmore has more to say on this issue elsewhere in this newsletter.

A reminder that your membership subscriptions for renewals and new members are now due and can be paid with minimum effort online by simply going to the Australian Etchells website 'members area' and drilling down from there. The feedback so far has been excellent so please avail your self of this service.

Have a great start to the season.
Noel Paterson
President IECA









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