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14 October 2012 John Curnow

Everybody was high on the wind once the bluster had gone through on the Saturday

"Everybody was high on the wind once the bluster had gone through on the Saturday"

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Well done to the Australian Sailing Team, their coaches and coterie, who must all be incredibly proud and quite possibly, still completely elated.

Of course some, most notably Tom Slingsby, have spent time in an Etchells. Tom even did particularly well, as we well know. Etchells are an undisputed haven for Olympian, AC and offshore legends. Alas, it is not all about medals however, and participation is the key to ensuring the success of sailing as a whole. Now it is here that the Etchells can play an incredibly important role in the greater cause, whilst still honing skills for the elite level of competitor inside a pretty level playing field.

Etchells are fun, require commitment, skill and fitness. In return, there is both enjoyment and camaraderie on offer and you only have to arrange a few friends to get together for you to get out on the water, not a whole football team.

With all of that in mind and seeing the ever-burgeoning female participation in sailing, I cannot help to wonder that they are fantastic targets for Etchells ownership, as a collective. Predominantly they would sail as a four-up crew and so the bills would just be a quarter, not a third. At any rate, food for thought, as all the fleets seem to be reporting increased interest and are looking to offer Etchells experiences to people and get some hardstand bound vessels back out on the track...

As always, may the wind blow just hard enough and the smiles be forever bright. Happy sailing.

The new ad for Etchells to show that it is also about your pals, not only the results table

"The new ad for Etchells to show that it is also about your pals, not only the results table"

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