NORTH  RESULTS

2017

Midwinters West 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Bill Bennett Memorial
1,2,3
Coral Reef Cup
1,2,4,5,6,7*,9
West Australia Champs
1,3
Biscayne Bay Series
1,2
Midwinters East
1,2,3,4,6,7,8*,9,10
Australian Nationals
1,2,3,4,5,6
MS Goblets
, Australia 1,2,3
Florida States
1,2,4,5,6,7,8,10
Sid Doren
2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10
Piana Cup
1,2,3,4,6,8,10

2016

Worlds
1*,2,3,4,5*,6,7,8,9,10
North Americans
1,2,3*,5,7,8,10
Europeans
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9*,10
UK Nationals
1,2,3*,4,5*,6,8,10
So. Area Champs,
Cowes, UK 1,2,4
Larchmont Race Week
1
Newport Regatta
1,2,3
LIS Championship
1,2,3*,5,6,7,8,9,10
NYYC Annual Regatta
1,2,3
CPYC One Design
1,2,3,4,6,8
Orca Bowl 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Annapolis NOOD
1*,2,3,4
PCCs
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Midwinters West
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
San Diego NOOD
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Biscayne Bay Series
1,2
MIdwinters
1,2,3,6,7,8,9,10
Midwinters Corinthians
1,2
Florida States
1,4,5,6,8*,9,10
Sid Doren
2*,3,4,5,6,7,8,10
Piana Cup
1,2,3,4,5,6*,7,9,10*

2015

Worlds 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
North Americans
1,2,3,4,5
Nationals
1,2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10
Newport Regatta
1
LIS Championship
1,2
NYYC Annual
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
San Diego Spring Series
1,2,3
Orca Bowl
1,2,3*,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Midwinters West
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Bill Bennett Cup 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
Jaguar Series
1,2,3
Midwinters East
1,2,4,5,6
Florida States
1,2,3,4,7*,8,10
Piana Cup
1,2,3,5,7*,9
Sid Doren
3,5,6,7,8,9,10
SDYC OD Weekend
(Feb) 1,2,3

2014

Worlds
1,2,3,4*,5*,6,7*,8,9*,10
North Americans
1,2,4,5,6*,7*
US Nationals 1,2*,3,4,5,8,9,10
Midwinters West 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Midwinters East 2,3,5,6,7,8,10
Pre-Worlds 1,2,3,4,5*,6,8,9,10
NOOD Annapolis 1,4,5,6
Florida States 1,3,4,5,6,8,10

2013

Worlds
1,3,4,7,8,9*,10
North Americans 1,2,5,6,7,8*,9
Europeans 1
US Nationals 1,2,3,4
Orca Bowl 1,2,3
NOOD Annapolis 1,2,3
Annapolis Fall 1,2,3,4,5
Midwinters West 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Florida States 1,2,4*,5,6,7,8,9,10

2012

Worlds
  1,2*,3
North Americans 1,2,5,6,7,8,9
US Nationals 1,2,3,4,5
Piana Cup 1,2,4,5*,6
Newport Bacardi Cup 1,3
New Englands 1,3,5,6,7
King of the Bays 1,2,3
Orca Bowl 1,2,3
NOOD Annapolis 1*,2,5
Jaguar Series Overall  1
Midwinters East 1
Midwinters West
  1,2,3,4,5
Florida States  1,2,3

*partial North inventory



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ETCHELLS SAILS, TUNING & COVERS


Etchells Sails - North Sails is the leader in one design sailmaking. On this page, you will find information about our complete line of Etchells sail models, Etchells tuning advice, Etchells cover information and Etchells news and results from the race course.




PC-F All-Purpose Etchells Mainsail

#1 2016 & 2015  Worlds!

The PC-F Etchells mainsail is slightly flatter than the PC+. Designed specifically for the stiffer masts that have been available from the builders in the past years. Contact the Etchells Experts for advice on your mast deflection and which mainsail will suit it best.

Etchells Mainsail standard features:

  • Maximum sized vision window
  • Light and heavy full length top battens
  • Trim stripes
  • Leech telltales
  • Spreader window
  • Epoxy battens How to tension battens?
  • Long roll sail bag
  • Class insignia
  • Sail numbers
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PC+ All-Purpose Etchells Mainsail


2014 Worlds champion powered by North PC-+ mainsail.
#1 2014 Worlds!

Our standard all purpose Etchells main that has powered several World champion teams. The PC+ fits softer older masts perfectly. Contact the Etchells Experts for advice on your mast deflection and which mainsail will suit it best.

Etchells Mainsail standard features:

  • Maximum sized vision window
  • Light and heavy full length top battens
  • Trim stripes
  • Leech telltales
  • Spreader window
  • Epoxy battens How to tension battens?
  • Long roll sail bag
  • Class insignia
  • Sail numbers



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LM-2L Light Medium "Single Snap" Etchells Jib
Wind Range: 0-12 knots

#1 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010 Worlds!
# 1 2015 Nationals!

Winning teams around the globe relies on the LM-2L Etchells jib for ultimate performance in light to medium conditions. Fast and easy to trim, the LM-2L is pure power!

Sailing Etchells One Design North SailEtchells Jib standard features:

  • Vision window
  • Trim stipes
  • Removable full length top battens
  • Interchangeable bottom battens
  • Luff & Leech telltales
  • Telltale window
  • Epoxy battens  
  • Long roll sail bag
How to Install battens | Which batten to use?

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LM-2H Medium Etchells Jib

Wind Range: 10-16 knots

#1 2015 Worlds!  #1 2015 Nationals!

The same fast shape as the LM-2 jib, the LM-2H is made with a heavier cloth for increased up-range performance. The LM-2 H comes standard with long and short luff tabs, to provide race winning performance over a wide wind range.

We also make this sail out of the same lighter cloth used in the LM-2L making it ideal for flat water sailing. This design is called LM-2D.

Etchells Jib standard features:

  • Vision window
  • Trim stipes
  • Removable full length top battens
  • Interchangeable bottom battens
  • Luff & Leech telltales
  • Telltale window
  • Epoxy battens  
  • Long roll sail bag
How to Install battens | Which batten to use?

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GM-6.5 Medium-Heavy Etchells Jib

Wind Range: 14+ knots

#1 2013, 2012 & 2009 Worlds!

The GM-6.5 jib is designed flatter then the LM-2H with a more open top section and straighter exit. Ideally used in winds over 14 knots. This sail features 6.5 oz cloth and comes standard with long and short luff tabs.

Etchells Jib standard features:

  • Vision window
  • Trim stipes
  • Removable full length top battens
  • Interchangeable bottom battens
  • Luff & Leech telltales
  • Telltale window
  • Epoxy battens  
  • Long roll sail bag
How to Install battens | Which batten to use?

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Full-Radial All-Purpose Etchells Spinnaker
Wind Range: 7+ knots

#1 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 & 2010 Worlds!
#1 2015 & 2014 Nationals!

Sailing Etchells One Design North Sail
Rick Crow, 2010 New England Champion
Our all-purpose spinnaker is consistently fast through the wind range. Because of its radial construction this sail will hold shape longer and outlast the performance of any cross-cut design.

Made from minimum weight AirX 500 cloth, the Full Radial is our all purpose spinnaker. If you are only going to buy one sail this is it.

The Full Radial Spinnaker features an extra full lower section for pole-back deep running that the Etchells is so good at.

Spinnaker standard features:

  • Full radial construction
  • Sail bag
  • sail Numbers



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VM-G Light Wind Etchells Spinnaker

Wind Range: 0-6 knots

#1 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011 & 2010 Worlds!

This narrow and slightly flatter spinnaker comes into its own in winds under 6 knots. The smaller upper girth of the VMG makes it fly more easily as the apparent wind goes forward in light conditions.

Great when the wind in close to the beam the smaller size of this sail makes it fly more easily in lighter wind speeds.

Spinnaker standard features:

  • Full radial construction
  • Sail bag
  • sail Numbers

The Full-Radial AP and the VMG spinnakers are also available in .75 oz for improved durability.



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>> Contact the Etchells Sail Experts for additional information and questions about our products.

Tune your Etchells for Speed

>> Download the North Etchells Tuning Guide (Rev Q04)

>> Etchells  Notes and Tips from the 2015 Worlds

>> Etchells 2014 Summer Report

>> VIDEO TIP: Changing the jib tracks can help your starts

>> Article: How to use the Mast Lever System

>> Etchells Mast Deflection Form


Have a Question? Ask the Etchells Experts


Etchells FAQs:

During the SD Worlds when the wind picked up to 10-12 Knots my new LM-2 jib foot stated to quickly flap. Is this a result of having the lead back too far?

You are exactly right about the lead position! You have the alternative of making the foot cord tighter and solve the problem, but the real solution is to move the lead forward.



We are about 80 Kilos below max weight. What are the changes we should make to the figures on tuning guide for all wind strengths considering our weight?

The Etchells (or any other boat) require two distinct approaches for best performance.

Light to Medium ( 0 to 11 kts )
- On this conditions max power is needed for best performance, and the crew weight will have absolutely no affect on the setup of the sails and mast. Follow the tuning guide independent of your crew weight.

Medium Heavy ( 11 kts to anything above )
- is this conditions the heavy crew will be able to handle more power and therefore the optimum sail trim will reflect on the crew weight. If you have a light crew, you will have to set up the rig and sails for couple kts more wind speed than what you have, in other words, depower further and sooner. To me the most important adjustment when overpowered is the lower shrouds. Having them tighter will pull the middle of the mast to windward making the middle of the main flatter decreasing weather helm. If I have too much helm and the boat is "bound up", make the lower tighter, this will free the helm, and improve forward speed.



What is the correct position to have your mast step on the Etchells?


As known the mast step position controls the pre-bend. Having the correct amount of pre-bend translates on the correct forestay sag, and therefore superior speed. The pre-bend is mainly generated by the offset position on your mast partner, and the alignment of the mast step and the rounds. Since in most boats the mast partners distance from the transom varies, to get the pre-bend right, you have to first to locate the partner position on your own boat.

This is what we recommend:

1. First, make a mark on the canter line of the aft deck, 12 feet from the aft edge of the mast partner. Add a thin aft partner block ( 1/4 inch ) for my std up wind setting. The measurement should include this block.

2.From this mark on the aft deck, measure 12' 6 3/8" and make new mark on the mast step "I" beam. This is now your new baseline mast step position, for winds between 6 to 9 knots.



 Mast Step Chart
 
0 to 5 knotsaft 1/4"
6 to 9 ktsneutral
10 to 14 ktsforward 1/4"
15 to 20 ktsforward 1/2"
20 kts and aboveforward 3/4"


What do you suggest for long-term storage, should I take the sails out of the box and unfold them and roll them back up, or keep them in the box?

We suggest that you that take the sails out of the box and roll them in “full length”. This would make the sail stay smooth longer.



I have a very old Etchells, hull #3, that I have restored and plan to race. I have heard that with these early hulls that the butt of the mast should be set further forward on the step than would be standard for a newer boat. Any thoughts?

You are 100% right that the older Etchells do tend to develop more helm, but moving the butt forward won't help this problem. I suggest you sail with less mast rake than the more modern boats, so that the sail plan is set forward to alleviate the helm. My suggestion is to use 45 1/2 inches of rake.



I am struggling with the boom vang. How much tension should I have upwind? What should I be seeing in terms of leech tension?


We're not familiar with anyone in the Etchells class using boom vang when upwind. We believe the boom section isn't strong enough and the angle is very small to really have a impact on leech tension. Most of the lower bend control comes from mast blocks and mast step position. As far as vang downwind, in moderate breeze the vang should be pulled only enough to make the last 2 feet of top batten parallel to the boom angle. Some do have the vang pulled less ( more twist ) if they are sailing dead downwind. This will ease the helm, and will help the steering up and down the wave. Too much vang will load up the helm when downwind.



I recently purchased a boat.  The keel needs some dings repaired fore and aft and is faired wiith bondo. I will not be dry sailing this boat. Is it crucial to get the bondo replaced?


Yes, Bondo does not work well if you are planning to wet sail your boat. It is best to replace it with an epoxy filler that will not absorb water like Bondo, which is polyester based.


Is there a significant difference in a factory built deep keel and an older boat that had the keel redone? I also have heard that there is a stiffness issue for boats that are older than (when?). Is there a difference in builder? I have heard of Ontario and Bashford. Are there
other builders of good boats? 


This is what we know...

Masts
There are a few different masts out there: Proctor, Kenyon, Australian, and New Zealand masts.
North's Vince Brun uses a Proctor, a mast that is right in the middle in terms of bending characteristics. Normally, the Kenyons have soft sections (old supplier in most old boats ) and the Australian and NZ are in general on the stiff side.

The rule of thumb is, that a softer mast is better in light winds and the stiff mast is better in heavy winds. If you send us the deflection (download the Mast Deflection Form and email to Vince Brun), we will let you know how the mast compare with
others. Deflection is done with the mast supported on the mast partner and at the top band, with the shrouds and spreaders on. Measure the deflection fore & aft only, and without any weight.
Normal measurement should be: 1 5/8 spreaders height and 1 1/8 at the hounds.

Stiff boats
We believe the stiffness of the Etchells greatly improved on the lower number boats and we don't see much difference on any of the newer boats. They are plenty stiff for the normal sailing we do here in the US.


Have a Question? Ask the Etchells Experts

Etchells Full Deck Cover

 
The Ultimate cover for your Etchells!
Easy and quick to put on.

  • Made out of top quality 12 oz. 900D fabric throughout for superior durability.
  • Designed for use with mast up and boom resting on aft deck. Installs tightly to keep water from puddling.
  • Webbing with adjustable buckle closures go underhull to keep this cover tight and neat. Cord around bottom on cover also keeps it tight.
  • COOL! Cutout with zipper opening allows you to get into boat without completely removing cover.
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Etchells Transom Stern Cover

 

  • Designed for Etchells where the boat is trailered stern forward.
  • Keep bugs and debris off your boat on your next road.
  • Slips easily over transom with mast down. Ties down tightly to trailer
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local North Sails dealer.



Etchells Boom Tent Cover

 

  • Simpler, lower cost alternative to the Full Deck Cover for the Etchells.
  • This cover installs over the boom to keep dust and debris out of the cockpit with the mast up.
  • Quick and easy to install. Attaches to boat/trailer with shockcord and hooks.
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local North Sails dealer.




Etchells Mast Cover


  • Protect the mast while traveling with your boat
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For additional information contact the North Etchells Experts:

NORTH AMERICA

SKIP DIEBALL, Midwest
ALEX CAMET, San Diego
VINCE BRUN, San Diego
ERIC DOYLE, San Diego
TIM HEALY, Rhode Island
CHED PROCTOR, Connecticut
CHRIS SNOW, San Diego
MAX SKELLEY, Chesapeake

EUROPE

CHARLIE CUMBLEY, UK
MAURICE O'CONNELL, Ireland

AUSTRALIA

ANDREW WILLS, Auckland
DEREK SCOTT, Auckland
MARK BRADFORD, Brisbane
MICHAEL COXON, Sydney
SAM HAINES, Melbourne
VAUGHAN PRENTICE, Brisbane


FIND YOUR LOCAL NORTH SAILS DEALER