Tom Carruthers Wins 2017 ORCA Bowl & Etchells West Coast Spring Series

By Jared Wohlgemuth | May 22, 2017

This weekend over 20 boats raced in Coronado Roads for the 2017 ORCA Bowl which was the fourth and final event in the Etchells West Coast Spring Series. Over two days of racing, the Race Committee ran 6 races, using one as a throw out score.

Sailors competed in sunny, but slightly breezier conditions than expected, especially on Saturday. The breeze built to about 15-20 knots on Saturday while the highest speed reached on Sunday was about 10 knots.

Xavier Sheid Appointed as Chairman of North American Etchells Association

Earlier this month Tim Keyworth, Chairman of the Etchells North American Association decided to step down due to other pressing commitments, thus necessitating the search for a new class Chairman. Outgoing Chairman Keyworth and NA Class Secretary Pam Mayer canvased the Board of Governors and other active member-racers on the east and west coast and are pleased to announce the appointment of our own Fleet 13 Fleet Captain, Xavier Sheid as the new Chairman, effective immediately.

Etchells Fleet 13 Announces The 2017 West Coast Spring Series

The International Etchells Class Fleet 13 - San Diego in conjunction with the San Diego Yacht Club invites all Etchells Fleet members in good standing to participate in the 3rd Annual West Coast Spring Series. The series will encompass four regattas sailed in the Coronado Roads off Point Loma during the Spring of 2017, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club. Participants will enjoy top competition, ideal spring sailing conditions and the SDYC world class facilities.

Series Schedule:

March 18-19                NOOD / Bill Bennett Memorial Regatta

San Diego Etchells Sailors Compete at Fall Events at Home and Around the Globe (Oct. 2016)

Due to an unusual weather system bringing in warm air from the desert, sailors arrived to the starting line on Saturday morning of the September One Design Weekend to find the wind coming from a very unusual NNE direction. This meant that the weather mark was tucked in the NW corner off of Coronado Island and while the entire course was shielded from ocean swells, the wind was shifty due to the effects of the Point Loma headlands.