The Etchells is a rare gem: a true world-class design - and the boat of choice for legendary sailors like Dennis Conner, Ruselll Coutts and Kenny Reid - that nevertheless remains competitive and entirely affordable for the weekend warrior. Thanks to timeless lines and a strict one-design rule (specifically drafted to keep costs down), Ethchells racing is always close and never gets old.
The Etchells is a fast, stable racing sloop that can be raced competitively by three or four sailors. She is a pleasure to helm and extremely sensitive to subtle adjustments in tuning and trim. She moves well in the lightest breeze and in heavier winds, she absolutely flies.
The class and the International Sailing Federation maintain tight control of the construction of these yachts, ensuring the high quality and uniformity of each Etchells built. The one-design principles help the Etchells hold her resale value exceptionally well.
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The Etchells class in New Zealand is a strong and active one-design class that embraces the ethos of the international association and is always looking for new members!
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