RSYS Member Martin Hill, owner and skipper of Lisa Rose 1449 has won the 2018 Etchells World Championship. Congratulations Julian Plante, Martin, Mat Belcher and Sean O'Rourke, pictured above.
Martin commented: 'It was both a thrill and relief to cross the finish line in the final race to win the Championship. Nothing can prepare you for such a competitive fleet and a starting line that is 1.2 km in length. It was the combined skill of Julian Plante on Main, Mat Belcher on Tactics, Sean O Rourke on the jib/kite and Michael Blackburn as our coach, that weaved the magic to give us the 17 point wining margin.
'I should also mention congratulations to the Australian Sailing Team with both Mat Belcher and (RSYS Intermediate Member) Will Ryan with Victor Kovalenko as their coach, achieving 1 & 2nd respectively overall. They are a class in their own.'
Further Squadron Members also won prestigious awards: Iron Lotus 1442, comprising Tom King, David Edwards, Ivan Wheen and Greg O'Shea, took out the Corinthian trophy, below centre, and Jean-Claude Strong won the Female Helm award, below right.
Honourable mentions in the top 20 of this top calibre fleet include Mark Johnson of Roulette 1377 in 8th place; Ian McKillop, Top 40 in 11th and Doug Flynn of Wobbegong 2 in 18th. Well sailed all!
The championship event was hosted by Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and the Brisbane Etchells fleet from 22-27 October. The event attracted 94 boats including a strong international showing from Hong Kong, USA, Great Britain, New Zealand, Nigeria and Bermuda. Competitors sailed nine races with one drop. Lisa Rose's consistency won the day: 2.0 2.0 21.0 6.0 2.0 6.0 1.0 6.0.
Photos - top: Emily Scott Images, below SurfSailKite.