Enjoy world-class sailing held close to the shore of Mooloolaba Beach with Olympic and America's Cup sailors competing in the annual four-day international competition. Spectators can enjoy watching the racing from the cafes dotted along the Mooloolaba Esplanade.
Onshore the sailors meet at The Wharf Tavern to share their race stories.
Etchells Australasian Winter Championship 2011
Start Event: 09/06/2011
End Event: 12/06/2011
Annual event, now in its 15th year.
15th Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship
The first Etchells Winter Championship was conducted in Mooloolaba in 1997 and in the fourteen regattas since there have been fourteen different winners.
The honour roll contains some very well known sailors- multiple World Champions, Olympic medallists and lots of well known America's cup skippers and sailors .
The full list is Dave Rose (1997), Russell Coutts (1998), Ian Johnston (1999), Julian Plante (2000), Michael Coxon (2001), Mark Bradford (2002), Cameron Appleton (2003), Grant Wharington (2004), Rob Brown (2005), Cameron Miles (2006), Skip Lissiman (2007), Graeme Taylor (2008), Damien King (2009) and Alistair Gair (2010).
Ahead of the fifteenth annual title which starts next Thursday 9th June 2011, Sail Mooloolaba and Musto Etchells Australasian Championship Event Organiser Tracey Johnstone commented ‘Each year we wonder if one of the past winners might come to the fore.
‘Every year we have another top class fleet . Last year the runner up from the 2006 Fremantle Worlds, Alastair Gair won, in 2009 Damien King, held out the 2008 North American Champion crew Mark Johnson.
‘While we acknowledge that part of the attraction of this event is the good Sunshine Coast winter weather and the popular venue, the quality of the fleet and the hotly contested racing is a major draw card.'
The quality of the fleet is again in June 2011 certainly great, a tribute to a class that has already run a Summer Nationals and that right now we have 15 Australian crews competing in this years World titles San Diego. '
This being the fifteenth regatta, there is one particular boat that could make history this year.
It's called ‘Fifteen' named after its Kiwi born skipper Dave Clark's first boat, a little P Class dinghy he sailed in Auckland as a youngster. Last year Clark from the Sydney Etchells fleet was leading the regatta with 200 metres to go in the final race, in heavy offshore weather conditions, but was beaten across the line and lost on a count back to Alastair Gair.
Dave Clark commented today ‘Last year's regatta was so close, we were in the lead, right at the death, and it didn't get any better that that. From our point of view of course it couldn't any worse. But we were in pretty good company.
'Yes we would like to win, but once again it it's another fabulous field and just getting anywhere near the top is a great.
'Each boat is allocated a hull number at each regatta; our boat for obvious reasons has been allocated number 15, so we shall see what happens at this fifteenth event. ‘
The 15th Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship will be held from June 9th to 12th.
15th Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship website http://www.mooetchells.yachting.org.au
Musto Etchells Australasian Winter title wide open
Olympic Gold medallist leads Musto Etchells Australasian Winters
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