or over 25 years the Etchells Class has enjoyed solid and steady growth with over 50 active fleets worldwide. The Etchells is a big, fast, simple, stable, and sleek racing sloop that can be sailed competitively and in comfort by three or four average sailors. It can tack in 70 degrees and has a low wetted surface hull form that keeps moving in the slightest breeze. While it is able to be sailed by an average sailor the Etchell today is also sailed by a who’s who of sailing and Australian’s have always done well in the class from John Savage to John Bertrand, who won the worlds in 2010. The class is sailed in all states and they enjoy some big regatta’s at least twice a year at the Nationals and the Mid winters in Mooloolaba.