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A Fun Annual Event For West Coast Etchells Sailors

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San Diego Yacht Club played host to the annual Kris Kringle Etchells Regatta. Established to keep the local fleet in touch with the latest advancements in Etchells racing, this regatta brings all levels of experience together for good times, competitive camaraderie, great racing, learning new things, and an awesome party!

Expert Alex Curtiss provided a chalk talk at the beginning of the day with the help of Chris Busch and Benny Mitchell. Each speaker went into detail on how to set your Etchells up for speed, and explained new developments in the class. Speakers were also able to touch on what the new sail inventory North Sails is providing clients,  as well as the new changes to finishing details on jibs. 

Once the fleet hit the water, they couldn’t ask for better sailing conditions. Heading off from the Bali Hai with breeze from the southwest, Jeff Johnson and his team ran three great races for competitors. Chris Busch, Benny Mitchell and Max Hutchinson took the overall win, with Charlie Mann and team close behind in second place. 

Up next for the local Etchells fleet is the February One Design Weekend, which is before the class welcomes some East coast sailors in for the West Coast Spring Series, which includes the 2020 edition Etchells Nationals. 

For more information about whats new with North Sails Etchells Class in your area, contact your local experts for more information on how to make your 2020 a successful run!

Contact Alex Curtiss, Long Beach, CA

Contact Brian Janney, San Diego, CA

Contact Eric Doyle, San Diego, CA

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Alex Curtiss

One Design Expert — Long Beach, California San Diego, California

A self-described “one design guy,” Alex Curtiss grew up in Chicago sailing Optis, 420s, and Lasers, as well as other one design and PHRF boats. In 2016, he graduated from St. Mary’s with an economics degree and two All-American awards,...

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