North Sails NEWS

Story Contributors: Brian Janney
Images © Cyntia Sinclair


Scott Kaufman and Team American Jane 11 best a fleet of incredible talent

Twenty nine teams including World champions, Olympic medallists, America’s Cup sailors and many other talented sailors, raced in typical Southern California light-medium conditions for the Etchells 2017 North American title. With such a high level of the talent, there was no better place to tune-up and prepare for the World Championship in San Francisco next month.

“The regatta was very challenging,” said North Sails Brian Janney, who sailed with Argyle Campbell and finished third place. “Good starts were key as the line favored the right side. Scott (Kaufman) sailed well, he had really good starts.”

The top teams used the North Sails PC-F mainsail, LM-2L and LM-2H jibs and VMG and Full Radial spinnakers. Congratulations to Scott Kaufman and team American Jane 11, the 2017 North American Champions, and Keith Whittemore for winning the Corinthian division!

Heading to the Worlds in San Francisco? Contact our experts today for the fastest Etchells sails.

Full results

2017 North American Champions – L to R: Alex Curtiss, Jesse Kirkland, and Austen Anderson and Scott Kaufman


Corinthian champions – L to R: Brian Thomas, Kevin Downey, Patricia Stadel (presenting the trophy), Keith Whittemore and Peter Busch (not pictured)


Scott Kaufman earns a great start on American Jane 1, winning the boat end


The youngest sailor at the regatta, nine year old Anton Schmid

Story Contributors

Consistent Good Starts – The Key at the Etchells North Americans headshot
Brian Janney

Sail Expert — San Diego, California San Francisco, California

Brian holds multiple National and North American titles in the Melges 24, Melges 32, 1D35, Snipe and Capri 14.2 classes. Other titles include: US Sailing Championship of Champions Farr 40 World Championships (Corinthian) Two time member of Congressional Cup winning team World Match...

  • #GoBeyond