Loading...
Loading...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hardesty Claims 2014 Etchell World Championship Title

Newport, Rhode Island

Consistency is king and Bill Hardesty and crew of Stephanie Roble, Taylor Canfield and Marcus Eagan have earned the 2014 Etchells World Championship by sticking to a steady plan for success.
Photo: © Sharon Green/Ultimate Sailing
The plan was formulated six months ago, when Hardesty put together his young team consisting of Match Race World Champion Taylor Canfield and top women’s match racer Stephanie Roble, both 25 years old and keen to dedicate themselves to a worthy goal. Add top trimmer Marcus Eagan to the mix and the crew was complete.

After a tough series in Miami last winter, Hardesty made the decision to train in his home waters of San Diego where he had top talent and similar conditions to the worlds venue in Newport. 

“Tom Carruthers, Vince Brun and Bruce Nelson helped us up our game through sail testing and boat tuning,” Hardesty said. But they didn't focus solely on boat speed. “We worked on evaluating risk management to make good decisions, define it, buy into it and follow through; that all came together at this regatta and helped with our consistency,” Hardesty said.

"Having three elite match racers on board gave us an advantage at the start through our time and distance timing and laylines, which made starting easier and more comfortable. We only had one bad start, that was the race we finished 20th,” he added.

“This was one of the toughest to win and the level of sailing was at its highest. But it's very exciting and I love the class, I love the boat.”

Winning the last race was Peter Duncan, who has local ties and a crew that included included former world champion Jud Smith and Thomas Blackwell.

“We didn’t sail a particularly great series. Our expectations were certainly higher, so this was great to end on a high note, which is better than the alternative.” Duncan said.

Ante Razmilovic, Chris Larson and Stuart Flinn finished second overall, with 2013 world champion Marvin Beckman, Steve Hunt and Ezra Culver in third.

2014 Etchells World Championship hosted by the New York Yacht Club in association with Sail Newport
Final Top-10 Results, 

See here for full results >>>

Place, Sail Number, Boat Name, Skipper, Hometown, Race 1, Race 2, Race 3, Race 4, Race 5, Race 6, Race 7, Race 8, Race 9, Total (not including worst score)
1. USA 979, Line Honors, Bill Hardesty, San Diego, 2-2-20-1-4-5-13-15-96/DNC 62.0
2. HKG 1333, Swedish Blue, Ante Razmilovic, London, U.K., 3-6-8-44-14-19-3-31-13 97.0
3, USA 1378, The Martian, Marvin Beckmann, Houston, 8-3-11-5-15-46-32-7-19 100.0
4. USA 1308, KGB, Senet Bischoff & Ben Kinney, Larchmont, N.Y. 10-20-25-52-1-31-2-9-15 113.0
5. USA 1372, Aretas, Skip Dieball, Beaver Dam, Wis., 38-13-4-19-7-17-1-61-23 122.0
6. CAN 1396, Hank Lammens, Norwalk, Conn., 1-8-1-12-16-7-47-49-42 134.0
7. AUS 1383, Triad, John Bertrand, South Yarra, Australia, 4-10-5-28-27-23-53-43-2 142.0
8. USA 1376, Arethusa, Phil Lotz, Newport, R.I., 9-18-6-96/BFD-52-9-12-37-8 151.0
9. USA 1137, La Tormenta, Shannon Bush, Refugio, Texas, 26-16-31-37-6-21-6-16-66 159.0
10. USA 1404, Lifted, Jim Cunningham, San Francisco, 42-4-32-40-50-3-4-25-10 160.0

Etchell Worlds Media

No comments: