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2008 Etchells World Championship at Chicago YC
NHYC members Argyle Campbell, Dwight Belden & Jack Jakosky will represent the burgee

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Some of the best sailors from around the globe will compete in the 2008 International Etchells World Championship, held this year at Chicago Yacht Club’s Belmont Harbor Station. This prestigious event is rotated between continents annually and will run in Chicago from June 19- June 29, 2008. Sponsored by World Sport Chicago, the Etchells Worlds brings a spotlight on Chicago sailing, showcasing the Windy City as a powerhouse for the highest level of international sailing competition.

This regatta is sailed in the Etchells, a fast, stable 30 foot racing sloop that can be raced competitively and safely by three or four sailors. Her sail plan includes a main, jib, and spinnaker. Past Etchells World Champions include Jud Smith, 2006 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year and 2006 Etchells World Champion, Dennis Connor, Dave Curtis, Vince Bruin and Ken Read. The International Etchells Class attracts many talented sailors including former Olympians and America’s Cup Veterans. Russel Couts, John Bertrand, Gary Jobson and Craig Healy all race their own Etchells.

To be eligible to race in the Etchells World Championship, each skipper must qualify in his or her home fleet. For the 2008 Worlds, the top 23% in each fleet are eligible to enter and race in the championship. There are more than 50 Etchells Fleets around the world, countries include Australia, Bermuda, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada, Israel, Italy, France and the United States. Chicago Yacht Club has an extremely active Etchells Fleet (Etchells Fleet 11) that has been competing since 1973.