May 3, 2023

Out in front on Day 2 / Photo: Etchells Worlds 2023

I have been really fortunate to be able to sail on and with some great sailing teams. Actually just got back from the Viper 640 worlds with another Canadian team of friends.

When the opportunity came up last month to sail with Andrew Macrae (Ontario Yachts and Etchells builder) and Luke Lawrence for the 2023 Etchells Worlds in Miami, I knew we would have a great opportunity to finish high in the fleet. Andrew and I have sailed around each other but never on the same boat.

We arrived a couple days early to try and jell as a team. It’s hard in a short time to get the choreography down and simple sailing language that everyone says slightly different. We all sail Etchells a lot so knowing the Doyle sails we chose to be fast and easy to set up our goal was just get a good clean start with an open lane so the boat speed could work everything else out.

SinC Etchells Worlds Cruel Jane 400A new boat, Cruel Jane 2.0

This almost worked till we got an OCS-U flag. After that we had to be more careful on the starting line and probably too cautious for the last four races. We found ourselves in the lead after day one and close for the remainder finishing up the worlds in 4th overall. We as a team got stronger and stronger as the week progressed on and off the water, It was a blast!

Full results for the 62 boat Etchells fleet can be found HERE.

Off to Antigua for race week on Hooligan then straight back into the Sarnia loft!


- Brad Boston

Brad is a sailmaker with Doyle Sails Canada


Left: Ontario Yachts’ current Etchells deck layout / Right: Cruel Jane 2.0 crew

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The European portion of SailGP Season 4 got underway this weekend in Saint-Tropez, France. Having hit record breaking speeds last year on the Côte d’Azur, Phil Robertson and the Canadians were looking forward to this weekend of racing, but things did not turn out as hoped. A penalty in the pre-start of race one was a precursor of what was to come, and it proved difficult for the team to recover.

A collision with Spain early on in race one set the team back and translated into eight penalty points for the event and an additional four penalty points for the season.