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Story Contributors: Skip Dieball, Ched Proctor, Chris Snow


North Sails Powers Nine out of the Top Ten Finishers

The 2018 Etchells Florida State Championship was like an instant replay of prior Biscayne Bay Series events: big breeze, rain, and some serious wind chill. Although conditions were in the upper range, the upwind and downwind legs were exciting, but not as exciting as the mark roundings. Unfortunately for some, escaping without incident was nearly impossible. This stressed the importance of being in the front of the fleet.

We caught up with our Etchells expert, Skip Dieball, who raced onboard War Canoe. Here are some tips from his weekend experience:

“From my perspective with boat set up, I learned that you could get away with setting up the boat asymmetric based on the wave patterns. The main needed more twist to provide a nicer groove for the driver while going into the waves. Conversely, when sailing across the waves, you could get away with slightly harder main trim to give you more height without fear of slamming waves”.

Sunday was glamour sailing. 80 degrees, sunny and a more civilized 7-10 knots of breeze. Getting off the line was particularly difficult as the fleet bunched up towards the pin end. The current was pushing teams over the line, which forced the RC to start with the U-flag, which soon became the black flag in order to get races completed..

“Our team went for “low density” and this allowed us to remain consistent throughout an otherwise inconsistent day”.

Congratulations to Lawrie Smith and team Alfie and all teams powered by North Sails products.  Contact our experts today.

2018 Florida State Championship
1 Alfie / Lawrie Smith
2 Scimitar / Steve Benjamin
3 Lifted / Jim Cunningham
4 America Jane II / Scott Kaufman
6 Gumption 3 / Kevin Grainger
7 KGB / Senet Bischoff *
8 War Canoe / Michael Goldfarb
9 Tiburon / Dirk Kneulman
10 Swedish Blue / Ante Razmilovic
* Denotes Partial North Sails Inventory

Story Contributors

2018 Etchells Florida State Championship headshot
Skip Dieball

One Design Expert, Sales Expert — Detroit, Michigan

Skip has been a member of the North Sails team since 1997 and is currently a sales consultant based in the Midwest USA. He has over 25 years of industry experience under his belt and has worked in our lofts in Detroit,...

2018 Etchells Florida State Championship headshot
Ched Proctor

One Design Expert, Sail Designer — Milford, Connecticut

Ched Proctor started racing one design sailboats at Scituate Harbor Yacht Club on the south shore of MA when he was 10 and hasn’t stopped. He has worked at North Sails in Wisconsin, Melbourne, Australia (where he and John Bertrand...

2018 Etchells Florida State Championship headshot
Chris Snow

One Design Expert — San Diego, California

Chris Snow is a career sailmaker with experience in every aspect of the business. Most recently he has been involved with the management of North Sails One Design. He has a long record of small racing success in a diverse...