After two days of tricky shifting breeze in the Solent, the New Zealand Team racing Feng Shui of Andrew Wills, Anatole Masfen and Matthew Kelway, has won the 2016 Etchells Open European Championship. The team from Royal Akarana Yacht Club scored no worse than a seventh, in the four race series, to win the first regatta of the event, and bragging rights for the forthcoming 2016 Etchells World Championship.
The New Zealand team, who are all from Auckland won the series in a 50 boat fleet of Olympic and America’s Cup winners as well as as a multitude of World Champions.
“ I first came to Cowes in 1994 racing an Etchells and I fell in love with Cowes and the class.” commented Feng Shui’s Anatole Masfen. “Cowes is the ‘Disneyland’ of yachting, it is where yacht racing began. I believe this is a very special place and the job that David Franks (Cowes Etchells Class Capitan) and his team have done, to invigorate the class, is very exciting and i am just glad to be part of it.”
The Etchells Worlds kicks off in just a couple of days.