VIDEO: Golison Wins 2010 Etchells North American Championship

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2010 Etchells North AmericansBruce Golison with crew Bill Lynn, Dina Corsi and Jud Smith won the 2010 Etchells North Americans held in San Diego June 9 – 12. 42 boats competed in challenging “Catalina Eddy” lumpy and confused conditions ranging from 5-15 knots. Knowing that they had good speed, Golison’s team sailed conservatively through the entire series. The strategy paid off. They went into the final race with a 13 point lead, which was enough to hold onto a 2 point margin over Bruce Nelson’s team that won the last two races in the fresher conditions.

In preparation for the North Americans, Team Golison did two tuning sessions and three regatta’s in San Diego over several months to measure their speed against the competitive Fleet 13. Starting in October, tuning with Tom Hughes and Keith Whittemore, Etchells teams from Seattle and with Will Stout and Artie Means from San Diego.

First came the development of a new Doyle VMG spinnaker and then we powered up the existing Doyle AP main for the lighter conditions. However, after giving up a 9 point lead in the last day of Midwinter’s West in April there was still more work to be done. They changed their focus from spinnakers and mains to the development of a new fuller light air jib especially suited for the confused sea state in the 4-12 knot winds on Coronado Roads. Will Stout, Artie Means and Chuck Skewes also tested the new jib in the weeks leading up to the NA’s.

The nine month preparation and Doyle One Design’s sail development paid off with the Stout team placing 4th overall and powering Golison’s team to the North American title. Golison remarked "Jud has done a fabulous job for us since day one and we continue to be one of the fastest Etchells with our Doyle sails!"

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