For thirty years the Etchells class has enjoyed solid and steady growth with
over fifty active fleets worldwide. Etchells sailors are enthusiastic and
loyal supporters of their boat and class association. The Etchells is a big,
fast, simple, stable, and sleek racing sloop that can be sailed competitively
and in comfort by three or four average sailors.
It can tack in 70 degrees
and has a low wetted surface hull form that keeps moving in the slightest
breeze. In 20+ knots it absolutely flies. The strict one-design principle
of the class was established from the outset and is controlled by a strong,
established and well-administered class association. Control of construction
by the class association and the ISAF ensures quality and uniformity. It's
trailerable, easy to maintain and light enough to dry sail; and Etchells hold
exceptional resale value.