Home of the UK Etchells Fleet

For over 30 years the  International Etchells Fleet has been the world’s leading international one-design keelboat outside of the Olympic classes. Predominantly owner-driven by enthusiastic and loyal supporters of the class association, the fleet has strict one-design credentials and an annual six sail limit thereby making it a cost effective but highly competitive class.  The Etchells is a  fast sleek stable racing sloop which can be sailed competitively by 3 or 4 average sailors. It can tack through 70 degrees and its low wetted surface hull keeps moving in the slightest breeze in 20 plus knots it absolutely flies. It is trailerable and easy to maintain and light enough to dry sail. The annual World Championship (Sydney 2012 - Italy 2013 - New York YC 2014 and Hong Kong 2015) is a showcase for international talent from fifty fleets worldwide.  1400 boats have been built and the rules ensure that older boats remain competitive allowing newcomers to join with a modest investment.  Family teams, young talent, sailing greats (such as Dennis Conner, John Bertrand and Russell Coutts) and Saturday afternoon club sailors all enjoy racing in the boat, 30 feet of pure sailing machine,  which planes downwind when it’s windy and slips along in the light. 

Cowes Fleet Captain: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cowes Secretary: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Cowes Development Officer: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The Etchells is an exciting, friendly class to join with some of the most competitive racing available. If you would like to join an Etchells fleet in the UK, please download the membership form. If you would like more information, please go to our CONTACT page and ask away - members always want to help. 

NEW for 2014, the International Etchells Invitational Cup, Cowes 26th-31st July, Yacht Clubs from around the world are invited to compete for the Royal Thames Etchells Invitational Cup, Click here for details

RYA and UK Etchells Fleet Extend Young Sailors Free boats into 2014, see press release here

 Now the exciting news that the Etchells 2016 Worlds will be sailed in the Olympic waters of Weymouth.

To see Press Release select here. If you are not currently sailing Etchells but want to test yourself at this event, then the Etchells UK fleet will support you in every way we can, be it from hooking up with other likeminded sailors, forming a crew, advice on buying a boat or professional training, we are here to help.

2016 will be awesome, don't miss it!

Needless to say, as well as sailors, helpers etc, we will be looking for sponsors to help make the event "off the water"  as good as it will be on the water. Contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to initially register any interest for sailing crewing helping or Event Sponsorship oppurtunities.

Trial Sails, Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like  to try an Etchells. We have existing owners who are looking for crew, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to sail, or if you need crew.  

Also with the boats starting from £8,000 the class is affordable to race in if you want to buy your own boat. see our for sale and wanted section or check out David Heritage Racing Yachts’ website to see new and pre-owned brokerage boats for sale.

joomla template 1.6