The Etchells Worlds was held at the Cowes form 5th to the 10th September 2016. John Bertrand and his team comprising of Paul Blowers and Ben Lamb were adjudged the overall winners of the Cowes Etchells Worlds. Bertrand was over the moon after winning the Etchells and said that it has been a roller coaster ride.
Bertrand has won the Etchells Worlds for the second time in his career. What makes this win even more special is that he has won it at the age of 69. He said that he had put together this team to compete in the Worlds and was happy that the team was able to pull it out at the Cowes. The last time Bertrand won it was in 2010 when Tom Slingsby was at the bow. Now the team has Ben Lamb in place of Tom and he has had a wonderful week, according to Bertrand.
His other sailing partner Paul Blowers knows the UK waters in and out having helped set up Yacht Charter in Scotland and this helped the team to sail better on it. Winning the worlds is always special because a lot of tough teams and popular sailing teams compete in the Worlds. The sailors taking part in the Worlds are from all over the world and also from every aspect of the sailing sport.
John was all praise for the organizers and supporters of Etchells Worlds and thanked David Franks for conducting a very successful championship. He believed that Franks must be taking care of every world championship. The event was thoroughly enjoyable and the team of organizers was able to produce a fantastic and well run race event.
Steve Benjamin was the runner up of the event for the 2nd time in running and he represented the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club. He acknowledged that the best sailing team won at the Cowes.