Etchells, E. W.

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Etchells, E. W. Gender: M
Elwood Widmer Etchells
born on 5 July 1911 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 39n57, 75w10
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 12°51' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 12°50 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 21°29'

E. W. Etchells (Etchells Class sailing boat)
photo: Bilby, license cc-by-3.0


American naval architect, boat builder and world championship sailor, nicknamed "Skip" and best remembered now for the one-design racing boat that bears his name, the International Etchells Class. This 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m) keelboat that he designed in 1966 is one of the most competitive classes in sailboat racing; the Etchells is often the boat of choice for the world's top sailors.

Skip Etchells worked for the Navy in shipyards on the West Coast during World War II. After the war, he got a job in New York City with Sparkman & Stephens, the yacht design firm, before establishing his own boat-building company, Old Greenwich Boat Co., based in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. For more than 30 years beginning in the 1940s, Etchells built some of the fastest Star-class sailboats ever. Etchells died on 20 December 1998 at age 87 in Easton, Maryland.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth certificate.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Architect/ Planner (Naval architect)
  • Vocation : Building Trades : Construction work (Boat builder)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
  • Vocation : Sports : Sailing/ Boating
  • Notable : Awards : Sports Championship (Sailing)