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E. W. Etchells

Elwood Widmer (E. W.) "Skip" Etchells (July 5, 1911 – December 20, 1998) was a naval architect, boat builder and world championship sailor. He is best remembered now for the one-design racing boat that bears his name, the International Etchells Class, a 30 ft 6 in (9.30 m) keelboat that he designed in 1966. One of the most competitive classes in sailboat racing, the Etchells is often the boat of choice for the world's top sailors, including America's Cup veteran Dennis Conner, a three-time world champion in the class.

A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in naval architecture, 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. He and his wife, Mary O'Toole Etchells, also campaigned in Stars for many years, traveling the world and winning regattas in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and South America. In 1951, they won the Star world championship at Gibson Island, Maryland. Mary Etchells remains the only woman ever to have won the worlds in the Star class. In 1958, they won the Star North American Championships at the Tred Avon Yacht Club.

The International Etchells Class, originally called the Etchells 22 because it had a 22-foot waterline length, was designed as part of a competition to select a new three-man keelboat for the Olympics. Despite emerging as clearly the fastest boat in two sets of selection trials in Germany, in 1966 and 1967, the boat was not picked for the Olympics. However it has become a tremendously popular racing class, with about 1,500 boats built, sailing in more than 50 fleets around the world.

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Some of their strengths

E. W. Etchells has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Generous, Optimistic, Intuitive, Loyal, Intense, Caring, and Passionate.

Intuitive and Imaginative

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, E. W. Etchells is someone who is a highly intuitive, creative and imaginative person who is very loyal, caring and compassionate to others. A person who is known for being a good partner.

Passionate and Intense

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know E. W. Etchells well know them as someone who can be passionate, proud, and intense, like the sun or a blazing fire.

Optimistic and Frank

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe E. W. Etchells as someone who is optimistic, principled, adventurous, and direct.

A person who isn't shy about expressing their opinions, loves competition, loves learning things themself, who is known for being inventive and original, and who loves being surrounded by friends and loved ones.

Exacting and Achievement-oriented

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, E. W. Etchells is someone who has very high expectations for people, and who can be extremely focused on achieving goals and objectives.

They are also someone who is reflective, mysterious, and purposeful, who enjoys quiet and solo work, and who thrives in positions where there is no need to report to someone else.

Traditional and Patient

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, E. W. Etchells tends to be someone who is a patient person that is very emotional, has a very sharp memory, has an ability to understand people, and who tends to be traditional and frugal.

Some of E. W. Etchells's challenges

While E. W. Etchells has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, E. W. Etchells can be Stubborn, Emotional, Standoffish, Complicated, Brusque, Suspicious, and Pushy.

Emotional and Standoffish

One of E. W. Etchells's key challenges is that they are someone who can be emotional and standoffish.

Pushy and Restless

E. W. Etchells is someone who can be arrogant and bossy, who can have difficulty concentrating and focusing, be unable to separate emotions from business decisions, and who can engage in excessive spending in support of an expensive lifestyle and habits.

Sensitive and Money-oriented

Finally, E. W. Etchells also can have mood swings, be overly sensititive, and be a bit rigid and materialistic.

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