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IBM/ETCHELLS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE HELD AT LARCHMONT YACHT CLUB, SEPT. 20-25

 IBM/ETCHELLS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE HELD AT
 LARCHMONT YACHT CLUB, SEPT. 20-25
 LARCHMONT, N.Y., July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Larchmont Yacht Club and International Etchells Class Fleet No. 1 today announced that the IBM/Etchells World Championship will be hosted this year by the Larchmont Yacht Club, Sept. 20-25, 1992 on Long Island Sound. The organizers expect over 60 boats to compete for this prestigious sailing title.
 IBM has been named title sponsor of the event. Champagne Mumm and Orrafers of Sweden Crystal have signed as supporting sponsors.
 The International Etchells Class of sailboat has become one of the most hotly contested classes of "one-design" racing in the world, attracting America's Cup talent such as Dennis Conner, Gary Jobson and Peter Isler from the U.S., John Bertrand and Peter Gilmour from Australia, and Chris Law from the U.K. Many other top level "professional" and "amateur" sailors are drawn to this three man, 30 foot long keel boat because of the high caliber of competition and excellent design of the boat. Dennis Conner will be defending his title which he won in San Francisco last year over Peter Isler who placed second. In 1990, Conner placed second to English America's Cup helmsman Chris Law in the Etchells Worlds held in Perth, Australia. Gary Jobson will be sailing in this year's competition that has qualified through the Hong Kong Fleet. Other contenders for the title include past World Champion Dave Curtis of Marblehead, Mass., 1992 North American Champions Bill Barton and Russ Sylvestri of San Francisco and 1989 World Champion Larry Klein of San Diego.
 History of the International Etchells Class:
 The boat was born in 1965 from the Olympic Federation's need to find a new three man "keel" boat for use in the Olympic Games. Skip Etchells, then of Old Greenwich, Conn., submitted a design for a competition held in Norway to determine the new Olympic boat. The Etchells won all the races sailed against the seven other boats entered. Although obviously superior, the Etchells was not picked as the Olympic boat because at the time it had no world organization. Convinced of the boat's potential, a group of Americans persuaded the disheartened Skip Etchells to commence production anyway. The Class was immediately accepted and grew rapidly in the U.S., expanded to Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, and Bermuda initially and now has developed in Europe, New Zealand and South Africa. The Etchells is 30' 6" in length, built of fiberglass, and carries 291 square feet of sail area in the main sail and jib was well as a 400 square foot spinnaker for running before the wind.
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 /CONTACT: Ben Cesare of Sail Sports International, 203-222-0100, or Tracy O'Neill of IBM, 914-642-5412/ CO: IBM Corporation ST: New York IN: SU:


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