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Consistency is king and Bill Hardesty and crew of Stephanie Roble, Taylor Canfield and Marcus Eagan have earned the 2014 Etchells World Championship by sticking to a steady plan for success.

The best sailors remember every detail of every race. But there are some days on the water that simply have to be forgotten. Day 3 of the 2014 Etchells World Championships, hosted by the New York Yacht Club in association with Sail Newport, was such a day for Jim Cunningham.

The Third Day of the 100 boat Etchells worlds in Newport, RI dawned hot and steamy. PRO Tom Duggan was facing a difficult call on how long to keep the fleet a shore in a dying southerly that was forecast to come in hard from the North East.

Bill Hardesty’s resilience has brought him and his crew of Taylor Canfield, Stephanie Roble and Marcus Eagan to the top of the leader board despite a heavy downpour and fluky winds on the third day of the 2014 Etchells Worlds, hosted by the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court in association with Sail Newport.

Some of the world's best-known sailors will participate in a panel discussion on the enduring Etchells design (95 boats competing in its 46th world championship) and sailing in general.

Race three of the Etchells worlds started shortly after noon yesterday with a nice breeze that oscillated between 220 and 235. A beautiful start line greeted competitors, and the 95-boat fleet used every inch of it to get away at the second attempt under a black flag for the four leg 1.75 mile course.

Like many of his fellow competitors competitors in 2014 Etchells World Championship, Hank Lammens (Brockville, Ontario/Norwalk, Conn.) was an All-American athlete during college. The significant difference is that Lammens earned his All-American honors in hockey. The Canadian sailor was a stalwart defenseman for St. Lawrence University during the late 1980s, and was drafted by the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

It's hard to imagine a better day to start the 2014 Etchells World Championship, which is hosted by the New York Yacht Club at Harbour Court in association with Sail Newport. Plentiful sun, warm temperatures and moderate breeze created near perfect sailing conditions off Newport, R.I.

The Etchells Worlds in Newport, RI, got off to a flying start with two races sailed in 11-16 knots of SSW breeze that gently backed in the late afternoon. We got a great report from Steve Girling about the first of two races on Day One. We'll keep sending your more race reports as they become available!

We caught up with Jud Smith of Marblehead, Mass. at Doyle Sailmakers this past week, as he gets ready for the upcoming Etchells Worlds in Newport, R.I. starting on June 21-28. Smith is a Rolex Yachtsmen of the Year and former Etchells Worlds champion who just so happens to be building many of the sails for the event. He will be racing with his long time team of Peter Duncan and Tom Blackwell.

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