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29er Midwinters West - Wrap Up
Racing concluded on Sunday March 26 with a day of medium winds under sunny skies. Eric Lyall and Edward Coleman from Britsh Columbia
(photo above) - resoundingly won the day and the event with finishes of 1, 1, 2 in the final three races.
Click on the following awards photos for larger versions. (L-R): Berta Puig and Charlotte Mack - top femal team, Ryan Eastwood and Sam Merson,
Ripley Shelley and Severin Gramm, Ed Coleman (team mate Eric Lyall not present). Jill Powell - Regatta Chair - to the right in each photo and Coronado
Yacht Club Vice Commodore Dean Eckenroch to the left.
Last, but not least, a photo of some of the race committee!
Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Announced
29er Midwinters West - Day 2
Four more races were completed today (bringing the total to 7) under occasionally very shifty winds. The scoreboard has shifted around a bit too with
three teams distancing themselves from the rest of the fleet: "Locals" David Eastwood (Santa Barbara, CA) and Sam Merson (San Diego, CA) and Robert "Ripley"
Shelley and Severin Gramm (Miami, FL) are tied for first place with 18 points, while yesterday's leaders, Eric Lyall and Edward Coleman (Vancouver, BC), are
just one point behind.
Bella Casaretto and Ashton Borcherding (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) are the leading all female team.
Eric Lyall and Edward
Coleman (Vancouver, BC) are at the top of the scoreboard after the first three races of the 2017 29er Midwinters West Regatta
being hosted by Coronado Yacht Club (Coronado, CA). The event typically draws about 30 teams but has exploded to 52 entries this year - reflecting the interest in
the 29er World Championships being held in California this summer. Looking back, it appears that this is the 3rd largest 29er regatta ever in the
USA; #2 was the 2005 29er US Nationals/Pre-Worlds (58 boats) and #1 was the 2005 29er World Championships
(78 boats) immediately following. This year's event is also noteworthy for two additional
reasons: nearly half of the entries
are from outside the continental USA - bringing a distinctly international feel to the event, and that, yet again, this event is a qualifier for both USA and
CAN teams looking to compete in the 2018 Youth World Sailing Championships. Racing continues thru Sunday March 26th; keep pace with the results by clicking here
and event photos by Christian Bonin by clicking http://bit.ly/2n3M3kZ.
Ripley Shelley and Severin Gramm Win at Midwinters East!
Ripley Shelley and Severin Gramm (L-R below) bested a fleet of 19 teams sailing on Miami's Biscayne Bay at the March 17-19 29er Midwinters East Regatta.
Bella Casaretto and Ashton Borcherding were the top female team (L-R below). Full
results are available here. Coach Richard Feeny has also shared his
Google photo album of the event.
2017 Youth Sailing World Championships to be held in Sanya, China
The complete press release from World Sailing is available here
US 29er Nationals Regatta Site Up
Please visit Alamitos Bay Yacht Club's website www.abyc.org
and click on the Regattas menu item to access the Notice of Race, online registration, and more.
to bring their boats to the venue prior to the event should contact the organizers to determine early arrival procedures and restrictions. We also
encourage everyone to read the Notice of Race for the 29er Worlds, available at www.29erworlds.org.
Bella Casaretto & Ian MacDiarmid win 2016 Open-Orange Bowl
Miami served up a week of excellent skiff conditions during the 2016 Open Orange Bowl Regatta. The first two days held light to medium sea-breeze conditions
where several teams mixed up and the leader board. Unsettled wind shifts and spotty pressure made for extreme gains and losses. Lake sailors Harry Melges IV
(Lake Geneva, Wis.) and Finn Rowe (Lake Geneva, Wis.) led the fleet throughout the first day, but tricky upstream current left them with two OCS scores to end
the first day. Equipment breakdowns and spotty pressure put teams like Marina Hutler (Brazil) and Nick Hardy (Concord, Mass.) and Taro Sochi (Fishers Island, NY)
and Jack Fisher (Newport, RI) from top 3 at the top mark deep into the pack.
Consistency was key in Miami, the Joslin brothers (Jack and Peter) from Southern California consistently put together winning down winds, sailing deeper and
faster than much of the pack. Local teams Ripley Shelley and Shane Riera (Miami, FL) kept it simple, minimizing tacks and finding pressure up the field.
Day three of the event kept the fleet onshore as dying gradient held back the sea-breeze. The forecast for the final day had everyone eager for the four races the RC
held in 14-18 knots from the North East. Bella Casaretto (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and Ian MacDiarmid (Del Ray Beach, Fl) found a new gear and finished the regatta with
a 1, 1, 1 , 4 to win the 2016 Open-Orange Bowl. For full results, please click here. Report
courtesy of Phil Muller, 2Niner Skiff Squad Leader.
29er Pacific Championship Series Concludes
The 2016 29er Pacific Coast Championships is a 5 event series composed of the 29er Midwinters West, the Skiff Fest, Gorge Skiff Regatta, a
San Francisco event that changes from time to time - this year it was the Totally Dinghyt Regatta, and the Turkey Day Regatta at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.
Each skipper and crew is scored individually across all events, with the sailors with the lowest points winning. The 2016 PCC Champions are Sam Merson (Crew) and
Ryan Ratliffe (Skipper).
Awards were also presented to the following:
1st Female Crew Sally Wilmot
1st Female Skipper Marley Mais
2nd Crew Ian Brill
2nd Skipper Neil Marcellini
3rd Crew Wells Drayton
3rd Skipper David Eastwood
2NINER squad will host a pre-Orange Bowl Regatta Warm Water Clinic out of the US Sailing Center Miami on the dates of December 19-23, 2016 (Monday through Friday).
Join sailors from around the country to prepare for one of youth sailing’s largest and most competitive events of the year.
Warm Water Clinic # 1 will focus on equipment preparation, rig set-up and tuning; regatta specific meteorological and forecasting factors; advanced boat handling and technical movements. Hours will be spent on-shore reviewing video footage and on the water with advanced coaching of drills and practice races. Hours: 10am-4pm
US$375/sailor; price includes Clinic Tuition, Clinic Jersey, Water.
Email Phil Muller at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 954.257.9495 for more information and sign up.
Fall CORK Regatta
Eleven 29er teams raced at the Fall CORK Regatta (Kingston, ON). The winds on the
first day were from the North (not the usual direction) and shifty; four races were completed.
No racing for the 29ers on Sunday as the wind just wouldn't settled in.
1st - Charles Savard & Louis Riel-Brockie
2nd - Aidan Chiu & Mark McCutcheon
3rd - Galen Richardson & Josh Yale
Lyall and Woods win 29er NA Champs
Eric Lyall and Andrew Wood won over field of 29 teams across a total of 15 races. These two sailors are more normally found
on opposing boats that compete hard against each other for the top CAN team. For full official results visit the CORK
website http://cork.org/past-results/results2016/INT/29R.html. To see a
history of 29er NA Championships, please visit the "Our Champions"
page (see permanent link to the right)
Skiff Squad Website
Learning to sail a 29er well is a challenging task, requiring professional coaching to get the most out of the sailors and the boat. With only a
few skiff coaches available across the US, it is crucial that 29er teams train together regularly and have regular coaching to monitor and adjust each
team's training regimen appropriately. These small groups of sailors and coach(es) are skiff squads. Leading US Skiff Coach Willie McBride
has created a website -
www.skiffsquad.com - to introduce squads and training opportunities to the community. The US 29er Class
Association fully endorses the squad concept and recommends that all 29er racers visit the
www.skiffsquad.com website to find (or help create) a squad appropriate for their needs.
CAN 9er Demo Day
Please come to the Canadian 9er classes 9er demo day on Aug 11 in Kingston, Ontario.
Opti, C420 and Radial sailors are especially welcome. To learn more, visit the event website http://demo.9er.ca
Louisa Nordstrom and Cate Mollerus win at Newport Regatta
Seven teams made an innaugural showing of the 29er at the
Newport Regatta, held the weekend of July 9 & 10.
Catherine (aka Cate) Mollerus (Larchmont, NY) and Louisa Nordstrom (Florida), both new to the 29er, are pushing hard to get ready for the 29er Worlds
this season in Medemblik, NED. You may recognized Cate from her recent second place finish at the 2016 US Nationals where she sailed with
Christopher Williford. The 29ers were invited to the Newport Regatta as part of a growing support for high performance youth sailing in the
region. Click on the regatta link above for full results.
Ryan Ratliffe and Sam Merson win US 29er Nationals
Coming into the final day of the regatta, the team of Crhistopher Williford (Ft. Lauderdale)
and Cate Mollerus (Larchmont, NY) had finished first in four of the seven race completed so far; holding a 4 point lead over the second place team of
Ryan and Andrew Wood (Vancouver, BC). Three other teams were within easy striking distance of the top spot. However the weather forecast for
the final day was grim and the morning started out that way - a north wind was blowing against the normal sea breeze - which means that the wind would
die out in the convergence zone across the bay. And it did. The race committee initially postponed the fleet ashore and then called the
fleet out to the race area to be ready when the sea breeze would break thru. And when it did, the fleet was provided with some of the best racing
conditions seen the whole regatta, allowing for the remaining 4 races to be compelted. The team of Ryan Ratliffe and Sam Merson (San Diego, CA) "won the
day" with finishes of 2, 1, 1, and 3 - against Christopher and Catherine's 1, 6, 6, 2 - to win the 2016 US 29er National Championships. For
final results, please
(L-R: Sam Merson, Ryan Ratliffe)
(L-R: Prize Winners, John Papadopoulos, PRO Michael Levesque)
US 29er Nationals Racing Underway
35 teams are competing at the US 29er National Championships this week in Newport, Rhode Island - hosted by Sail Newport.
The regatta has a very international flavor with teams representing Canada, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Antigua, New Zealand, and the USA. Racing
results are being published online at the event website http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12016.
Falmouth 29er Regatta Open for Registration
29er sailors are invited to attend the brand new 29er regatta being hosted by Falmouth Yacht Club this August 3 and 4.
For the Notice of Race, please visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12871
Come try out the 29er at the Canadian Demo Day
The Canadian 9er classes are offering young sailors the chance to demo a skiff on August 11, 2016 – the day before
Opti CORK - at Kingston Harbour (Kingston, ON).
Click here for more details.
Zim Announces Summer 29er Charter Boat Offerings
Zim Sailing (Warren, RI) is offering a variety of options on chartering a 29er for the coming season in New England. Please click on
this link or the image to download their flyer.
Brill and Brill win 2016 29er Midwinters West
Max Brill (San Diego), reigning US 29er National Champion, and his brother Ian (San Diego) put together an excellent series of races - their worst score
was a third place - to win the 2016 29er Midwinters Regatta at Coronado Yacht Club (Coronado, California). The three day event included 12 races that
were sailed in winds ranging from 9 knots to mid teeens. The 27 teams that raced icame from near and far: British Columbia, Oregon, California, Florida,
and the US Virgin Islands. Full results are available at this link.
2016 Summer Roadmap for West Coast Teams
The following series of summer events are recommended for US West Coast 29er teams. Boat transportation from California to Rhode Island, to Cascade
Locks, and then back to California is available thru DoubleWave. British Columbia 29er sailors are
encouraged to attend the ODP Training Camp and Gorge Skiff Regatta at Cascade Locks, OR.
2016 Summer Roadmap for East Coast Teams
The following summer events are recommended for all US East Coast 29er teams. Eastern Canadian teams are encouraged to attend the US 29er Nationals, Sail Newport, and Falmouth 29er Regattas.
Contact ZIM Sailing regarding charter boats for East Coast events.
June 4-5 - ODP All-Girls Skiff Camp - by resume/invitation (Newport, RI) June 16-19 - Brooke E Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic - by resume (Sail Newport)
June 24-26 - ODP Training Camp (Sail Newport)
June 27-30 - 29er Nationals (Sail Newport)
July 8-10 - Sail Newport Regatta (Sail Newport)
July 14 - Junior Olympics @ Niantic Bay Yacht Club (Niantic, CT)
August 4-5 - Falmouth 29er Regatta (Falmouth, MA)
August 5-9 - US Sailing Youth Championships (Coronado, CA) (optional) August 14-18 - 29er North Americans at CORK (Kingston, ONT CAN)
2016 Midwinters West Online
Click on the following links for the 2016 29er Midwinters West Regatta (Coronado Yacht Club)
Notice of Race and
Online Entry Form. Charter
boats are available thru DoubleWave; contact John at (949) 466-0888 or email@example.com for details.
2016 ODP 29er Master Calendar Posted
this link to see the 29er
related events on the 2016 ODP Master Calendar.
The ODP and the US 29er Class Association have been working together all season to create
opportunities to accelerate 29er team skills - mostly thru training camps but occasionally thru more directed efforts such as supporting select teams at
International competitions. All 29er sailors are encouraged to look at the ODP program closely - we feel it has something to offer to most 29er teams.
Click here to visit the ODP website.
Where are the 29ers in North America?
We want to catalog all the 29ers in North America so we can help get them out on the water or help find them a new home
where they will be used. Please take a look at our list and see if your boat (or any other boat you know of) is listed. If not, please consider sending
details (boat #, location, owner, whether it is actively used or not, contact information, etc.) US 29er Class President John
Papadopoulos at jakp AT mindspring DOT com. The list of boats can be found by clicking the29ers in North America
located to the right.
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