|What is YWQ#1, you ask? Its the not-so-imaginative name we chose for the new 29er regatta being held in Miami next February (2019) that is also being used as a qualifier for the Youth World Sailing Championships (YWQ = Youth Worlds Qualifier).|
But don't mistake the silly name for the fact that this is THE regatta for the Spring season on the East Coast and that ALL 29er sailors should seriously consider attending. It's also being used by Canada as their 29er qualifier for the Youth Worlds!
Originally planned for Biscayne Bay (for those that haven't been there, that's the big water in front of downtown Miami) for Friday February 15 thru Sunday the 17th, the event is now sailing Saturday February 16th thru Monday the 18th on the Atlantic Ocean - with Miami YC hosting the event. Monday February 18 is the US President's Day holiday.
Why the change? We're joining with the i420 Midwinters to make things much more efficient for the hard-working regatta volunteers in Miami and to raise the bar a bit higher for 29er sailors by sailing in the ocean. The Notice of Race for the combined i420 Midwinters/29er YWQ#1 is almost done. It will be announced here and elsewhere when it's ready for you to download.
In the meantime, please update your calendars to match the new dates (we've already updated the master calendar above) and start making your travel plans; 29er charter boats can be reserved now from both KO Sailing and DoubleWave. DoubleWave's large trailer is also available for those that want help getting their own boats from So. California to the regatta.
|The Columbus Day weekend (October 6 & 7) was busy with 29er racing at the San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta and the American Yacht Club High Performance Regatta. For many competitors, this was their first 29er regatta and, by all reports, both were very successful. SDOCR results are available here. AYC results were not available online. The SDOCR regatta was the culmination of a new development program, led by JJ Fetter and Giselle Nyenhuis, that included several training clinics in the weeks leading up to the event. The AYC High Performance Regatta was the first test for the newly formed CT Skiff Squad, who have been training intently this fall. See earlier postings below to learn about these efforts.|
|The 2018 Open Orange Bowl Regatta Notice of Race is expected to be published around October 12 on the calendar page of the Regatta Network site. The event is based out of Coconut Grove Sailing Club (Miami, FL) and runs from December 26 thru December 30th. Charter 29ers are being offered by KO Sailing. Please contact them at (800) 276-SAIL or visit www.kosailing.com.|
|Catch up with the 2Niner Squad (Miami, FL) fall program events by visiting here.|
|KO Sailing (Seabrook, TX) has announced that they are now an authorized dealer of the 29er sailboat. They will be offering boat sales, event boat charters, and "truck boat" transport of 29ers - starting this fall with services focussed on training and racing events in Miami. Dealer contact information.|
|26 sailors, mostly new to the 29er, were led thru two days of introduction and training on sailing the 29er by 29er coaches Richard Feeny, Dane & Quinn Wilson, Duncan Williford and Jon Rogers. The event was held at San Diego Yacht Club in late August as part of a long-term plan to create more youth high-performance sailing opportunities in San Diego. A special thanks to program leaders Giselle Camet Nyenhuis and JJ Fetter and the many generous people that contributed time, money, and material to get 10 borrowed boats on the water! This is the first of two clinics, the next being September 22-23rd, preparing these sailors for their first 29er regatta - the San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta (SDOCR) which is scheduled for October 6 and 7. Please check out the clinic web page and SDOCR page.|
|The San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta (SDOCR), October 6 and 7, is now officially part of the 2018/2019 SCYYRA Hamlin 29er Series! In addition to the SDOCR, the Hamlin Series includes the Turkey Day Regatta at Alamitos Bay YC, the 29er Midwinters West Regatta at Coronado Yacht Club, and the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Skiff Fest. For dates and details, please see the Hamlin Series page at SCYYRA.|
|The newest 29er squad has launched in Connecticut! Greg Gigliotti, squad leader, has organized fall training in CT followed by winter training in Miami. Their first training session, sailed out of Indian Harbor YC over Memorial Day weekend, was coached by Veteran 29er sailor Duncan Williford. This squad is also responsible for the recent invitations for 29ers to compete in the American YC High Performance Regatta and Sail Newport's Halloween Howl (see announcements below.) Let's show our support for the sailors by bringing enough teams to these regattas to make them a success! A special shout out to Richard Feeny, squad leader of the Great Northern Skiff Squad, for his generous support of this new squad. You can follow the squad on Instagram at @ct29erskiff|
|The 2018 29er North American Championships in Kingston, Ontario (in conjunction with the CORK International Regatta) recently concluded. The Vancouver, BC team of Eric Lyall and Andrew Moreno, who got off to a bit of rough start (finishes of 7, 10, and a disqualification) won the final seven races - to win by 4 points over the 2nd place team of Jake Adair & Galen Richardson. It's important to note that Eric and Andrew were also the top ranking team at the 2018 US National Championships. To see the full NA Championships results, please click on the: CORK results webpage|
|American Yacht Club (Rye, NY) American Yacht Club is hosting their annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) over the October 6 & 7 weekend and are inviting 29er racers to compete. Please visit the webpage to see the Notice of Race, entry, etc.|
|29ers are invited to compete at the Sail Newport Halloween Howl Regatta on Sunday October 28. Please visit the Halloween Howl webpage to download the Notice of Race.|
|San Diego Yacht Club welcomes 29er racers to attend the newly created Olympic Classes Regatta this October 5 thru 7, 2018. The first day of the event includes registration, check-in, and a reception. Racing will be on Saturday and Sunday (October 6th and 7th.) You can learn more about this event by visiting the SDOCR webpage and reading the press release by clicking here.|