29er North American Archives

2016

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.

29ers Invited to ABYC Jr. Invitational
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club is inviting 29er sailors to compete in the Winter Junior Invitational Regatta on January 21 and 22. Click here to view the Notice of Race for this event.

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

Attended all events: Aitor Iriso, Eneko Iriso

Click here to download PDF of full results

29er Midwinters East is Online!
The 2017 29er Midwinters East Regatta is being held at the US Sailing Center Miami this coming March 17-19.  The Notice of Race and online registration are available online at the Regatta Network site.  Click here to visit the webpage for this event.

2Niner Squad Warm Water Clinic #1


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 philip.muller0@gmail.com or call him at 954.257.9495 for more information and sign up.

Please visit https://2niner.org/warm-water-clinics/

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

For full results, visit http://cork.org/past-results/results2016/FALL/29er.html



Miami Based 2niner Squad Flying
Please visit https://2niner.org to learn more about the Florida/Gulf Coast/Caribbean centric 29er 2Niner Skiff Squad led by Coach Phil Muller.



Open Orange Bowl Registration and NOR now Online
Please visit the Regatta Network page http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/13420 to read the NOR and enter the regatta.

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 click here.


(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.

2016 Gorge Skiff Regatta Registration
The Gorge Skiff Regatta is July 15-17. Please register at the event website http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12558

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 US 29er Nationals Registration Open
Online registration for the US 29er National Championships is now open at Regatta Network (http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12016).

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.

June 24-26 - ODP Training Camp (Sail Newport)
June 27-30 - 29er Nationals (Sail Newport)
July 11-13 - ODP Training Camp (Cascade Locks, OR)
July 15-17 - Gorge Skiff Regatta  (Cascade Locks, OR)
August 5-9 - US Sailing Youth Championships - by resume (Coronado, CA)

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 john@doublewave.com for details.

2016 ODP 29er Master Calendar Posted
Click on 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.

2015 ISAF Youth Worlds
Please visit ISAF Youth Sailing website.  US boys team of Romain Screve and Quinn Wilson, Canadian boys team of Eric Lyall & Andrew Moreno (CAN), Alexandra & Liza Toppa (USA), and Freja & Astrid Frykman (CAN) raced at the event thru January 3rd.

2015 Open Orange Bowl
Racing continues for the Open Orange Bowl. For results, please visit the event website for results and more.  Racing concludes December 30th.

2016 Midwinters East Postponed
Due to much lower than anticipated turnout, the 2016 Midwinters East event has been postponed from January 1 & 2 to a future date to be annouced.

2015 Pacfic Coast Championship Series Concludes
The Alamitos Bay Yacht Club Turkey Day Regatta is the last stop on the PCC Series.  The series looks at the performance of every crew and ever skipper separately to find - each gets their own score for each event.  The Maxam Family Trophy is awarded to the best overall skipper and best overall crew and for this season, that award was to Quinn Wilson (Crew) and Romaine Screve (Skipper).  Additional awards are offered to 2nd, 3rd, top Female, and Top Youth sailors.  And anyone that completes all 5 events also gets an award or gift.

Sophie Vinet - 1st Female Crew
Marley Mais - 1st Female Skipper
Quinn Wilson - 1st Crew & 1st Youth Crew
Romain Screve - 1st Skipper & 1st Youth Skipper
Andrew Person  - 2nd Crew
Neil Marcellini - 2nd Skipper & Participated In All Events
Robbie Englehart - 3rd Crew
Max Brill - 3rd Skipper

Each of these sailors will be receiving a SLAM brand sailing helmet.

Full details are available in the attached PDF

Romain Screve and Quinn Wilson Win at ABYC Turkey Day Regatta
Nine teams raced in light to very light winds (but very warm weather) at the Turkey Day Regatta.  Romain and Quinn won every race.  Full results available here.  This event is also part of the Hamlin Series - which means that Howard Hamlin was there too.  Riley Gibbs and Dane Wilson coached many of the teams and, with Howard, led teams thru daily debriefs, etc.

2016 US Core Events Posted to Master Calendar
Most of the US 29er regattas and the core US training events for 2016 are now built into the online North American Racing Calendar. Canadian events and additional US training events will be added as details become available.

Three themes were used in designing the 2016 racing season: combining training camps with key regattas, establishing the US 29er Class in the New England area, and preparing for the 2017 29er World Championships (Long Beach, CA)

Anchoring the season will be the US National Championships at Sail Newport (Newport, RI) June 27-30 with a Northeast Training Camp held the preceeding three days (June 24-26) at the same location. Similarly, a Northwest Training Camp will be held July 11-13 prior to the Gorge Skiff Regatta (Cascade Locks, OR) July 15-17; the Gorge is THE preferred venue for 29er training and racing in breeze.

Both training camps will be open to all registered competitors of the associated regatta. The training camps are a joint venture of the US 29er Class Association and the US SAILING Olympic Development Program (ODP).

The US 29er Class Association has been working with 29er parents and sailors in New England, US SAILING, and ZIM Sailing to build a sustainable program in the region for 2016. A group of sailors has been training regularly in the Newport, RI area and will continue thru the fall (as weather permits). The highlights of the 2016 New England season include the Brooke E. Gonzalez Clinic, the Northeast Training Camp/National Championship events, regular training and several added regattas - with a late summer finale at CORK International Regatta/29er NA Championships. Sail Newport is the expected epicenter of much of the New England fleet activity. Anyone interested in learning more about this project should contact John Papadopoulos (US 29er Class Association President) at jakp AT mindspring DOT com.
(Posted 9/22/2015)

2015

2015 29er NA Championships and US Nationals Websites
Visit www.cgra.org and www.regattanetwork.com/event/10350 for the NA Championships and www.richmondyc.org and http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/10025 for the US Nationals..

2015 Pacific Coast Championship (PCC) Scoring Updated
Click here to download the PCC Scoring (PDF file format). The scoring is based on awarding the finishing position to each skipper and crew and scoring them separately.  Sailors not entered in an event receive a score of the number of entrants in that event plus 5 additional points. Note that several crew names are unknown and are shaded in yellow. If you know any of the missing names, please send them to jakp@mindspring.com.

2015 Skiff Fest Regatta
The team of Romain Screve/Quinn Wilson won this year's event, followed by Max Brill/Andrew Person and Sam Merson/Michael Sabourin.  Click here for full results.  This event is part of both the SCYYRA Hamlin Series and the 29er Class Association Pacific Coast Championship Series.

29er Sailors on the podium at the Mallory Cup
The High School Doublehanded Championship for the Mallory Trophy was held this past weekend at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Both A and B divisions completed 18 races each.

The winning team, the Sailors, from Newport Harbor High School (Newport Beach, CA) won. Their team included brothers Briggs and Campbell D'Eliscu, 29er alumni, and Andrew Person - an active 29er racer. Campbell D’Eliscu/Madeline Bubb won the B Division.

The Raiders, from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL), finished second with current 29er sailors Christopher Williford, Liza Toppa, and Alie Toppa on the team roster.

Christopher Williford/Max Gillette won the A Division.

Other 29er sailors competing at the event include Riley Gibbs, Rhodes Garner, and Derek Pickell.

Read more at http://scores.hssailing.org/s15/mallory/

2015 29er NA Championships NOR and Registration Online
The North American Championships are being hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA) at their facility in Cascade Locks, OR July 17-19.  Please visit the CGRA website www.cgra.org and the regatta specific www.regattanetwork.com/event/10350. Also note that there will be a US SAILING sponsored training clinic the 3 days leading up to the regatta.  Sailors competing in the NA Championships are offered free entry into the clinic - the fees for the clinic are being sponsored by US SAILING's ODP program and the US 29er Class Association.  Details of the clinic will be posted here and at the CGRA website as they are finalized.

2015 Elvestrom-Zellerbach Results Posted
6 teams raced at the Elvestrom-Zellerbach (EZ) regatta this past weekend in - occasionally in trying conditions.  For results, please visit here.  Neil Marcellini and Robbie Englehart won comfortably with all first place finishes in the 6 races completed.  This event is part of the Pacific Coast Championship Series, the updated standings of which will be posted on this site shortly.

Flyer for May ODP Camp at Alamitos Bay YC



2015 Skiff Fest Online
The Notice of race, entry form, and entry list for the Skiff Fest Regatta at Santa Barbara Yacht Club is online at http://sbycracing.org/2015-skiff-festival/.  This event is part of the Pacific Coast Championship Series.

2015 Elvestrom-Zellerbach Online
The Notice of race, entry form, and entry list for the Elvestrom-Zellerbach Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, CA) is online.  Click here to visit.  This event is part of the Pacific Coast Championship Series.

2015 29er Pacific Coast Championship Series News
The PCC Series consists of 5 events (below) - one in each region of 29er sailing on the West Coast. The scoring is available for download by clicking here.
2015 29er Worlds Conclude
From August 8th to 14th, 193 teams raced at the 29er World Championshps in Pwllheli, Wales. Six USA and 2 CAN teams made it into the 50 boat Gold Flight of the Finals. The top North American finishers were Christopher WIlliford/Wade Waddell - placing 3rd overall!

Most teams raced at the preceding UK National Championships as a tune up. At that event, both the winds and swell were high. Similar conditions existed at the start of the Worlds but then the wind disappeared - with an extended period of no racing. The final day of racing saw moderate breeze - making this a great test of sailing skills and patience.

The USA racers:
Christopher Williford/Wade Waddell (Florida) - 3rd in Gold Flight
Nic Muller/Ian MacDiarmid (Florida) - 10th in Gold Flight
Max Brill/Andrew Person (California) - 13th in Gold Flight
Sam Merson/Michael Sabourin (California) - 33rd in Gold Flight
Jacob Rosenberg/Rhodes Garner (California) - 37th in Gold Flight
Shane Riera/Pere Puig (Florida) - 13th in Silver Flight

The CAN racers:
Ryan Wood/Andrew Wood (BC) - 28th in Gold Flight
Stephane Vinet/Sophie Vinet (Quebec) - 23rd in Bronze Flight

For complete results click here. Please visit www.29erworlds.org for videos and more.

A huge thank you to all those that made it possible for our teams to compete and a special shout out to Leandro Spina, Youth Development Director at US SAILING, and Kevin Black, Provincial Coach for British Columbia, for travelling and supporting their teams at the event.


Open Orange Bowl Regatta Website Online
Please visit the regatta website (click here) to download the Notice of Race, register, etc.

2015 US 29er National Championships - Race Day 3
July 25, 2015

On Day 1 of the regatta, Nic Muller and Ian MacDiarmid (Florida) set a great pace - scoring a low point total of 4 points for the first three races of the series.

On Day 2, Max Brill and Andrew Person (California) had the best race results and (ignoring discards) established a 2 point advantage over Nic and Ian.

Today, Day 3, Jacob Rosenberg and Rhodes Garner (California) won the day with finishes of 1, 2, and 3.  However that wasn't enough to get them any higher than 3rd overall in the rankings.  That left the the race for the championship title almost exclusively between Nic & Ian and Max & Andrew.  Between these two, it was Nic and Ian that accumulated the best overall race scores (before dicarding a score) for the entire regatta - a total of 26 points vs. 30 for Max and Andrew.  Once the discard was applied, they were tied with 22 points!  And it was Max and Andrew's first place score in Race 9 that broke that tie - leaving them with the title of US National Champions.

Congratulations to Max Brill (San Diego, CA) and Andrew Person (Newport Beach, CA) on winning the US National Championships.

Max and Andrew also won the Top Junior Team award.  Julia Paxton and Nina Viggi won the top Femal Team award.

Skipper/Crew Day 1 Day 2 R8 R9 R10 Day 3 Discard Final
Max Brill/Andrew Person    14 9 5 1 1 7 8 22
Nicolas Muller/Ian MacDiarmid  4 11 4 3 4 11 4 22
Jacob Rosenberg/Rhodes Garner   18 19 1 2 3 6 12 31
Christopher Williford/Wade Waddell 15 21 2 4 2 8 8 36
Samuel Merson/Michael Sabourin  12 40 3 5 11 19 27 44


Max (L) and Andrew (R) - 2015 US 29er National Champions

Please visit the official regatta website for official results.

Racing photo gallery - courtesy John Liebenberg

Awards photo gallery - courtesy John Papadopoulos

2015 US 29er National Championships - Race Day 2
July 24, 2015
Richmond, CA




Photos courtesy John Liebenberg. Click photos above to see more!

As expected, the race committee shifted the venue slightly further south to create a course that offered a bit more wind and a better balance (left/right).  The first three races were sailed in about 15 knots of breeze and perhaps a peak of low 20 knots in the final race.  As was mentioned earlier, the real challenge was short chop created in the Olympic Circle area of the bay - some teams continued on with little or no challenge, some had a bit of difficulty, and a few were swimming too much.  All in all, the racing was excellent.

Four races were completed, bringing the total to 7.  Nic Muller/Ian MacDiarmid Max continue to hold the #1 spot with 11 points.  Max Brill/Andrew Person sailed the best overall today, which raised them 3rd place to 2nd.  Samuel Merson/Michael Sabourin had previously been in 2nd and are now in 4th - tied with the 3rd place team of Jacob Rosenberg/Rhodes Garner.

Tomorrow is the final day of the regatta. Three races are scheduled and it's likely that they will be held in the same location as today - meaning good breeze and the accompanying chop.  There will be a bit of relief in that the day should finish before the wind builds to it's peak for the day.

Please visit the official regatta website for official results.

Photos view the photo gallery - courtesy John Liebenberg


2015 US 29er National Championships - Race Day 1
July 23, 2015
Richmond, CA

Three races were completed today on the Hampton Rhodes area of San Francisco Bay with winds ranging from about 12 to 18 knots.  As the water is very shallow (less than 10') in this region, the seas get pretty choppy - which makes the handling of the boat much more complex - exactly as was expected and hoped for.  Twenty six teams are sailing, most of which had raced in the recently completed North American Championships in the Gorge.  Notably, we have several local teams joining in - including several 29er alumni such as Kate Shaner, Nina Viggi, Julia Paxton, and Harry Schmidt.

At the end of the day, it is the Florida based team of Nic Muller and Ian MacDiarmid that have the lead with 4 points (a second place plus two firsts) followed by the So. California teams of Samuel Merson/Michael Sabourin and Max Brill/Andrew Person.  Nicolas Muller/Ian MacDiarmid finished 2nd at the N.A. Championships while Max Brill/Andrew Person finished 3rd.

Tomorrow similar winds are forecast however the the race committee may shift the venue slightly in an effort to come out from under Angel Island - which was skewing the wind to favor the left side of the course.  Four races are likely to be raced on Saturday and 3 on Sunday - bringing the total to the scheduled 10 races.

Please visit the official regatta website for official results.

2015 US 29er National Championships
July 21, 2015
Richmond, CA

The 2015 US 29er National Championships get underway this week at Richmond Yacht Club.  Throughout the regatta, please visit this page for news as well as the official regatta website for regatta documents, competitor roster, and official results.

The schedule for the regatta is:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - Registration/Inspection
1400 to 1700 - Registration/Check-In at Junior Room
1000 to 1700 - Equipment Inspection
1700 - Close of online registration

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Race Day #1
0900 to 1000 - Registration/Check-In and Equipment Inspection
1000 - Competitors meeting
1200 - First Warning Signal of the day
1800 - 29er Class Annual General Meeting/Dinner at RYC

Friday, July 24, 2015 - Race Day #2
1000 - Competitors meeting (if needed)
1130 - First Warning Signal of the day

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - Race Day #3
1000 - Competitors meeting (if needed)
1130 - First Warning Signal of the day
1500 - No further Warning Signals shall be made
ASAP - Prize Giving

Christopher Williford and Wade Waddell 2015 29er NA Champs
July 19, 2015

Day 3 (Sunday) started out really bleak - no wind anywhere. After having suffered a full shut out (no wind) on Day 2, everyone was wondering what happened to the "normal" Gorge winds.  However by the 10am First Warning, there was race worthy wind and it steadily got better - building to about 15 knots.  Going into the day, there were 4 teams in very close contention: Max Brill/Andrew Person (13 points), Eric Lyall/Andrew Moreno (13 points),
Romain Screve/Quinn Wilson (14 points), Christopher Williford/Wade Waddell (16 points).

Every one of these teams had already sailed a bad race discarded so there was no clarity on who might rise to the top.  With the improved wind, the Race Committee completed 6 good races - bringing thte total to 12 and a second discard.  It came down to the last race in which Nicolas and Ian got a 5th and Cristopher and Wade won - leaving Christopher and Ian with a narrow 2 point margin. Congratulations Christopher and Wade - our 2015 NA Champs!

Click here for full results
Click here for photos by Jan Anderson



Wade Waddell and Christopher Williford (L-R)        Photo Copyright Jan Anderson 2015
 
29er NA Championships Report for Day 2
July 18, 2015
Cascade Locks, OR

No sailing today - insufficient wind.  First warning tomorrow is at 10am.



2015 29er NA Championships Report for Day 1
July 17, 2015
Cascade Locks, OR

Twenty three 29er teams are competing today on the Columbia River (Cascade Locks, OR) for the title of 2015 North American Champion. The event, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA), will span three days and as many as 12 races.

The prior three days have had excellent winds (20+ knots) however today they are light - in the sub 10 knot range.  Reasonably steady and strong enough to require trapezing.

Suspecting that tomorrow will be a very light wind day, the PRO has completed 6 races!

And the racing is tight!  Max Brill/Andrew Person and Eric Lyall/Andrew Moreno tied for first with 13 points each. Romain Screve/Quinn Wilson are in third with 14 points.

To see full results, click here.

To view the full 29er North American Championships website, please click here.

2015 29er Pre-NA Championshiops Clinic
July 14-16, 2015
Cascade Locks, OR

This clinic is organized by the US Sailing Olympic Development Program (ODP) and funded by the ODP and US 29er Class Association.

The clinic is designed for the teams entered into the 29er NA Championships. There is no additional fee for NA Championships entrants to participate in the clinic.  Please click here for more details.

Canadian Championships Update
The Canadian 29er Championships (and 49er, 49erFX) are being held at Kingston Yacht Club July 31 thru August 2, 2015. Click Notice of Race and Online registration links. The late registration fee kicks in on the 17th of July - Please sign up now!

2015 US Youth Champs
Thirteen US 29er teams are competing at the US Sailing Youth Championships at Roger Williams University (Bristol, Rhode Island).  Entrants were selected by resume and represent the top 29er youth talent in the US.

Day 4: Romain Screve and Quinn Wilson win 29er division of Youth Champs with one point to spare.  Alie and Liza Toppa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) were the top top girls team, finishing fourth overall. Full results, reports, and more are available on the US Sailing website - click here.  Visit US Sailing Youth Championships.

Day 3:  Another day of light winds.  Two more races were completed, bringing the total to 9.  Romain Screve (Ross, CA) and Quinn Wilson (Santa Barbara, CA) hit their groove and moved up the ranks to take a very slight lead.  Racing will start early on Friday, the final day. Full results are available on the US Sailing website - click here.

Day 2: The regatta was faced with low winds - the 29er fleet completed 3 races - just missing out on completing the 4th but exceeding a time limit by a reported 15 seconds.  And the change in weather really changed the leader board - Neil Marcellini and Robbie Englehart (San Francisco area) are now in first place and there are 4 teams within 4 points!  And in an intriguingly similar manner as they did at the Midwinters West, Alie and Liza Toppa (Lauderdale, FL) "won the day" with scores of 2, 1 and 1!

Day 1: Sam Merson (San Diego, CA) and Michael Sabourin (Newport Beach, CA) set a blistering pace - winning the first three races and finishing second in the fourth. The regatta may have 15 races.

Full results are available on the US Sailing website - click here.  Visit US Sailing Youth Championships for social media and photos.

2015 Pacific Coast Championship (PCC) Scoring Updated
Click here to download the PCC Scoring (PDF file format). The scoring is based on awarding the finishing position to each skipper and crew and scoring them separately.  Sailors not entered in an event receive a score of the number of entrants in that event plus 5 additional points. Note that several crew names are unknown and are shaded in yellow. If you know any of the missing names, please send them to jakp@mindspring.com.

2015 Skiff Fest Regatta
The team of Romain Screve/Quinn Wilson won this year's event, followed by Max Brill/Andrew Person and Sam Merson/Michael Sabourin.  Click here for full results.  This event is part of both the SCYYRA Hamlin Series and the 29er Class Association Pacific Coast Championship Series.

29er Sailors on the podium at the Mallory Cup
The High School Doublehanded Championship for the Mallory Trophy was held this past weekend at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Both A and B divisions completed 18 races each.

The winning team, the Sailors, from Newport Harbor High School (Newport Beach, CA) won. Their team included brothers Briggs and Campbell D'Eliscu, 29er alumni, and Andrew Person - an active 29er racer.  Campbell D’Eliscu/Madeline Bubb won the B Division.

The Raiders, from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, FL), finished second with current 29er sailors Christopher Williford, Liza Toppa, and Alie Toppa on the team roster.

Christopher Williford/Max Gillette won the A Division.

Other 29er sailors competing at the event include Riley Gibbs, Rhodes Garner, and Derek Pickell.

Read more at http://scores.hssailing.org/s15/mallory/

2015 29er NA Championships NOR and Registration Online The North American Championships are being hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association (CGRA) at their facility in Cascade Locks, OR July 17-19.  Please visit the CGRA website www.cgra.org and the regatta specific www.regattanetwork.com/event/10350. Also note that there will be a US SAILING sponsored training clinic the 3 days leading up to the regatta.  Sailors competing in the NA Championships are offered free entry into the clinic - the fees for the clinic are being sponsored by US SAILING's ODP program and the US 29er Class Association.  Details of the clinic will be posted here and at the CGRA website as they are finalized.

2015 Elvestrom-Zellerbach Results Posted
6 teams raced at the E-Z regatta this past weekend in - occasionally in trying conditions.  For results, please visit here.  Neil Marcellini and Robbie Englehart won comfortably with all first place finishes in the 6 races completed.  This event is part of the Pacific Coast Championship Series, the updated standings of which will be posted on this site shortly.

Flyer for May ODP Camp at Alamitos Bay YC



2015 Skiff Fest Online
The Notice of race, entry form, and entry list for the Skiff Fest Regatta at Santa Barbara Yacht Club is online at http://sbycracing.org/2015-skiff-festival/.  This event is part of the Pacific Coast Championship Series.

2015 Elvestrom-Zellerbach Online
The Notice of race, entry form, and entry list for the Elvestrom-Zellerbach Regatta at St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, CA) is online.  Click here to visit.  This event is part of the Pacific Coast Championship Series.

2015 29er Pacific Coast Championship Series News
The PCC Series consists of 5 events (below) - one in each region of 29er sailing on the West Coast.  The scoring is available for download by clicking here.


ODP 29er Girls Clinic Announcement

The next 29er event in the US SAILING Olympic Development Program (ODP) is the 29er Girls Clinic at Coronado Yacht Club (San Diego, CA) this May 1 thru 3.  Please click on flyer image below to learn more and please also visit the ODP website and the master schedule of ODP events.



2015 29er Midwinters East (April 3-4, 2015 - Miami, FL)

Congrats to Nic Muller and Ian Macdiarmid on winning the 2015 Midwinters East Regatta (US SAILING Center/Biscayne Bay - Miami, FL).  Click here for photos and more!

US Olympic Development Program
The newly revamped US SAILING Olympic Development Program (ODP) has been announced on the  ODP website.  All 29er racers are strongly encouraged to review the details of the new program as there will be very tangible opportunities for the 29er class starting this season - including two training camps.  The first camp will be in Long Beach, CA May 23 thru 25 and the second at St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, CA) June 13 thru 16.  Click here to see a master schedule of ODP events.

2015 29er Midwinters West Day 3 (Final) Report
Better wind today than Day 2 - peaking around 12 knots, the same as Day 1.  Four races were completed, bringing the total count to 13.  With that many races, 2 races were discarded from each team's total score.

After applying the throwouts, Romain Screve and Quinn Wilson's series of finishes included 10 races in the top 3 and a 4th place finish, firmly holding on to their 1st place ranking established on Day 1.  Congratulations Romain and Quinn.

Christopher Williford and Wade Waddell continued to sail well and finished second, Eric Lyall and Andrew Moreno (Vancouver, BC) finished 3rd.

If you were watching on the water, Lyall/Moreno and the team of Ryan and Andrew Wood (also from Vancouver, BC) seemed to be quite close to each other udring races and in the end, the two teams finished next to each other - the Wood brothers finishing 4th - by a slender 2 points.  Both teams participated in this same event in 2014 - we're very pleased to have all of the CAN sailors joining in; no doubt they enjoy the great weather and competition.

The Toppa sisters, who had an excellentl Day 2, sailed several more excellent races on Day 3 but also had a few mid fleet finishes, dropping them down a notch to 5th overall.

Full Results are available on Regatta Network - click here for a direct link.

For additional reports and photos, please visit our Facebook page


(L-R) Quinn Wilson, CYC Vice Commodore Penny Boggs?, Romain Screve

2015 29er Midwinters West Day 2
Five races were completed today (9 total so far) in winds that were slightly lighter than Day 1 but still offering full trapezing (at least in the puffs) down to well-in-the-boat-non-trapezing in the lulls.  Overall, a pretty darn nice day of racing.  The teams on the top of the leaderboard didn't change from Day 1 ranking however Romain and Quinn extended their lead (after a throwout) by 9 points.  The big story of the day, however, was the team of Alie and Liza Toppa (Lauderdale, FL) who made a stunning jump upwards from 12th to 4th place by winning two of the the races.

Full Results are available on Regatta Network - click here for a direct link.

After racing, coach Willie McBride organized the debriefing of the day's racing and Leandro Spina, from US SAILING, followed up with a talk about the US SAILING support for the 29er this season - which includes training camps/clinics (Alamitos Bay Yacht Club late May and St. Francis Yacht Club mid June) and coaching and logistics support for well qualified teams at the 29er World Champsionships.  More details of these efforts will be provided soon.

2015 29er Midwinters West Day 1
First some basic stats.  32 teams entered: 8 from British Columbia, 4 from Florida, 1 from Montreal, 1 from Oregon, 1 from Washington, and the rest from California.

4 races were completed on Day 1 - partly in expectation of lighter winds over the weekend.

The team of Romain Screve (San Francisco area) and Quinn WIlson (Santa Barbara) are in the lead with 9 points but Christopher Williford (Ft. Lauderdale) and Wade Waddell (Miami) are right on their heels with 10 points.  Eric Lyall and Andrwe Moreno (Vancouver BC) round out the top three with a total of 21 points.  It's particularly nice to see Christopher WIlliford on the race course - he has been away from the sport for several years.  Welcome back!

Full Results are available on Regatta Network - click here for a direct link.

The traditional post racing debrief was led by US SAILING Olympic Head Coach Charlie McKee (who sailed a part of the day with his son Soren) and US SAILING Youth Developmen directory Leandro Spina.  Both were at the regatta to usher in their newly announced Olympic Development Program for US sailors eyeing international high performance sailing.

2015 29er US Nationals Update
The Notice of Race for the 2015 US National Championships (Richmond, California) is now available by clicking here.  Briefly, the event is being held at Richmond Yacht Club over the period July 22-July 25. This event closely follows the 29er North American Championships which are being sailed on the Columbia River (aka the Gorge). Lodging in the immediate vicinity of Richmond Yacht Club is limited; sailors are encouraged to begin their search for lodging early.

2015 29er UK Nationals & Worlds Update
The 29er UK Nationals take place the week before the Worlds (Aug. 1-6) at the same venue - making it an ideal tune-up to the 29er Worlds.

The venue has a new event venue building and easy launching off a 2km long beach, camping close to the venue, campervan space on site (book early!), plentiful accommodation in the town and the surrounding countryside.  Please visit the following websites to learn more:
2015 Canadians set for July 31-August 2
Kingston Yacht Club has approved the sailing fo the 29er/49er/49erFX Canadians regatta for July 31 - August 2nd. 29ers will most likely sail out of KYC and the 49ers/49erFX out of Portsmouth Olympic Harbor (the site of CORK).

2015 Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic Invites 29ers
The Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic is inviting 29er sailors to attend this year's clinic which will be held Thursday, June 18th (mid-afternoon/report day) through Sunday, June 21st at the Sail Newport facility (Newport, RI).

This clinic is an intense, high-level, program for sailors 14-18 years of age that are selected by their sailing resume.  The event fee includes housing, meals, coaching, clinic materials, and more.  Sailors are expected to bring their own boat.  The deadline for applications is April 1.

Please visit the event webpage at www.sailnewport.org/Clinics/gonzalezclinic and the sign up webpage at  www.sailnewport.org/clinicresume.  Please note that the event website may not list the 29ers as an invited class - this is a typo.

2015 US Youth Champs Venue Announced
The 2015 US Youth Champs venue has been rescheduled to sail at Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) on July 6- 10, 2015.  Registration for Youth Champs closes on March 15.  All qualified sailors are encouraged to apply.  Visit the Youth Champs webpage for details.  Anyone needing a charter boat for this event should contact Zim Sailing.

2015 US Roadmap Update
The road map for US sailors now includes:

29er Midwinter West Regatta NOR Posted
The Notice of Race for the 29er Midwinter West Regatta is now online at the Coronado Yacht Club Juniors Website.  The regatta starts Friday March 20 and continues thru Sunday March 22.  This regatta also counts towards the SCYYRA Hamlin Series.  Please see the hotel details in the NOR.  Contact DoubleWave to inquire about 29er charter boats.

2015 Championships Circuit
The highlight of the season in North America is a circuit consisting of the North American Championships at the Columbia River Gorge (July 17-19) followed closely by the US National Championships at Richmond Yacht Club (July 22-25).  Details are still being worked out but there is to be a training clinic at the Gorge preceeding the North American Champs.  Look for the NOR for the Nationals late February or early March and the NOR for the NA Champs in late March or perhaps April.  The North American Racing Calendar has these events listed.

We realize that there are only a few days between the conclusion of the Youth Champs and the start of the clinic at the Gorge.  Prior to the change in the Youth Champs, we had made arrangements to help teams get to all events - including the clinic.  We will continue to work hard so that no team misses out on attending an event because of boat logistics.  Charter boats will be available at the NA Champs and US Champs.  For details on west coast charters, contact John at john AT DoubleWave DOT com.   Posted 1/23/2015.

2015 29er Worlds Registration Now Open
Please visit www.29erworlds.org to see all the regatta news (e.g. Notice of Race, charter boat information) and the online registration system.  The event starts on August 6 with the opening of Registration/Measurement & Inspection continues thru August 14 with racing commencing on August 9. A video of the Pwllhelli, Wales sailing venue online.

For those interested in additional European 29er events, consider the 29er European Championships July 18-21 (Medemblik, NED), the 29er GBR Nationals Aug 1-6 at the 29er Worlds venue (Pwllhelli, Wales, GBR) and the Swedish EuroCup #8 on Aug 22-23 (Gothenberg, SWE).

2017 29er Worlds To Be Held at Alamitos Bay YC
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach, California) will be hosting the 2017 29er Championships July 28 thru August 4.  ABYC is a world class venue for performance sailing, they recently they hosted the Formula 18 World Championships.  The US 29er Class Association is working with ABYC to provide a tune up regatta in the days leading up to the  Worlds.

2014/2015 Hamlin Series News
Howard Hamlin, the internationally reknown 18-Footer and 505 champion, is a strong supporter of the 29er Class.  In recognition of his contributions (still ongoing), the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Acssociation (SCYYRA) and the US 29er Class created a "high point" style racing series in his name - The Hamlin Series.  This seaon's series consists of the Halloween and Turkey Day Regattas (Alamitos Bay YC), the 29er Midwinters West Regatta (Coronado YC), and the Skiff Festival Regatta (Santa Barbara YC).  The dates for all of these events are on the North American Racing Calendar (also above and to the right).  Please visit the Hamlin Series page at SCYYRA to register, check out the results, etc.  Lastly, Howard attends Hamlin Series events and provides direct help, whether it's flying a photographer in his helicopter to take cool photos or his leading the fleet debrief.  So put these events on your calendar.

ODP 29er Girls Clinic Announcement
The next 29er event in the US SAILING Olympic Development Program (ODP) is the 29er Girls Clinic at Coronado Yacht Club (San Diego, CA) this May 1 thru 3.  Please click on flyer image below to learn more and please also visit the ODP website and the master schedule of ODP events.



2015 29er Midwinters East (April 3-4, 2015 - Miami, FL)

Congrats to Nic Muller and Ian Macdiarmid on winning the 2015 Midwinters East Regatta (US SAILING Center/Biscayne Bay - Miami, FL).  Click here for photos and more!

US Olympic Development Program
The newly revamped US SAILING Olympic Development Program (ODP) has been announced on the  ODP website.  All 29er racers are strongly encouraged to review the details of the new program as there will be very tangible opportunities for the 29er class starting this season - including two training camps.  The first camp will be in Long Beach, CA May 23 thru 25 and the second at St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, CA) June 13 thru 16.  Click here to see a master schedule of ODP events.

2015 29er Midwinters West Day 3 (Final) Report
Better wind today than Day 2 - peaking around 12 knots, the same as Day 1. Four races were completed, bringing the total count to 13. With that many races, 2 races were discarded from each team's total score.

After applying the throwouts, Romain Screve and Quinn Wilson's series of finishes included 10 races in the top 3 and a 4th place finish, firmly holding on to their 1st place ranking established on Day 1.  Congratulations Romain and Quinn.

Christopher Williford and Wade Waddell continued to sail well and finished second, Eric Lyall and Andrew Moreno (Vancouver, BC) finished 3rd.

If you were watching on the water, Lyall/Moreno and the team of Ryan and Andrew Wood (also from Vancouver, BC) seemed to be quite close to each other udring races and in the end, the two teams finished next to each other - the Wood brothers finishing 4th - by a slender 2 points.  Both teams participated in this same event in 2014 - we're very pleased to have all of the CAN sailors joining in; no doubt they enjoy the great weather and competition.

The Toppa sisters, who had an excellentl Day 2, sailed several more excellent races on Day 3 but also had a few mid fleet finishes, dropping them down a notch to 5th overall.

Full Results are available on Regatta Network - click here for a direct link.

For additional reports and photos, please visit our Facebook page


(L-R) Quinn Wilson, CYC Vice Commodore Penny Boggs?, Romain Screve

2015 29er Midwinters West Day 2
Five races were completed today (9 total so far) in winds that were slightly lighter than Day 1 but still offering full trapezing (at least in the puffs) down to well-in-the-boat-non-trapezing in the lulls.  Overall, a pretty darn nice day of racing.  The teams on the top of the leaderboard didn't change from Day 1 ranking however Romain and Quinn extended their lead (after a throwout) by 9 points.  The big story of the day, however, was the team of Alie and Liza Toppa (Lauderdale, FL) who made a stunning jump upwards from 12th to 4th place by winning two of the the races.

Full Results are available on Regatta Network - click here for a direct link.

After racing, coach Willie McBride organized the debriefing of the day's racing and Leandro Spina, from US SAILING, followed up with a talk about the US SAILING support for the 29er this season - which includes training camps/clinics (Alamitos Bay Yacht Club late May and St. Francis Yacht Club mid June) and coaching and logistics support for well qualified teams at the 29er World Champsionships.  More details of these efforts will be provided soon.

2015 29er Midwinters West Day 1
First some basic stats.  32 teams entered: 8 from British Columbia, 4 from Florida, 1 from Montreal, 1 from Oregon, 1 from Washington, and the rest from California.

4 races were completed on Day 1 - partly in expectation of lighter winds over the weekend.

The team of Romain Screve (San Francisco area) and Quinn WIlson (Santa Barbara) are in the lead with 9 points but Christopher Williford (Ft. Lauderdale) and Wade Waddell (Miami) are right on their heels with 10 points.  Eric Lyall and Andrwe Moreno (Vancouver BC) round out the top three with a total of 21 points.  It's particularly nice to see Christopher WIlliford on the race course - he has been away from the sport for several years.  Welcome back!

Full Results are available on Regatta Network - click here for a direct link.

The traditional post racing debrief was led by US SAILING Olympic Head Coach Charlie McKee (who sailed a part of the day with his son Soren) and US SAILING Youth Developmen directory Leandro Spina.  Both were at the regatta to usher in their newly announced Olympic Development Program for US sailors eyeing international high performance sailing.

2015 29er US Nationals Update
The Notice of Race for the 2015 US National Championships (Richmond, California) is now available by clicking here.  Briefly, the event is being held at Richmond Yacht Club over the period July 22-July 25. This event closely follows the 29er North American Championships which are being sailed on the Columbia River (aka the Gorge). Lodging in the immediate vicinity of Richmond Yacht Club is limited; sailors are encouraged to begin their search for lodging early.

2015 29er UK Nationals & Worlds Update
The 29er UK Nationals take place the week before the Worlds (Aug. 1-6) at the same venue - making it an ideal tune-up to the 29er Worlds.

The venue has a new event venue building and easy launching off a 2km long beach, camping close to the venue, campervan space on site (book early!), plentiful accommodation in the town and the surrounding countryside. Please visit the following websites to learn more:


2015 Canadians set for July 31-August 2
Kingston Yacht Club has approved the sailing fo the 29er/49er/49erFX Canadians regatta for July 31 - August 2nd. 29ers will most likely sail out of KYC and the 49ers/49erFX out of Portsmouth Olympic Harbor (the site of CORK).

2015 Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic Invites 29ers
The Brooke E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic is inviting 29er sailors to attend this year's clinic which will be held Thursday, June 18th (mid-afternoon/report day) through Sunday, June 21st at the Sail Newport facility (Newport, RI).

This clinic is an intense, high-level, program for sailors 14-18 years of age that are selected by their sailing resume.  The event fee includes housing, meals, coaching, clinic materials, and more.  Sailors are expected to bring their own boat.  The deadline for applications is April 1.

Please visit the event webpage at www.sailnewport.org/Clinics/gonzalezclinic and the sign up webpage at  www.sailnewport.org/clinicresume.  Please note that the event website may not list the 29ers as an invited class - this is a typo.

2015 US Youth Champs Venue Announced
The 2015 US Youth Champs venue has been rescheduled to sail at Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) on July 6- 10, 2015.  Registration for Youth Champs closes on March 15.  All qualified sailors are encouraged to apply.  Visit the Youth Champs webpage for details.  Anyone needing a charter boat for this event should contact Zim Sailing.

2015 US Roadmap Update
The road map for US sailors now includes:

29er Midwinter West Regatta NOR Posted
The Notice of Race for the 29er Midwinter West Regatta is now online at the Coronado Yacht Club Juniors Website.  The regatta starts Friday March 20 and continues thru Sunday March 22.  This regatta also counts towards the SCYYRA Hamlin Series.  Please see the hotel details in the NOR.  Contact DoubleWave to inquire about 29er charter boats.

2015 Championships Circuit
The highlight of the season in North America is a circuit consisting of the North American Championships at the Columbia River Gorge (July 17-19) followed closely by the US National Championships at Richmond Yacht Club (July 22-25). Details are still being worked out but there is to be a training clinic at the Gorge preceeding the North American Champs. Look for the NOR for the Nationals late February or early March and the NOR for the NA Champs in late March or perhaps April. The North American Racing Calendar has these events listed.

We realize that there are only a few days between the conclusion of the Youth Champs and the start of the clinic at the Gorge.  Prior to the change in the Youth Champs, we had made arrangements to help teams get to all events - including the clinic.  We will continue to work hard so that no team misses out on attending an event because of boat logistics. Charter boats will be available at the NA Champs and US Champs.  For details on west coast charters, contact John at john AT DoubleWave DOT com. Posted 1/23/2015.

2015 29er Worlds Registration Now Open
Please visit www.29erworlds.org to see all the regatta news (e.g. Notice of Race, charter boat information) and the online registration system. The event starts on August 6 with the opening of Registration/Measurement & Inspection continues thru August 14 with racing commencing on August 9. A video of the Pwllhelli, Wales sailing venue online.

For those interested in additional European 29er events, consider the 29er European Championships July 18-21 (Medemblik, NED), the 29er GBR Nationals Aug 1-6 at the 29er Worlds venue (Pwllhelli, Wales, GBR) and the Swedish EuroCup #8 on Aug 22-23 (Gothenberg, SWE).

2017 29er Worlds To Be Held at Alamitos Bay YC
Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Long Beach, California) will be hosting the 2017 29er Championships July 28 thru August 4. ABYC is a world class venue for performance sailing, they recently they hosted the Formula 18 World Championships. The US 29er Class Association is working with ABYC to provide a tune up regatta in the days leading up to the Worlds.

2014/2015 Hamlin Series News
Howard Hamlin, the internationally reknown 18-Footer and 505 champion, is a strong supporter of the 29er Class.  In recognition of his contributions (still ongoing), the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Acssociation (SCYYRA) and the US 29er Class created a "high point" style racing series in his name - The Hamlin Series.  This seaon's series consists of the Halloween and Turkey Day Regattas (Alamitos Bay YC), the 29er Midwinters West Regatta (Coronado YC), and the Skiff Festival Regatta (Santa Barbara YC).  The dates for all of these events are on the North American Racing Calendar (also above and to the right).  Please visit the Hamlin Series page at SCYYRA to register, check out the results, etc.  Lastly, Howard attends Hamlin Series events and provides direct help, whether it's flying a photographer in his helicopter to take cool photos or his leading the fleet debrief.  So put these events on your calendar.

How to Apply to the 2015 US Youth Champs and Some Tips If you want to apply to the Youth Champs,click here and follow the instructions. All of the information about the event is published on the Youth Champs page at US SAILING.  The US 29er Class encourages ALL 29er sailors to apply.

Some Tips on Applying...
• Provide your e-mail as well as your parents' . They should not be the same.
• Check your application. Every year, a sailor is not accepted because they didn’t complete the full application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you are sailing with someone, make sure they are listed too. Teams register as a team.
• For Doublehanded teams: the helmsperson begins the process. All you have to do is enter your crew’s name and e-mail and hit “E-mail Crew” at the bottom of the page. That will e-mail them a link directly to their resume page. Hopefully that will make life a lot easier. Don’t forget to keep going and submit your application fee though. Just make sure your teammate fills their section out so your application is complete.
• Make sure your US Sailing membership is up to date. Renew online at http://membership.ussailing.org
• Charter applications are separate from applications to the Youth Champs. You need to complete both. There are a finite number of boats available.
• Please list the FULL NAME of your sailing organization; initials are not sufficient.
• If you think you’ve applied and do not see your name listed under APPLICATIONS RECEIVED at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/US_Youth_Champs.htm, it means that your application is incomplete and you have not paid your application fee. US Sailing has sent a link to everyone who has not completed their application so check your e-mails for a link from Regatta Network.
• Keep your registration confirmation. You can use it to go back at any time and update your resume until we shut the system down on March 22nd.
• If you are still having difficulties, please e-mail support@regattanetwork.com.

CISA Advanced Race Clinic Applications Due by February 1st
The clinic is held annualy at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. This year, the event will be held April 9 thru April 15.  It is the premier 29er clinic in North America.  To apply, please visit www.cisasailing.org where you will find the application and release documents on the front page.
McBride/Wilson February Training Camp Announced
Join Willie McBride and Dane Wilson for two fast paced days of elite level 29er training in Santa Barbara over the February 14-15 weekend.  Training will focus on campaign planning and boat handling, and will feature one-on-one planning sessions, fitness evaluations, and individual video debriefs. This will be the first clinic in our series of monthly programs, which will build on each other, so if you can make it, be sure to register now to reserve your spot.

The cost for this event will be $200 per team for the full weekend. Registration for the event can be found by clicking here, and will be open until January 15, so please register soon! Limited housing can be arranged by e mailing us at 29erhighperformance@gmail.com.

For further details, please visit the Willie McBride/Dane Wilson website



POSTPONED - 2016 29er Midwinters East


29ers Available For Charter From Zim Sailing

Click the image above or here to learn more.

2014

Open Orange Bowl Regatta Final
Jacob Rosenberg (Huntington Beach, FL) and Evan Heffernan (Santa Barbara, CA) have won the 2014 Open Orange Bowl Regatta.  Overall the regatta was plagued with light winds - only 7 races were completed.  Jacob and Evan sailed an excellent series - 4 firsts, 1 second, and a fourth - which was discarded - to win with just 7 points.  Second place went to Nic Muller (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and Ian MacDiarmd (Del Rey Beach, FL) who had 13 points total.  For full results, please visit the Regatta Network page for this regatta: www.regattanetwork.com/event/9153

Open Orange Bowl Regatta Underway
15 teams are racing at the Open Orange Bowl which concludes Tuesday, December 30.
Saturday winds were too light to complete any races.  On Sunday, two races were completed in light winds - with Jacob Rosenberg (Huntington Beach, FL) and Evan Heffernan (Santa Barbara, CA) leading at the end of the day.  Monday's forecast called for partly cloudy skies with winds around 10mph and that has more or less come true - enough to run four races. Team Rosenberg and Heffernan have won four out of the 6 races so far and their worst score, now discarded, was a 4th - the same number of points discarded by the second place team of Nicolas Muller (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) and Ian MacDiarmd (Del Rey Beach, FL) - who trail by four points. There is a 16 piont spread between 2nd and 3rd so it's most likely that the top two teams today will be the top two teams battling tomorrow for the wind - however the weather forecaset for Tuesday is looking poor. Keep your fingers crossed for good wind.

For full race results, click the following link: www.regattanetwork.com/event/9153

Miami 29er Training Program Gets Underway
29er training opportunities ranging from coached clinics to informal try-outs have been organized by Carol Ewing (Miami, FL) for this fall/winter - culminating in the Open Orange Bowl Regatta (Late December).  The program includes monthly weekend long Intermediate and Advanced level clinics in October, November, and December.  Less formal sessions will be held on Sundays in between the clinics. These events are open to all experienced and able bodied dinghy sailors looking for a good introduction to skiff sailing; inexperienced skiff sailors will paired (as much as possible) with experienced 29er skipper/crews.  Nearly new professionally maintained charter boats (bring your own sails) will be offered starting October.

The first Pracitce/Try-outs start at 9am Sunday September 14 at the U.S. Sailing Center in Miami (next door to Coral Reef YC).

Reservations required by email to Carol Ewing at lightning@cofs.com


See the following sites for additional information:

East Coast 29er Google site:https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/EastCoast29ers
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/29er-Sailing-in-Florida/273156516032749

South Florida 29er calendar:https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=lightning.ce%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York

2015 US Youth Sailing Championships Date Change
US Youth Sailing Championships Committee has rescheduled the 2015 event to July 6-10.  The host, Eastern Yacht Club, and all other details remain the same.  The 29er calendar has been updated to reflect this change.

Open Orange Bowl NOR and Registration Oline
Please visit www.regattanetwork.com/event/9153 to download the Notice of Race and to register for the regatta.  Note that there are charter boats available from Zim Sailing and others; see the Notice of Race for details.

US Youth Champs Conclude
Nicolas Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla. - See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/new-u-s-youth-champions-crowned-in-michigan/#sthash.tjORwg5i.dpuf
Nicolas Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla. - See more at: http://www.ussailing.org/new-u-s-youth-champions-crowned-in-michigan/#sthash.tjORwg5i.dpuf
Nicolas Muller (Fort Pierce, FL) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, FL) have won the US Youth Championships just concluded at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (Grosse Point, Michigan). For full results, visit US SAILING's event page or our archive of that page

29er North American Championships Review
The NA championships, also serving as the USA 29er National Championships and the Canadian 29er National Championships, were sailed out of the CORK facility in Kingston, ON Canada July 20-24. To see the full details (qualifying race scores, etc.), click here.

SCYYRA Advanced Winter Training Clinic
Members of the 2014 and 2015 SCYYRA Sailing Team and other experienced participants in the SCYYRA Shadden, Ullman, Frost, Hamlin and Perry Series, as well as other SoCal high school sailors that have been involved in serious 420, CFJ, 29er, Laser or Laser Radial campaigns are invited to apply to the SCYYRA Advanced Winter Training Clinic which is scheduled for December 6 & 7.  The clinic is held at the United States Sailing Center in Long Beach, California.  Each sailor in a double-handed boat must complete a separate form, which is available by clicking here, and submitting before the deadline of November 17, 2014.

ABYC Halloween Regatta/Hamlin Series #1 Results
Everyone was pleasantly surprised by the larger than expected turnout at this regatta, which is also the first (of 4) events making up the 2014-2015 Hamlin Series.  This short (1 day/3 races) event.  This event was the debut of a number of new combinations of established skippers and crew as well as some all together new teams. A special shout out to Alie and Liza Toppa (Lauderdale, FL) for their long journey and to those that helped make their participation in this event possible.  Please visit www.abyc.org for complete scoring.

Rank Skipper Crew Club(s) T
1st Romain Screve Quinn Wilson San Francisco YC 6
2nd Sam Merson Michael Sabourin MBYC/NHYC 7
3rd Lucas Pierce Soren Wilde Santa Barbara YC 15
4th Scott Mais John Horton Newport Harbor YC 15
5th Max Brill Andrew Person MBYC/NHYC 16
6th Ian Brill Wells Drayton MBYC/NHYC 17
7th Jacob Rosenberg Evan Heffernan Alamitos Bay YC 18
8th David Eastwood David Ryan Eastwood SBYSF 25
9th Max Mayol Derek Pickell Bahia Corinthian YC 25
10th Ryan Ratliff Abe Dearden Mission Bay YC 29
11th Alie Toppa Liza Toppa Lauderdale YC 29
12th Wills Cook Rhodes Garner Newport Harbor YC 33
13th Jack Joslin Jesse McKnight San Diego YC 38
14th Bradley Clinton Joseph Hou Alamitos Bay YC 44


2015 US Youth Sailing Championships Date Change
In response to conflicts with major events in several classes, the US Youth Sailing Championships Committee has rescheduled the 2015 event to July 6-10. The host, Eastern Yacht Club, and all other details remain the same. The 29er calendar has been updated to reflect this change. (10/25/2014)

CISA Thanksgiving Development Clinic Deadline Nears!
The sign up deadline (before late fees apply) for the Clinic is October 31.  The clinic will be held November 28-30 at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.  Those that wish to participate must apply in advance by visiting www.cisasailing.org

29er Pacific Coast Championship Series News
The final event of the 2014 Pacific Coast Championships Series is the Turkey Day Regatta at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club (Nov. 22-23). The overall awards for the series will be presented there and will include prizes for 1st thru 3rd skipper, 1st thru 3rd crew, top Jr. skipper, top Jr. crew, and top female skipper! Skipper and Crew scoring are done separately across all the events of the series.

For 2015, the PCC Series will consist of:

Open Orange Bowl NOR and Registration Oline
Please visit www.regattanetwork.com/event/9153 to download the Notice of Race and to register for the regatta.  Note that there are charter boats available from Zim Sailing and others; see the Notice of Race for details.

Miami 29er Training Program Gets Underway
29er training opportunities ranging from coached clinics to informal try-outs have been organized by Carol Ewing (Miami, FL) for this fall/winter - culminating in the Open Orange Bowl Regatta (Late December).  The program includes monthly weekend long Intermediate and Advanced level clinics in October, November, and December.  Less formal sessions will be held on Sundays in between the clinics. These events are open to all experienced and able bodied dinghy sailors looking for a good introduction to skiff sailing; inexperienced skiff sailors will paired (as much as possible) with experienced 29er skipper/crews. Nearly new professionally maintained charter boats (bring your own sails) will be offered starting October.

The first Pracitce/Try-outs start at 9am Sunday September 14 at the U.S. Sailing Center in Miami (next door to Coral Reef YC).

Reservations required by email to Carol Ewing at lightning@cofs.com

See the following sites for additional information:

East Coast 29er Google site:https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/EastCoast29ers
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/29er-Sailing-in-Florida/273156516032749
South Florida 29er calendar:https://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=lightning.ce%40gmail.com&ctz=America/New_York


Some 29er Gorge Videos on YouTube

If you have a video (or a compilation) you want to share, please send details to the Webmaster at jakp AT mindspring DOT com.

2014/2015 Hamlin Series News
Howard Hamlin, the internationally reknown 18-Footer and 505 champion, is a strong supporter of the 29er Class.  In recognition of his contributions (still ongoing), the Southern California Youth Yacht Racing Acssociation (SCYYRA) and the US 29er Class created a "high point" style racing series in his name - The Hamlin Series.  This seaon's series consists of the Halloween and Turkey Day Regattas (Alamitos Bay YC), the 29er Midwinters West Regatta (Coronado YC), and the Skiff Festival Regatta (Santa Barbara YC).  The dates for all of these events are on the North American Racing Calendar (also above and to the right).  Please visit the Hamlin Series page at SCYYRA to register, check out the results, etc.  Lastly, Howard attends Hamlin Series events and provides direct help, whether it's flying a photographer in his helicopter to take cool photos or his leading the fleet debrief.  So put these events on your calendar.



CAN Youth Championships Conclude
Stephane Vinet and Sophie-Andree Vinet win the Sail Canada Youth Championships at CORK International Regatta. Click here for results

US Youth Champs Conclude
Nic Muller (Fort Pierce, FL) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, FL) have won the US Youth Championships just concluded at Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (Grosse Point, Michigan). For full results, visit US SAILING's event page or our archive of that page

29er North American Championships Review
The NA championships, also serving as the USA 29er National Championships and the Canadian 29er National Championships, were sailed out of the CORK facility in Kingston, ON Canada July 20-24.  The racing was dominated by the Australian team of Kurt Hansen and Harry Morton, the highest ranking (4th) sailors from the 2013 World Championships to attend this event - making them the odds on favorites going into the event.  They finished first in 6 of their 11 races.

In second place was the all female (and youth) team of Spanish team of Carla and Marta Munte.

In third place was the Canadian Team was Lloyd Lyall and Andrew Moreno (Vancouver, BC), who were also awarded the title of Canadian National Champions.

The top USA team and winners of the US 29er Nationals (both open and youth categories) was the team of Max Brill and Zach Malcomlm (San Diego, CA).

The regatta consisted of a Qualifying Series of 6 races that was used to divide the fleet into the Gold (25 boat) fleet and the Silver (the remaining 44 boats) Finals Series.  Each team's ranking into each Finals division was carried forward as a single race score into the Finals, to be combined with the results of the 5 races completed in the finals.  The final scores are listed below.  To see the full details (qualifying race scores, etc.), click here.

Gold

Skipper

Crew

Sail #

T

1st

Kurt Hansen

Harry Morton

AUS4

8

2nd

Carla Munte

Marta Munte

ESP1787

30

3rd

Lloyd Lyall

Andrew Moreno

CAN1050

39

4th

Max Brill

Zach Malcolm

USA2251

43

5th

Rachel Spinelli

Ian Woodbury

CAN1423

43

6th

Ruth Allan

Alice Masterman

GBR2291

43

7th

Yann d'Argenlieu

Nathan Bradley

HKG2244

43

8th

Mimi El-Khazindar

Ben Batten

GBR 23

47

9th

Ignacio Varisco

Nicolas Peirano

ARG1884

52

10th

Ryan Wood

Andrew Wood

CAN226

52

11th

James Wilson

Oscar Gunn

NZL416

53

12th

Jacob Rosenberg

Rhodes Garner

USA2190

54

13th

Matt venables

Curtis mearns

GBR2025

56

14th

Liam Seagreen

Cameron Seagreen

AUS2315

58

15th

Sean Brennan

Pere Puig

USA1131

66

16th

Josh Davis

Scott Davis

CAN677

66

17th

Owen Bowerman

Morgan Peach

GBR18

67

18th

Emily Merry

Max Flinn

CAN1077

72

19th

Charlotte Hooper

Katie Dabson

GBR2235

76

20th

Tania Bonilla

Marc Chapon

ESP16

78

21st

Sam Merson

Ian Brill

USA2311

78

22nd

Neil Marcellini

Robbie Englehart

USA1048

79

23rd

Alie Toppa

Liza Toppa

USA11

82

24th

Rob Loveridge

Emma Loveridge

GBR2027

85

25th

Adele Whitmyer

Katie Kelley

USA1845

93

Silver

Skipper

Crew

Sail #

T

1st

Gillies Munro

Daniel Harris

GBR2045

10

2nd

James Grummett

Daniel Budden

GBR1784

14

3rd

Ed Connellan

Matthew Rhodes

GBR2117

18

4th

Ferdinand Heldman

Leonardo Giustiniani

HKG2165

30

5th

Shane Riera

Wade Waddell

USA1418

34

6th

Michael Sabourin

Wells Drayton

USA1998

44

7th

Michael Pacholski

Haydon Stapleton

USA219

46

8th

Jean-Matthieu Bolland

Ben Strickland

CAN2155

47

9th

Joseph Gustafson

Elmeri Hakkinen

CAN1264

49

10th

Barnaby Blackstone

Hugh Ward

GBR1220

53

11th

Kate Shaner

Alexander Tong

USA293

57

12th

Frederique Tougas

Cameron Sawyer

CAN1474

58

13th

Vladimir Estoup

Breno Osthoff

CAN1813

62

14th

Alex Palfrey

Dan Goldman

USA1471

65

15th

Henry Lockyer

Riley Timmins

CAN1260

66

16th

Aleks Vagners

Jeremy Korb

CAN654

76

17th

Morgan Morash

Riley Morash

CAN1095

78

18th

Stephane Vinet

Sophie-Andree Vinet

CAN2189

81

19th

Matthew Wright

Russell Aylsworth

HKG2245

81

20th

Virginie Corbeil

Florence Delhaes

CAN1451

83

21st

Brian Higgins

Tomas Di Luciano

GER2260

86

22nd

Clara Kramer

Paul Kramer

GER1599

86

23rd

Scott Mais

John Horton

USA1995

94

24th

Nana Hu

Yineng Huang

CHN2194

98

25th

Tara Yuen

Connor Rupnow

CAN1123

99

26th

Robert Morris

Anthony Lowther

CAN658

107

27th

Christina Black

Naomi Flanagan

CAN1439

110

28th

Calum Macdonald

Matthew Yee

CAN454

111

29th

Henry Salmon

Aymeric Gillard

HKG1951

112

30th

Florence Ella Manzoni

Scarlett Megan Manzoni

HKG2166

116

31st

Tilly James

Robbie Robinson

GBR2174

118

32nd

Hatty Ward

Andrew Person

GBR1258

118

33rd

Sam Thompson

Max Wood

CAN1440

121

34th

Eric Lyall

Robbie Tulip

CAN1463

124

35th

Spencer Powell

Jordan Spears

CAN453

139

36th

Craig Hamilton

Jack Trim

CAN813

140

37th

Freja Frykman

Astrid Frykman

CAN1450

144

38th

Jill Eisener

David Kagan

CAN258

146

39th

Clara Krantz

Freya Darnton

HKG2164

149

40th

Ian Donaldson

Aaron Strahle

CAN414

153

41st

Ryan Smith

Owen Dunkley

CAN1420

153

42nd

Alex Koschate

Reece Pillinger

CAN246

165

43rd

Joshua Yale

Michael Lynch

CAN1461

169

44th

Ryan Wynott

Julian Retzlaff

CAN827

169



29er Worlds Review
101 teams entered into the World Championshiops, of which 69 teams had raced in the preceeding NA Champs.  Mother Nature cooperated by bringing in much improved wind - giving the big wind teams a chance to shine.  By the end of the Qualifying Round, only two teams from the top 10 of the preceeding NA Champs were in the top 10 of this event and the leaders were the French Team of Brice Yrieix and Loic Ficher-Guillou, recent winners of the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.

As the regatta progressed, the winds dropped in speed and regularity, further blending up the results however Kurt Hansen and Harry Morton (AUS) showed the true range of their skills, finishing first with a 14 point margin.  The top teams from USA and CAN were brothers Romain and Antoine Screve (Ross, California) in 9th place and brothers Ryan and Andrew Wood (West Vancouver, BC).  For full results, click on these links:

Qualifying Series / Gold Flight / Silver Flight / Bronze Flight

29er Worlds Begin

The 100 teams entered in the 2014 29er World Championships will start the process of registration and equipment inspection Saturday July 26, which continues on Sunday.  Racing begins Monday July 28th.  The schedule of events is:

Saturday July 26: Registration, Equipment Inspection
Sunday July 27: Registration, Equipment Inspection, Practice Race, Opening Ceremony
Monday July 28: Qualifying Series Day 1
Tuesday July 29: Qualifying Series Day 2
Wednesday July 30: Qualifying Series Day 3
Thursday July 31: Finals Series Day 1
Friday August 1: Finals Series Day 2
Saturday August 2: Finals Day 3, Prize Giving, Closing Ceremony

www.29erworlds.org is the primary online destination for event details.

29er Clinics in Miami Announced
Carol Ewing (Miami, FL) is organizing a series of sailing practice and high level clinics this fall/winter - culminating in a pre-Open Orange Bowl Regatta tune up.  Please read the attached flyer for more details. These events are loaded into the North American Racing Calendar (see link on the right side of the website)



North American/CAN/USA Championships Conclude
Usable wind failed to materialize on the final day of racing - only one race was completed for the gold fleet.  Top honors went to the Australian team of Kurt Hansen and Harry Morton, who finished first in 6 of 11 races.  The top North American team was Lloyd Lyall and Andrew Moreno (Vancouver, BC) who finished 3rd overall.  The top US team was Max Brill and Zach Malcolm (San Diego, CA) in 4th place overall.  Trophies were presented for the US and Canadian Championships as well. Check the www.cork.org website for additional details.

North American/CAN/USA Championships Begin
69 teams, representing 10 different countries, are entered into the North American Championships/Canadian Championships/US National Championships which is now underway. Racing will continue thru July 24th with a total of 15 races scheduled. The first two days of racing are qualifiers to determine who gets to sail in Gold Fleet and the Silver Fleet finals.  Canada teams make up the majority of the roster with 29er teams entered, there are 13 teams sailing under the US flag.  There are additional teams with US sailors aboard boats sailing under different flags because they have dual citizenship or are sailing with a skipper from another country.  This event is a joint project between Kingston Yacht Club and CORK/Sail Kingston - the boats are staged and launching out of the CORK facility which will also be their home base for the 29er Worlds which follow this event.  100 boats are expected to compete at the Worlds.  The best place on the web to keep up to date on this regatta is www.cork.org.  The 29er Worlds website is www.29erworlds.org.

Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs score Silver at ISAF Youth Champs!
Thirty different nations were represented in the 29er Class of the 2014 ISAF Youth Championships just concluded in Tavira Portugal and the USA team of Quinn Wilson and RIley Gibbs, both from So. California, finished out the 13 race series with 60 points to finish in second place overall.  France's Brice Yrieix and Loic Fischer Guillou won with 53 points.  For full results, visit the event website by clicking here. Congratulations to Quinn and Riley!

Max Brill and Zach Malcolm (San Diego) win at Gorge Speedfest
Click Here for Regatta page to get Full Results

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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Getting Your Travel Documents In Order for the World Championships USA based teams, family members, and coaches travelling to the North American and World Championships need to be aware that there a variety of documents that need to be prepared - some in advance - for entry of their boat and themselves into Canada.

Please review the travel information on the 29er Worlds website - See the Travel-Visa Information link or click here to go there: http://www.29erworlds.org/index.php/competitor-information1/travel/

Some people may need to apply for a visa - which can take some time to process.  Registering with the Canadian Citizenship & Immigration office prior to applying for their entrance Visa (if required) will make their approval process much easier. 

You can view the process times for temporary resident visa applications at
http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times/temp/visitors.asp

Robby Bisi Announces Space Available On His Training Team
Robby Bisi, a high performance dinghy sailor and professional coach, has additional space on his training team - working towards the 29er North American and World Championships this summer.  If you are interested in learning more about his program, contact Robby at rrobbybisi@gmail.com.  Click here to read Robby's CV.

SBYC Skiff Fest Regatta
Eighteen 29ers raced at the Skiff Festival Regatta at Santa Barbara Yacht Club.  Quinn Wilson and Riley Gibbs started out strong with first place finishes in the first 2 races of the 7 race series however on the second day, Team Brill/Malcom stepped up their game with finishes of 5 (discard), 1, 1, and 2.  This wasn't enough to put them in the lead but it indrectly helped Romain Screve and Dane Wilson to the top spot.  Romain and Dane had sailed an extremely consistent series (finishes of 2,2,3,2,2,2,1) - giving them the win by a single point.

Click on the link above to get full results.

Pos

Skipper

Crew

T

1st

Romain Screve

Dane Wilson

11

2nd

Quinn Wilson

Riley Gibbs

12

3rd

Max Brill

Zach Malcom

14

4th

Lucas Pierce

Evan Heffernan

31

5th

Jacob Rosenberg

Rhodes Garner

36



Gorge Clinic and Regatta Registration Online
Online registration for both the clinic and following regatta are up and running at http://www.cgra.org/Regattas_and_Clinics.htm.  A $50/sailor early signup discount is being offered for the clinic - book early and save.

Acclaimed coach Willie McBride, assisted by top 29er sailor Dane Wilson, will lead an intensive two-day training session for 29er sailors interested in developing the skills to compete at a high level, followed by the 29er Gorge Speedfest event. Don't miss this unique opportunity to polish up your boat-handling skills and get in excellent racing on the Columbia River Gorge!



High Performance Clinic May 16, 2014 @ Santa Barbara, CA
Coach Willie McBride is offering a one day clinic prior to the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Skiff Fest Regatta (May 17-18, 2014 ).  All coaches will be 29er experts and will provide individual attention during the clinic.  Fee is $100 per team.  Space is limited and offered on a first come, first served, basis.  Anyone interested should contact Willie McBride directly at 29erhighperformance@gmail.com

Be sure to check out the Skiff Fest Regatta Notice of Race here and register online here and take a look at our schedule of events below.


Schedule of Events
Friday, May 16th
1000-1100 Boat setup and rigging tips
1100-1200 Lunch, briefing, and launching
1200-1600 On the water drills
1600-1700 Derig and debrief

Saturday, May 17th
0900-1000 Fitness hour (29er HP Race Team)
1000-1100 Rigging, skipper's meeting, and launch
1100-1230 On the water drills (29er HP Race Team)
1230 First Warning
Debrief immediately following racing

Sunday, May 18th
0930-1000 Fitness hour (29er HP Race Team)
1000-1030 Rigging and launch (29er HP Race Team)
1030-1215 On the water drills (29er HP Race Team)
1215 First Warning
1530 No warning signal after this time
Debrief immediately following racing.



Worlds Grants from the 29erXX Class
The 29erXX Class Association has grant funds available to support women's 29er teams in need of assistance in order to attend the 2014 29er World Championships. The 29erXX class is specifically looking to support talented and hard-working 29er women's teams who aspire to campaign the FX in the future but need some support to get there.  To apply, sailors should fill out the form (linked here) by June 15, 2014.

What can I do to promote a 29er event (clinic, regatta, etc.)?

29er Midwinters West (March 28-30)
Sunday Update:  3 more races - making for 12 total - were sailed today in more breeze.  Quinn and Riley continued to sail well and secured first place with 13 points total (2 discards provided).  Second place went to Max Brill and Zach Malcolm, and third to the Canadian team of Ryan and Andrew Wood.  This event was a qualifier for Canada for the ISAF Youth World Qualifiers - so good luck to both Ryan and Andrew this summer in Portugal.  Again, full scores are online - click here to see them.

Awards were presented to the top three teams, the top all girls team, the youngest team, and winners of a sportsmanship award. They are all shown in the group photo below.
(Apologies for inaccurracy - please share corrections.  Approximately L-R: Ryan and Andrew Wood, Max Brill, Zach Malcolm, Riley Gibbs, Quinn Wilson, Freja & Astrid Frykman, Florence Pepin-Delhaes & Virginie Corbeil, Scott Mais, Ryan Ratliffe and John Horton)



Saturday Update:  5 races completed today.  Quinn Wilson (Santa Barbara) and Riley Gibbs (Long Beach) added four firsts and a 5th to their regatta leading position from Friday to take a 14 point lead over second place team of Max Brill and Zach Malcolm (San Diego) - who were able to discard the DNF from the first race of the regatta, caused by a damaged mainsail.  The nine Canadian teams participating are here because this event is a national level qualifier for them.  The team of Ryan and Andrew Wood (Royal Vancouver YC, BC) have often been up in the front tier of the races and finally pulled off a win in the final race today.  Howard Hamlin, of International 18 Skiff fame, will once again particiapte in this event by leading tonight's technical debrief.  Problems with the display of results online have been cured - the full results are available on the link posted above.




Friday Update: The 29er Midwinters West regatta is underway at Coronado Yacht Club.
27 boats sailed today. Four races were completed on Friday in about 8 to 12 knots of breeze.  Results are posted - click here to see them.  Coronado YC head coach wrapped up the day with a technical debrief for all sailors - sharing his on-the-water observations of sail and boat trim.

29er Midwinters East (March 15-16)
Results are in for the 29er Midwinters East regatta held in Miami over the weekend of March 16 and 17.



Pos Sail# Skipper/Crew Points
1 1844 Nicolas Muller/Ian MacDiarmid 10
2 1131 Sean Brennan/Pere Puig 14
3 1442 Emily Merry 26
4 1 Allie Toppa/Scott Ewing 29
5 516 Henry Lockyer 37
6 697 Christina Black 58
7 1432 Luke Ryder 58
8 1440 Pat Wilson 59
9 48 Callie Lewis/Lounsbury/Toppa/Spina 70
10 104 Fred Moffat/Jen 70
11 258 Scott Esiner/ 74
















Regatta Chair: Carol Ewing
Principal Race Officer: Scott Giering
Jury Chair: Jane Anne Pincus


The Gorge 29er Clinic!
Come to the Gorge Clinic to get hands on instruction on sailing the 29er in good breeze in the best place possible - the Gorge.  June 19 & 20 - the Thursday and Friday before the 29er Speedfest (aka Gorge Skiff Regatta).  Click here to read the brochure.  And visit www.cgra.org for additional details.  And don't forget to reserve a space on the trailer hauling 29ers from California to the Gorge (see below)



2014 Waves Regatta Flyer

2014 29er Midwinters East Notice of Race
Click here to see the NOR

Want to charter a 29er for the NA and/or World Championships?
Both Pitch Pole Skiff Products and Zim Sailing are offering 29er charter boats for the 29er North American Championships and the 29er World Championships in Kingston, Ontario this summer.  Please visit them online to learn more by clicking the links above. Both Pitch Pole Skiff Producs and Zim Sailing are authorized dealers of 29er sailboats.

29er Midwinters West Registration Open
Please visit www.juniors.coronadoyc.org to sign up for THE most important 29er regatta in NA this spring.

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 the 29ers in North America located to the right.

Membership Reminder
Now is the time to renew (or sign up for the first time) your 29er class membership.  Remember that both skipper and crew must be members of the International 29er Class Association to compete in the North American and World Championships.  Membership processing is online via the International Class Membership/Paying Dues link - which is always located on the right side of this page.

29er North American/US Nationals/CAN Nationals Notice of Race
A draft edition of the Notice of Race has been posted online at the CORK.org website.  Click here to download the NOR directly.  This  draft edition is being provided so you can make your travel plans, etc.  If and when changes are made, we'll announce them here.

West Coast Trailer to NAs, Worlds, and US Youth Champs
The 10 boat 29er trailer is making the trip from the US West Coast (starting in Newport Beach and driving as far as Portland before heading east) for the North American Championships, Worlds, and US Youth Championships.  Contact John Papadopoulos at john AT doublewave DOT com to reserve your space.

California Trailer to Gorge Reservations
Reservations are being accepted now for round trip trailer transport to the Gorge Skiff Clinic and Regatta (June 19-22).  Boat loading at Newport Beach and points north (e.g. Santa Barbara, Richmond).  Contact John Papadopoulos at john AT doublewave DOT com for details.

A Message to 29er Racers about 2014
The highlight of the 2014 North American racing season is the 29er World Championships being held in Kingston, Ontario, Canada July 26 thru August 2. Every 29er sailor in North America should plan on attending. To sweeten the pot, North American Championships are being held immediately prior to the Worlds on the same waters. The US and CAN national championships were going to be held before and after the NA and World Championships, respectively, however both the US and CAN 29er Classes found it necessary to revise their schedules.  Now those events will be sailed as part of the NA Championships. So a bit less sailing but lots of trophies! And yes, the US 29er Nationals are being held in Canada!  The US 29er Class will be organizing a group trailer to the NA and World Champs and possibly the US Youth Champs too.  Details to follow.

US and CAN 29er teams should seriously consider attending the 29er Midwinters West (Coronado, CA) in March (see the calendar below) and US 29er teams should apply to both the CISA Advanced Racing Clinic (April) and the US Youth Championships (August). The 29er Midwinters West are a part of the new US SAILING "Early Acceptance" process to select some of the teams to compete in the US Youth Champs; normally entry is by resume only. The 29er Midwinters West are also part of the CAN Team selection for the ISAF Youth Championships. US and CAN teams not able to attend the Midwinters West should sail in the Midwinters East regatta in Miami Florida (Revised to March 14-16).

Links to each event are embedded into the calendar entries below.  Scroll to the event of interest, click on the name, and you'll (hopefully) see a URL in the description portion of the event.  If you don't find what you're looking for, contact US 29er President John Papadopoulos (see Contact Us link to the right).

+John Papadopoulos, US 29er Class President
January 11, 2014

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