For a large version of ths calendar, click on the North American Racing Calendar link to the right. To learn about subscribing to this calendar, see the notes at bottom of this page.
Fall CORK Regatta Eleven 29er teams raced at the Fall CORK Regatta (Kingston, ON). The winds on the
first day were from the North (not the usual direction) and shifty; four races were completed.
No racing for the 29ers on Sunday as the wind just wouldn't settled in.
1st - Charles Savard & Louis Riel-Brockie
2nd - Aidan Chiu & Mark McCutcheon
3rd - Galen Richardson & Josh Yale
Lyall and Woods win 29er NA Champs Eric Lyall and Andrew Wood won over field of 29 teams across a total of 15 races. These two sailors are more normally found
on opposing boats that compete hard against each other for the top CAN team. For full official results visit the CORK
website http://cork.org/past-results/results2016/INT/29R.html. To see a
history of 29er NA Championships, please visit the "Our Champions"
page (see permanent link to the right)
Skiff Squad Website Learning to sail a 29er well is a challenging task, requiring professional coaching to get the most out of the sailors and the boat. With only a
few skiff coaches available across the US, it is crucial that 29er teams train together regularly and have regular coaching to monitor and adjust each
team's training regimen appropriately. These small groups of sailors and coach(es) are skiff squads. Leading US Skiff Coach Willie McBride
has created a website -
www.skiffsquad.com - to introduce squads and training opportunities to the community. The US 29er Class
Association fully endorses the squad concept and recommends that all 29er racers visit the
www.skiffsquad.com website to find (or help create) a squad appropriate for their needs.
CAN 9er Demo Day
Please come to the Canadian 9er classes 9er demo day on Aug 11 in Kingston, Ontario.
Opti, C420 and Radial sailors are especially welcome. To learn more, visit the event website http://demo.9er.ca
Louisa Nordstrom and Cate Mollerus win at Newport Regatta Seven teams made an innaugural showing of the 29er at the
Newport Regatta, held the weekend of July 9 & 10.
Catherine (aka Cate) Mollerus (Larchmont, NY) and Louisa Nordstrom (Florida), both new to the 29er, are pushing hard to get ready for the 29er Worlds
this season in Medemblik, NED. You may recognized Cate from her recent second place finish at the 2016 US Nationals where she sailed with
Christopher Williford. The 29ers were invited to the Newport Regatta as part of a growing support for high performance youth sailing in the
region. Click on the regatta link above for full results.
Ryan Ratliffe and Sam Merson win US 29er Nationals Coming into the final day of the regatta, the team of Crhistopher Williford (Ft. Lauderdale)
and Cate Mollerus (Larchmont, NY) had finished first in four of the seven race completed so far; holding a 4 point lead over the second place team of
Ryan and Andrew Wood (Vancouver, BC). Three other teams were within easy striking distance of the top spot. However the weather forecast for
the final day was grim and the morning started out that way - a north wind was blowing against the normal sea breeze - which means that the wind would
die out in the convergence zone across the bay. And it did. The race committee initially postponed the fleet ashore and then called the
fleet out to the race area to be ready when the sea breeze would break thru. And when it did, the fleet was provided with some of the best racing
conditions seen the whole regatta, allowing for the remaining 4 races to be compelted. The team of Ryan Ratliffe and Sam Merson (San Diego, CA) "won the
day" with finishes of 2, 1, 1, and 3 - against Christopher and Catherine's 1, 6, 6, 2 - to win the 2016 US 29er National Championships. For
final results, please
(L-R: Sam Merson, Ryan
(L-R: Prize Winners, John Papadopoulos, PRO
US 29er Nationals Racing Underway 35 teams are competing at the US 29er National Championships this week in Newport, Rhode Island - hosted by Sail Newport.
The regatta has a very international flavor with teams representing Canada, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Antigua, New Zealand, and the USA. Racing
results are being published online at the event website http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12016.
Falmouth 29er Regatta Open for Registration 29er sailors are invited to attend the brand new 29er regatta being hosted by Falmouth Yacht Club this August 3 and 4.
For the Notice of Race, please visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/12871
Come try out the 29er at the Canadian Demo Day
The Canadian 9er classes are offering young sailors the chance to demo a skiff on August 11, 2016 – the day before
Opti CORK - at Kingston Harbour (Kingston, ON).
Click here for more details.
Zim Announces Summer 29er Charter Boat Offerings Zim Sailing (Warren, RI) is offering a variety of options on chartering a 29er for the coming season in New England. Please click on
this link or the image to download
Brill and Brill win 2016 29er Midwinters West Max Brill (San Diego), reigning US 29er National Champion, and his brother Ian (San Diego) put together an excellent series of races - their worst score
was a third place - to win the 2016 29er Midwinters Regatta at Coronado Yacht Club (Coronado, California). The three day event included 12 races that
were sailed in winds ranging from 9 knots to mid teeens. The 27 teams that raced icame from near and far: British Columbia, Oregon, California, Florida,
and the US Virgin Islands. Full results are available at this link.
2016 Summer Roadmap for West Coast Teams The following series of summer events are recommended for US West Coast 29er teams. Boat transportation from California to Rhode Island, to Cascade
Locks, and then back to California is available thru DoubleWave. British Columbia 29er sailors are
encouraged to attend the ODP Training Camp and Gorge Skiff Regatta at Cascade Locks, OR.
2016 Summer Roadmap for East Coast Teams The following summer events are recommended for all US East Coast 29er teams. Eastern Canadian teams are encouraged to attend the US 29er Nationals, Sail Newport, and Falmouth 29er Regattas.
Contact ZIM Sailing regarding charter boats for East Coast events.
June 4-5 - ODP All-Girls Skiff Camp - by resume/invitation (Newport, RI) June 16-19 - Brooke E Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic - by resume (Sail Newport)
June 24-26 - ODP Training Camp (Sail Newport)
June 27-30 - 29er Nationals (Sail Newport)
July 8-10 - Sail Newport Regatta (Sail Newport)
July 14 - Junior Olympics @ Niantic Bay Yacht Club (Niantic, CT)
August 4-5 - Falmouth 29er Regatta (Falmouth, MA)
August 5-9 - US Sailing Youth Championships
(Coronado, CA) (optional) August 14-18 - 29er North Americans at CORK (Kingston, ONT CAN)
2016 Midwinters West Online Click on the following links for the 2016 29er Midwinters West Regatta (Coronado Yacht Club)
Notice of Race and
Online Entry Form. Charter
boats are available thru DoubleWave; contact John at (949) 466-0888 or email@example.com for details.
2016 ODP 29er Master Calendar Posted 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
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.
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.
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
POSTPONED ` 29er Midwinters
29ers Available For Charter From Zim Sailing Click the image above or
here to learn more.
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
racers: Ryan Wood/Andrew Wood (BC) - 28th in Gold Flight Stephane Vinet/Sophie Vinet (Quebec) - 23rd in Bronze Flight
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.
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.
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
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.
2015 US 29er National Championships
July 21, 2015
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:
July 22, 2015 - Registration/Inspection 1400 to 1700 - Registration/Check-In at Junior Room 1000 to 1700 - Equipment Inspection 1700 - Close of
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!
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.
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 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 -
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Most smart devices (e.g. iPads and smartphones), the Apple OSX Calendar program, and some Windows calendaring programs can subscribe to
this calendar - which means you see these events without having to visit this site and that updates to the calendar will show up automatically to your device/application
with little or no effort on your part.
Apple Mac OSX and Microsoft Windows Outlook
2007 users: Read this PDF.
Apple iPhone/iPad users:
1) Tap and hold your finger on
this link 2) A menu will pop up - tap the "Copy" option
3) Tap the "Settings" icon for your device 4) Tap the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" icon
5) Tap "Add Account"
6) Tap "Other" (located at the bottom of the list)
7) Tap "Add Subscribed Calendar"
-- DO NOT add the 29er NA Master Calendar to an existing calendar on your device.
8) Tap the area to the right of "Server" and then tap the "Paste" pop-up that should occur. The data you copied
should have pasted into the entry window.
9) Tap "Next", located in the upper right corner of the screen
10) The device will verify connection to the online calendar and will report the name of the server, the description of
the calendar, and more. You can edit the Description if you wish.
11) Tap "Save"
29er Social Media Please visit the 29er Nother American Facebook page for news, photos, and more by clicking the Facebook logo.
You may find the 29er Google Groups useful too. These groups
are used by the Class to make broadcast announcements and for 29er sailors and enthusiasts
to share, ask questions, etc. They are ogranized into two groups:
East Coast and West Coasts however don't hesitate to join
either or both as you see fit. To visit the groups, click on the
corresponding link below. Posting is limited to Google Group
Click this link to learn about joining a Google Group.