The 29er is a two-person high performance sailing skiff designed by Julian Bethwaite and first produced in 1998. Derived from the Olympic class 49er class, it is raced in the World Sailing Youth Sailing World Championships. The 29er is able to reach high speeds fairly quickly by having a sleek and hydrodynamic hull and will often exceed the wind speed when planing both up and downwind.
The 29er has two sailors, one on trapeze. The rig features a fractional asymmetric spinnaker; a self-tacking jib decreases the work load of the crew, making manoeuvres more efficient and freeing the crew to take the mainsheet upwind and on two-sail reaches. The spinnaker rigging set-up challenges crews to be fit and coordinated, and maneuvers in the boat require athleticism due to its lack of inherent stability and the high speed with which the fully battened mainsail and jib power up.
UK 2018 29er Class National & Open Championship - Qualifying Series
Over 130 youth sailors are racing off Hayling Island to compete for the joint 29er UK Nationals and International Eurocup. Five races with big classic rollers and breeze on - Peters and Wells leading the pack through the Qualifying Series.
UK 2018 29er Class National & Open Championship - Gold & Silver Fleet
Qualifying over and Gold and Silver fleets are battling for position at the UK 29er Nationals and International Eurocup hosted by Hayling Island Sailing Club. Great to see three all female teams and one mixed in the top 10 with plenty more action to come.
UK 2018 29er Class National & Open Championship - Final Day
Weird goings on in Hayling Island - the traditional Final Day fancy dress always allows everyone to showcase their inner 'vogue'. After the fun comes the racing and as competitive as ever with Wilson and Armstrong picking up the crown.