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.
2019 UK 29er Class National and Open Championship - Final Day
Final day and the 'Nun's' prayers were answered - stunning conditions for the UK 29er Nationals to finish on a high and five races. Ollie Evans and Fin Armstrong were crowned champions after a stunning display of team work throughout the week long regatta at Plas Heli.
2019 UK 29er Class National and Open Championship - Day Three
Monster day on the water so a monster programme - full tracking and plenty of gutsy performances by the 29er sailors with three races. Hold on tight and welcome to the 20 knot club GBR 2898, 2826 and 2787!
2019 UK 29er Class National and Open Championship - Day Two
Calm before the storm - topsy turvy weather with a gap between the big breeze. It was a day of sitting around on both land and water for all of the 29er sailors at their UK Nationals in Plas Heli with Race 5 abandoned just before the windward mark.
2019 UK 29er Class National and Open Championship - Day One
First day of the UK 29er Nationals and with the impending high winds later in the week long regatta, it was four back to back races. Conditions choppy and breezy - classic Pwllheli in the summer but the 29ers sailors took them head on with Armstrong and Evans blasting through the waves to score a...
Over 30 boats took part from four countries at the Easter Regatta hosted by Circolo Vela Arco on Lake Garda. Local team, Zeno Biagio Santini and Marco Misseroni, dominated with four bullets out of eight races winning the overall regatta.
The Main Event - Extensive coverage of Day One at the British Youth Nationals - strong winds made it a day of survival for the gutsy sailors. Interviews, Walkabout Portland Island, Tactician and a whole lot more..
The Main Event - Extensive coverage of Day Two at the British Youth Nationals - what a difference a day makes - very lights winds after the big breeze - Laser Tech Talk, Interviews, Walkabout Portland Island, Tactician with drone analysis and a whole lot more..
The Main Event - Extensive coverage of Day Three at the British Youth Nationals - things go from bad to worse - fog... 420 Tech Talk, Interviews, Walkabout Portland Island including the Crab House Cafe and a whole lot more.
The Main Event - Extensive coverage of Day Four at the British Youth Nationals - finally everything comes together - wind, sun and all fleets hit the water en masse - Nacra 15 Tech Talk, Interviews, Walkabout Nothe Fort including a few Olympic sailors and a whole lot more.
The Main Event - Extensive coverage of the Final Day at the British Youth Nationals - the day that Champions were crowned but was the weather going to play nicely.. Interviews with all of the winners, Race Recap, Portland Walkabout with a massive wrap up of all the action from the week.
The Dutch Youth Regatta - 32 countries, 900 competitors and four days of great racing. The city of Workum in Netherlands welcomes the young sailors every year for a great celebration of youth sailing from across the planet.
Kiel hosted the 1972 Olympic Sailing regatta and is the location for the Young Europeans Sailing competition too. The aspiring Olympic sailors hit the water with total commitment with strong winds and even sunshine - it was a spectacular performance from the next generation of champions.
TME - Nacra 15 ESS 2019 - Young Europeans Sailing - Day One
Big breeze arrived and PRO's first priority for the Nacra 15 fleet was safety - the athletes had to watch the rest of the classes venture out into the Baltic Sea desperate to join them. Extensive programme with Walkabout at the Hotel Kieler Yacht Club and some of the 12 Metre Northern Europe Flee...
All the action from Kiel Week including the official opening and it's the 29ers at their Europeans with perfect conditions for the youth sailors. The International OK Class is also holding their Euros at Kiel Week too with top sailors getting involved including Frederik Lööf, Sweden, multiple wor...