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Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
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Grafham Water Sailing Club
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Rutland Sailing Club
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Noble Marine Winter Championship
Draycote Water Sailing Club
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Poole Yacht Club
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Royal Torbay Yacht Club
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Harken 2015/16 Series - Round 5
Marconi Sailing Club
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Harken 2015/16 Series - Round 7
Ullswater Yacht Club
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Harken 2015/16 Series - Round 8
Hayling Island Sailing Club
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Below is a new Race Management Guidance document that the UK 29er Class Association sends to its host clubs for events. We are publishing this so that sailors and parents can see what type of racing we as a Class are asking our race officers to deliver.

It is very important to note that this document only contains guidance and so there remains considerable discretion in the race officers hands. Taken in concert with the SIs this provides a clear framework for the racing we aim provide.

This will be a document that we intend to update over time with feedback from our PROs as well as Class members. We welcome any thoughts and feedback on this document and how we run the racing with a view to being open minded about how we can improve the racing the class provides alongside our host clubs.

I want to thank David Campbell-James, Peter Saxton, Ian Bullock, Stuart Childerley and Tim Hancock for taking the time to comment on drafts and assist with putting this together as well as work from the 29er Committee

Best Regards

Paul Hammett

RMG Race Management Guidelines

After positive feedback we have decided to continue the new comers support at HISC GP3 with support on Saturday and Sunday. Alice Masterman and Charlie Darling will do a day each - both were previously members of the 29er Youth squad. We have decided in response to feedback they will focus specifically on boat and rig set up as well as being a support boat between races. They will take some photo's of the sailors rigs for discussion on and after sailing.

This is open to up to 8 boats at a cost of £20 for the two days.

Please enter ASAP and apologies for the late notice but we had such positive feedback we have decided to extend this beyond the original two weekends.

Royal Torbay Yacht Club hosted the 2nd event in the 2015/16 Harken Grand Prix series over the weekend of 26th/27th September.

Saturday dawned and the 47 teams were greeted with glorious sunny conditions but with a very light, unstable wind. It was good to see so many new faces in the fleet. The plan for the weekend was to complete 5 races on the Saturday and 4 on the Sunday.

The first race started in a shifty 7 knot breeze but as the day progressed, the wind direction stabilised and strengthened to circa 10 knots, with a small swell starting to form adding to the already challenging conditions.

Saturday was won by Crispin Beaumount and Tom Darling (Bartley/HISC), who posted two race wins on the day to lead overnight, one point ahead of Dan Venables and Nathaniel Gordon (Sutton/Parkstone). Other race winners on the day were the pairings of Bobby Hewitt and Harvey Martin (Leigh & Lowton/Ogston), all girl team of Courtney Bilbrough and Harriet Ward (HISC) and the mixed team of Hattie Rogers and Ben Batten, Hattie being a newcomer to the fleet and showing excellent form.

Sunday arrived with the same blue skies, but a contrasting wind strength of a steady 14-18 knots greeted the sailors and bigger waves.

And indeed Sunday turned out to be a completely different day, with conditions favouring the heavier teams. Of note was the dominant performance on the day by James Grummet and Daniel Budden (Leigh & Lowton/Burwain) to take 3 race wins to climb to overall fourth but could not overhaul the unassailable lead of Crispin and Tom who put together an impressive race series and won the event with a race to spare and a 10 point margin. Oliver Aldridge and Jamie Jobson (Poole/Torbay) were the other race winners on that day.

Overall Bobby and Harvey finished second, with Dan and Nathaniel one point behind in third. First juniors were Elliot Wells and Josh Boniface (HISC) in 8th overall and first ladies were Hannah Bristow and Emily Covell (HISC) in 9th overall with a good Sunday of results.

Full results can be found here

Phil Walker, 29er National Squad Coach, will be at the following 3 events to provide support for the whole fleet. No charge or registration is required.

10/11 Oct – HISC – to focus on the features of bay sailing , chop, tide impact , sea breeze if sunny
24/25 Oct – WPNSA – to focus on gain feature racing (Portland Bill) or waves in bay
16/17 Jan – Draycote – to focus shift racing

Phil will be attending these three events and will hold a briefing immediately after the competitors briefing on the Saturday morning and a de-briefing 1 hour after the last race finishes on Saturday night. Location to be communicated at the main briefing. This is open to all members of the fleet and we encourage sailors to come armed with questions and thoughts for the evening de-brief so we can have an interesting and informative discussion about the day’s racing.

Phil will also be on the water both days at these events (likely in a blue RYA RIB).

He is there as a resource for the whole fleet.

GRP Foils

Following an exhaustive process the International 29er Class is pleased to announce that ISAF approval for the use of the new GRP Foils has been received.

Approval to use the GRP foils takes effect from 1 November 2015.

The class rules have been amended to include the new foils along with the maintenance and repair to such should the necessity arise.

Please note that the submission to amend the current class rule to reflect the implementation of the GRP foils along with the changes approved at the August 2015 World Council meeting is currently with the ISAF.

It is planned that the effective date for all amendments to the current class rule will commence 1 January 2016.

For those unaware the ISAF office is currently extremely busy preparing for the ISAF Annual Conference in November hence the Jan 1 date being recommended. Although the Class Rule amendments will not be in place for events between the 1 November 2015 and Jan 1 2016 ISAF approval as received allows for their use.

The ISAF Youth Worlds will not be compromised as all boats are manufactures supplied and will be rigged and supplied in accordance with the appropriate class rule.

As previously stated above the class has carefully considered the matter over a number of years and are now satisfied that the new GRP foils will be a welcomed addition to the sailors and parents alike.

Thanks to Dr Jason Smithwick (ISAF), Julian Bethwaite and Chris Turner for their dedication, support and understanding over the past years while this matter has progressed.

Best Regards

Barry Johnson
Chairman 29er Class Technical Committee
1 October 2015

If you are planning on going to Garda and thinking about ways to get your boat there, a number of people have pooled together and organised a six stack trailer to go.

In total, it will take 7 boats, 6 on the trailer, one on the roof.

The price will be between £500 and £583 depending on whether it is 7 boats or 6 boats.

Loading will take place at WPNSA after the grand prix there on Sunday, 25th October.

If you are interested and want to know more, then please contact

Barry Jobson 07816 659506 [email protected]
Martin Aldridge [email protected]

You will need to be quick so that this can be finalised

I am pleased to announce that Lisa Black has agreed to take on the role of 29er Class Administrator as of 1 October. Lisa has two sailors in the 29er fleet and has been administrator for the IOCA Optimist Teams among other roles.

Sally Thomas, our outgoing Administrator, has worked incredibly hard for the Class over the last couple of years and I want to thank Sally for this work and also for staying on to help Lisa transition.

For the time being Sally and Lisa will be available on [email protected] with Lisa up and running fully from 1 October.

Paul Hammett, Chairman

The proposal for the new 29er GRP foils has been submitted to ISAF and the class are hoping for a 1 Nov 2015 date, but as yet, they have not been approved.  We will post a notice on these as soon as we hear back from ISAF via the International 29er Class. Until approval is confirmed from ISAF these foils will not be able to be used for racing.

We are currently experiencing some unique pressures with our training programme for a number of reasons, not least the rapid growth of the class, inclusion of TT squad into class training and a transition between administrators. This means Steve Norbury is absolutely jammed trying to keep his head above water in arranging probably the largest two handed Youth boat training programme in the World.

We would please ask that all applicants bear with us and we will try our best where we can to accommodate as many as we can. However, a few points to note;

Since becoming 29er Chairman a few people have questioned the performance of the UK 29er Fleet Internationally. So I have pulled together some other data to provide a broader picture to measure performance of the fleet during 2015.

It is my personal view that the UK 29er fleet compares very well but I will leave you to draw your own conclusions from the data presented.

Thank you to all of the 29er sailors and parents that completed the 29er Nationals Survey. It provided some interesting and at times amusing data points on the fleet and what you want at the Nationals. We had a total of 185 responses of which roughly half were parents and half sailors with a fairly even spread of experience or time in the fleet.

By Elliot Wells

Poole Yacht Club hosted the first GP of the season sponsored by Harken on September 5th and 6th. It was excellent to see lots of new faces around the boat park and 44 boats were entered. The wind was light and shifty to start, which made the sailing interesting. The day started with the wind coming from the North at 4-7 knots and slowly moving east strengthening to 14 knots at the end of the day, with some large shifts and changes in pressure. It was a very difficult day for the race officer because of some of the big shifts coming down the course and he did a good job getting 5 races in. Sunday came and there was no wind the fleet waited and waited and waited and waited but no wind came and the sailing was cancelled.

The class provides travel grants for international competition to sailors within the class who meet the qualifying criteria.