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For 2017, the cost of Individual Membership for the part year to 31 December 2017 is only £19.50 per year. Family membership for the part year to 31 December 2017 is £39. Student membership, for members aged 19-24 in full-time education at the start of the membership year, is £25. Our membership year runs from Jan-Dec. Membership is governed by our class constitution, which you can download here:
All 29er sailors will need to be class members to take part in any events or training. If you have any queries regarding membership or events, our Membership Secretary will be happy to help ([email protected])
Anyone who is concerned about a young member’s or participant’s welfare, either outside the sport or within the 29er Class, should inform the 29er Class Welfare Officer or Class Chair immediately, in strict confidence. You can find contact details in the guidelines, and on our website here:
If you have a Rib you can provide for Events throughout the year or are willing to either helm or crew a Rib for events either as safety or race management, we will in future be posting a volunteer sheet to each event page for you to sign up.
If you have a Rib you would be willing to provide, expenses are available per the Rib Policy.
Events can't be run without the generous support of volunteers and parents and it gives us all a great view of the action whilst providing a vital service to provide a safe environment for our sailors.
We are now looking for volunteers to sign up for our Ovington Inland Championships at Grafham Water SC on 18/19 November:
After a cracking start to the season at WPNSA the 29er Sailing Calendar continues with GP2 at Datchet on the 14/15thOctober. If you haven’t entered yet – don’t worry. There is still time (just!), simply go onto https://29eruk.ourclubadmin.com/ where you can find details of how to enter. Datchet should be a perfect venue for the many newcomer to our fleet so if you are joining one of the training groups then please come along and do some “real racing”!
The full programme for the rest of the year is as follows:
|Harken GP 2||14th/15th October ’17||Datchet Water Sailing Club|
|Ovington Inlands||18th/19th November ’17||Grafham Water Sailing Club|
|Harken GP 3||2nd/3rd December ‘17||Rutland Sailing Club|
|Noble Marine Winter Champs||3rd/4th February ‘18||Draycote Water Sailing Club|
|Harken GP 4||24th/25th March ‘18||Hayling Island Sailing Club|
|Harken GP 5||27th/28th May ’18||Pwllheli Sailing Club|
|Harken GP 6||14th/15th July ‘18||Royal Torbay Yacht Club|
The Class would like to bring an amendment to the Notice of Selection for Invitational Training 2017-18 to the membership's attention. As the Ovington Inlands on 18th/19th November is now a standalone event and no longer part of the GP series the notice of selection has been altered to read:
"A reselection for the third, fourth and fifth invitational weekends (IT3-IT5) will be undertaken after the third Grand Prix of 2017 (GP3 at Rutland on 2nd/3rd December)."
"A reselection for the third, fourth and fifth invitational weekends (IT3-IT5) will be undertaken after the fourth Grand Prix of 2017 (GP4 at Rutland on 2nd/3rd December)."
Please note that results from the Ovington Inlands are still included in the Class rolling ranking and therefore still directly influence the likelihood of selection for Invitational Training
While the first round of selection for Invitational Training has completed there is a second round of selection based on the rolling ranking and results in GP3 at Rutland on 2/3rd December 2017.
All crews that made an application for the first round of selection will be considered eligible for the second round.
The 2017 Ovington Inland Championships are now open for 29er entries.
The Inlands are being hosted by Grafham Water Sailing Club over the weekend of 18/19 November. This is one of the highlights of the sailing calendar, with different classes from the Ovington family all racing at the same venue. Due to the popularity of the weekend, there will be an entry limit for 29ers of 50 boats, so please get your entries in early to make sure of your place!
29er Harken GP 1 – New pairing hits the top at WPNSA
By Anna Sturrock and Jo Harris
43 boats rocked up to WPNSA for the first Grand Prix of the series on 23rd/24th September. The fleet launched into the harbour and were welcomed by a good breeze, with 4 races completed promptly and with ease on Saturday. Freddie Peters and Elliot Wells dominated the day with two bullets and two more top 5s to take the overnight lead.
You can view minutes of meetings and other class documents at any time via our website, by selecting 'Everything Else' -> 'Documents' from the main menu.
As agreed at the AGM held at Weymouth on 12th August, a version of the Final Draft Constitution is available to view and comment upon. We would encourage all Members to take a look and if you have any queries, comments or suggestions could you please forward to Michael Black at [email protected] by 12th October please.
Are you in an all girl team? If so, the class has now arranged for some all girls training, run by female coaches, targeted towards female sailors with female specific techniques and setups. This is open to any all girls crew whatever your experience level, from first time in the boat to front of the fleet race level. Part of the aim is to build up a support and friendship amongst the girls in the fleet that will carry on through their time in the class.
The first weekend planned is on the 21st/22nd of October at Draycote Water SC, and there are also two more dates in planning.
The 2018 Major Event Instructions ('MEIs') have now been published.
The 2017 Harken 29er Grand Prix Series is now open for entries. The first event is at WPNSA on 23rd/24th September.
Sailors wishing to be considered for Invitational Training as the UK 29er Class National Squad need to register their interest by completing a squad application.