Sailwave Training

The RYA are planning to hold some Sailwave training during the Youth Nationals if there is demand. (This is the programme we and most classes/clubs use for sailing results).

The 29er Class is desperately short of helpers with knowledge of Sailwave which could impact our ability to effectively manage our GP events.

If you would like attend the teach in please email [email protected] directly with times in the week that would suit you.

After 4 races in a good breeze today and 12 in total .. Nick/Billy were 12th in Gold with James/James 15th and Hannah/Emily 22nd. In Silver Millie/Jess came in 8th in Silver.

Results here  (click on the 29er Icon)


With the Youth Nationals at HISC fast approaching the 29er class have
been asked to provide up to 6 RIBS with driver and crew to provide
Safety cover for the 29er course.
One thing that distinguishes the 29er class from others is the high
level of support that we give every year to help with this event.

The RYA are supplying mark-layers and course safety lead so we just
need to find 5 or 6 RIBs (depending on number of entries and the teams
to crew them).  For those of you that have not been at a Youths before
the RYA are particularly keen to maintain absolute fairness in the way
the event runs so volunteers pretty much can't talk to the sailors
between races, especially their own; Nevertheless it is always an
exciting week with the safety challenges that come with such a large
event (especially at HISC) and great racing to watch and little chance
of seeing anything much from the shore.

We have already secured three of the RIBs we need and a couple of
drivers and would be really pleased to hear from anyone who is
interested in volunteering either as driver or crew for the whole week
or even for a couple of days, also from anyone who would consider
bringing or loaning their RIB.

replies to [email protected]

There are a few places remaining for the 29er Sprint Finals being held at Grafham Water SC on 11/12 March. Entries are limited to 36 boats so if you would like to come please enter now to avoid disappointment.

Click here to enter

Harken GP Series is up after 5 events. Nick/Billy lead on tie break from James/James. Top Girls are still Hannah/Emily though Bella/Anna are close. Top mixed pair are Sarah/Nick in 6th. Top Juniors are Ryan/Louis.


A huge thank you to all those that helped deliver the Winter Championships we are very grateful to Draycote, Ian Bullock and his team as well as all those that volunteered.

Well done Dan and Fin who won comfortably and in an event where no boat managed a top 10 finish in every race they were the only pair to string together a consistent series at the front.

The ranking list is now out (Thank you Chris Hewitt) with the top 4 very tight. Nick/Billy lead from Hannah/Emily then James/James, Dan/Fin.

Crew Changes. Please note that under 8.4 of the NoS for the GPs we have no choice but to ask those that swap around to enter as a new entry or retire. This is not a problem but its definately better to know ahead of the Prizegiving please.  (Thank you Rachel James for your work on the results).

Currently we have 25 entries paid up and secured for the Sprint Finals .. 5 invitations are pending responses and 6 more will go out Monday 6th February, on the basis of the Winters results, for a maximum entry of 36 boats.

Any outstanding invitations not accepted and paid for by midday Thursday 9th February will be offered on a first come first served basis through the club admin link on the event website to the membership.

Given the acceptance rate we have seen that means there is a good chance a few places will be freed up. If you are one of those that has asked for entry please do go to the Class website and enter from midday Thursday 9th February.

We have also asked those that can no longer attend to let us know so we can offer these places out as we want to have exactly 36 entries to make the format work most efficiently.

Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy and Events Centre would like to welcome a small number of 29er sailors to Pwllheli for an additional training session in North Wales over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 4/5 March, to help sailors prepare for the forthcoming GP at Pwllheli. Following the training, boats can be left at Pwllheli ready for the GP on 18/19 March.

Click here for more details

Great video of Chew Valley SC sprints .. 


For those that want to see the format for the Sprint Finals chack out this video from 7.39 onwards ... two former GBR 29ers on display here.... more to follow on the format but expect each boat to sail up to 14 races like this all weekend ... 


The final few sprint events took place this weekend with 11 boats at Chew Valley and 5 at Leigh and Lowton. In total 63 pairs raced at 10 events at 8 different clubs over the winter. A huge thank you to all the clubs that put on events.

Invitations are being sent out to 30 pairings for entry to the National Sprint racing finals. Half of the places are based on results at the sprint events and half on the current National rankings.

The remaining 6 places will be allocated on the results at the upcoming Winter Championships. Any places not taken up by Thursday 9th February will be offered on a first come first served basis to the Class membership via the website from the 10th of February. 

The results from LLSC and CVSC events are below. The final sprint results will be posted on the event website this week on the event page.

Chew Valley SC Results

Leigh & Lowton SC Results

Grafham Water Centre is offering Bed and Breakfast dormitory rooms to families attending the 29er Sprint finals for the Saturday night at £25 per head. We are located next to the sailing club less than a two minute walk. We also have free parking for people staying with us. The Wheatsheaf pub is a five minute walk and serves good food all evening.

To book call Grafham Water Centre on 01480 810 521, you will need to check in and get your key before 5pm on the Saturday.

Preparation is well underway for the new 29er National Sprint Finals - March 11/12 2017 at Grafham - which will be raced under the format used for the 49er/49er FX medal races at the Olympics.  Zhik have are already sent  over some fantsatic prizes and we are working on TV and media coverage etc. We will now have a few extra places due after the Winter Championships please read below.

Winter Champs at Draycote 

SSIs and 2017 MEIs have been posted on the website , there have been some amendemnets and changes due to the 2017-2020 Rules so we recomeend you have a read through these.

We are currently trying to establish how many sailors still wish to enter the Winter Championships on 4/5 Feb. Please enter by end of Friday 20th January and join the waiting list if you wish to attend. Anyone not on the waiting list by this deadline is somewhat less likely to gain entry.If for any reason you need to cancel your accepted entry please inform Lisa membership secretary and she will then offer that to the next entry on the waiting list . This has just happened so the wait list has dropped by one.

More infomation sent to us from a parent after talking to the French National Sailing Centre (ENSVN) cut and pasted verbatum.