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.
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.
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.
(This will be my final post .... Paul)
At the International 29er Council meeting at Long Beach a decision was made to set up a new Technical Committee to look at Strategic changes to the boat (ie carbon mast) and the UK Class have proposed someone for that committee. This Committee is expected to report back in summer 2018 (I think ?) so while the carbon rig is being discussed it seems unlikely to happen in the very near term. More likely in a 1-3 year horizon and perhaps not at all - there remain plenty of technical and financial issues to deal with - nonetheless the idea is being investigated fully.
The Class Association is pleased to announce the dates for Open Training sessions in 2017-18. There are eight training weekends from September to March open to members wishing to improve their sailing over the winter months. These sessions are open to all and aim to cater for sailors with the full range of abilities and experience.
There are discounts available for booking multiple sessions so look ahead and plan your winter training schedule!
Images from Harken 29er GP 7 at Royal Torbay Yacht Club are now available to view on Jean Border's website.
We are currently working on getting a trailer(s) to take boats to the Europeans in 2018 in Helsinki.
To get on the waiting list please pay a £100 deposit – fully refundable until 1 November 2017. By that time we will have certainty over the payment schedule and cost – we expect the cost will be in the range £750-£900 a boat for the return journey.
We also expect that a portion of the cost will need to be paid in November with further payment likely early in the New Year. It is highly likely full payment will be required before Easter 2018. (We are in negotiations with a few providers and want to understand the potential demand).
We hope to be able to satisfy all those that want to go but will go down the list in date and time order of those on the deposit list. Anyone wishing to drop off the list at any time before 1 November 2017 will get a full refund.