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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.

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.

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.

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.

It has come to the attention of the International 29er Class that the Class Sail Royalty label which includes the item serial number has for some unexplained reason been “falling off” the sail.

If you are looking to transition from a Junior Class and wish to try out a 29er, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Centre in Weymouth has 3 29ers that can be used for exactly this purpose. The centre will charge £80 per person for a full day with a coach. They will want evidence of the sailors skill level in the chosen Junior class but are happy to accommodate sailors that want to transition into the world of 29er skiff sailing.

ISAF has approved new GRP foils for the 29er to take effect from 1 November 2015. Whilst the foils have been built and produced by a licenced manufacturer and carry the ICA 9er equipment label, the ISAF approved Builders Construction manual has not been updated to reflect the change in material and therefore these foils are currently not permitted for use whilst racing.

Results

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Well done to all our sailors who competed at the Eurpoean Championships in Medemblik. Some superb sailing in tricky conditions saw Crispin Beaumont and Tom Darling taking the Silver Medal and Mimi El-Khazindar and Emma Loveridge taking First Ladies. There were excellent results from our teams at all levels in the event. You can view the full set of results here: 

29er Europeans 2015 Results

The results from the 2015 Harken Grand Prix series are now available online.

Kiel Week 2015 saw ten GBR 29ers competing within the 85 strong fleet from 15 countries. The fleet were split into 3 flights racing a windward leeward course. Despite the light 4 – 8 knot winds on day one the RO managed to complete 4 races. Germans dominated with light weights Paul Pietzcker / Linus V. Oppen (scored 1/1/1/4) ahead Gwendal Lamay / Luke Willim (5/9/2/1) in 2nd; & 3rd Hinnerk Siemsen / Sören Brandt (8/6/2/1). Top Brits were Dan Venables / Patrick Keech (5/10/1/4) in 6th.

There is a great team of UK sailors competing in this week's Eurocup. You can see today's action on the Kieler Wocher Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIc3fCUrEZc

The UK 29er Class Association is pleased to announce that Icom UK will provide a sponsorship package to the class and it's members.