29er 2020 World Championships


It is with great pleasure that we would like to announce that the UK 29er Class and WPNSA have won the bid to host the 29er 2020 World Championships.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Allam and his team at WPNSA for the work they have put into the bid.

The UK 29er Class looks forward to working with the 29er International Class and WPNSA in the coming years.

It’s going to be an epic event - save the date in your diary August 2020!’

Sue Ormerod

Dear 29er Sailors and Parents.

We are a member’s association. As such it is vital we have as much feedback as possible so we can ensure that the events we organise meet your needs.
To help this, we have produced a quick, “Survey Monkey” questionnaire, which you can access by clicking on this link or on the banner below.

Can we please encourage as many people as possible to fill this in. We want to hear from all members – parents or sailors, new to the class or regulars on the circuit – so encourage your friends, ask your sailing partner and make sure everyone you know who sails a 29er and is a class member gets their voice heard!

The questionnaire should take no longer than 4 minutes to complete and will work on a phone, tablet or laptop.

Click Here to Take the Survey

If the above link doesn’t work please paste the attached into your browser: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/29er2018

With kind regards and thank you for your time.

Sue Ormerod

Tim James
Sailing Secretary

RYA UK Youth Squad applications for the British Youth Sailing Team have opened today (13th March 2018) and close 23:59hrs on 6th April 2018 (last day of the RYA Youth National Championships 2018). To apply and obtain more information, including the Notice of Selection and details of the relevant indicators: http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/youth-junior/squads/youth/Pages/selection.aspx. The profiling sign up closes midnight 18th March – to sign up: http://www.rya.org.uk/racing/youth-junior/squads/youth/Pages/profiling.aspx

After advice from WPNSA and talking to our head coach Steve Irish, unfortunately we are going to have to cancel the training this weekend as the forecast is making any time on the water highly unlikely. There is also the added risk of heavy snow on Sunday and the temperature is going to be dangerously cold. We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused and we will try and re-schedule this event however with school exams and an already busy sailing calendar it could be difficult to find a suitable date. We will be reimbursing you for the entry fee.

Whilst the earthquake raged in Swansea, a stillness prevailed in Club Nautica El Balis. The Hungarian team (light builds) put up their sails at 9.30 am in a vain attempt to convince the Race Committee that a howling gale was approaching. The rest of the fleet adopted the prone position and watched the unmoving palm fronds. And so passed Day One of the Barcelona 29er Eurocup.

Freya Black Millie Aldridge Barcelona Eurocup 2018

Unfortunately we have postponed the 29er Sprint Final scheduled for the 10th & 11th March. Many sailors wanted to attend but could not accept their invitation due to their school commitments. We hope to rescheduled this event for a date in the Summer after exams have finished.

We would like to thank everyone who entered and hope you will be able to make the new date. We will let you know as soon as the new date is confirmed.

We will be able to transfer any entry fee paid to the new date or refund the fee if you are unable to make the revised date. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We are delighted to announce that Velocitek are generously supporting the Sprints Finals in 2018 and 2019 by supplying a SpeedPuck to the winning teams. The SpeedPuck is a GPS speedometer which provided speed, heading, maximum speed and automatic shift tracking. The SpeedPuck has data logging capability which can be downloaded by the keen sailor/coach for post training analysis or simply to give you your maximum speed per session for bragging rights in the clubhouse. A big thank you to Velocitek and see you all at the Sprints Finals 2018.

The minutes from the 29er Class Committee Meeting held at Draycote on 3 February 2018 are now available - click here to view them.

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.

With 47 entries, the 29er fleet arrived early on Saturday Morning at Draycote Water Sailing Club for the Noble Marine Winter Champtionships to find a glassy millpond with gentle sleet.

Following completion of the regional sprint racing series, during which 7 qualifying events were held, the invitations to finals are today being sent out to those qualifying either through results at regional sprint racing or through the rolling ranking.
36 invitations are being sent and teams have two weeks to accept and pay for their entry before this is opened to others.

We look forward to seeing you at the second National 29er Sprint championship final.

Click here to download the Notice of Race

We are delighted to announce that the Allen 29er Summer Championships 2018 will be hosted by Royal Torbay Yacht Club on 25, 26 and 27 August 2018 as part of the Torbay Royal Regatta. Booking will be through the 29er Class website. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Allen we have an exciting list of goodies to be won so please save the date. Prior to the Championship the Royal Torbay Yacht Club will host two days of Open Training on 23 and 24 August 2018. Booking will be through the 29er website and there will be training tailored towards transitioning boats as well as in depth race training for the more experienced boats.

We have managed to secure an additional training weekend for the ladies in our fleet to take place on the 10th and 11th February at Draycotte. This weekend will be run by Alice Masterman and will be really useful for the girls to learn a bit more about specific techniques for them especially about boat set up and handling.

Registration for this is now open on the class website - click here to enter.

Best Regards

Paul Miller
Training Officer

We are planning to have a transitional squad running for the last three open training sessions on the following dates:

  • 20/21st Jan- Draycote SC
  • 17/18th Feb- Datchet SC
  • 17/18th Mar- WPNSA

This group is aimed at the following group of sailors:

We are pleased to announce the dates for the 2018 sprint finals to be held again at Grafham Water Sailing Club on 10th and 11th March next year.

The format of racing will be similar to 2017 with 36 qualified boats battling it out for the title of sprint champions.

Qualification for the event will be by the following methods:

Harken GP3 2017

The report from our Harken Grand Prix Round 3 at Rutland Sailing Club has now been published.

Click here to view the report from Harken GP3 at Rutland SC

The Class has issued a new version of the Notice of Selection for Invitational Training 2017-18, that it would like to bring to the membership's attention.

Click here to view a copy of the Invitational Training Notice of Selection (Version 2)

Please note that you must register if you want to be considered for the second round. I would like to clarify we are not taking forward anyone automatically from round one, you must re-register by the end of the day on Sunday.

Paul Miller, Training Officer

Link to the write up for the 29er Inlands at Grafham Water Sailing Club. Don't forget to sign up for the next training sessions and the GP at Rutland.


Following an incident of entanglement at the 29er World Championships in Long Beach the Class President set up a panel to review the incident and one of the first recommendations from that review was that the Class Rules be changed to make it mandatory for all sailors to carry a waterproof / Solas whistle. Barry Johnson has now got this rule change through World Sailing and it was published yesterday and effective yesterday.

The UK Class must abide by the class rules. Therefore we would ask that all sailors attempt to comply. However, given the short notice, the penalty for infringement this weekend will be limited to a warning. The rule will be enforced at future events and therefore all sailors should ensure that they have a whistle on a lanyard in their buoyancy aids in the future.