29er Harken GP4 - Weymouth
By Daniel Budden & James Grummett
On the 24th of July 55 boats took to the water for the 4th Harken Grand Prix at Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy. The breeze was up at 12knts for the first few races and with a keen race officer the fleet launched on time out into the Weymouth Bay.
We get a lot of emails from people asking us questions about how to do things or find information on the website.
A big one is "How do I enter when I'm wait listed". This document has how your pages should look when you go to enter the event. If you do not see the pages like these then it means you are not yet able to enter the event from the waitlist.
By Harvey Martin
Hayling Island hosted the third GP in the Harken series on the 10/11 of October. It started cold and cloudy, with little wind, quite different to that forecasted, but with the usual Hayling tide. This made it an interesting day of racing with few teams being very consistent. Crispin and Tommy lead the first day with Dan and Nathaniel in a close second, counting two 1sts, and Arron and Billy in third. Other race winners included Bella and Ella and Bobby and Harvey.
Royal Torbay Yacht Club hosted the 2nd event in the 2015/16 Harken Grand Prix series over the weekend of 26th/27th September.
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
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.
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:
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.