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The British teams scored a double victory in the 29er fleets. The Girl"s team of Frances Peters and Claire Lasko were delighted to have the gold medal in the bag after the second race of the day. They were mostly pleased about the consistency throughout the week"s competition. Peters commented, "It hasn"t sunk in yet. It is a relief because this is what we have been working towards for so long.James Peters, brother of Frances, and Edward Fitzgerald won Great Britain"s second gold medal in the Boy"s 29er fleet.Many many congratulations from all in the UK 29er Class to James, Ed, Francis and Claire for a fantastic performance from all of them, and in doing the lions share in helping to bring the Volvo team Trophy home to GBR.
The British girls still rule the 29er class as Frances Peters and Claire Lasko posted a 2, 1 and 3 on the fourth day of racing of the Championships now being 5 points clear of the second placed boat.In the boy"s fleet the American"s Judge Ryan and Hans Henken had a great day with a 1, 2, 3 bringing them to the top of the pile. Henken explained how they started slow but placed themselves well in the lighter breeze. James Peters and Edward Fitzgerald (GBR) where pushed down to second but are only a point behind the leaders.Great Britain is leading a close four-country battle for the Volvo Trophy, awarded to the best-performing nation at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship.
May I offer an apology to all who attended the above event and were as mystified as I was at the failure to have a prize giving.I have since learnt that at previous events the entry fee funded the prizes, and this was though to be the case by the event organiser this year. Due to a misunderstanding as we all now know this did not happen.The UK 29er Committee will look into the possibility of providing some prizes prehaps to be awarded at the Nationals.May I congratulate all who attended on a good event with a special mention to the ladies team from Norway. Class Chairman. (results on title link) Link: https://docs.google.com/a/29ersailing.org.uk/file/d/0B8IYN9iqy5z5YURCM3hLVEptdUU/edit?usp=drivesdk
The breezy conditions made for plenty of excitement on the 29er course and following three races in both boy"s and girl"s fleet the British and Australian teams continue to dominate the overall standings. James PETERS and Edward FITZGERALD (GBR) won the opening two races in boy"s fleet and although they dropped to tenth in race five after hitting a wave and pitch polling on the final run, they hold the overall lead.Great Britain also leads the Girl"s 29er fleet, with Frances PETERS, James"s older sister, and Claire LASKO posting first, second and third place finishes today. After five top-three finishes the pair have built a six-point cushion at the front but are not getting carried away yet. "I am really pleased to get consistent results this early in the competition but we have a long way to go so we have to keep it up. We have to take each day as it comes," said PETERS.See the website for the full results so far.
The 4th Eurocup of the year is to be hosted by WPNSA this weekend 12/13 July. Already there are 24 entries, including one from Norway, and more are expected. This should be a challenging and fun weekend, with varying wind conditions expected - and hopefully some sunshine! With the Youth Worlds starting in Denmark, a number of top teams will not be present leaving the field open.
James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald pulled through to take 3rd place at Kiel Week with their most consistent day of the regatta. Organisers were keen to launch the fleet promptly to ensure that 3 races could be completed having missed a day with strong wind yesterday. The fleet was split into Gold and Silver, with the Gold fleet launching first and starting their first race at 10.35. James and Ed scored 2,2,3 in gusty, shifty conditions which few were able to be consistent in. The girls found the conditions a bit more challenging, but Becky Diamond and Fiona Hampshire completed a good series, which included 2 bullets, with a 4th in the final race leaving them 5th overall and first girls. Frances Peters and Claire Lasko were just behind in 6th overall putting together a consistent series.
30 knot winds prevented any racing at Kiel today. The forecast for tomorrow is for 12mph and the start has been brought forward half an hour to give the best chance of fitting in 3 more races.
A Bristish pairing still leads the fleet at Kiel. Becky Diamond and Fiona Hampshire head the 94 strong fleet after a 1st and 2nd in their 2 races today. Frances Peters and Claire Lasko are in 6th, and James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald in 7th, both pairs scoring a 4th and 5th today. All 3 were in the 2nd group start and had to wait ashore whilst the first flight sailed 3 races.They eventually launched and started their 1st race in a light breeze at at 15.00. A 3rd race was started, but abandoned due to the falling breeze, which turned out to be the calm before the storm which hit the fleet hard as they sailed to the shore, resulting in many capsizes!
Our 3 British teams have had a great start at Kiel today. After 3 races in gusty and shifty conditions, Frances Peters & Claire Lasko lead the fleet of 94 scoring 2,5,5, Becky Diamond and Fiona Hampshire are in 6th with 3,15,1, and James Peters and Ed Fitzgerald are in 7th place scoring 3,7,10. The regatta continues until Tuesday. Click title for full results so far.
The German 29er Class invites all participants of the 2008 Medemblik Europeans born 1989 or later to the Int. German Youth Nationals. This championship will be sailed right after the Europeans on the nice lake of Zwischenahn next to Oldenburg. It is just about 250 kilometres from Medemblik in the north west of Germany and especially for the Scandinavians right on their way home.Racing is scheduled from 28th to 31st of July and measurements are on Sunday 27th. For further information visit www.29erkv.de/kalender-frs.html or send an email to info@29erkv.de.
Due to their children "moving on" the UK 29er Committee will require at least 3 new members after the AGM at the Nationals.The posts are, Chairman, Vice Chairman and Membership Secetary. We are also continually asking for male and female "sailor reps" to give us feedback and ensure the class is run to the members satisfaction.This is your chance to be a part of the growing 29er class and help make the correct decisions to continue its growth.Meetings are held either by conference call or at a major event so no extra travelling is required.For an informal chat about what is involved and be a part of the decision making for your childs sport, please contact Peter Cooper on 07712897937 or via the club web site. Go on you know you want to.
46 29ers built by Ovington Boats are ready to be shipped to the 2008 ISAF Youth World Championship. The event will boast the largest number of participating countries in its history.Dave Hall - Sales and Marketing director of Ovington Boats says " It has been a challenge but we are proud to be involved with such a prestigious and huge event. Youth sailing is where it all starts, the 29er has proved a worthy tool for today"s young sailors who want modern, exiting dynamic boats to race"The Championship takes place in Arhus, Denmark and starts on the 12th July.www.ovingtonboats.comwww.youthworlds2008.org
See Event Website on the events page or click title link
A parent has kindly volunteered to collect and deliver the shirts from the manufacturers to Medemblik and as a result we will save 5.00 on p & p. This means that the shirts will now cost 28.00. The class makes no profit on the shirts, this is the cost to us and the price reflects the addtional charges for set up, embroidery and logo costs. Final numbers have to be in soon in order for the manufacturer to deliver on time. Please contact Barbara Walker to order a shirt: walkers@draycote.org
On-line entry is now available for the open meeting at Red Wharf Bay on June 21/22. Celebrate the end of exams with 2 days of racing at this new venue for the 29er class. A bargain at 15 for the weekend. Click title link or see Events page.