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
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: [email protected]
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.
This combined training and race weekend over the spring bank holiday attracted 12 boats which included a large contingent from Draycote.Saturday saw 25-30 knot winds and 5" waves in the Solent. Report and pictures the the title link. Link: https://docs.google.com/a/29ersailing.org.uk/file/d/0B8IYN9iqy5z5bkM5VzgzWkhfNkU/edit?usp=drivesdk
Polo shirts for the European Championships in Medemblik will be available at 33.00 each. There will be an embroidered logo on the front, similar in style to that produced for the Worlds. In addition there will be a large GBR logo on the back.Those interested in purchasing a shirt should contact Barbara Walker at: [email protected] and place an order no later than 30th May.
James Peters (Hayling Island) and Ed Fitzgerald (Chichester) have produced almost a flawless week"s racing to claim both the 2008 RYA Youth Nationals overall and boys" 29er crowns.The duo won six of the 10 races in the series to romp to overall glory by eight points from James" elder sister Frances and Claire Lasko (Thame, Oxon). However in claiming overall silver, Peters and Lasko are 2008 29er girls" champions, Frances successfully reclaiming the title she won at Hayling Island in 2007.Click lnk for more info
A good turn out of 25 boats enjoyed the blustery conditions at Draycote over the weekend. A convincing win by Youth World Champions Max Richardson and Alex Groves, followed by 1st girls Becky Diamond & Fiona Hampshire in 2nd on countback from Phil Walker and John Mather. Follow link for full results.
A great turnout of 39 29ers braved the freezing blustery conditions at the Tiger Trophy held on Rutland Water this weekend. 29ers accounted for 1/4 of the top 10% of places in the 240 boat fleet! Well done to James Peters & Ed Fitzgerald in 4th, Tom Durham & Alex Cooper in 8th, Nick Redding and Adam Hilton 12th, Frances Peters & Claire Lasko 19th, Becky Diamond & Fiona Hampshire 20th, and Adam Larvin & Graham Wheaton 21st. Full results on the title link.
Max Richardson & Alex Groves of Hastings SC and Island Barn SC today claimed Youth Gold Medals, and bronze overall, in a nail biting finish to the 29er World Championships in Sorrento. Australians Thomas and Warren clinched overall Gold with 2 1st places in the final 2 races of what has been a challenging and exciting finals. The fleet launched on time and sailed the first race of the day in a 6 knot easterly breeze. GBR scored 3 top 10 results in the race. The fleet were then sent ashore as the breeze dropped. Once the sea breeze kicked in, the fleet were again launched in a good 15-20 knot easterly breeze. The stronger wind did not suit Dutch girls Bekkering/Kisters who dropped to 6th overall. Bleddyn & Tom raised their game, in spite of an OCS in the 2nd race of the day to finish 4th overall. With James & Ed finishing 7th overall, GBR had 3 teams in the top 10 which comprised of 7 Nationalities showing the depth of competition. A fantastic result by all GBR sailors at what has been a superb event.
The first day of the finals was one of those difficult days most sailors wish to forget. The gradient offshore breeze battled with a sea breeze with neither winning, which meant fluctuating direction and strength never exceeding 15 knots. The leader board has changed considerably with Dutch female sailors Bekkering/Kisters putting in the best results in a high scoring day to take the lead. James and Ed moved up to 2nd with the leading Aussies Thomas/Warren displaced to 3rd by the game of snakes & ladders in largely unpredictable conditions. Other notable individual GBR results were a 5th from Max and Alex and a 2nd from Becky and Fiona. With most sailors carrying high scores and with 8 races still scheduled with light conditions due to continue, it is anybody"s guess as to what the next two days will hold. For full results of all fleets click on the title link.
The temperature dropped at least 10 degrees compared to yesterday to make this a pleasant summer"s day with big winds blowing in from the ocean and therefore offshore at Sorrento. Two races were sailed in the morning and then the fleet retired for a lunch break and to lick their wounds. Things were not totally straightforward at the front of the fleet with some leading boats capsizing or having trouble with spinnakers in the shifty gusts and short chop.In blue flight Thomas/Warren (AUS) held on to two 1st places and in red Sogaard/Kristensen (DEN) pulled of a 1st and 3rd, placing these two boats 1st and 2nd at lunch break. Mixed fortunes for Peters/Fitzgerald left 3 GBR boats all on 22 points in 3rd, 4th and 5th.The fleet relaunched after lunch, but were soon called back ashore as the wind continued to build.GBR boats Cooper/Durham and Humphreys/Gibbs also won races today.Qualification has concluded with an impressive 7 GBR teams making the cut for gold fleet.Click title for full results
Saturday in Australia brought moderate to light conditions with soaring temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The wind was N/NE 10-15 knots then a weak Southerly sea breeze. Zinc sticks were applied to noses and necks.Yellow flight today included four GBR boats with Richardson/Groves taking charge with four bullets. Race 3 was the most closely contended with the first three boats finishing within a few seconds of each other.Peters/Fitzgerald were in red and finished second on the day"s leader board, winning the two afternoon races as the breeze weakened. They take the overall lead from Thomas/Warren.Australian female team Natrass/Muller had a good day and are chasing the Danish and Dutch teams, closely followed by Diamond/Hampshire and Peters/Lasko, who made a bid for gold fleet by winning their last two races in green flight.Other race wins: Australians Mighell/Llewelyn (two wins), New Zealanders Maloney/Tuke, Australians O"Rourke/Walker, Danish male team Sogaard/ Kristensen and female team Andersen/