The 2007 Eurocup season opened at Denia, Spain over the long weekend 16 - 18 March. 22 boats from four nations made the trip, 11 races were sailed, and the GBR team of James Rusden & Ben Saxton emerged winners....
Notice of Race now published for the 2007 Nationals, to be held at Llandudno in August. Click title for NOR, go to events calendar for entry form. Link: https://docs.google.com/a/29ersailing.org.uk/file/d/0B8IYN9iqy5z5M2VCQVJHUFRqalE/edit?usp=drivesdk
Online entry is now live for the Youth Nationals; click title above to go to the event website, giving access to all details. Note that qualifying and final race series are planned for the 29er class; this takes place as part of the event, just like the 29er Worlds. There is NO requirement to pre-qualify before the event. All youth 29er sailors should enter this championship.
The first Eurocup event of 2007 is at Denia, Spain (last year"s Europeans venue) on 16 - 18 March. Click title above to view letter of invitation; go to Events page for Notice of Race. Link: https://docs.google.com/a/29ersailing.org.uk/file/d/0B8IYN9iqy5z5QlJldUVOZTctalU/edit?usp=drivesdk
Get a copy of all the action from Argentina 2007.Send an email to [email protected], they will then reply (may take a while)The process is that they email to confirm your request, then you make a payment to them through Western Union Direct for 18.
36 29ers (and 1 29erXX) made it to the light wind 2007 Tiger Trophy at Rutland SC. Only one of the scheduled three handicap races were completed on Saturday, and the pursuit race on Sunday. Won by a Thames A Rater; leading 29er James Rusden & Ben Saxton was 4th overall. Frances Peters & Hannah Diamond were 2nd 29er and overall 1st ladies.
After trouble last year, Rutland Sailing Club are enforcing their "Under 18 year olds must be accompanied by a responsible adult" rule at the Tiger Dinner this year. Altough the rule is clearly stated on the entry form, they have received a number of dinner ticket applications from under-18s, including 29ers, where there is no apparent responsible person.The club are not releasing these dinner tickets until they have had confirmation of who the responsible adult is and may resell the tickets if this is not sorted promptly.
Matias Gainza Eurnekian and Federico Villambrosa secured their title as World Champions with a 21 point win over 2nd place Pepe Bettini and Matias Keller. The Argentines secured the top 10 places, only broken by the top female and youth team of Sophie Weguelin and Sophie Ainsworth of Great Britain (8th overall).
Day 5 raced in 6 - 10 knots breeze; Argentines still dominant after 8 finals races; Matias Gainza Eurnekian & Federico Villambrosa leading by 2 points. Leading British boats are now James Peters & Oliver Spensley-Corfield in 9th, and Sophie Weguelin & Sophie Ainsworth in 11th.Today (Saturday) is the last day of the event with 4 more races left to decide the winners, but it looks like a field day for the home team.
Argentine boats continue to dominate as the final series commences. Thursday saw 4 races sailed as scheduled, in 7 - 12 knots, leaving Pepe Bettini and Matias Keller as overnight leaders. James Ellis/Rob Partridge lead the British challenge in 4th place.Racing continues today (Friday).Click title above for event website and full results.
The Dinghy Show takes place at Alexandra Palace - London on the 3rd and 4th March. The 29er class will have 2 boats on show; one on the RYA Youth stand and one on Ovington Boat"s stand. We need volunteers to be on the 2 stands over the weekend, ideally 2 at a time for a morning or afternoon shift, if we have enough the morning and afternoon can be split further.The minimum number of people needed is 16. A free ticket and new T shirt is provided (macho for the males and girly style for the females!). All you will need to do is chat enthusiastically about the 29er and the class association.Please come and help - it is a great social weekend.To volunteer contact Dave Hall (Email:- [email protected]:- 07071 293949), who is looking forward to hearing from you.
Thunderstorms and fickle winds have caused the abandonment of all racing on day 3. This means the qualifying series is concluded with 8 races only. Wednesday is a lay day; final series racing is due to commence on Thursday; 9 GBR boats will compete in the gold fleet.
After 2 days and 8 qualifying races, Argentine boata fill the top 4 places. Leading GBR boat is Huw Humphries & Max Todd in 5th. 4 more qualifying races are scheduled for Tuesday, then the fleet splits into gold and silver.