|Click on the calendar icon to the left to bring up the full size master calendar and move to those months to find the events. There are further details (links, etc.) within each calendar item.|
|The US 29er National Championships is being held at Cascade Locks (aka The Gorge) on July 12-14. The Notice of Race is available for download at the event page on Regatta Network. The event is preceded by a US 29er Class Association sponsored pre-nationals training camp designed to give nationals competitors an opportunity to train on the same waters as the championships. Further details on the camp will be available shortly.|
|Seventeen 29er teams raced the Midwinters East on Biscayne Bay this weekend (March 16-17). Veteran and young teams from Quebec, Ontario, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Orleans, and Florida enjoyed the sunshine and camaraderie this regatta is known for. Newcomers to the class, Stephan Baker and Oliver Duncan, eked out a win over Berta Puig and Bella Casaretto (2018 Youth Worlds silver medalists) by one point.|
Both these teams and many others head to Coronado, California next weekend for the second half of the 2019 Youth Worlds qualifications. It will be interesting to see if any California teams are able to challenge these Florida standouts with local knowledge, or by some other method.
Full results are online here.
The wind in Miami was less than 10 knots throughout the regatta, which didn’t deter PRO Carol Ewing from running a great series (including a mini-series for singlehanded coaches!). The marginal planing conditions were made more difficult by abundant sargassum weed in Biscayne Bay. Racers also spotted dolphins, a ray, and a shark.
Congratulations to all.
|The 9er (that's 49er and 29er) classes will sail their Canadian championships at Kingston Yacht Club August 6-8. See the master calendar.|
|The US Youth Championships (June 21-25, 2019 at Little Egg Harbor YC) website is ready and waiting for you to visit! Note that the entry deadline is April 15th and that entry, as always, is restricted. So please read the details in the Notice of Race soon so that you can accurately and efficiently prepare your request to enter.|
Also note that 29er charter boats are not expected to be available at this event. Contact your preferred charter vendor to verify their intentions.
|The US Jr. Women’s Doublehanded Championships (aka Ida Lewis) are being held at San Diego Yacht Club this summer. There is a 29er division available! Online registration opens Friday March 1st.|
|The San Diego NOOD Regatta has invited the 29er class to race! The NOOD is a three day event but the 29ers will be racing on Saturday and Sunday (March 16-17th) only and will have their own competitor’s meeting at Coronado YC on Saturday morning. Willie McBride will be coaching the event and leading pre- and post-race debriefs. This will be an ideal way to train at the same venue as the 2nd Youth World Qualifier - the 2019 Midwinters West Regatta - on the following weekend (March 22-24). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact JJ Fetter at firstname.lastname@example.org or (619) 602-9415.
To register for the NOOD, click on "Online Registration” at the NOOD website.
To download the Jr. Waiver, click here.
|The 29er Midwinters West Regatta is at Coronado Yacht Club (Coronado, California) on March 22-24. This is the second (of two) US Qualifiers for the US team to the Youth World Sailing Championships. There are special requirements for entrants wishing to compete for the slots on the US Team which deserve your careful attention (please see the Notice of Race for full details) but the one I would like to focus on today is membership in the International 29er Class Association. Please make sure you're membership(s) are correct before the start of the regatta.|
The event website is being hosted on Regatta Toolbox. Click the following Midwinters West Registration Link
|The 29er US Youth World Qualifiers #1 (aka YWQ#1) event hosted by Miami Yacht Club came to a close Monday, February 18th, with an outstanding display of talent by the very-new-to-the29er team of Stephan Baker and Oliver Duncan - who won with a score of 12 points (6 firsts and 3 seconds), 14 points ahead of the second place team of veterans Berta Puig and Bella Casaretto (2018 Youth Worlds Girls Silver Medalists). The purpose of this event was to serve as the first (of two) qualifier regattas for selecting the US 29er teams to represent the US in the 2019 Youth World Sailing Championships (Gdynia, Poland) this summer. However, Canada chose to use it for their qualifying too. In the end, we had 29er teams from across the US, across Canada, and the US Virgin Islands. As you can see on Scuttlebutt Sailing News, Stephan Baker is no stranger to the lime light - he has won numerous national and international Optimist events and finished 2nd at the 2018 Optimist World Championships. We imagine Stephan and Oliver have set some sort of record for ascending to the top of the fleet; welcome to the 29er Stephan and Oliver! For full results, please visit the YWQ#1 event website. The next event in the winter calendar is the 29er Midwinters East event (Miami, FL) in March but the real attention is on 29er Midwinters West (Coronado, CA) where the second and final part of the qualifier series takes place. Lastly, a big thank you to Miami Yacht Club, the US I420 Class, which generously permitted the 29ers to piggy back onto their I420 Midwinters, and to all the volunteers from near and far that made this event possible.|
|The master calendar has been updated to include the Wickford Regatta, Brook E. Gonzalez Advanced Racing Clinic, Commodore Law Trophy Regatta, and the Dinghy Race. These events range from June to August and are across the Long Island Sound/Newport region. Click on the calendar icon to the left to bring up the full size master calendar and move to those months to find the events. There are further details (links, etc.) within each calendar item.|
|The 2019 Midwinters West (March 22-24 @ Coronado YC) event website is now available on Regatta Toolbox. For many years, this event has been a favorite amongst most 29er sailors and is looking to be a strong event again this year too. Note that this event is also the second (and last) qualifying event for the US team to the 2019 Youth World Championships. Lastly, please pay special attention to the Class Association membership requirements for this regatta, which are listed in the ELIGIBILITY section of the Notice of Race.|
|The 2019 Midwinters East (March 16-17 @ Miami Sailing Center) event website is now available on Regatta Network. Please pay special attention to the Class Association membership requirements for this regatta, which are listed in the ELIGIBILITY & ENTRY section of the Notice of Race.|
|The online dues system is now ready to collect Canadian 29er Class Association dues for 2019! Please visit the membership page on www.29ernorthamerican.org by clicking here!|
|The online dues system is now ready to collect US 29er Class Association dues for 2019! Please visit the membership page on www.29ernorthamerican.org by clicking here!|
|The Notice of Race for the YWQ#1 Regatta is now available for download by clicking here!|
It's also being published on the official event website on www.regattanetwork.com
|The 2019 29er North American Championships will be sailed in Squamish (British Columbia, Canada) July 4-6. This event is organized to lead directly into a US 29er Class Association organized training camp at The Gorge (Cascade Locks, OR) on July 9 and 10 and the US 29er Nationals, also at The Gorge, July 12 thru 14. Details on the events, availability of charter boats, trailering, etc. will be announced in early 2019. In the mean time, please don't don't hesitate to contact John Papadopoulos, President of the US 29er Class Association (US29erClass@gmail.com), with your questions.|
|The Alamitos Bay Turkey Day Regatta is a very popular one design event (more than 120 boats across 23 classes) that draws sailors young and old, from San Diego to San Francisco. This regatta is thought to be longest continuously attended 29er event in the history of the 29er class in the US. What makes it so successful? Perhaps it is the turkey dinner Saturday night. Or is it the frozen turkeys and pumpkin pies given out as awards? Who knows. One thing is for sure, the regatta has a long tradition of mild conditions - warm, probably sunny, and mild to moderate winds. As an aside, these mild conditions at the sea shore are are one of the few positives of the Santa Ana winds that are the engine behind the ferocious wild fires that occur in the mountains of So. California each winter. The mild conditions also make this regatta one of the best opportunities to try out 29er racing - it's mellow in spirit, mellow in winds, and generally a fun event. Topping the regatta results were brothers Ian and Noah Nyenhuis, who just a little more than a year ago were one of the youngest (or youngest?) 29er teams at the 2017 Worlds Championships held Alamitos Bay Yacht Club. A big thank you to all that attended, and congratulations to Ian and Noah! For full results, please visit the ABYC website.|
|Every year at the ABYC Turkey Day Regatyta, the US 29er Class Association announces winners of the Pacific Coast Championships. This award goes to the top skipper and top crew (scored separately) from a combined scoring of the 29er Midwinters West, Santa Barbara Skiff Fest, Gorge Skiff Regatta, and the ABYC Turkey Day Regattas. This year's winners are Peter Joslin (San Diego, CA) and Scott Mais (Newport Beach, CA). These two sailor have been sailing together at all these events but narrowly won (on a tie break) over with Ryan Eastwood and Sam Merson, who had sailed to excellent results in the first three events but didn't participate in the Turkey Day Regatta. For those with an interest in the math, we use a weighted scoring system where a sailor's score is divided by the number of entrants in the event - to better reflect the performing well in a larger event. A full ranking of all participants at these events is available for download here.|
|What is YWQ#1, you ask? Its the not-so-imaginative name we chose for the new 29er regatta being held in Miami next February (2019) that is also being used as a qualifier for the Youth World Sailing Championships (YWQ = Youth Worlds Qualifier).|
But don't mistake the silly name for the fact that this is THE regatta for the Spring season on the East Coast and that ALL 29er sailors should seriously consider attending. It's also being used by Canada as their 29er qualifier for the Youth Worlds!
Originally planned for Biscayne Bay (for those that haven't been there, that's the big water in front of downtown Miami) for Friday February 15 thru Sunday the 17th, the event is now sailing Saturday February 16th thru Monday the 18th on the Atlantic Ocean - with Miami YC hosting the event. Monday February 18 is the US President's Day holiday.
Why the change? We're joining with the i420 Midwinters to make things much more efficient for the hard-working regatta volunteers in Miami and to raise the bar a bit higher for 29er sailors by sailing in the ocean. The Notice of Race for the combined i420 Midwinters/29er YWQ#1 is almost done. It will be announced here and elsewhere when it's ready for you to download.
In the meantime, please update your calendars to match the new dates (we've already updated the master calendar above) and start making your travel plans; 29er charter boats can be reserved now from both KO Sailing and DoubleWave. DoubleWave's large trailer is also available for those that want help getting their own boats from So. California to the regatta.
|The Columbus Day weekend (October 6 & 7) was busy with 29er racing at the San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta and the American Yacht Club High Performance Regatta. For many competitors, this was their first 29er regatta and, by all reports, both were very successful. SDOCR results are available here. AYC results were not available online. The SDOCR regatta was the culmination of a new development program, led by JJ Fetter and Giselle Nyenhuis, that included several training clinics in the weeks leading up to the event. The AYC High Performance Regatta was the first test for the newly formed CT Skiff Squad, who have been training intently this fall. See earlier postings below to learn about these efforts.|
|The 2018 Open Orange Bowl Regatta Notice of Race is expected to be published around October 12 on the calendar page of the Regatta Network site. The event is based out of Coconut Grove Sailing Club (Miami, FL) and runs from December 26 thru December 30th. Charter 29ers are being offered by KO Sailing. Please contact them at (800) 276-SAIL or visit www.kosailing.com.|
|Catch up with the 2Niner Squad (Miami, FL) fall program events by visiting here.|
|KO Sailing (Seabrook, TX) has announced that they are now an authorized dealer of the 29er sailboat. They will be offering boat sales, event boat charters, and "truck boat" transport of 29ers - starting this fall with services focussed on training and racing events in Miami. Dealer contact information.|
|26 sailors, mostly new to the 29er, were led thru two days of introduction and training on sailing the 29er by 29er coaches Richard Feeny, Dane & Quinn Wilson, Duncan Williford and Jon Rogers. The event was held at San Diego Yacht Club in late August as part of a long-term plan to create more youth high-performance sailing opportunities in San Diego. A special thanks to program leaders Giselle Camet Nyenhuis and JJ Fetter and the many generous people that contributed time, money, and material to get 10 borrowed boats on the water! This is the first of two clinics, the next being September 22-23rd, preparing these sailors for their first 29er regatta - the San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta (SDOCR) which is scheduled for October 6 and 7. Please check out the clinic web page and SDOCR page.|
|The San Diego Olympic Classes Regatta (SDOCR), October 6 and 7, is now officially part of the 2018/2019 SCYYRA Hamlin 29er Series! In addition to the SDOCR, the Hamlin Series includes the Turkey Day Regatta at Alamitos Bay YC, the 29er Midwinters West Regatta at Coronado Yacht Club, and the Santa Barbara Yacht Club Skiff Fest. For dates and details, please see the Hamlin Series page at SCYYRA.|
|The newest 29er squad has launched in Connecticut! Greg Gigliotti, squad leader, has organized fall training in CT followed by winter training in Miami. Their first training session, sailed out of Indian Harbor YC over Memorial Day weekend, was coached by Veteran 29er sailor Duncan Williford. This squad is also responsible for the recent invitations for 29ers to compete in the American YC High Performance Regatta and Sail Newport's Halloween Howl (see announcements below.) Let's show our support for the sailors by bringing enough teams to these regattas to make them a success! A special shout out to Richard Feeny, squad leader of the Great Northern Skiff Squad, for his generous support of this new squad. You can follow the squad on Instagram at @ct29erskiff|
|The 2018 29er North American Championships in Kingston, Ontario (in conjunction with the CORK International Regatta) recently concluded. The Vancouver, BC team of Eric Lyall and Andrew Moreno, who got off to a bit of rough start (finishes of 7, 10, and a disqualification) won the final seven races - to win by 4 points over the 2nd place team of Jake Adair & Galen Richardson. It's important to note that Eric and Andrew were also the top ranking team at the 2018 US National Championships. To see the full NA Championships results, please click on the: CORK results webpage|
|American Yacht Club (Rye, NY) American Yacht Club is hosting their annual High Performance Regatta (HPR) over the October 6 & 7 weekend and are inviting 29er racers to compete. Please visit the webpage to see the Notice of Race, entry, etc.|
|29ers are invited to compete at the Sail Newport Halloween Howl Regatta on Sunday October 28. Please visit the Halloween Howl webpage to download the Notice of Race.|
|San Diego Yacht Club welcomes 29er racers to attend the newly created Olympic Classes Regatta this October 5 thru 7, 2018. The first day of the event includes registration, check-in, and a reception. Racing will be on Saturday and Sunday (October 6th and 7th.) You can learn more about this event by visiting the SDOCR webpage and reading the press release by clicking here.|