29er (boat)

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Current Specifications
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Class Symbol
Crew 2 (single trapeze)
LOA 4.40 m (14.4 ft)
Beam 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Hull weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Mast height 7,626 mm (300.2 in)
Main & Jib area 13.19 m2 (142.0 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 16.83 m2 (181.2 sq ft)
D-PN 84.51
RYA PN 9222
Infobox last updated: 11 August 2009

The 29er is a two-man high performance sailing skiff designed by Julian Bethwaite and first produced in 1998.

Background

It is targeted at youth, especially those training to sail the larger 49er. It has a single trapeze and a fractional asymmetric spinnaker. The Class is a more modern replacement to Franks previous Laser 2 replacing it in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships. A self-tacking jib decreases the work load of the crew, making manoeuvres more efficient and freeing the crew to take the mainsheet upwind and on two-sail reaches. The spinnaker rigging set-up challenges crews to be fit and coordinated, and manoeuvres in the boat require athleticism due to its lack of inherent stability and the high speed with which the fully battened mainsail and jib power up.

The hull construction is of fibreglass-reinforced polyester in a foam sandwich layout. The fully battened mainsail and jib are made from a transparent Mylar laminate with orange or red Dacron trimming, while the spinnaker is manufactured from ripstop Nylon. The mast is in three parts - an aluminium bottom and middle section, with a polyester-fiberglass composite tip to increase mast bend and decrease both overall weight, and the capsizing moment a heavy mast tip can generate.

The 29er is able to reach high speeds fairly quickly by having a sleek and hydrodynamic hull and will often exceed the wind speed when planing both up and downwind.

Events

World Champions

Year Gold Silver Bronze
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2000, Lake Garda
 New Zealand
Mike Bassett
Mark Kennedy
 Australia
Evan McNicol
John Winning
 New Zealand
Scott Kennedy
Lindsay Kennedy
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2001, Kingston
 Great Britain
John Pink
Tom Weeks
 Great Britain
John Gimson
Simon Marks
 Australia
Joseph Turner
Charles Dorron
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2002 Sydney
 Australia
John Winning
Evan McNicol
 Australia
Nathan Outteridge
Grant Rose
 Australia
Jonathan Bonnitcha
Paul Bonnitcha
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2003 Laredo
 Great Britain
David Evans
Rick Peacock
 Argentina
Pepe Bettini
Federico Villambrosa
 Great Britain
Thomas Smedley
Stevie Wilson
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2004 Lake Silvaplana
 Great Britain
Tristan Jaques
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 Finland
Lauri Lehtinen
Miikka Pennanen
 Australia
David O'Connor
Scott Babbage
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2005 San Francisco
 Australia
Jacqui Bonnitcha
Euan McNicol
 Australia
David O'Connor
Scott Babbage
 United States
John Heineken
Matt Noble
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2006 Weymouth
 Finland
Silja Lehtinen
Scott Babbage
 Great Britain
Dylan Fletcher
Rob Partridge
 United States
Cameron Biehl
Matt Noble
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2007, Buenos Aires
 Argentina
Matia Eunekian Gainza
Federico Villambrosa
 Argentina
Pepe Bettini
Matías Keller
 Argentina
Ignacio Fernández Besada
Tigris Martirosjan
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2008, Melbourne
 Steve Thomas (AUS)
 Jasper Warren (AUS)
 Australia
Byron White
William Ryan
 Great Britain
Max Richardson
Alex Groves
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2009, Lake Garda
 Steve Thomas (AUS)
 Blair Tuke (NZL)
 Australia
Lauren Jeffies
Nathan Outteridge
 Australia
Haylee Outteridge
Iain Jensen
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2010, Freeport
 Kevin Fisher (FRA)
| Glen Gouron (FRA)
 Pepe Bettini (ARG)
 Fernando Gwozdz (ARG)
 Lorenzo Franceschini (ITA)
 Ricardo Camin (ITA)
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2011, Mar del Plata
 Maria Belén TAVELLA (ARG)
 Franco GREGGI (ARG)
 Pepe Bettini (ARG)
 Fernando Gwozdz (ARG)
 Francisco COSENTINO (ARG)
 Tomás WAGMAISTER (ARG)
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2012, Lake Garda

ISAF Youth Sailing World Champions

The 29er has been used as equipment in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.

29er XX and XS

Recently, Bethwaite has been working in San Francisco with Jen Glass designing the 29erXX, a twin trapeze derivative of the 29er. It uses the same hull with some minor changes such as an extended gunwale and a rudder gantry, with a larger rig that includes a square-top main and masthead asymmetric spinnaker. The class became an International Sailing Federation recognised class in its own right in 2010. In late 2012 Bethwaite announced another new version, the 29erXS, aimed at younger and/or lighter sailors. The XS features a similar rig to the XX, but of smaller size fitted to a standard 29er hull and employing a single trapeze. The intention is that sailors can upgrade the rig when they are ready to move to full sized sails, and keep the hull, which will remain standard across all 29er variants.

References

  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

External links

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Builders

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