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Irish 29er Girls Lead Going in to Last Two Days of World Championships

5th August 2022
29er Worlds - 242 crews from 26 countries over three courses are vying for victory at this year's championships
29er Worlds - 242 crews from 26 countries over three courses are vying for victory at this year's championships Credit: Laura Carrau/CN El Balis

Team Ireland has got off to a flying start at the 29er World Championships in Club Nautic, El Balis Spain with four Irish boats in the gold fleet after the three-day qualifying series.

242 crews from 26 countries over three courses are vying for victory at this year's championships.

Today, Ireland is going into the final two days of the Championships.

29er Worlds - Irish lead female division29er Worlds - Irish lead female division - see full results below

Lucia Cullen (Royal St George) and Alana Twomey (Royal Cork) are now leading the Female World Championship and are in eighth place overall.

They are joined in the gold fleet by sister and brother, paring Clementine and Nathan Van Steenberg in 19th place and Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain in 32nd place with James Dwyer and Johnny Flynn in 38th place.

Team Ireland have six other boats flying the flag for Ireland at the 29er World Championships in Spain. Sisters Jessica and Emily Riordan, Emily Conan and Erin McIIwaine, Lauren O'Callaghan and Fiona Ferguson, William Walsh and Sorcha Gannon O’ Conner, Lara Little and Russel Bolger, Trevor Bolger and Lorcan Little.

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About the 29er Skiff Dinghy

The 29er is a one-design double-handed, single trapeze skiff for youth sailors.

There is an active class in Ireland, just one of the 38-countries from across all continents now racing the high-performance skiff.

The 29er is one of the latest dinghy classes to arrive in Ireland and has a 50/50 split between boys and girls.

The class like to describe the boat as "The most popular skiff for sailors who want to go fast!".

Derived from the Olympic class 49er class and designed by Julian Bethwaite the 29er was first produced in 1998.

Two sailors sail the 29er, one on trapeze.

The class is targeted at youth sailors aiming at sailing the larger 49er which is an Olympic class.


The 6.25-metre high rig features a fractional asymmetrical spinnaker; a self-tacking jib decreases the workload of the crew, making manoeuvres more efficient and freeing the crew to take the mainsheet upwind and on two-sail reaches.

The 15.00 m2 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 74kg weight hull is constructed 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-fibreglass composite tip to increase mast bend and decrease both overall weights, and the capsizing moment a heavy mast tip can generate. Foils are aluminium or fibreglass.

29er skiff technical specs

  • Hull weight 74kg (163lb)
  • LOA 4.45m (14.4ft)
  • Beam 1.77m (5ft 7in)
  • Crew 2 (single trapeze) 
  • Spinnaker area 15.00 m2 (181.2sq.ft)
  • Upwind sail area 12.5 m2 (142.0 sq.ft)
  • Mast length 6.25m (20.5ft)

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