29erXX Downhill Skiff Cross 2011 Cisme Turkey
After the ISAF decision for a woman skiff with the 2016 Olympics, sailors are starting to cross swords. One of the more exciting events is the recent Downhill Skiff Cross in Cisme Turkey. It brought together 16 of the world's best female Skiff crews in a concept designed after the popular "Downhill Skiing Cross" which caused a media storm during Winter Olympics ...
Downhill Skiff Cross is a new type of fun, exciting and fast type of match race with a standing start. Both boats are ready for a pontoon, where herds are excited as springs and waiting for one pistol, just like Usian Bolt in 100 meters race. The course is a 450 meter short slalom gang, which is quite close to shore - so close to land that spectators can see sailors facial expressions.
The regatta was a high profile invitation event with 16 crews from 9 countries: USA 1, Finland 2, Sweden 2, Norway 2, Turkey 1, Netherlands 1, Canada 1, Denmark 4 and Germany 2. Among them were several na-tional and international champions, including: Hanna Hetinen-Jutta Hetinen (Finnish champions), Helene Næss-Anne Gunderson (Norwegian champions), Lin Ea Cenholdt Christiansen, Stine Quorning (European champions), Rebecca Lutz Theresa Köhnlein (German champions), Stephanie Hudson Rebeca King (Cana-dian champions), Ida Marie Baad-Marie Thusgaard Olsen (World champions), Carolien Duetz-Annette Du-etz (Dutch Masters) and Christmas Gorge Lotta Gorge (German champions).
Transport company Favor is the main sponsor, other sponsors are KONE, Cesme Marina, SKY Turk, Power FM, TAG Heure and the Turkish State Department's Promotion Fund.
After 39 exciting races Ida Marie Baad and Marie Thusgaard Olsen from Denmark won Gold, Silver went to the German twins Jule and Lotta Gorge, while the bronze went to the Turkish / Swedish crew Sinem Kurt-bay and Hannah Dalborg.
Saturday highlight video
Fast, Fierce and Flying. 29erXX at EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix
The 29erXX takes the stage at the inaugural EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix alongside Cats, Kites and the Foiling Moth. This is the first event of its kind, showcasing the front-runners of small-craft sailing: fast, fierce and flying.
The event will take place in the warm waters of Southeast Spain at the sport centre resort Infanta Cristina the 11-16 of October.
And if 5 days of sailing in the Mediterranean isn’t tempting enough, over 4000 EUR in prize money will be awarded amongst the top 3 finishers* in the 29erXX class! SEIKO, the 29erXX Class Official Partner, has also stepped up providing $2,500 USD prize money and watch trophies for the top team at the SEIKO Speed Challenge held as a part of the High Performance Grand Prix.
2011 Zhik US National Championship
The Columbia Gorge Racing Association in Cascade Locks, Oregon (aka "The Gorge") hosted the 2011 Zhik US 29erXX National Championship. Seven teams braved the high winds, which averaged at over 20 and close to 25 for nearly every race of the three-day event. The racing was fiercely competitive with all teams rounding the weather mark within 45 seconds of each other by the last races of the event. The camaraderie in the fleet remains high with teams tuning together and sharing settings and knowledge.
Kristen Lane (San Francisco, CA) and Charlie McKee (San Diego, CA) dominated the event winning 9 of 11 races. They put in a lot of preparation and were very well tuned for the event. Congratulations! Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (Auckland, New Zealand) finished 2nd showing great speed, particularly as the smallest team at the event. These two girls are a team to watch, both having attended multiple Youth World Champs recently. Jen Glass and Matt Pistay (Seattle, WA) rounded out the podium finishes and are eager to keep up the great racing and have another go at the leaders.
Zhik continues to support high performance sailing as the title sponsor of the event, which also included the US 49er National Championship as well as an I14 fleet. Zhik also sponsored the 2011 29erXX Superbowl regatta in Miami in February. The 29erXX class thanks Zhik for their support, and encourages sailors to support Zhik.
29erXX Joins US Sailing Olympic Development Team
US Sailing announced today that they will add the 29erXX to their Olympic Development Team in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games and the Women's Skiff Event. “Our goal is to provide an elite environment designed specifically to prepare young sailors for the highly competitive world of Olympic sailing,” said Chairman of the Olympic Sailing Committee Dean Brenner (Wallingford, Conn.).
3 New Rigs Have Arrived in Argentina
Graversen & Olrik New SEIKO European Champs
Teams representing five countries tested the waters off Travemünde, Germany the week of July 27-30 for the third edition of the 29erXX European Championship.
The weather conditions were constantly changing with no racing held on one day due to no wind followed by a day with quite heavy wind of 20 knots consistent with gusts to 25. Despite the challenging conditions, the team onf Frederikke Graversen and Jeanine Olrik on Denmark dominated the regatta posting mostly 1’s and 2’s with a 4th as their discard. Graversen remarked, “Jeanine and I haven’t sailed in that much wind before in the 29erXX. At least not for 4 races! And that was the biggest challenge. We had to de-power a lot and raised our board for about 10 cm. The weather conditions made us really, really tired and we were very glad that the race officer didn’t go for 5 races – even though he could have!”
She further commented, “It was very fun to race in heavy wind but the German sailors sailed faster than us in these conditions so we had to think about what to do different. During the regatta we tried different setups with the wires. Luckily to our advantage the wind dropped a bit and then we went 1st in the last three races!”
“So for us the regatta was very successful and well organised regatta and we really loves the SEIKO watches we won – they’re really cool!”
Second at the Europeans were sisters Jule and Lotta Görge from Germany who recently finished 15th in the 29er Europeans the week prior. Paul Kohlhoff and Carolin Werner (GER) rounded out the podium in third place. Full Results
Can a 29erXX and I-14 Share the Same Track?
by Lizzi Rountree
The 29erXX was invited to join the recent I-14 Gorge Regatta, held earlier in July on the Columbia River in Oregon. Skippered by Kristen Lane with crew Charlie McKee, the new Melges built 29erXX even won a race! This had less to do with being a faster craft than it did with staying upright in the challenging conditions of the Gorge.
“The 29erXX is not that hard to sail, but it is hard to sail well,” says Charlie McKee, Olympic 49er sailor, about taking line-honors in one of the races.
"The I-14's were very generous to let us race with them. It opened some eyes for sure! The I-14’s are very fast, powerful boats, a fairly complicated machine. They are very impressive, but a completely different kind of boat to the one-design simplicity of the 29erXX.”<
Melges Performance Craft has just come on as the US-based builder. Renowned for their furiously fast designs, CEO Harry Melges describes taking on the 29erXX: “We're always looking for new cool projects. The 29erXX is great and the reception so far has been incredible. We're keen to be involved with such a great class!” And then he adds, “Heck, I want to sail one too!”
Are YOU Ready for the GORGE?
Zhik has stepped forward to sponsor the 29erXX US Nationals August 5-7th in Cascade Locks, aka "The Gorge". This mecca for windsurfing and kiting is naturally a great venue for skiff sailing. The event, named the Zhik Skiff Regatta, is also host to the 49er US Nationals and will have a fleet of I-14s. Three fleets of skiffs raging across the river! Check out the Skiff Alert video below to see what a 29erXX can do around the course racing against a fleet of I-14s. Who gets to the windward mark first??
For more event information click on the Events Calendar under Events.
Get Ready for the 29erXX SEIKO Euro Champs 2011
4 Days – 18 Races
1 Night of Arena-Style Racing in the City Thursday, 28 July starting at 17:00
Charter packages available with JESS Segelsport.
Complete kit including mast, sails, pole, vang arm, gantry, tiller extension, hull extensions. Purchase for 4400 Euro or charter for 5 day Travemunde period for 700 Euro. Hull charters also available. Includes transport to Travemunde.
USA Collegiate Women Introduced To Skiff Sailing
"WOW", "I've never gone this fast", and "This is so awesome" could be heard from every one of the over 20 female collegiate sailors who took their first ride on a skiff during the Women's Collegiate National Championship the last week of May, 2011. The Championship was hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association, well known for hosting skiff events on the Columbia River (aka The Gorge), a mecca for high-speed wind and water sports.
29er / 29erXX International Class President Jen Morgan Glass and 4 other experienced skiff sailors took the collegiate women sailing on 5 borrowed 29erXXs. Over the course of the 2 day clinic wind speeds varied from drifting to upper-teens. Most of the new skiff sailors had the opportunity to try both crewing and driving, and all were given a great introduction to skiff sailing including tacking, jibing, and even some capsizing! After each sail the women were smiling from ear to ear. The 29erXX class welcomes these new sailors and hopes to see more of them at upcoming regattas.
- 29erXX Joins the ISAF Family
- 29erXXs on San Francisco Bay
- 29erXX in Royal Gothenburg YC Regatta
- The Danish Perspective
- EUROSAF High Performance Grand Prix
- Want to see the 29erXX Up Close?
- 2nd Annual Superbowl a Huge Success
- Buy a discounted 29erXX from the Miami Superbowl
- Become a 29erXX Class Member!
- Sail Sydney, report by Ollie Hartas
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