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29er Youth Skiff Dinghy
Thomas Chaix at speed in the RS700 singlehander
Over the May bank holiday weekend, Tralee Bay welcomed a few speed addicts for the first Skiff West event (also incorporating the second edition of the 29er westerns). Saturday set the scene with the TBSC opening regatta. The local dinghy…
Ben O'Shaughnessy with Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of Royal Cork Yacht Club
With five wins from 11 races, skiff sailors Ben O'Shaughnessy with Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of Royal Cork Yacht Club won the 29er youth sailing nationals event at Ballyohlme on Belfast Lough. The consistent sailing put them nine points clear at…
Tralee Bay Sailing Club is staging the first-ever Open
Tralee Bay Sailing Club in County Kerry is gearing up for a weekend of sailing on the west coast over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The weekend will start with the club's yearly "Spring Regatta". Four races are scheduled on…
420 dinghy racing on Cardigan Bay.
The RYA Youth Sailing Brititsh National Championships is making a much-anticipated return to Wales in 2022 – and entries are now open for the Irish Sea event. The week-long regatta heads to Plas Heli, the Welsh National Sailing Academy in…
Six Irish 29er partnerships travelled to the UK to compete in the 48 boats UK Winter Championships at Grafham Water
Although our own domestic season is still many weeks away, six 29er partnerships elected to travel to the UK to compete in the 48 boats UK Winters. Grafham Water is the traditional venue for the event and despite a challenging…
50 entries are expected for the BYC Weekend of Speed from 17th and 18th September
Ballyholme Yacht Club on Belfast Lough is hopeful that the Weekend of Speed which was cancelled last year will in fact happen in September. The dates set aside are 17th and 18th September and around 50 entries are expected. Richard…
29er skiff youth sailing on Lough Ree at the inaugural Skiff Weekend
Lough Ree was the perfect arena for the first "skiffs weekend". 13 hardy sailors launched and sailed in 29ers, 49ers, Int14 and RS700. The concept was to try out fast boats and enjoy the thrills of high-speed sailing.  29er: The…
The Topper was the biggest class with 38 boats at the Investwise Youth Sailing Championships in Cork Harbour
The cut short Investwise Irish Youth Sailing National Championships on Cork Harbour had produced some clear winners in five classes regardless of today's Yellow Alert weather warning at Royal Cork Yacht Club. Five titles were divided between Dublin and Cork sailors…
Ben O'Shaughnessy on the helm and James Dwyer on the wire lead the 29er Investwise Youth Nationals at Royal Cork Yacht Club
James Dwyer and Ben O'Shaughnessy of the RCYC continue to lead the 29er skiff class Investwise youth sailing nationals but only by a single point from Royal Irish rivals Tim Norwood and Nathan van Steenberge.  After nine races sailed at Crosshaven, the three…
Suspended - Tim Norwood and Nathan van Steenberge of the Royal Irish finished 11th at the 29er Europeans on Lake Garda earlier this week
After three races sailed in the 29er Skiff Class at the Investwise Youth Sailing Championships at Royal Cork, two of the Irish gold fleet finishers at the European Championships on Lake Garda in Italy on Wednesday continue neck and neck…
29er Euro Champions Jens Christian and Jens Philip Dehn-Toftehoj of Denmark
Royal Irish's Tim Norwood and Nathan van Steenberge finished in 11th place overall at the 29er European Championships that ended on Lake Garda, Italy yesterday.  After a consistent preliminary round that saw them as high as fourth, Royal Cork's Ben O'Shaughnessy…
Racing at the 2021 29er European Championship on Lake Garda
After four races sailed in the final gold fleet races at the 29er European Championships in Lake Garda, Royal Irish Yacht Club's Tim Norwood and Nathan Van Steenberge are in seventh place overall.  Royal Cork's James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy have dropped…
Royal Cork's James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy are lying fourth at the 2021 29er European Championship on Lake Garda
Royal Cork's James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy continue to edge closer to the podium at the 29er European Championships in Lake Garda and are now just four points off the overall lead, sharing third place points overall after seven races…
A race start at the 2021 29er European Championship on Lake Garda
Ireland is moving up the scoreboard in the 29er European Championships in Lake Garda with Royal Irish Yacht Club's Tim Norwood and Nathan Van Steenberge earning two race wins to jump from 25th to fifth overall. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour duo…
A race start at the 2021 29er European Championship on Lake Garda
Royal Cork's James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy are lying sixth overall after two races sailed at the 2021 29er European Championship on Lake Garda. The youth duo opened the championships with a race win on Saturday and followed it…
James Dwyer Matthews leads the fleet at a 29er event in Cork Harbour earlier this year. Having scored high in international events, Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy return to the harbour for more competition this week
The top performance of James Dwyer Matthews and Ben O'Shaughnessy at the 29er Europeans in Italy this week will add extra spice to proceedings at the Investwise youth sailing championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club on Thursday.  The Under 18…

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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