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Lucia Cullen (Royal St George YC) and Alana Twomey (Royal Cork YC) won Gold and took the U17 29er Female World Title in Spain
Lucia Cullen of Dun Laoghaire and Alana Twomey of Cork - both 16 - have combined to form one of Ireland's most successful 29er teams to such good effect that during August at El Bais in Spain, they became the…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain (right) were the overall winners of the Irish 29er Nationals on Dublin Bay
With three race wins on their scoresheet, Royal Cork Yacht Club and National Yacht Club's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain claimed the Mervue Laboratories 2022 29'er Irish National Championships with a 12-point win margin. After eight races sailed at the Royal St. George…
Racing was cancelled due to strong winds at the 2022 29'er Irish National Championships on Dublin Bay
Strong winds cancelled racing today at the Mervue Laboratories 2022 29'er Irish National Championships on Dublin Bay. Royal St. George Yacht Club Race Officer Barry O'Neill has scheduled four races for Sunday's climax in the 12-boat fleet. Royal Cork Yacht…
Female/male combination Lola Kohl and James Dwyer were the winners of race four in the Irish 29er Nationals on Dublin Bay
Royal Cork Yacht Club's Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain have a one-point lead at the Mervue Laboratories 2022 29'er Irish National Championships. After four races sailed at the Royal St. George Yacht Club-hosted event, Johnny Flynn and Max Goodbody lie second on…
Lucia Cullen (Royal St George YC) and Alana Twomey (Royal Cork YC) won Gold and took the U17 29er Female World Title in Spain
Lucia Cullen (Royal St George YC) and Alana Twomey (Royal Cork YC) won Gold and took the U17 29er Female World Title in Spain at the weekend. As Afloat reported previously, the Dublin-Cork duo sailed a very strong series and…
29er Worlds - 242 crews from 26 countries over three courses are vying for victory at this year's championships
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…
Johnny Flynn and James Dwyer-Mathews racing upwind
The waters of Rungsted, Denmark were the theatre of last week’s 29er European Championships where four Irish partnerships competed in the 165-boat fleet, writes Thomas Chaix. A full series of 17 races was delivered by the Royal Danish Yacht Club…
Double Ree 2022 will be offering an attractive package to match LRYC's position as the current MG Motor
In an era when solo dinghy stars seem to get much of the glamour attention, Lough Ree YC's Double Ree Regatta for four leading two-handed classes on 16th-17th July is poised to meet a popular demand as the weather settles…
29er racing in Cork Harbour
Following the first event of the year in Tralee Bay in County Kerry in early May, Blessington in County Dublin will welcome the 29ers, 49ers and any skiffs to the Easterns over the weekend of the 25th and 26th of…
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…

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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