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Royal Cork 29er Pair Take Youth Sailing Honours at Ballyholme

24th April 2022
Ben O'Shaughnessy with Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of Royal Cork Yacht Club
29er winners - Ben O'Shaughnessy with Eimer McMorrow Moriarty of Royal Cork Yacht Club Credit: Simon McIlwaine/Wavelength Images

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 the top of the table from clubmates James Dwyer and Andrew Conan in second overall. 

Johnny Flynn and Ethan Spain from Howth Yacht Club finished third overall, just one point adrift of Dwyer and Conan.

As regular Afloat readers will know, the two top helmsmen sailed together until recently but are now gone on separate campaigns. 

Although Ben sailed with Eimear at the weekend to great effect, Ben's aim this season is to qualify for July's Youth World Championships where, unfortunately, mixed teams are not permitted in this class.

Afloat notes Ben is entered with Ethan Spain to compete at the Dutch Youth Regatta at Workum at the end of May, a regatta at which World Championship qualification could be reached.

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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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