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Dublin-Cork Girls Duo Win U17 Gold at 29er World Championships

9th August 2022
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

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 took home a number of trophies, including:

  • Gold – Female World Under 17 Champions
  • Bronze – 3rd Female World Championships
  • 17th in the Worlds overall.

It was a fantastic week for the Irish sailors in tough conditions at the 29er World Championships in Club Nautic, El Balis, with four Irish boats in the Gold Fleet after the three-day qualifying series. 

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

Lucia Cullen and Alana Twomey were joined in the Gold fleet by sister and brother pairing Clementine and Nathan Van Steenberg, who finished in 22nd place.

Topping the podium in Spain - 29er skiff sailors Lucia Cullen (Royal St George YC) and Alana Twomey (Royal Cork YC) Topping the podium in Spain - 29er skiff sailors Lucia Cullen (Royal St George YC) and Alana Twomey (Royal Cork YC)

Ben O’Shaughnessy and Ethan Spain finished in 37th place, and James Dwyer and Johnny Flynn in 38th place.

Team Ireland had six other boats flying the flag for Ireland at the 29er World Championships. Sisters Jessica and Emily Riordan, Emily Conan and Erin McIlwaine, Lauren O’Callaghan and Fiona Ferguson, William Walsh and Sorcha Gannon O’Connor, Lara Little and Russell Bolger, Trevor Bolger and Lorcan Little.

29er skiff sailors Lucia Cullen and Alana Twomey Yellow bibs for overall leaders - 29er youth skiff sailors Lucia Cullen and Alana Twomey in action in Spain

The strong performance by team Ireland at the 29er World Championships 2022 saw the team achieve a bronze medal for the nation ranking.

After a fantastic World Championships, next up for these sailors is the 29er National Championships in Royal St George YC next week.

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Published in 29er, Royal Cork YC, RStGYC
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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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