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29er Youth Skiff Dinghy
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…
Royal Cork Yacht Club's James Dwyer and Chris Bateman were 15th from 193 starts at the 29er World Cup in Spain
Royal Cork Yacht Club's James Dwyer and Chris Bateman have finished in the top 15 of 193 sailors from 24 countries at the 29er World Cup in Valencia. The six days of skiff sailing competition saw eight Irish youth boats in…
Lola and Atlee Kohl won four races to claim the Irish 29er title at Crosshaven
Royal Cork female helmswomen finished first and second overall at the 29er Irish National Championships at Royal Cork Yacht Club in Crosshaven this afternoon.  After a ten race series on the Curlane Bank in Cork Harbour, in which brother and…
29er skiff duo, James Dwyer and Oisin MacSweeney were the winners of the RCYC PY1000 dinghy race
Essentially a river race starting opposite the Royal Cork Yacht Club, 2021's PY1000 dinghy event was won by 29er skiff duo, James Dwyer and Oisin MacSweeney.  Race Officer Anthony O'Leary set a windward-leeward course over ten rounds on Crosshaven's Owenabue river.…
29er skiff sailing on Dublin Bay
The 29er Class Association finds itself caught between Irish Covid restrictions and the International Class Association, which is seeking a ranking listing by May 15 for Irish youth entries for this year's World and European Championships. The Association has written…
The 29er crews were joined by Annalise Murphy on the virtual cycle
Olympic sailing silver medalist Annalise Murphy joined four Dun Laoghaire-based 29er sailors and their coach in their bid to ‘virtual cycle’ around Ireland in aid of the RNLI. As Afloat reported earlier, Max Goodbody, Nathan van Steenberge, Sam Ledoux and…
Harry Twomey and Harry Durcan competing in the 29er skiff
Irish Sailing’s annual Youth National Championships will include skiff racing for the first time when they take place next year on 16-19 April at Howth Yacht Club, Dublin. This year for the first time Irish Sailing has invited the 29er…
Rian Geraghty McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge win race 3 in Strangford Lough
The 29er Northerns was raced in Strangford Lough Yacht Club last weekend as part of the 30th RYA NI Youth Sailing Championships as Afloat reported earlier. It was the final event of the '29er triple crowns'. Nine teams competed: 3…
Toppers were the biggest fleet of the 30th edition of the RYA NI youth championships
Dubliners Rian McDonnell Geraghty and Nathan Van Steenberge from the National Yacht Club were the nine-boat 29er class winners at the 2019 RYA Northern Ireland Youth Sailing Championships at Strangford Lough Yacht Club at the weekend. Over 140 boats overcame some…
Atlee Kohl and Chris Bateman in action on Lake Garda
Royal Cork's Atlee Kohl (18) and Chris Bateman (18) sailing for the US Virgin Islands are seventh overall after the second day of the 29er European Championship on Lake Garda, Italy with winds at 9 to 12 knots, a bit lighter than…
The Irish and US Virgin Island teams at the Championship ceremony
Youth sailors from the Irish 29er fleet travelled to Gdynia, Poland to compete in the Zhik 29er World championships held last week, from Friday 26th to Saturday 3rd August writes Chris Bateman (17), a member of the Irish contingent that…
Rian Geraghty-McDonnell and Nathan Van Steenberge in control at the 29er Nationals
Saturday 29th June was the opening day of the annual 29er Irish Nationals at the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire with sailors competing for the coveted Cullen Cup. A millpond greeted the competitors on arrival, but as the first…
 UK 29er National Championship winners Harry Durcan and Harry Whitaker are heading for Spain next month
Royal Cork's Harry Durcan was back on the water in Crosshaven, County Cork at the weekend with crew Harry Whitaker in advance of their first 29er skiff event of the year in Spain in February. The first Eurocup of 2017…
Harry Durcan and Harry Whittaker are UK 29er National Championship winners
Royal Cork's Harry Durcan and Harry Whittaker have won the UK 29er National Championship in Torbay. After six days racing and 19 races in all, it all came down to the final race which they secured with a bullet giving…
29er Brothers Racing in World Championship Gold Fleet
#29er – More than making amends for a disappointing second appearance at the ISAF Youth worlds a fortnight ago, the National Yacht Club Donnelly Brothers are through to the Gold fleet of the 29er 29er Skiff Worlds in Denmark today. Sean…

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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