29er (dinghy)

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Crew 2 (single trapeze)
Hull weight 70 kg (150 lb)
LOA 4.40 m (14.4 ft)
Beam 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Mast Length 6.25 m (20.5 ft)
Spinnaker area 16.83 m2 (181.2 sq ft)
Upwind Sail Area 13.19 m2 (142.0 sq ft)
D-PN 84.5[1]
RYA PN 922[2]

The 29er is a two-person high performance sailing skiff designed by Julian Bethwaite and first produced in 1998. Derived from the Olympic class 49er class, it is raced in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.[3] The 29er is able to reach high speeds fairly quickly by having a sleek and hydrodynamic hull and will often exceed the wind speed when planing both up and downwind.


The 29er class is targeted at youth, especially those training to sail the larger Olympic 49er. The ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships[citation needed] has adopted it to replace the Laser 2 - which was designed by Julian Bethwaite's father Frank.

The 29er has two sailors, one on trapeze. The rig features a fractional asymmetric spinnaker; a self-tacking jib decreases the work load of the crew, making maneuvers more efficient and freeing the crew to take the mainsheet upwind and on two-sail reaches. The spinnaker rigging set-up challenges crews to be fit and coordinated, and maneuvers 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.[citation needed]

The hull construction is 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-fiberglass composite tip to increase mast bend and decrease both overall weight, and the capsizing moment a heavy mast tip can generate. Foils are aluminium or fibreglass.[citation needed]


World Champions[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Lake Garda  New Zealand
Mike Bassett
Mark Kennedy
Evan McNicol
John Winning
 New Zealand
Scott Kennedy
Lindsay Kennedy
2001 Kingston  Great Britain
John Pink
Tom Weeks
 Great Britain
John Gimson
Simon Marks
Joseph Turner
Charles Dorron
2002 Sydney  Australia
John Winning
Evan McNicol
Nathan Outteridge
Grant Rose
Jonathan Bonnitcha
Paul Bonnitcha
2003 Laredo  Great Britain
David Evans
Rick Peacock
Pepe Bettini
Federico Villambrosa
 Great Britain
Thomas Smedley
Stevie Wilson
2004 Lake Silvaplana  Great Britain
Tristan Jaques
Alain Sign
Lauri Lehtinen
Miikka Pennanen
David O'Connor
Scott Babbage
2005 San Francisco  Australia
Jacqui Bonnitcha
Euan McNicol
David O'Connor
Scott Babbage
 United States
John Heineken
Matt Noble
2006 Weymouth  Finland
Silja Lehtinen
Scott Babbage
 Great Britain
Dylan Fletcher
Rob Partridge
 United States
Cameron Biehl
Matt Noble
2007 Buenos Aires  Argentina
Matías Gainza
Federico Villambrosa
Pepe Bettini
Matías Keller
Ignacio Fernández Besada
Tigris Martirosjan
2008 Melbourne  Australia
Steve Thomas
Jasper Warren
Byron White
William Ryan
 Great Britain
Max Richardson
Alex Groves
2009 Lake Garda  Australia
Steve Thomas
Blair Tuke
Lauren Jeffies
Nathan Outteridge
Haylee Outteridge
Iain Jensen
2010 Freeport  France
Kevin Fisher
Glen Gouron
Pepe Bettini
Fernando Gwozdz
Lorenzo Franceschini
Ricardo Camin
2011 Mar del Plata  Argentina
María Belén Tavella
Franco Greggi
Pepe Bettini
Fernando Gwozdz
Francisco Cosentino
Tomás Wagmáister
2012 Travemünde[4]  Spain
Carlos Robles
Florian Trittel
Lucas Rual
Kevin Fischer
Klaus Lange
Mateo Majdalani
2013 Kalø Vig[5]  France
Lucas Rual
Emile Amoros
 New Zealand
Markus Somerville
Jack Simpson
Martí Llena
Oriol Mahiques
2014 Kingston[6]  Australia
Kurt Hansen
Harry Morton
Brice Yrieix
Loic Ficher-Guillou
Jasper Steffens
Tom Lennart Brauckmann
2015 Pwllheli[7]  Australia
Kyle O'Connell
Tom Siganto
Ignacio Varisco
Federico García
 United States
Christopher Williford
Wade Waddell
2016 Medemblik[8]  Australia
Tom Crockett
Harry Morton
Gwendal Nael
Lilian Mercier
 Great Britain
Crispin Beaumont
Tom Darling

ISAF Youth Sailing World Champions[edit]

The 29er has been used as equipment in the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships.

29er XX and XS[edit]

Bethwaite and Jen Glass have also designed the 29erXX, a twin trapeze derivative of the 29er. It uses the same hull with some minor changes such as an extended gunwale and a rudder gantry, with a larger rig that includes a square-top main and masthead asymmetric spinnaker. The class became an International Sailing Federation recognised class in its own right in 2010.[citation needed]

In late 2012 Bethwaite announced another new version, the 29erXS, aimed at younger and/or lighter sailors. The XS features a similar rig to the XX, but of smaller size fitted to a standard 29er hull and employing a single trapeze. The intention is that sailors can upgrade the rig when they are ready to move to full sized sails, and keep the hull, which will remain standard across all 29er variants.


  1. ^ "Centerboard Classes". US Sailing. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Portsmouth Number List 2012". Royal Yachting Association. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bethwaite Design". Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "2012 29er World Championship Regatta". 
  5. ^ "2013 29er Wold Championships" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "2014 29er World Championships". 
  7. ^ "2015 29er World Championships". 
  8. ^ "2016 29er World Championships" (PDF). 

External links[edit]

International Links


National Class Associations