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O’Connell & Siganto Win
Pwllheli, Wales, GBR –It doesn’t get much closer...the championship came down to the last race and 1 point. In fact eventual champions Kyle O’Connell and Tom Siganto still weren’t sure they had won when they arrived ashore. As Siganto explained, “we were pretty nervous coming into today, and we knew we had to do well the last race to keep the lead; a couple of things went wrong the last race, we made some mistakes, but we managed to keep it.”
Second overall Ignacio Varisco and Federico Garcia from Argentina who turned it on the last 4 races with a 1-5-5-2-1 to move them in striking distance and just out of reach of the title, said their “plan was to make the podium.” “We tried really hard but just missed it - it was great sailing this week.” Likewise the US team of Christopher Williford and Wade Waddell, who finished 3rd overall, commented that they started the day in 7th, dropped to 12th overall going into the last 2 races. “We were very surprised where we ended up and sailed a 16-20-1-2 to move to the podium - we’re very happy!’
O’Connell and Siganto also claim the top youth team with Mimi El-Kazindar and Emma Loveridge (GBR) as top female team.
The Silver fleet was won handily by Matt Venables and John Mather (GBR) with the Bronze fleet won by Tania Bonilla and Nuria Miro (ESP).
Thanks to Plas Heli, host to the 2015 Zhik 29er Worlds. The 29er Class is looking forward to the 2016 Worlds to be held in Medemblik, NED and the 2016 Europeans in Tonsberg, NOR.
For final provisional results: http://www.sailwave.com/results/29er/2015Worlds/f-series.htm
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Video from final day of racing: https://vimeo.com/136319252
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Day 3 release
Pwllheli, Wales, GBR – Despite best efforts, no racing was held in Pwllheli, Wales today. What little breeze was forecasted never settled to anything race able for the 193 29er teams. So the qualifying results stand with James Wilson/Oscar Gunn (NZL) and Juho Kotiranta/Akseli Keskinen (FIN) tied for first after seven races with both teams carrying five firsts and 1 second. Tam Lindsay/William McKenzie (NZL) are lurking just 2 points behind with Chris Williford/Wade Waddell (USA) trailing by one more point. British National champs James Grummett/Daniel Budden (GBR) round out the top 5.
As of the press release, protests continue to be heard to finalize the final flights for gold, silver & bronze fleets, which will be posted in the morning.
Finals begin tomorrow for 3 days with the prizegiving on the final day, August 14.
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TracTrac Tracking will also be utilized to follow live racing.
Video from Day 3 : https://vimeo.com/135993213
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Almost 200 Boats to Compete for World Championship
Pwllheli, Wales, GBR – Brand new facilities at the Pas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy in Pwllheli, Wales will play host to 194 teams representing 25 nations for the 2015 Zhik 29er World Championship. Participants include 13 teams from the previous 2014 29er Gold fleet including 2014 ISAF Youth World gold medalist skipper Brice Yriex (FRA) who also recently finished 2nd in the 29er Europeans this past July. Yriex will pick up a British crew, Hugh Ward, for the Worlds. Also attending are North America’s top 5 teams from their recent championship in The Gorge, Oregon including champions Chris Williford and Wade Waddell (USA). All but 2 teams of the 25 strong European Championship gold fleet are headed to Pwllheli to sail against the best. Not to be outdone, representatives from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil are also descending on this small town Such is the lure of the 29er Class World title.
The 29er is an open class for both age and gender, yet with ISAF announcing separate boys and girls fleets for the Youth Worlds beginning in 2015, 151 of the registered teams are youth teams (18 or under) with 28 all-female teams, ready to hone their skills on the world stage and possibly also with an eye on the 2020 Olympics in skiffs.
Ben Cooper, VP Europe for the Int 29er Class, past Chairman of the UK Class and a member of the organizing committee said “We’re ready now, and can’t wait for the event, and the pre-Worlds/UK Nationals. The new building is looking fantastic, and now all we need is for great weather and good winds to really show off the venue to the worlds – we’re looking forward to it.”
Racing begins on Sunday, August 9 with the finals to take place August 12 and the prizegiving on August 14.
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Zhik announce title sponsorship of 2015 29er World Championship
Zhik are the new headline sponsor of the 29er World Championship 8-14 August 2015, as well as the UK Nationals and EuroCup taking place from 1-6 August at Plas Heli Welsh National Sailing Academy, Pwllheli in North Wales, UK.
This is Zhik's first sponsorship of the 29er Worlds sponsorship, which this year has over 160 confirmed entries across 23 nations. The sponsorship continues Zhik's on-going association with the class, which includes being title sponsor of the UK 29er Nationals since 2009 as well as long standing support of the Australian fleet.
VP Europe, International 29er Class Association, Ben Cooper said, "The 29er class really appreciate Zhik's massive contribution to the Worlds which is a showcase of our talented youth sailors, and also for their on-going support of the UK 29er Class Association."
Simon Payne, Sales Director for Zhik commented, "We are delighted to extend our long term association with the 29er class as the new Worlds sponsor, and to support the development of young talent. The 29er Worlds has a track record of producing outstanding sailors such as Olympic medallists Nathan Outteridge and Blair Tuke, as well as Alain Sign, Dylan Fletcher, John Pink, John Gimson, and James Peters all who progressed rapidly to join the British Sailing Team. With this huge international entry list, we are looking forwards to following some exciting racing in August!"
Zhik are providing an extensive support package, and will be running a social media photo competition during the Worlds for competitors to win additional Zhik goodies. Firmhelm Chandlery will be providing retail support on site during the event.
The Zhik 29er World Championship is also being supported by the Welsh Assembly, Gwynedd Council, the RYA and Ovington Boats.