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Final Release

Day 5 release

2015 Zhik 29er World Championship- Late Night in Wales
 
Pwllheli, Wales, GBR –Another late night with sailors coming off the water at 1945pm with 3 races held in the Gold fleet.  The morning breeze was better than forecasted with 10-12 knots and each fleet banging off two races.  The Gold fleet was in the middle of race 3 for the day when the wind dissipated and the fleet was unable to make the time limit with the race was abandoned.  All fleets were sent back to shore to await the promised forecasted wind.   Sent back out around 1600, both courses tried their best to log another race, but mother nature was not to cooperate.
 
Peter Lin Janezic/Anze Podlogar (SLO) moved up considerably in the standings reveling in the light air with a pair of 2's, but their last race was not what they hoped for. Still, their rise moves them to 4th overall and top youth team.  Kyle O'Connell/Tom Siganto (AUS) continue to lead the Gold fleet , but Kiwi's Tam Lindsay/William McKenzie have moved ahead of the French team of Gwendal Nael/Pierre Tydgat to claim second.   
 
The Silver fleet was only able to hold 2 races while the Bronze fleet only completed one race for the red flight with green unable to race, despite several attempts by the Race Committee.  Matt Venables/John Mather (GBR) remain in the lead of the Silver fleet with the Bronze fleet leaders remaining Tania Bonilla/Nuria Miro (ESP).  
 
Teams are on notice for strong wind & rain for the final day of racing to determine the new 29er World Champion.
 
For more information, go to: www.29erworlds.org for complete regatta details or follow on Social Media:
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TracTrac Tracking will also be utilized to follow live racing.
Video from Day 5 racing: https://vimeo.com/136238911

Day 4 release

Patience is a Virtue...
 
Pwllheli, Wales, GBR –After being skunked for no wind on Tuesday, 29er sailors did not want to wait ashore. But being patient helped as the wind filled and all fleets were racing by 4pm in 10 knots of breeze.  On the gold fleet, which has the top 50 from qualifications, Canadian brothers Ryan and Andrew Wood led right out of the box and never looked back. Unfortunately they received an OCS in race 2.  The winner of race 2 was Max Brill & Andrew Person (USA0 with brothers Tomas & Mads Mathiesen (NOR) taking the last race, which finished around 7:30pm.
 
Overall leaders after 3 races are Kyle O'Connell/Tom Siganto (AUS), Gwendal Nael/Pierre Tydgat (FRA) and Christopher Williford/Wade Waddell (USA).  
 
Over on course B, host to the Silver & Bronze fleets, Matt Venables/John Mather (GBR) lead the Silver fleet with the Bronze fleet leaders Tania Bonilla/Nuria Miro (ESP).  
 
The wind slowly increased today from 10 to12 knots as the evening approached with signals of the oncoming front which is predicted to bring 18-20 knots and rain tomorrow could be seen in the higher cloud layers.
 
The top female team has already been decided with Mimi El-Kazindar and Emma Loveridge (GBR) as the only female team to make the Gold fleet.  Top youth team currently is John Cooley/Simon Hoffman (AUS) who stand fifth overall.
 
Racing continues on Thursday, August 13 with the final day and prizegiving on August 14.
 
For more information, go to: www.29erworlds.org for complete regatta details or follow on Social Media:
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TracTrac Tracking will also be utilized to follow live racing.
Video from Day 4 racing: https://vimeo.com/136139641 

Day 3 release

Skunked Today
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.
For more information, go to: www.29erworlds.org<http://2016.29erworlds.org/> for complete regatta details or follow on Social Media:
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TracTrac Tracking will also be utilized to follow live racing.
Video from Day 3 :  https://vimeo.com/135993213

Day 2 release

Dungeons & Dragons
 
Pwllheli, Wales, GBR – Increased breeze and cresting waves were the order of the day for the second day of qualifying at the 2015 Zhik 29er World Championship.  Conditions tested the best with many returning with broken masts, ripped sails and gear, while the top of the fleet had one of the best days of racing!   James Wilson/Oscar Gunn (NZL) and Juho Kotiranta/Akseli Keskinen (FIN) remain 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) had a stellar day bringing them to round out the top 5.
 
Conditions are forecasted to go much lighter for the remainder of the series, which will further challenge the teams who so far have been heavy air specialists.  Mimi El-Kazindar/Emma Loveridge (GBR) remain the top female team in 28th, with hugh bonus points for persevering through the extremely tough conditions.
 
Racing for qualifying continues on Tuesday, August 11 with the finals to start August 12 and the prizegiving on August 14.
 
For more information, go to: www.29erworlds.org for complete regatta details or follow on Social Media:
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TracTrac Tracking will also be utilized to follow live racing.
Video from Day 2 racing: https://vimeo.com/135886162

Day 1 release

Close Racing On Day 1
 
Pwllheli, Wales, GBR – The conditions improved after a rainy night providing exciting racing for the 193 entrants at the Zhik 29er Worlds.  As the drizzle faded, the wind increased and provided stellar conditions on both courses.  The sailors were split for qualifying into four fleets and raced on two courses off Pwllheli.  For some the conditions were a challenge but for others it was what they have prepared for.  David Campbell-James, Race officer stated, "we had 3 races today on both courses with 12-18 knots and relatively great sea state for the southerly breeze.  The weather is to be much the same for tomorrow but with 4 races scheduled."  
 
After three races, mere points separate the top spots.  James Wilson/Oscar Gunn (NZL) and Juho Kotiranta/Akseli Keskinen (FIN) have 4 points both with two wins and a second.  A three-way tie for second stands with Tam Lindsay/William McKenzie (NZL), Christopher Williford/Wade Waddell (USA) and John Cooley/Simon Hoffman (AUS) all with 5 points total.  Tomorrow's four races will offer more challenges as the fleets will be reshuffled.
 
Racing for qualifying continues on Monday, August 10 with the finals to start August 12 and the prizegiving on August 14.
 
For more information, go to: www.29erworlds.org for complete regatta details or follow on Social Media:
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TracTrac Tracking will also be utilized to follow live racing.
Video from Day 1 racing: https://vimeo.com/135803969

Pre-Event release

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. 

For more information, go to: www.29erworlds.org for the full entry list and complete regatta details or follow on Social Media:

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 Zhik announce title sponsorship of 2015 29er World Championship

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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.