The Alamitos Yacht Club in California is hosting the 29er World Championship and after the day one of the Worlds, it is the Kiwis that have taken an early lead.
The Bravo Course race was an entertaining one with variable and shifty winds creating drama and confusion at the starting line. The Alpha Course did not have any problems with the wind and this resulted in most of the stars to begin without any glitches.
The participants at the 17th Annual 49ers W4old Championships were split into 2 groups and each of the groups had to compete in three races. The racing at the Bravo Course had to be stopped for some time at the start due to oscillating winds. 20 teams had to face premature start disqualifications by the start of the final race.
The ABYC Commodore Chuck Clay said that the courses looked quite apart from each other despite being on the same coastline. The sailors on both the courses encountered different sailing conditions, the wind as well as racing. Jerelyn Biehl, the 29er class executive director, is happy that the event has kicked off in testing race conditions.
The 2nd event of the 4th annual Star Winter Series took place on 2nd and 3rd January, with twenty teams taking part in 4 races in Miami, Florida. Posting all top 2 scores, Magnus Liljedahl and Augie Diaz won handily, outstripping themselves by 9 points over Brian Fatih and William Swigart in second, who were drew with Steve Calder and Eric Doyle but winning on count back.
John Hokanson and Arnd Glunde, the Canadians, have managed to leave with some edals, winning the Grand Masters part. Now in its 4th year, the Star Winter event is a single 1-design series, constituted of four winter weekend meets and a four-day Midwinter Championship, all voyaged out of a great club with a convenient and economical storage solution.
Only the top three Winter Series weekend meets will count toward SWS Championship Presented By EFG International. The Star Winter Series Champion would be the captain with the lowest total score to be accounted as follows – The sum of the overall spot in Star Midwinters multiplied by two, plus the lowest 3 scores from the 4 SWS weekend meets. Series Championship draws to be determined by a team’s spot in Midwinters.