07 January 2022

The year that was

We look at the year that was and the highlights of 2021

Before we recap 2021, we must thank our 29er community of regatta hosts, sailors, coaches, parents, race officials, and volunteers for their remarkable commitment, perseverance and good cheer in the face of a second year marked by uncertainty and unpredictability. Your commitment to our sport is inspiring and it allowed us to deliver seven Euro Cup Regattas, a World Championship, a European Championship and a Euro Cup Final despite the ups and downs that were the hallmark of 2021. 

Covid-related issues forced us to move the World Championship to Real Club Nautico in Valencia, Spain. We are grateful to RCNV for stepping up on short notice and to Sailing Aarhus for welcoming us for the Worlds in 2024.

The World Championship was a wonderful event. The Spanish sailors took the home court advantage winning Gold and Silver overall, male Gold and Silver, female Bronze, the Under 17 male & female titles and the Ovington Nations Cup! The DEN boys took bronze overall while the female World title went to FRA, Silver to DEN, Bronze to ESP.  Kudos to USA, ARG, BRA and ISV, who navigated complex and challenging international travel restrictions to join us for the World Championship.
The Europeans were combined with the Euro Cup Final to account for Covid-related schedule changes. We are grateful to Fraglia Vela Riva for expanding the Euro Cup Final to include a full European Championship over 5 days and welcoming our large fleet on very short notice. European Male and Female titles went to the Danes and DEN were awarded the Ovington Nations Cup.  Male Silver went to FRA, Bronze to DEN with female Silver and Bronze going to ITA.
A robust schedule of events for the Euro Cup series, saw the Danes reign supreme winning the overall series and male title, with HUN taking silver male and overall and GER taking bronze male and overall. For the female titles, GER captured Gold, with NED taking Silver and NOR taking Bronze. GER won both the U17 male and female titles.

The South Americans took place in Uruguay this year and they pulled off some great racing for a more compact fleet. ARG won the event with the home nation coming in second and third to complete the podium.
As we look ahead to 2022, we look forward to an exciting line up of 29er events, with the European Championship taking place in Rungsted, Denmark; the World Championship taking place in El Balis, Spain; a full Euro Cup schedule; and many top-notch regional and national regattas and training opportunities taking place around the globe.  Please be sure to check the class website regularly for important information about our events. 
Happy New Year!
Results Worlds

Results Europeans

Results EuroCup Series

The 2022 Worlds wrap up