The overall fleet included sailors from almost a dozen nations around the world including Argentina, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Great Britain, Finland, China, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA. 40 races were conducted over the course of the week long competition. After a qualifying series of 16 races (eight for each competitor) which concluded on Thursday 7 July, the fleet was divided into gold, silver and bronze fleets with the top 25 boats competing in the gold class. The final series consisted of ten additional races for the gold class (eight for the silver and six for the bronze).
'With boats crossing at 20 plus knots, crews hiking out on trapezes and day-glo spinnakers the 29er World Championships brought the excitement of first-class, international sailing to San Francisco Bay,' stated Race Developer Paul HEINEKEN of the St. Francis Yacht Club. 'Over the course of the week, the weather varied significantly challenging competitors to showcase a broad range of sailing skill and abilities and attracted significant numbers of spectators to Crissy Field,' he added.
In fourth place overall, Justin VISSER and Simon WHEELER (GBR) claimed the Junior World Championship crown with the Girls' Junior World Championship going to Ashley SIMPSON and Nina VEGGI (USA).
'The St. Francis Yacht Club has a long tradition of promoting youth sailing,' proclaimed St. Francis Yacht Club Commodore Doug HOLM. 'We've seen some fantastic racing this week and we've been honoured to host such strong a strong field of competitors from all across the globe.'