'The 29er is one of the most exciting fleets in small boat racing,' said Paul HEINEKEN, Race Developer, St. Francis Yacht Club. 'With boats crossing at 20 plus knots, crews hiking out on trapezes and day-glo spinnakers - its sailing on, and sometimes over, the edge,' he continued.
The week long competition began yesterday with the Ronstan Mini Bridge to Bridge Race at 1700 hours local time and will feature up to six races daily beginning at 1000 through to the end of racing on Sunday.
Local competitors include John HEINEKEN Matt NOBLE (USA), Brooks REED and Brian MALOOF (USA), Marcus BERNAL and Jonny GOLDSBERRY (USA) and Jen MORGAN and Anthony BOSCOLO (USA).
'The 29er is recognized as one of the fastest growing fleets in the world having recently been selected as the double-hander for the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championships [it will be used for the two double-handed dinghy events at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship 2007 in San Diego, USA],' stated Commodore Doug HOLM. 'The St. Francis Yacht Club is dedicated to the development of youth sailing and is proud to host such strong a strong field of competitors from all across the globe,' he added.
Yesterday the practice race and first qualifying race took place before the Ronstan Mini Bridge to Bridge Race, whilst this morning the first race of the Worlds was scheduled to start at 1000. A lay day tomorrow gives the competitors a break before four days' of racing to decide the destination of the 2005 World Championship title.