Updating dinghies


The 29er and 29erXX side by side
 

The 29er and 29erXX side by side

TheDailySail brings you the big stories from the Dinghy Sailing Show
Alexandra Palace stood proud in blazing sunshine without a snow flake in sight for the annual London Dinghy Sailing Show last weekend, 4-5 March . The show was busier than we have ever seen it before with all the parking spaces available being filled up by midday on Saturday and Sunday. The RYA has reported a 9% increase in ticket sales over last. Updating older designs seemed to be the theme of the show this year with very few new boats being unveiled. 29erXX As ever it was the taller rigs that were easy to spot and therefore drew the attention immediately. In the Great Hall the Ovington Boats stand was visible from most angles due to the tall rigs of the 49er and International 14, but on closer inspection much of the attention on the stand was being taken by the 29erXX. The 29erXX (below) represents the latest design from the Bethwaites or rather the latest design update, as it’s a 29er with a new rig. The boat has two different markets to meet, the first and most interesting is to fit the criteria for a possible new women’s high performance Olympic boat. The second is for lighter crews wanting to go twin wiring, or use as a stepping stone to the 49er. Dave Hall, Ovington Boats Sales Manager and all round 9er guru, says a major problem is the lack of a boat girls can sail after the 29er. “Once they leave 29er sailing they really have nowhere to go. They usually want to keep sailing a high performance asymmetric boat and there are very few boats that fit the bill,” he explains. The 29erXX does seem well suited to this market and its possible Olympic role. With a predicted average crew weight of 120kg compared to the 470 where the

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