Team Jay Golison, Steve Flam and Phillip Toth take the win
Team ABYC goes 1,3,5: Golison, Carter , Feo
WHAT: Youths from 16 countries will compete July 31 – Aug. 5 at the Zhik 2017 29er World Championships. The 29er is a capricious 14.5-foot boat, sailed by a team of two — one of whom extends beyond the hull on a trapeze. Racing at speeds of up to 20 knots, with florescent tipped sails, this daredevil competition is a thrill to behold.
WHO: One-hundred thirty teams of competitors, aged 10 to 20, will compete out of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach. The two-person teams will sail on one of three courses outside the breakwall on the southern end of Long Beach Harbor, unless winds exceed 20 knots per hour.
NEW: Opening ceremonies will commence July 30 at 6:30 p.m. A representative from each country will bring a bottle of water and pour it into a bowl representing the coming together of nations. The World Championship is an open event, so there is no pre-qualifying requirement; although nearly half the fleet elected to tune-up in the US National Championships, also hosted by ABYC July 25 – 28.
US competitors are hoping for a home team advantage, having never placed better than Third in the event’s 17-year history. Last year, the top US team placed 19th. Nearly 20 teams in the competition represent California, 13 of which are Southern California based.
BACKGROUND: The 29er was designed by Australian multiple national and world sailing champion Julian Bethwaite. It debuted in 1998 and today is raced in 53 countries, and considered a stepping stone that creates future World and Olympic champions in other classes. Like in all competitive sailing events, winning is achieved by agility, skilled boat handling, and brisk decision-making.
Long Beach, CA July 27, 2017
July 26, 2017 – Long Beach, CA
Cover Photo Credit: Jennifer Golison