The 29er world championship would be hosted in the California waters beginning the last weekend of July this year and ending on the first week of August.
There are a total of 120 teams participating from 14 countries. Known as the Zhik 29er World Championship regatta, it would be held in Long Beach and organized by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.
This year hails the 17th annual event in this world championship where participants would arrive from countries like New Zealand, Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, British Virgin Islands, Brazil and others like Hong Kong and Argentina. About 40 teams would be participating from US. There would be a sailing clinic organized by ABYC and a 29er US Nationals race would be held from 25th to 28th of July. The 29er teams would be mostly young men sailing though all female teams and co-ed groups are expected to participate as well. The top team would receive trophies as well as the top girls’ team and the top youth team.
The US entrants are hoping that they would have an advantage of it is their home town which should guarantee them third place at least.
The race format would comprise of an opening ceremony to be held on July 30th. There would be a qualifying series to be held from July 31st to August 5th. There would be judged from different nationalities such as Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada who would oversee the races. The boats would race along three courses which would take place at the East end of the harbor. There would be certain alternative race courses set if the wind conditions are not congenial. The qualifying and final series would comprise of ten races each. While the US contestants are busy gearing up for the race, the Long Beach of California has already turned into a tourist destination for participants coming in from different countries.