Judge Ryan and Hans Henken from the USA, 29er class, on the 5th racing day of this year’s Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship. The class will be a permanent fixture in the ISAF Youth Worlds from 2010
The Council of the International Sailing Federation has accepted the 29er as a new Youth Event from the 2010 Youth Worlds in Turkey.
The class will be an Open Skiff, meaning that it can be sailed by mixed crews, the class used will be the 29er.
The move was passed by 33 votes to 3, and the slate for the ISAF Youth Worlds will now be single hander (Boys and Girls), doublehander (Boys and Girls), windsurfer (Boys and Girls), multihull (Open) and skiff (Open).
A formal announcement is expected to be made by the ISAF in due course.
The decision will bring to an end the swapping of classes between the 420 and 29er, reducing the expense for countries including New Zealand, and is a move that will be widely welcomed. It will also align the Youth classes with the Olympic classes (with the temporary exception of the multihull) making for a steadier progression.