The key word for the 2010 Seiko 29er and 49er Worlds beginning Monday, January 4, 2010 in Freeport, Grand Bahama is quality. With 62 49er skiffs on the line, the list of sailors include Olympic medalists, World and European champions as well as the current ISAF ranking leaders, the Sibello brothers of Italy. The backdrop of the Bahamian wind, water, sand and palm trees in January while most of the northern hemisphere is sitting in colder weather will provide ideal sailing conditions
The 29er, smaller brother or maybe sister, of the 49er, include youth and adult sailors with a mix of female and male teams. Charlie McKee, 2001 49er World Champion will be found on the wire this week for Kirsten Lane of the US, giving Charlie a different viewpoint.
All told, between the two classes the World Championships have over 95 boats competing, representing 28 nations.
Racing for both fleets begins with the qualifying round that will run through Wednesday with the final held Thursday through Saturday.
To follow coverage, go to www.29erworlds.org and www.49erworlds.org as well as the Facebook: 49er World Championship page and Twitter. Int49er. Channel 49er, the latest video link for the 49er Class has video and interviews. For more information, contact Jerelyn Biehl, [email protected]. Photo: Fried Elliott.