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Five U.S. teams, including four US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) members, are set to compete at the 29er European Championship this week. Racing begins Thursday for the114 teams from 15 nations. The U.S. teams are: Mac Agnese/ Tim Zenderman, Antoine Screve/James Moody, Katy Cenname/Helena Scutt, Alek Nilsen/ Finn Nilsen, and Chanel Miller/ CC Childers.

International 29er Class Association press release:

Sant Pere Pescador, Spain (June 30, 2010) -- The 2010 edition of the 29er Europeans in Sant Pere Pescador, Spain is preparing to name a new champion – with the current World Champions Kevin Fischer and Glenn Gouron of France in attendance as well as many teams preparing for the ISAF Youth Worlds, competition is stiff.

With 114 teams representing 15 nations, the waters of the Mediterranean will be teaming with anticipation when racing begins on July 1. The British squad is the largest country represented with 23 teams followed by the host nation Spain with 16.

With the 29er named as the ISAF Youth World open boat for the ISAF Youth Worlds, many youth teams are in attendance to practice their skills including teams from outside Europe including the New Zealand team of Alexandra Malone and Sam Bullock and the United States with 5 teams including their ISAF Youth World representatives.

Registration and measurement are currently taking place with formal racing to begin. Thursday, July 1.

For more information, go to: www.29er.org or www.29ereuropeans.org

All photos for this event can be viewed at: http://photos.friedbits.com/201029ereuropeanchampionship

Editors: high resolution photos available; contact Jerelyn Biehl; jerelyn@odmsail.com; for permission coupon code.