49er / 49erFX

49er / 49erFX

12 Seasons

The 49er and 49er FX is a two-handed skiff-type high-performance sailing dinghy. The two crew work on different roles with the helm making many tactical decisions, as well as steering, and the crew doing most of the sail control. Both of the crew are equipped with their own trapeze and sailing is handled while “flying”.

The 49er was designed by Julian Bethwaite, the son of Frank Bethwaite, designer of the Tasar and the popular Laser 2 classes. The boat was selected by the International Sailing Federation after a series of trials for a high performance two person skiff and has been in every Olympics since its debut in Sydney Olympics of 2000.

49er / 49erFX
  • Hempel World Series - Medemblik Recap Part 2

    Episode 1

    Over thirty 49er and eighteen 49erFX skiffs competed at Medemblik for the Hempel World Cup Series – Allianz Regatta. On home waters, Bart Lambriex & Pim van Vugt took top spot on a tiebreak in the 49er, while Annemiek Bekkering & Annette Duetz wrapped up a convincing victory in the 49erFX. © Worl...

  • XXXII Olympiad - Enoshima - Day Three

    Episode 2

    Day Three and the 'cream is rising' - the 49er skiffs launched and the Finns cut through the water off Enoshima. The big story is the Lasers with the old guard leading the young guns - for some it's too late and for others it's within their grasp.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • XXXII Olympiad - Enoshima - Day Four

    Episode 3

    The Brits seem to be ruling the skiff waves both female and male with many of the fleets starting to show potential medal contentions - the final medal race have seen upsets before though..

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • XXXII Olympiad - Enoshima - Day Five

    Episode 4

    Giles Scott, Great Britain, takes another two bullets to lead the Finns so GBR now have podium places with seven out of ten classes but it's a long way to go to the finishing line for many.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • XXXII Olympiad - Enoshima - Day Six

    Episode 5

    What a difference a day makes - with the trapeze harness weigh-in saga for Brazil and Ireland, Kiwi 49er and AC superstars on joint first and not forgetting the guaranteed Gold medal for Australian, Matt Wearn. No day is the same on the water - let alone the Olympic Games!

    Video Producer: VR Sp...

  • XXXII Olympiad - Enoshima - Day Seven

    Episode 6

    It's the start of the medal races and 'gongs' to be won. The RS:X Female and Male finish their five year journey but for other Olympic sailors they have either to wait or try and climb as high as they can before it's too late.

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • XXXII Olympiad - Enoshima - Day Eight

    Episode 7

    Matt Wearn takes Gold for Australia after dominating the Laser alongside, thankfully after Race 10, Anne-Marie Rindom (Denmark) in her Laser Radial. The pressure is on for Gold in all of the six remaining classes not just for glory but a pro career after the Olympics.

    Video Producer: VR Sport M...

  • XXXII Olympiad - Enoshima - Day Ten

    Episode 8

    It was a British day on the water in Enoshima - four medla races and three podiums for the GBR Sailing Team. Huge talent and plenty of funding paved the way for Gold, Gold and Silver - but it was tight, very tight...

    Video Producer: VR Sport Media

  • XXXII Olympiad - Enoshima - Final Day

    Episode 9

    Ten classes - ten Gold medals. "The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle.." - for all of the sailors they put everything into their long road to Tokyo. Back to back Olympic champions became the norm but it was close. Great competition but no time to rest with only three yea...