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.
FX Girls battling it out at the Intergalactic Champs 2014
All of the worlds best women skiff sailors racing to take over for "Intergalactic supremacy" at the 2016 Olympic venue - great interviews with top athletes including Kiwi Alexandra Maloney, Leone Meyer (GER) and local girls Kahena Kunze (BRA)/ Martine Grael (BRA).
The 2nd Intergalactic Champs held at the 2016 Olympic venue was an opportunity many of the top 49er sailors couldn't resist. There wasn't Luke Skywalker or Darth Vadar on the water but plenty of the biggest names in sailing! Interviews with Brad Funk (USA), Carlos Paz (ESP) and Marco Grael (BRA)....
Day Three Highlights from the Delta Lloyd Regatta - Fantastic sailing conditions for all classes, with plenty of hair raising moments, Medemblik truely challenged the Olympic Classes on the race course today..
Day Four Highlights from the Delta Lloyd Regatta - Medal Race Day - the breeze was slow to pick up for the final fleet races. The Medal Races where greeted with beautiful sunshine and a steady breeze to decide the overall winners.