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.
There were three races today for the 58 boats taking part in the 'Off the Beach' series at Festival of Sails. The breeze built throughout the day to a 14 knot max, remaining gusty with big shifts so was a difficult day to pick for the boats, ranging from the Hansa 303 and Cadets at the smaller en...
"I Love Sofia IBEROSTAR" Day Two of the 47 Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR 2017 hosted in Palma, Menorca. One of the most popular Olympic class events across the globe with great racing and socialising for all the competitors.
47 Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR 2017 - Day Four
"49er - Open Skiff" Day Four of the 47 Trofeo Princesa Sofia IBEROSTAR 2017 hosted in Palma, Menorca. One of the most popular Olympic class events across the globe with great racing and socialising for all the competitors.
World Sailing's World Cup Series Round Two 2017 - Hyeres, France. Highlights from the 49er and 49erFX regatta with Spanish duo, Diego Botin le Chever and Iago Lopez Marra, taking gold in the 49er alongside the two Brazilian's Martine Soffiatti Grael and Kahena Kunze winning the 49erFX regatta.
Day five of Kiel Week 2017 and it was the turn of the Olympic Classes to start racing in bright sunshine and a light breeze - the conditions continued to improve throughout the day providing perfect sailing for all the competitors.
A steady south west wind greeted the sailors on Day Eight of Kiel Week 2017 - with the fleets battling it out for the medal positions leading into the final day of racing, tight racing in wild conditions lead to some fantastic sailing.
The final day of Kiel Week 2017 - the day the medals would be decided - Australian 470 Team Belcher/Ryan demonstrated they are a dominant team winning by a 20 point lead. Champagne sailing conditions for the Olympic Classes and a fantastic finish to Kiel Week 2017.