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.
The 49er and 49erFX are regarded as the pinnacle of high speed Olympic racing - Martine Grael, Diego Botin and Iago Lopez explained why they race these skiffs, future plans and advice for aspiring Olympians.
All of the action from Kiel Week - medla race time. The Top 10 race for double points in the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX. Austrian's Thomas Zajac and 'Babs' Matz win the Nacra 17, Germany's Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz take the 49erFX, with finally, Kiwi 49er pair, Logan Dunning and Oscar Gunn...