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.
2020 49er, 49er FX & Nacra 17 Oceania Champs - Final Day
Geelong saved the best til last - the gnarliest final day of the 2020 Oceania's! The wind picked up throughout the day until the 49er Gold fleet went out but it was the Spanish Skiff Armada that won the day in both mens and womens classes.
2020 49er, 49er FX & Nacra 17 Oceania Champs - Day Three
Master Class Sunday - 49er & 49er FX have been split into their Gold, Silver and Bronze fleets so it was all to play for on the penultimate day of the 2020 Oceania's. Burling and Tuke, current 49er World Champs, made a mistake in the first race at the windward mark but still managed to claw thems...
2020 49er, 49er FX & Nacra 17 Oceania Champs - Day Two
Gnarly Saturday - 49er FX and Nacra 17's were the first to get out on Corio Bay and what a day it was - windy and rain - lots of rain! Aerobatics with Committee Boat, carnage at the leeward gate and weed trawling - it had everything at the 2020 Oceania Champs!
2020 49er, 49er FX & Nacra 17 Oceania Champs - Day One
It was hot, very hot and shifty, very shifty for the 49ers on their first day at the Oceania Championships in Geelong, Australia. Corio Bay is renowned for having four seasons in a day - it certainly lived up to it's reputation. Only the 49er's went out with the FX and Nacra 17 sailors relaxed in...
2020 49er, 49er FX & Nacra 17 Oceania Champs - Day Zero
Teams get ready for the Oceania Championships 2020 hosted by Royal Geelong Yacht Club. Interviews with plenty of the competitors including Kiwi 49er legend, Blair Tuke, current world champion with Peter Burling.
Cruising up the Corio Bay channel - sounds easy but it's like threading a needle with another 150 yachts at the same time. Glorious final day to the Festival of Sails 2020 with interviews with some of the International Etchells and Cruising divisional winners. Good-bye FoS - welcome to 2020 Ocean...
200 days abroad and total commitment from the Austrian 49er FX Team to do well - meet Tanja Frank, Lorena Abicht, Angelika Kohlendorfer, Lisa Farthofer, Laura Schofegger and Anna Boustani - good days and bad days reaching for the Miami stars! (English Subtitles)
Italian 29er - 49erFX and Nacra 15 Nationals 2020 - Circolo Vela Arco
Circolo Vela Arco hosted the Italian 2020 Nationals for the 29er, 49erFX and Nacra 15. Plenty of competitors with 60 crews from eight nations competed on Lake Garda. Top speeds hit the 20 knot marker with the Nacra 15 and 29er crews enjoying the glamour conditions.
There may not have been any racing on Day Two of the 2020 Forward WIP 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships in Austria, but the sailors are excited to be back competing in a heavily effected 2020 sailing schedule. (CC Available)
49er - 49erFX - Nacra 17 Europeans 2020 - Day Three
At the halfway point of the 2020 Forward WIP European Championships, some familiar faces at the top of the leaderboard. But with three more days of challenging racing coming up, it's still anyone's game. (CC Available)