Day 3 A perfect day of three wins in the 49er FX fleet sees Germany’s Victoria Jurczok and Anika Lorenz sitting 30 points clear at the head of the Women’s…Read More
It's Palma time again, and that means it's the first chance to drool at sun soaked Mediterranean photos of the worlds best sailors, and those who wish to become them.…Read More
World Sailing announced the qualification system and procedure March 23, 2017 to inform sailors and coaches how to gain entry to the 2018 Sailing World Cup. The 2018 SWC consists…Read More
Spinnaker Watches have sponsored the 49er sailing class and are partnering for 2017 competitive sailing season to be the Official Timekeeping Partners. Combining both the need for impeccable technical and…Read More
In November 2016, World Sailing adopted a Theatre Style conclusion for the 49er, and 49erFX for Tokyo 2020. As such, the 49er Class formed a Format Working Party and is…Read More
The notices of race was made public today for the combined 2017 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 European Championships from Kiel, Germany. This regatta marks the second time these three…Read More
With the World Cup Series secure going into the Medal Race, 49er sailors Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell (GBR) sailed a clean race and largely stayed out of the fray.…Read More
For Brazil's Martine Soffiati Grael and Kahena Kunze, the fourth day of the 2017 World Cup Series Miami presented by Sunbrella started on a sour note, with a 14th in…Read More
The 49er class has never been a bastion of consistency. The overpowered skiff is challenging to sail, and because it accelerates so quickly in the smallest increase in wind speed,…Read More
The test event, formerly known as the pre-Olympics, is a test for the organization more so than the sailors. However, many federations and teams take the event very seriously and there has been reasonable correlation between pre-Olympic performance and Olympic performance historically.
Only 1 team may enter from any nation, so the intra-squad competition has been tight for many competitors. Further, many squads will bring complete support staff to the event to give everyone a full warm up to the Olympics.
Both the 49er and 49erFX regattas will be tightly fought, though last year was a disapointment wind wise and organizationally as the best winds were in the early morning hours and the organization was not flexible enough to conduct the racing then. The 49erFX raced only 2 days of 4 while the 49er raced 3 days of 4, though one of the days there was only 1 race which is always a good indicator of poor racing conditions.
Much of the focus for the worlds press will be on the pollution in the water of Gunabara bay, but the sailors, like always will be looking at the wind, current, and possibly trash, but certainly their competitors.