For as long as the 49er class has existed, the Australia Sailing Team has performed at the highest level. From Chris Nicholson winning the classes’ first three World Championships, to…Read More
https://youtu.be/37ekOeR11qE 49erFX The stage was set for an action packed first race of the day. Alex Maloney with Molly Meech (NZL) had a commanding but catchable lead ahead of two…Read More
Alex Maloney with Molly Meech (NZL) gave up their lead after today's first race, but then stormed back in the second and third race to retake the lead and now…Read More
by Stuart Streuli, HWCSM Press Officer COCONUT GROVE, Fla. (January 30, 2019) It was a rich get richer sort of day at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami, and…Read More
After nearly a month of training and competition on Biscayne Bay, many of the top sailors competing in the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami have seen just about every…Read More
Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) sailed a 3, 7, 3 in light and tricky conditions of the final day of the mid winters regatta to claim the win in…Read More
At the 11th hour, the 49er class has been added to the Pan Am Games lineup along with additional quota places for the athletes expected to race. It joins the…Read More
The 2018 Vialmoura Grand Prix was the final regatta of note in 2018. With 102 boats competing in total from 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17, this location has supplanted the…Read More
High-octane Olympic racing is to return to Weymouth and Portland in 2019 after the RYA won its bid to host the Nacra 17, 49er and 49er FX European Championship. The…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.