The 49er & 49erFX events went down to the wire, literally, in the first big(ger) regatta for this Japanese focussed quadrennial. The week was a tough one for all, since…Read More
Challenged by a 5-6 knot breeze over the first two days of the World Cup Series event, the champions have used all their experience to position themselves at the top…Read More
Denmark’s Hansen/Iversen and Britain’s Fletcher/Bithell Take First Ever World Titles On Intense Final Day In Porto Matasinhos, Portugal (2 September 2017) Another day meant another obstacle from mother nature at…Read More
Capsizes Shake Up FX Semifinal Leaderboard, Men’s 49ers Abandoned on Penultimate Day of Worlds Porto, Portugal (1 September 2017) – The Portuguese tradewinds were in full howl this morning over…Read More
Maloney/Meech Rock FX Fleet With Three Wins in Big Northerly; Fletcher/Bithell Repeat The Feat as 2017 49er Worlds Qualification Rounds End Porto, Portugal (31 August 2017) -- For four years,…Read More
After losing the first two days of the49er and FX World Championship to a lack of sailable conditions, Day 3 of the 2017 Worlds opened under yet another curtain of…Read More
Fog, Light Winds Kill First Two Days of World Championship Porto, Portugal (29 August 2017) – They’re some of the fastest sailors ever to pull on a sheet, and while…Read More
For the first time since 2008, the 2017 49er Class World Champion will not be any of Iker Martinez / Xabi Fernandez, Nathan Outteridge/ Iain Jensen, or Peter Burling/ Blair…Read More
Just over a year ago, during the Rio Olympic Games, four teams were tied going into the last race! The hometown heroes, Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) capped 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.