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21. - 29.09.2013 / Marseille, France

2013 World Championships

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49er Results
49erFX Results
Notice Board
Event Overview

Final Results GOLD fleet (Top 22)

After Medal races.

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Final Results REPECHAGE, SILVER, BRONZE fleet (rank 23 to 97)

Final results

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Day 5 Overall All fleets Results

AFTER protests and promotions

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Top 4 Qualification

Results after race 5, Sep 26th end of day, there was no racing on day 3, these results are for the top 40 only. The group 41-97 results are in the link below.

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Silver and Bronze Fleet Qualifying Races

Even though these numbers start at 1, they are the second group of boats and there are 40 teams placed ahead.  These results are for 41st to 97th.

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Qualification Race Results

Overall results after race 6

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Final results as of 5.30pm, Marseille

Final Results GOLD fleet (TOP 21)

After Medal races.

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Final Results SILVER fleet (rank 22 to 53)

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Day 5 Overall All fleets Results

AFTER protests and promotions.

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Day 5 Silver Fleet Results

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Qualifying Race Results

From split fleet qualifying.

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The 2013 SEIKO 49er and 49erFX World Championships will consist of 6 racing days, Sept 24-29.  The first 3 days are for qualifying, the next 2 days are the semi finals, and Sept 29 is the Finals.  This post is to discuss the details of each part of the regatta.  These sailors will be pushed to perform well on a daily basis right the way through the regatta and worthy champions will emerge.

Qualifying – 3 days – Sept 24-26

For the 49erFX, qualifying is standard for Olympic sailing.  The roughly 52 boats will be split into 2 even quality fleets and sail 3 races per day for 3 days.  Once the fleets have sailed 5 races a drop race will come into effect.

The 100 boat strong 49er fleet will also sail for 3 days of qualifying only they will use a 2 stage qualifying process.  The first 2 days are as normal, just like the 49erFX.  On day 3 of qualifying, assuming 5 races have been completed, only the top 40 boats will have a chance to move into gold fleet.  The top 40 boats will be divided into 2 equally skilled groups, and each group will race for 4 races.   The other 60 boats will be split into 2 equal quality fleets and race off for 3 races to try and make the Silver fleet.

In both cases, the first 20 will advance to the Gold fleet.  In 49er, an additional fleet of those teams who didn’t make gold is created called the repechage.  Of the bottom group of 49er sailors, the top half will make the Silver fleet and the rest will make up the bronze fleet.  For the 49erFX, those who don’t make gold will race in the Silver fleet.

This set up is meant to try and ensure the top 20 49er teams make it through to gold fleet by having the top sailors race against each other as much as possible.  On days 1 and 2, there will be 3 fleets of 33 boats each, and it’s difficult to make sure the top boats are racing in similar conditions and with similar strengths of fleets.

Semi Finals – 2 days Sept 27 – 28

Our live broadcasts in both Enligh and French will begin on this day on 49er.org and 49er.org/fr/ and will carry through the final 3 days.

The top 20 boats for both the 49er and 49erFX will each race 4 races of only 20 minutes.  This intense racing is a test for a possible format request by the class for the 2016 Olympics as a shift from our typical 30 minute long races.  8 races over the 2 days are scheduled with 1 drop being allowed after 5 races.  Teams bring with them their points after qualifying, so by the end of the Semi Finals the teams will have raced up to 17 races with 1 drop from qualifying and 1 drop from the Semi Finals.

The rest of the fleets will continue to race, of course.  Unlike most regattas, however, they will also have the chance to move up in their fleets.  The top placed teams at the end of days 4 and 5 in each fleet will get to advance to the fleet above them.

The Repechage in 49er will also race 4 races of 20 minutes each.  The Silver fleets in both 49er and 49erFX along with the Bronze fleet in 49er will race 3 races each day of 30 minutes.  Again, drop races will come into effect after 5 races.

Finals – Sept 29

The finals races will be done in the ‘Theatre Style’, meaning that the course will be bounded on both sides using a lane rope so that teams can not sail to the corner of the race course.  This is similar to the boundaries we have seen in the 34th America’s Cup except they are physical boundaries, not virtual.  Teams carry all of their points forward from the Semi Finals into the Petit Final and Finals so that by the end of the regatta teams may have sailed as many as 20 races.

At 12:00 pm the 49erFX Petit final will occur.  The teams placed 10th – 21st in the gold fleet plus the top team from the Silver Fleet will race 2 races in the theatre.  Each race will last 10-12 minutes and is worth double points.  No drop races are allowed.

At 1:00 pm the 49er fleet will do the same.   The teams placed 10th – 21st in the gold fleet plus the top team from the Repechage will race 2 races in the theatre.  Each race will last 10-12 minutes and is worth double points.  No drop races are allowed.

Each of the winners from the Petit finals will advance to the Finals.

At 2:00 pm will be the Final of the 49erFX.  The teams placed 1st – 9th in the gold fleet plus the top team from the Petit Final will race 3 races in the theatre.  Each race will last 10-12 minutes and is worth double points.  No drop races are allowed.

At 3:00 pm will be the Final of the 49er.  The teams placed 1st – 9th in the gold fleet plus the top team from the Petit Final will race 3 races in the theatre.  Each race will last 10-12 minutes and is worth double points.  No drop races are allowed.

All of the other fleets will also race on the morning of the 29th.

Please join us online or in Marseille to enjoy this fantastic racing, where the best of today’s modern sailors race in One Design skiffs!

Daily Highlights

2013 Worlds

Daily Shows

2013 Worlds

The 2013 World - Full Highlights

This tab is both the official and unofficial notice board for the 2013 SEIKO 49er & 49erFX World Championships in Marseille, France.  Racing days are 24-29 Sept, 2013.  Below you can find a number of race documents and aids for the sailors. Registration for Sailors Registration for Coaches List of Teams Registered Both 49er and 49erFX are open, so anyone can sail either boat. Important : DO NOT LET ANY VALUABLE STUF IN YOUR CAR DURING YOUR STAY AT MARSEILLE (visible or in the back of your car) WHEN YOU ARE PARK OUTSIDE THE VENUE -Even if you are doing a five minutes shopping-

49er F-Series Fleet Assignment Day 6

Here is the fleet breakdown for Day 6 fleet races and finals


49erFX F-Series Fleet assignment for Day 6

Last day assignment including Medal Races


Sailing Instructions

Uploaded Sept 19, 2013


Theatre Style Racing Umpire Document

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Notice of Race


Course Usage Plan

While regattas tend not to go exactly to plan, this is the plan should all elements of the racing occur on time as as planned.  Updated Sept 17.


Sailor Logistics #2


Sailor Logistics


Coach Boats are available from Port Tack Charter

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Amendment 2

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Amendment 3

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Amendment 5

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Amendment 6

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Amendment 7

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Amendment 9

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Amendment 9 annex

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2013 Worlds Championships

The 2013 49er and 49erFX World Championships are in Marseille, France, from Sept 21-29, 2013.  Marseille is the home to the French 49er teams and is ideally situated for a World Championships.


Sept 24 – Qualifying, first start 11:00 am Sept 25 – Qualifying, first start 11:00 am Sept 26 – Qualifying for 49erFX, Qualifying Round 2 for 49er, first start 11:00 am Sept 27 – Semi Finals, first start 11:00 am Sept 28 – Semi Finals, first start 11:00 am Sept 29 – Finals – Theatre Style Racing, 12:00 (noon)

Fan Guide

For fans who want to watch sailing live in Marseille there will be live racing to view each day from Sept 24-29.  The championship course will be visible from shore.  Fans are also invited inside the venue to see the boats and sailors up close.  Join our audience each evening for the 6:00 pm evening show.


GPS – There will be GPS tracking of the championship course each day.  2 of the 6 fleets daily will carry gps transmitters so fans can watch racing virtually each day on 49er.org Daily Highlights – Each night there will be a daily video highlight package. Livestream Video – We will live broadcast the racing Sept 27-29, the semi finals and finals.  Each day on 49er.org we will have live action from the championship course in both English and French. Morning and Evening Shows – We will come to you live at 9:20 am and 6:00 pm each day to review the happenings from the regatta.  Join us as we discuss the event with our top sailors.  Check out 49er.org and subscribe to our youtube page for the best in video.


Stade Nautique du Roucas Blanc 6 Promenade Georges Pompidou 13008 Marseille To discover the event venue on live through the city of Marseille Webcam !

Racing Venue

The marina is in a U-shape, with ramps leading into the water on all sides with rough dimensions of 200m by 100m and then a serpentine breakwall to get to the sea.  There is room for as many boats as will attend and the entire area is surrounded by a high metal fence for security.  There are parking and trailer/camper facilities inside the venue. U_shaped_venue1 Here is how you will be able to launch. launching_ramps_Marseilles2 There are buildings, showers, toilets, wifi, tie downs anchors, hoses, and many more facilities for sailors in the venue.

Sailing Locations

There is a huge bay for up to 6 racecourses.  The shipping traffic goes on the other side of the Islands, so will not be a problem.  If we decide to do a long distance race, there are many interesting geographical features to use in the course. marseilles_overview3 Above, you can see the Marseille center is around the corner from where we are racing.  All the ferries along with other commercial vessels go outside the bank of islands that separate the two bays.  It’s about a 20 minute drive to the town center from the regatta venue. Below, see in greater detail where we will be racing from and where the host club is.  The host club has a beautiful bar and deck, so will be a great place for us to take VIP’s and sponsors after the days racing. Marseilles_Sailing_Area4 Almost the entire harbour is bordered by beaches from our boat park all the way to the host club.  On nice weekends, there can be 50,000 locals who come to the beach to hang out. Marseilles_beachfront5   Marseilles_Theatre_Style6 3 options are circled for the Theatre Style Racecourse areas.  Each of them is fine as for the three wind directions, though obviously we’re hoping it’s not offshore. What differentiates the three options is how many people they could accomodate to watch. A) is best viewed from a wide public walkway on the side of a busy street.  It’s elevated, so would be a fantastic view of the racing for any spectotors we can attract.  It could probably fit 500-1000 spectators. B) is right outside the breakwall from the the boat park.  Spectators can sit on a grassy hill with (hopefully) a big screen TV and watch the racing live.  This would be a very convenient and modest way to have our finals.  It would be easy to set up a spectator area and have the medal ceremony with the crowd after the finals, boats could even sail straight to the beach after racing as it’s only a short haul to our boat park.  This area could probably accomodate about 3000 fans/visitors comfortably. C) This is a very large area.  The T breakwall that justs out into the bay is about 100 wide and 300m long.  If we can secure big sponsors who want to put up grandstands and make a huge event of this, the location is very good.  Otherwise it will be too big for us to fill.  This area could probably accomodate about 20,000 people to watch. Below is the breakwall for area C T_area_for_viewing7 And the view the spectators would have looking at the water. C_course_viewer_angle8

Living and Eating

Here is a link to the club’s accommodation recommendations.  There are a number of hotels, apartments for rent in the suburb.  Only a 5 minute walk from the venue is one complex with a hotel that would be perfect for sailors.  That hotel has weekly rates that are quite good and 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 person room options. In between the accomodation area and the sailing venue are about 20 restaurants with food from all over the world.  This should be a really nice socializing area for all sailors in the evenings, as it’s based around a pedestrian walkway.

The Club

The host club, Yachting Club De La Pointe Rouge, has a wonderful restaurant, bar and patio.  For any sailors planning on bringing their sponsors to the event, there will be a great venue for looking after them.  Here are some pictures of the facilities. Host_Club_Restaurant_and_Bar9 Host_club_patio10