Croatia tops the 49ers, Germany the 49erFX

49er OPEN: Croatia leads but it’s tight at the top Just seven points separate the top 10 in the 60-boat 49er men’s fleet after three highly testing races in wildly variable breeze on the races courses closest to the Union Yacht Club Attersee. Despite the seemingly random nature of the racing, somehow the 2018 World […]

The Eve of the Euros in Attersee

Some of the world’s best high-performance sailors are ready and raring to go for day one of the Forward WIP 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 European Championships at Lake Attersee, Austria. With the first qualifying races due to take place on Tuesday 29 September, the Union Yacht Club Attersee is hosting 30 Nacra 17 catamarans, […]

Epic Battles determine three World Titles

Auckland witnessed the climax of three tensely fought World Championships, where none of the victors had it easy… Challenging Auckland wind and waves played their part in determining the outcome of the Hyundai 49er, 49erFX & Nacra 17 World Championships. We have three winners, but anyone watching the groundbreaking live coverage will know that there […]

Tough Day for the Yellow GERseys

Some race analysis and video clips from the penultimate day of the Championships…. 49erFX Gold Race 1:  A great pin end start by NED 1, who rounded the top mark behind POL 888. But then a horrible kite trawl for the reigning World Champions allowed the chasing pack to close in. On the second windward […]

Champions make vital moves before Super Sunday

The 49er and 49erFX both saw new regatta leaders heading into the final day of competition, while the Nacra 17 title race looks wide open… The breeze was a little softer than previous days, and at times extremely unpredictable and shifty. Yet somehow the class acts continue to prove that they’re still the class acts, […]

Going Deeper into a Difficult Day 4

Some deeper analysis of the tight racing in the 49er and 49erFX Gold Fleet competition on Day 4, the first day of the Finals… 49er Gold Race 1: In the light sea breeze the first race saw a clean start and the fleet split left and right. The right side of the course played marginally […]

Huge Scrap for the Gold Rush

The end of the Qualifying Series in any Olympic-class World Championship is always a fraught scramble to make it through to the Gold Fleet Finals. Scrape through to the final 25 and you live to fight another three days. Fail to make the cut – and the best you can finish is 26th overall. Add […]

Left is Best – Analysis of Day 2 Racing at the Worlds

The pin end of the line is proving a popular place to start, with the 49er and 49erFX race tracks of day two often yielding an advantage on the left-hand side. Despite the left paying, some of the race leaders at the bottom gate were still opting for the right-hand side, only to lose out […]

Germany emerge unscathed from a brutal opening day

Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel opened day one of the World Championships with a stunningly consistent performance while some of the other big guns failed to fire. Two 49er races were completed after wild weather lashed the race areas off Auckland, New Zealand. With wind speeds up to 37 knots recorded on the race course […]