Dismal Day Disappoints, But Champs Push Forward

49er Champs Close Gap To Polish Leaders While Spain Wins AND Loses Day In Nacra Gdynia, Poland (12 July 2018) – Between the dark skies, sheets of fog and mist, and the charcoal-colored Baltic, the Bay of Gdansk this morning was indeed 50 shades of grey as the penultimate day of the 2018 49er & […]

Poll: Which New Olympic Format Should Sailing Adopt

For those who follow Olympic sailing closely, the outcome of the mid-year meeting this past May set the stage for what events will be in the 2024 Olympic Games. Those of us in attendance were left with little doubt that the intention of the Council, at the time of the vote at least, was to […]

Disappointment and Joy For Championship Contenders As Qualifying Ends

Black Flags, Chaotic Waves, Unsteady Breeze Mean A Messy Day in Poland Lady luck shone on the men’s 49er skiff fleet this morning, as the final day of qualifying for the European Championship began just off the beach in Gdynia.  There wasn’t much, but a relatively stable 8-9 knots of wind and confused, steep chop […]

Poll: Would You Change Nations to Get To The Olympics?

Getting to the Olympics is a huge focus for sailors and athletes. There are also now a host of nations actively recruiting when they can. The Olympics is a competition between nations at it’s core, but increasingly the concept of representing a nation is becoming more fluid. We ask the question, would you change nations […]

The Baltic’s Two Faces

Light Air Morning For Women and Multihullers, Afternoon Breeze Shakes Up Men’s Fleets Gdynia, Poland (July 9, 2018) At days break, most of the fleet expected to spend the day sitting on shore awaiting wind. Pleasantly, an unexpected North Eastern wind built before start time to about 8 knots, making for great racing. As a […]

Poll: Decision Time – Would you Race Around the World?

This month the 49er and Nacra 17 fleets welcomed back to shore many friends from the Volvo Ocean Race. The sailors looked like a mix of euphoric and defeated after nine months of racing around the world! While many sailors from 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 took part, including leaders Xabi Fernandez and Chris Nicholson, […]

Polish Summer Smiles On 49er/FX/Nacra 17 European Championship

Familiar Faces and Upstarts Triumph On Sunny, Light-Air Opening Day With just 24 months remaining until the lighting of the Olympic Torch in Tokyo, it’s time for athletes competing for the right to represent their country in Japan to get down to business.  And for many of those teams, the first step on the final […]

Previewing the 2018 49er European Championship

A massive 49er fleet is assembled in Gdynia, Poland for the 2018 European Championship. Over 90 boats are racing for the 2nd regatta in a row, and there is an expected fleet of 100 in Aarhus next month. The 49er fleet is super-competitive today. The fleet is not just competitive in depth, but for the […]