NEWSFLASH – New Zealand win 49er Gold, Australia silver, Germany bronze

For Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL), the Medal Race was a victory lap, the Kiwis having won the 49er Men’s gold medal with two races to spare after dominating the 20-boat fleet at Rio 2016 over the past week. The unstoppable Kiwis dominated today’s Medal Race just as they have dominated the 49er fleet […]

NEWSFLASH – Brazil wins 49erFX gold by 2 seconds from New Zealand

NEWSFLASH – Brazil wins 49erFX gold by 2 seconds from New Zealand The crowd on Flamengo Beach went wild as Martine Grael and Kahena Kunze (BRA) won gold by just two seconds from Alex Maloney and Molly Meech (NZL) in a nailbiting final run to the finish. New Zealand took silver and bronze went to […]

Brits – Aussies – Germans Vying for 2 Medals in 49er

No 49er gold medalists have ever repeated their feat, and that record stays in tact for Rio 2016.  With Peter Burling and Blair Tuke already a lock to secure their first ever Gold medals, t’s the silver and bronze that will be up for grabs today.  The 49er medal race sets up with a little […]

49erFX Medal Race Marks Historic Moment for Skiff Sailing

Sailing leapt into the entertainment age at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 with the introduction of the 49er skiff.  Modelled on the 18 foot skiffs of Sydney Harbor, the 49er was an open skiff at that time and could be sailed by both men and women.  It ultimately became male dominated due to the overpowered […]

4-Way Showdown In Women’s Skiff – Brazil – Denmark – Spain – New Zealand

Brazilian Martine Grael headlines a fleet of champions heading into a medal race showdown.  After 12 races there are four previous champions all tied for the lead heading into the 49erFX medal race.  The pundits couldn’t choose a favorite heading into the Rio skiff regatta, and they were correct.  Of the eight teams that were […]

French Men and Spanish Women Stamp the Day – Burling Tuke Extend

49er Frenchmen Julien D’Ortoli and Noe Delpech scored a 3, 1, 1, to win the day and in the process moved all the way up to fourth place overall. Showing their best form since mid-2013, the were able to bring one of their best performances to the biggest stage and will now be in position […]

German Men and Danish Women Grab Momentum in Classic Conditions

Men’s Skiff – 49er Erik Heil and Thomas Ploessel (GER) were flying in the medium winds on the Aeroporto course on a day that demanded four tiring races from the Men’s 49er crews. A race win at the start of the day combined with some other top five scores has brought the Germans to just […]

49erFX Opens Tight – 49er Legends Make Earn Start

Men’s Skiff – 49er  Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) made the perfect start to their competition winning both opening heats in the Men’s 49er. After a long wait for the wind to settle on the Pão de Açucar (Sugarloaf Mountain) race course, it was Jonas Warrer and Christian Peter Lubeck (DEN) who found themselves […]

A Fair Field of Play for All

The continuous improvement mindset never leaves a sailor, nor a class.  The measurement for 49er and 49erFX is now completed with all 40 boats given a thorough review ahead of the 2016 Olympic games.  “I think it is very good that we have pushed our class into where we are now,” said long time 49er […]

Too Close to Call for Olympic Debutants (49erFX Preview)

The Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing Competition welcomes the new, fast, and intense 49erFX.  Over the Rio 2016 cycle, the Women’s Skiff has not failed to disappoint! In its first Olympic outing, the 49erFX looks set to be one the most hotly contested fleets with no stand out performers grabbing the headlines throughout the quad. While […]