2017 World Championship

Start Date

2017-08-28

End Date

2017-09-02

Location

Porto / Portugal

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NEW CHAMPIONS USHER IN NEW ERA FOR SKIFF SAILORS

NEW CHAMPIONS USHER IN NEW ERA FOR SKIFF SAILORS

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 the 2017 International 49er and FX World Championship, where an unstable land breeze teased the gold medal fleets this morning for their 10 AM start. […]

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GO BIG OR GO HOME

GO BIG OR GO HOME

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 Matosinhos, Portugal as Day 5 dawned on the 2017 49er/FX World Championships.  With the top 20 qualifiers advancing to the gold fleet semifinal round and […]

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BITING THE BULLETS

BITING THE BULLETS

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, three teams have worked together as training partners for the benefit of them all, even as they battled at every event for gold and glory […]

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Deutschland Sailors Stake Early Podium Spots in 49er and FX

Deutschland Sailors Stake Early Podium Spots in 49er and FX

After losing the first two days of the 2017 49er and FX World Championship to a lack of sailable conditions, Day 3 of the 2017 Worlds opened under yet another curtain of fog, rain, and light air.  With a tantalizing breeze a few miles offshore just beyond the fog banks, frustration reigned ashore for sailors, […]

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Olympic Skiffs Sidelined in Portuguese Calms

Olympic Skiffs Sidelined in Portuguese Calms

Fog, Light Winds Kill First Two Days of the 2017 49er World Championship Porto, Portugal (29 August 2017) – They’re some of the fastest sailors ever to pull on a sheet, and while many of the 80 men’s and 57 women’s Olympic skiff sailing teams arrived here weeks ago to practice for the most important […]

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Changing of the Guard in 49er – A Tough Bet to Place

Changing of the Guard in 49er – A Tough Bet to Place

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 Tuke. It is a testament to the strength of the 49er Class that each of these three champions are now leading top professional sailing programs […]

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2017 49erFX Worlds – Rio Olympics Redux

2017 49erFX Worlds – Rio Olympics Redux

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 ultimate dream finish in front of their home fans by winning a gold medal. Rarely in sailing do we get to see such a tight […]

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Sneak Peak of 49er Branded Spinnaker Watch

Sneak Peak of 49er Branded Spinnaker Watch

After announcing that Spinnaker Watches will be the Official Timing Partner to the 49er sailing class for the 2017 season , the brand is proud to preview their new Co-labelled timepiece with the 49er class. The Limited Edition, Amalfi Yacht Racer has been custom made with the 49er class to optimize its performance both on […]

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New partnerships prove productive on opening day

New partnerships prove productive on opening day

The 49er class has never been a bastion of consistency. The overpowered skiff is challenging to sail, and because it accelerates so quickly in the smallest increase in wind speed, lead changes are frequent. When you toss in a shifty and puffy westerly breeze that was forced to weave through the Coconut Grove skyline before […]

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Plan your Trip to Porto For Summer 2017

Plan your Trip to Porto For Summer 2017

All eyes will look to Porto, Portugal come summer’s end as the 2017 49er and FX World Championship will run from August 28th to September 2nd. The 49er class return to Porto only 2 years following a very successful 2015 European Championship to get more of the amazing conditions and hospitality! The racing was pretty […]

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