Consistent Sailing the Key At South American’s

Day 3 – South American Championships in 49er & 49erFX Three races were held in Florianopolis today in 12 knots of breeze that died out as a rain front came through the course at the end of the day. That means 11 of the 13 scheduled races have been completed leaving the final 2 races […]

Uruguay Streaks to The Top

Day 2 started out a bit lighter than Day 1, but then the breeze came in stronger and 4 races were sailed in 10-14 knots.  Early, the course was left favored, but it squared back up as the breeze came in.  There were long shifts and the pressure was spread unevenly about the course so there […]

Picture Perfect Condition on Day 1 in Florianopolis

The 49er and 49erFX sailors here in Brazil were smiling from ear to ear as they returned to shore after day 1 of the 2013 SEIKO 49er & 49erFX South American Champoionships.  The nine 49er and three 49erFX raced as a single fleet for 4 races in 12-14 knots.  Moderate waves and warm water meant […]

International Fleet to Race on Olympic Waters 3 Years Out to Rio

Fleets of 49er and 49erFX sailors are descending on Rio for the first major races on Olympic waters ahead of the 2016 games.  This low-key events is called the Interglactic Championships in Rio and will feature top teams from all over the world with the South American fleets.  Teams will get a chance to familiarize […]

Kiwis dominate 49er and FX Worlds with 2 gold, 1 silver

Day 6 Final  Seiko 49er & 49erFX World Championships, Marseille, France New Zealand dominated the Seiko 49er & 49erFX World Championships in Marseille with a dazzling display of confidence and maturity by three young teams all in their early 20s. First up was the 10-boat, three-race short-course final for the FX women, and Alex Maloney […]

Kiwis sweep up in Marseille…

The final day of the 2013 SEIKO 49er & 49erFX worlds in Marseille started dramatically with a huge thunderstorm meaning the final races of the repêchage weren’t sailed today. A couple of hours later than expected the Petit Finalists were sent out to race. Due to the weather and timing schedule, the planned 3 races […]

Team New Zealand Boys & Girls dominate in strong winds

Day 5  Seiko 49er & 49erFX World Championships, Marseille, France New Zealand crews sit at the top of both leaderboards going into the final day of the Seiko 49er & 49erFX World Championships in Marseille. In the 53-boat women’s FX fleet, Alex Maloney and Molly Meech took a firmer grip on the Seiko yellow jerseys […]

The Important Thing Is To Participate? But of Course!

Diary of a novice (or almost) – Day 6 World Championships 49er and 49er FX 2013 Marseille Despite wanting believe the competitors statements as I’ve interviewed them in recent days , the atmosphere has changed today.  20 knots of wind and the final places up for grabs: the big-smile face masks fall and the competitors […]

Antipodeans on the Downwind Offence

Looking at the results this morning, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen were still in San Francisco, being that they only just made the first page of the results sheet! Qualifying in 17th for the semi-finals and with a string of results below 15 in the first 4 races of […]

Simply Passion

Diary of a novice (or almost) – Day 5 World Championships 49er and 49er FX 2013 Marseille “Shake, some seriousness please!  It’s 20 minutes we try to make this picture. Come on, 1, 2 , 3 … but wait , where Eliane? ” It is 10:40 on the 4th day of the race of the […]