The Chase for the Title Has Begun

Key figures and information of the championships first day 99 Teams – 198 Sailors 28 Countries 6 Continents Irregular gusty wind between 3 and 20 knots in the morning Sea Breeze of 10-13 knots in the afternoon All sailors are U23, so none can turn 23 years old in 2018 The title chase has begun… […]

Last training session before the Junior World Championship begins

Key figures of the JWV a day before the competitions start 104 teams competing for the title 300 people from abroad attending the venue (competitors, coaches, friends and families, referees, judges, juries…) 28 different nations on the start line 2 regatta courses 5 days of races from Aug 28 to Sept 1 Today from 2pm […]

More 49ers Racing Now Than Ever Before

The final regattas of the Northern Hemisphere summer are on, and there are more 49ers racing now than at any point in the history of the class. The Juniors are all together in Marseille, the Olympic hopefuls are all together in Japan, and the Asian Games are on. Add to that a host of smaller […]

Editorial: Discard Races Should Be Dropped

Taking a further look at the 2018 Hempel Sailing World Championship results, it is clear that in most major championships for Olympic skiffs and cats, there is no longer a need for drop races. Drop races in this type of sailing decrease the chances of the best team winning the event, and add unnecessary complication […]

Chinese Sailing Team Adopts 49er and 49erFX

For the first time since the 2008 games in Qingdao, the Chinese Yachting Association has moved back into skiff sailing, and they’ve moved in a big way. In this first season of racing they have brought together sailors from the 470, Laser, Laser Radial and RSX to form three 49er sailboat teams and three 49erFX […]

Andrew Simpson Foundation Has 49er and 49erFX in Garda Training Center

49er and FX training on Lake Garda The Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre Lake Garda has recently purchased three 49ers and three FXs with the aim to host teams, run clinics and offer transitional training to anyone who sails or is aiming to sail/compete in the 49er or FX classes. With on site accommodation, a restaurant, […]

Classy Newcomers to Skiff Seize the Moment

In the 49er medal race, 40 minutes before, the men had enjoyed steady 11-13 knot southerlies and the Croatian brothers, Šime & Mihovil Fantela made sure there were no surprises for the gold – the battle for silver was another matter entirely – as they controlled their opponents from start to finish. “It’s been an […]

Bekkering and Duetz Grab Last Shift – Win Worlds

Dutch duo Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Deutz (NED) won a dramatic 49erFX medal race today after Austria pair of Tanja Frank and Lorena Abicht (AUT) capsized in a huge wind shift. The 49erFX was an unexpected third gold for the Netherlands – they have already won both the men’s and women’s RS:X before the medal […]

Transitioning Teams Excelling In Aarhus

What do Nathan Outteridge, Sime Fantela, and Tanja Frank all have in common? They all won medals in Rio, have taken charge today in Aarhus, and are sailing different classes than they were sailing 2 years ago when they won Olympic medals! Aarhus has proven to be a challenging venue, with offshore winds, lots of […]

Circumnavigators Find Their Way Back in Shore

The 49erFX fleet had their first day of competition on Saturday in the Hempel Sailing World Championships Aarhus 2018 on the Stadium Course and the three circumnavigators were back in crews of two on their Olympic class 15ft (4.9 metre) skiffs. The return of the prevailing Aarhus offshore westerlies were testing, but the roar from […]