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 […]

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 […]

Spaniards on a Roll – An Armada In the Making

Tamara Echegoyen emerged as an afterthought in London to claim the Gold medal in the women’s Match racing in 2012.  The pundits all promoted their favorites, some of the biggest names in the sport of sailing but Echegoyen was unflappable and beat them all to claim gold.  Teaming up with Berta Betanzos, a 470 World […]

Stunning Day to Kick off 49erFX Europeans in Porto

The sun rose, sailors rigged, and the 2015 49er & 49erFX European Championship started on time under blue skies, light winds, and fair swell.  Two fleet of the worlds best skiff sailors took to the water to compete in the 49erFX, witht the men’s 49er scheduled to start the following day. The fleets were divided […]

2014 Euros 49erFX Preview

2014 marks the second ever 49erFX European Championship.  The fleet is 50 boats strong this year and changing quickly.  Unlike in 2013, most of the teams are now truly racing instead of just sailing, as the level of boathandling, boat set up and skiff IQ has increased massively.  The skiff boathandling skills gave 29er converts a […]

Porto to Host 2015 European Championship

The 49er class is delighted to announce the 2015 European Championship will be held in Porto, Portugal, July 7-12, 2015.  Porto promises to be a spectacular venue for the premier event on European waters in 2015.  Porto is really 3 cities working together as one enabling both cultural and sporting to take advantage of the […]