49er Added to Pan Am Games

At the 11th hour, the 49er class has been added to the Pan Am Games lineup along with additional quota places for the athletes expected to race. It joins the 49erFX and Nacra 17, along with 8 other disciplines in the PAG lineup. In December, a group of PASAF officials, World Sailing board members, class […]

Bekkering and Duetz Have a Day to Remember in Palma

It was a wonderful redemption for the Dutch team of Annemiek Bekkering and Annette Duetz at the 47th Trofeo Princessa Sofia regatta as the girls had another great day of racing, winning all three races to lead the standings.   The Dutch duo have been near the top of the 49erFX fleet for since the boats existence but a […]

Sweden Qualifies for 49er Rio as Sole Nation Into Gold Fleet

Another Breezy Day of Qualifying Sweden’s men can finally exhale after two soul-trying previous Olympic qualifiers they have placed 2 teams into Gold fleet in the last chance continental qualifier for Europe, the Princess Sofia Trophy regatta.  As they are the only nation not yet qualified in the gold fleet they will get the spot […]

Tight Final Day of Qualifying Determines Who Contests USA for Olympic Berth

The 49er Olympic nation qualifying went down to the wire at the mid point of Sailing World Cup Miami regatta.  Three nations from North America were fighting it out for Gold Fleet berths along with two teams from South America.  The USA were in good shape, as the teams of Thomas Barrows with Joseph Morris […]

High Pressure on Sailors of the America’s – Little Wind Pressure on Day 1

Miami continues to be the go to destination for the worlds Olympic sailing teams as the mid-winter haven for good weather, good training, and a quality regatta.  There are some high profile absentees like Burling/Tuke from New Zealand and Heil/Ploessel from Germany in the 49er and the Spanish and Finnish teams from the 49erFX, but […]

Day 6 – And the Olympic Berths go to…

Day 6  of the 2015 World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 49er In the 49er fleet, fellow leaders Peter Burling and Blair Tuke also struggled somewhat posting a 13th, 8th, and 8th, but with the Alonso brothers falling back they secured their 3rd straight 49er World Championship and 23rd straight 49er victory!  Climbing up the […]

Day 5 – Alonsos win the Day, but Burling and Tuke On Top

The 2015 49er & 49er FX World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina is now one day away from crowning World Champions, along with announcing three more countries who will be heading to the Rio 2016 games. The Gold fleet was sent out to a beautiful morning on the water with a light Southerly wind, but […]

Top Country Contenders

The 2015 49er and 49er FX World Championships are very much underway and starting to reveal some coveted information regarding Olympic berths. For some countries vying for Olympic spots, the conditions just didn’t seem favorable and many were left just at the cusp of contention into the much sought after Gold fleet. Clean starts, varying […]

2015 World Championship Regatta Preview

Regatta Preview: 2015 World Championship  For some teams, the 2015 World Championship will be the biggest regatta of their careers to date. The championship is set to be sailed in the waters outside of Club Nautico in San Isidro, a province just north of Buenos Aires proper, setting the stage for this momentous occasion. Being […]

Man Down

The French 49er squad announced today that veteran skiff sailor Julien D’Ortoli will return to France, abandoning any hopes for the 2015 World Championship and putting his Olympic qualification bid unto peril.  While launching his boat on day 1 of the 2015 South American Championship Julien slipped on the launch ramp while holding the bow […]