49er 

Agility is key for this high performance skiff

 

The 49er is one of the most exhilarating of all of the Olympic Classes, providing exciting racing over short courses. With a huge sail area (consisting of mainsail, jib and asymmetric spinnaker), twin trapezes and an ultra light hull it can reach up to 30 knots in speed.

The boat requires the crew to have a high level of agility and athleticism as they must make rapid, and often acrobatic, movements. Designed by Australian architect Julian Bethwaite in 1995, the class made its debut at the 2000 Sydney Games.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Length: 4.995m (16ft)
Breadth: 2.9m (9ft)
Weight: 70kg (155lb)
Type: Skiff
Crew: 2
Designer: Frank Bethwaite
Year: 1995

 

    London 2012 Olympic Results
 Gold  Nathan Outerridge/Iain Jensen (AUS)
 Silver  Peter Burling/Blair Tuke (NZL)
 Bronze  lan Norregaard/Peter Lang (DEN)

 

   Beijing 2008 Olympic Results
Gold   Jonas Warrer/Martin Kirketerp Ibsen (DEN)
 Silver  Iker Martinez/Xavier Fernandez (ESP)
 Bronze  Jan-Peter Peckolt/Hannes Peckolt (GER)

 

   Athens 2004 Olympic Results
 Gold  Iker Martinez/Xavier Fernandez (ESP)
 Silver  Rodion Luka/George Leonchuk (UKR)
 Bronze  CHRIS DRAPER/SIMON HISCOCKS (GBR)

 

 



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