The 49er Olympic Class - Men's Skiff
The 49er is one of the most exhilarating of all of the Olympic Classes, providing exciting racing over short courses. The 49er is a double handed twin trapeze skiff type sailing dinghy 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. The two crew work on different roles with the helm making many tactical decisions, as well as steering, and the crew doing most of the sail control.
The 49er was designed by Australian architect Julian Bethwaite in 1995, with the class made its debut at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia.
49er - Stats
||4.9m (16 ft 4 in)
||2.4m (7 ft 9 in)
||1.4m (4 ft 6 in)
||74.25 kg (163.7 lb)
||7.0m (22 ft 10 in)
||2 (double trapeze)
||2000 - Sydney, Australia
|UK Class Association
49er British Olympic Medals
|| Chris Draper & Simon Hiscocks
|| Ian Barker & Simon Hiscocks
London 2012 Olympic Games Top 3
Outteridge & Iain
|| Australia (AUS)
Burling & Blair
||New Zealand (NZL)
Norregaard & Peter
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Top 3
||Jonas Warrer & Martin Kirketerp
||Iker Martínez de Lizarduy & Xabier Fernández
||Jan-Peter Peckolt & Hannes Peckolt
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