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Posts Tagged ‘49er’

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Theatre-style short-course racing for the Medal fleets, 20-30 knots, flat water, and definitely time for some carnage.  Don’t miss it!

August 4th, 2017 by admin

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Clean and the 49er/Nacra 17 media team are calling it all live today, and with real breeze on for the first time in the Euros, we’re finally going to see some upwind foiling starting at 1100 CET.  49ers run in the afternoon, so don’t miss it…or if you do, just press ‘play…’  Isn’t the modern era wonderful?

August 3rd, 2017 by admin

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Talented and shredded sailor chicks, tales of stolen cars and inter-squad rivalries, and a guy who can’t seem to lose as long as he has a female driver are the guests on today’s Adidas Morning Show at the 2017 49er/FX/Foiling Nacra Euros.  Check out Clean and the team, LIVE from the deck of the 1972 Olympic Sailing admin building as Day 2 of the event begins.  Check out Facebook for more action from the fleets.

July 31st, 2017 by admin

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The fastest Olympic boats have joined forces for their European Championship (and beyond, we expect), and with our own Mr. Clean moonlighting as their broadcast host, there’s bound to be some interesting stuff coming from the site of the 1972 Olympics in Kiel.  The first three days feature a morning show and some social media content, while full tracking, live video with commentary, and the rest of the bells and whistles will come in on Wednesday for the important half of the regatta.

The 49er or Nacra 17 Facebook Pages are probably the best place to keep track of it all.

July 29th, 2017 by admin

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Our Sailor Chicks of the Week are 49er FX team Rebecca Netzler and Klara Wester from Western Sweden. Sure they look good, and yeah they kick some ass on the chick’s skiff, but how about the form of this dismount during last week’s Princess Sofia in Palma?  While we can’t score the landing, Klara gets a solid 10 for amplitude and flight time, and the successful attempt to create a show for the crowd when the capsize became unsaveable. and despite the DNF they took in the medal race, the blonde-and-blue girls took 4th…

Get to know them better or support the team on their website here, and Becca’s got all the pics from the flight sequence – as well as tons more – on their Facebook page, which we highly recommend you follow.  Or if you’re under 30, there’s IG.

Excellent shot from our old friend Jesus Renedo/Sailing Energy

 

April 5th, 2017 by admin

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The MUSTO + Torqeedo “Cleanin’ Up Europe” report continues with a talk about foiling Olympic catamarans, innovations in live race coverage, Rio craziness, and how to manage an Olympic Class of racing boats.

A few months back,  the guys who’ve been running the 49er and FX Classes so competently for the past few years added the Nacra 17 Class to their workload.  Canadian Class Manager Ben Remocker and expat Irish President Marcus Spillane are young, innovative, and don’t give a shit about politics – they consider their duty to their sailors absolute, and the vigor with which they approach their job is refreshing.

They pull no punches, either – whether it’s talking about the Nacra 17’s problems or the concerns about foiling, the inside stories from Rio, or explaining how to get around ISAF obstacles, these guys are always entertaining interesting and there’s plenty to learn in our mostly sober talk in a hotel room in Barcelona.

Listen above, download here for later listening, or subscribe to the SA Podcast on iTunes, and as always, a big thanks to MUSTO and Torqeedo for presenting all of our Vendee, ISAF World Council, and METS coverage this month.  Also thanks to Ocean Planet Energy and Doyle Sails NZ for their support of our coverage.

 

November 13th, 2016 by admin

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The Clearwater, FL 49er and 49er FX Worlds are live for the final two days of the important qualifier.  Watch Pete Burling and Blair Tuke humiliate everyone else.  The iconic Peter Lester leads the commentary over a mix of drone and on-board video, and it’s worth a watch.  Results over here.

 

February 13th, 2016 by admin

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There have been precious few counterpoints to the Rio pollution monster, and while the author of the below piece is wrong about quite a few things (namely that our own SA staff spent dozens of hours in-country investigating the situation on both water and land, talking to locals, and speaking with Brazilian scientists), it’s good to see some of that famous Brazilian pride come out. 

Hi there, I am a sailor from Rio. until recently on 49er campaign for the Olympics. just lost the qualifying to Marco Grael (yes, Torben’s son). I see you are a big critic on Rio pollution. Not sure how much of it is to make news and get hits or how much of it is actually of interest to you.

I did notice as well that you have never talked to a single Brazilian regarding this matter. Never contacted a single club in Guanabara Bay, I dare to say you have never even sailed there. You might find some different pov.

Dont get me wrong, I am not trying to state that there is no pollution, or that people should not push for depolution. I just want to raise a point – can sailing be done in Guanabara Bay?

I think it’s histerical to hear that ISAF president says he would resign if he doenst get depolution. What does he know about politics in Rio? Did you know that there are 15 municipalities around the bay? that the biggest water treatment plant in Latin America is right there, but the Mayor of that town refuses to clean the shit of the neigbour town?

Anyway, again off the point, but would just like to overstate how these brits are still thinking collonialy.

Every year, the Opti Nationals are packed with over 100 little kids. Every year Rio has the biggest fleet from all states. So this means that every year, on your opinion, really stupid parents allow their sons and daughters to face death when sailing their optis around the bay, or the lagoon (even worse polution). But aren’t these the same parents who run one of the biggest economies on the planet?

Is there a chance they are not too stupid? that they know, albeit polluted, it is not as harmful as advertised?

I find it really strange that all these little kids manage to sail their way around the plastic bags, find their gusts, round their marks, and those big boys with medals and sponsors, cant even put their boats on the water.

Getting your info from germ free americans, or isaf bureocrats might not be the best source of info.

Through this Olympic Cicle I have hosted 8-10 teams from different countries and classes. Still to find 1 who says this place isnt paradise. Can you picture this with crystal clear water? I think it’s just a way of making it fair with everywhere else.

Cheers from a SA follower
Thomas Low-Beer

 

January 29th, 2016 by admin

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post-26198-0-10048000-1439752601We’re always happy to hear from longtime SA’er and high performance guru Julian Bethwaite.  He checked in with this interesting infographic, and here’s why.

For the umpteenth time, I was asked 2 weeks ago what boats should a 12 year old Opie kid sail to best place him in a 49er when he gets into his late teens, early 20’s.  This mum was very smart, with a far greater grasp of numbers than I, spreadsheets, etc., but I still struggled to get the flow across, so I generated the following graphical representation, and she has come back and said, and I quote  “Thanks for following up. Interesting graphical depiction of the relative properties of these classes of boats, brings the stats to life.”

So, what I am seeking from you guys/gals is a peer review!

I could give you all my figures, but I think that would predispose a bias, which I have little doubt I will be accused of.   Instead, I plan to explain my rationale, and asked others to have a go at there own interpretation and maybe we can blend them and end up with something meaning full.

So what I have done is go to the RYA site and dig out the relevant PY [Porthsmouth Yardstick] numbers.  I have picked the boats mostly on simplicity, firstly if I did not know them, then I could not represent them.  I then went into the ISAF site and looked up the technical data.

So I have exclusively used that information unless the RYA/ ISAF data was simply wrong, in which case I went into that class’s rules and gleaned it from there.

An example, 470 appears not to have a PY number, so I worked out approx where it should be.  I included the IC because its too interesting not to.  And we all know a moth sails heeled to windward and greatly increases its RM by doing so, where as a Laser, when sailed “flat” is actually heeled about 6° to leeward.  I have not imputed these shifts in CoB, I have assume the boats are all bolt upright as per their numbers.

Finally I have used the ISAF high performance definition about sailing faster than the wind, downwind, most of the time, to draw the red line. Not sure why a 470 does not do it more often (Tack down wind), but we also know a 29er does, most of the time, (and yes, I know why).

What is irrefutable is that a 5o5 and to a lesser extent a I14, spend a lot of money and effort setting their boats up so they can quite deliberately switch to HP modes both upwind and downwind, so, from my POV I consider the 5o5 to be the tipping point boat. It has has a foot in both camps, one could say the best of both worlds.

Get the full explanation from JB here in the thread.

 

August 17th, 2015 by admin

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49er crusader Ben Remocker checks in from Porto and the Europeans.

It’s been almost an entire quadrennial since Peter Burling and Blair Tuke stood anywhere but the top of the podium after a regatta.  They stood second in London, and since then, it’s been 16 victories in a row, a record for any 49er sailor of any era.  But their run is in jeopardy on the final day of racing at the 2015 49er European Championship in Porto.  Just a day ago, the record looked set to continue, with Burling and Tuke having a solid day in Gold fleet when nobody else could, pushing themselves into a nearly 20-point lead.

49er championships are long, however, and Burling and Tuke have long maintained it’s not been as easy as it’s looked.  On the second day of their gold fleet, they muddled along with middling result, looking like normal gold fleet 49er sailors do when they each are up against the best in the sport every day.  They finished the day in first, but their lead had dwindled to 7 points, just clearing London 2012 Gold medalists Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen and Brit test event representatives John Pink and Stuart Bithell, Stuart also a Silver medalist from London in the 470.

A three way protest between the top three teams in the regatta brought things to a boil.  The media room was intense as all three teams reviewed the live broadcast of the incident and then took it to the jury room.  Rarely has one seemingly inconsequential mark rounding gotten so much scrutiny from so many amazing sailors.

The jury deliberated for almost an hour in the incident.  In the end both the New Zealanders and British were disqualified from the race, pushing Pink/Bithell back to 8th while Burling/Tuke are still in the hunt, only five points back in 3rd.

Over the past 30 months of Burling and Tuke dominance they have won by wide margins and small, they’ve won world Championships and local events, they’ve even won the Intergalactics, where the crews race the final double point race, but they have rarely had to come back and beat Nathan Outteridge head to head on the final day.

Join us for the final day live broadcast of the 2015 European Championship from the mouth of the river Douro in Porto, Portugal for three 25 boat medal races and a medal race in the river itself to decide the championship.  Racing starts at 10:25 local time with the medal race at 15:30.  Fantastic conditions are expected with another typical Porto day of clear skies, large swell, and strong winds.

 

 

July 12th, 2015 by admin

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