With safety and reliability sorries skyrocketing after Bora’s injury and the Nacra 17 bearing issues still fresh in World Sailing’s mind, the sport’s governing body, under pressure from the IOC, has pulled the foiling cat from the market and replaced it with Julian Bethwaite’s long-awaited full foiling 49er. Seen here testing under the able hands of Kiwi 49erers Isaac McHardie and Bill McKenzie, the boat has a simple and robust flapped t-foil daggerboard and twist-grip rudder, and it’s already reached speeds 20% higher than any 49er in history.
When asked if it was maybe a little late to introduce a new foiling class for Tokyo 2020, World Sailing President Kim Andersen was nonplussed. “We did it before, we can do it again!”
YES, WE’RE KIDDING. Happy September Fool’s Day.
Ricardo Pinto photo of the dogs-off-chains conditions at the 49er Worlds with a big ass gallery over here. Watch the full replay from Big Day 4 hosted by Mr. Clean over on Youtube, and stay tuned right here on the front page for today’s still breezy action beginning at 1030 local time/1130 CET and running til they’re done.