7 September 2011
7 September 2011
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Exciting sailing is what the 49er is all about. Who could forget the 2008 Olympics last heat in 49ers when the lead changes five times as boats capsized in the tough conditions. The 49er is the Olympic Class double-handed high performance dinghy, appearing for the first time at the 2000 Olympic Games and designed by Julian Bethwaite of the legendary sailing family. Many of the principal features of the 49er are relatively new to the sailing world. The 49er is a slightly smaller version of the Eighteen-foot skiff, but with some major differences – it is one design and a double – handed vessel.

49er Specifications

Overall length 4.99 m.

beam 1.69 m

2.9m. (wings extended)

draft 1.5 m.

Hull weight 61 kg. (bare)

94 kg. (wings & fittings)

Construction Epoxy foam sandwich.

Mast 8.5m.

Spinnaker Pole 1.7m.

sail area (Olympic Rig)

Main 15 sq. m.

Jib 6.2 sq. m.

Spinnaker 38 sq m.

sail area (Sport Rig)

Main 12.75 sq. m.

Jib 5.3 sq. m.

Spinnaker 13 sq m.

Crew 2

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