The 49erFX is debuting at the Rio Olympics
With the inclusion of the High performance 49erFX at the Rio Olympics, at the expense of the Women’s Match Racing, there are plenty of big sailing names lining up to take one of these Bethwaite designs round the buoys.
Designed by Julian Bethwaite in 1995 as a follow up to the 49er it supports a rig suited to lighter crews. The FX Rig can be fitted to the 49er hull similar to the way a Radial rig can be fitted to an International Laser. At 16 feet long it’s a handful at the best of times. The 3 sail rig is ~80% of the size of the 49er with 2 on the strings.
Olivia Price is making the switch back to Fleet Racing
Moving from the gunwale to the trapeze should be a welcome change for Olivia as the Elliot 6 has been left behind. Along comes the challenge of getting up to speed with a brand new Olympic class. We’ll chat with Olivia about what’s been happening since her Silver Medal at London and how the competition in the 49erFX is shaping up.
Sarah Cook isn’t just making a class change – she’s changing Olympic Sports.
After a Olympic women’s 8 gold medal race in London and a 10th in the women’s pair in Beijing, Sarah brings a wealth of big event experience to her new campaign. While footballers seem to switch sports pretty often these days the skill sets are quite similar. Sailing a 49erFX and rowing an 8 are like chalk and cheese. The athletic skill set is incredibly different (along with the Rule Book) so we’ll see how it transitions. Crewing for Elisse Richichi in an effort to represent Australia will include a steep learning curve for the two times olympian.