Big News – USA Development Team

Check out the big new from the US Development Team:

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Minutes – North American Class meeting in Miami

Here are some notes from the meeting on Thursday, January 15th 2015 at the Miami Rowing Club. We had a great turnout! Thank you to everyone who came and contributed to the meeting!

1. Intl class dues are 20 euros, about $30, pay here:

2. Intl class updates were summarized. Full details here:
3. Canadian regatta schedule:
  • Icebreakers in Toronto at the end of May
  • Early June event in Kingston/Ottawa
  • Late june event in Toronto
  • Mid July Event TBD
The big events (helps with ISAF ranking!!):
  • Canadian Championship is July 31-August 2 (50 ISAF points)
  • CORK is August 15-19th (100 ISAF points, Equivalent to Palma, Euros, etc)
  • These will both be well run regattas and will make up a great training block in Kingston.
  • Americans are interested but think it will be a challenge to get Oakcliff boats there.
4. US National Champs
End of August at Oakcliff again was suggested.
Pros: Supplied boats, possibility of good timing with CORK
Cons: Not really a great venue for wind. Very easy to get 3 days of no sailing.
Ideal timing between events was suggested at ranging between 4 days to a week (shorter for those traveling from the West coast)
Clearwater in December was also suggested.
Pros: Encourage international boats to participate, good venue
Cons: American College students still in school/exams, transporting Oakcliff boats.
Ultimately, the consensus was that there should be a regatta in Clearwater in December, regardless of it being US Nats or not.
It seems that a US nationals event about a week after CORK was the preference. Canadians will go to US Nationals if Americans will come up and sail CORK and Canadians. Let’s make this 3 event block big!!
It was also suggested that a different venue in the area, such as Newport be used.
5. US east coast event (s)
- Newport week : has been a good event. Not much interest from the crowd at the meeting.
6. West coast circuit
- There will be a few 49ers on the west coast that are keen to do some events. If they can get enough boats they want to piggy-back on some existing events.
- It seems that there will be several boats in California for September might link up for some training
7. Pan American Games : happening in Toronto next July. Qualifier for all countries except Canada is the Miami SWC
8. Clearwater Worlds: talk to Europeans teams and make sure they know its going to be a good event and will be there
9. 2016 NA Champs
- Time for them to get out of Florida
- CORK 2016 suggested
- Will be revisited later
10. New boats for 2015/16
- Wait time can be 4-5 months, be sure to put orders in early
- Arielle Morgan, Canadian President

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2015 49erNA Class Meeting


The NA class will be hosting a meeting next week in Miami to take advantage of having a large number of sailors all in the same place at the same time. We will discuss class business, racing, training, logistics and other business.

Please be sure to mark your calendars and do attend. The meeting will take place at 3:30 PM, on Thursday January 15th at the Miami Rowing Club boat park. Attendance is mandatory for all NA 49er or FX sailors. Please be sure plan your sailing / rest calendar around the meeting.

We will be posting an agenda later this week. Of course, if there are any items that you would like to discuss please let me, or Arielle or Tburd know (copied above).

Please also be sure to pay your international class dues for 2015 on the website.

Thanks and see you all soon.

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Event Quotas for WC Miami Raised

The OA for World Cup Miami has raised the entry quota for the 49er class to 60 boats:

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NOR for 2015 NA’s Posted!

The 2015 49er and 49erFX North American Championships, to be held in Clearwater, FL has just published its regatta website and NOR.

**Please also take note of a date change: February 5 – 8, 2015.

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California Training

Three rookie California teams just completed a training / racing camp in Long Beach, CA over the US Thanksgiving weekend.

The teams were USA 510 Liebenberg / Morris; USA 113 McBride / Wilson; USA 1383 Downing / Gibbs!

Here’s the video, courtesy of McBride.Wilson:

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NOR for Mid Winters Posted

The event website for the Mid Winters is the same as last year:

The NOR is here.

The event runs Jan 17 – 19, 2015 just before World Cup Miami and is a great chance for young teams to race against the best! This event is part of the 49erNA Winter Series.

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TO2015 – XVII Pan Am Games Only 250 days away!

The XVII Pan American Games, aka TO2015, are just 250 days away! Racing will take place in spectacular downtown Toronto, Canada in shadow of the CN Tower.

Stay tuned to 49erNA’s dedicated TO2015 Link to stay up to date on all information, such as regatta documents, news, registration info, charters, results, logistics and media!

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Continental Qualification for Rio 2016

Here is the International 49er Class Association’s submission to the ISAF events committee regarding the continental qualification for Rio 2016. Read up and form an opinion, then let your country’s events committee member know! The vote is in November.

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Clearwater to Host Olympic Class Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Worlds in 2016


October 9, 2014

Portsmouth, R.I. – In an unprecedented move, the 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 Olympic sailing classes have selected Clearwater, Florida (USA) as the location of concurrent world championship regattas to be held from February 7-14, 2016. Bringing together the world’s best athletes competing in the fastest two-person boats to be used at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships in Clearwater will showcase high-performance sailing at its best. “The city of Clearwater is an exceptional sailing venue, and an ideal setting for the World Championships,” said Frank Chivas, President of Tampa Bay Charities, the organizing authority. “We could not be more excited to welcome many of the world’s best sailors to Clearwater.”

There are ten sailing events in the Olympic Games, utilizing eight different types of boats. The 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 classes are high-performance, high-tech racing machines, making them particularly exciting for spectators. These will be the first Olympic-class sailing world championships held in the United States since 2010, and will be among the largest. Between the three competing classes, over 400 sailors are expected to compete for world titles in the pristine waters that Clearwater is known for. “US Sailing is thrilled to have events of this magnitude come to Clearwater,” said Josh Adams, Managing Director of US Olympic Sailing. “Along with the annual ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, the 2016 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships will be yet another example of why Florida is a preferred Winter destination for Olympic sailors from around the world.”

Coming just six months before The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the 2016 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 17 World Championships will feature Rio-bound sailors in the final stages of preparation for The Games. Spectators will be able to watch the event from the spectacular Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach, as the racecourses will be set up close to shore. In addition, the format of racing will be consistent with what will be used in Rio 2016.

Competing boats will be stored and launched from the Clearwater Community Sailing Center and North Beach. CCSC currently serves as a training center for the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, the US national sailing team, and features ideal launching facilities. Clearwater Yacht Club, home club of US Olympic silver medalist Zach Railey (Finn class) and Laser Radial Class World Champion Paige Railey, will provide space for race management operations and social events.

Logistics for athletes and teams coming to compete in Clearwater will be simplified due to the close proximity of Tampa International Airport and container shipping facilities in Port Tampa and Port Everglades. Trucking services are also available between Clearwater and Miami for athletes competing at the 2016 ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami (January 23-31, 2016), which will occur in advance of the Worlds and provide sailors with the ideal lead-in event.

In early 2015, Clearwater will also host the  Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX North American Championships, which will provide sailors with an opportunity to compete at the 2016 World Championship venue. For more information, or to enter the event, check out:

Source: USSA –

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