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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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: http://www.pitchpoleenterprises.com/49erna/2016-worlds
With the summer over and fall training regimes kicking in, it’s time to look forward to our winter season in 2015. As usual, North America’s sunny, warm and beautiful Florida, USA will be the winter training and racing hub for the 49er and 49erFX classes.
The Canadian and American national teams will begin their winter training in December in Clearwater, host venue of the 2016 World Championships, on Florida’s west coast. While training is likely to be closed, there will be plenty of practice racing and starts open to all during that time. Details will be posted soon in the training section of 49erNA.org.
After Christmas, top teams from all over the World will converge on beautiful Miami, FL. This will be part of the Continental Series building up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. The focal point will be the World Cup of Sailing event, but that will be after some quality training and racing opportunities for all teams. The 2015 49erNA Winter Series will look like this:
Jan 10 – 11: Coaches Training Regatta (Miami Rowing Club)
Jan 17 – 19: Mid Winters (Coconut Grove Sailing Club)
Jan 25 – 31: ISAF World Cup Miami (US Sailing Centre Miami)
Feb 6 – 9: North American Championships (Clearwater Sailing Club)
The Coaches Regatta will be an informal event hosted by the USA and CAN team coaches. Details will follow…
The Mid Winters is a continuation of a great event hosted each year by the always welcoming CGSC. This will serve as a good tune up for the World Cup and also allow some younger teams to get into the mix if the fleet quotas are hit for Miami World Cup.
The “Big Kahuna” is the 2015 ISAF World Cup Miami. Entries will be limited to 40 boats per skiff fleet, with Olympic gender limitations also applied. This is where the best teams from around the World can test themselves in the sunny air and warm waters off Miami.
With some hard-core training and racing happening in Miami in January, teams will pack up and head to Clearwater for the 2015 NA’s (which will also serve as a tune-up for the 2016 Worlds, being held at the same venue). This will also be a great chance for the younger teams to test themselves against the best. Then surely some teams will remain in Clearwater after NA’s to train and take advantage of warm weather and strong breeze before heading to Europe for the rest of the World Cup.
The best part of the 2015 49erNA Winter Series is the grand prize! The top team from the 49er and 49erFX will each get a 50% off certificate for a new gennaker, courtesy of 49er.ca! That oughta be motivation to get out there and sail hard!More prizes will be added soon!
Thursday August 21 to Sunday August 24 saw the return of the US National Championships return to Oakcliff Sailing Centre in Oyster Bay, NY. Thanks to the generosity of B.H. Lawrence, Oakcliff has a fleet of 8 49er’s and 8 49erFX’s.
The championship was sailed in beautiful conditions. Oyster Bay certainly threw up its best. We had sunny skies, warm temperatures and best of all consistent breeze in the 8 to 12 knot range. This is certainly what one would call Champagne Sailing!
Heron Financial group sponsored regatta video coverage by T2P. Here’s some of that video:
The event served as a good tune up for the teams heading to Santander for next months’ ISAF World Championships, and also as a great way to end the summer for the less experienced teams.
In total, we had seven 49er’s and nine 49erFX’s from a total of three nations (USA, CAN, ISV). The 49er championship came down to the deciding double-points, non-discardable medal race on Sunday afternoon. The defending champions, Brad Funk / Trevor Burd went into the final race trailing teammates Fred Strammer / Zach Brown by three points.
Strammer / Brown led around the first windward, but a cunning gybe-set from Funky Burd saw them claw back the series leaders. At the bottom end of the course some dramatics ensued with a failed roll from Strammer / Brown which resulted in a penalty (to them) and Funky Burd pulling off a team racing style pass back with a luff. With Strammer / Brown sufficiently buried, all they had to do was claw back one or two boats on the remaining legs to take the series and defend their title.
Meanwhile in the 49erFX class, young guns Wade Waddell and Ian MacDiarmid of Florida carried a 10 point lead into the medal race over USSTSTS rivals and defending champions Helena Scutt / Paris Henken.
It came down to the wire, but in the end finishing the medal race in fifth was enough for the young hot shot FX boys to take the title and show the girls how it is done! Congrats to this young team. We’ll be hoping to see lots of young mixed and male teams in the 49erFX in the coming months and years.
Full results here: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1057
We have a busy summer of skiff sailing this summer. The pinnacle of the NA skiff sailing season is the 29er NA’s & Worlds to be held in beautiful Kingston, ON. During that time we will be on-site at Portsmouth supporting those events. Therefore, we will have limited ability to supply 49er & FX parts during that time. You may experience some delay getting answers on email and on shipping.
Therefore, it is a good idea to get your orders in BEFORE JULY 16th.
Also a reminder that we still have some great 49er & FX racing coming up this year:
49er Canadians – St Margaret’s Bay – July 18 – 20, 2014 – plus OPEN training camp July 14 – 17 w/ Mark Asquith http://www.49er.ca/49er-class/?page_id=464
CORK OCR – Kingston – August 16 – 20, 2014 www.cork.org
US Nationals – Oyster Bay – August 22 – 24, 2014 http://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=1057
Keep in touch and hope to see you all soon!
McBride / Wilson “waxin’ down their surfboard!”
Hey 49er and 49erFX sailors,
Ian Woodbury speaking, 49er Canadian West Coast rep, and VP.
I’m dying to know if any of you west coast guys and girls are interested in doing some training or racing on the coast this summer?
Please email me regatta’s and venues you guys want to see turn into a 49er event, and I’ll try and make it happen.
I’f first of all like to invite everyone up to Vancouver Canada for Waves this year! Royal Van has put it in the notice of race that 49ers and 49erFXs are more than welcome!
Please speak up if you’re interested at all, I’ll try and hook up sailors who don’t have partners and get as many boats on the water in one spot as possible.
Ian Woodbury, CAN 860
Canadian VP & West Coast Rep
The 2014 Canadian 49er GP Events are expected to be as follows:
- Icebreaker, TS&CC, May 17-18
- Ottawa Skiff GP, NSC, June 7-8
- RCYC Skiff , RCYC, June 14-15
- 49er.ca Championships, SMSC, July 18-20
- CORK OCR, POH, August 16-20
- US Nationals Oyster Bay, NY – August 22-24
And not officially on the Grand Prix but a recommended event:
- Heineken High Performance Dinghy Open– American Yacht Club – Rye, NY – October 11-12