Designed by Australian Julien Bethwaite, the 49er is a blazingly-fast double-trapeze, high-performance skiff designed for sailors that like living on the edge.
The 49er weighs only 275 lbs (125 kg) when fully rigged and features a slender, low-drag hull and powerful 632 ft2 (59m2 ) of sail that allows this 16-footer to reach speeds approaching 25 knots. Crew trapeze from retractable, nine-foot composite wings to keep the boat flat and under control. In puffs, the flexible topmast depowers the leech of the main allowing more sail area in light air. An Olympic class since 2000, the 49er is considered the "Formula 1 race car "of the Games. New Rig Introduced
Based on a class vote, a new sectioned carbon rig was introduced after the 2007 Olympics and will be used at the 2012 Games in the UK. Because of the smaller, lighter-weight carbon rig, the main will increase in size, allowing crew to race the boat at its optimum without having to lose a considerable amount of weight (5 kg).
LOA: 4876 mm-16 ft 4 in
Beam: w.o/w wings-1752 mm/2743 mm (5 ft 9 in/9 ft)
Draft: 1447 mm (4 ft 9 in)
Weight: 74.25 kg (210 lb)
Main/Jib: 19.97 sq. m (215 sq. ft)
Spinnaker: 37.16 sq m (400 sq. ft)