49er One Design
The 49er and 49er FX is a two-handed, skiff-type , high-performance sailing dinghy. The two crew work on different roles with the helmsman making many tactical decisions. As well as steering, and the crew doing most of the sail control. Both of the crew are equipped with their own trapeze and sailing is handled while “flying”.
The 49er was designed by Julian Bethwaite (the son of Frank Bethwaite) and developed by a consortium consisting of Bethwaites, Performance Sailcraft Japan, Peter Johnston, and Ovington boats. The boat has been an Olympic class since it was selected by the International Sailing Federation after a series of trials to be the men’s high performance double handed dinghy Sydney Summer Games of 2000. Its derivative featuring a re-designed rig, the 49er FX, was selected by ISAF to be the women’s high performance double-hander at the Rio Summer Olympics of 2016.