The Boat

The new womens Olympic high-performance Skiff. The 49erFX. The 49erFX is capable of speeds over 20 knots.

The 49erFX is based on the mens 49er which has been in previous Olympics, it has the same hull but a smaller rig. 

It is very exciting for women's sailing to be able to race this boat, it allows us to go faster than we have before. It is physically demanding, especially for the crew. It is a double handed boat (sailed by 2 people) that requires both the helm and crew to trapeze (hang of a wire above the water off the side of the boat) to keep the boat upright. It is a challenging boat that requires agility and speed.

Type Centreboard Boat
No. of Crew 2
Designer Bethwaite/MacKay
National Origins Australia / New Zealand
Hull Material GRP
Year Designed 1990s / 2012
Number of Trapeze 2
Hull Length 4.99 m
Beam Length 2.9 m
Mainsail Area 13.8 m2
Headsail Area 5.8 m2
Spinnaker Area 25.1 m2
Boat Weight 130