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19 May 2005, 12:43 pm
World Championship Winning Advice Launches New Niner Website
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International 49er & International 29er Class Association News

The International 49er and International 29er Class Associations have a new joint website, which includes tips from some of the classes' most successful sailors.
The new website can be found at or

It has launched with hot sailing tips from some of the world's best skiff sailors. Former 29er World Champions John PINK and Tom WEEKS (GBR) have put together a tuning and technique guide on how to get the best from this exhilarating youth class, an especially interesting topic for young sailors now that the 49er has, at the recent ISAF Mid-Year Meeting, been confirmed as the equipment for the double-handed dinghy boys and the double-handed dinghy girls at the 2007 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship.

Also on the new site 2004 Olympic bronze medallist in the 49er, Chris DRAPER (GBR) gives his advice on how to gybe the challenging 49er twin-trapeze skiff.

The new website is part funded by the manufacturers of the 49er and 29er - Bethwaite Design, Mackay Boats, Ovington Boats and MacDiarmid Sails. It is being launched at an exciting time for the 'Niner' skiff classes. The 29ers are to have their World Championship in the classically windy venue of San Francisco, USA this July, before moving on to the Europeans in Vallensbaek, Denmark, which they share with the ISAF Grade C1 49er European Championship in August. The 49er sailors then pack up their boats for containering to their ISAF Grade W World Championships in Moscow, Russia this September.

The site also features a calendar, a photo and video library and a forum as well as results from around the world.

Tom Fitzpatrick (As Amended By ISAF). Image, DRAPER (left) on his way to the bronze medal in Athens:© AFP/Getty Images/MENAHEM KAHANA
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