About

About

We are Team Asher Sterritt, campaigning for Gold at the 2016 Olympics in the 49er Sailing Class. The 49er is commonly referred to as the formula 1 of Olympic sailing. It is a 16ft, two person, high speed, high adrenaline sailing boat. It was chosen in 1996 to be used in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The 49er has been sailed in every Olympics since 2000 and has been again selected for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil and the 2020 Olympics. The boat features distinctive wings 9ft wide to allow the crew to achieve maximum leverage and hold the huge sail area supported on a carbon fibre One Design mast. With a huge sail area for such a small boat, 60 m2, the 49er can sail faster than the speed of the wind. The relationship between skipper and crew is critical on the 49er, perhaps more so than on any other Olympic boat. Going so fast on the edge of control means that one slip can result in a capsize.  Made of fibreglass and carbon fibre to be strong and light, the 49er weighs 125 Kilos when fully rigged. The 49er is the boat by which all others are judged, and it has changed the face of sailing. Its high performance and high octane racing makes it great to watch, with many thrills and spills. The races are much shorter than any other Olympic class at 20-30min. The race courses are always located close to the shore, making it as close as Olympic Sailing will get to a spectator sport. palamospalamos2