Erik Storck & Trevor Moore-Meet the Team
Describe the 49er to someone who is a sailor but may not be familiar with the boat.
Erik Storck: The 49er is 4.9 meters, or roughly 16.5 feet. The hull weighs only 94 kilos, or 207 pounds. The mast is a three-section carbon fiber mast with two carbon fiber spreaders. The boat is nearly eight feet wide with the wings attached to the rails, though the waterline is only slightly over three feet wide. The wings, along with both skipper and crew being on trapeze gives the righting moment necessary to counterbalance the enormous sail area. The 49er has a large asymmetrical spinnaker that allows for speeds in excess of the wind speed downwind in most conditions.
How are the responsibilities divided up in the boat?
Erik Storck: The most generalized way to describe the division of duties is to say that I am in charge of tactics and Trevor is in charge of speed. Trevor trims the main upwind while I steer and adjust the jib. Downwind, I trim the main and Trevor trims the spinnaker. I can generally look around more than Trevor, so I make most the tactical calls while Trevor is always focused on boat speed.