How to Handle the 49er

This throwback article from our July/August 1997 issue originally came out soon after it was announced that the 49er had been selected for the 2000 Olympics. As ISAF has recently announced that the 49er FX will be the women's skiff boat at the 2016 Olympics, Kevin Hall's tips and tricks prove to still be relevant today.

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How to Handle the 49er

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Have you ever sailed a skiff? If not, you have no idea what you're missing out on, because words simply cannot describe the exhilaration that takes hold once you take this leap of faith. "As we jibed, a big puff filled. I had to get on the wire immediately, or we wouldn't lay the pin with the kite full and we'd lose those two boats. But if I went out without first pulling the mainsheet in tight, the mast could break. I chose to go for the wire..." What do you think happened next? Read more here.