This year's 49er and FX worlds was the first held in the Continental United States. Athletes from all over the world decended on Clearwater to contend for the last major championship before the Rio Olympics. Several Olympic berths were on the line and the event was hotly contested by 220 competitors. A variety of conditions challenged the fleet. Over 30 masts were broken at the event! The Clearwater Community Sailing Center did an outstanding job hosting the massive regatta which included the 47 boat Nacra 17 worlds.
Congratulations to Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris for finishing 23rd at the World Championships and 13th at the ISAF World Cup in Maimi. Barrows and Morris secured a berth for the USA and will be representing us at the Olympic Games in Rio!
Paris Henken and Hellena Scutt qualified for the Olympic games in the 49er FX with a 17th at the World Cup in Miami 13th at the World Championships! This will be the inagural Olympic Games for the 49er FX class.
A special congratulations to former 49er sailor, moth world champion and and SSF grantee Bora Gulari who will be representing the USA in the Nacra 17 Class with Louisa Chafee.