Women to race Sports Rig at 49er Worlds

A cut-down rig is attracting women into the Olympic skiff

Wednesday October 25th 2000, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Women will be racing with a reduced sail area rig in the 49er World Championships in Lake Garda next September, according to the skiff’s designer, Julian Bethwaite. The Sports Rig has approximately 85 per cent of the area of the full size 49er rig, and is said to take much of the sting out of tricky manoeuvres like gybes and bear-aways. Depending on numbers, the women’s/mixed class will race together or separately from the open division.

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