David Liebenburg

Dan Morris

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2016 49er Worlds, Clearwater Florida

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.

2015 49er World Championship Buenos Aires, Argentina

World Championships are the opportunity to compare our progress against the very best in the world. You can guarantee that everyone is putting their best foot forward; using their best equipment and their best preparation, a no holds barred effort is expected. The Worlds are the ultimate progress report to be used as a tool to focus the next phase of training and preparation.
Two months before the beginning of our upcoming Olympic selection trials, we competed in the 2015 49er World Championship in Buenos Aires. After six days of racing, we were the second ranked American team by just one position

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Since 2002, The Skiff Sailing Foundation has supported Olympic Campaigns in the 49er class. Please browse above to learn about our current campaigns and consider getting involved! We are looking for Volunteers and Donors to make Olympic dreams come to life!

The 49er is a fast, challenging boat to sail. Top competitors retiring from the 49er have gone on to drive America's Cup boats, compete in the Volvo Ocean Races, and can be found on the podium at many top level sailing events.

The value of a campaign extends beyond the Olympic Games as young sailors develop skills to last a lifetime. These skills are passed down through local sailing fleets.