Designed by Julian Bethwaite, the 49er is an evolution of the International 14's and Aussie 18's. The hump-less drag curve has been refined and works better on the 49er than on the 18's due to its length/weight ratios. The boat has very fine lines forward – meaning that the slap and thud that is normally associated with going to windward at speed is removed.
The 49er is controllable over 20 knots and benefits from easy handling, even in the most highly competitive races and tough conditions. Design Features
The design of the 49er achieves an outstanding harmony of visual appeal, physical parts and dynamic ratios to achieve a miniaturized design of a new level of efficiency.